July 11, 2017

GAME, SET AND MATCH FOR NEW ELAINE FOOTPATH

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard joined President of Elaine Tennis Club, Ms Jane Farhall and President of Elaine Cricket Club Ms Julie Pantzidis to celebrate the completion of a new footpath which will link the school bus stop, shops and the Elaine Recreation 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 project has received $100,000 from the Andrews Labor Government which will create a new footpath from the school bus stop on the corner of Pearsons Road and Midland Highway, to the general store and continue on to the recreation reserve.

“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.

“I’d also like to acknowledge that the clubs here all have women in their leadership roles.

“As a government, we’re promoting female friendly sporting facilities to increase the participation of women and girls in grassroots sport.

“The Elaine sporting clubs are far ahead of the pack, setting the best possible example to ensure everybody in our community has an equal opportunity to enjoy sport.”