Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) welcomes the government’s launch today of a massive road maintenance blitz that will benefit rural Victorian road users.
Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford to announce the investment of $653.5 million over the next two years to rebuild and resurface roads across the Victoria. This is in addition to the Government’s annual investment in road maintenance of $216 million this financial year.
In announcing the funding, the government said:
“Today’s funding builds on $87.2 million already announced for rural road rebuilds.”
“This year another 1,500 kilometres of regional roads will be repaired, rebuilt and resurfaced, including key roads such as the Princes Highway in Gippsland, the Hume Highway near Winton, the Glenelg Highway near Skipton, the Echuca-Kyabram Road near Echuca, and the Robinvale-Sea Lake Road in Manangatang.”
In welcoming the announcement Rural Councils Victoria Chair Cr Mary-Ann Brown said:
“Funding for rural roads is vital for maintaining sustainable, liveable and prosperous communities across Victoria.
“This funding announcement from the Victorian Government goes a long way to helping solve the many and serious problems we have with our road network in rural Victoria.
“However even more needs to be done and we look forward to working with the government to further improve the rural road network.
“We particularly look forward to further investment in some of the state’s remote areas to support this infrastructure that is so vital to rural communities.”