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Geelong Road update
Geelong Road has generated a lot of conversation in recent weeks. Residents
have raised concerns with Council about congestion, safety for children
accessing the growing schools, and have petitioned for solutions.
The facts of the current Geelong Road situation are; that the population
along Geelong Road is growing, along with schools, the University and
Technology Park, leading to increased numbers of vehicles on the road
and greater numbers of traffic management points. The road is adjacent to
homes on both sides and expansion is not possible. Council and VicRoads
are working to balance the needs of the commercial sectors accessing this
road and the families living nearby, but there are no easy solutions for the
VicRoads is currently developing a project to improve safety for right-turning
vehicles accessing properties, businesses and side roads on Geelong Road
between Wainwright Street and a point north of Whitehorse Road. VicRoads
is also investigating options to improve the Whitehorse Road intersection.
Council is working closely with VicRoads to identify safety options for
school children using the road and investigate potential alternative routes
to manage traffic in this area into the future. Part of that work will consider
the petition received by Council for a school crossing at the Greenhill Road
and Geelong Road intersection. The Department of Transport is also working
with Council to identify public transport options.
Whilst there are no easy solutions for the traffic on Geelong Road, the City
of Ballarat will continue to work towards sensible solutions for all and will
keep the community along the Geelong Road informed.
From the CEO's desk
Council will, in the next month, present its Draft Budget for the 2011-2012
financial year. Next year's budget will build on the strong financial planning
of this Council and continue the delivery of the strategic objectives outlined
in the Council Plan.
Both the Draft Budget and the Council Plan are joint efforts between Council and
the community. The ongoing input, feedback, suggestions and consultations
with our community help define and focus Council's activities to best meet
the needs and aspirations of our city.
Last year, a number of community consultations were held, including
community barbecues and another Community Summit. This provided
Councillors and the community with the chance to discuss our progress on
delivering the important projects and initiatives identified in 2009, while
also identifying any new priorities.
Consequently I am confident that the Draft Budget and Council Plan are
targeted and responsive to the needs of our growing city. Due to the strong
financial position of Council, Ballarat can face the future with certainty and
optimism, knowing that Council is driving sustainable growth, investing in
important infrastructure, managing and maintaining our existing assets and
lifestyle and capping rates.
Capital works investment continues to be a highlight, with increased spending
on roads, drainage and core infrastructure. This spending will build on the
additional works Council committed to following the flood events of recent
months. Work continues on many roads, particularly those in rural areas,
after repeated flooding. Council will also continue to upgrade our sporting
precincts, invest in major projects such as the Civic Hall redevelopment and
CBD revitalisation and plan and prepare for the Ballarat West Growth Area.
Council's strong financial planning has enabled us to weather unexpected
financial outlay, including a top up of Vic Super.
The Draft Budget and Council Plan will be released for public comment in
May and I urge ratepayers to take the time to look over both documents, to
make comment and to be a part of Ballarat's strong future.
Chief Executive Officer
City of Ballarat
Below: Image courtesy of The Courier
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