Mildura Weekly : Friday January 30 Vol 9 No 12 2015
06 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015 • From Page 5 The Wentworth Mayor said he would have expected residential land values to in- crease, rather than the drop in value quot- ed by the Valuer General. “I would have thought we would have seen more of an upward trend consider- ing the submissions for subdivisions we’ve got,” he said. Cr McKinnon said that when Council sits down to set rates for the coming three years, every effort would be made to en- sure an equitable result for land holders, particularly in the wake of November’s devastating storm, which wiped out hor- ticulture crops in areas including Gol Gol and Buronga. These were among areas to register the biggest increase in value according to the Valuer General’s report, which was com- pleted before the November storm event. According to the report, “horticulture sites at Buronga and Gol Gol have shown strong increases due to improved seasonal conditions and commodity prices.” “We want individual growers to ap- ply to us and we will work out a plan for them,” Cr McKinnon said. “We’ve said to these growers, come to us early, sit down with us, don’t be ashamed, as we know you’re going to be in dire straits, and we can work out a plan for you that doesn’t impact too much. “We can’t just waive rates, but we can look to smooth it out for them if we can, and that might mean slight increases for other areas. “We have the opportunity to adjust rates to try to ensure there are no major in- creases or decreases, to try to smooth the process out for all residents to minimise the impact of rate changes. Farmland values rise HATTAH residents fear their calls for a change in the speed limit on the Calder Highway appear to have fallen on deaf ears. The speed limit in front of the Hattah Lakes Store was in- creased by 20km/h in May last year to 110km/h as part of the Victorian Government’s Victo- rian Speed Limit Review. Residents say the speed in- crease was imposed on the area without consultation, and has made an already dangerous stretch of road a “disaster wait- ing to happen.” The Hattah Lakes Store serves as a central location for a host of services and products in the area, meaning cars and trucks are continually pulling in to the store off the highway, unaided by any turning lanes. Residents say this has led to numerous instances where drivers, particularly north- bound traffic, slowing down at- tempting to pull into the store are overtaken illegally, causing a major traffic hazard. The straight stretch of road in front of the store is marked by double lanes, meaning it is illegal to overtake. School bus driver Elaine Bell, who drops off and picks up children from the store, said she’s experienced numerous near misses while attempting to pull in to the store over the years, and the increase in the speed limit has only made the problem worse. With school returning from the Christmas break this week, Mrs Bell said she’s bracing for yet another school term where she’ll inevitably witness or be subjected to more close calls. Mrs Bell said she’s narrowly avoided at least two more close calls since the Mildura Weekly first covered the issue in Sep- tember last year. • Continued Page 10 Hattah residents fear no action on speed limit call • SAFETY CALL: Hattah residents Michael Petersen, Kellie Petersen and her son, Bailey, Alex Dowsley, school bus driver Elaine Bell, and Kevin Petersen fear a catastrophe unless the 110km/h speed limit in front of the Hattah Lakes Store is changed. INSET: Despite a very public call for a review of the 110km/h speed limit in September last year, Hattah residents say no action appears to have been taken.
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