Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
The Fixing Country Roads fund, announced by the Andrews Labor Government last week, is scraps off the table after neglecting the local roads network for three years, according to Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.
“Our communities have been short-changed big time after Labor came to office and scrapped the Country Roads and Bridges Program in 2015,” Mr Bull said.
“This $160 million program was highly successful and provided funding directly to regional and rural councils over a four-year period. The Government is now playing catch up with the Fixing Country Roads fund, which offers a significantly lower dollar amount and runs for half the time.
“Just recently we announced that if elected in November, the Liberal Nationals will restore the Country Roads and Bridges Program, and this was welcomed by the Wellington and East Gippsland Shires, which have already identified potential projects,” he said.
Mr Bull said Daniel Andrews and Labor could not be trusted when it comes to regional roads funding.
“Upon coming to office, the Premier for Melbourne spent rural roads funds around his suburban electorate of Mulgrave, instead of in country Victoria,” he said
“He chose to reduce speed limits instead of actually properly repairing damaged roads surfaces and there are examples of that occurring here in East Gippsland.
“There were also cuts to the Road Asset Management Budget and Road Operations and Network Improvement Budget.
“Only an elected Liberal Nationals government will invest in regional Victoria so we can decentralise our population and economy and grow all our communities – not just Melbourne.”
Tuesday, May 1, 2018