As part of the Marong Road (Calder Highway) improvements planning project, we’re exploring ways to improve traffic flow and safety on Marong Road from Ironbark to Maiden Gully.

Thank you to everyone who attended our engagement sessions and provided feedback either in person or online. Your input at this early stage assists in shaping concept plans for any future upgrades.

How we consulted

We launched our website and online feedback hub on 1 December 2017 to hear from residents and road users about their experiences using Marong Road. There were 173 comments from 75 contributors left on our interactive map.

We held two public engagement sessions at Maiden Gully Primary School on 6 December 2017 and at Bendigo Stadium on 1 February 2018. Both sessions provided aerial photos of the highway on display so that attendees could pinpoint their feedback. Session one had approximately 55 people attend and session two had approximately 30 people attend.

What we asked

We wanted to hear from the community about their experiences driving, walking, and riding along Marong Road, such as the issues faced, what worked well, and what would help people move around better now and into the future.

What you told us

A styled map of Marong Road (Calder Freeway) showing the study area between Hermitage Road/Monsants Road, Maiden Gully VIC and Eaglehawk Road, Ironbark VIC. It highlights the following key themes/issues: visibility at the Marong Road/Schumakers Lane intersection in Maiden Gully, VIC; population growth at the intersection Marong Road/Maiden Gully Road intersection in Maiden Gully, VIC; water over road on Marong Road between Maiden Gully Road and Braedene Drive in Maiden Gully, VIC; shared use on Marong Road near Braedene Drive, Maiden Gully, VIC; water over road near Marong Road/Sparrowhawk Road intersection in Maiden Gully, VIC; heavy traffic at Marong Road/Inglis Street/Specimen Hill Road intersection in West Bendigo, VIC and Marong Road/Eaglehawk Road intersection in Ironbark, VIC

View a larger version of the overview [JPG 70 KB]

The feedback we received had similar themes and issues from participants at the drop-in sessions and online such as:

  • provision of safer pedestrian and cycling facilities
  • population growth
  • heavy traffic
  • public transport integration
  • driver behaviour
  • issues at intersections including:
    • difficulty making turns
    • street lighting and visibility at intersections
  • environmental issues such as:
    • water over road and drainage
    • tree retention or removal.

Who we heard from

An overview of the participants
 Type of participant Percentage
I'm a local resident 39%
I'm a local business owner  2%
I'm a non-local commuter travelling through the area 2%
I visit the area often to spend time there or nearby 17%
My family or friends live nearby 19%
Other 16%
No response 5%


What we are doing now

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in this initial round of engagement. Your comments are being considered in the development of plans to address capacity and safety issues in conjunction with our technical investigations.

We expect initial concepts to be ready mid-year and intend to present the plans with further consultation at the next stage of our engagement process. Keep checking the website for updates. You can also register for email updates on this page.

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