Campaspe Shire Council has supported a petition by Torrumbarry residents to change the speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h.By Trent Horneman
Campaspe Shire will back Torrumbarry Community Club’s push to have speed limits on the Murray Valley Hwy at the town reduced to 80km/h.
Earlier this year, 122 Torrumbarry residents signed a petition to the Victorian Government, asking for the speed reduction.
While Campaspe Shire has no say on speed limits in the region, as it is a VicRoads controlled highway, councillors supported the campaign.
Residents have advocated for years to reduce the speed limits for fear of a major accident, especially during the peak summer holiday season.
Cr Greg Toll said he could not understand why the road remained a 100km/h area.
‘‘Driving home from Dubbo recently I noticed areas like Booroonban and Pretty Pine, where there is just a pub, the speed limit is dropped from 110km/h to 80km/h,’’ he said.
Cr Emma Bradbury challenged the council to be more proactive in advocating for a change.
‘‘We should be more proactive and support the community in advocating for a reduction,’’ she said.
In May, VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting said fatalities were one of many factors VicRoads considered when addressing requests to lower speed limits.
He said other factors include the types and numbers of vehicles using the road, the existing speed limit near the location, as well as the pedestrian and vehicle-related crash history.
‘‘During the 10-year period ending December 2012, there were no casualty crashes recorded in this area of the Murray Valley Hwy near Torrumbarry,’’ Mr Kersting said.
‘‘A review of this request to reduce the speed limit on this of the Murray Valley Hwy near Torrumbarry found that the existing 100km/h speed limit is consistent with other roads of a similar nature and use, and is appropriate based on the surrounding residential development, traffic flow and safety history.
‘‘Based on this, no immediate changes to the speed zone are planned,’’ he said.
Mayor Ian Maddison said VicRoads’ were using silly rules and regulations.
‘‘It is a case of technicality over-riding commonsense,’’ he said.
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