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The Nationals to help fix Wellington Roads and Bridges
Twenty-six kilometres of road surfaces across the Wellington Shire will be sealed through the Country Roads and Bridges Program if the Liberal Nationals win next month’s election.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said under the program to be reinstated if The Nationals win the election, Wellington Shire Council would seal seven local roads and replace Rathjens Bridge at Flynn and Orrs Bridge at Dargo.
“We’ve been listening to locals who are concerned about the state of our roads. Re-introducing this program will help fix local council roads, help shires better maintain their assets and reduce pressure on council rates,” Mr O’Brien said.
If The Nationals are elected the program will help Council seal Falls Lane at Bundalaguah, Tackens and Browns Roads at Nambrok, Velore Road at Kilmany, Starling Road at Woodside and Meadows Road and Buckleys Island Road at Yarram, along with the two bridge replacements.
Mr O’Brien said the Andrews Labor Government axed the successful $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program upon coming to office.
“The program guaranteed $1m of funding each year for Victoria’s 40 rural councils for four years, giving them the certainty to plan for the long-term, to do the work on the roads that need it the most,” he said.
“But unfortunately, Labor scrapped this program and replaced it with a cheaper imitation four years later, which isn’t dedicated to rural councils like Wellington Shire only.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull said country roads were crumbling under Daniel Andrews and Labor.
“Rural councils are desperate to see the Country Roads and Bridges Program reinstated, which is why the Liberal Nationals have committed to bring it back,” he said.
“It is pleasing improvements to these roads and bridges have been prioritised, making them safer for those who use them on a regular basis.”
Local Nationals MPs Danny O’Brien and Tim Bull at Falls Lane at Bundalaguah, which will be sealed under the Country Roads and Bridges Program, if the Liberal Nationals are elected next month.