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Sebastopol-Smythesdale Road Speed Review

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Council sought feedback from 16 September to 11 October on a proposal to lower the speed limit on a section of Sebastopol-Smythesdale Road in Ross Creek to improve road safety.

Golden Plains Shire Council Sebastopol-Smythesdale Road Speed Change



Following requests from several residents, Council is proposing to lower the speed limit on Sebastopol-Smythesdale Road given its history of crashes, speeding behaviour identified by Victoria Police and a number of busy intersections. Under the proposal, the speed limit would be reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h along a 3.5-kilometre section between the end of the existing 80km/h speed zone west of Vaggs Road and the City of Ballarat boundary northeast of the intersection with Bells Road.

The growing population around Smythesdale is also leading to increased traffic along the important road corridor towards Ballarat.

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The above map shows the section of Sebastopol-Smythesdale Road subject to the proposed speed reduction in green.

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

Community members and road users were invited to provide feedback on the proposed speed reduction online, by email or by post.

Feedback was open from Thursday 16 September until 9am, Monday 11 October.

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

Council will use community feedback to determine whether the speed reduction proposal proceeds.

If Council determines to proceed with the proposal, Council will finalise an application with the Department of Transport to have the speed limit reduced. This process is often lengthy, and may take some time before any changes take effect.

Feedback will also be used to support Council’s lobbying for Government funding to install further safety improves on the busy road.


Thursday 16 September, 2021:

Feedback opens

Monday 11 October, 2021:    

Feedback closes at 9am

Contact Information

Manager Asset Services
5220 7111
Project Category: 
Roads and Transport
Last Updated: 
Monday, October 11, 2021
Project Status: 
Updated Project
Council recently sought feedback on a proposal to lower the speed limit on a section of Sebastopol-Smythesdale Road.

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