Murray Valley Highway, Yarroweyah

5 June 2018, Mr McCurdy (Ovens Valley): I raise an adjournment item for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety and the action that I seek is that the minister either visit personally or send a representative to the Ovens Valley to discuss turning lanes in the small community of Yarroweyah.

Kevin Taylor and others who live in Yarroweyah recently met with me in town to discuss Amos and Gooley streets, which are adjacent to the Murray Valley Highway west of Cobram.

The Murray Valley Highway runs through this town and requires a speed limit drop to 80 kilometres an hour, which is still quite fast when we have got local traffic turning on and off this major truck thoroughfare.

Local residents believe that turning lanes would be a natural fit. There is certainly ample room there to have them, and it would be a major benefit to the town.

Safety is a high priority, and the number of vehicles per day on the Murray Valley Highway has increased nearly twofold over the last 10 years. We would be interested to discuss various options and ways in which we can pursue a safer outcome for the community.

The local V/Line bus that stops in town would also be a beneficiary of any improvements, and therefore I request a visit from VicRoads to discuss the proposals with local input.

The wire rope barriers that are being rolled out in country Victoria by the hundreds of kilometres will not resolve this safety issue, and I believe that it is essential that safety measures are included in Yarroweyah.

We need to ensure that Victoria's budget for safety upgrades is spread throughout regional Victoria and throughout country communities like Yarroweyah as well.

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