Wyndham seeks road cash for truck traffic


Growing Victorian council seeks State funds to tackle inadequate infrastructure.

Wyndham seeks road cash for truck traffic
Congestion is hampering efficient growth

 

A council in Melbourne’s south-west wants its roads upgraded as the industrial precinct continues to grow.

Wyndham City Council is calling on the State Government to set aside money for Dohertys Road, saying it is vital that adequate infrastructure is put in place as the region continues to grow.

Laverton North and Truganina are home to many freight companies.

In making its case, the council notes that the district measures around 1,500 hectares and generates around $7.3 billion per year, employing 14,700 people.

The Economic and Employment Activity in Laverton North report, which was prepared using economic analysis tool REMPLAN, was developed in conjunction with the Wyndham Industrial Liaison and Development (WILD) committee.

It shows the region is well-situated to airports and freight terminals but is impacted by heavy traffic congestion.

WILD spokesman Mick O’Donnell says roads need to keep up with current demands but also with future requirements as the remaining land continues to develop.

"Urgent assistance is required if a further 18,000 jobs are to be created in this area," O’Donnell says.

"We urge the State Government to commit funding to major road infrastructure improvements, including upgrades to Dohertys Road to keep Wyndham and the state’s economy growing.

Wyndham Councillor Glenn Goodfellow says one third of local jobs come from Laverton North.

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