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February 06, 2018

Mooroopna station house that fire destroyed last month.

Victorian Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan has asked for consultations to begin on the sort of train station Mooroopna residents want for the town, after fire destroyed the previous structure last month.

The News understands the Victorian Government has asked V/Line to start consultations over the coming weeks on what the community would like to see at the new Mooroopna station.

Following discussions with State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed, Ms Allan set conversations rolling yesterday.

‘‘After discussions with Suzanna Sheed, I’ve asked V/Line to begin consultations with the local community as to what facilities they want to see when they catch the train at Mooroopna,’’ Ms Allan said.

‘‘We acted quickly to ensure temporary shelter was in place and this consultation will explore what the permanent options are for Mooroopna.’’

Fire destroyed the station house at Mooroopna station on January 13.

Temporary shelter has been installed at the station and power has been reconnected at the site.

Permanent seating will be installed in the coming weeks, The News understands.

Ms Sheed last week said the community should be consulted before a decision was made on the future of any structure at the Mooroopna railway station site.

But feedback she had received from the community indicated little interest in a replica station house being rebuilt, ‘‘but rather provide a really good weatherproof shelter with seating’’.

State Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell last month said if the government did not rebuild the Mooroopna railway station, a Coalition government would if elected in November.

She had urged on the need to consult with the community on any direction moving forward.

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