Local MP Bill Tilley has advocated on behalf of an angered Rutherglen community in Parliament, as the proposed Rutherglen truck reroute continues to strike a discord with local residents.
The member for Benambra raised the issue to the Victorian State Parliament last week, seeking for the Minister for Road Safety, Jaala Pulford, to put a stop to any further expenditure, planning or consultation for Regional Roads Victoria’s latest alternative truck route through the town of Rutherglen.
“Last week in the Victorian Parliament I called on the roads minister to put a stop to this folly – not to waste one more cent of the remaining $3 million on this hare-brained scheme,” Mr Tilley said.
“The minister has in the past shown a willingness to listen to common sense and act in the public good – she now has a month to respond to me but hopefully will act sooner than that.”
Two weeks ago Rutherglen residents were blindsided by a letter that was delivered by Regional Roads Victoria, proposing a preferred route through Douglas Street, Reid Street and Scott Street, to take heavy vehicles out of the main street.
Mr Tilley, who has long been a proponent of a truck bypass for the town, said the proposed route is a futile solution.
“This isn’t fixing the problem – it’s just moving it 50m and hoping for the best,” he told The Free Press.
“I haven’t found anyone who thinks this is the solution – residents hate it; truckies and transport associations say it will add to their costs and have expressed concerns with narrow roundabouts and hairpin bends.