Council welcomes $4 million Ballarat Road Federal Government safety investment

Brimbank Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that it will invest $4 million towards upgrading and improving the Ballarat Road and Hulett Street intersection in Albion.

Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou welcomed the news and said local residents, pedestrians and drivers who travel along and across Ballarat Road, between the M80 Ring Road, McIntyre Road and Anderson Road will benefit from this much-needed investment to improve local safety and amenity.

‘We are pleased that in response to Brimbank City Council advocacy and engagement, the Federal Government has committed $4 million to improve safety measures along one of our community’s most dangerous and notorious road and pedestrian corridors.

‘This is a major financial commitment by the Federal Government towards fixing a treacherous stretch of road that has experienced too many near misses, accidents and fatalities.

In the five year period between 2015 and 2019 (inclusive), there were a total of 18 crashes, resulting in 2 fatalities and 18 people being seriously injured.

Council has been extensively advocating to secure investment to improve the Ballarat Road corridor for some time, including as recently as April in writing to the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack MP, in response to his request seeking shovel ready local road safety and transport projects for potential federal funding. A Council delegation also travelled to Canberra in October 2019, to meet and advocate to Minister McCormack’s office and other federal parliamentarians about local priorities.

‘Road safety is important to everyone and this welcome safety investment, will support a safer road, pedestrian and commuter experience that we all deserve.

‘Local residents, including those from Federation Retirement Village near the Hulett Street intersection, will also significantly benefit from this investment.

‘The local community’s campaign for road safety improvements, including by Federation Retirement Village residents and Albion residents, has been pivotal in helping Council secure this funding.

‘Council would like to acknowledge the Federal Government’s commitment, as well as the advocacy of our local Federal Member for Fraser, Daniel Mulino, in helping Council secure this outcome.

Along with the Sunshine Super Hub and Melbourne Airport Rail Link, this $4 million road transport investment will help support local economic growth, create jobs and help us deliver community and social outcomes in response to COVID-19.

This investment also reinforces Brimbank’s calls for the need to develop an Integrated Transport Plan for the West of Melbourne, which would seek to fairly, safely and efficiently connect Brimbank to the broader west. Investing to improve the safety, amenity and flow along Ballarat Road is critical to this.

Cr Papafotiou said while Council is currently awaiting the final funding detail and project scope from the Federal Government of this $4million commitment, Council will continue advocating and engaging to secure further investment in local transport and community projects from the Federal and State Government that will help Brimbank begin to recover and rebuild in response to COVID-19.

‘I am proud to be advocating in positive, meaningful and helpful ways with our Federal and State Government colleagues, that is helping secure outcomes for our community, and in a way that builds momentum and support for a dedicated Health, Wellbeing and Economic COVID-19 Response Partnership and Package for Brimbank,’ Cr Papafotiou said.

The $4 million in funding for Ballarat Rd and Hulett Street Intersection comes on top of the $1.13 million Brimbank was provided as part of the Federal Government’s 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant Program in response to COVID-19, as well as the $50 million commitment offered by the Federal Government in the 2019 Federal Budget, for improvements along the Calder Freeway corridor, and its $5 billion contribution towards the Melbourne Airport Rail Link via Sunshine.