$1.16m road­works to get un­der way in Shire

Myrtleford Times - - People Around Town - BY TATE SPITERI

ALPINE roads will see over $1M worth of im­prove­ments fol­low­ing a re­cent an­nounce­ment from La­bor Up­per House Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria, Ja­clyn Symes.

It was re­vealed that up­grades would take place in Pore­punkah, Bright and Eurobin, thanks to the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s Fix­ing Coun­try Roads Fund.

The most ex­pen­sive of the three projects will be the $529,000 spent on Sta­tion Street, Pore­punkah.

Works will in­clude the in­fill of kerb, chan­nel and foot­paths along the street and the con­struc­tion of miss­ing sec­tions of foot­path and kerb.

Pave­ment width will also be in­creased to pro­vide a con­sis­tent traf­fic lane with par­al­lel park­ing bays on each side.

Fur­ther up to­wards Bright, re­con­struc­tions of pave­ment ar­eas will take place to widen the re­main­ing sec­tion of Churchill Av­enue at the key in­ter­sec­tion where it meets Morse Creek Road.

More than $300,000 will then be spent on a heavy ve­hi­cle up­grade at Eurobin to fa­cil­i­tate safe and on­go­ing B-Dou­ble ac­cess to Buf­falo Creek Road.

Na­tion­als Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy re­cently ques­tioned La­bor’s com­mit­ment to re­gional roads, call­ing them “city cen­tric”.

“We need real in­vest­ment and to plan for bet­ter roads in Ovens Val­ley,” he said.

The Lib­eral Na­tion­als have pledged an in­vest­ment of $1 bil­lion over ten years to fix coun­try roads.

“No more patch-up jobs, but proper fixes to get back in con­trol of re­gional road main­te­nance,” Leader of The Na­tion­als and Shadow Min­is­ter for Re­gional Vic­to­ria and De­cen­tral­i­sa­tion, Peter Walsh said.

La­bor’s can­di­date for Ovens Val­ley, Kate Doyle, who joined Ms Symes at the an­nounce­ment, said road users did not care whether they were driv­ing on state or lo­cal gov­ern­ment road.

“They wel­come in­vest­ment and im­prove­ment on the roads they use ev­ery day,” she added.

“I am pleased to see the La­bor Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ing in the roads that are im­por­tant to coun­cils in the elec­torate of Ovens Val­ley and these projects will make a big dif­fer­ence to the ex­pe­ri­ence on these lo­cal roads.”

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