Coun­cil adopts stance on trial

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil lead­ers have de­cided against en­dors­ing a pro­posed 70kmh speed-limit trial on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s gravel roads.

Mayor Tony Driscoll said the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion fol­lowed an ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod.

“Coun­cil­lors are elected to rep­re­sent the best in­ter­ests of our com­mu­nity, and in the coun­cil’s eyes, the im­pact upon our ratepay­ers would sim­ply be too great for us to en­dorse any trial on our lo­cal roads,” he said.

“Through­out this process, we have main­tained that our judg­ment would be guided by the voice of our com­mu­nity, and what we have heard, al­most over­whelm­ingly, is that our com­mu­nity does not want to see this trial take place on our roads.

“As the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­mu­nity, it would be ir­re­spon­si­ble for coun­cil to adopt any other po­si­tion. We have said time and time again that this is a coun­cil com­mit­ted to con­sult­ing and en­gag­ing with com­mu­nity and that con­sul­ta­tion process has led us to this de­ci­sion.”

Cr Driscoll said while the coun­cil would not for­mally en­dorse the pro­posed trial, it would sup­port other means of in­creas­ing road safety.

“We are happy to con­tinue to work closely with Vic­to­ria Po­lice and other State Gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties to de­crease the rate of in­juries and deaths on our roads, and we are open to any dis­cus­sions or ap­proaches around how we achieve those goals,” he said.

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