North Sale growth leads to roundabout build

A NEW roundabout on the Princes Highway at the Cobains Rd intersection will improve road safety for the many home owners relocating to the north edge of Sale.

Wellington Shire Council is building the roundabout in partnership with private investment.

Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said the federal government had funded complementary roadworks along Cobains Rd, toward Evelyn Drive, through the Roads to Recovery program.

“Wellington Shire Council will receive $1.4 million from the federal government this year under the Roads to Recovery program, and an additional $12 million in Financial Assistance Grants that can be spent on local roads and other priorities,” he said.

“These programs provide funding directly to local government so that councillors can make sure the priority projects from each community are the ones that get funded.”

Mr Chester said the federal government had contributed $300,000 to the Cobains Rd upgrade, which began late last year.

Wellington Shire mayor Carolyn Crossley said the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, coupled with residential development in the area, had led to increased traffic along Cobains Rd.

“Houses are continuing to go up in residential developments on the Stratford side of Sale, and a safer turning point on the highway has become essential as traffic volumes continue to increase,” she said.

“We have partnered with the private developer, who is undertaking works on the north side of Cobains Rd for the length of their development. 

“Wellington Shire Council’s contribution to the roundabout is approximately 70 per cent of the total $2.5 million cost.”