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Friday, 1 November 2013

CALL FOR RENEWAL OF JOCK COMINI REST AREA AT RAVENSWOOD – EDWARDS

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards called on the Minister for Transport in Parliament this week to have VicRoads immediately address the current disgraceful state of the Jock Comini memorial reserve/ rest area on the Calder Highway at Ravenswood.

Ms Edwards said the reserve, which was created as a rest area and as a memorial to Mr Comini to help save lives by helping to prevent fatigue related crashes is in a very dilapidated state.

The Jock Comini reserve rest area was opened in 1994 and was named in honour of Mr Jock Comini and his work as a founding and fourteen year member of the Calder Highway Improvement Committee, as a long-time member of the Harcourt CFA, the North West regional ambulance service, and the Loddon Campaspe Regional Planning Authority.

Mr Comini served 17 years as a Maldon councillor from 1971 to 1988, including six terms as Shire President.

Ms Edwards said the plaque commemorating the Reserve and Mr Comini that was attached to a special boulder has been stolen, the seating is unsafe and falling to pieces with white ant infestation and the grass around the reserve is out of control and poses a very significant fire hazard.

At the time of the reserve’s opening 5000 new trees were planted and granite boulders placed at the site were from the Comini family orchard.

“The Jock Comini Reserve is only 1.8 klm from the notorious Ravenswood Interchange and I would also urge the Minister to ensure its survival out of respect to the Comini family as a rest area with the proposed upgrade to the Intersection”.

“However, most immediately some significant attention needs to be paid to improving this safety rest area to a standard that encourages motorists to use it, and to a standard that respects the history of the reserve and Mr Jock Comini’s memory”.

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