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Pedestrian safety works in Swan Reach

Wednesday 19 April

East Gippsland Shire Council recently completed a new footpath link in Swan Reach, with further pedestrian safety works starting next week.


Over the Easter school holidays council built a new footpath to link Swan Reach Primary School with existing footpaths.


It provides a safe route to the southern part of the township, where people access the recreation reserve, kindergarten and other facilities.


From Wednesday, April 26 works on another high priority area will be undertaken on the western side of the Tambo River bridge.


The project will include: kerb outstands, pram crossing points, a centre pedestrian refuge and drainage works.


These important works will provide a safe place for all crossing the highway.


The new pedestrian refuge was made possible by a $50,000 grant from Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources with the remainder of the funds coming from VicRoads and council.


Mayor Cr Joe Rettino said that it was great to see both local and state government working with the community to identify and improve road safety issues.


“Road safety is essential for all of us, and especially so in areas where the Princes Highway cuts through our town centres. Council is committed to doing everything that we can to improve road and pedestrian safety so that everyone is safe,” Cr Rettino said.


“The works in Swan Reach are an example of how council both improves road safety in its own areas of responsibility and works with VicRoads to support them to upgrade and improve road and pedestrian safety along the highways.


"We also appreciate the way that the community has worked proactively with us to advocate for these improvements, this is a great outcome,” Cr Rettino said.


The project is identified as a high priority in the Twin Rivers Community Plan, and a Twin Rivers Community Group survey identified the crossing point as a key issue for the Swan Reach community.


The East Gippsland Local Community Road Safety Committee has also been involved in the project.


The committee includes representatives from council, VicRoads, Victoria Police and the Twin Rivers Community Group and works to improve safety, connectivity and access in the region.


Works are anticipated to be completed before the end of the financial year.


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