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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 22

Mr McARTHUR (1:51 PM) —In regional Australia road funding is a key issue and in the electorate of Corangamite the Geelong ring road has been a matter of public discussion for the previous three years. Its construction consists of three stages from the Melbourne-Geelong freeway. The Commonwealth contributed $187 million to the project. In Corangamite the third stage planning process is a matter of some considerable debate. I have been advocating a further west option so that motorists will be able to move to the areas of Colac and the Great Ocean Road unimpeded. The ring road is being constructed to ensure that traffic flows around Geelong. I have been arguing the case that the construction and planning of the third stage, particularly the Waurn Ponds end, be constructed with a long-term option in mind. To that end I will be putting some options and points of view to a panel which is meeting in the month of November, to ensure that the construction, planning and finality of the Geelong ring road meet the needs of future generations, not the short-term options of the current planning regime.