Roadside clean-up call

By Benalla Ensign

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.’’