Road works during Port Fairy Folk Festival

Mr  PURCELL  (Western Victoria) (14:43:59) — My constituency question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The Port Fairy Folk Festival will be held this weekend and already thousands of people are pouring into the village. During this weekend the population will swell from somewhere around about 2500 to tens of thousands of visitors. Considering this is one of the busiest weekends in the south-west, it is surprising to me why VicRoads has taken this opportunity — only yesterday — to commence work on the Princes Highway near the Sun Pharma factory into the middle of Port Fairy. This is not the first time this has happened. Cars, trucks and caravans are at this very moment backed up for miles on the highway. I remind the minister that events do happen outside Melbourne and ask: does the city-centric VicRoads management ever consider what is happening in a local area before doing their planning works?