Community consultation “frustrating”
Rutherglen local and former Indigo Shire councillor Roberta Horne is frustrated that the re-route Rutherglen project has dragged on for so long.
VicRoads received $2 million dollars from both the state and federal governments equating to $4 million dollars for the entire project designed to encourage heavy vehicles to avoid Main Street Rutherglen and ease congestion.
An Origin and Destination study undertaken late last year was set to be the final planning study before works could get under way.
Cameras and traffic counters were set up along Main Street Rutherglen so that VicRoads could gather data for the heavy vehicle alternative route.
But after collating data results, instead of announcing the alternative route and the appropriate works to go with it, the project was again delayed so that two community drop-in sessions could be held to allow the public to view the data that was collected.
“I know they put aside $600k of the $4 million for the Origin and Destination report so it’s just frustrating that they (VicRoads) keep on finding it necessary to cut into the money for even more consultation,” Ms Horne told The Free Press.
“In 2016 Minister Chester asked for a plan and the VicRoads representative, Nathan Mulhane, told us that we ‘had to get consensus on an existing road network that just needed to have the infrastructure upgraded’. That is exactly what our community has done.
“This extra work is eroding our grant money.”
Ms Horne, who served on council for four years and has lived in Rutherglen for 20, said she found the information at the community drop-in sessions “confusing”.