Glenelg Highway, Linton, Speed Zone
Mr HOWARD (Ballarat East)— I have an issue to raise with the Minister for Roads. I ask him to take action to have the 80-kilometre-an-hour speed limit sign on the Glenelg Highway, on the eastern approach to Linton, moved to encompass the Hewitts Road intersection. This request comes as a result of a community barbecue I held in Linton last week where I was pleased to meet with many residents from the Linton area, which come the election this year will be part of the new electorate of Buninyong. The residents were able to talk with me about a number of good things that have happened in the area, particularly under the Labor government.
They spoke in high praise of their member of Parliament, the member for Ripon, because among other things they were pleased that the road to Linton had been widened to include passing lanes in a number of spots as you move out of Ballarat. Previously it could be very slow travelling out of town if you got behind a truck. There are so many other things, ranging from upgrades to the local schools in the Smythesdale, Scarsdale and Linton areas to community facilities such as the Woady Yaloak Equestrian Centre and the Ballarat to Skipton rail trail. At Linton barbecues have now been put in place and the old train station has been turned into a very attractive toilet block and historic display, so there are a lot of good things.
But residents in the newer housing estate off Hewitts Road, just to the east of Linton — in Acacia Court, Banksia Court and that area — pointed out to me that as they approach the turn to Hewitts Road, or turn out as they are coming out from their houses onto the Glenelg Highway, they feel that as the traffic in that area is moving at 100 kilometres an hour it poses a safety risk. They would like to see a turning lane created into Hewitts Road, but if that is not able to be achieved in the near future, at the very least they would like the 80-kilometre-an-hour speed limit zone moved out of town.
I was pleased that when I raised a similar issue with the minister a couple of years back, which related to Elaine and the southern approach to Elaine where the recreation reserve was outside the 80-kilometre-an-hour speed zone, the minister was able to have that speed sign moved to the southern side of the recreation zone. I will also directly follow this matter up with my VicRoads regional office, but I hope the minister can address this matter.