Tania Maxwell has again questioned the Victorian Government on a review of safety conditions on the Black Spur, calling for “serious practical improvements to the useability and safety and/or the development of a viable, alternative route”.
Her question follows the tragic death on Friday of Melbourne mother, Angie Suryadi, whose car was crushed by a fallen tree on the road.
The Member for Northern Victoria had questioned the Government in June, noting that residents resorted to their own facebook group for updates on road closures and conditions. Fallen trees or other hazards have been regularly reported on the road this winter.
Minister for Roads, Jaala Pulford, acknowledged the Black Spur is a stretch of road with many hazards and conceded that in the last 5 years there had been 19 serious and 31 other accidents on the stretch of road.
In responding to Ms Maxwell’s question, the Minister announced a commitment of $2.286 million for works to immediate improve the road including curve warning signage, guide posts, line markings and barriers.
Further to this, the Minister advised that the audit, intended for completion at the end of 2019, will be expedited and provide recommendations to the Government by the end of September 2019.
Locals have convened a community meeting in October, which Ms Maxwell will be attending.
Quotes attributable to Tania Maxwell:
“I join with the community in expressing condolences to Ms Suryadi’s family following this tragic accident.”
“The community frustration and concern regarding the Black Spur road are ongoing and I welcome the Government committing immediate funds to further improvements and fast-tracking the review.”