GIPPSLAND East MLA Tim Bull has questioned the locations of some of the current wire rope barrier roll-outs, saying the Liberal Nationals will present a more “common sense” approach to roadside barrier installations.
He said they would be only installed in appropriate locations, and after community consultation.
“I am not opposed to roadside barriers and have in fact requested them in certain areas,” Mr Bull said.
“But they must be installed in the right and priority locations.
“Some of these installations, at great cost, make no sense to motorists, the wider community and even some of the contractors.
“We are spending more than $50 million between Sale and Bairnsdale where many kilometres of roadside is dead flat, open grassland and if you drove off the road, all you would hit is a sheep if you were unlucky.
“There are plenty of other east Gippsland roads where we have steep drop-offs and heavily treed roadsides, like on the Great Alpine Rd, where the money would be much better spent,” Mr Bull said.
“The Liberal Nationals have committed to honour existing contracts, but stop the blanket roll out of these barriers in locations where they are not needed and where no public consultation took place prior to the decision being made.
“The only consultation that went on was this government telling us they are doing this in public meetings.
“The Liberal Nationals have also committed an extra billion dollars, in addition to current funding levels, to fix our country road surfaces, where quite frankly this current money could be better spent.”