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Bye bye, Cobram silos

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May 02, 2017

Moira Shire Council has approved a permit to demolish the privately-owned grain silos at Cobram. Photo: Simon Pollock

Moira Shire Council is officially saying goodbye to the historic Cobram grain silos, after it last week unanimously approved a permit application to demolish them.

Cr Ed Cox moved an alternate motion at the ordinary meeting last Wednesday night to allow for demolition, subject to a number of criteria including creating a visual record of the silos and railway tracks and paying for a commemorative historical plaque detailing the history of the site to be included in any future development.

Originally, a report listed in the council minutes recommended that council refuse the permit, citing inconsistencies with local and state planning policy frameworks and the decision guidelines of the heritage overlay, and because it had a significant impact on the Cobram town centre precinct.

Cr Cox said as a Cobram resident, he had seen community support for council to approve the permit and support to reject it.

‘‘Across the state of Victoria, there are various silos that have tremendous art painted on to them, and I will say the silos in those towns are practically all you can expect to visit in those towns.

‘‘Cobram, as a town we live in, is a thriving town and our future does not revolve around a silo."

For the full story, see Wednesday's edition of the Courier.

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