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Help Get Wyndham Moving

26.02.2014

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Wyndham residents are being urged to start their engine, get on their bike and board the bus - and help Get Wyndham Moving as part of a new traffic and transport congestion campaign.

The Get Wyndham Moving congestion campaign is being officially launched at the Wyndham Civic Centre on Thursday, March 20 2014 at 7pm and the whole Wyndham community is urged to attend.

Wyndham City has identified a six point plan that will make a difference.

These are: 

  1. Arterial road duplications to be funded by the State Government, particularly:
    • Dohertys, Palmers, Sayers and Derrimut Roads
    • Improve 3 key intersections: Point Cook and Sneydes Roads, Leaks and Palmers Roads and Heaths and Tarneit Roads
    • Ensure Armstrong / Ison Road is built in partnership with developers, including an overpass at the Geelong railway line, connecting Wyndham Vale to the Princes Freeway.
  2. West Link: Start building the State Government’s East-West link at the Western end. This will mean a second major road from the West to the Port of Melbourne and the CBD, which addresses the demand that will be generated by huge population and container freight growth.
  3. Remove level crossings: Three level crossings need to be replaced with underpasses or overpasses. Cherry Street in Werribee, Cottrell Street in Werribee and Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing all have train line crossings that need overpasses or underpasses to allow for safety and better flow of traffic.
  4. More buses and bus routes, especially buses that meet trains, run on main roads and operate more frequently.
  5. Melbourne Metro Rail project which will allow more trains to and from Wyndham.
  6. We need new funding approaches by State and Federal Governments to guarantee Wyndham’s roads and public transport can keep up with growth.

Wyndham Mayor, Cr Bob Fairclough, said the campaign was established following extensive consultation with residents at listening posts at the Wyndham Exchange, which highlighted traffic congestion and public transport as issues of utmost concern to our residents.

The campaign features local transport champions who will tell their personal stories to show the real impact of traffic and transport congestion on families and individuals, and will promote the campaign through community networks.

“Our transport champions are Christine Morris, Jason and Bernadette Smallwood and family, Troy Hixon, Cameron Nash, Mick O’Donnell, Edi De Pellegrin, Barry Harvey, Alice Osborne, Julie Mason, Sarma Pochincharla and Dr. Meera Joshi. I would like to thank them for being part of this,” Cr Fairclough said.

“Our transport champions use different modes of transport and represent different parts of our community, including families, businesses and young people and their stories represent the traffic and transport issues many of us face in Wyndham.”

“I’m calling on every Wyndham resident to get involved in this crucial campaign to get the State Government to invest in our transport infrastructure,” Cr Fairclough said.

“Wyndham City has pledged $2 million over two years to get action on priority congestion projects, lobby the State Government through their budget process and the coming November 2014 election and fast-track key road and transport works with financial contributions from Council.”

The Get Wyndham Moving campaign will be launched on Thursday, March 20 at 7pm at the Wyndham Civic Centre.  The launch is free and members of the public are welcome to attend. RSVPs are required by Thursday, March 13.  To RSVP, contact Wyndham City on 9742 0945 or email info@getwyndhammoving.com.au

Guest speakers at the launch will include Environmental Geographer Rob Gell, RACV Roads and Traffic Manager, Dave Jones with Comedian Dave Hughes acting as MC.

For more information on the Get Wyndham Moving campaign, visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/getwyndhammoving