16 May 2018

Finally, action on dangerous intersection near Birregurra

I welcome news that the intersection of Birregurra-Forrest Rd and Colac-Lorne/Deepdene Roads will receive a major safety upgrade.

For too long, motorists who use this intersection have been exposed to significant risks.

The decision to install a roundabout and additional safety signage at the intersection is long overdue.

I congratulate the community for working together, with one voice, to demand action.  This $4.9 million investment is the result of people power.

The community rally I convened with Polwarth MP Richard Riordan, which attracted around 200 concerned residents from across the district, sent a very strong message to the Victorian Government that major action was required.

That three collisions occurred at this location last Christmas, in which one person was killed and nine people were injured, demonstrated that the Victorian Roads Minister needed to start listening to the community.

Road safety is a key issue in the Corangamite electorate. I reiterate my call on the Victorian Government to take action on other dangerous intersections across the region such as the Lorne-Winchelsea Road and Cape Otway Road intersection.

I also remain deeply concerned about the many safety issues with international drivers.  More than 20 per cent of road accidents on the Great Ocean Rd involve international drivers. Not enough has been done by state governments around the country to combat this increasing problem.

16 May 2018