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Opportunity for relocation

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April 14, 2018

V/Line is inviting Mooroopna locals out to a cafe to share a cuppa and gather ideas on the future of the town’s station.

It is not often a regional rail authority asks its passengers out for coffee.

But on Monday, V/Line is inviting Mooroopna locals out to a cafe to share a cuppa and gather ideas on the future of the town’s station.

Transport for Victoria and V/Line representatives will be available to chat over coffee at Bill and Beats from 1pm to 3pm.

Earlier in the morning the representatives will be camped out outside the Mooroopna station — from 5am to 7am — hoping to gauge the views of dawn commuters.

The former Mooroopna station house was destroyed by a fire in January, before temporary facilities were put in place.

Then last month, Victorian Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announced a consultation process would begin to determine what kind of future station those in Mooroopna wanted.

V/Line chief executive James Pinder encouraged commuters to have their say and said feedback gathered would feed into a final decision on the new facility.

‘‘We are keen to hear from people who use the station or have an interest in its future,’’ he said, adding the goal was to reach ‘‘the best possible outcome for the local community’’.

The rail authorities will work with historians and the Greater Shepparton Council to finalise a design ‘‘that meets the community’s needs’’.

A former mayor this month called for the discussion about the destroyed station to expand and look at its possible relocation.

Cr Dennis Patterson wants the community to consider not just the structure that replaces the former station house but also contemplate whether the existing site is the best for the future needs of the town’s station.

He said community consultation about a replacement station was a rare opportunity for commuters to influence whether the existing location was ideal and effect a relocation, if warranted.

Anyone who cannot attend the sessions can leave feedback at www.getinvolved.transport.vic. gov.au/mooroopna-station-redevelopment

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