Wire rope barriers

Question time - Wire Rope Barriers

22 February 2018

Ms Ryan - My question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The VicRoads roadside grass-cutting program is critical in reducing the fire risk along our freeway and highway network. Due to the placement of wire rope barriers too close to the side of the road and in contravention of your own protocols, on the Hume Freeway grass-cutting tractors now do not have enough room to do this task. Minister, is it not a fact that your botched placement of these wire rope barriers along the Hume Freeway means that kilometres of grass cutting will now have to be completed by workers pushing lawnmowers?

Mr Donnellan - No

Ms Ryan - On a point of order, Speaker, I am very happy to provide photographic evidence to the minister to demonstrate that he is misleading the house.

Ms Ryan - On a supplementary question, page 3 of the minister's 2016 wire rope barrier guidelines states clearly that the ongoing maintenance on both sides of these barriers needs to comply with occupational health and safety requirements. Minister, before you approved the botched placement of wire rope barriers close to fast-moving traffic, did you get any advice that forcing workers to push lawnmowers alongside a major freeway in any way complies with section 28 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004?

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