201510.01

“At last” – PenLink township and destination signage gets go ahead

Townships and visit destinations across the region will finally get the recognition they deserve with new tourist and directional signage to be erected on the Peninsula Link Freeway.

 At last, the ‘green light’ has been given by State road authorities to install the much needed and long awaited PenLink signage made possible by my election commitment of a $175,000 Commonwealth Coalition Government grant..

 This will fulfil the election commitment and deliver the signage upgrade needed to ensure that the full economic and community benefit I envisaged when kicking off the 2007 ‘build the Frankston bypass campaign’ was delivered by this important piece of regional infrastructure.

 The signage will make local population centres and key points of interest easier for visitors to find and will help local businesses and employment opportunities by deriving full benefit from PenLink.

 The signs will also improve driver certainty, traffic flow and township identification on the freeway.

 In total, 32 new signs will be installed and 14 alterations made to existing signs along PenLink and its approaches, as part of the project starting from the Eastlink intersection north of Seaford to the locations on Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Safety Beach.

 New township directional signage will be installed for Baxter, Langwarrin, Mornington, Mount Eliza, Frankston, Mount Martha, Cranbourne, Tooradin, Portsea, Somerville, Tyabb, Hastings, Flinders and Phillip Island.

 Since the opening of PenLink, I have been pushing for signage to identify key exists to local population centres which have been entirely ignored by existing signage including Baxter, Mt Eliza and Hastings and to improve signage to other townships.

 The arm-wrestle over which tourist destinations were judged by VicRoads to be ‘regionally significant’ will see attractions, including the Frankston Arts Centre and Peninsula Aquatic and Recreational Centre, McClelland Sculpture Park and the Mornington Peninsula Wine Region, given specific signage and icons added for others.

 After securing $175,000 from the Australian Government for the project- an election commitment- I have been collaborating with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and VicRoads to get it in place as soon as possible.

While it was frustrating to see a new service centres emerge from the Baxter plains to be fully built and operational over the time it has taken to get State road authority ‘go ahead’ for our destination signage, I am delighted the much needed signage will finally become a reality, now that VicRoads has formally signed off on an agreed proposal.

An important part of ensuring the signage met community and stakeholder expectations and needs included a process of consultation on where the signs should be located and what they should say.

I am advised the signage is planned to be in place by this year’s peak summer holiday period.

I thank the Frankston City and Mornington Peninsula Shire Councils, VicRoads and Southern Way, Tourism Victoria and local regional tourism bodies and the numerous local chambers of commerce for their continued work on this important project, and to the community for its patience and assistance throughout the process.