Council to lobby State Government, VicRoads for improved road safety

Improving road user safety on the Bogong High Plains and Great Alpine Roads will be on the agenda when Mayor Cr Nino Mautone and CEO Ian Nicholls meet with VicRoads and the State Minister for Roads and Ports, Tim Pallas this afternoon.

Council has been proactive in organising a meeting to discuss several road safety issues that have been raised by the Alpine Shire community.

The three main issues on the agenda are

  • Sealing of shoulders on the Great Alpine Road between Bright and Harrietville
  • Removal of dead trees along Bogong High Plains and Great Alpine Roads
  • Improved warning signage for conditions on Great Alpine Road

The community has raised concerns about cyclist safety on the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Bright and it is Council’s role to lobby the appropriate organisations on their behalf,” Mr Nicholls said.

“The route is popular with cyclists and Council has been proactive in ensuring the issue is heard and understood at state level.

"Cycling is one of the most popular activities in the Alpine Shire, and an important tourism contributor to the local economy.

“Improving road safety for all road users is a priority.

"The Great Alpine and Bogong High Plains Roads are heavily used by the Alpine Shire community and visitors every day.

“Council would like to see increased funding to allow VicRoads to undertake a larger tree removal program on these roads, which they are responsible for.

“Council is also hopeful of improving warning signage along the Great Alpine Road.

While the local community may be familiar with the road, visitors from interstate may not recognise the risks associated with driving during icy conditions.

"Council believes that improved warning signage would improve safety for all users of the Great Alpine Road.”

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