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Mayors Message - 25 October 2022

Mayors Message - 25 October 2022

Tuesday 25 October 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

It was so good to have the MotoGP back on the Island.

91,158 fans watched incredible races and the feedback was that the roads around the track performed well under the traffic pressure.

The new roundabouts at Back Beach Road did exactly what they were planned to do and kept the cars, bikes and buses moving and really highlighted the importance of road funding in the Bass Coast region.

There’s a lot more work to be done.

Council officers recently attended the Gippsland Regional Roads Round-table with Minister for Roads Ben Carroll MP and Minister for Regional Development The Hon. Harriet Shing MP to advocate with industry for further assistance.

The ministers spoke of their state-wide $780 million road maintenance effort which is currently underway and I was pleased to personally see work being done to fix potholes on the Bass Highway the other day.

The ministers acknowledged the catch-up road maintenance effort was required, as drivers on our roads will testify.

Our region is growing strongly – 37 per cent in the last decade - which is great for local businesses and jobs, but it does put extra pressure on our roads and therefore requires more funding, with further growth anticipated.

The Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy 2035 states that Phillip Island can expect an additional 4,300 visitors per day by 2035. Phillip Island is the second most visitor reliant economy in Australia behind Uluru.

The road priorities discussed were:

San Remo – Back Beach Road intersection. Council supports Regional Roads Victoria seeking funding of $26 million for the implementation of the Phillip Island Road transport infrastructure improvements in San Remo township at Back Beach Road intersection to tackle significant safety and access issues onto Phillip Island Road. Current access and congestion issues are anticipated to worsen.

Wonthaggi - As the Wonthaggi North East Precinct gets underway spurring significantly more growth there is the need for a $1 million study and design for an alternative freight route bypassing the Wonthaggi township.

We also discussed important planning for the Bass Highway and Phillip Island road corridors.

Earlier this year, the Victorian Government announced $7.8 million investment to improve safety and accessibility for locals and visitors in Kilcunda. We look forward to these works commencing.

We will continue to strongly lobby the Victorian Government for the roads our region deserves.