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VicRoads plans anger property owners
Bonsai Island proprietor Elaine Brown is pictured beside the pink notice she has attached to her front fence, advising interested com-
munity members of plans by VicRoads to acquire 5.5 metres of land from property owners between the bridge and Boys Home Road, in
order to facilitate a four lane highway.
A PINK notice on a Newhaven front fence on
the Phillip Island Road is getting lots of atten-
tion from passers-by.
It’s not an official planning notice, but its
content is deadly serious.
Bonsai Island proprietor Elaine Brown is
informing the community via the notice of an
approach from VicRoads to compulsorily ac-
quire 5.5 metres of her land, and her neigh-
bour’s land, to facilitate a 500 metre four lane
highway outside her front door, with a median
strip divide, stretching between a proposed
roundabout at the end of the bridge, as far as
Boys Home Road.
Elaine and other business owners were vis-
ited last week by four VicRoads representa-
tives, including the VicRoads Acquisition and
She is completely shocked at what is being
proposed by VicRoads, and aghast that there
has been no consultation with affected prop-
erty owners on this plan up until now.
“Since August 2015, we thought we’d been
going along to advertised ‘Community Consul-
tation’ sessions with VicRoads about a Phillip
Island Integrated Transport Study,” she said.
“We thought it was mainly about the prob-
lems at Surf Beach, and supported the pro -
posed roundabout installations at Back Beach
Road and Woolamai Beach Road.
“Road widening here and acquisition was
not presented at last year’s sessions. No notes
were taken at those sessions by VicRoads rep-
“Now earlier this year they suddenly wanted
a large roundabout at the end of the bridge
and a larger one at Boys Home Road.
“And road widening in between, to cre-
ate four lanes, with a fixed median strip and
therefore no turn offs for vehicles leaving the
Aside from the devastating impact on busi-
nesses and homes south of the highway, which
will become inaccessible to vehicles leaving
the island, and on residential homes on the
north side which will have a highway at their
front door, Elaine is furious at the process that
“We wrote to VicRoads earlier this year after
first hearing about the four lane proposal.
“We got no response. We attended a May con-
sultation session. ‘Nothing had changed’ they
said. It was all just a proposal. There were no
“Now we are visited by the Acquisition and
“I believe VicRoads has been disingenuous,
not telling us the whole story, or we simply
just do not matter to them.
“They are now telling us that the community
supports this proposal, because the Phillip
Island Transport Study community reference
group supports it.
“Who are these people? We do not know
them? They have never spoken to us.
“We asked this reference group if we could
attend their next meeting, and put our point
“They refused to allow us to attend their
meeting, even as observers.
“What’s the point of a community reference
group which will not allow those of us who are
affected to attend their meetings, and hear our
Elaine said that there are about 35 proper-
ties affected, and every owner is aghast.
She said the new boundary alignment will
virtually be on the Newhaven Veterinary
“Just about all the existing trees along the
entire stretch are going, which will ruin the
ambience of the entrance to Phillip Island
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