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20 April 2023

Barwon Heads Road Upgrade: Native Greenery Planting Day

Last month, the member for South Barwon, Darren Cheeseman attended a tree planting day alongside local volunteers and Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV).

As part of the Barwon Heads Road Upgrade, the addition of a native green tinge to Marshalltown and Reserve Roads brings the new community infrastructure to life.

All participants were thanked for their efforts and received a ‘planter party bag’, inside was a recyclable planting trowel, gloves, and a bucket hat. Additionally, 150 stock tube plants were handed out to all participants on the day, alongside information about the local environment and why certain species were included in the upgrade’s landscaping.

In total, MRPV expects 84,000 native plants to be placed alongside Barwon Heads Road as part of the upgrade.

Given the opening of the new section between Marshalltown and Reserve roads, the installation of native greenery is a crucial part of the upgrade.

The newly opened 4km stretch of road offers a safer and more reliable commute for all.

Other improvements include upgraded intersections, 4km of new shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists, and the replacement of a level crossing with a bridge over Marshall’s rail line.

Due for completion this year, the upgraded section of Barwon Heads Road will cater for up to 44,000 daily journeys by 2031.

Quotes attributable to Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman 

“Along with providing safer, smoother travel, the Barwon Heads Road Upgrade is planting tens of thousands of indigenous plants.

“Involving the community in this project is also important, so it was great to join the children and residents who generously pitched in to help on the planting day.”

Quotes attributable to MRPV Program Director Tim Price 

“Major Road Projects Victoria was pleased to work with a host of residents and local children to add the finishing touches to this section of the upgrade.

“We thank all involved for helping us with this important part of our work.”