30 June 2016
KILLARA ROAD INTERSECTION STILL A PROBLEM FOR COLDSTREAM RESIDENTS AND CFA
Member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe and Victorian Shadow Minister for Roads Ryan Smith are renewing calls for traffic lights to be installed at the intersection of Killara Road and Maroondah Highway in Coldstream.
Mrs Fyffe said that she has lobbied for these lights over many years, but the request has fallen on deaf ears.
“In 2001 I tabled a petition calling for the installation of traffic lights at this intersection, and subsequently raised the matter in Parliament on no fewer than seven separate occasions, Mrs Fyffe said.
“The level of priority has increased with greater volumes of tourism and agricultural traffic funnelling through Coldstream along Maroondah Highway, which is impacting on the ability of residents to safely enter and exit Killara Road.
In 2006 the Coalition committed to installing the lights at the Killara Road intersection, which saw Labor make a similar belated promise.
However, Labor chose a different location of the lights to the intersection of the Melba and Maroondah Highways as a point of political difference from the Coalition.
“Labor’s decision to install lights at the Melba and Maroondah intersection has failed dismally. It has not improved traffic management for Coldstream residents at all,” Mrs Fyffe said.
Shadow Minister for Roads Ryan Smith questioned the Andrews Government’s road funding priorities.
“It is disappointing to think that we have so many unsafe intersections because decisions by Labor are being made for political outcomes rather than safety outcomes.
“In March 2015, this intersection had a fatal collision which may have been avoided if the Killara and Maroondah intersection had traffic lights.
“Even more importantly, both the Coldstream and Gruyere CFAs are located on Killara Road. When they struggle to get onto the Maroondah Highway, it delays response times in emergencies,” Mr Smith said.
Mrs Fyffe said that she hopes that the Andrews Government works with Yarra Ranges Council as part of the Coldstream Structure Plan to signalise this intersection.
“It is not a want. It is an absolute need,” Mrs Fyffe said.