Warragul and Drouin are two of the fastest growing regional towns in the state. When the two towns were designed many years ago, the population and continued growth was not expected or planned for.
In mid-2017, Regional Roads Victoria (RRV), then VicRoads, commenced a study in order to better understand the
future transport needs for Warragul and Drouin. This was to address the future growth that is predicted for the two towns as part of Baw Baw Shire Council’s. Precinct Structure Plan (PSP), with a future population expected to nearly triple at the completion of the PSP development.
With extensive consultation and input from Council, the community, industry and business, RRV have been undertaking detailed investigations into the current traffic situations in Warragul and Drouin.
Through these investigations, the following opportunities and projects have been identified:
- Addressing congestion in the Drouin town centre.
- Upgrading the freeway roundabout at the Korumburra-Warragul Road exit.
- Linking Balfour Road to Lardner Road.
- Colman Street traffic lights.
- Duplication of Princes Way between Warragul and Drouin.
- Roundabout at the Drouin-Longwarry Road and Princes Way.
- Traffic calming, upgrade and road duplication works in Warragul.
From these projects, RRV have submitted high priority projects for inclusion in a State-wide business case for funding consideration by the Victorian Government
What is Needed?
Government investment to support the high priority projects identified by RRV.
- $2m for a proposal to continue further strategic planning for Warragul and Drouin.
- $7.5m to upgrade the existing Princes Freeway\Korumburra-Warragul Road roundabout and traffic signals at the Korumburra-Warragul Rd Burke St intersection.
- $8 million for a roundabout at the Drouin-Longwarry Road and Princes Way intersection.
The Gippsland Regional Roads Group (GRRG) is a subcommittee of the Gippsland Local Government Network (GLGN). The GLGN is an alliance of the six Gippsland Local Government Authorities.
Together with the State Government, the GGRG worked together to identify the priority roads throughout Gippsland with six of these being in Baw Baw.
Baw Baw Shire is a highly productive agricultural area with considerable dairy, forestry and mining activities being undertaken. To improve efficiency, access and use of high productivity freight vehicles, outdated roads and bridges need to be upgraded.
Within Baw Baw Shire and across the Gippsland region there are significant detour and weight restrictions placed on roads and bridges. These restrictions often restrict the production capacity of agriculture and manufacturing industries throughout the region.
Completed upgrades of the six roads will provide clear connections without load restrictions to the Princes Highway, the main arterial road for freight in the region.
Over the last five-year period there have been several road casualty accidents reported along the six roads. Upgrades to all will greatly improve conditions and reduce the level of road trauma on the Baw Baw community.
What is Needed?
Government investment to upgrade the priority roads listed below that were identified by the Gippsland Regional Roads Group.
- Yarragon Leongatha Road - $3m
- Widen, stabilise, seal shoulders and unsealed sections of the road between Yarragon and Allambee.
- Jacksons Track - $1.3m
- Widen, stabilise and seal the road in Jindivick.
- Main South Road - $3m
- Widen, stabilise and seal 7kms of the road.
- Old Sale Road - $4m
- Widen stabilise, seal and tree removal of sections of the road between Drouin and Westbury.
- O’Briens Road - $910k
- Widen stabilise and seal road near Westbury.
- Jindivick Neerim South Road - $1.2m
- Widen stabilise and seal road between Jindivick and Neerim.