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07
Mar

Lovell congratulates Strathmerton community for speed reduction achievement

The Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has congratulated the Strathmerton community on their concerted campaign that has seen the speed limit on the Murray Valley Highway through the township of Strathmerton from 80km/h to 60km/h.

Ms Lovell has worked with Strathmerton residents for over 18 months on the issue and she raised it again in State Parliament on Tuesday in a constituency question to the Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford.

In her question, Ms Lovell detailed the recent incident where a vehicle travelled at a fast rate of speed through a Strathmerton pedestrian crossing that crosses the highway, narrowly missing the crossing attendant and a young child.

CCTV camera from a nearby business captured the frightening incident on video and Ms Lovell used the opportunity of the sitting week to show the footage to the Minister directly.

Ms Lovell said she was ecstatic that common sense had prevailed and wanted to highlight the tireless advocacy of the Strathmerton community, in particular that of local businesswoman Carolyn Ryan.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Region, Wendy Lovell:

“I have raised with the relevant Minister in Parliament many times the need to reduce the speed limit on the Murray Valley Highway through the township of Strathmerton from 80km/h to 60km/h.

“The Strathmerton community have constantly warned that a lack of action will mean lives will remain in danger and this frightening incident where a child and a crossing attendant were nearly killed proved this fear.

“I am overjoyed that the people of Strathmerton have finally been listened to by the Minister and the speed limit will be reduced to 60km/h, improving the safety of the entire community.”

ENDS

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly        0413 103 240        jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au

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