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.