February 3, 2012

Where are the Plans for Geelong Road Works?

State Member for Ballarat East, Geoff Howard, today called on the State Government to show the Mt Helen and Mt Clear communities their plans for the promised pedestrian refuge to be located on Geelong Road near the Greenhill Road intersection and for the long awaited upgrade of the Whitehorse Road intersection.

 “These important projects on Geelong Road have been promised for some time and not only has no work commenced but no plans are yet available for public inspection,” Mr Howard said.

 “This is not good enough and it is time that the Baillieu Government came to life from its apparent deep sleep and actually delivered action.”

 Visiting the proposed site for the pedestrian refuge with Jeanette Goon whose daughter Shae attends Emmaus Catholic Primary School, Mr. Howard said that parents of school students who attend local Mt Clear schools were promised last year that a pedestrian refuge would be constructed on Geelong Road near the Greenhill Road corner.

 Mrs. Goon said that she was very disappointed that following her efforts to persuade VicRoads of the need for a safer crossing opportunity at the intersection she was frustrated that action still seemed some time away.

 “With another school year now underway not only is there no refuge to assist us to get our children safely across this very busy road , VicRoads haven’t even completed plans for their works” Mrs. Goon said.

 Mr. Howard also expressed concern that works were yet to get underway at the Whitehorse Road roundabout which causes heavy traffic bank-ups at peak hour.  

 “Despite being funded by Labor and VicRoads promising to make plans for the improved intersection available to the public by late 2010, nothing appears to have progressed since the election of the Baillieu Government,” Mr Howard advised.

 Mr Howard said that he had attempted to follow this up with VicRoads on many occasions, as have many community members and all we have been told for the last 12 months is that “plans will be completed soon and that works were expected to commence after tenders were let,” he said

 “The residents of this area and the road users who regularly use Geelong Road deserve better”.

 With Parliament again commencing next week Mr Howard said that he will again be pursuing the issue with Roads Minister, Terry Mulder.