Take a ‘punt’ over bridge
The debate about the siting of a new bridge across the Murray at Yarrawonga Mulwala has centred on the movement of heavy traffic being kept away from Belmore Street. Very little, if any, mention has been made of the pedestrian traffic yet, particularly during the tourist season, a steady stream of people, often groups of obvious shoppers, can be seen on the footpath between Bayly Street, Mulwala and Irvine Parade, Yarrawonga. That is apart from the normal joggers, cyclists and occasional mobility scooter.
If a new bridge is ever built, and if it has no direct connection between Melbourne Street and Belmore Street, and if the existing bridge is demolished, no doubt all of those people could be serviced by punt such as utilised by Robert Halbird prior to 1880, and which was hand-winched across the river by means of a cable. Novel, but not really modernish.
The first bridge across the river at Yarrawonga Mulwala was built in 1891 after only 8 years of discussion. The Weir Bridge was constructed in 1939. So for 79 years we have had two bridges to service our ever-growing area. Now, by 2020, it is proposed that we have only one bridge, despite the evidence that the area is reaching city proportions. How good is progress?
Personally, I don’t care where any new bridge is sited so long as it does not detract from the facilities we enjoy today. The existing traffic bridge is badly in need of some T.L.C., but it means a lot to a lot of people. We deserve the best – why not continue to have two bridges. Fortunately, I’ll be gone before any movement takes place.
Stan Clarke OAM
I was involved in the Witt and Belmore Street accident on Monday, February 26.
I would just like to say thank you to everybody who helped, especially the three young people who assisted in calling the emergency services.
Congratulations 1000 Voices
Congratulations to all involved with the wonderful choral event “1000 Voices” held in Yarrawonga last weekend. What a wonderful addition to our calendar of events for our Shire and. beyond, and I look forward to next year’s event with even more choirs.
Cr Marie Martin