JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER MICHAEL MCCORMACK AND MAYOR OF THE GOLDEN PLAINS SHIRE OWEN SHARKEY

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has unlocked $3.2 million in federal funding to deliver a new entrance to Bannockburn Township.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the funding means preparation work can begin for the complex intersection, including community consultation and environmental assessments.

“The project will deliver a major roundabout to improve safety and congestion at this busy intersection which leads motorists to the business centre of the town,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Australian Government is fully-funding this project from the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative to get work under way as soon as possible.

“This is yet another example of the Federal Government’s commitment to improving road safety and access to services for regional communities.

“Upgrading this intersection recognises there are safety concerns which must be addressed to ensure everyone arrives at their destination safely.”

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said this project would greatly benefit the local community by improving safety at this dangerous intersection through the construction of a roundabout.

“Bannockburn is a growing community and this high-quality infrastructure will provide a platform for the region to continue to thrive into the future,” Senator Henderson said.

“The new entrance to the township will include traffic islands and upgraded street-lighting that will improve safety and security for pedestrians, while allowing for greater access to local businesses like the Bannockburn Station Café.

“This project is part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s priority to support local jobs, businesses and economies during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

“Injecting much needed infrastructure funds into the Victorian economy and creating jobs for hard-working locals is a top priority as we make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mayor of Golden Plains Shire Cr Owen Sharkey said the project was identified as a high priority in the Bannockburn Transport Strategy.

“Building a new entrance to our township will has been on our wish-list for some time. This project will provide immediate benefits and go a long way towards setting up our community for the future,” Cr Sharkey said.

“I look forward to early works on the project getting away by the end of 2020.”

24 July 2020