$100m to help coun­cils fix coun­try roads

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

THE State Gov­ern­ment has un­veiled a $100 mil­lion Fix­ing Coun­try Roads Pro­gram as part of its $941 mil­lion re­gional roads in­vest­ment.

Min­is­ter for Roads and Road Safety Luke Don­nel­lan joined Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) near Be­nalla last week to open the first round of the La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s $100 mil­lion Fix­ing Coun­try Roads Pro­gram.

The State Gov­ern­ment ar­gues that un­like the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral Na­tional Gov­ern­ment’s Coun­try Roads and Bridges Pro­gram, this fund is “not a blank cheque to coun­cils”.

Min­is­ter Don­nel­lan said it comes with strict re­quire­ments to en­sure money is spent on lo­cal roads.

Projects will in­clude re­build­ing de­te­ri­o­rat­ing roads, seal­ing gravel roads, bridge strength­en­ing, in­ter­sec­tion im­prove­ments and safety up­grades.

Ms Symes said th­ese grants come on top of the $333 mil­lion be­ing in­vested this year to re­pair, re­build and resur­face 1500 kilo­me­tres of coun­try roads – cre­at­ing more than 650 con­struc­tion jobs in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

The State Gov­ern­ment claims to have more than dou­bled road main­te­nance spend­ing since com­ing to of­fice and has es­tab­lished Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria - a new, ded­i­cated coun­try roads author­ity to over­see this record in­vest­ment.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for round one of the Fix­ing Coun­try Roads Pro­gram are now open un­til Oc­to­ber 15.

Suc­cess­ful coun­cil projects will be de­liv­ered by June 2019.

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