The Tatura community wants discussions on developing a patch of land next to Mactier Park to ramp up after plenty of talk but little progress.
Tatura’s Terry Court appealed to Greater Shepparton City councillors last week in a submission calling for support in addressing the land.
He stressed the project should be the council’s number one item for Tatura, that it should help gain control of the VicTrack land and asked for the allocation of necessary funds to do so.
In an impassioned presentation to councillors, Mr Court raised past difficulty in reaching agreement between parties on the land and cited the environmental quality of the land as a factor.
Mayor Dinny Adem said the site had been part of conversations for a while and that the council would ‘‘try and make sure that becomes more of a priority for them’’.
Former Tatura-based councillor Kevin Ryan said communications between the council and VicTrack had not progressed and the council for a number of years had tried to secure use of the land.
‘‘I would like to see that VicTrack look at this as a community project, not as a commercial site,’’ Mr Ryan said.
‘‘To expand it would be a tremendous thing for Tatura,’’ he said.
The development committee had previously stressed disappointment no funding had been allocated to the project in the draft budget and that the community had hoped to see funding allocated to extend the adjacent block in Hogan St.