The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has savaged the inaction of the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the Kialla West Primary School crossing to make it safer for the school community and motorists.
Speaking during the adjournment debate in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell expressed disappointment that more than three years after a horrific crash at the crossing that injured members of a school family, no substantial work to improve safety had been completed.
Ms Lovell said the school community were frustrated and angry at the lack of State Government action, particularly considering recent information from Regional Roads Victoria that further consultation had to be conducted with Heritage Victoria regarding the impact of any works on the nearby Avenue of Honour trees.
In her latest contribution directed to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll, Ms Lovell said the matter of the heritage trees was an obvious one and consultation between RRV and Heritage Victoria should have commenced much earlier.
Ms Lovell said Kialla West Primary School Council saw this development as just another unfortunate delay in what has been a more than three-year fight to improve safety at the school crossing.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Three years has passed since a little girl was seriously injured at the Kialla West Primary School crossing and the Andrews Labor Government has taken no meaningful action to make the crossing safer for students, teachers and parents.
“The school’s frustration and anger at the Government’s failure to address their concerns is understandable and I urge the Minister to immediately intervene to prevent any further delays on making the crossing safer for everyone.”
Comments attributable to Kialla West School Council President Jamie Gilbert:
“After more than 2 years of consultation with Regional Roads Victoria, the Kialla West Primary School Council are extremely disappointed and genuinely upset to now be informed that, after more than three years since the terrible crash at the school crossing involving one of our families, progress towards a safety solution has been delayed even further.
“While the school respects the Avenue of Honour trees and their significance to our fallen soldiers, we would hope that the safety of our school families is also given priority, given the risks of this crossing”
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