McCurdy wants ru­ral roads up­grade

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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. havey­our­sayvic­to­ to share your views on the pro­posal to re­duce speed lim­its.

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