15 May 2015

Action at last on Anglesea Roundabout

Our community campaign to upgrade the Anglesea roundabout to combat traffic congestion on the Great Ocean Road has delivered.

After concerted lobbying and a community petition, I am delighted that VicRoads has announced it will spend $2.9 million to upgrade the roundabout.

I wish to acknowledge everyone in the Anglesea community who supported our community campaign.  I am a great believer in people power and it wonderful that we are, at last, seeing action.

As I have been highlighting for many months, the township of Anglesea faces particular issues with fire risk and traffic congestion.

At the peak of summer, motorists can experience traffic queues of up to eight kilometres in and out of the town.  The roundabout, on the corner of Great Ocean Road and Camp Road, can be swamped with up to 22,000 vehicles a day.  This makes it one of the Surf Coast’s most notorious intersections.

The project will involve adding new lanes to the roundabout as well as a controlled pedestrian crossing.  VicRoads’ modelling shows this should dramatically cut traffic congestion.   This work needs to happen as soon as possible.

At the end of January, I held a community meeting in Anglesea with Emergency Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley and VicRoads (then) Regional Director, William Tieppo.  Almost 200 people attended and many spoke about their concerns. 

The State Government’s announcement of the upgrade was made very quietly, perhaps because it didn’t want to give credit to our community campaign.

Bushfire risk and better traffic management along the Great Ocean Road remains a very big issue.  I will continue to stand up for the Anglesea community on these important issues.

15 May 2015