Res­i­dents op­pose road re­name

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A com­mu­nity meet­ing last week out­lined Baw Baw Shire’s rea­sons for a pro­posal to re­name a sec­tion of Lil­lico Rd.

About 40 Lil­lico Rd res­i­dents voiced strong op­po­si­tion to the pro­posal, which will see a sec­tion of Lil­lico Rd re­named be­cause of a new res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion.

Shire plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Matthew Cripps said the road re­nam­ing pro­posal was in re­sponse to de­vel­op­ment of a new road and round­about in a new sub­di­vi­sion.

Mr Cripps stressed coun­cil had not made a de­ci­sion on the re­nam­ing.

“The fi­nal out­come of the road re­nam­ing will be sub­ject to a de­ci­sion made at a coun­cil meet­ing at a later date,” he said.

Mr Cripps said the re­nam­ing was in re­sponse to a new road and round­about that will cre­ate a new in­ter­sec­tion and there­fore the ex­ist­ing road di­rec­tion will change.

Mr Cripps said the pub­lic meet­ing al­lowed com­mu­nity mem­bers to voice their con­cerns about the road re­nam­ing.

Some of the con­cerns in­cluded her­itage sig­nif­i­cance, change of ad­dress costs and ac­cess for emer­gency ser­vices.

Res­i­dents said the sec­tion of road pro­posed to be re­named was where the Lil­lico fam­ily home is lo­cated.

To pre­serve the her­itage sig­nif­i­cance to the lo­cal area, the com­mu­nity sug­gested re­nam­ing the north­ern sec­tion as it would af­fect less res­i­dents.

Mr Cripps said to pur­sue this course, the north­ern sec­tion of the road could re­main as Lil­lico Rd.

But, he said, there would be a re­quire­ment to change the prop­erty num­bers to en­sure they met state govern­ment road reg­u­la­tory codes.

Coun­cil ac­knowl­edged the as­so­ci­ated cost to res­i­dents af­fected by a road re­nam­ing.

Coun­cil of­fered to pro­vide change of ad­dress packs which are avail­able from Aus­tralia Post free of charge.

The com­mu­nity ques­tioned whether there would be any con­fu­sion about ad­dress changes for emer­gency ser­vices.

Mr Cripps said the sec­tion of road pro­posed to be re­named had been done so in ac­cor­dance with VicRoads road safety rules.

He said if the road name is changed it would be done through VicNames, which is the map­ping sys­tem used by ESTA.

Lil­lico Rd res­i­dent Terry Hen­nessy is op­posed to the pro­posal.

Mr Hen­nessy said the sub­di­vi­sion was ap­proved by coun­cil in 2014 and it was dis­ap­point­ing this is­sue had not been sorted out at the time.

He said the shire in­di­cated ei­ther the north­ern sec­tion or south­ern sec­tion would have to be re­named.

Mr Hen­nessy said shire staff in­di­cated their hands were tied be­cause the precinct struc­ture plans sup­ported the pro­posal and the de­vel­op­ment had al­ready been ap­proved.

He said it was frus­trat­ing be­cause it could be 15 years be­fore the new con­nec­tor road was even con­structed.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers will use feed­back re­ceived at the com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion to pre­pare a report to present to coun­cil for con­sid­er­a­tion.

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