Community Determine Rhyll’s Traffic Future

Bass Coast Shire Council adopted the Rhyll Traffic Management Plan at its Ordinary Meeting on 15 April 2015.

This Plan was developed with substantial community input, and high level technical expertise contributed by the external consultant engaged to develop it, GHD.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the Plan outlines a suite of short, medium and long term measures that together will enhance the efficiency and safety of the Rhyll traffic network.

GHD carried out a comprehensive community and stakeholder engagement process including:

  • an online and hard copy survey completed by 32 per cent of Rhyll’s residents

  • a public information ‘drop-in’ session at the Rhyll Hall attended by about 10 per cent of residents

  • discussions with relevant State Government departments and authorities

They also carried out automated traffic counts and in person observations around the township.

The top issues highlighted by the community included:

  • the lack of bicycle and walking links to nearby towns

  • the lack of footpaths along high speed environment roads such as Rhyll Newhaven road and parts of Lock Road

  • high speed limits on the road network within and approaching the township

  • non-local boat ramp traffic using residential streets

  • poor road quality and deteriorating dust suppression seals

Cr Brown said GHD identified options to address these issues, and prioritised them taking into account engineering, social, environmental and economic factors.

“If we are to meet the challenges of meeting the community’s expectations for services such as traffic management in a financially challenging environment, it’s essential that we have data and information to base decisions on,” Cr Brown said.

The Plan can be found on Council’s website at basscoast.vic.gov.au/rhylltraffic.