What is the issue?
»In 2011, VicRoads advised Council that it had reviewed arterial roads in Casey, and recommended that three roads (Greaves Road, Hall Road and Pound Road) should be declared as arterial roads in 2011/12. As part of this process, Pound Road and Hall Road are now declared as Arterial Roads, and discussions regarding Greaves Road were being finalised prior to residents raising concerns.
»Between March and July 2016, Council spent significant funds for Greaves Road out-of-schedule maintenance and remedial works in anticipation of Greaves Road Arterial Road Declaration.
»Strategic links like Greaves Road carry significant regional traffic volumes and put immense pressure on Council’s budget with more frequent than usual maintenance requirements.
What is Council’s Role?
»Roads that provide a regional or metropolitan arterial function typically form part of the Declared Arterial Road Network and come under the State’s direct responsibility through VicRoads.
»In growth areas, arterial roads are typically constructed in stages - initially as a single carriageway local arterial and then handed over to VicRoads through the Arterial Road Declaration process as the traffic function of the road becomes more regional.
»Over some years, Council has been working with VicRoads on the arterial road network in Casey that services the City and the broader community.
»Greaves Road will ultimately be declared as an arterial road and is in the final stages of ‘handover’ to VicRoads as a Declared Arterial Road.
»The handover process set by VicRoads requires Council to make improvements to the road (at Council’s cost, to the satisfaction of VicRoads) before VicRoads accept the responsibility for the road. For this reason, handover can take several years to achieve.
What is Council’s position?
»During the preparation of the South East Growth Corridor Plan in 2012, VPA (formerly known as the Metropolitan Planning Authority and before that, the Growth Areas Authority) further reinforced Greaves Road as a key east-west arterial connecting the Princes Freeway in the east and Pound Road in the west, then linking to the employment land in South Dandenong.
»The South East Growth Corridor Plan was approved by the State Government and is a reference document in the Casey Planning Scheme. All government agencies involved in the planning of the south east growth corridor must adhere to the strategic intent of the document.
»Greaves Road provides broader metropolitan benefits, and as such, it is appropriate that the State Road Corporation (VicRoads) accepts responsibility for the operation of the road.
»In essence, Greaves Road status as a local road has been an interim position, with Greaves Road having been identified and planned for as a key arterial road which would require a significant upgrade, including larger intersections.
Map showing Greaves Road as arterial road under South East Growth Corridor Plan