East Gippsland Shire Council is to receive $1 million in grant funding under the Victorian Coalition Government’s Country Roads and Bridges fund which will be used towards maintenance and restoration of existing infrastructure.
Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said “this announcement further demonstrates the Coalition’s continuing commitment to improving road safety and infrastructure throughout Victoria and this funding will greatly benefit East Gippsland in ongoing road and bridge maintenance works undertaken by the Shire.
“The 2011-12 Victorian Budget included nearly $601 million for road projects that would deliver significant improvements for motorists, particularly in outer suburban and regional areas such as East Gippsland.
“This extra funding will enable East Gippsland Shire Council to concentrate this funding towards those roads and bridges which are in need of ongoing maintenance and repair, ensuring safer travelling by motorists throughout our region,” Mr Bull said.
Minister Mulder said, “the Coalition Government is proud to be providing this boost in funding to the East Gippsland Shire Council to aid in their maintenance programs and helping to keep roads safe for all road users,” Mr Mulder said.
“This program provides up to $1 million each to 40 rural councils annually for the next four years. This is a total of $160 million of additional funds to improve the condition of roads and bridges in rural Victoria.”
Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Richard Ellis said, “work would include the replacement of Morass Creek Bridge on Matthews Road at Benambra and pavement rehabilitation of various sections along Benambra-Corryong Road.
“There will also be gravel re-sheeting and sealing of sections along O'Doherty's Road in Calulu, Waddells Road in Nicholson and Polly Walker Road in Clifton Creek.
“The additional funding will also enable Council to bring forward important road works that have been identified in their long term capital works program,” Cr Ellis said.