Mildura Weekly : Friday February 6 2015 Vol 9 No 13
06 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015 IT’S hoped plans for additional parking and a roundabout will finally relieve parking and traffic pressure on Mildura’s busy Thirteenth Street medical precinct. Parking in particular has been a concern in the bustling medical precinct for many years, while steadily increasing traffic and pedestrian activity raised further concerns, particularly in the latter half of last year in the lead up to the Victorian election. The issues culminated in a Mildura Ru- ral City Council study that examined park- ing, pedestrian and traffic loads, pointing to a need for more parking and better traffic management. “We decided that we should have a holis- tic look at all those matters and have a prior- ity plan for what might be able to be done,” Council’s general manager (Development) Garry Healy said. “We had a traffic audit done of the medi- cal clinics, the hospital area and landfill en- trance – the whole area. “A report was produced that made a num- ber of recommendations for improvements and we’ve identified the priority ones.” The works include a roundabout at the intersection of Thirteenth Street and Ontario Avenue, a new 55-space car park at the ex- tension of Thirteenth Street and additional footpaths. Land identified for the new car park is classed as road reserve and is therefore Crown land. The car park will extend 80 me- tres back towards the Mildura Golf Club. Twenty of the 55 spaces will be funded by Tristar Medical Group to cater for the in- crease in practitioners now working at the centre. While traffic and pedestrian safety has been a more recent concern in the precinct, parking has long been a problem, despite studies showing car park spaces met plan- ning requirements in terms of the number of businesses in the area. “We’ve done studies of car parking over the years and technically there isn’t a capac- ity problem,” Mr Healy said. “The debate really is about whether the parking provision was appropriate. “The difficulty is that people who visit medical clinics are often the elderly, they could have disabilities or are obviously un- well, meaning they aren’t able to walk very far and need spaces close to the clinics.” The pressure on parking in the area has led to reserved spaces in the car park at- tached to the Tristar Medical Group/Indulge Apartments building regularly being used by the general public. The practice prompted business own- ers to pay Council to patrol the car park to enforce two-hour timed limits and reserved spaces, however they said even this step failed to prevent people ignoring parking re- strictions. Mr Healy said the planned works would be submitted to Council for funding approv- al in the 2015/2016 budget. If given the green light by Council, Mr Healy said the works were expected to get under way early in the new financial year and take three to four months to complete. Parking, traffic relief in sight for busy medical precinct • ONGOING CONCERN: This is a common sight along Ontario Avenue in the busy medical precinct., and BELOW, If included in Council’s 2015/2016 budget, land at the extension of Thirteenth Street will be home to a new 55-space car park. “A report was produced that made a number of recommendations for improvements and we’ve identified the priority ones.” – Garry Healy FORMER Victorian National Party leader Peter Ryan this week called time on a politi- cal career spanning more than two decades. Mr Ryan, who served as Member for Gippsland South for more than 22 years, an- nounced his resignation on Monday, saying it was “timely and in the best interests of the people of Gippsland South” that he stand aside and enable his successor to be elected. He said he reached the de- cision after “very careful con- sideration” during the Christ- mas and New Year period and discussion with his family. Mr Ryan was elected Member for Gippsland South in 1992 and remained the region’s representative in the Victorian Parliament up until his resignation. He was elected unop- posed as Leader of the Victo- rian National Party in 1999 and established the Liberal National Coalition in 2008 with Liberal Party Leader at the time, Ted Baillieu. After the Coalition won the State election in 2010, Mr Ryan was appointed Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Ser- vices, Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Minister for State Develop- ment. Member for Mildura Pe- ter Crisp was among the first to publicly congratulate Mr Ryan on his political career this week, crediting him with being a major driver behind Sunraysia-based projects in- cluding the Mildura River- front redevelopment, Mildura Basin Rail Project, redevelop- ment of the Mildura Airport Terminal and providing sup- port to numerous businesses in the region. “I would like to thank Peter Ryan for his dedication to the people of Victoria and to The Nationals,” Mr Crisp said. He highlighted Mr Ryan’s 15 years as leader of the Na- tional Party and his four years as Deputy Premier and Min- ister. “During that time Peter’s passion and enthusiasm for rural and regional Victoria has been second to none,” Mr Crisp said. “There is no doubt he has helped to make our local communities better places to live and raise a family. “Peter was instrumental in introducing the $1billion Regional Growth Fund under the Coalition Government to provide more support to communities than ever be- fore.” National Party stalwart calls full time on politics • RESIGNED: Former Victorian National Party leader and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan during one of his many visits and funding announcements in Mildura. Summer twilight market THE popular Sunraysia Farmers Market will be held to- night at Jaycee Park from 6pm to 9pm. Included will be a vast array of fresh vegetables, fruits, conserves, dried fruits, oils, preserves, plants, honey, flow- ers, nuts, baked goods, flour and meats. More information is available by contacting 0439 252 342 or by visiting www.sunraysiafarmersmarket.com.au. Induldge this Valentine’s Day 2137 Fifteenth St, Irymple • Reservations Essential (03) 5024 7696 Breakfast for Two ~ $55 Breakfast platter to share served with a Strawberry, Watermelon & Mint Juice Lunch for Two ~ $45pp Enjoy a tasting plate of Meats and Seafood Dinner for Two ~ $70pp Relax in the Champagne Garden while your 3 course dinner is cooked in front of you on the grill.
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