The 2016 AIDA AGM will be held on Saturday 9th April at 3.30 pm at the Aireys Inlet Community Hall.
AIDA is celebrating its 50 years of service to the community by holding
AIDA “Then and Now” 50th Anniversary Celebration
Rope fence between GOR and Painkalac Valley
AIDA has expressed significant concern to the shire about the 1400 mm high fence (cypress pine bollards joined by two strands of rope) erected on the Painkalac Valley side of the newly-installed concrete path that runs along the Great Ocean Road between the shops and Lialeeta Road in Fairhaven. AIDA’s view is that the fence adversely impacts the view of the Painkalac Valley.
The shire responded that a barrier is a requirement (by our reading it is a recommendation) under the Austroads design guidelines for a shared path when there is a sloped batter or drop off as found in this section. Furthermore, the shire stated that the requirement of a barrier was reinforced by VicRoads when they approved the pathway design.
STOP PRESS: As of early September the fence has been demolished – the posts have been pulled out and the rope removed.
Dangerous parking on the GOR
In response to the increasing incidence of car parking on the verges on both sides of the Great Ocean Road (GOR) near the Bottom Shops following the opening of the Food Store, local traders and AIDA members contacted AIDA to raise concerns about the potential dangers to people crossing the GOR and/or exiting their cars directly onto the road. AIDA alerted the Surf Coast Shire Director of Infrastructure, but interim measures undertaken to deter this practice, including erection of temporary barriers, failed to solve the problem and continued car parking during the winter period caused significant deterioration of the road edges.
AIDA again contacted the Director of Infrastructure, suggesting that further deterrents were needed before the busy summer period. The shire planted vegetation on the verges on the Food Store side of the GOR in this area, and also painted yellow lines on both sides of the road in the direction of the Painkalac Bridge between the Foodstore and the 60 kph road signs. The situation near the Food Store has improved with the yellow lines deterring most cars from parking on the roadsides, but the major problem has simply moved upstream towards the bridge.