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Surf Beach speed success
SURF Beach has always posed a safety con-
cern for local drivers.
With 13 roads and 72 private driveways all
backing on to the busy Phillip Island Tourist
Road, it’s not surprising that collisions have
been common; not to mention the frustration
of drivers wanting to turn onto the main road.
So when the speed limit along the Surf Beach
strip of the Phillip Island Tourist Road was
dropped from 80km/h to 60km/h about four
years ago, residents claimed success.
Lou Pecora, who was one of the residents who
spearheaded the campaign to make the section
of road safe, says the change in speed limit has
seen a drop in near-misses and collisions.
“When drivers want to pull out onto the road
they can now judge the gap between cars much
better, and they have more time to get out which
means it’s a lot safer,” says Lou, who was an
engineer with VicRoads for 20 years.
“Unfortunately the government only acted to
drop the speed limit after there was a fatality.
“Yet we still get people who say ‘how dare you
lower the limit’.”
Despite Surf Beach’s successful community
transport campaign, Lou says more still needs
to be done.
“The road is still a safety concern, just not as
severe as it used to be.”
Lou and local residents are pushing for a
service road to be built along the Surf Beach
This would see the current road made into
a service road, and the main road built on to
farm land on the north side.
“Interim measures could see some of the 13
access roads closed off and consolidated to
four and anyone wanting to go to Melbourne
can turn left to Cowes and drive to a U-turn
spot, and ideally there would be a round-about
at the Rhyll-Sunderland Bay Road.”
Lou says other areas also need safety up-
grades including San Remo, where residents
face difficulty turning from service roads to the
He added that with Melbourne’s population
growing to eight million in the next decades,
there should be long-term planning to duplicate
the bridge and Phillip Island’s main road.
Lou Pecora, a former VicRoads engineer, was one of the Surf Beach residents who led a successful campaign to reduce the speed limit
on the main tourist road.
Community voice on transport
FRUSTRATED by roads on Phillip Island and
Want to contribute to future transport plan-
ning to 2030?
Then the Community Reference Group wants
to hear from you.
On January 16 at the Newhaven Information
Centre (at 7pm) the group will be voting for the
newest members to join the group of 11.
Although nominations have closed, group
spokesperson Mary Whelan said seven residents
had volunteered to be members, who will make
their case to join the group at the meeting.
“We aren’t after specific qualifications, but
people from different locations, with different
experiences,” Mary said.
“If it’s a single issue you’re focussed on we are
not the group for you.
“We need people who have a broad perspec-
tive and be willing to be active on projects.”
The Community Reference Group was formed
in 2014 by the Bass Coast Shire Council after it
released the Phillip Island Integrated Transport
Mary said they have been the go -to group to
provide input into the work of VicRoads and the
council; as well as keeping the community in-
formed on transport issues.
She said initially their focus was on the need
for roundabouts at Cape Woolamai Road and
Back Beach Road, which VicRoads was now
Following this, VicRoads highlighted the need
for dual lanes and a round-about at Newhaven.
“They were the ones who identified traffic
congestion at Newhaven and since then our role
has been to facilitate discussion on the issue,”
“We have had negative innuendo about this
issue, with some questioning who we are and
how we represent the community.
“To be criticised by people who have just dis-
covered progress being made on roads is quite
Mary said future transport projects should
focus on safety and congestion at San Remo, as
well as a possible service road at Surf Beach,
and improvement of public transport links and
“Ultimately the vision for Phillip Island and
San Remo is to maintain the uniqueness of the
area,” she said.
“We don’t need to duplicate roads and ex-
pand; we have to make what we already have
“I think there’s a limit to growth and eventu-
ally it will self-regulate.
“It’s not about more and more cars but peo-
ple coming in different ways and using different
forms of transport.”
What is the council doing about traffic?
WHILE VicRoads manages main arterials, the
Bass Coast Shire Council is responsible for all
The council manages 547km of 928km of
sealed roads in Bass Coast, spending about $2.8
million per year on maintenance and $2.2 mil-
lion on road renewal.
Road condition assessments are conducted by
an independent auditor every four years. Local
sealed roads are 99.76 per cent below the re-
newal intervention level, according to the coun-
cil’s asset manager Jamie Sutherland.
Here are the roads projects they’ve been work-
ing on in 2016/17 around San Remo and Phillip
• Speed limit reductions and safety improve-
ments: The council is obtaining final approval
from VicRoads to reduce speed limits from
50km/h to 40km/h in Marine Parade and Shet-
land Heights Road, San Remo; the speed limit
has recently been reduced from 80km/h to
60km/h at Settlement Road pedestrian crossing,
near Douglas Road in Cowes.
• Asphalt renewal: Chapel Street, Cowes,
from Thompson Avenue to Osbourne Av-
enue; Benambra Court, Cowes; Devon
• Carpark renewal: Wynn Road carpark, San
Remo; Early Learning Centre carpark, Back
Beach Road, San Remo; Newhaven Jetty car-
Pavement renewal: Cowes-Ryhll Road,
Cowes; Road pavement renewal works east of
• There are no Blackspot programs for this
• Planning work for the proposed Cowes Tran-
sit Hub to integrate transport services and cope
with an increasing need for public transport.
• Phillip Island Integrated Transport Study,
released in 2014, to guide transport planning.
• Travel Happy - online road messaging cam-
paign through social media, rolled out last year,
encouraging drivers to plan trips, avoid busy
times, carry water and food in case of delay, use
Google Maps with the traffic data turned on to
check traffic conditions, and check social media
sites to share and read information about road
conditions, such as the Phillip Island Traffic
Check Facebook page.
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