Clean-up call

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

The ef­fort put into road­side slash­ing across the Be­nalla area needs to in­crease, ac­cord­ing to State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan.

Ms Ryan said more work was needed to ur­gently ad­dress long grass along ma­jor roads and high­ways in the Euroa elec­torate.

‘‘Across the elec­torate, peo­ple are con­cerned about long grass on road­sides as we en­ter the fire sea­son,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘While I com­mend VicRoads for its ef­forts in de­vel­op­ing a mower which reaches over wire rope bar­ri­ers, there’s still a lot more work which needs to be done.

‘‘Re­cent slash­ing on the Kil­more Broad­ford Rd, for ex­am­ple, has been de­scribed by lo­cals as the ab­so­lute bare min­i­mum.

‘‘If you’re go­ing to do a job, it should be done right the first time.’’

Ms Ryan said she hoped newly ap­pointed Roads Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford would take ur­gent ac­tion to fund fur­ther road­side main­te­nance.

‘‘In re­cent years we’ve seen the main­te­nance of road­sides cut back be­cause of bud­get cuts to VicRoads,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘The An­drews Gov­ern­ment needs to put com­mu­nity safety at the fore­front of its agenda.

‘‘Most com­mu­ni­ties would pre­fer to see ex­ist­ing road­sides prop­erly main­tained rather than roped off in a way that makes them dif­fi­cult to ac­cess in an emer­gency.’’

Messy: State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan is call­ing for more to be done about road­side slash­ing.

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