Push for roads and bridges

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

The $160 mil­lion Vic­to­rian Coun­try Roads and Bridges Pro­gram will re­turn if the Lib­eral Nationals are elected later this year.

The pro­gram was axed by the cur­rent government leav­ing coun­cils strug­gling to meet the cost of main­tain­ing lo­cal roads.

Ap­prox­i­mately $1 mil­lion in grants will be pro­vided to Vic­to­ria’s 40 ru­ral shires each year over four years with the rein­tro­duc­tion of the pro­gram.

The grants will help re­store and re­ha­bil­i­tate coun­cil-main­tained roads and bridges, which have de­te­ri­o­rated un­der La­bor’s ne­glect.

Peo­ple in ru­ral Vic­to­ria are over-rep­re­sented in the road toll. In 2017, 156 lives were lost on roads in ru­ral Vic­to­ria, com­pared to 102 on roads in Mel­bourne.

Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said the Coun­try Roads and Bridges Pro­gram will give ru­ral Vic­to­ri­ans the safe and re­li­able in­fra­struc­ture they de­serve.

“While Daniel An­drews is re­duc­ing speed lim­its on coun­try roads, the Lib­eral Nationals have a plan for the safe, re­li­able in­fra­struc­ture re­gional and ru­ral Vic­to­ri­ans de­serve,” Peter Walsh said.

“If you fix coun­try roads, you save coun­try lives – and that’s ex­actly what this pro­gram will do.”

Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy said restor­ing this pro­gram will be a shot in the arm for Moira Shire.

“It’ll make our com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga, more live­able and it will sup­port jobs in our re­gion,” Mr McCurdy said.

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