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Western Route / Approved.

, Approval has been given Ibr the-exton sion of the Prince's Highway from Mel- bourne, through the western portion'of tlie State, through Geelong, Camperdown, Warrnambool, und Portland, to the South

Australian border.'

During the visit of the Prince of Wales I, a proposal was agreed to that' the main [- coast road from Sydney to Mallacoota, and

through Gippsland to Melbourne, should be named the Prince's Highway. . lt was agreed with the South Australian-Govern ment that the highway should be extended through the Western District, and South Australia, to Adelaide. The claims of five routes from Melbourne to tho border were

analysed by the Country Hoads Board, und

hiter by tue Premier (Mr. 1_iwboii) and the Minister for Public Works (Mr. Frank

Clarke). While the live routes possessed' particular advantages, the recommendation

). j of the board in favour of thc Camperdown,; t Warrnambool, Portland route was ap. j y I proved by tho Ministers. I j. | Mr. Clarke said yesterday that public | v , todies along Borne of the rejected routes ? i"uI were threatening, to convene indignation' e-1 meetings, and their letters of protest wore

only surpassed by the letters from tht 1 municipalities along the selected route, who j

had heard of the hclitious intention of thu

Ministry to alter their decision. If he did: agreed o alter the route, the people n

terested iii thc other routes would still bc! disappointed,' and the only alternative ? would bc to name' the live routes the. Prince's Highway. This was impracticable, \ and he had recommended the .Governor in j Council to approve of the route selected as i

the most suitable.

Great Ocean Road.

GEELONG, Tuesday.?It was decided by the Ocean Hoad Trust'to open ..the -. Great Ocean Road on Satux-day, March.,18. His Excellency'thc Governor arid the Premier are to be invited to attend. It-is expected Unit 250 members of thc Eoynl Automobile Club will -11111 through on thc dny before thc opening. . . ; ¦