Ryan calls for consultation on wire barriers

By Country News

Victorian Nationals’ deputy leader Steph Ryan has tabled a petition in parliament calling for a halt to the rollout of wire rope barriers across Victoria.

The petition, signed by more than 400 people from Ms Ryan’s electorate of Euroa, urged the government to halt the rollout until further investigation and consultation was undertaken with the community.

Ms Ryan and Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh met with protesters on the steps of Parliament House to listen to their concerns about the rollout.

‘‘Right across country Victoria people are concerned with the Andrews Government’s hasty installation of these wire barriers,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘There should be a strict set of criteria about how and when wire barriers are used, but instead the government has breached its own guidelines to roll them out everywhere along freeways.

‘‘Emergency services, farmers and road users have all pointed out to the government the dangers created by unbroken kilometres of these barriers.’’

Ms Ryan referred to concerns from members of the public and emergency services that wire rope barriers could risk people getting trapped in a fire or make it more difficult for emergency services to respond to an emergency.

Victorian Roads Minister Luke Donnellan has previously said the 2000km of flexible safety barriers being installed across the state would help make roads safer.

Data shows run-off-road crashes were the leading cause in regional road accidents which claimed 155 lives on rural roads last year.