August 7, 2018  |  Members Statement

Ivanhoe electorate roads

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (13:46:53) — Pedestrians and local residents will be safer with four speed and red‑light cameras to be installed at Rosanna Road intersections by the end of the year, funded by the Andrews Labor government. I am pleased to announce today that contracts for the new cameras have been signed with Sensys Gatso Australia. That is a $900 000 project.

The two intersections along Rosanna Road at Banyule Road and Darebin Street were selected following a strong local campaign to make the area safer for children, parents and staff at the nearby Banyule and Heidelberg primary schools and the Goodstart childcare centre. The sites were endorsed by the fixed camera site selection committee, which is made up of Victoria Police, VicRoads and the Department of Justice and Regulation. The committee advises the government on site selection, planning and deployment of all fixed camera sites after investigating their crash history as well as other factors, including engineering suitability. The new cameras will be activated in the first half of 2019. It does take a bit of time because of the strict testing that is carried out by the Department of Justice and Regulation and also independent officers, but construction will happen this year.

Road safety cameras have been proven to be one of the most effective ways to get drivers to slow down, and ultimately they save lives, with a 47 per cent reduction in crashes resulting in death or injury at Victorian intersections fitted with safety cameras. I would like to commend the work of the Resolve Rosanna Road community group and the local residents who worked with me to secure these cameras being installed at this site. As someone with a daughter who has attended the Goodstart childcare centre, I know very well the work that our crossing supervisors do. They are very brave on Rosanna Road, and I know these cameras will help keep people accountable on our roads.