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The new concept plans detail that VicRoads will
“undertake detailed investigations to determine the
feasibility of these concepts”, which will then help
with future funding opportunities.
“We look forward to sharing these with the com-
munity soon,” the plans state.
The VicRoads survey, held between March and
May 2017, received 449 comments from 209 peo-
ple, while more than 50 people attended informa-
tion stalls at San Remo and Cowes.
On Facebook, the survey received 500 comments.
The key themes most commonly discussed by
the community included: road safety; traffic flow;
access onto and off Phillip Island Road; active trans-
port facilities; public transport services and facili-
ties; Phillip Island bridge; speed limits; and dupli-
Respondents commented that congestion be-
tween Bass Highway and San Remo caused lengthy
delays, while access at Surf Beach caused safety
Respondents were divided over suggestions to
widen the Phillip Island Road to four lanes.
Some argued four lanes was the only way to solve
traffic snarls, but others argued that “more roads
just create more room for more cars” and ultimate-
ly the island had finite space.
Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing, wel-
comed the release of the concept plans and said Vi-
cRoads staff would host a community pop-up ses-
sion at Phillip Island in the near future.
“Phillip Island is one of Victoria’s great tourist
destinations and we have to keep planning ahead to
keep it that way,” Ms Shing said.
“The views of community members who live and
work on the island are crucial to improving road
suitability, condition, access and year-round use of
“I would encourage Islanders to view the concept
designs and complete the survey to give their own
direct feedback as part of improving local infra-
Phillip Island and San Remo attract more than
1.8 million people each year which could reach up
to 3.5 million by 2035, which puts pressure on the
island’s road network and causes it to reach capac-
ity, with tourists and residents often finding it diffi-
cult to access and move around on the island.
Concept designs are available at engage.vicroads.
Dual lanes, six roundabouts
for Phillip Island Road
San Remo would receive numerous changes to its roads under VicRoads’ proposals includ-
ing traffic signals at the intersection of Back Beach Road in San Remo and a left turn slip
lane provided for Marine Parade traffic heading to Phillip Island.
THE local Facebook page
dedicated to monitoring holi-
day traffic snarls nearly broke
the internet last week.
A single photo posted by
Phillip Island Traffic Check
showing a line of cars snak-
ing beyond Punchbowl Road in
San Remo on December 28 -
received nearly 110,000 views
and 1700 comments.
The Facebook page, created
by Nina Burns, has more than
17,000 followers and over the
summer period has become
a forum for people to update
traffic conditions and share
Many comments on the page
saw respondents vent their
A lot of people responded
that a car ferry would ease
congestion, possibly not real-
ising that by the current model
the proposed ferry would be
able to carry a maximum of
36 cars five times a day off the
island with travel times up to
one hour and 30 minutes per
Responding to the 1700
Chester said the State Govern-
ment needed to act.
“Get that car ferry happening
or build another bridge with
internal infrastructure on the
island to match,” she wrote.
“Even another passenger
ferry with an island shuttle
bus so the cars can stay off the
“Stop spending money on
penguins and inspiring more
visitors until something chang-
Amie Lee wrote while traffic
jams happened on just a few
weeks of the year, she believed
council needed to stop further
large housing subdivisions.
“The infrastructure just can-
not cope with more people and
cars,” Amie wrote.
“I understand why people
want to come here – it’s a beau-
“But the more houses and
the more people we make
room for, the more we lose the
beauty and peacefulness that
makes it such a great place to
come to and we’re becoming
the suburbs with a beach close
She urged drivers to treat
others the way “you wish to be
treated and enjoy this lovely
Glenn Payne agreed, saying:
“Won’t it be great when our
politicians keep increasing
our population to 50 million!
Spend your holidays at home
if you can afford one.”
Daniel Potter said traffic
jams in summer were a fact of
life: “It’s the main reason we
moved off Phillip Island. Great
place to live next to.”
Charles Edge wrote there
was no way to avoid snarls
“short of spending a billion or
so to duplicate the road from
the highway to Cowes”.
Others respondents remind-
ed visitors that it’s not just
Phillip Island that experiences
such conditions, with a high-
way south of Sydney on Boxing
Day suffering a two-lane 7km
And some people added a
little humour to lighten the
Glenn Chase wondered how
it was possible to fit so many
cars and people on an island:
“The only question we all ask
is, where do they all go? Like,
Estelle Cadd concluded:
“We’re just waiting for the is-
land to sink.”
Traffic woes vented online
This photo of a traffic jam last week in San Remo received
nearly 110,000 views on Phillip Island Traffic Check.
After a pre-Christmas rush on baby girls
at Bass Coast Health, Ravi Jacks Ambler
made his debut on Christmas Day at Bass
Coast Health in Wonthaggi.
Ravi conveniently waited for his sisters,
Layla (8) and Lexi (2) from Phillip Island,
to open their presents from Santa, arriv-
ing at 11.59am, just in time for Christmas
Dr Rick Whitehouse and midwives Ruth
Harvey and Chantelle Noonan were on
hand for this special Christmas delivery.
Despite an expected January due date,
his mum and dad Ashleigh and Ben, had
been taking bets that he would arrive on
Ashleigh and Ben are delighted with
their surprise Christmas present and
could not be happier with the care they
have received from Bass Coast Health Ma-
Ashleigh is pictured with Layal and Lexi
and new baby Ravi, at Bass Coast health
on Christmas Day.
He was born on
At Surf Beach, a dual lane carriageway is
proposed between The Esplanade and Back
This map shows a proposed dual lane
roundabout at the intersection of Sunderland
Bay Road and the Rhyll-Newhaven Road.
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