Bellarine News

Bike Safe Concerns, Portarlington to Queenscliff Road
I was recently pleased to meet with local representatives of Bike Safe Victoria to discuss their concerns and ideas in relation to bike safety on the Portarlington to Queenscliff Road. In addition I have received a number of letters from local bike users and businesses supporting an upgrade to the road.
The Bellarine Peninsula is clearly becoming a more and more popular place to ride for both tourists and locals alike. Many locals use our road networks in their regular rides to enjoy the great outdoors and in pursuit of fitness.
And with lots of local cafes and wineries quickly becoming popular destinations, an ever increasing number of visitors are cycling between venues to enjoy our local produce and hospitality.
I therefore clearly understand the need to ensure all those cyclists are kept safe whilst riding on our local roads and having met with Bike Safe I have now raised the matter directly with the Minister for Transport, Luke Donellan, and suggested a number of measures.
Local police, City of Greater Geelong and many locals have called for a lowering of the speed limit to 80 kms per hour. In addition the need to provide sealed shoulders to the side of the road is also seen of importance.
I will continue to work with groups like Bike Safe Victoria and the local community to ensure cyclists are safe when using our local roads, including the Portarlington to Queenscliff Road.

GEELONG SET TO HOST TOAST TO THE COAST

Geelong’s premier wine tour, Toast to the Coast, will return in November thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said the event will showcase the best premium cool climate local wines, produce and entertainers.
Supported through the Labor Government’s Regional Events Fund, Toast to the Coast celebrates the vast differences in Geelong’s three wine sub-regions and allows the public access to wineries that may not regularly open.
The two day event offers exclusive winery tours, new wine releases, rare back vintage tastings, luncheons, dinners and functions, gourmet food sales, live music and children’s activities.
Toast to the Coast works to raise the profile of the region and promote the Geelong Wine brand both locally and nationally.
Our $20 million Regional Events Fund is helping rural and regional communities all over Victoria stage and secure the events that drive visitation and showcase the best of everything the regions offer.
Regional Victoria has something for everyone, and we want everyone to experience it for themselves.
Toast to the Coast will run from 4 to 5 November 2017. For more information visit http://www.winegeelong.com.au/toast-to-the-coast/.