Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy says state ministers and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews have to listen to the community of Yarrawonga and change the decision on the route for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
On the heels of a resounding ‘green’ vote in the Moira Shire Council Yarrawonga Mulwala Bridge Plebsicite, Mr McCurdy said the time had come for the relevant players in the Victorian Government to start listening.
“There is absolutely no doubt about what the community wants,” he said.
“In my view the plebiscite has proved beyond doubt that the majority of the Yarrawonga community wants the green route and we got it right in the first place.”
In 2014, the then Victorian Coalition Government, as it was headed into a state election, announced through the roads minister of the day Terry Mulder that the green route was the preferred option for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
A year later, almost to the day, the newly-elected Victorian Labor Government, through roads minister Luke Donnellan, reversed the decision and announced the bridge would be built on the grey route.
With the next state election looming in 2018, Mr McCurdy said now was a good time to remember that change can happen.
“The Victorian Government needs to listen to the people of Yarrawonga,” he said.
“They’ve been told before, now they’ve been told again through the plebiscite, that the community wants the green route. I don’t know how many times we have to say it.
“I have no doubt Moira Shire Council and members of the community will make sure the planning minister knows the result of the plebiscite vote – they will and I will.
“This needs to go to the minister and it needs to go to the Premier as well.
“We will be pushing to get the planning minister to listen and understand and I’ll take it to the Premier myself if need be.
“There is no better way to make sure this gets heard loud and clear and to get the decision changed.”