The Nationals member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty has welcomed funding for Victoria’s rural and regional roads.
“This announcement will benefit roads in western Victoria, including $1.2 million for further improvements to the Henty Highway. These benefits are from a radical change to road maintenance funding with the Coalition Government announcing a three year, $170 million road maintenance package to address the condition of Victorian roads,” Mr Delahunty said.
“This is a most welcome budget announcement which means that for the first time, VicRoads will have certainty of funding and could develop a longer-term approach to road maintenance,” Mr Delahunty said.
“This Government has maintained and now strengthened its vital focus on Victorian roads, not just across metropolitan areas but state-wide,” Mr Delahunty said.
“Last year’s $45 million Repair and Restore package enabled vital work on roads that had suffered as a result of years of neglect from the former Labor Government, who saw the drought years as an opportunity to ignore Victorian roads without consequence.
“This year’s budget expands the “Repair and Restore” program by allocating $90 million over three years to rebuild roads that have deteriorated and $80 million over two years to resurface worn roads and prevent future damage.”
“In 2013/14 the Coalition Government will spend $466 million on road asset maintenance. This includes the base level of maintenance funding in addition to the first year’s allocation of the new $170 million resurfacing and renewal package.
“This is $83 million more than what Labor provided in its last budget. “
“The funding includes the continuation of our ‘Country Roads and Bridges’ program as part of the Coalition Government’s strong commitment to assist local government in maintaining safe and usable roads,” Mr Delahunty said
VicRoads will now develop a comprehensive program of works to be rolled out across the state, including western Victoria.
“By carrying out a targeted road restoration program, in addition to pavement resurfacing, we will ensure the life of these roads is extended,” Mr Delahunty said.