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Ocean Grove SLSC and Barwon Heads second bridge crossing

Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, has called on the Victorian Government to direct VicRoads to investigate a second bridge option for Barwon Heads.

“It is a matter of urgency given traffic delays, congestion and traffic accidents that have happened during, and because of, high visitation to the region and the establishment of a 60,000-satellite city population at Armstrong Creek.

“That development has proceeded with no provision for infrastructure, road access or future planning that is sustainable.

“Barwon Heads is being choked to death by this lack of foresight for both pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.  It is detrimental to the overall liveability of the region,” Mr Ramsay said.

“The proposed Bellarine Link is decades away but the traffic problem is here and now”.

Mr Ramsay made his comments at the Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club this morning where he was promoting the Club’s fundraiser, the Rip to River Classic Run. The event was to be held on Saturday, but has been postponed to Sunday 18th February, 2018.

“With a temperature forecast of 41 degrees, and strong northerly winds, the club has made a sensible decision to postpone until February. It is a courageous, but sensible, decision that enables the club to meet its health and safety obligations to participants and volunteers,” said Mr Ramsay.

He was joined with Cr Stephanie Asher, Vice President of the OGSLC, and Michael Ramsay from the event’s major sponsor RT Edgar.

The Run is a major fundraiser for the Surf Lifesaving Club, with current fundraising efforts going towards the redevelopment of the Club.  Already it has raised $400,000, but faces a $500,000 shortfall.

Mr Ramsay said the Andrews Government should support the club’s effort.

“Given the huge role this major Surf Club plays for the coastal community at this time of year – and the attraction of huge tourist numbers –  the Government needs to step up.

“It’s not all about Melbourne.  This Club does so much and has worked really hard to get to this position.  It would appreciate funding now – and not during an election.”