The Committee for Gippsland welcomes today’s announcement from the Victorian Government that it will provide $1.4 million for a business case for a future Traralgon Bypass.

“The Committee for Gippsland is delighted with Victorian Government’s announcement of funding for a business case for a Traralgon bypass,” said Committee for Gippsland CEO Mary Aldred.

“A business case is the first and most significant step to date towards the construction of a future Traralgon Bypass, and the Committee for Gippsland commends the Victorian Government for this important prioritisation,” said Ms Aldred.

“The Committee for Gippsland is currently undertaking important consultation with Traralgon traders and residents, as well as the Gippsland transport industry, and looks forward to feeding the results of this back to the Victorian Government in the near future to help inform the broader business case process,” added Ms Aldred.

The Committee for Gippsland’s consultation and cost benefit analysis will provide an early and important reference point for the business case, emphasising community and trader engagement in Traralgon, broader transport industry feedback from the Gippsland region, and a cost benefit comparison in other regions that have had bypasses constructed.

“Gippsland is a freight driven region and it is important that we give Gippsland producers every available opportunity to bring their products even closer to market and enhance their competitiveness as a world-beating region. This objective, combined with the traffic safety dividends for local residents that a Traralgon Bypass will provide makes today’s announcement an excellent outcome for Gippsland,” said Ms Aldred.

The Committee for Gippsland has advocated for the construction of a Traralgon Bypass since 2011. The Traralgon Bypass is one of the only major remaining priorities out of the Committee for Gippsland’s 2013 Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan not to be funded.