Hume succeeds, community wins

A total of five sections of roads in Hume are set to be much safer after Hume City Council recently secured $2.38 million for upgrades through the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme.

Hume Mayor, Cr Adem Atmaca, said vital works could now occur in Diggers Rest, Oaklands Junction, Broadmeadows, and Roxburgh Park.

“Hume City Council asked for funding to improve some of the most dangerous sections of roads in our community, and we were successful with every application to the Black Spot Programme,” Cr Atmaca said.

“This is a big win for everyone who drives a car, rides a bike, or walks down the street in Hume.

“It’s a great day for Hume and we’re ecstatic because the upgrades are vital to help prevent crashes.”

As a result of the funding announcement, Hume City Council will be able to replace a pedestrian crossing near the intersection of Pearcedale Parade and Coleraine Street in Broadmeadows.

Cr Atmaca said a new and more modern crossing at the site would better protect pedestrians.

“We’ve secured $190,000 to install pedestrian operated traffic lights,” he said.

“It’s a high-profile area in the centre of Broadmeadows, and people often need to cross the road to access the Banksia Gardens Community Centre.”

Hume has also received:

• $1 million to install wire rope safety barriers, several warning signs and a left turning lane along Bulla-Diggers Rest Road, between Duncans Lane and Jacksons Creek, in Diggers Rest;
• $855,000 to upgrade line marking, seal shoulders, create tactile centre lines and erect wire rope safety barriers on Konagaderra Road, from Craigieburn Road to Mommsens Road, in Oaklands Junction;
• $180,000 to improve existing traffic signals, enhance lights, extend a right turn lane, and install pedestrian fencing and mast arms at the intersection of Donald Cameron Drive and Lincolne Crescent, in Roxburgh Park; and
• $155,000 to upgrade the current traffic signals, including to install joint-use mast arms, at the corner of David Munroe Drive and Stainsby Crescent, in Roxburgh Park.

The Australian Government’s Black Spot programme aims to reduce crashes and make possible projects that will improve roads where collisions have occurred.

Cr Atmaca said Council would continue to apply for funds to upgrade infrastructure across Hume.

“We advocate to state and federal governments on behalf of all residents in Hume, because we want to improve roads, car parks and other public spaces,” he said.

“Hume City Council is keen to secure financial assistance to duplicate parts of Sunbury, Craigieburn and Somerton roads, and increase space for parked cars at both Craigieburn and Sunbury train stations.”

Further information about projects that Hume advocates for is here.

Updated : 10:12 AM, 28 July 2015

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