Council working towards zero lives lost on Peninsula roads
Published on 25 June 2020
The Mornington Peninsula has unacceptably high levels of road trauma.
In the past decade alone, 69 people were killed and over 1500 seriously injured on roads within the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
Among Victoria’s 79 council areas, we experienced the highest number of deaths in 2010 and again in 2019.
In response to the challenge of reducing road trauma on the Peninsula, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has developed its draft Mornington Peninsula Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy for 2020-2025.
This draft Strategy has been developed with extensive community engagement and leading road safety expertise. It provides a five-year plan for safer roads, safer vehicles, safer speeds and safer people, as well as ambitions to achieving zero lives lost on our roads.
We now want to hear from our community, to find out your thoughts on the draft Strategy and on how we can work together to create a safer road system and network.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Sam Hearn said “we need to work together to minimise road trauma. Your thoughts will help us set the vision, targets and strategy of our journey as a Towards Zero municipality”.
“The devastating impacts of road trauma on our community are not just felt when someone is lost. Serious injuries are the ‘hidden’ road toll, with ongoing pain, suffering and impairment upending the lives of those affected, as well as the lives of their families.
“We believe as a local government we have an important role to play in the fight to reduce road trauma. One of our fundamental duties as a council is to look after the wellbeing of our community. Saving lives and preventing serious injury on our roads is central to that mission,” concluded Cr Hearn.
Mornington Peninsula Shire has a strong commitment to reducing road trauma. In April 2016, the Shire became Victoria’s first Towards Zero municipality and adopted the goal of zero road deaths and serious injuries on roads within the Shire.
HOW TO HAVE YOUR SAY
Community consultation is currently open and closes 5pm Thursday 30 July 2020.
To view the Plan (including a community friendly summary) and to complete an online form visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay.
Forms will be made available to complete in hard copy upon request.
Email your submission to: email@example.com with the subject line ‘Towards Zero’.