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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

FIX OUR ROADS CAMPAIGN

State Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today called on local motorists to nominate roads that have become dangerous, fallen into disrepair and need fixing with the launch of www.FixOurRoads.com.au website.

Ms Edwards said Labor was launching www.FixOurRoads.com.au because new analysis of VicRoads documents show the Liberal National Government is short-changing Central Victorian families and businesses when it comes to making local roads safe.

Ms Edwards said central Victoria has been short-changed with funding decreasing by 18.87%.

Ms Edwards said all seven VicRoads regions had less funding for roads in 2012-13 than the previous financial year with a combined cut of more than $160 million across the state.

“The total of Liberal National State Government funding for maintenance and new roads has fallen in central Victoria from 2012-11 to 2012-13,” Ms Edwards said.

“The Liberal National Coalition Government is cutting funds to every road in every part of Victoria and here in central Victoria local motorists are copping the full brunt of these cuts.

“Our local roads are falling into disrepair and becoming a safety hazard for motorists because of these State Government funding cuts.

“Road resurfacing targets in regional Victoria have been cut by the State Liberal National Government by 60 per cent.”

Ms Edwards said the Opposition’s campaign will allow central Victorian motorists to tell Labor which roads have been neglected and forgotten by the Liberal National Government and are in serious need of repair or an upgrade.

“Central Victoria deserve better than a Government that won’t provide the basic infrastructure that people in regional Victoria need to ensure travel times are effective for business and therefore a strong local economy,” Ms Edwards said.

“Safety on central Victoria roads is not just about driver behaviour but also the quality of our roads which must be safe to drive on.

 “Instead of fixing local roads the Liberal National Coalition State Government is spending $8 billion on a dud tunnel that no one voted for.

“You can’t fix crumbling roads or build new ones when the transport budget is going to one project at the expense of our local roads.”

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