Yarrawonga residents told to ‘deal with it’ by minister
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Poorly placed pedestrian crossings in Belmore Street have been the subject to much debate in Yarrawonga, with a recent e-petition garnering 310 signatures, supported by a paper petition with over 300 additional signatures.
Tabled in September, the response of Minister Carroll to the e-petition has completely missed the mark, ignoring the fact that over 600 residents are vehemently opposed to the current crossing locations.
Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy, said that Minister Carroll has missed the memo by saying that road users will need to ‘adapt to prioritise pedestrian traffic’.
“Yarrawonga residents have essentially been told to ‘deal with it’ by the Minister, ignoring the fact that residents are up in arms about these crossings.
“The petition that I tabled specifically addressed the concern of safety, and why we need changes. We don’t oppose having the crossings, just their locations.
“Labor seems very concerned about safety on the roads, so it is a surprise that they have been so blasé in their response.
“It is only a matter of time until a car hits a pedestrian and ends in tragedy.”
Mr McCurdy encouraged the Minister to visit Yarrawonga and look at the pedestrian crossings for himself, to see that their placement defies common-sense and logic.
“The Minister is more than welcome to come and look at the pedestrian crossings with me and see how they are impacting on the traffic and safety of all road users.
“There is plenty to think about at a roundabout, without also having to worry or anticipate a pedestrian stepping out to cross when you are halfway through.
“The community are adamant that the crossings need to be moved to in-between the roundabouts, not at their exits.”
Mr McCurdy concluded with, “The last thing we want to be saying to the Minister is ‘I told you so.’ At that stage it is too late.
“We need action now to prevent a tragedy from occurring.
“Come to Yarrawonga Minister and see and hear first-hand from the locals who are impacted by them every day.”