Shire says Kilmore bypass will benefit community

By Vanessa Wiltshire

PROGRESSING the Kilmore-Wallan Bypass has been a priority of Mitchell Shire Council, as it will have a significant benefit to our community.

Advancing the planning for the bypass and its alignment is an important step towards progressing the project. Regional Roads Victoria recently approached council for support to start the process to implement a Public Acquisition Overlay for the western option around the Kilmore Township.

The PAO process will set aside the required land will allow the bypass to be acquired and then constructed in the future. Additionally, RRV will commence a consultation process that will review two options presented for the bypass alignment north of Willomavin Road.

Council has requested to proceed with this part of the project without delay. Council will continue to work with and support RRV to progress the bypass to construction stage.

The bypass project will reinvigorate Kilmore, as it will provide the opportunity to improve the streetscape of the town centre and enhance the environment.

“Council recognises the importance of commencing this process as soon as possible," Mayor Bill Chisholm said.

"The Kilmore-Wallan Bypass has been on the agenda for many years and the community have been loud and clear that they want to move forward."

“The progression of this project will play an important role in enhancing Kilmore, traffic flow, improve liveability and economic prosperity of the town. Taking the trucks out of Kilmore would also improve the environment in the heart of Kilmore. “We definitely want to see this progress sooner than later. The community will benefit and be safer.”