Construction begins on Siding Avenue extension
The Andrews Labor Government is extending Siding Avenue to Bridge Road in Officer, to better connect locals to schools, shops and services.
Member for Eastern Victoria, Daniel Mulino, joined representatives from Places Victoria and the Cardinia Shire Council to kick-start construction on this key component in the Officer Town Centre project.
The Labor Government is providing $1.9 million for the extension, which will improve access to Cardinia Civic Centre, Officer Secondary College and Officer Specialist School.
The project will also improve safety for students, pedestrians and trains users who currently need to cross train tracks, open land and busy intersections to get to Officer Station.
During construction, a temporary path will be created parallel to Siding Avenue to enable safe access between Officer Station and Officer Secondary College.
As well as the road extension, traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Siding Avenue and Bridge Road, to improve access and safety.
The construction of the road will facilitate further development in the area, with these improvements expected to be a drawcard for future retail and community services.
More than $700 million has been committed to the Officer Town Centre Project, which includes the development of the Aspect estate, now home to more than 400 residents.
The Victorian Government has already contributed $100 million to the project, including delivery of the new Cardinia Shire Civic Centre, a rail underpass and key road connections to service the rapidly growing south east.
The Siding Avenue project is being delivered by Places Victoria, on behalf of the Andrews Labor Government.
The work complements the Labor Government’s expansion of Officer Station car park, which will have up to 150 spaces added this year to make it easier for more people to driver to the station and catch the train.
Left to right: Cr Brett Owen (Mayor, Cardinia Shire Council); Ken Munro (Development Director, Places Victoria); Daniel Mulino (Member for Eastern Victoria)