No de­ci­sion made on Lil­lico Road

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

No de­ci­sion has been made on the pos­si­ble re­nam­ing of Lil­lico Rd, War­ragul.

Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil re­ceived a re­port at its re­cent meet­ing but mayor Joe Gauci made it clear that no de­ci­sion had been made and noth­ing would hap­pen un­til fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion.

Coun­cil agreed to un­der­take fur­ther com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion with Lil­lico Rd res­i­dents to con­sider the po­ten­tial renum­ber­ing of prop­er­ties and re­nam­ing of the road.

Of­fi­cers will re­port back to coun­cil on the best op­tions for re­nam­ing or renum­ber­ing the north­ern sec­tion of Lil­lico Rd.

The re­port pre­sented to coun­cil on Septem­ber 27 said re­align­ment of Lil­lico Rd oc­curred as a re­sult of the lo­cal road net­work be­ing re­con­fig­ured for sub­di­vi­sions in the area.

The road changes were fore­shad­owed in the War­ragul precinct struc­ture plan adopted by coun­cil in 2014.

Of­fi­cers said be­cause of the re­align­ment, it was nec­es­sary to re­view the name of Lil­lico Rd.

The re­port said coun­cil had a num­ber of op­tions in­clud­ing:

Re­nam­ing the north­ern sec­tion of Lil­lico Rd to Dol­lar­burn Rd and renum­ber the ex­ist­ing Dol­lar­burn Rd;

Re­nam­ing the south­ern sec­tion of Lil­lico Rd to Car­ring­ton Rd;

Re­nam­ing the north­ern sec­tion of Lil­lico Rd to Car­ring­ton Rd; or,

Amend the PSP to enable the sub­di­vi­sion plan to be redesigned and re­tain the ex­ist­ing Lil­lico Rd align­ment.

The pro­posal to re­name a sec­tion of road was made with con­sid­er­a­tion to the im­pact on the least amount of res­i­dent, his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the name Car­ring­ton and pub­lic safety.

Of­fi­cers said if the name change was adopted, coun­cil would pro­vide the $25 change of ad­dress pack to af­fected res­i­dents.

Coun­cil re­ceived 18 ob­jec­tions to the pro­posal.

Cr Mikaela Power said this had been a con­fus­ing process for res­i­dents along Lil­lico Rd.

She said a num­ber of peo­ple who spoke to coun­cil had talked about Lil­lico Rd be­ing a place of sig­nif­i­cance.

Cr Danny Goss said it was about do­ing com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and then con­sid­er­ing a re­port.

“I want to ex­plore all the op­tions rather than just con­sider the choice be­tween re­nam­ing the north­ern or south­ern sec­tions.

“It does worry me that we have a neigh­bour ver­sus neigh­bour sit­u­a­tion.

“They all have a deep con­nec­tion with that area,” he said.

Cr Goss ad­mit­ted ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion could have been han­dled bet­ter.

Cr Peter Kos­tos said he was on the place names com­mit­tee.

He said Car­ring­ton, Saun­ders and Lil­lico were all sig­nif­i­cant names to the area.

“We need to sort out the sig­nif­i­cance of this and sort out a pri­or­ity,” he said.

Cr Michael Leaney said there needed to be more con­sul­ta­tion.

“But we also have to re­alise there is the op­tion of chang­ing the de­sign of the road so the align­ment doesn’t change be­cause that would solve a lot of angst for a lot of peo­ple.

“Then the onus would be on the de­vel­oper to re­design the road.

“Just be­cause the precinct struc­ture plan was set down two years ago doesn’t mean it is set in stone,” he said.

Res­i­dents ad­dress coun­cil p 23

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