Locals To Have Say On Road Safety At Marysville Forum

Residents from Marysville and surrounding towns in the Yarra Valley will share their ideas on how to make local roads safer at tonight’s regional road safety forum.

It has been a devastating year on Victoria’s roads with over a 50 per cent increase in deaths on our roads to date with the majority occurring on regional roads, where 98 people have died.

Last year 10 people died on roads in Alpine, Mansfield and Murrindindi and a further 82 people were seriously injured.

The forum at the Marysville Community Centre will be attended by road safety experts and state and local government representatives and has been designed to ensure all who attend will be able to have their say.

In addition to looking at local and regional road safety issues raised by attendees, the forums will invite the community to comment on the four areas that make up the Andrews Labor Government’s Towards Zero strategy.

The first of the eight forums was held in Ballarat last week, with more than 100 people sharing their experiences and knowledge of their local roads.

The forums follow the Melbourne Road Safety Summit in May, where road safety experts and community leaders gathered to discuss what more could be done to address the horror start to the year on Victoria’s roads.

The Labor Government will consider the ideas from the summit and forums as part of the development of the next Victorian road safety strategy.

Attendees are asked to arrive at the Marysville forum by 5.45pm for a 6pm start. The forum finishes at 7.30pm. For more information, visit tac.vic.gov.au/regional-road-safety-forum.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and TAC, Jaala Pulford

“It’s been a heartbreaking year so far on our regional and rural roads and we know it’s country Victorians dying on these roads, with more than two thirds of people killed on country Victorian roads within 30km of their home.”

“That’s why we’re working with locals to look at the reasons behind the disproportionate number of country road deaths and how to prevent this senseless loss of life.”