Mayor’s road rage

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SIMEON THOMAS-WIL­SON

DER­WENT Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans says prob­lems ac­cess­ing Mt Field at the week­end, which left snow-go­ers de­layed in their cars for hours, shows the pop­u­lar at­trac­tion needs far more fund­ing.

A land­slip on Lake Dob­son Rd on Sun­day closed the road un­til about 12.30pm and left 100 cars wait­ing to get to the moun­tain.

Ac­cess to the Mt Maw­son ski fields via Lake Dob­son Rd was closed un­til early af­ter­noon and Cr Evans said it wasn’t good enough.

“I’d be an­noyed if it was me stuck in my car,” he said. “We need to find a so­lu­tion to this. It’s not good enough right now.

“We have a place 45 min­utes or so out of Ho­bart where peo­ple can go ski­ing and this sort of stuff turns them away.

“We’ve had peo­ple say they would rather go to Ben Lomond in­stead be­cause it’s just so much eas­ier to ac­tu­ally get up there and get to the snow.”

A De­part­ment of State Growth spokes­woman said road re­pairs on Lake Dob­son Rd be­cause of the slip were ex­pected to be fin­ished to­mor­row.

De­part­ment of State Growth con­trac­tors have been re­pair­ing the dam­aged road to re­store two-way ac­cess for traf­fic.

Lake Dob­son Rd will be open as nor­mal to the Mt Field Vis­i­tor Cen­tre and carpark.

One lane will be avail­able through the re­pair site for light ve­hi­cles only but there maybe de­lays of up to 15 min­utes.

Larger ve­hi­cles should not pro­ceed beyond the Tall Trees carpark un­til re­pairs are com­pete.

Trea­surer Pe­ter Gutwein said what hap­pened on Sun­day was “an act of God”.

But Cr Evans said the Gov- ern­ment and Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice needed to put their money where their mouth was for the South-West re­gion — which he said was Tasmania’s ad­ven­ture play­ground.

“I just want equiv­a­lent fund­ing,” he said.

“We are some­thing like the third most pop­u­lar re­gion for tourists, yet we get the sixth most amount of fund­ing through Parks and Wildlife.

“It’s just not eq­ui­table.”

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