SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has ramped up its ‘Repairing our Roads’ advocacy campaign even further in recent weeks and now asks residents and visitors to support the campaign by completing a quick online survey that will provide valuable data about the financial and safety impact on drivers and their passengers, as well as identifying current hazard sites.
Simply go to www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au and you’ll clearly see where to participate.
Depending on the response, the survey is expected to run until early January so that feedback can be captured from visitors and part-time residents as well.
“Your feedback will help us prioritise the most dangerous hazards for attention, information that Council can apply to our own roads and that we can give to the State Government to validate the need for further funding and works on our roads and theirs,” said the mayor, Cr Jim Fawcett.
“Through the support of our local member, the Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, we have already received significant support from the State Government, and VicRoads commenced major patching works last week as soon as the roads dried out. But the demand is unprecedented and so much more is required to return our roads to acceptable safety standards.”
Council manages over 800 kilometres of sealed and 1300 kilometres of unsealed road infrastructure that includes roads and shoulders, drains, bridges, culverts, guideposts and rails.
“Years of drought followed by three years of heavy rain and storm events have undermined the roads to the point that it is difficult to make some patching jobs hold for any length of time,” added Cr Fawcett. “In many circumstances the more intensive repair works cannot be undertaken until these sites are sufficiently dry, so the problems can compound by both lack of funds and site conditions.
“We are as concerned as you are, and while we will do whatever we can to improve the situation, I do ask people to drive extremely carefully as conditions are continually changing. You are at least aware of this, so heed the knowledge.
“It is almost more worrying for visitors who will soon be arriving for the summer holidays, mostly ignorant of where the trouble spots are. But if we get enough sunny days we are confident that VicRoads will be on top of the most troublesome spots by then.
“The new web page provides information about our roads (who manages what etc) and a hazard reporting facility. You will also be able to follow what actions have been taken and the progress made. When someone is ‘outside the square’ they can often see solutions that those closer to the problem can’t, so we’re happy to hear your thoughts.”