We’ve added extra lanes and built new intersections along the Princes Highway between Winchelsea and Colac to make your journey quicker and safer.

Overview

As part of the Princes Highway Upgrade in Colac and Colac East, we have:

  • replaced the bridge over Barongarook Creek
  • established a commemorative space in Colac to recognise the Traditional Owners of the land and the cultural significance of the area
  • built new intersections
  • added new pedestrian crossing and paths
  • replaced the old road
  • upgraded traffic lights
  • upgraded the bridge over the Geelong-Warrnambool train line in Colac East.

Recognising the Traditional Owners of the land

We’ve worked closely with the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation and Colac Otway Shire to establish a commemorative space near the bridge over Barongarook Creek to recognise the Traditional Owners of the land, and as a memorial to the discovery of Aboriginal ancestral remains during our works.

Our landscaping plan is based on the use of indigenous and native plants to recognise the cultural significance of the area. We have replaced three non-native Elm trees (which were in poor health) with River Red Gums. The trees thrive in creek and river environments and also will provide nesting hollows for galahs, cockatoos, cockatiels and various parrots.

The commemorative space includes new seating and a reflection space around a feature stone and new pedestrian paths.

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