Consultation on Ararat and Beaufort bypasses

VicRoads will hold two public drop-in sessions next month as planning for the Western Highway bypasses at Ararat and Beaufort progress.

VicRoads regional director Ewen Nevett said the sessions would differ due to the status of planning for each project.

“The Minister for Planning has invited public comment on the Draft Scoping Requirements for the Beaufort Bypass Environment Effects Statement (EES), and we’re encouraging people to review the documentation and make a submission on the scope of the EES,” said Mr Nevett.

“The Draft Scoping Requirements were prepared by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in line with the Ministerial Guidelines and under the Environment Effects Act 1978, with input from a Technical Reference Group. They outline the issues that will be investigated and reported on in the EES.

“We want people to have their say and provide comments to DELWP during this important stage of planning before submissions close on December 9.

“A public information session will be held in Beaufort on Wednesday 7 December with DELWP. The Draft Scoping Requirements will be presented at the session, and staff will be on hand to answer questions about the EES process, and assist community members in providing feedback.”

Mr Nevett said a drop-in session will be held in Ararat the following day to present new concept designs to the community.

“This will be the community’s first opportunity to view the concept designs for the interchange connecting to the Western Highway north-west of Ararat,” said Mr Nevett.

“We want people to provide feedback on the way they would like the interchange to operate and interact with existing roads, local areas and the impacts it would have.

“We will also update the community on how their feedback has influenced the designs of the eastern interchange and the interchange at Pyrenees Highway,” he said.

For more information about Beaufort and Ararat bypass planning, go to the VicRoads webpage and search for ‘Beaufort bypass planning’ and ‘Ararat bypass planning’.