Member for Morwell, Russell Northe has today launched his policy initiative to provide safer roads for drivers and residents within Latrobe City. In particular, the sealing of some roads within Latrobe City require urgent action including Black Tank Road in Glengarry and Creamery Road in Yinnar, Mr Northe said.
Mr Northe said, “It defies logic that we are nearly at 2020, yet some heavily utilised through roads in a major regional centre are still gravel. I have been approached by residents and farmers who live on both of these roads over the years, and they are sick and tired of the constant dust pollution, traffic accidents, near accidents, vehicle damage, and supposed treatments that do little to solve the actual problem”.
Residents in Glengarry have previously raised petitions to have Black Tank Road in Glengarry finally sealed, and this has gained nearly 250 signatures. “The community feel that the terrible conditions of this road including potholes, loose shoulders and terrible corrugations, are responsible for damage to their vehicles and road accidents over a long period,” said Mr Northe.
“School buses, farm equipment, milk tankers, trucks, emergency service vehicles, cars and motorbikes regularly utilise this road”, Mr. Northe laments. “This road also adjoins the beautiful Gippsland Plains Rail Trail – which is a popular walkway – but users suffer being covered in dust when accessing it”, he adds.
It’s a very similar story out at Yinnar, and Creamery Road. Concerned residents speak of the many accidents on this busy thoroughfare, which is also still a gravel road. “In my view, it is appalling that in the 21st century we still have heavily utilised gravel roads in growing towns and communities such as Yinnar and Glengarry”, Mr Northe said.
Unfortunately, it’s well known the country roads and bridges program for Rural Councils was abolished by the State Government. However, Regional Councils such as Latrobe, also need assistance, particularly given rate-capping has impacted its ability to deliver much needed infrastructure.
On that basis, I propose a policy initiative that seeks $1 million of State Government funding to contribute towards Latrobe City in finally sealing Black Tank Road in Glengarry and Creamery Road in Yinnar.
“Communities in smaller towns need to be provided with safe roads and conditions so they can continue to grow and thrive”, Mr Northe said. “I’m standing with the regional communities and the residents of Glengarry and Yinnar who deserve better infrastructure and support”.