By Michael Giles
AFTER what seemed like an eternity in construction and a few hiccups in the first weeks of operation, the new traffic lights in Wonthaggi have been a welcome improvement.
That is especially so for people using Korumburra Road where you could often wait for a long time to get across McKenzie Street (Bass Highway) particularly during long weekends and holiday times.
So, it’s a good thing to have that problem squared away before the summer hits with its influx of coastal visitors and holiday home owners.
The intersection will be of increasing importance to Wonthaggi as the north-east residential development area starts to see more home starts, from early in the New Year onwards, when these areas finally get the green light from the shire.
Our first set of traffic lights is no big deal in the scheme of things but it signals that Wonthaggi is growing strongly and is on track to fulfill its promise as a key peri-urban centre, able to absorb some of the growth coming out of Melbourne.
Of course, other infrastructure must follow recent funding announcements at the hospital and secondary college with an improvement in public transport, tertiary education, child care and recreation facilities high on the list.