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 to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety that should have been answered by 15 December 2017, to date no response has been received.
‘Road users of West Gippsland have regularly approached me about the wire rope barrier roll out and questioned why it seems every meter of the Princes Highway is receiving these barriers,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘As a result of those concerns I submitted detailed Questions on Notice to the Minister seeking information about what risk assessments had been undertaken to determine the roll out locations of these barriers.
‘Still today I do not have basic answers from the Minister relating to this program.
‘This is an expensive, large scale roll out, that seems to lack basic details and for the Minister to ignore Parliament guidelines to answer these questions within 30 days is simply unacceptable.
‘Regional communities and local municipalities have been crying out for additional road funding and the Andrews Labor Government needs to demonstrate to motorists that lining every meter of the Princes Highway with these barriers is the best use of roads funding for regional safety,’ Mr Blackwood said.
QUESTION ON NOTICE — Mr Blackwood to ask the Minister for Roads and Road Safety —
With reference to the significant amount of funding spent on erecting wire rope barriers on all sections of the Princes Highway in the electorate of Narracan from the eastern end of the Pakenham Bypass to Moe:
(1) What data is being used to select the areas of the Highway to have wire rope barriers installed.
(2) What data is being used to select the areas of the Highway to have steel barricading installed.
(3) Why does it appear that nearly every metre of Highway on both sides in the electorate is receiving the barrier system rather than directing these works only to potentially high risk areas on the Highway.