$1 billion needed for country roads
SHADOW Parliamentary Secretary for Rural and Regional Transport Simon Ramsay believes a $1 billion State Government investment is needed now to fix Victoria’s country roads.
Although welcoming last week’s investment of $44 million for southwest roads, Mr Ramsay said he was disappointed State Government was so far from matching the Turnbull Government’s $345 million package to fix regional Victorian roads.
“A significant Victorian investment is needed in excess of $1 billion,” Mr Ramsay said.
“Three years ago Roads Minister Luke Donnellan made an election commitment to invest $1 billion across eight years to repair and upgrade regional and rural arterial roads; that’s only $125 million a year,” he said.
“Premier Daniel Andrews was quick to waste $1 billion on not building the East-West Link, so it feels appropriate to allocate this amount for the road upgrades regional Victoria deserves from this city-centric government,” Mr Ramsay said. “The scrapped $160 million Country Roads and Bridges program was important for councils to maintain assets, but, with the fast deterioration of roads, an immediate injection of $1 billion is required,” he said. “The state of our roads is degrading under this government.” Opportunity “There will be funds available through the Port of Melbourne sale lease and the job infrastructure fund, which leaves us with a perfect opportunity to fi x the crumbling network of roads in regional Victoria putting motorists at risk every day,” Mr Ramsay said. “Given the $30 billion disparity between budgeted funding for metropolitan