Speed limit plan crit­i­cism

The Cobram Courier - - COBRAM SHOW 2017 -

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.’’

Go to www.havey­our­sayvic­to­ria.org and share your views about the pro­posal to re­duce speed lim­its.

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