Menzies road Menzies Creek

Menzies road Menzies Creek is the forgotton suburb within the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

Menzies road residents just over a year ago united in a plea for council, and our local councillor Samantha Dunn to make our road safer. Following a local community meeting at this time on the issue, and to this date they have done nothing to improve our road and continue to ignore letters of concern from residents about road safety.

All we receive are standard generic letters of response, always with a focus on the 'Special Charge Scheme' - which is a clever method councils use to avoid funding the sealing of gravel roads. Because if you cannot afford the hefty contribution council devises (around $15,000 for our road), which is often the case for most residents, then you are left with no option but to live on an unsafe road. So the shire of Yarra Ranges will only contribute road sealing funding to affluent areas where the majority of residents can afford to buy a safe road for their families.

Even with support from our local federal MP Laura Smyth, who recently wrote to the Shire of Yarra Ranges CEO Glenn Patterson, to persuade him to assist with our cause, there was again nothing. No desire to meet with residents, no solution, no interest. And the there's Samantha Dunn who is the councillor for our ward, who has showed no interest in the residents of Menzies Creek and their safety - she is too preoccupied with saving Tecoma residents from the evil bane of McDonalds. The successful and responsible worldwide restaurant that doesn't fit into her preferred minority lifestyle audience.

Not only can we not be heard on matters of road safety and requests to have our road sealed, we are continuously ignored when complaints on additional road safety problems, such as deep potholes and scours are brought to their attention. I submitted a complaint to council on this matter on the 08.06.12, the 21.06.12 and on the 10.07.12. Still over a month later nothing has been done, or is scheduled to be done in the near future.
There are so many potholes that to avoid them you must swerve all over the road, as travelling over them at any speed over 10km/hr is impossible. I narrowly missed having a accident last week as a result of these conditions - I'm sure I'm not the only one.
The scours caused by erosion, because of inadequate table drains, also creates a risk to motorists in that they suddenly take control of your steering, much the same as a tram track does. Combine this with a narrowed single-lane section of road a blind ridge and you have an accident waiting to happen.

Lastly it is important to mention that if you want to leave the car at home as a Menzies Road resident, which should be right up your alley Samantha, and walk along Menzies road, you can't. There is no footpath or even a gravel track we can use for walking. And unless you want to risk your life dodging speeding hoons, swerving drivers, trucks and coach buses - all on a slippery mud track they call a road - then you're forced to stay home or drive to one of those areas where they are fortunate enough to have a footpath.

The Shire of Yarra Ranges has failed the 62 housholds of people who live along Menzies Road Menzies Creek. We deserve more from you than this. Will you only take notice when someone is killed? I hope we can get your attention before then.


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