Roads in focus at community session

A forum in Warrnambool this week will give people the chance to have their say on the region’s roads.

VicRoads is hosting the community information session on Wednesday to collect information on where road upgrades are needed most.

VicRoads regional director Mark Koliba said similar sessions were being held across the state. “We've had a major funding boost this financial year, and before we start our summer construction period, we want to talk to the local community,” he said.

“Roads are vital to how we work, live and play, which is why we want to talk to local people about their concerns and what they want to see happen out on the roads. We would also like to provide some information about our plans to improve various roads throughout the south-west of the state.”

Mr Koliba said feedback from the session would play “an important role in helping identify and prioritise projects, and making sure we know what's important to the community". 

The Warrnambool session will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 3.30pm-7pm at South West TAFE’s Food Lab, Kepler Street.

An online forum seeking feedback on south-west roads has drawn almost 60 responses, with people commenting on the poor state of many south-west roads.

“VicRoads needs to commit additional recurrent funding and address the renewal backlog,” one respondent said. “The deteriorated network is also significantly disrupting travel times. I estimate an additional 30-minute drive from Warrnambool to Melbourne each way. Business is also significantly impacted from additional maintenance costs and travel time. A 21st century economy and society deserves more.”

VicRoads South West Region director Mark Koliba.

VicRoads South West Region director Mark Koliba.