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Coalition vows to bring back axed roads funding

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April 26, 2018

If elected in November’s Victorian election, the Liberal Nationals have promised to fix country roads and save country lives, with Cobram just one town that would benefit from the Country Roads and Bridges Program.

If elected in November’s Victorian election, the Liberal Nationals have promised to fix country roads and save country lives, with Cobram just one town that would benefit from the Country Roads and Bridges Program.

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

The announcement comes after Premier Daniel Andrews axed the program when he was elected in 2014, leaving councils struggling to meet the cost of maintaining local roads.

About $1million 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.

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.

Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said the injection of funding was timely for Cobram and many other Victorian regions.

‘‘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, Myrtleford, Cobram and Yarrawonga, more liveable and it will support jobs in our region,’’ he said.

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