Council endorses recommendations for the future of transport in Merimbula

Bega Valley Shire Council has adopted the Draft Merimbula Transport Study with some minor modifications to the recommendations.

merimbula lake bridge and surrounding houses
17 November 2023

Bega Valley Shire Council has adopted the Draft Merimbula Transport Study with some minor modifications to the recommendations.

Council resolved:

1.    That Council resolve to adopt the Merimbula Transport Study as exhibited on Council’s website with a change in preference for the one-way traffic loop in the Merimbula CBD from Option 2 to Option 1.

2.    That Council do not pursue paid parking or smart parking sensors

3.    Deletion of the proposed additional one way configuration in Fishpen

4.    That Council leave traffic in Merimbula drive as two way

5.    That Alice Street remain two way or one way south bound

6.    That council refine the study plans as needed from time to time

7.    That following endorsement, the final Merimbula Transport Study Context and Recommendations Reports are published on Council’s website, and that those who made a submission during exhibition of documents are advised of Council’s decision on this matter.

Council’s Acting Director Assets and Operations, Gary Louie, said the adopted study, will help guide planning and investment in an integrated all modes transport network for Merimbula after having considered the community’s feedback.

“Our vision is that by 2040, the coastal atmosphere of Merimbula will be a vibrant seaside destination, enhanced by orienting commercial development towards the lake, prioritising pedestrians over vehicles where sensible, and improving access to public open spaces,” Mr Louie said.

“The adopted study considered all modes of transport and focussed on the Merimbula Central Business District and Fishpen precinct, considering these areas in the context of their surroundings and connections to neighbouring towns and regional hubs.

“The final Context Report and Recommendation Report included 55 recommendations most of which were endorsed by Council to improve public spaces, roads and parking and five transformative ideas for the Merimbula town centre.

“The recommendations covered public places, public transport, parking, signage, walking and cycling routes, one-way loops, low speed zones, shared paths, footpaths and accessibility”.

The final adopted study Context and Recommendations Report will be published on Council’s website in due course.

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