McCurdy wants rural roads upgrade
TIM McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) saids he will fight for more funding for country roads to keep Ovens Valley communities safe on their travels.
He is also encouraging people to share their thoughts on the Victorian government’s proposal to reduce the speed limit on unsealed country roads.
Mr McCurdy said the idea to have a 70km/h speed limit on some unsealed country roads is the latest slap in the face for rural communities.
He believes the government should instead commit to properly funding the maintenance of crumbling country roads to keep motorists safe.
“Our country roads are vital to keeping Ovens Valley communities moving and connected,” Mr McCurdy said.
“But the State Government is spending less on road maintenance, causing our roads to crumble and putting lives at risk.
“Daniel Andrews’ lazy response is to reduce the speed limit to 70km/h on some country roads.
“The better solution is to provide adequate funding to maintain and upgrade our country roads.”
Mr McCurdy said rural and regional councils had consistently called for the return of the country roads and bridges program which was set up by the LiberalNationals in coalition but axed by the current Labor Government.
“Since the country roads and bridges funding was scrapped under the Andrews Government, our roads have deteriorated rapidly,” he said.
“Funding of $160 million has been taken from local councils who maintain our dirt roads.
“Instead of fixing the roads the Andrews Government just wants to slow our local drivers down.
“It’s time the Andrews Government looked beyond the tram tracks of Melbourne and truly maintained our country services.
“This city-centric Government refuses to fund our smaller communities while they spend billions of tax payer dollars in metropolitan Melbourne.”
Readers can go to www. haveyoursayvictoria.org to share your views on the proposal to reduce speed limits.