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Replica station not likely

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February 03, 2018

(bethanie) Trainstations... Mooroopna and Shepparton... Shepparton Station will maybe be moving to Mooroopna. Mooroopna Station.

Suzanna Sheed says consultation should be undertaken with the community before a decision is made on the future of any structure at the Mooroopna Railway Station site.

But feedback from the community indicated little interest in a replica station house being rebuilt.

Instead, a proper modern weather-resistant shelter was preferred, Ms Sheed imagined.

Fire destroyed the historic railway station on January 13 — 138 years to the day after it was opened.

Construction of a temporary shelter was under way last month, less than two days after state opposition called for a rebuild.

State Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell had last month said if the Victorian Government did not rebuild the Mooroopna Railway Station, a coalition government would if elected in November.

After meeting with residents in Mooroopna, Ms Sheed relayed a general view that there was little need to rebuild the railway station, ‘‘but rather provide a really good weatherproof shelter with seating’’.

‘‘I didn’t hear a call for rebuilding in the style of the old station house,’’ she said.

‘‘People acknowledge it hasn’t been used for many years and really what is needed there is a substantial shelter to protect people from the elements and adequate seating and the like.’’

Ms Sheed had spoken with Victoria’s public transport minister, she said, ‘‘about what might be needed’’.

‘‘She’s very keen to hear what the community might want,’’ Ms Sheed said.

The Shepparton State MP furthermore stressed that Mooroopna community needed facilities that sufficiently cater to its needs.

While calling for more consultation on the site’s future, Ms Sheed said she wouldn’t want to see it delayed for too long, fearing the onset of a wet winter.

‘‘It’s effectively a bus shelter at the moment,’’ she said adding something more substantial was needed.

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