DESPITE over a year of negotiations and hard work by the Minyip Progress Committee, the town is facing more delays and uncertainty over the future of its proposed fuel station.
This follows the decision of Regional Development Victoria (RDV) to no longer support the town with a $50,000 grant.
Shire councillor for the Dunmunkle Ward, Corinne Heintze, said the whole situation was more than disappointing.
“It’s disgraceful; if you’re not going to fund something, say so earlier on and not lead people on,” she said.
The grant was applied for more than a year earlier, but
has only just received the news it was unsuccessful.
The Minyip Progress Association had looked into various types of grants but found that scope of this particular project did not meet the criteria set by them or their time frames would delay the project by more than 12 months.
The estimated cost of the project is $150,000 of which $50,000 would have come from RDV is less than a third of the total cost.
The remaining $90,000 is made up of a contribution of $40,000 from the Bendigo Community Bank and $60,000 to be raised by the community.
Now the community is facing the requirement to raise $100,000.
“It would be much cheaper if the town only required diesel, however petrol is also required, increasing the cost due to the safety requirements
surrounding ﬂammable liquids,” Cr Corinne Heintze said
Fundraising efforts are already underway with donation tins spread around Minyip for people to pop money into.
“The progress association is already looking at options to raise the additional funds needed to move the project forward,” Minyip Progress
Association member, Peter Neiwand said.
“We have an agreement with Bonny Energy to supply the fuel infrastructure, who are ready to install the equipment.”
“The remainder of the money required was to pay for the land, concreting and other non fuel infrastructure requirements, for which the grant was supposed to assist with,” he said.
However, despite the disappointment, he praised the assistance that had been provided by the Yarriambiack Shire during the grant process. Chief Executive Ofﬁcer, Jessie Holmes, expressed dismay on behalf of the council and Minyip residents following the rejection of the grant.
“We are extremely disap pointed over the length of time for RDV to reach a decision and the fact, we believe, they reached the wrongdecision.”
“We will continue to work with the community to ﬁnd
funding as we think it’s a worthwhile and much needed
project,” she said.
The closure came following the sale by BP Advance of the Hopetoun, Murtoa and Minyip fuel outlets to Lowes Petroleum. As a result of the sale, new owners were required to adhere to new Environment Protection Authority rules. These rules surrounding pumps dictate no fuel bowsers are allowed on the street because if there is a spill it can enter stormwater and other drains, so spillage needs to be self-contained.
Unfortunately for the residents of Minyip, the outlet in the town is not large enough to have a drive-through service installed.
At the time of the closure, the then Minyip Progress Association president, Keith Daniels said the situation was a huge burden on the
community, businesses and tourism.
“It is an inconvenience that we are going to have to wear
for a while,” he said.
“My main concern is that businesses might suffer and tourism will suffer to a degree, especially now with the Silo Art Trail bringing trafﬁc
through the town,” Mr Daniels said at the time