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Funding for major roads and boat launching

News Article Date: 
Friday, 10 May 2019

Funding announcements for the Princes Highway, local road projects and safer boating facilities have been welcomed by Warrnambool City Council.

Headlining the funding announcements is $60 million from the Federal Government to upgrade the Princes Highway between Warrnambool and Port Fairy.

The highway funding was announced by member for Wannon Dan Tehan.

“This is great news for the South West and we thank the Federal Government for the contribution,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Tony Herbert said.

“Council has been advocating over a number of years for improvements to be made to the Princes Highway between Colac and the South Australian border.

“The section of highway between Warrnambool and Port Fairy is among the busiest regional sections of the highway, used by 14,000 vehicles a day.

“Improvements will include more passing lanes and other safety measures.

“The new funding recognises that safety improvements are required and also that the Princes Highway is a vital piece of infrastructure on which our economy is very dependant, particularly our dairy industry.”

 

 

Also announced this week was a Regional Roads Victoria grant of $455,000 to towards improvements to Wangoom Road – part of a popular cycling route.

The funding, made available through the Fixing Country Roads Program, will be used to widen the road pavement and seal the road shoulders, including bike lanes, along Wangoom Road between Horne and Aberline roads.

New turning lanes and street lighting will also be installed at the Aberline Road and Wiggs Lane intersection to boost safety and access, in partnership with Moyne Shire Council.

“This will be a really important safety upgrade and we acknowledge the support of Regional Roads Victoria,” Cr Herbert said.

“We received feedback through our cycling reference group that Wangoom Road needed attention in order to make it safer for cyclists and motorists.

“It’s used by a growing number of cyclists for training and for fun rides.

“We’ll work with Moyne Shire to ensure a great outcome.”

 

Another road shared with Moyne Shire has also received funding from the Victorian Government.

Wiggs Lane, which extends northwards from Wangoom Road at the intersection with Aberline Road, will be rebuilt and resealed.

This project received a $500,000 grant.

 

The Victorian Government has announced funding of $420,000 to go towards the detailed design work on safer boat launching infrastructure at the Port of Warrnambool.

Minister for Fishing and Boating Jaala Pulford today announced $420,000 in funding to continue planning and design work to upgrade the boat launching facility at Warrnambool’s Lady Bay.

The funding will be used by Warrnambool City Council to prepare the business case, detailed design, planning and approvals for an upgraded Warrnambool boat ramp.

The design will include improved turning areas, boat ramp and additional spur groyne from the Breakwater.

In March the Warrnambool boat ramp was named as Victoria’s worst in an RACV boat ramp survey and today’s funding will play a key role in assisting with the development of a much-needed upgrade.

“The detailed final design will place us in a better position to obtain further funding for the capital works,” Cr Herbert said.

"The Government is saying to us to present them with projects that are 'shovel ready'.  This latest grant will allow that to happen."  

Cr. Herbert has liaised with the main user groups of the harbour precinct in recent months to build support for the boat launching proposal and to view the upgrade as a staged project. 

“We thank the Victorian Government for its support. We know people have waited a long time for this project to be realised but we are getting there,” Cr Herbert said.

Ms Pulford said Warrnambool was “one of the gateways to wonderful fishing and boating in South West Victoria.”

“Investing in safer boating facilities is a win for all water users and local businesses that stand to benefit from increased visitation.”

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