Locals throw support behind road closure

RESIDENTS have backed the proposed permanent closure of One Tree Hill Road, noting current safety concerns if the road was left open. 

City of Greater Bendigo councillors will vote on Wednesday whether to permanently close the road from the lookout car park to Mandurang Road, Spring Gully. 

The section of road has been closed for three months as part of a trial. 

Three submissions have been made in support of the permanent closure with two objections. 

The section of road has been the site of two accidents in the past five years. 

Allott Court resident John Mason, whose house backs onto One Tree Hill Road, threw his support behind the closure, saying it had been a lot quieter since the trial closure. 

"It's much better this way, because a lot more people are walking the track and it's stopped the loud bikes from coming down the road at high speeds," he said. 

Fellow resident Jeff Hulls said the proposed closure would be a safer option.

"Whenever I've driven it, I've found the two-way road very unsafe," he said. 

"If this closure is to improve safety then it's a good thing. Not many people use the road to get anywhere anyway so I see this as a positive.

"It'll also promote bike riders and more people to walk so that's a healthy thing."

Emergency and service vehicles will still be able to access the road if councillors agree to permanently close it at Wednesday's meeting. 

Works are set to be undertaken on the road including widening and guardrail installation. 

In other council meeting news, a report notes Bendigo Airport will encounter problems if changes are not made. 

Councillors will also consider a proposal for a trade and industry site at 1161 Calder Alternative Highway, Lockwood. 

The site is currently being used to store trucks, trailers and other machinery, but an order was made that the land cease being used for those purposes.

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