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A RESIDENTIAL street where a
78 year old woman was recently
struck by a car and left with seri-
ous injuries had been identified as
a priority area in need of updating
by the Bass Coast Shire Council.
The woman was using a wheeled
walking frame on the roadway of
Edgar Street last Tuesday, March
14, when she was struck. She was
airlifted to hospital.
The lack of a footpath on Edgar
Street was noted by those attend-
ing the accident, which potentially
could have been avoided if the
street had an accessible pedes-
The Urban Roads and Drainage
Improvement Policy was adopted
by the previous Bass Coast Shire
Council in May 2015.
But Edgar Street, along with
dozens of other roads across the
region, did not make it onto the
official program list of roads to be
updated and upgraded.
The priority list was drafted in
September 2014, with the pur-
pose to prioritise the urban areas
and roads that are unmade and
have insufficient drainage infra-
It was stated in the priority
list that the cost to upgrade all
unmade roads and insufficient
drains across the shire would be
As a result of insufficient council
funds, roads had to be prioritised
in order to address the most inad-
equate urban areas in Bass Coast.
It was this prioritisation system
that deemed the urban areas of
Billson Street, McKenzie Street
and Watt Street, including Edgar
Street, to not be as high priority
as other urban areas in the shire.
Other streets in Wonthaggi in-
cluded on the priority list include
Queen Street, Reed Crescent,
Fahey Street, Loch Street, Watt
Street, McKenzie Street, Mer-
rin Crescent, Broome Crescent,
Hagelthorn Street, Billson Street
and Baillieu Street East.
The five areas that did make
it onto the list were the Sunset
Strip estate, Pioneer Bay estate,
Surf Beach and Sunderland Bay
estates, Smiths Beach and Beach-
comber estate, and the Koala es-
tate in Cowes.
The Sunset Strip estate up-
grades were to be financed by a
special charge scheme; a move
that proved unpopular with locals
and was eventually thrown out by
Concerns have now been raised
about the safety of roads in Won-
thaggi like Edgar Street, which is
close to both the Wonthaggi Sec-
ondary College and the Bass Coast
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela
Rothfield, said residents can ap -
ply to have an urban area re-pri-
oritised by the council, if there is
broad community support for the
“Firstly, it was a tragic accident
and our sincerest thoughts go out
to those who have been impacted,”
Cr Rothfield said.
“Council has an urban roads
and drainage improvement policy
which is the main mechanism for
upgrading infrastructure such as
footpaths, roads and drains in
residential areas such as Wont-
“In addition to this, council has
an allocation in its current capital
works program for filling in gaps
in the footpath network.”
Victoria Police are investigating
the cause of the accident.
It is believed that sun glare af-
fected the driver of the vehicle
which struck the woman, al-
though police acknowledged the
lack of footpaths on the street at
the time of the accident.
Bass Coast’s long list
of dangerous streets
Police investigate the scene of a distressing accident in Edgar Street, Wonthaggi, last week, where sun
glare and the lack of a footpath is being blamed for the incident.
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