With the impending commencement of construction of the new Dimboola Library, Hindmarsh Shire Council has been consulting with Public Transport Victoria, V/Line and Firefly Coaches in regards to the location of V/Line coach service parking in Dimboola.
Following the first sod turning ceremony on May 16, Hindmarsh Shire Council has commenced discussions with the architect and contractor in relation to the commencement of construction.
Hindmarsh Shire Council Mayor, Cr Ron Ismay said, “as the existing coach parking, drop off and pick up zones are located within the rear car park of the Dimboola Library, they will be impacted by the construction of the new Library. Council has been identifying other suitable locations for parking for both east and west bound coach services”.
“It is proposed that east bound coaches will use an existing bus zone in Lloyd-st adjacent to Lochiel-st while west bound coaches will use Lochiel-st adjacent to Lloy-st,” Cr Ismay said.
“Both of these locations are still within easy walking distance to cafes’, shops, public amenities and the supermarket,” he said.
Council representatives met with V/Line and Firefly Coaches on-site last week and while in-principal, support was provided for the proposed sites, there are still a number of issues that need to be resolved prior to the locations being endorsed by Public Transport Victoria and V/Line.
While the new Dimboola Library and establishment of future landscaping behind the existing library will necessitate the need for the permanent relocation of coach parking, the area will become a highly valued community open space and provide a fantastic link between Dimboola’s business area and the Nine Creeks Reserve which will be the commencement of the Wimmera River Discovery Trail.
“Council recognises the important community connectivity and economic benefits that the coach services provide to Dimboola which the main reason council has attempted to re-locate the parking zones within the main business area of Dimboola,” Cr Ismay said.