MEMBERS of two key Leongatha community organisations have proposed changes to the Leongatha Railway Site Transformation Draft Master Plan at the 11th hour.
But their ideas, presented to councillors after last Wednesday’s council meeting, during a visit on foot to the site, appear to have been well received, despite the fact that the consultation period was officially over on October 17.
Leongatha Rotary Club representative Mike West made a submission to councillors that the proposed traffic school would be better located nearer the centre of the site to provide closer access to toilets, among other issues.
In fact, the Rotary Club says is couldn’t be involved in the project if it was located at the far eastern end of the site near the railway bridge.
Leongatha Chamber of Commerce president Brenton Williams made representations about increases in car-parking capacity at the site.
And both organisations have supported a major change to the layout whereby vehicles, especially buses, cars with caravans and other longer vehicles can drive through rather than have to turn around inside the site.
Mr Williams said he believed that possible contamination of the site, due to its previous use as a railway yards, would require the site to be covered with new fill which he said could be removed from the Long Street side, also serving the purpose of opening up a loop-road access.
Council’s planners will consider the submission as part of their preparation of a final plan for the transformation of the rail yards.