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Published Friday 31 May 2019
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Council to continue call for improved roads

Mitchell Shire Council will continue to fight for upgraded roads infrastructure for the community after key projects were not funded in the state budget.

Mitchell Shire Council appreciates all councils need funding, but as one of the fastest growing councils in the state, we are urgently seeking commitments from the Victorian and Federal Governments to help us save time, save lives.

As a peri urban council, we offer affordable and lifestyle living and many of the significant environmental attractions for Melbournians and visitors alike.

Mitchell Shire will remain focused on calling for new infrastructure before congestion becomes unbearable.

Mitchell Shire’s population is expected to grow substantially over the next 25-30 years, from 48,000 to more than 270,000. As the community continues to grow the demand on our roads and mental health services becomes greater.

Mitchell Shire Council is calling on support for the completion of the full diamond interchange at Watson Street, Wallan, and continued works along the already congested Northern Highway to cope with the demands of the growing population.

The roads projects are an immediate priority to meeting growing demands as the works will improve safety and traffic flow.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Cr Bill Chisholm

“Mitchell Shire is growing, and it’s growing fast. Improved roads infrastructure will change the face of our community for generations to come,” he said.

“By working in partnership across Local, State and Federal governments, we can make a difference to thousands of people every day.

“Southern Mitchell’s roads are already struggling to cope with traffic congestion, let alone with the large increases expected in the next five years and doubling traffic volume in just 10 years.

“As well as serious safety concerns, our community is also facing long and frustrating commute times from traffic congestion, social isolation and difficulty trying to go about their daily life including shopping, work, leisure and family activities.

“We don’t want to be retroactively improving our roads. We want to get on the front foot and ensure we have adequate infrastructure for everyone who decides to call Mitchell Shire home.

“Mitchell will experience rapid population growth with 270,000 people expected to call us home in the next 20 to 30 years, with Wallan’s population of 13,000 expected to grow to more than 50,000 people in that time. Our roads are already at capacity and traffic is banking up onto the Hume Freeway causing a dangerous bottleneck on this national freight corridor.

“I would like to thank our residents for all of their support, particularly before the recent election where we received overwhelming feedback from our community.”

This page was last updated on 31 May 2019.