Councillor Les Power: pedestrian bridge debate

It’s a great time of the year in the Wimmera and it is good to see a gradual increase in travellers coming to the Horsham area to experience the things we have to offer.

There are wonderful places to see such as Laharum, the Little Desert, Wartook, Zumsteins and Mount Arapiles. So it’s good to remind ourselves that we are lucky to live here in this part of the world.

But we also have to keep one eye on the future, and plan to create a regional city that is a great place to live as well as visit.

At Monday’s Council Meeting, our Councillor group debated whether to continue to plan for a second pedestrian bridge across the Wimmera River.

The bridge has been proposed for construction at the end of Hamilton Street. This will join the walking track connecting the Waterlink Estate on the eastern side of the river where about 2000 residents can easily access the city and the hospital as well as the four schools on the western side of the river.

Easing congestion on Williams Road is one of the many additional benefits that comes to mind. Also – encouraging exercise is something that our kids will benefit from right now and in the decades to come.

Many community members have expressed that they would like to see another vehicle bridge in Horsham.

It’s great to see our local residents taking an interest in the long term future of Horsham and district and well done for speaking up.

But let me assure you Council is keen to see a second vehicle bridge, and we committed $100,000 in this year’s budget to facilitate the planning of this in conjunction with Regional Roads Victoria, as part of an alternative truck route.

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