29 April 2019

Delivering another $8.2 million for safer roads in Corangamite

A re-elected Morrison Liberal government will deliver $8.2 million for two road projects in Corangamite.

The Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson today announced that a re-elected Morrison Liberal Government will deliver:

  • $5 million for a major safety upgrade of Grubb Road Ocean Grove (between Shell Road and Bellarine Highway); and
  • $3.2 million for the Bannockburn Entrance project which will fund the construction of a roundabout at the perilous intersection of Geelong Road, Shelford-Bannockburn Road, Clyde Road and Kelly Road, adjacent to the level railway crossing.

The $5 million upgrade of Grubb Road builds on the $300,000 our government delivered for planning a safer Grubb Road in 2016.

Apart from very limited community consultations, the state Labor government has done nothing to progress the upgrade of this road which is dramatically required. Many in the community have argued for safer passing and right turning lanes, bicycle lanes and better pedestrian access.

“I call on State Labor to finalise the planning and design for a safer Grubb Road so that construction works can get underway. It is inexcusable that it has done virtually nothing for three years. Ocean Grove is under immense pressure from population growth and this infrastructure is critically important,” Ms Henderson said.

I also support an urgent review of the speed limit.

The Bannockburn Entrance project will fix a very dangerous intersection by constructing a roundabout to improve public safety. The intersection is currently even more perilous because of the private access driveway to the Bannockburn Station Café.

“When I joined Scott Penning, the vice president of the Bannockburn Football and Netball Club, to make the announcement, we witnessed a near miss accident involving a van which was exiting the café. This upgrade is a big win for the Bannockburn community. Again, it is inexcusable that the state Labor government has provided no funding for this vitally important project,” Ms Henderson said.

Other recent road announcements include:

  • Over $31.54 million through the Roads to recovery program over the next five years;
  • $6 million for a safer intersection at the corner of Cape Otway Road and Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Road; and
  • $5 million to upgrade Murradoc Road between Drysdale and St Leonards.

Ms Henderson said, “I have fought extremely hard for major road upgrades which benefit local residents including the Princes Highway duplication, $5 million for the Hamilton Highway and a total of $50 million for the Great Ocean Road.

“Safer regional roads are critically important – our Government is making sure people travel safely and get home sooner to their families.

“It is remarkable that my Labor opponent has shown no interest in upgrading major and local roads.  She has not made one funding commitment to support safer roads.

“We can make these critically important investments because unlike Labor we are not proposing $387 billion in new taxes which will weaken our economy.”

Only the Morrison government has a plan for a stronger economy which will create jobs and guarantee the essential infrastructure and services that Australians need and rely on.

28 April 2019