Highway Verges Must Be Maintained

Highway Verges Must Be Maintained

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding

O’Byrne Must Provide Certainty To Midland Farmers

Victor P Taffa

Infrastructure Minister David O’Byrne must immediately reassure Northern Midlands’ residents that he has a plan for verges on the Midland Highway in the lead-up to the bush fire season, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said today.

“We know from past fire events that the region is vulnerable to fire activity, with an extensive build-up of flammable growth along the verges.”

“Many residents were traumatized by the Epping Forest fire in recent years, which devastated many kilometres of fencing, pasture and trees.” Mr. Hidding said.

“There is no doubt that this was a result of the Government’s failures to adequately manage the verges.”

“The Green-Labor Government has a responsibility to reduce the fire risk on its land, and this is a responsibility it has shirked in the past, with devastating results.”

“I call on the Minister to immediately assure residents that he has a plan to tackle the issue at hand. I will be watching the progress on this issue very closely.” Mr. Hidding said.