Planning Green Light For Echuca-Moama Bridge

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved the Echuca-Moama Bridge project under the Environment Effects Act, the next step in delivering the long-overdue second Murray River crossing for northern Victoria.

This approval allows VicRoads and New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services  to development the preferred mid-west option for the bridge route, which will connect the Murray Valley Highway at Echuca with the Cobb Highway in Moama.

Mr Wynne approved the EES after a thorough assessment, which examined any potential environmental effects and how to mitigate impacts on surrounding land throughout construction.

The EES was advertised and offered the chance for the public to make submissions and attend public hearings between August and November 2015.

The preferred alignment requires minimal land acquisition because it is predominately on Crown land, and was determined not to have any significant impact on native species in the area, such as the squirrel glider.

Construction along the preferred alignment also reduces the amount of excavation needed compared to other options and will also include new off-road pathways, noise walls and lighting.

Conditions within the approval include the need for an independent bridge design review through both the Victorian and NSW government architects.

Environmental measures include reducing noise and visual impacts, any  biodiversity and habitat losses, making landscaping improvements and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“This is a state-significant project which required an environmental effects statement to make sure all impacts were properly considered and the community was properly consulted with.”

“I have considered how this project will impact on the future bridge’s surrounds and am confident mid-west alignment is the best option for this long-awaited project.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“This is the crucial next step in delivering a second Murray River crossing and I will continue working with the planning and roads minister so we can get on with the project.”

“The bridge will generate construction jobs in our region and boost infrastructure for residents living on either side of the Murray River.”

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