Community facilities Roads | March 17, 2020

Finally – sign to the Halls Gap Zoo

After a ten-year fight by local residents, VicRoads has finally erected signage at the Grampians Road and Ararat-Halls Gap Road intersection directing visitors to the Halls Gap Zoo.

Ms Kealy said that while the signage was years overdue, it was wonderful news and some reward for years of tireless campaigning by local residents.

“Local residents and visitors to the area have regularly contacted me concerned about the lack of road signage directing visitors to the Halls Gap Zoo from Grampians Road,” Ms Kealy said.

“Grampians Road is a designated tourist route with thousands of vehicles using the road daily during holiday periods.

“The majority of the 80,000 plus visitors who visit the zoo annually travel there via this route.

“The lack of signage at the intersection was causing safety issues with drivers distracted when looking at electronic devices to find the zoos location, or breaking suddenly when they came to the intersection and realised they needed to turn.

“For five years I’ve stood united with the local community to get this serious road safety issue addressed, which included writing directly to the Minister for Roads requesting that the signage be immediately installed.

“Thank you to everyone who has added their voice and shared their experiences to help take the message to the Government that this major road safety concern had to be fixed before a life was lost.

“We need to drop the country road toll, and this has to start with fixing our terrible roads and ensuring appropriate road signage is installed to ensure the future safety of local residents and visitors to our fantastic part of the world.”

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