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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

EDWARDS CALLS FOR PUBLIC RELEASE OF VICROADS REVIEW AS BARKERS CREEK SPEED LIMIT PETITION TABLED

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards has taken the opportunity in parliament today after tabling a petition on behalf of residents of Barkers Creek to call on the Minister for Roads to release to the public a review conducted by VicRoads into the speed limit along the Midland Highway at Barkers Creek.

“In response to a letter from a concerned resident the Parliamentary Secretary for Roads referred to a VicRoads review of the speed limit along this section of highway”.

“Rather than palming this issue off to his Parliamentary Secretary I call on the Minister for Roads to make public the VicRoads review, to take note of the petition that has been tabled containing over 200 signatures and to seriously consider the reduction of speed from 100 klm to 80 klm along this section of the Highway”.

“Releasing the VicRoads review for the public to examine is important for the residents who live along the Highway and for the businesses along the Highway.”

“They need to know when VicRoads did the review, at what times of day, which days and when the review commenced and when it concluded”.

“These residents are very concerned that a review has been conducted without consulting them. They have no confidence that the review was comprehensive”.

“People do not organise and sign petitions for the fun of it – they do it because they are very resolute about the issue. In this case they are very afraid that if the speed limit is not reduced someone will be seriously injured or killed on this part of the Highway”.

“Lowering the speed limit for this short 7.2 kilometre stretch of Highway will mean at the most an extra minute or two in travel time between the Calder off ramp and Castlemaine – worth considering if it saves lives”.

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