It’s that bridge again

Bryan Sherritt and colleague Nathan Mullane in Yarrawonga yesterday. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Bryan Sherritt and colleague Nathan Mullane in Yarrawonga yesterday. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

VICROADS wants to hear yet again where people think the new bridge over Lake Mulwala should go.

But first the VicRoads staff want to make sure residents get all the right information to guide them between the “green” and “grey” routes — or maybe a compromise “yellow” route between them.

That’s why the agency will hold more community consultations aimed at reaching a consensus across the community.

At present it is estimated a replacement bridge between Mulwala and Yarrawonga would cost $80 million.

VicRoads, the lead authority in the planning stage, will hold information sessions in Yarrawonga and Mulwala, starting with one at the Yarrawongona Community Hall on Wednesday.

Other consultations on the main streets, at the Yarrawonga Rotary Sunday market, the farmers’ market and on the Yarrawonga foreshore, will take place on June 4, 5, 11, 15 and 22.

VicRoads hasn’t scheduled a town hall-style public meeting for the protagonists of the green and grey routes to state their cases.

VicRoads regional director Bryan Sherritt led a media briefing on the possible bridge routes in Yarrawonga yesterday to try to iron out the “misinformation” circulating on the issue recently.

Moira and Corowa councils support different routes with Moira going for green and Corowa for grey.

Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy has sided with Moira and community groups including Mulwala Progress Association and Yarrawonga-Mulwala Tourism in favouring the green route near the current weir road crossing, which the Murray Darling Basin Authority is set to shut in 2020.

“All key stakeholders agreeing on an option would be the ideal situation,” Mr Sherritt said.

“The fact the two councils favour different options is not why we are doing this.”

The grey route runs next to the existing bridge and VicRoads is still considering a “compromise” of yellow route between the grey and green routes.

Mr Sherritt said it was crucial the new Lake Mulwala crossing met community needs along with current and future transport requirements.

The information session times are listed in detail on the VicRoads website.

VicRoads and NSW Roads and Maritime Services will make a recommendation on the preferred crossing mid-year.