Community Sessions Identify Sunset Strip Issues
Bass Coast Shire Council is engaging with Sunset Strip property owners to identify infrastructure issues throughout the estate.
Council held community sessions in mid-March, where approximately 40 property owners provided details of drainage, road safety and traffic issues by applying red and blue stickers to a map of the estate.
McHaffie Ward Councillor, Kimberley Brown, said these ‘hot spots’ have since been uploaded to an interactive map on Council’s website, where information on each individual issue can be seen by clicking on the red or blue dots.
“It was made very clear to us in the community forums that there are a number of issues relating to road condition, road safety, traffic and drainage throughout the estate, which will not able to be resolved simply through routine maintenance,” Cr Brown said.
“This website is a great tool for property owners who weren’t able to attend the community sessions to see what issues have already been identified, as well as submit any of their own concerns that haven’t yet been raised.”
At present, 37 traffic issues and 25 drainage issues have been marked on the interactive map.
Some of the most common issues raised included water flooding properties and roads, poorly defined intersections confusing motorists, vegetation restriction visibility, and open drains causing narrow roads and intersections.
Cr Brown said a number of these issues are on roads controlled by VicRoads, although they may be able to be resolved through joint discussions.
“Some issues can be managed in the short term by maintenance; however, most can only be properly fixed by a full road and drainage upgrade,” Cr Brown said.
“At this stage, Council has not committed to the upgrade of any infrastructure within the Sunset Strip area; however we are committed to consulting with the community to find out what the issues are in the area.”
Property owners also shared their preferences for the streetscape and design, should the roads be upgraded, at the community sessions.
The interactive map, as well as further information on Sunset Strip, can be found by visiting www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/sunsetstrip.
If you couldn’t attend a session or have further information to send in, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Infrastructure Projects Team on 1300 BCOAST (227 278).