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Wesburn Primary School speed limit sign miss out

Wesburn Primary School has been deemed ineligible to receive 40km/h electronic speed limit signs under the Pedestrian and Safe Schools regional fund currently underway.

Speaking in parliament, State Liberal Member for Eildon, Cindy McLeish called on the Minister for Roads to make safety a priority outside Wesburn Primary School by installing electronic speed signs.

Ms McLeish said, “I have been calling for this safety measure to be installed on the Warburton Highway, outside Wesburn Primary School since 2016, yet it has fallen on deaf ears.

The State Government is currently rolling out the $6.5 million Pedestrian and Safe Schools regional program, with the aim of improving poor visibility and speed compliance outside schools.

Ms McLeish continues, “This was the opportunity for the State Government to finally take action. It is extremely disappointing that the Andrews Labor Government has failed the students, teachers and parents at Wesburn Primary.”

The Department of Transport (DoT) stated Wesburn Primary School did not meet the criteria based on the speed limit outside of school hours and traffic volume going past the school.

Ms McLeish is now taking action to seek recent traffic flow numbers along this section of the Warburton Highway.

Ms McLeish continues, “There are many more factors to consider than traffic flow and the current speed limit. DoT clearly do not understand that traffic along the Warburton Highway past Wesburn Primary School is heavy, that fog regularly covers the road and obscured drivers’ vision and that the Warburton Highway is a long, winding, dangerous highway.

“Electronic speed limit signs are a necessity in this location. It is outrageous that Wesburn Primary have again been ignored by the Andrews Labor Government,” Ms McLeish concludes.


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