MEDIA RELEASE

22 February 2020

 

Tim Quilty, Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria, visited Black Spur Road as a guest of the Black Spur Action Group to view alternatives to the often congested route.

 

Tim Quilty visits Black Spur Road to look at alternative to troubled but vital route

Tim Quilty, Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria, visited Marysville today to see for himself an alternate route proposed by the Black Spur Action Group.

The Black Spur Road has a long history of accidents and it has been acknowledged by the Victorian Government as one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the state.

The group invited Mr Quilty to join a group being shown the Old Black Spur Road, which they are proposing as an alternative and complementary route.

“There’s no doubt that Black Spur Road presents a complex set of problems, in part because of the beauty of the terrain it passes through,” Mr Quilty said.

“It is quite rightly a popular road for tourists, but it also serves an important route for local drivers and heavy vehicles.

“Tourism is absolutely vital for the local economy and the Black Spur Road is an integral part of this. But when there is congestion on the road – which has a double unbroken line, prohibiting overtaking – it creates big disincentives for visitors.

“This congestion can be caused by cyclists, who have the right to be on the road but travel much slower than cars, heavy vehicles or caravans. Trees falling on the road also create hold-ups, sometimes for hours or days at a time.”

Ray Donkin, of the Black Spur Action Group, described a proposal for an alternative route.

“Black Spur Road is the lifeline of the tourism industry in the Murindindee Shire – without the Black Spur, without tourism, we’d have nothing,” he said.

“It’s vital that we have a good road we can rely on, so we are proposing the Old Black Spur Road which runs almost parallel to the Black Spur Road. We are asking the Government to consider reopening the Old Black Spur Road which may cost up to $20 million but this is important for the economy of the region.”

Mr Quilty said the almost seven-kilometre alternative held strong potential.

“I would like to see Roads Minister Jaala Pulford get some figures together to see whether using the Old Black Spur Road is economically viable,” he said.

“The road could provide an alternate route for when Black Spur Road is closed; the two roads could provide a northbound/southbound route, or the Old Black Spur Road could be used for cyclists to provide a safe route for them and leave motor vehicles on Black Spur Road.

“This problem isn’t going to go away by itself. In fact, it’s only going to get worse, and it’s only a matter of time until we are seeing more losses of life on Black Spur Road.”

For more information, contact Graham Springett | 0408 208819