Great Ocean Road Gets Bilingual Signs

16:53' 07-09-2017
Victoria is the first Australian state to provide bilingual road signs, to help international tourists safely navigate one of the state’s most popular tourist routes, the Great Ocean Road.

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    Trucks undertaking road works on the 400 km stretch, which runs from Torquay to Nelson on the South Australian border, will display messages in Mandarin and English, to alert international drivers to changed traffic conditions. The electronic signs can display 25 different messages, and will be used during peak road work periods.

    Nearly 200,000 Victorians are Chinese speakers, making up the state's highest percentage of people speaking a language other than English. Over seven million people use the Great Ocean Road every year, with the largest proportion of tourists visiting from China.

    The idea was first proposed by a road worker, who was using his phone and Google Translate to communicate to some international tourists. The government has invested $53 million to make the Great Ocean Road safer, with roadside remediation works such as rock netting and retaining walls. This investment is on top of the $50 million State and Federal program of capital works and maintenance on the Great Ocean Road.

    The Great Ocean Road is famous for some of the most impressive coastal scenery in Australia. Sights include the offshore rock formations called the 12 Apostles, the Port Fairy lighthouse, and the Bay of Islands Coastal Park along the “Shipwreck Coast” between Peterborough and Warrnambool.

    The Great Ocean Road adventure also gives tourists the chance to see native wildlife, pristine rainforest and misty waterfalls. Activities along the coast include bushwalking, surfing and mountain biking expeditions. There are also galleries, museums, heritage attractions and a wide variety of dining opportunities.

    Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, calls the Great Ocean Road “a Victorian icon”, saying, “We want people to have a safe and memorable experience when they visit.”

    Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott, and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney, both see the signs as a way of welcoming international visitors to this unique area.

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