There have been countless incidences of trucks struggling to navigate the S Bend at Korumburra’s top pub over the years. South Gippsland Shire Council announced on Wednesday that the troublesome road is now on its roads’ advocacy radar as ‘priority number one’. M033111.
NOW the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route has been approved and funded, South Gippsland Shire Council’s road priority list is shifting to the west of the shire.
Council has committed its advocacy focus to the Korumburra S Bend and Mine Road, past the Korumburra Primary School.
Cr Jeanette Harding, council’s representative on a network of councils, industries and development groups that lobby for greater investment in transport – SEATS (South East Australian Transport Strategy), said the group was “well aware” of council’s new priority.
“Now we have the Leongatha bypass, our priority now is the Korumburra roads, which have also been identified in the Korumburra Town Centre Framework Plan,” Cr Harding said.
“Black Spur (the bends between Koonwarra and Meeniyan) is our number two.
“Though we are always quick to point the finger and scorn, going to SEATS has made me realise and appreciate that VicRoads is the envy of all the other states [in SEATS], and many of their ideas and initiatives are taken across the border and implemented in New South Wales.”
Cr Harding’s claims VicRoads was the envy of other states will do little to placate drivers on the South Gippsland Highway, which after recent rain has again deteriorated.
Korumburra businessman David Amor urged council during the public presentation session to do more and reprimanded council for congratulating VicRoads for an award it won for erecting wire barrier fencing.
“It would be churlish of us if we didn’t recognise VicRoads won its award for the wire barrier fencing and working on reducing the road toll,” Mayor Jim Fawcett said.
“[Wire barriers] do have good stats and they do save lives.
“It’s also worth noting the funding for the safety works came from the TAC [Traffic Accident Commission], which is usually money that goes towards victims of traffic accidents.
“I also however, do understand and accept that our community was amused at the award given the disgraceful state of our own roads.
“We’ve got our own advocacy campaign ready to go that will be rolled out around the time of the [state government] election.”