Fix Gippsland roads, save country lives
The Andrews Labor Government has no excuse to continue its neglect of crumbling and dangerous roads in regional Victoria after the windfall $9.7 billion lease of the Port of Melbourne.
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said negotiations by the Liberal-Nationals secured 10 per cent of the Port funds for regional transport infrastructure.
“With the final price tag nearly $4 billion more than expected there is no excuse for Labor to ignore the terrible state of our country roads any longer,” Ms Bath said.
Ms Bath has now set up a page on her website calling on the community to help report local road surface hazards to highlight the urgent need for more investment into country roads.
“By reporting road hazards directly to VicRoads we can give them the evidence they need to demand additional state funding to better manage and maintain our roads,” she said.
“I believe we can and must make a real difference to achieve safer roads for our region.”
Ms Bath said potholes, uneven surfacing and hidden hazards littered regional and rural roads, slowing travel and increasing the risk to country drivers and their passengers every day.
“Under Labor, potholes and dangerously uneven road surfaces are just a part of everyday travel – but it shouldn’t be,” she said.
A new campaign from the Liberal-Nationals Coalition will collate a list of the worst of our country road network to present to the Victorian Government.
Motorists are asked to send in photos of road hazards and list the location and how long the road has been in need of repair.
“Daniel Andrews was happy to spend $1.1 billion not building the East West link in Melbourne, meanwhile, the roads in country Victoria are crumbling with neglect,” Ms Bath said.
Photo caption 1: Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath inspects the poor state of the Meeniyan – Promontory Road which is a main tourist road also used by local transport.
Photo caption 2: Local bus driver David Tree and Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath inspect the deteriorating state of Grand Ridge Road.
Media Contact: Renee Switzer 5174 7066