Nationals Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland has confirmed that speed limit changes are now in place along a dangerous stretch of the Euroa-Mansfield Road.
Ms Cleeland had previously called out delays in lowering the speed limit from 100kph to 60kph on a 5km stretch of the Euroa-Mansfield Road between Ridge Road and the Gooram Falls carpark, where there have been several car crashes this year.
“There have been two fatalities, at least ten accidents, and several people have suffered life-altering injuries on this road in the past year,” Ms Cleeland said.
“VicRoads and Police confirmed the need to reduce the speed limit in the area back in August.
“I brought this to the attention of the Minister immediately, yet it took four months to receive a response.
“It is pleasing to see this issue has finally been taken seriously.”
Ms Cleeland said the speed limit changes would go a long way towards increasing the safety of passengers on the road, as well as protecting CFA volunteers who had been the first responders to several recent accidents.
“This is a step in the right direction to ensuring our community can travel safely along these roads,” Ms Cleeland said.
“Our regional roads are already in an appalling state and having unnecessarily dangerous speed limits were just making the situation worse.
“This change shows the power of community advocacy, and how dedicated locals like Gooram CFA Captain Michael Stubbe can achieve change despite roadblocks from this Labor Government.”
Ms Cleeland has regularly critiqued Labor’s decision to slash roads budgets in recent years, saying it was causing problems for commuters, the transport industry, and visitors to the region.
“Our regional roads are in disarray with 45 per cent cut from the road maintenance budget since 2020 because the Allan Labor Government cannot manage a project and cannot safely manage our roads,” Ms Cleeland said.