Rural Councils Victoria has welcomed today’s (3 April 2023) federal government announcement of an extra $250 million for road projects in rural, regional and outer-urban areas.
Rural Councils Victoria Chair Cr Mary-Ann Brown said:
“The announcement is fantastic news for rural councils and our communities, especially as this funding is targeted specifically to roads in rural, regional outer urban areas.
“It is pleasing to see that each of RCV’s 34 member councils received funding under Phase 4 of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
“RCV has been consistently advocating for extra funding for rural roads, which were in a poor state before the recent flood, and many are in even worse condition now.
“This funding will help councils provide better road infrastructure for rural communities, tourists, farmers, transportation, and other businesses that provide the food and other goods needed by those living in our cities.
“Good quality roads improve road safety and cut transportation and vehicle repair costs for farmers and other businesses, helping make food and other goods cheaper for consumers, especially at a time of high inflation.”
“RCV will continue having conversations about road funding with the State and Federal Governments to ensure that rural communities, and those who visit or do business in rural communities get their fair share of funding and road repairs.”
Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King said:
“We know many councils across the country are struggling to maintain and improve their local road networks – especially following repeated flooding and other natural disasters in recent times.
“We have listened to councils and are standing stand side-by-side with local governments to support them in their vital role in delivering critical infrastructure for their communities.”
The full list of funding allocations in the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program is available in this link.