A new roundabout on the Princes Highway at the Cobains Road intersection will improve road safety for the many home owners relocating to the north edge of Sale.
Wellington Shire Council is building the roundabout in partnership with private investment.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren CHESTER said the Federal Government had funded complementary roadworks along Cobains Road, toward Evelyn Drive, through the Roads to Recovery program.
“Wellington Shire Council will receive $1.4 million from the Federal Government this year under the Roads to Recovery program, and an additional $12 million in Financial Assistance Grants that can be spent on local roads and other priorities,” Mr CHESTER said.
“These programs provide funding directly to local government so that councillors can make sure the priority projects from each community are the ones that get funded.” Mr CHESTER said the Federal Government had contributed $300,000 to the Cobains Road upgrade.
“Local contractor Cranes Asphalting has secured the work, which began late last year,” Mr CHESTER said.
“It is great to see the shire supporting local business. As we all know, when you support a local business you are helping create more jobs for the future of our region.” Wellington Shire Mayor Cr Carolyn Crossley said the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, coupled with residential development in the area, had led to increased traffic along Cobains Road.
“Houses are continuing to go up in residential developments on the Stratford side of Sale, and a safer turning point on the highway has become essential as traffic volumes continue to increase,” Cr Crossley said.
“We have partnered with the private developer, who is undertaking works on the north side of Cobains Road for the length of their development. Wellington Shire Council’s contribution to the roundabout is approximately 70% of the total $2.5 million cost.”
Contact Darren Chester’s office: 5144 6744