May 10, 2018


Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard today encouraged people to have their say on local traffic and road conditions as part of a feasibility study into an eastern transport link for Ballarat.

Mr Howard will be attending a VicRoads pop-up session in the Albert Coates Complex (Building U) at Federation University, Mount Helen campus tomorrow from 11:00am to 1:00pm (11May).

Last year the Andrews Labor Government invested $150,000 to investigate a potential eastern link road, connecting the Western Freeway and Midland Highway.

Following initial consultations with local residents and the Buninyong & District Community Association, VicRoads installed monitoring equipment in February to study traffic movements on arterial roads in the area.

“Issues of congestion on Ballarat-Buninyong Road, heavy vehicles and general traffic flow travelling through Buninyong has long been discussed in the community,” Mr Howard said

“This provides an opportunity to investigate the viability of alternative routes and connections.

“It’s been important to examine current and future conditions of our local roads, including peak travel times, heavy vehicle behaviour and community expectations so we can identify potential treatments to improve traffic flow.

“I look forward to attending tomorrow’s information session to hear from VicRoads about the findings to date and to talk with residents.

“Thanks to record funding from the Andrews Government, VicRoads has been doing more work on regional roads than it has done in decades.

“This includes over $22.5 million of major upgrades and maintenance works to local roads recently completed or underway.

“The Victorian Budget has allocated $941 million to get on with the job of fixing our state’s regional road network.

“This includes funding for resurfacing, rehabilitation and maintenance on regional roads and a Fixing Country Roads fund to give regional councils a boost, providing grants to fix local country roads.

“These investments will be overseen by Regional Roads Victoria, a separate body dedicated to better plan, maintain and advocate for our state’s regional road network, located in Ballarat.

“The Andrews Labor Government is also planning for the future by investigating options to improve local roads and plan for growth in the community.”