Baw Baw Shire Council is one of 21 municipalities to receive funding through the Victorian Government’s Streamlining for Growth program.
The $2.7 million program is designed to create jobs and drive Victoria’s economic recovery.
Council has received a $250,000 (excluding GST) grant through the program, with $35,000 in additional in-kind support from the Victorian Planning Authority.
The funding will go towards delivering the Warragul and Drouin Development Contribution Plan (DCP) Arterial Road Intersection Design project.
The project will involve the design, detailed design approval and costing of critical pieces of infrastructure for Warragul and Drouin, including new roundabouts proposed for Main South Road in Drouin, Brandy Creek Road in Warragul and Warragul- Korumburra Road in Warragul.
There are 14 arterial road intersections proposed in the Warragul and Drouin Precinct Structure Plan areas to be funded by associated Development Contribution Plans (DCPs). Currently, the intersection project budgets are underfunded in the DCPs and need to be redesigned and costed to allow for the projects to be delivered efficiently. This funding shortfall was identified in a recent review of the DCPs.
Council will deliver the project in partnership with Regional Road Victoria and the Victorian Planning Authority, which is expected to get underway soon and take 12 months to complete.
Quotes attributable to Mayor Cr Danny Goss
“Our communities are feeling the pressure on our local roads caused by rapid residential growth. Council is grateful to receive this initial support from the State Government to fast track the design process for these important intersections.
“We will continue to advocate strongly to the State and Federal Government for further funding for crucial road infrastructure upgrades to support our growing community.”