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Have your say on parking and traffic at Expedition Pass Reservoir

Expedition Pass Reservoir in Chewton

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging the community to have their say on parking and traffic management at the popular swimming and recreation spot, Expedition Pass Reservoir.

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging the community to have their say on parking and traffic management at the popular swimming and recreation spot, Expedition Pass Reservoir.

The reservoir is situated in the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, and is managed by Parks Victoria.

Affectionately known by locals as ‘the Res’, the site attracts a high number of visitors to the region each year, but particularly during the warmer months.

Community feedback will be used to inform an analysis of parking and traffic at the site, with the aim to better understand the reservoir’s parking and traffic requirements, and increase safety.

Currently there is one access point to the reservoir from the road. Due to a lack of formalised parking at the site, there are safety concerns regarding pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle access.

“We know there are concerns with parking and road safety in this area, so we’re encouraging people to provide their input,” said Tanya Goddard, Executive Manager Infrastructure, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We’re asking for feedback on how you access the reservoir, and some of the challenges and opportunities you see for parking and traffic at the site.

“The hope is that through this consultation we’ll be able to improve our understanding of the parking and road safety issues, so that together with Parks Victoria we can plan an informed response,” said Ms Goddard.

In December 2020, Council introduced a seasonal speed limit along a one kilometre stretch of Golden Point Road near Expedition Pass Reservoir, which will be in place from December until April each year.

Council worked with the Department of Transport to introduce the speed limit, which has been reduced from 80km/hr to 40km/hr to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists over the warmer months.

“Lowering the speed limit along a section of Golden Point Road is one measure that we’ve taken to help increase safety, and we’re really looking forward to hearing from residents about other steps we can take to increase safety in the area,” said Ms Goddard.

The community is invited to provide feedback on parking and traffic at Expedition Pass Reservoir by completing an online survey by 5.00pm on Friday 26 March 2021.

Complete the online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/TheRes.

For more information contact Kerrie Eldridge, Project Engineer, Mount Alexander Shire Council on 5471 1756 or via email on k.eldridge@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

This project is funded by the 2020 TAC Local Government Grant Program.



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