Mayor Glenn Milne’s comments are not strictly true . . .
The North West Rail Alliance does not wish to engage in a tit-for-tat dialogue with the mayor.
We are grateful for the Mildura Council’s support in relation to passenger rail advocacy and are keen to move forward in a positive and united way.
However, at the same time, we believe it is only right to clarify the facts in order to give this council the credit it deserves.
On April 28, 2016 – during the previous council – then councillor Sharyon Peart moved a motion stating: “That council … call for the revision of the Mildura Passenger Rail Feasibility Study once the Murray Basin Rail Project standardisation is complete.” Cr Ali Cupper attempted to amend the motion to enable immediate advocacy but her amendment was lost.
Cr Peart’s original motion was carried. This meant that the previous council would not commence advocacy until at least 2020. The new council was elected in November 2016.
In August 2017, the current council passed a motion stating: “That council endorses the four priority projects that make up Mildura Future Ready Funding & Advocacy Strategy: Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct, Mildura Motorsports and Community Precinct, Mildura Riverfront Redevelopment Stage 2 and Mildura Passenger Rail Service”.
This enabled the council to commence advocacy immediately – approximately three years earlier than the previous council would allow.
We believe this shift in position was smart and significant from a strategic point of view.
Accordingly, we look forward to working closely with the mayor and councillors on this important community issue very soon.