SENTINEL-TIMES COMMENT

IT HAS got to the stage now where the 60km/h section of Phillip Island Road, past Surf Beach, is skewing the development of the Island and San Remo.

Even when the traffic isn’t at its holiday weekend peaks, like we’ll see at Easter in a couple of weeks’ time, the going is painfully slow along this part of the road in particular, and often for the entire length out of Cowes to the San Remo Bridge.

For would-be commuters it’s the worst and some have even made the decision to rule out the Island altogether and buy at San Remo or somewhere else, simply to avoid the tortuous travel times off the Island.

Surely, putting in a service lane (at the very least) for the section between Sunset Strip and Forrest Caves is a priority, allowing speeds to safely be increased to 100km/h again.

And we’d like to hear all sides of politics commit to this ahead of the Saturday, November 26 state election.

In fact, the whole issue of access and egress off Phillip Island needs to be looked at, even to the point of considering a high-capacity bridge and for those who say it’s better to try and keep numbers down… it’s already gone past that.

The state government’s draft Bass Coast Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) and proposed landscape planning controls, out now for public comment, has a lot to say about restricting further housing development on the Island, but we do have to provide proper infrastructure for those who are already here.
Submissions on the new SPP must be received by 5pm on Friday, April 29, 2022 and must be lodged through the Engage Victoria platform.