Phillip Island,
02
May
2013
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08:02
Australia/Melbourne

Phillip Island Transport Study Gets Underway

An integrated transport study to improve transport to, from and within Phillip Island will begin next month.

The State Government and Bass Coast Shire Council have jointly funded a community consultation to carry out the study, which will involve identifying Phillip Island’s transport needs as well as the associated infrastructure and land requirement through to 2030.

After a rigourous tender process, Council and the Department of Transport have selected the consultant to carry out this study.

GTA Consultants will work with Hansen Partnership to present Council and the State Government with a final study document 16 weeks after the project starts.

The community consulation processes will get underway in early May and will involve both ‘traditional’ methods such as forums and questionnaires, as well as innovative use of social media, especially to gather the views of younger members of the community – the next generation of transport users.

GTA’s project team leader, Cameron Martyn, said “GTA considers this to be an exciting opportunity to shape the future transport network and identity of Phillip Island”.

“We would like to think that we will be able to think ‘outside the box’ and propose fresh ideas that recognise and acknowledge the unique qualities of the area,” Mr Martyn said.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Clare Le Serve, welcomed news of the appointment.

“Council and the Phillip Island community are very well aware of the transport pressures facing Phillip Island,” Cr Le Serve said.

“This project will be a real once in a lifetime opportunity for Council and the State Government to identify the issues and address them proactively.”