Avenue of Honour - Bacchus Marsh
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An East Moorabool ward councilor says Bacchus Marsh’s iconic Avenue of Honour is under extreme threat if a proposal to dump contaminated West Gate Tunnel Project soil at Maddingley is allowed to go ahead.

Tonia Dudzik says the current proposed route – straight down the avenue – would see 460 heavy truck movements a day for at least two years.

“This is a living memorial to the soldiers who served from this area in World War 1,” she said.

“This will undoubtedly ruin the avenue. It’ll cause damage to the roots of our beautiful elms and destroy the amenity for locals.

 “I’m also worried it’ll kill business for the fruit and vegetable stalls along the avenue and impact nearby horticulture.

“Who is going to want to go into the avenue with countless heavy trucks going through?”

The 102-year-old Avenue is one of the oldest in Victoria and its trees are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

“To bring through heavy truck traffic would be sacrilege. It would be absolutely disgusting and disrespectful “

“The avenue should be a place where people can visit and remember the sacrifice of their ancestors safely.”

Cr Dudzik is a past President of the Bacchus Marsh Great War Centenary Committee and  urged Planning Minister Richard Wynne to  find a new solution.

“I know a certain amount of trucks have to use the road for agriculture and logistics, but to make this a truck route to the Maddingley landfill for so many heavy vehicles  – and for so long – is unreasonable.

“Our avenue is beautiful, iconic, a living war memorial and it needs to continue to thrive for generations to come.”

“Its heritage protected – so why is this truck route being considered.”

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