Second bridge priority?

Public queries council decision to relinquish land abutting the old ‘stock bridge’
BRIDGE TOO FAR: Moyhu’s Lex Anderson (pictured right, centre) wanted council to retain any land adjacent to the old ‘stock bridge’. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

COUNCIL supports the need for a second bridge over the Ovens River, but it won’t be at the site of the old “stock bridge”.

The matter came up at last week’s Rural City of Wangaratta council meeting when administrators voted in favor of a recommendation to close a portion of Ovens Street where the outdoor dining section of Café the PreVue is located.

Administrators adopted motions that the portion of land was no longer needed for road purposes and that it be discontinued, essentially turning the land over to Crown land.

Moyhu’s Lex Anderson took issue with the motion.

“I’m old enough to remember that used to be the stock bridge there,” he said.

“And the council in its wisdom some years ago decided to put a pedestrian bridge there.

“If something happened to the main bridge over Wangaratta, there is no other access across the Ovens River.

“Why is the land being given away, sold away or gifted when it is part of the original Ovens Street road and there was a bridge there originally?

“To me that bridge and any land adjacent to it should be kept available for a bridge to go up there in the distant future.”

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