Railway site issues roll in

LEONGATHA people have called for slight changes to be made to the Leongatha Railway Site master plan that will shape the development of the former Leongatha rail yards.

Leongatha Rotary Club, Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, South Gippsland Specialist School, St Laurence Primary School and Leongatha Primary School opposed the proposed location of a bike education traffic school.

Members of Rotary and the chamber met with South Gippsland Shire councillors on site last Wednesday night to discuss the proposed changes.

The school was proposed for near the Bair Street bridge.

“We want the traffic school moved closer to the station area. Where they want to put it is unsuitable, especially for the specialist school children,” Leongatha Rotary Club member Mike West said.

“Parents and teachers would’ve had to drive in, drop their kids off at the gate on the other side of the site; it’s too far, especially when it comes to toilets as well.”

The current plan features restricted vehicle access for events, with a turnaround space at the end near the Leongatha CFA building.

Both committees are proposing the restricted vehicle access continues through the site as a one way drop off/pick up lane.

Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president Anthony Walls said the response from council was positive.

“Hopefully we receive a good outcome. The shire’s proposal looks great but it could be better with slight changes,” Mr Walls said.

“We will submit a new plan to shire with minor changes.”

The chamber is hoping council will demolish all trees along the station side and flatten the embankment to create a large flat area.

“We also want more car parking. There isn’t enough in the plan. I reckon we could fit an extra 50 cars in this area,” chamber president Brenton Williams said.

“We’ve got one chance to do it. We’ve got to do it right. If we don’t get it done right the first time, we might as well not even do it.”

Mr West said Rotary and chamber would not support the traffic school if it was built in the area now proposed.

“We’re not trying in any way, shape or form to hold this up because we want it to go ahead as quick as possible. We just want the plans tweaked to make it more practical,” he said.

Minor alteration: from left, Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Brenton Williams, vice president Anthony Walls and Leongatha Rotary Club member Mike West have opposed the location of a traffic school within the Leongatha Railway Site draft master plan.

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