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Greater Shepparton City Council meeting preview

By James Bennett

Greater Shepparton City Council will most likely agree to provide $1.37million to building the Museum of Vehicle Evolution, allowing construction to start soon.

MOVE is billed as a truck and transport memorabilia collection highlighting stories of the important Goulburn Valley people who helped shaped the industry and food bowl.

According to tonight’s council meeting agenda, MOVE plans to start construction stage immediately and secure Federal Government funding of $2.5million.

The construction has been estimated to cost $6.25million, with a further $1.25million already committed from donors.

MOVE has requested $1.25million from the Victorian Government for ‘‘environment components’’, but The News understands both parties are discussing a different funding stream.

According to the agenda, the proposed money through the Victorian Government is not vital to the construction phase, but the government could support funding displays including a clothing collection and mural.

The News believes MOVE will be built as a 10000sq/m extension to the Shepparton Motor Museum and Collectibles at Emerald Bank.

The building will create at least 35 jobs during construction.

MOVE is predicted to have a minimum 17000 visitors in its first year and could boost the region’s economy by $5.7million annually.

If council agrees with the recommendation to approve $1.37million, it will enter discussions with MOVE to when the chief executive can sign off on the funding agreement, allowing work to start.

Other agenda items at tonight’s meeting include distributing $4000 to community groups for the Victorian Seniors Festival in October.

These community groups include Toolamba Lions, Shepparton Italian Social Club and Murchison and District Neighborhood House.

The agenda also includes a draft report for a new heritage strategy to go on public display and council is expected to approve chief executive Peter Harriott’s contract extension.