Libby Coker, Federal Member for Corangamite, this week joined with the Golden Plains Shire to highlight the urgent need for funding to upgrade a dangerous five-way intersection in Bannockburn.

Ms Coker and Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey are demanding the $3.2 million promised by the Morrison Government in the lead up to the election is honoured now.

“We cannot wait for a fatality at the busy Clyde and Shelford-Bannockburn Roads. This project addresses the risks to residents and visitors who use this five-way intersection that merges right at the entrance to the business district of Bannockburn,” Ms Coker said.

“Residents and visitors are at risk every time they approach this dangerous intersection. It is critical that the Morrison Government makes this project a priority and immediately provides the funding it committed so the project can get underway.”

The intersection includes the busy Clyde and Shelford-Bannockburn Roads, as well as the Bannockburn railway line intersection with Kelly Road.

Ms Coker also urged the Morrison Government to provide priority funding for other critical road safety projects in the region that were promised in the election commitments.

“The Princess Highway duplication between Winchelsea and Colac is a critical project that will reduce accidents and provide much needed employment in the area, as is the Hamilton Highway upgrade. Black spot funding is also desperately needed across the region, including for work on the Meredith Steglitz Road.”

“The road toll in Victoria, indeed across the country, has increased with most fatalities, tragically, occurring in regional areas. The Bannockburn intersection is just one of a number of road upgrade projects that Scott Morrison has promised that should be funded now – to save lives.”

Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey reiterated that the intersection was a major safety issue that needed to be addressed as a priority.

“The busy intersection at the entrance to Bannockburn is clearly a serious safety issue and the new roundabout is a top priority for local residents and Golden Plains Shire Council. The Federal Government made a firm commitment to fund the $3.2 million project and we are urging the government to now move forward to construction of the roundabout.

 “Bannockburn is one of Victoria’s fast growing towns with a thriving retail and commercial centre, attracting more shoppers and visitors every year. The current five-road intersection is a hazard for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, particularly at peak traffic times. We are calling on the Federal Government to make the new roundabout a year one commitment, delivering on its election promises to the people of Golden Plains.”