Year in review for Tatura Community Plan Committee

By Morgan Dyer

The Tatura Community Plan Committee has had a busy year working alongside Greater Shepparton Council to improve their town.

Wishing the region a merry Christmas, the group would like to recap their achievements and advise the town of their goals for the year ahead:

Naturally top of the list is our most recent venture, Light Up Tatura, which continues in local shops with the Find the Elf competition.

Our skate park was renovated to safety standards for our youth to enjoy, while the museum was also supported with their new extension.

We supported the Senior Citizens Club with the renaming of Flanagan Place to Memorial Place, which is now in effect.

We have encouraged and advocated for a RV parking pilot trial to take place in our town.

We have created an annual night named What’s Happening in Your Town, which aims to give local groups and organisations the opportunity to explain their role in the community and their focus for the future.

The night helps identify how we can help work alongside these groups to achieve their goals.

As our council plays a big role in what we achieve, a thank you must go to all at the council along with our dedicated representative, Heather East. Council has attended to dozens of items in the past six to 12 months, including:

● Service St footpath, south side, Fraser St to Martin St
● Service St bike lanes, Ross St to Martin St and Hastie St to Brown St (with island at Brown St)
● Hogan St at Francis St (Stuart Mock Place) — new pedestrian (zebra) crossing
● Hogan St at Gowrie St — path and pram crossings to access school bus stop
● New sign for the RV dump site
● Town lighting inspected and improved for safety
● Shade sail for Northlinks park
● Lake Bartlett dog bags and a drinking fountain
● Uncluttering of signposts at the intersection of Ross and Hogan streets
● Dhurringile Rd, Hogan St to Pyke Rd — new recreational walking path
● Ross St, south of Hogan St — new pedestrian refuge island, new concrete path, pram crossing and bus stop in Hogan St. Requested by the Tatura Community Plan group
● The Community House/library refurbishment planning.

Items we are still working on with council on behalf of the community include:

● Hogan and Hastie St pedestrian crossing and updates
● Resurfacing of Douglas St car park
● Proposed speed restriction in Dhurringile Rd, south of Pyke Rd
● Poor drainage in Hogan St
● Street trees being watered so they do not die
● Robert Mactier VC Memorial Gardens extension
● Stuart Mock Place toilet block refurbishment.

The Tatura Community Plan Committee would like to thank everyone for their support this year and wish all a very merry Christmas and hopes everyone continues to shop local.

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