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Friday, January 31, 2014

'Community Concepts' - DCSCA submission 8

This is the eighth submission by the Drysdale and Clifton Springs Community Association (DCSCA) to the City of Greater Geelong's 'Community Concepts' programme.

For background on the programme, and earlier DCSCA submissions see "'Community Concepts' - making the process transparent" on this blog (22 January).

Focus Group - Traffic Congestion in Drysdale.

Drysdale can experience 'gridlock' at peak times, because the pedestrian traffic lights cause traffic to back up to both the roundabouts. Council should establish a focus group to investigate the factors contributing to traffic congestion in Drysdale and to recommend solutions that make best use of the existing traffic management system, that should be minimal and within VicRoads' responsibility. (For example, traffic data could be recorded, a modification to the pedestrian light operation trialed and data compared.)
Focus group members should include representatives of State and Local Governments, Vic Roads, local community groups and businesses, plus invited experts. The focus group and VicRoads should progress the project to completion.

Objectives of the project
  • To reduce traffic congestion and noise. This will improve the town's ambience and safety, increasing its attraction to residents, visitors and tourists. (NB. Traffic to and from the Tip and Geelong currently passes through Drysdale.)
  • To reduce pollution,  travel times and 'road rage', thus improving community health and wellbeing and reducing costs to the health care system.
  • To reduce the carbon footprint and use of fossil fuels, thus improving the local environment.

DCSCA has been actively involved in discussions with Hon. Lisa Neville MP and CoGG personnel on the issue and has circulated suggestions. DCSCA has volunteer insurance and members would be happy to assist in any way.

Street address and suburb: Drysdale
Council ward: Cheetham
Estimate of total project cost: $10,000

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