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Traralgon bypass business case must include community engagement
Latrobe City Council is calling on State Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan to ensure that a broad community engagement process is included as part of the work to develop the Traralgon bypass business case.
By Portal Admin - 1st August 2017 - Back to NewsMayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan said considerable time had passed since the last community discussion around the prospect and alignment of any Traralgon bypass.
"We welcome the Minister’s plan to develop a business case and recommend that it include a solid piece of engagement work – to explore the options with the community and seek a degree of consensus around the approach.
"There needs to be a mechanism which empowers the community and allows individuals to explore their fears and concerns; to reacquaint the community with the idea of a Traralgon bypass.
"There will be many community members struggling to remember the alignment of previous proposals and possibly unaware of any impacts that this may have across our community.
"It is important that the community be empowered, informed and consulted in any major change process and we must equally listen to the voices of our community members as well as business and industry interests.
"This is a project which could fundamentally change the way in which our community moves, relates, interacts and connects to itself and those visiting Gippsland. Understanding what that means to us as a community and our sense of self is vitally important."
Cr Kellie O’Callaghan, Latrobe City Mayor
Telephone: 0400 696 324
Cr Graeme Middlemiss, Latrobe City Deputy Mayor
Telephone: 0417 379 059
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