In Parliament

Constituency Question - Dendy Village Crossing


Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Mr NEWBURY (Brighton) (16:39):

My constituency question is to the Minister for Roads, and I ask: can the minister inform me when the government intends to install a pedestrian crossing at the Dendy shopping village?

Dendy village is a hub of activity. It is a bustling local shopping strip on Hampton Street, one of the arterial roads in Brighton.

Hampton Street has seen a number of terrible traffic accidents—sadly, some fatal. Ninety-two-year-old grandfather Captain Hector Pirie was tragically killed at the village.

The Parliamentary Budget Office has costed the installation of electronic speed limit signs and pedestrian-operated traffic signals at $900 000. Council has already installed much of the associated infrastructure, and VicRoads supports the installation.

Debbie Argyropoulos, whose family has owned the Fresh Connection fruit shop at the village for 60 years, has warned—and I quote—‘Every day I watch people risk their safety trying to patronise the shops’. Those words have been echoed by hundreds.

The people in my community are tired of this government’s whiteboard approach to funding, which wilfully ignores our genuine needs.