The Legislative Assembly Economy and Infrastructure Committee will hold a one-day hearing in Shepparton as part of its inquiry into the impact of road safety behaviours on vulnerable road users.
The inquiry will hear from Greater Shepparton City Council, Coolheads Young Driver Program, RoadSafe Goulburn Valley and the Goulburn Valley Motorcycle Club.
The Nationals Member for Shepparton District, Kim O’Keeffe, who is also the Deputy Chair of the Committee, said she is thrilled that a public hearing will be held in Shepparton.
“Sadly, our community has been rocked by several horrific crashes and the impact this has on the whole community and emergency services is profound and long-lasting,” said Ms O’Keeffe.
“The Committee received an overwhelming number of submissions about concerns for road safety, with lives lost on Victoria’s roads, and particularly fatal crashes on rural roads, being far too high.
“Vulnerable road users, like pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists, are less protected in the event of a road crash. The inquiry will look at the impact of road users’ behaviour on these groups, as well as on the safety of children, older people and those using mobility devices.
“A public hearing means that vulnerable user groups and key stakeholders can share their input on ways we can make our roads safer for everyone,” said Ms O’Keeffe.
The public hearing will be held on September 13 from 9:00am at The Carrington Hotel
The hearing will not be broadcast.
The Committee has received more than 290 submissions and will report to Parliament in March 2024.