MORE than 130 people died on Gippsland roads between 2012 and 2016, and one notorious area is between Anderson and Phillip Island.
At a VicRoads feedback session in Wonthaggi, a map marking serious injuries and deaths in country Victoria showed there had been 1747 incidents in Gippsland from 2012 to 2016.
In country Victoria, it was 9222 and Gippsland made up nearly 19 per cent of those incidents.
South Gippsland and Bass Coast CEOs and Mayors, keen on combating the issue, had a meeting with key VicRoads personnel earlier this month.
There were discussions around transport issues at Phillip Island and the need for improvements to separate tourist traffic from locals getting in and out of their homes, as well as moving around Phillip Island generally.
Mr Merritt said there was a significant choke point because of the geography of the island.
Discussions around South Gippsland centred on road safety upgrades, tourism economy and population growth, which rose by more than 3000 from 2006 to 2016, according to Census data.
However, 2016 was the first year the Australian Bureau of Statistics began collecting data for people on where they lived and not where they were on Census night.
Bass Coast Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said she was “thrilled” to hear this year’s road maintenance budget had been doubled.
There were also concerns around international drivers unfamiliar with road conditions in country Victoria, and the need for safer paths on Phillip Island for cyclists.
At the VicRoads session in Wonthaggi, two Phillip Island residents left feedback, citing tourism and wildlife concerns.
VicRoads is collating the feedback from the session and will publish it in a summary report within the next month.
Gippsland roads on VicRoads’ agenda