False claim on coun­try roads

Alpine Observer - - News -

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)

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