Nationals $1b Road Fix Blitz
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien says Gippsland South will benefit from better roads under a Liberal Nationals plan to invest $1 billion in country roads.
The Nationals in government will introduce the Road Fix Blitz program to restore country and regional roads as well as ensure proper investments are made to improve roads before they begin to break down.
Mr O’Brien said roads throughout Gippsland South were being allowed to deteriorate to unsafe standards through lack of foresight and investment.
“The people of Gippsland South constantly raise with me their frustration about the state of our roads. They are particularly annoyed to see lots of money spent on wire rope barriers and not enough spent on fixing the road surface itself,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Reducing speed limits on dangerous roads is a band aid fix at best. We need real investment and a plan for better roads for Gippsland South.
As well as boosting funding to fix country roads, an elected Liberal Nationals Government will also improve response times for urgent repair works, commissioning a new smartphone app for real-time reporting of road hazards.
Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh said the $1 billion Road Fix Blitz will inject significant funds upfront to fix our country and regional roads properly
“No more patch-up jobs, but proper fixes to get back in control of regional road maintenance,” Mr Walsh said.
“It’s unforgiveable that Daniel Andrews wasted $1.3 billion to not build the East West Link that could have been spent on improving the safety of regional roads.”
Funding for the $1 billion Road Fix Blitz will be made up of $400 million for the Country Roads and Bridges program, another $400 million for targeted road restoration and a $200 million boost for general road maintenance.
The Road Fix Blitz program will be in addition to existing road maintenance and restoration initiatives delivered by VicRoads.
Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says Gippsland South will benefit from better roads under a Liberal Nationals Government.