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Wellington Shire Council has arrived at decision time in relation to the future for Raymond Street in Sale

By Wellington Shire Council - 25th January 2002 - Back to News

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Wellington Shire Council has arrived at decision time in relation to the future for Raymond Street in Sale. Chief Executive Officer, Lyndon Webb, said that the Council will decide next Tuesday, 5 February whether the decision by the former City of Sale to close Raymond Street should be rescinded.

Mr Webb said that this is a formal process as defined by the Local Government Act that must be taken to decide whether the Council can proceed with its proposal to re-open the street as a through road.

He said that, over the last two years, the Council has clearly stated in its annual Corporate Plan its desire to re-open Raymond Street. However, it has not wanted to proceed without going through an appropriate process of strategic planning and community consultation.

This has involved firstly having an assessment made as to whether the proposal would fit into the total picture of the Sale Business Area. Assisted by funding from the Victorian Governmentís "Pride of Place Program", the Council engaged experienced consultants, David Lock Associates to review Saleís CBD and then to propose an Urban Design Framework for the area. This has involved consultation with many people and consideration of a number of proposals.

Among many options discussed, the consultants are clearly favouring re-opening Raymond Street, thus supporting the Councilís long-stated proposal.

Mr Webb said that the second part of the process has been to consult the community and to provide the opportunity to comment on the proposal. He said that there has been extensive consultation on the many aspects of the Urban Design Framework and, due to its significance and extensive nature, this will continue for some time yet.

In addition, the Council has formally advertised its intention to re-open Raymond Street and the very short section of Cunninghame Street on the eastern (or York Street) side of Raymond Street. The Council has invited people to make submissions and will provide the opportunity for people to address the Council either in support of or against the proposal.

Mr Webb stressed that this proposal does not include any part of the Mall section of Cunninghame Street between Raymond and Desailly Streets.

Mr Webb went on to clarify the projectís estimated costs. He said that recently published figures could be confusing for those not familiar with the proposal and the Councilís Budget.

Opening Raymond Street (and Cunninghame Street to the East)


Complete Landscaping to refresh the area


Total Estimate


Mr Webb said that an amount of $193,359 has been provided in the current financial yearís Budget for Raymond Street. Further funds will be provided next year and in later yearsí Budgets for the balance of the cost.

Mr Webb said that a Committee of all Councillors will consider written submissions on the proposal and hear verbal presentations from those who have made a prior request to be heard. The meeting will be held on Monday, 4 February 2002 at the Port of Sale Civic Centre, Foster Street Sale. It will commence at 4pm and all are welcome to attend.

The Committee will then make a recommendation to the Council and this will be considered at a Special Council Meeting to be held at the same location on Tuesday, 5 February, 2002 at 6pm. Again, everyone will be welcome at this meeting, Mr Webb said.


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