Tatura resident Lisa Niglia, who started a petition to upgrade Tatura-Murchison Rd, has given up the fight.
‘‘I had a great response to the petition, but I was told that if I wanted it to have any effect, I’d have to start again through official channels,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s too exhausting to go and do it again, but at least our local representatives are aware of it now.’’
The petition has 500 signatures.
Mrs Niglia started the petition in October, fearing another fatal accident would occur on the road unless safety issues were addressed.
She called for the road to be fixed rather than patched up, a wider shoulder to be laid with space for an emergency stopping lane, frequent mowing along the sides of the road and for it to be bicycle-friendly.
‘‘I heard back from (State Member for Northern Victoria) Wendy Lovell, who was supportive and very keen to help out, but I was asked to go through the process again,’’ Mrs Niglia said.
‘‘It’s disappointing, but the ball is in their court.’’
Roads Minister Luke Donnellan last month announced $40million had been allocated in the budget for road repairs in north and north-east regions of Victoria.
‘‘To read that the Tatura-Murchison Rd was not included in the funding was extremely disappointing. We’re one of the worst roads in the Goulburn Valley and we don’t get a look-in,’’ Mrs Niglia said.
Ms Lovell said she had increased her pressure on the Victorian Government to fix the dangerous road as a matter of urgency.
‘‘(The Tatura-Murchison Rd) is regularly used by a high volume of vehicles, including heavy vehicles, and parts of this road are among the worst of regional roads that I’ve driven on,’’ she said.