MOTORISTS on Phillip Island will benefit under a re-elected Coalition Government, with $275,000 for the construction of a new roundabout at Cape Woolamai.
Flinders MP Greg Hunt made the announcement to the community at the recent Meet the Candidates event at Cowes.
“Phillip Island residents have long been concerned with the state of this intersection, which provides a crucial link for residents and tourists to Cape Woolamai,” Mr Hunt said.
“Upgrades to the Woolamai Beach and Phillip Island Tourist Road intersection will ensure motorists, pedestrians and cyclists enjoy safer trips on our roads.
“I am delighted that the Coalition has been able to invest $275,000 in upgrading this intersection, by injecting funds where it is most needed.
“Recently we were shaken by a multi-car collision, which resulted in several people being seriously injured. This is one of many incidents that have occurred at this particular intersection.
“As a result of the accident, residents and tourists were unable to travel in either direction for seven hours.”
The intersection has been identified by VicRoads as a priority for the greater Phillip Island region.
The Bass Coast Shire Council has also strongly advocated for the improvement of this road black spot.
Mr Hunt said he’s received many letters and emails about the issue.
“Because I’m down here a lot people raise it with me and because of the recent incidents I think the Island has said we have to do something now, we can’t wait three years or five years because as bad as this was, something even worse could happen soon,” he said.
“This will bring it forward three to five years. The funds are available as soon as the election’s over and then it’s up to VicRoads to do it as quickly as possible, but we’ll keep the pressure on them and we’ll make sure the community is consulted.”
The push for a roundabout at the dangerous intersection has been one of many priorities for the Phillip Island Progress Association (PIPA).
PIPA chairman Steve Fullarton said the intersection was one of many safety issues across Phillip Island.
“Safety’s our major concern and we’ve been pushing for this right from the very start,” he said.
“We’ve had a few wins but this is a good one. It’s just a community safety issue.
“It’s essential, although VicRoads said there had to be four fatalities before anything happened.
“At meetings we’ve had, they said statistically it didn’t add up but thankfully now common sense is prevailing.
“It came out of the blue but we’ve all been pushing hard for it.”
The PIPA will continue to campaign for a roundabout at the Back Beach Road and Phillip Island road intersection, which has also been labelled dangerous.