Media Releases

07
Nov

Fix country 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.

Potholes, uneven surfacing and hidden hazards litter our regional and rural roads, slowing travel and increasing the risk to country drivers and their passengers every day.

Negotiations by the Liberal-Nationals secured 10 per cent of the Port funds for regional transport infrastructure and 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.

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.

Please send images to brian.paynter@parliament.vic.gov.au and sign the online petition at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9HYZNZ5

Quotes attributable to Brian Paynter, Member for Bass

Every time motorists in country areas strap in to go to work or do the groceries, they are strapping in for a bumpy ride.

Under Labor, potholes and a dangerously uneven road surface are just a part of everyday travel – but it shouldn’t be.

The windfall of $9.7 billion from the Port of Melbourne lease leaves Daniel Andrews with no excuse to continue his neglect of country roads.

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,

“This city-centric Labor government has treated country Victorians like second-class citizens for too long. Daniel Andrews now has an extra $9.7 billion and it is time he invested in fixing our country roads.”

Media Contact: Ann Selby – 5672 4755 or ann.selby@parliament.vic.gov.au

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