Traffic woes grow at Strathfieldsaye

A GROUP of Strathfieldsaye residents say authorities have sat idle for years as traffic problems continue to worsen in the burgeoning community. 

Residents are urging the City of Greater Bendigo and state government to create safer intersections as the population nears 8000 people. 

To a crowd of stoic children and parents holding placards, councillors this week voted to source the costings needed for a comprehensive traffic study in the town. 

However, there has been no commitment to fund the study. 

Strathfieldsaye Traffic Management Working Party founding member Catherine Wilby said while it was only a small step, it brought the group faith that councillors recognised the need for change. 

"I've been living in Strathfieldsaye for eight years and the town has increased in population by more than 50 per cent," she said. 

"In that time, there's basically been nothing done in regards to traffic.

"We've been writing to councillors and state government MPs and trying to get some traction. So far we haven't had any positive responses in our request for assistance. 

"But this is the first sign something might be done."

The group is calling for better intersections at Wellington Street, with concerns there is no safe place to cross the road. 

There are currently three intersections along the road - all of which pose "daily near misses", says the group. 

"We can't yet comment on what is required but if the comprehensive study goes ahead, we will know which intersections are a priority and what order they need to be upgraded," Ms Wilby said. 

A petition, signed by Strathfieldsaye Primary School students, was tabled to the council in December last year. 

A council report responding to the petition recommends council continue to lobby the state government for funding. 

"While council has some role to play in partially funding specific works on Wellington Street, primary responsibility rests with the state as it is an arterial road," the report states. 

Ms Wilby is hoping possible works at Strathfieldsaye could set a precedent for other towns also suffering growth pains. 

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