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CURRENT NEWS

Click the link below for the latest edition of Whats News

WHATS NEWS - JUNE 2017 EDITION

Click here to go to the Whats News page of the website which contains advertising costs and other information as well as the previous 12 editions of Whats News

Wandong - Heathcote Junction - why would you live anywhere else. Until July 2017, Allen Hall (editor)

NEXT ISSUE DEADLINE: COPY & ADS - July 2017 DELIVERY from 13 July 2017

Printed by Newspaper House, Kilmore

 

PEOPLE POWER WINS THROUGH

Congratulations Wandong/Heathcote Junction -

The town-destroying Interchange Monster has gone!!

On the 22nd May the Minister for Roads & Road Safety, The Hon Luke Donnellan, issued a media release stating that the government has listened to the local community and "...confirms that Stage 2 of the proposed Kilmore Wallan Bypass will not proceed". It is the Stage 2 section which includes the proposed Wandong Interchange.

Minister Donnellan also stated "The Planning Minister approved the route but noted that the impacts of the redesign of the Hume Freeway interchange at Wandong were not fully addressed by the EES, and the Minister requested further work be completed".

In a subsequent communication to SWAG, and more recently to all residents of Wandong/Heathcote Junction, the Member for Northern Victoria, Ms Jaclyn Symes, reiterated the Minister's announcement and further added "The (RMCG) report identifies gaps in community engagement that I hope will inform VicRoads' approach to similar matters in the future". And "When Stage 2 is required targeted consultation will take place and I anticipate it will open the opportunity for other routes to be examined".

Hence, the interchange has gone and, when and if a route from the Hume Freeway to the Northern Highway is required, route options will need to be subjected to thorough environmental, social, economic and visual amenity impact investigations and consultations. Thank you Minister Donnellan and Ms Symes for finally listening to and acting on our community's long-standing evidence-based assertions. This brings closure and a sense of restored social justice to our community.

The Member for Euroa, Ms Steph Ryan is also to be commended for her ongoing support, and for raising our concerns in parliament. Thank you.

The current Mitchell Shire Council, having resolved to advocate on our community's behalf to the Minister and VicRoads, has also contributed to this positive outcome for our community. Thank you.

Finally, from the members of SWAG, most of us have spent long hours and many late nights researching, formulating, documenting and implementing volumes of correspondence, communication, submissions, rebuttals and presentations. With our mandated task accomplished, we are signing off and out:

Alicia Poperechny, Linda Martin-Chew, Denis Brouet, Quentin Pettit, Vicki Leary, Bruce Croskell, Christine Gordon, Dion Simms and Mike Haysom.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Wandong Heathcote Junction Natural Gas Project

THE 50 METRE RULE

Currently there is no charge for those residents who      

require 50 metres or less gas pipe from their property

boundary to the meter box on their house.

Residents who require more than 50 metres must pay the total cost from the property boundary to the meter box on the house.

A.P.A. has been challenged re the inequality of this rule, apparently currently set in the contract and when contacted by the Wandong - Heathcote Junction Community Group, Michael Llewelyn, State Marketing Representative (Vic) advised that A.P.A. will see if anything can be done to rectify this.

If you have any enquiry regarding the

natural gas roll out and connect

     you can contact:

      Michael Llewelyn,

                 State Marketing Representative on email

               micheal.llewelyn@apa.com.au

                                                                 FOR PREVIOUS INFORMATION CLICK HERE

 HELP WANTED

Each month a small team of volunteers distributes “Whats News” to Wallan, Wallan East, Upper Plenty, Whittlesea, Kilmore and Broadford as well as delivering it to letter boxes in Wandong – Heathcote Junction.

We desperately need more volunteers to deliver to letter boxes in Wandong – Heathcote Junction and ask if anyone can spare a few hours a month on a Thursday and/or Friday.

If you can assist with deliveries in your street or on any of the following streets, please contact “Whats News” on email whatsnewswhj@gmail.com or telephone Allen (0417 832 411) or David (57 871 738).

Baden Drive

Kooralinga Drive

Affleck Street

North Mountain Road

Glenburnie Avenue / Wombat Avenue / Junction Road

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE REPORT FROM THE “SAVE WANDONG ACTION GROUP”

CLICK HERE FOR THE BYPASS OF KILMORE THE WESTERN AND THE VERY FAST TRAIN

 

TRAIL BIKE AND 4WD DRIVERS   

Residents in Wandong - Heathcote Junction, particularly in Affleck Street and Dry Creek Crescent are getting no response from authorities to curtail the noise, parking problems and destruction of the Mt Disappointment State Forest by rail bike and 4WD drivers. It is no longer safe to walk or horse ride on the mountain trails due to these uncontrolled vehicles. Mt Disappointment could rival the Dandenongs for beauty and tourism but no authority seems prepared to stop the damage.