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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.” 

Wire Rope Barrier Questions Remain Unanswered Months On

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today raised serious concerns about the Andrews Labor Governments wire rope barrier program and the failure of the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan to answer basic questions about its roll out in West Gippsland. On 15 November 2017, Mr Blackwood asked a number of questions toContinue Reading

Inquiry Reveals Councils Struggling to Meet Roads Costs

The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils has heard this week that country councils are struggling to meet the high costs of maintaining their roads network. Giving evidence to the inquiry this week, Local Government Victoria confirmed that rural councils have a disproportionately large volume of infrastructureContinue Reading

Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland

A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian Liberal National Coalition. Member for Kew and chair of the Taskforce, Tim Smith, met yesterday with business leaders and community members in Traralgon and later spoke with the Committee for Gippsland in Warragul. Nationals Member for Eastern Region Melina BathContinue Reading

Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan projects off the map in this year’s State Budget, only investing the bare minimum in the region. In responding to the Victorian Budget Mr Blackwood said Daniel Andrews has misled Gippsland about potential V/Line improvements announcing funding he simply doesContinue Reading

Speed Limit Changes Not a Replacement for Road Maintenance Funding

The Andrews Labor Governments cuts to country road maintenance funding are starting to bite in regional Victoria with VicRoads having to drop speed limits to protect motorists on roads where no funding is available to repair surfaces. Speaking in Parliament Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said a number of local residents had approached him regardingContinue Reading

Sand Road Interchange Upgrade Opens

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has welcomed today’s opening of the new Sand Road Interchange which has greatly improved safety at one of regional Victoria’s most dangerous intersections. Mr Blackwood said the upgrade was absolutely necessary to improve safety for motorists who relied on the intersection on a regular basis. ‘The grade separation of SandContinue Reading

Gippsland Labor MP Slams Minister for Appalling Roads

  Labor Member for Eastern Victoria Ms Harriet Shing has openly criticised the state of roads in Gippsland during this week’s sitting of the Victorian Parliament. “I refer to the parlous state of roads in the Eastern Victoria Region and in Gippsland, which have in and of themselves contributed more than their fair share of fatalities,Continue 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 ...”
08
Wire Rope Barrier Questions Remain Unanswered Months On
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today raised serious concerns about the Andrews Labor Governments ...”
2017
Aug
18
Inquiry Reveals Councils Struggling to Meet Roads Costs
“ The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils ...”
Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland
“ A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian ...”
May
02
Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan ...”
Feb
23
Speed Limit Changes Not a Replacement for Road Maintenance Funding
“ The Andrews Labor Governments cuts to country road maintenance funding are starting to bite in ...”
22
Sand Road Interchange Upgrade Opens
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has welcomed today’s opening of the new Sand Road Interchange ...”
2016
Jun
09
Gippsland Labor MP Slams Minister for Appalling Roads
“   Labor Member for Eastern Victoria Ms Harriet Shing has openly criticised the state of roads in ...”


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