June 26, 2017


Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard today joined Moorabool Mayor David Edwards and members of the Elaine Cricket Club to inspect works on a new footpath which will link the school bus stop, shops and the Elaine Recreational Reserve.

“When Shane Dunne from the cricket club raised his concerns that children getting off the school bus couldn’t safety walk to the recreation reserve, I organised for VicRoads and Moorabool Shire to investigate the issue,” Mr Howard said.

“The Andrews Government responded by investing $100,000 to build a new footpath that will stretch from the school bus stop on the corner of Pearsons Road and Midland Highway, to the general store.

“A new section of kerb will provide a safer location to cross the Midland Highway, with the path continuing to the recreational reserve.

“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to work with council, VicRoads, local residents and the cricket club to get a great outcome that will make it safer for children walking to the recreation reserve.

“This builds on previous safety improvements, where I was able to have the 80 kilometre-an-hour speed zone moved to the southern side of the reserve, reducing the previous limit here from 100km/h.”

Moorabool Mayor, David Edwards said council worked with local residents to finalise the location for the footpath.

“Following community consultations we worked with local residents and neighbouring property owners to secure the land required for the footpath to be constructed.” Mr Edwards said.

“This is a fantastic project and I’m pleased that local firm Butler Excavations has been awarded the contract to deliver the project.

“Local children will soon benefit from a safer pathway to walk from the school bus and the local shops to enjoy training and recreational activity here at the reserve.”