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O’Brien: road quality will boost road safety

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to improve road safety by improving road quality for Gippsland road users.

VicRoads is holding road safety community roundtables across Victoria in the coming months but none have been scheduled for South Gippsland, with the closest event taking place in Sale.

Mr O’Brien said the decision to hold the community roundtables follow a recent Road Safety Summit in Melbourne where road safety experts and community leaders, but very few everyday road users, gathered to discuss what could be done to address the horror start to the year on Victoria’s roads.

“I’m glad to see that everyday road users are finally being consulted, but once again Labor is showing contempt for the people of South Gippsland by failing to hold a roundtable event here,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that better quality roads are safer roads and I’m sure that, given the opportunity to do so, the people of South Gippsland would tell the Andrews Government to get on with the Black Spur project and speed up the Hyland Highway works.

“Both of these have been delayed by a year in the most recent state budget.

“It’s been more than two years since we were first told the Black Spur project was fully budgeted, but nothing is getting done.

“So far this this year we have seen a 78 per cent increase in the number of people who have lost their lives on our country roads.

“These aren’t just statistics. They are mums and dads, sons and daughters, and sisters and brothers who are not coming home to their families, leaving them with a lifetime of trauma.

“A life lost in South Gippsland is just as important as a life lost in Melbourne and while millions have been spent on road safety measures such as roadside barriers, it sometimes seems the quality of the roads themselves has been forgotten.

“I am calling on Labor to add a community roundtable meeting in South Gippsland to enable our local residents to tell VicRoads what we think about the true state of our roads and opportunities to address this growing crisis.”

Currently eight road safety forums are scheduled to be held during July, August and September, in Ballarat, Marysville, Shepparton, Sale, Geelong, Portland, Bendigo and Mildura.

For more information, including dates and locations of forums, visit tac.vic.gov.au/regional-road-safety-forum.

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