BENDIGO would look very, very different if George Flack has his way.
As revealed at www.bendigoweekly.com.au on Friday, the well-known local businessman and volunteer is running for the newly created Eppalock Ward in October’s City of Greater Bendigo council elections.
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Mr Flack is clearly an ideas man, and some of his ideas for Bendigo are certainly visionary.
He wants to look at re-opening Hargreaves Mall to one-way traffic, re-introducing the four-day Easter Festival and removing the rumble strips and 90-degree parking from Hargreaves Street.
However, it is one of Mr Flack’s big-ticket ideas that is sure to get the most attention.
Mr Flack believes Bendigo’s transport growing pains could be solved with two large flyovers, from south to north and from east to west.
“We are talking a long way down the track,” he said.
“They would be five or 10 metres off the ground and would be like a big cross over Bendigo.
“One would run from Big Hill to Huntly (about 20 kilometres), and the other from the Strathfieldsaye direction to Eaglehawk.”
Under the idea, there would be a series of access ramps at Bendigo’s major intersections to take traffic on and off.
“This is how a city like Bendigo has to look and a vision for us for the 22nd century,” Mr Flack said.
Mr Flack’s plans for Hargreaves Mall include putting a series of disabled-only car parks on one side of the through-road.“I want to be able to put that idea on the table and look at its feasibility,” he said.