Media Release

18 April 2018

Guy-Walsh: Liberal Nationals will bring back Country Roads and Bridges Program

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Liberal Nationals will bring back Country Roads and Bridges Program

An elected Liberal Nationals government will fix country roads and save country lives.

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

By contrast, Daniel Andrews axed the program when he was elected in 2014, leaving councils struggling to meet the cost of maintaining local roads.

Approximately $1 million 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, which have deteriorated under Labor’s neglect.

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.

The Country Roads and Bridges Program will give rural Victorians the safe and reliable infrastructure they deserve.

Comment attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

The Liberal Nationals will get Victoria moving with the high-quality, safe roads and infrastructure regional and rural Victorians deserve.

Daniel Andrews is the Premier for Melbourne, I’ll be the Premier for all Victorians.

Comment attributable to Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh:

While Daniel Andrews is reducing speed limits on country roads, the Liberal Nationals have a plan for the safe, reliable infrastructure rural Victorians deserve.

If you fix country roads, you save country lives – and that’s exactly what this program will do.

Comment attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure, David Hodgett:

Daniel Andrews axed the Country Roads and Bridges Program, leaving Victoria’s rural councils struggling to maintain their local roads network.

The Premier for Melbourne prefers to put country infrastructure funding into improvements near his own suburban electorate, only an elected Liberal Nationals government will invest in road safety improvements in rural Victoria.