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Common sense approach needed on Wire Rope Barriers

The Liberal Nationals support properly placed and installed wire rope barriers. If done properly they can prevent some serious accidents and they can save lives.  
 
We are concerned that the latest round of wire rope barriers are being installed in the wrong places and without proper planning and making some roads more dangerous instead of safer. 
 
The extensive placement of Wire Rope Barriers on almost every meter of the Princes Highway through the heart of the Narracan Electorate is an example of what is happening across the state, as the city-centric Andrews Labor Government fails to manage yet another major project.  
 
Some of the specific concerns about some of the latest installations include:

  • Impeding access and manoeuvrability for emergency services;
  • Compromising motorcycle safety if a rider connects with the barrier;
  • Wire Roper Barriers installed too close to the side of the road that inhibit drivers pulling over safely due to a flat tire or a breakdown; and
  • Considerable vegetation growth under the barrier rope which pose a significant fire risk and maintenance issues.

 
A Liberal Nationals Government will suspend Daniel Andrews’ botched rollout of Wire Rope Barriers and undertake a review of the process.  
 
The review will include consultation with key stakeholders such as the CFA and RACV to determine a common sense approach to the placement and extent of future Wire Rope Barriers implementation. 
 
Daniel Andrews’ Roads Minister says country motorists with concerns about the placement of wire rope barriers are ‘dingbats’ and that “people can go round playing banjos, playing conspiracy theories and rubbish like that – they need to deal with the facts and the figures.”
 
As this local example shows, the real dingbats are Daniel Andrews and his Roads Minister from Fitzroy. 
 
Comments attributable to Gary Blackwood MP:
 
“Daniel Andrews has slashed funding for Country Roads and Bridges and now he’s giving us Wire Rope Barriers installed in the wrong places.
 
“The Minister for Roads has failed to answer questions I raised in Parliament relating to the rollout of the Wire Rope Barrier program in West Gippsland.
 
“Local residents want to be assured the rollout of the program is being done correctly and with the right data to back up the locations chosen for the barriers to be installed. Having every meter of the Princes Highway in our electorate lined with them does not suggest any survey or site work has been done to target high-risk locations.
 
“Daniel Andrews has ignored maintaining and repairing Victoria’s regional roads for the last three years and as a result they have become dangerous and are putting lives at risk. 
 
“Labor has been in government for 14 of the last 18 years and has ignored regional roads which have become dangerous and are putting lives at risk.” 
 
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
 
“Daniel Andrews governs for Melbourne’s inner-suburbs, a Liberal Nationals Government will govern for all Victorians.
 
“A picture tells a thousand words and these images clearly show that the government has botched the installation of these wire rope barriers and instead of saving lives it’s putting lives at risk.”
 
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads, David Hodgett:
 
“The Premier for Melbourne has botched the installation of Wire Ropes Barriers and it’s putting lives of motorists and emergency services at risk. 
 
“That’s why the Liberal Nationals policy is to suspend the current installation of the wire rope program and instead use that money to repair these roads so they are safer for all Victorians.” 

Commuters Fed Up with Public Transport Under Andrews

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said complaints to his office regarding V/Line service punctuality on the Gippsland line had exploded in recent months.   The most recent report from V/Line showed short and long distance punctuality for Gippsland commuters were the worst for any region in Victoria, at 82.6% for short distance travel andContinue Reading

Call for Support to Alleviate Coming Kinder Squeeze

The closure of Bowen Park Kindergarten at the end of 2017 will place significant pressure on local kindergarten services Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week told State Parliament. In his address to the Legislative Assembly, Mr Blackwood said funding was urgently needed to help meet the loss of capacity with the closure ofContinue Reading

Active Club Grants Announced for Narracan

  Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today congratulated local sport and recreation clubs who have been successful in receiving funding from the Victorian Governments Active Grants program. Mr Blackwood said the grants would make a significant difference to local clubs who had been awarded funding. ‘Local sporting and recreation clubs are often reliant onContinue Reading

Lack of Detail in Labor Budget

The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second consecutive year under Daniel Andrews.   Four local schools will see upgrades after being forgotten by the Labor Government in the 2015-16 State Budget however many of the upgrades won’t be seen until 2018-19 and funds allocated fall well shortContinue Reading

Andrews May Short Change Regional Communities Again

  State Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Labor Government to keep its word and deliver at least 10 per cent from the proceeds of the sale of the Port of Melbourne to regional Victoria for transport investment as promised just weeks ago. The agreement for 10% of the Port saleContinue Reading

West Gippsland Arts Centre Funding Welcomed

  Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today welcomed an announcement from the Victorian State Government that $4m would be delivered to Baw Baw Shire to assist in the redevelopment of the West Gippsland Arts Centre. The West Gippsland Arts Centre redevelopment forms part of the Baw Baw Shire Council’s long term strategy to develop theContinue Reading

Shade Grants for Local Schools Open

Local schools across the Narracan electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2016 School Shade Grants Program which is now open. The grants program provides grants of up to $25,000 to Victorian Schools to develop shaded areas including the establishment of new shade, repair of old shade areas or assistance in creating naturalContinue Reading

Men’s Sheds 2016 Grants Program Opens

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging applications to the 2016 Men's Sheds Program from Narracan communities to establish new, or refurbish existing Men’s Sheds. Mr Blackwood said Men’s Sheds play a vital role in local communities providing an exchange of skills and important meeting place for men. ‘Men’s Sheds are valuable community facilities thatContinue Reading

Cattle Underpass Program Funding Forgotten

  Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has questioned the Andrews Governments commitment to primary producers in regional Victoria following a statement made by the Minister for Agriculture relating to the funding of the Cattle Underpass Program. On the 17th September 2015 the Minister for Agriculture in reply to a Question Without Notice in the Legislative Council stated;Continue Reading

Disability Grants Open

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging disability self-help groups to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to increase the independence and community participation of people with disabilities.   “Grant funding is provided for a variety of practical purposes including general expenses, running costs, and minor works or equipment,” Mr Blackwood said.   “ThereContinue Reading

Blackwood Congratulates Crime Prevention Project

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today congratulated the Labertouche & District Community Centre on being a successful applicant for funding from the 2015-16 Community Safety Fund. Mr Blackwood said the Community Safety Fund supported local communities across Victoria in implementing crime prevention projects. “I congratulate the Labertouche & District Community Centre on their projectContinue Reading

Kinder Funding Support Needed for Small Regional Communities

A review of kindergarten funding in regional communities is needed according to Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, who says fund shortfalls for operational costs are putting pressure on kindergartens. Mr Blackwood said he recently met with Willow Grove Kindergarten which is just one local kindergarten facing challenges in funding its operational costs. “There is currentlyContinue Reading

2015-16 VESEP Grant Recipients Announced

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has congratulated five local CFA groups that will receive funding from the 2015/16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).   Mr Blackwood said the program assisted emergency service agencies with the purchase of life-saving equipment, trucks, boats and funds minor upgrades.   “Local emergency service volunteers make a significant contributionContinue Reading

Blackwood Calls for Support to Help Melt Ice Addiction

Member for Narracan has called on the Andrews Government to support the Ice Melt Down project which is working to help support individuals and families dealing with drug addiction in Gippsland. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Blackwood said the volunteer driven program which supports addicts of Ice and Methamphetamine had been positively received and was alreadyContinue Reading


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2018
Feb
14
Common sense approach needed on Wire Rope Barriers
“ The Liberal Nationals support properly placed and installed wire rope barriers. If done properly they ...”
2017
Oct
18
Commuters Fed Up with Public Transport Under Andrews
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said complaints to his office regarding V/Line service punctuality ...”
Sep
22
Call for Support to Alleviate Coming Kinder Squeeze
“ The closure of Bowen Park Kindergarten at the end of 2017 will place significant pressure ...”
2016
Jun
03
Active Club Grants Announced for Narracan
“   Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today congratulated local sport and recreation clubs who have ...”
Apr
27
Lack of Detail in Labor Budget
“ The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second ...”
Mar
24
Andrews May Short Change Regional Communities Again
“   State Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Labor Government to keep ...”
11
West Gippsland Arts Centre Funding Welcomed
“   Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today welcomed an announcement from the Victorian State Government ...”
Feb
26
Shade Grants for Local Schools Open
“ Local schools across the Narracan electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2016 ...”
Jan
19
Men's Sheds 2016 Grants Program Opens
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging applications to the 2016 Men's Sheds Program from ...”
2015
Oct
21
Cattle Underpass Program Funding Forgotten
“   Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has questioned the Andrews Governments commitment to primary producers in ...”
Sep
25
Disability Grants Open
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging disability self-help groups to apply for grants of ...”
08
Blackwood Congratulates Crime Prevention Project
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today congratulated the Labertouche & District Community Centre on ...”
Aug
21
Kinder Funding Support Needed for Small Regional Communities
“ A review of kindergarten funding in regional communities is needed according to Member for Narracan, ...”
17
2015-16 VESEP Grant Recipients Announced
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has congratulated five local CFA groups that will receive funding ...”
05
Blackwood Calls for Support to Help Melt Ice Addiction
“ Member for Narracan has called on the Andrews Government to support the Ice Melt Down ...”


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