False claim on country roads
THERE have been plenty of claims made in relation to country roads in recent news articles (‘McCurdy wants rural roads upgrade’, Times/Observer, September 20).
The facts are that VicRoads’ maintenance budget was $157 million in the last year of the previous Liberal-Nationals government – this year Labor have allocated $343.2 million to maintenance.
The Nationals are deliberately misleading on a proposal to reduce speed limits.
It was Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer, concerned about deaths on our roads due to speed, proposing the idea of reduced speed limits on country dirt roads.
Turning this into a political titfor-tat is disrespectful to those who have lost loved ones on our roads.
Labor knows roads are the lifeblood of country communities – that’s why we’re investing more than ever before to make our country roads safer.
Since coming to office, the Andrews Labor Government has doubled spending on road maintenance.
Over the next 12 months VicRoads will be doing more pavement work than it has done in decades. In this financial year alone VicRoads will fix more than 1400 kilometres of roads.
And we’re not just filling pot holes; we’re rebuilding entire sections of some of our most critical links.
We’re rolling out more than 1700km of wire rope barriers, upgrading road shoulders and widening centre lines on the states most dangerous country roads.
I know there is much to be done on country roads and our government focused on getting on with the job. Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria)