RRV to consult on Black Forest Drive

Black Forest Drive at Royston Road.

Calls for further community consultation on proposed changes to Black Forest Drive have been heeded.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas has announced in-person listening sessions in December to allow the Macedon Ranges community to provide more feedback on the project.

The $6 million project for 11.7 kilometres of works on the road linking Woodend and Macedon (formerly the old Calder Highway) will see the current four-lane configuration reduced to two lanes plus a three-metre-wide painted centre median and on-road cycle lanes.

The plan has divided opinion locally with many residents expressing dissatisfaction with the consultation conducted by Regional Roads Victoria to date.

“Black Forest Drive is an important arterial road for locals. The community has told me they want further consultation on these important safety upgrades,” Ms Thomas said.

“With COVID-19 restrictions having eased, we are pleased to announce four in-person sessions held in Woodend and Macedon.

“In these sessions we want to hear community ideas, better understand community concerns and identify potential solutions to improve safety on this road.”

Entry will be permitted only to people who register in advance through Eventbrite and show vaccination certificates.

The December engagement sessions will build on feedback already received.

Session details and registration

Woodend: Tuesday, December 14, Buffalo Sports Stadium, Rotary Room, 1/29 Forest St, from 4pm-6pm or 7pm-9pm.

Macedon: Wednesday, December 15, Macedon Ranges Hotel and Spa, 652 Black Forest Drive, from 4pm-6pm or 7pm-9pm.