Roads | January 16, 2018

Immediate fix needed for Casterton-Apsley Road

A major motor vehicle accident last week on the Casterton-Apsley Road has given further justification to the Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy’s ongoing concerns regarding the safety of country roads across western Victoria.

The accident follows a fatality on the same road in March 2017 when a car left the road and crashed into a tree killing the driver at the scene.

Reduced speed and hazard signage has been in place on the road for some time, with hazard reports regularly being made by local residents.

 “Unfortunately the Casterton-Apsley Road is only one example of many regional and rural roads that need urgent attention”, Ms Kealy said.

 “This road, like many roads in the Lowan electorate is riddled with potholes and crumbling shoulders, with locals regularly reporting damage to vehicles and agricultural machinery.

 “The RACV has named western Victoria as having the worst roads in Victoria.

 “It is simply not good enough that our roads are so poorly maintained that locals are putting their lives at risk when going about their daily lives doing a job they love, taking the kids to school or going to footy or netball training.

 “Daniel Andrews and his Labor Government must reverse their extensive cuts to the country roads budget and reinstate the Nationals $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program.

 “Daniel Andrews must immediately fix our country roads and save country lives,” she said.

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