Roads | January 31, 2023

Finally – works to fix the notorious Big Dipper on Coleraine-Edenhope Road

After years of lobbying by local residents, road users and The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy, roadworks have finally commenced at the Big Dipper, a notorious stretch of the Coleraine-Edenhope Road.

Ms Kealy said that while the works were years overdue, it was a start and some reward for years of tireless campaigning by local residents and road users.

“Roads in western Victoria should not be allowed to get to the shocking state of the Coleraine-Edenhope Road before they get fixed,” Ms Kealy said.

“For several years I have stood united with the local community to get this road repaired’

“Last year I met with concerned locals at the Big Dipper and saw firsthand where the camber of the road falls the opposite way to the curve, creating a frightening and dangerous experience for drivers.

“I have also written numerous letters to the Minister for Roads and raised the issue in Parliament last year after receiving a letter from 10-year-old student Gus McCure who was scared when his family travelled down the hill because it was so bumpy and dangerous.

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

Ms Kealy said she would be keeping a close eye on the repairs to ensure all dangerous sections were completely fixed and the road is built to last.

“We need to drop the country road toll, and this has to start with fixing terrible roads like this properly, not applying a band aid fix that doesn’t address the underlying problem.

“Whether in government or opposition, The Nationals will always fight for and get results for the people and communities they represent,” she said.




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