Ma­roon­dah High­way misses on funds but GV roads do okay

Mansfield Courier - - TRAVEL & SERVICES -

MEM­BER for Eil­don Cindy McLeish ( MLA, Eil­don) has slammed t he State Gov­ern­ment for leav­ing out the Ma­roon­dah High­way on a list of North East Vic­to­rian road up­grades.

“De­spite our com­mu­ni­ties cry­ing out for their rot­ting roads to be fixed, Daniel An­drews and his La­bor gov­ern­ment con­tinue to ig­nore the Mans­field re­gion,” Ms McLeish said.

Ms McLeish s ai d s he was bit t erl y dis­ap­pointed the An­drews gov­ern­ment had ig­nored com­mu­nity con­cerns about the con­di­tion of the Ma­roon­dah High­way be­tween Mer­ton and Mans­field in­stead fund­ing roads in the Goul­burn Val­ley.

The gov­ern­ment’s $40 mil­lion an­nounce­ment for coun­try roads comes on the back of a $1.8 bil­lion wind­fall for roads in Mel­bourne’s Western Sub­urbs.

“Daniel An­drews con­tin­ues to ig­nore the needs of Mans­field mo­torists, fam­i­lies and busi­nesses and has proven once again he is lead­ing a city-cen­tric gov­ern­ment,” she said.

Ms McLeish said it was im­por­tant for the gov­ern­ment to fund road up­grades in the Mans­field re­gion be­cause of safety con­cerns.

“Mo­torists in the sub­urbs may be fed up with lengthy travel times, but mo­torists in ru­ral ar­eas are con­cerned for their safety,” she said.

“They know the com­bi­na­tion of higher speeds and poorly main­tained roads is very dan­ger­ous.

“It’s time Daniel An­drews’ gov­ern­ment looks be­yond the tram tracks and starts work­ing in the in­ter­est of all Vic­to­ri­ans.”

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