Sunday, 06 May 2012 11:26

Police funding cuts pose safety concerns for Bay to Birdwood

One of Adelaide’s well-known international tourist events is now the latest casualty of the State Government’s cuts to police resources.

“Police have notified participants that this year they do not have the resources to control one-way traffic on the traditional Bay to Birdwood route between Tea Tree Gully and Birdwood,” Shadow Police and Road Safety Minister Duncan McFetridge said.

The provision of one-way traffic was introduced in 1986 when the biennial event first started and has been the case ever since.

“This is just another thoughtless decision by the Government. Not only are they discouraging participants of a world-renowned Adelaide event, which attracts overseas and interstate participants, but they are also creating a severe safety hazard,” Dr McFetridge said.

“The last Bay to Birdwood in 2010 attracted 1,268 entries and the then Tourist Minister John Rau acknowledged that it was considered to be a major tourist event.

“Minister Rau then stated that the event had grown and was considered the world’s largest continually staged motoring event for veteran, vintage and early classic vehicles.

“Why then interfere with an event that has been successfully staged for 16 years?

“If the State Government really does value this tourist event and can manage to have complete road closures for other events they support, it is just outrageous to think that they find it impractical to provide for one-way traffic for just a few hours.

“This Government’s uncontrolled spending over the past 10 years will see an iconic event pay the price.”

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