Have a say on environmental reports for second Echuca-Moama Crossing

26 August 2015

Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli has advised that Roads and Maritime Services is inviting the community to have a say on the environmental reports which have been prepared for the second Echuca-Moama crossing of the Murray River.

Mr Piccoli said planning was progressing well for the preferred Mid-West corridor option on what is a priority project for the NSW Government under the Bridges for the Bush program with $2 million committed by the NSW Government to progress planning work in this financial year.

“The NSW Government is continuing to work in conjunction with the Victorian Government to plan and deliver this important project for the border communities,” Mr Piccoli said.

“Final environmental reports include the Victorian Environment Effects Statement (EES) and the NSW Review of Environmental Factors (REF).

“These reports are the culmination of years of investigations and studies covering the potential impacts and benefits associated with new road approaches and bridge.

“Reaching this project milestone is great news for the local community of these two border towns and all transitting motorists and I would encourage people to view these reports and learn more in discussion with the project team who will be available at community information sessions.

A community drop in session will be held at St Mary’s Hall (Southern 80 shop), 224 Anstruther Street, Echuca on Tuesday 1 September, between midday and 5pm.

A second session will be held on Wednesday 2 September, between 2pm and 7pm.

The EES and REF, along with a draft Planning Scheme Amendment and Preliminary Documentation will be available online and in hard copy at a number of locations including Campaspe Shire Council office in Echuca, Murray Shire Council in Moama, the Department of Land, Water and Environment (DELWP) in Bendigo, the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne and the Department of Environment in Canberra.

Submissions to the reports can be lodged online on the DELWP website by Friday 9 October.

For more information about the NSW REF please email Wagga.Wagga.Regional.Office@rms.nsw.gov.au or call 02 6937 1604.

 ENDS

Media contact: Murray Electorate Office 02 6962 6644

View the original media release.

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