What we are asking

At least $60 million to have a real impact on the significant road trauma taking place on the Mornington Peninsula’s roads.

What makes this unique

The Mornington Peninsula has unacceptably high levels of road trauma.

In the past decade alone 69 people were killed and over 1,500 seriously injured on our roads. Among Victoria’s 79 municipalities, we experienced the highest number of deaths in 2010 and 2019.

The devastating impacts of road trauma on our community are not just felt when someone is lost. Serious injuries are the “hidden” road toll, with ongoing pain, suffering and impairment upending the lives of those impacted, as well as the lives of their families.

In the period 2014-2021 our Shire was the equal worst municipality for deaths (64 deaths, equal with Geelong). We are consistently in the top three position each year (in 2021 – equal third worst with 9 deaths).

Victorian and local government funding opportunities are often restricted by specific program conditions. For far too long we have lacked funding to address the many sites where road trauma is prevalent.

Many of our arterial roads have untreated crossroads and T-intersections with high crash rates. They need effective crash reduction measures like roundabouts or traffic signals, particularly:

  • Nepean Hwy/Ponderosa Place ($5M)
  • Balnarring Rd/Myers Rd ($5M)
  • Moorooduc Hwy/Craigie Rd ($5M)

Western Port Highway is an untreated corridor with the highest crash history and risk. A comprehensive road safety barrier and centre dividing barrier project, is urgently needed for the section of Western Port Highway that is within the Mornington Peninsula.

This is in line with Safe System principles which has been adopted by the Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030.

Other key intersection treatment priorities that need funding include:

  • Warrawee Road/Frankston-Flinders Rd
  • Mornington-Flinders Road/Shands Rd
  • Frankston-Flinders Rd/ Point Leo Rd
  • Bittern-Dromana Rd/ Balnarring Rd
  • Westernport Hwy/ Tyabb-Tooradin Rd
  • Merricks Rd/ Frankston-Flinders Rd
  • Whitehill Rd/ Arthurs Seat Rd
  • Five-ways intersection (Frankston-Flinders Rd/ Balnarring Rd/ Balnarring Beach Rd/ Stumpy Gully Rd)

Many of our residential areas have high safety risks, with a clear community safety need for extensive traffic calming treatments and 40km/h area sped limits ($5M). These include:

  • Somerville
  • Mt Eliza
  • Capel Sound
  • Blairgowrie/Rye

We need more pedestrian treatments along Point Nepean Rd and Nepean Hwy, including refuges and signals ($15M).

We need improvements to on-road cycling, with more cycle lanes and removal of gaps in cycle lanes throughout the Shire ($5M).

All of the above projects have strong community support, due to the consistently high incidence of road trauma on our roads.

We recently adopted our Towards Zero 2020-2025 Road Safety Strategy.

Our ask aligns with both National and State Road Safety Strategies.

The Shire has also made a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Road Toll.

Road Safety investment supports the following principles of the Council Plan:

Principle 2: Integrated public transport and accessibility infrastructure.

Principle 3: Support an inclusive, connected and safe society.