AN ELECTED Coalition government has pledged to fix country roads and save country lives.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh and Shadow Roads and Infrastructure Minister David Hodgett announced today if elected, the Liberal Nationals will restore the $160 million country roads and bridges program.
Premier Daniel Andrews axed the program when he was elected in 2014, leaving councils struggling to meet the cost of maintaining local roads.
About $1 million in grants will be provided to each of Victoria’s 40 rural shires each year over four years.
Mr Walsh said that the grants would help local councils to restore and rehabilitate council-maintained roads and bridges, “which have sadly deteriorated under Labor’s neglect”.
He said rural Victoria was over-represented in the road toll.
“In 2017, 156 lives were lost on roads in rural Victoria, compared to 102 on roads in Melbourne,” Mr Walsh added. “The country roads and bridges program will give rural Victorians the safer and more reliable infrastructure they deserve,” he said. “While Daniel Andrews is reducing speed limits on country roads, the Nationals have a plan for the safe, reliable infrastructure regional and rural Victorians actually need – and deserve.
“Restoring this program will be a shot in the arm for Campaspe Shire and make our communities, such as Kyabram more liveable.
“If you fix country roads, you save country lives.’’