Roads | April 18, 2018
Liberal Nationals will bring back Country Roads and Bridges
An elected Liberal Nationals government will fix country roads and save country lives.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh and Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure David Hodgett announced today if elected, the Liberal Nationals will bring back the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program.
By contrast, Daniel Andrews axed the program when he was elected in 2014, 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.
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.
The Country Roads and Bridges Program will give rural Victorians the safe and reliable infrastructure they deserve.
Comment attributable to Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh
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.
If you fix country roads, you save country lives – and that’s exactly what this program will do.
Comment attributable to Member for Lowan Emma Kealy MP
One of the first actions by the city centric Labor Government was to axe the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program. Since then our roads have been falling apart.
The Nationals restoring this program will provide a much needed boost for our local country roads, making our roads safer, our communities more liveable and support local jobs.
Only The Nationals understand how important it is to invest in country roads. If elected in November we will bring back The Nationals Country Roads and Bridges Program to fix country roads and save country lives.
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