Liberal Nationals will bring back Country Roads and Bridges program in Wangaratta, Moira and Alpine shires

Thursday 19 April 2018

An elected Liberal Nationals government will fix country roads and save country lives.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh and Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure David Hodgett announced that if elected, the Liberal Nationals will bring back the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program.

By contrast, Daniel Andrews axed the program when he was elected in 2014, leaving councils struggling to meet the cost of maintaining local roads.

Approximately $1 million in grants will be provided to Victoria’s 40 rural shires each year over four years.

The grants will help restore and rehabilitate council-maintained roads and bridges, which have deteriorated under Labor’s neglect.

People in rural Victoria are over-represented in the road toll. In 2017, 156 lives were lost on roads in rural Victoria, compared to 102 on roads in Melbourne.

The Country Roads and Bridges Program will give rural Victorians the safe and reliable infrastructure they deserve.

Comment attributable to Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh

While Daniel Andrews is reducing speed limits on country roads, the Liberal Nationals have a plan for the safe, reliable infrastructure regional and rural Victorians deserve.

If you fix country roads, you save country lives – and that’s exactly what this program will do.

Comment attributable to Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy

Restoring this program will be a shot in the arm for Wangaratta, Alpine and Moira shires  – it’ll make our communities including, Wangaratta and surrounding towns, Bright and Myrtleford and Cobram and Yarrawonga, more liveable and it will support jobs in our region.

Daniel Andrews cut the successful Country Roads and Bridges Program when he was elected in 2014, but the Liberal Nationals will bring it back.

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