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November 30, 2017

State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed is rallying with the Strathmerton community in its appeal for traffic speed reductions through the town during school hours.

Speed concerns

Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed has stepped in to help the Strathmerton community appeal for traffic speed reductions through the town during school hours.

Ms Sheed called on Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan to clarify what action is being taken to address the safety concerns of the Strathmerton community along the Murray Valley Hwy.

Ms Sheed said talks between community members and local authorities appeared to have stalled.

The Strathmerton Community Steering Committee had written to VicRoads to request an extension of the school zone speed limit hours.

Ms Sheed said children have to cross the highway with vehicles travelling at 80km/h.

She said VicRoads’ traffic monitoring showed the busy Murray Valley Hwy was often frequented by large trucks servicing local agricultural industries.

‘‘There is also concern about the safety of other community members simply wishing to cross the highways to go about their day-to-day business,’’’ Ms Sheed said.

Consumers rights

As apps such as Uber, Airbnb and Airtasker become more popular, Victorians are being reminded about their rights under the Australian Consumer Law.

Only about one third of people who buy products and services through such platforms realise they are protected in the same way as when buying from a physical store.

Consumer Affairs Victoria is taking part in a new national campaign to educate consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities.

Consumers are entitled to an honest description of products or services. They are also entitled to products of acceptable quality and services provided with due care and skill.

For more information, visit consumer.vic.gov.au

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