Strategy for Bannockburn's growth

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The Victorian Planning Authority has awarded Golden Plains Shire Council $80,000 to assist with a strategy to accommodate Golden Plains Shire’s fastest-growing community.

The funding will support Council to create a Car Parking, Traffic Management, and Pedestrian and Cycling Strategy (‘the Strategy’) for the Bannockburn area.

The Strategy will outline the required infrastructure and network upgrades to support the expected population growth in Bannockburn, currently 7.2% per annum (ABS 2016), over the next 15 to 20 years.

The study is being undertaken in response to a rapidly growing population and subsequent need for a coordinated transport network plan.

The Strategy will ensure that all transport issues and opportunities are addressed in a manner that balances amenity, safety and mobility for all road users, and will aim to improve the environmental, economic and social outcomes of Bannockburn.

To assist with preparing the Strategy, Council has engaged Cardno, a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, to undertake a comprehensive review of the transport networks in Bannockburn.

Cardno will collect and analyse traffic, car parking and road accident data, undertake an analysis of future traffic, car parking, and active travel requirements.

This analysis will allow Cardno to develop a set of recommendations to Council regarding the required infrastructure and network upgrades to meet the future expected demands and address existing network issues.

Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Helena Kirby said that the aim of this project is to support the people and businesses of Bannockburn well into the future.

“Council will be asking residents to help identify known traffic sticking points and to make sure they have their say when the Strategy is developed; I encourage residents from Bannockburn and surrounding areas to get involved,” she said.

“Council has been proactive about obtaining this funding to get the ball rolling and make sure Bannockburn remains such a wonderful place to live and work.

“Hopefully by getting on the front foot we can avoid many of the issues we have seen in other fast-growing towns in regional Australia."

Council will inform residents of opportunities to get involved through its website, social media, Golden Plains Shire Council News and Gazette.

Source: A Golden Plains Shire media statement