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TEMORA’S HEAVY VEHICLE ALTERNATE ROUTE RECEIVES MENTION IN NSW STATE PLAN
Temora Shire has progressed a further step forward to gaining a much needed Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route (HVAR).
The Mayor of Temora Shire, Cr Rick Firman, said Council has welcomed the inclusion of Temora Town’s Alternate Route in the NSW State Government’s Riverina/Murray
State Plan 2036.
“Temora Shire Council is delighted to have our HVAR included in the State plan. This is after many years, 17 in fact, of intense investigation and lobbying by current and previous Councils”, Mayor Firman said.
“I know former Mayors Peter Speirs OAM and Cr Nigel Judd OAM and their respective Councils before us, did their best to progress this much needed piece of major infrastructure”.
“Temora Shire has been working tirelessly, over many years to ensure we are on the State & Federal Governments radar, not just in geographic terms, but in regards to funding. For Temora Shire to be any chance of securing funding for a HVAR, we must be included in the State Plan. At long last, we have been included!, he enthused.
“The previous Council bit the bullet and funded an Independent Feasibility Study, which included extensive community consultation. This has formed the basis of our deliberations ever since. The previous Council adopted an ‘in principle’ preferred route, however, when the new Council was elected in September of 2016, this route was revisited. We have already held a Confidential workshop to go through this with the new Councillors, who were entitled to have their views heard. We have tweaked it slightly from the original preferred option that was selected”, Mayor Firman continued.
“This is currently being worked on by Council, in terms of producing the final preferred HVAR option. Once this is again brought back to Council, and approved ‘In Principle’, we will release this to the community for public comment, for 28 days. After this, any submissions received, will be considered by the full Council team, before the final route is formally approved.
When the final adoption of a route is approved by Council and the community, this is then the trigger for Council to formally lobby our State and Federal MPs and Governments. Temora Shire is grateful to State MP, the Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson and our Federal Member, the Hon. Michael McCormack MP, as they have been strongly supporting us from day one. We have both the current State and Federal Roads & Transport Ministers already willing to sit down and talk with us, which is another positive step for us”, Mayor Firman said.
“This has been an ongoing issue, for many years. In most Council surveys we have put out to the community, the number one area of concern has been the removal of heavy vehicles from the Temora CBD. Council makes no apologies for the time this journey has taken us, as we wish to do this properly and thoroughly. We can say, hand on heart, we have done this to date”.
“I know, whatever decision is made by Council, the community will ultimately respect and support it. In all Council does, we truly believe we are doing the best for the citizens of Temora Shire. This is the most major project we have undertaken in recent times and we are committed to eventually seeing it through”, Mayor Firman concluded.
The Shire of Temora offers all the benefits of country living with a comprehensive range of quality affordable services.
Temora is situated approximately 80 km north of Wagga Wagga in the South West (Riverina) of New South Wales. Canberra is two hours drive to the east, with Griffith a 1.5 hour drive to the west.
Temora has a huge advantage as it is centrally located between the cities of Sydney and Melbourne, as well as being situated within South West Slopes/Riverina area, making it an ideal base from which to visit the region.
Temora Shire includes the town of Temora, and villages of Ariah Park and Springdale, but outreaches to other small communities outside the Shire boundary. With a strong retail trade sector and an active business community, many visitors are surprised at the variety of shopping within the town.