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Sinkholes are a fact of life in mining areas, and only to be expected with the sort of heavy rain we've had this year.
The Times' attention was drawn to this one in Derby Lane, a public walkway between High Street and Tobin Street used by locals - and children attending the Blue Light Youth Camp. We were informed of its existence a week ago, and another downpour over the weekend threatens to open it more.
Around two metres across and at least a metre deep, the opening sits either side of a fence bordering the lane and a private residence. Resident Leonie Stevens has filled in her side of the fence, but is understandably concerned about its possible ongoing effect on the foundations of her house.
Maldon, Newstead and places in between - Talking Fire
To better understand fire in our landscape, join us at the Newstead Community Centre over the weekend of 12/13 November.
‘Talking Fire’ will discuss what fire means for our local communities and the environment. The aim is to bring local expertise and knowledge together with outside experts in the field of fire behaviour and fire ecology, so that the community can talk about and better understand, plan, and live with fire.
Some of the questions driving our conversation are:
What is the history of fire in our area?
How have the landscape, community and fire policies changed?
How can we protect what we value?
How can we respond to fire risk, now and in the future?
You may have other questions, ideas or solutions.
Nuggetty Road Closures
The Times was contacted by a Nuggetty resident this week about work being undertaken on the bridge just near the cemetery.
Coming from Bridgewater Road, the road is blocked shortly after the entrance to Tarrengower Prison. The only other entrance to the cemetery from this direction is via Back Cemetery Road Off Church Street, a very rough passage at the best of times – and we didn't want to risk negotiating it given the recent downpours.
Mount Alexander Shire Council confirmed that the old wooden bridge on Maldon-Shelbourne Road will be replaced with a ten metre concrete double lane bridge. “This project is a long-term investment in the safety and reliability of our bridge network,” said Wayne O’Toole, Acting Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council. “Both new bridges [there is another also being constructed on Strathlea Road, Strathlea] will have a life span of more than 100 years. The increased load capacity means they will be able to accommodate all sized vehicles,” said Mr O’Toole. The bridges will be replaced concurrently over a 12 week period, weather conditions permitting.
Around the other way, Nuggetty Road off Bendigo Road had 'ROAD CLOSED' signs on either side – fallen over when we visited on Tuesday evening in yet another blowy rain squall, but re-erected for the photo opportunity – however, the road itself was open, we guess as far as the bridge in question.
There is concern about access to the cemetery. It would appear that visiting via the Bendigo Road is the only reasonable way at present. There is also concern that no notices informing locals were placed in the Tarrangower Times or Midland Express - and that there could be major difficulties if a funeral were to be held during the closure. It's not clear if all affected residents were contacted by mail prior to the work commencing; there were two electronic signs placed with dates for the closure a few days before, but these have since been removed.
MASC is in limbo at present while elections decide the make-up of the next Council, but undertook to update us on this matter for our next edition.
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