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VicRoads Introduce Country Road Safety Dashboard

The launch of a digital dashboard has caused quite a stir as the debate surrounding the conditions of Victorian country roads continues.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan joined VicRoads Chief Executive John Merritt on Tuesday to announce the launch of a dashboard which shows statistics, such as pothole repairs, fatalities and travel frequency regarding country roads.

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The dashboard can be adjusted for local areas such as Swan Hill, Buloke and Gannawarra, and has roadwork improvement statistics dating back to 2014 as well as road fatalities statistics back to 1985.

The announcement is an effort from the government and VicRoads to be more transparent, and Donnellan says the move has country residents’ best interests in mind.

“We’ve doubled spending on road maintenance since coming to office and this massive overhaul of the way VicRoads does business will make sure country communities get the road work they need.” Donnellan said.

However, Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has slammed Tuesday’s announcement, claiming the dashboard to be a huge waste of money.

“A website does not fix roads,” Walsh said.

“Actual physical works fix roads. It again shows that he (Donnellan) is treating country people with contempt.”

Check out the new dashboard here.