Speed limit plan criticism
Reports that Daniel Andrews will reduce the speed limit to 70 km/h on some unsealed country roads is the latest slap in the face for motorists, State Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said.
The Victorian Government is considering a proposal to reduce the speed limit on unsealed country roads to 70 km/h.
But Mr McCurdy said the ‘‘Melbournecentric’’ government should instead commit to properly funding the maintenance and upgrade 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.
‘‘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, axed by Mr Andrews and the Labor Government.
‘‘Since the country roads and bridges funding was scrapped under the Andrews Government, our roads have deteriorated rapidly. Funding of $160 million has been taken from local councils who maintain our dirt roads,’’ he said.
‘‘Instead of fixing the roads, the state government 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.’’
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