The financial plight of businesses affected by the construction of a Daylesford roundabout was highlighted in State Parliament this week.
Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell questioned the Minister for Roads and Road Safety on the length of time taken to construct the roundabout at the intersection of Raglan Street and East Street and the effect it is having on a nearby business.
“Last week I was contacted by the owners of Daylesford Mitre 10 Sonja and Joel Ridge whose business has been severely affected financially throughout the construction of the roundabout,” Ms Lovell said.
Ms Lovell said that The Ridge’s estimate they have suffered significant losses in revenue during the two month construction period and they have now been informed by Vic Roads that works will continue for another five weeks.
“Vic Roads have blocked access to customer parking at Daylesford Mitre 10 several times throughout the construction period and this family owned business cannot sustain such revenue losses for another five weeks,” Ms Lovell said.
“I have been informed that only two men have worked at the site throughout the construction period and for the financial viability of nearby businesses like Daylesford Mitre 10 this project needs to be completed quicker than the projected five weeks,” Ms Lovell said.
“That is why I have asked the Minister to ensure Vic Roads expedites work to ensure an earlier completion date and prevent further loss of income for the Ridges.”