When does a pothole stop becoming a pothole and a pot-stretch instead? We’d suggest this example, on the council managed Leongatha Yarragon Road, near the Courts and Colbert and Grays roads intersection, exemplifies the issue perfectly. The road, which has eroded from shoulder to shoulder, has been scraped, but it has achieved little. Residents along the road say it has been in this condition for well over a week. D104212

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has applauded the State Government’s announcement of more funding for roads. Infrastructure director Anthony Seabrook said it was pleasing to see governments recognised more funding for roads, given the weather events of the last two years, was essential. However, he noted there had been no indication yet where the money would be going. He did confirm the funding was for VicRoads’ budget, not council managed roads. “It’s great the government’s recognised the area needs a lot more money for road repairs,” he said. “The government and VicRoads’ have recognised potholes, to the size they are, aren’t acceptable – or at least they’re not acceptable unless fixed in a timely manner. “Council has been lobbying ever since the rain started two years ago to improve funding for VicRoads’ roads in South Gippsland. “It’s been high on council’s agenda, and the CEO’s given his previous background in road construction. “It’s also featured in the shire’s priority booklet. “However, we haven’t been informed yet on the split of that funding – how much to South Gippsland and Bass Coast regions [not shires], for example how much they’re allocating to the South Gippsland Highway, Bass Highway or others. “VicRoads’ risk assessments and traffic studies will likely determine how the money is split up.” Mr Seabrook credited the shire’s successful lobbying for increasing VicRoads’ budget and the public’s complaints to VicRoads. He said council had lobbied because it understood the road network was essential to rural Victoria, and particularly this area with its large agricultural and industrial enterprises that rely on consistent and safe transport. Mr Seabrook said the funding split and recommendations for works would be part of discussions council will have with VicRoads next week. The meeting is part of the twice yearly closed session between council officers and VicRoads representatives. “Up for discussion will be a program of works, any subdivisions that may require VicRoads’ attention or input (we’re currently working on the Leongatha South plans), then other ongoing issues including the Leongatha Traffic Study and Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route. “Other issues we’ll discuss include black spot funding opportunities, and funding for tactile footpath works.” Mr Seabrook said VicRoads is scheduled to come back to the community on its feasibility study on the Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route in the New Year.