Roma Britnell, Peter Hulin call for intersection upgrade to be included in hospital plan

FIX IT: Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell and Peter Hulin at the Ryot and Koroit Street intersection in Warrnambool. Picture: Morgan Hancock

FIX IT: Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell and Peter Hulin at the Ryot and Koroit Street intersection in Warrnambool. Picture: Morgan Hancock

South West Coast MP Roma Britnell and Warrnambool City councillor Peter Hulin are calling for upgrades to the Ryot and Koroit streets intersection as part of stage two of the hospital redevelopment. 

Mrs Britnell, a former nurse who worked at the Warrnambool Base Hospital, said the intersection had always been an issue.

“We are calling for it to be included in the redevelopment plans,” she said.

“I have written to the Roads Minister Luke Donnellan and they have assured us it will be included in the master plan. This is an intersection that has been causing problems for many, many years. 

“It needs to be apart of the redevelopment of the hospital and it also needs to take into consideration the safety and wellbeing of staff who are accessing the hospital, including ambulance services and night duty staff going to their cars.

“Growth in Warrnambool will result in increased traffic.”

Mrs Britnell has also corresponded with Western Victoria MP James Purcell who is the chair of the South West Health advisory committee for the stage two expansion of the hospital .

“I am pleased we have confirmation that they will consider this intersection,” Mrs Britnell said.

“It’s a really good outcome.”

Cr Hulin said the Koroit and Ryot streets intersection had “probably been one of the most contentious corners in Warrnambool”.

He said as Warrnambool’s population continued to grow, and demand at the hospital increased, safety upgrades were necessary. 

“So many people have said it needs something done to it,” he said.

“The people of Warrnambool need to know that the council are working with Mrs Britnell and Mr Purcell as we realise there is a real safety issue here.”

Mrs Britnell said a solution should be completed “efficiently and simply”.

She said there was no need for drawn out consultations or feasibility studies. 

“I don’t think we need to decide what needs to happen,” Mrs Britnell said.

“I think there are experts who can do this job.

“We don’t need a feasibility study, we don’t need a consultation process.

“We just need to get on and do these jobs and use the money wisely for the safety of our community, and for improved facilities.”