Roads | October 08, 2015

Roads – Together we can make a difference

Emma Kealy, Nationals Member for Lowan has launched a campaign to improve the deteriorating condition of our country roads with a ‘Call to Action’ for locals to report hazards directly to VicRoads.

“I recently met with VicRoads and was surprised to hear that the highest reported hazard in Western Victoria wasn’t potholes or rough surfaces, but stock on roads,” said Emma Kealy.

“I’m calling on the community to help report local road surface hazards, so that statistics reflect the poor condition of roads in our region.

“If everyone can report road hazards directly to VicRoads this will give them the evidence to demand additional State funding to better manage and maintain our roads.

“If we all work together with VicRoads, I believe we can make a real difference and achieve safer roads for our region.

“I've reported a number of road hazards using the VicRoads service and it's not only quick and easy to do, but the roads have been fixed within 48 hours. 

“I urge community members to report any road hazards directly to VicRoads by phoning 13 11 70 or visit my website,” she said.

Emma Kealy has written to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety on many occasions and lodged a petition in Parliament with over 700 local signatures supporting the urgent need for funding to improve and maintain roads in the Lowan Electorate.

“We need more money invested in country roads, not less. However, the State budget confirmed that Labor have cut 10 per cent from the road asset management budget and have scrapped the Coalition’s $160 million Country Roads and Bridges program,” Emma Kealy said.

“I assure the Lowan electorate that I will continue to lobby the State Government to deliver our fair share of funding to country roads,” she said.

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