04
NOV
2014

Surf Coast Shire will benefit from a continued Country Roads and Bridges Program

  • Country Roads and Bridges Program to continue under a re-elected Coalition Government
  • $4 million over four years will be provided to 40 rural shires to reduce infrastructure backlogs
  • Victorian Coalition Government building better roads and better bridges

 

The Surf Coast Shire will continue to benefit from the important Country Roads and Bridges Program under a re-elected Victorian Coalition Government.

Member for South Barwon, Andrew Katos said an extra $160 million would be allocated over four years to continue this program if the Coalition Government is re-elected.

Mr Katos said the Coalition Government will continue to provide $4 million over four years to each of Victoria’s 40 rural shires to improve the condition of their local roads and bridges.

“The Coalition Government’s investment in regions such as the Surf Coast Shire has enabled more than 700 local roads and 70 bridges to be upgraded, plus more than 200 local roads and 30 bridges this financial year,” Mr Katos said.

“The 2010 Whelan report on Local Government Financial Sustainability made it absolutely clear that small rural councils need more support to service their communities.”

As part of the current Country Roads and Bridges Program, The Surf Coast Shire has received $1 million each year in funding since 2011 for works such as:

  • Rehabilitation works at Larcombes Rd, Paraparap
  • Culvert replacement works on Church St Modewarre
  • Road widening Stage 3 at Horseshoe Bend Rd from The Esplanade to Pacific Drive, Torquay
  • Road widening Stage 1 at Pollocksford Road, Gnarwarre
  • Road widening Stage 3C at Horseshoe Bend Road Torquay

 

Mr Katos the funding helped reduce the infrastructure backlog in rural shires and invests in Victoria’s local communities who want better local infrastructure.

“Labor has never supported this vital program – its so-called regional and rural development Minister Jacinta Allan said it was a “swindle” (Bendigo Advertiser, 29/10/2010),” Mr Katos said.

“They’re also threatening to rip money from council budgets which will see infrastructure works deferred into the never-never.

“Worse still, Labor’s $125 million a year pledge for regional roads represents a cut of around 75 per cent considering that the Coalition is spending close to $500 million on regional roads this year.”

The Coalition introduced the Country Roads and Bridge Program in 2011 to assist shires in their task of maintaining and improving local road and bridge infrastructure.