Pioneer Bay,

Next step for Pioneer Bay streets upgrade

Bass Coast Shire Council resolved to continue the process to upgrade road and drainage in Pioneer Bay at Wednesday night's meeting.

It will now consider a proposed funding model before the works can go ahead.

Having received feedback from Pioneer Bay residents regarding design options, Council adopted Option 1, preferred by 55 per cent of respondents.

This option includes full road and drainage upgrades, including speed humps for local area traffic management and pedestrian pathways on selected streets only, and is the lowest cost option for both Council and property owners in the estate, should a special charge scheme go ahead.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said there had been an extensive consultation process with affected residents, with a number of workshops held since May 2015.

“Residents from the estate have been involved from the very beginning, from identifying road and drainage issues in the area, to helping develop the design options,” Cr Rothfield said.

“We do have a legacy in Bass Coast of urban areas without suitable drainage, sealed roads and footpaths, and working with the local community, we hope to improve conditions for residents in the Pioneer Bay estate.”

At the same meeting, Council resolved to respond to a petition from residents of Kallay Drive in Pioneer Bay asking for gravel placed over a pre-existing bitumeal seal along the street to be removed.

“Kallay Drive was part of the dust suppressant trial program between 2005 and 2007; however, that seal has apparently broken down over time and a section of the road was returned to an unsealed road in 2013,” Cr Rothfield said.

“We are, however listening to our community, and have resolved to investigate the options of a dust suppressant in the short term, with a report to come back to Council at a later date.

“Should the road and drainage upgrades in Pioneer Bay go ahead, Kallay Drive will be upgraded to a proper sealed road, eliminating the dust and drainage issues in the area.”