Push for roads and bridges
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.