February 4, 2014  |  Members Statements

Buninyong & District Community Association

Mr HOWARD (Ballarat East)— I add my congratulations, Deputy Speaker.

In December I attended the monthly meeting of the Buninyong & District Community Association  to again  find  that the former  Buninyong Progress Association  is stronger  than ever  due  to  the  commitment  of  many very  capable  community representatives.  As  well as making  good progress in  developing and promoting community  events, including  a  monthly farmers  market,  the  group  has  been attempting to work with the City of Ballarat and VicRoads to improve the amenity of the  thriving  village  of Buninyong.  Members  of  the group  are,  however, frustrated  that their efforts to improve traffic management are not progressing to show tangible outcomes.

Their no.1 priority is to have flashing lights installed at  the school  crossing on  the Buninyong hill, and although I have written to the Minister for Roads on several occasions since March 2011 regarding this  issue, the response to   this request has been negative  even  though similar flashing  lights have been erected  near Magpie Primary School and at so many other sites around the state. Other traffic management  proposals  put  forward  by the group have also gained limited or no support. Clearly the Buninyong community deserves better.