FIXING COUNTRY ROADS AS MAINTENANCE BLITZ RAMPS UP

Councils in Macedon can now apply for a share in more than $70 million for safer and more reliable roads thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

In round one of the Fixing Country Roads Program, Hepburn Shire, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shire each received a portion of the $30 million funding offered.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, is calling on local councils to apply for second round funding towards road improvement projects.

Second round grants of up to $1.5 million are now available to councils to carry out important road rehabilitation and resealing works, road safety improvements, bridge strengthening and other upgrades.

This funding boost builds on the biggest road maintenance blitz regional Victoria has ever seen, with $333 million being invested this year to repair, rebuild and resurface more than 1,500 kilometres of country arterial roads.

Some of the 91 projects currently underway include works to upgrade and reconstruct parts of Romsey Road, Kyneton-Metcalfe Road, Potts Road in Elphinstone and Trentham-Springhill Road.

Applications for round two close 18 March with successful projects to be announced in April. Councils must deliver these projects by June 2020.

The Labor Government has more than doubled road maintenance spending since coming to office and established Regional Roads Victoria a dedicated country roads authority to oversee this record investment.

To keep track of works currently underway or planned in your area visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“This is all part of the Andrews Government’s huge maintenance blitz on Victorian roads – fixing the roads the Macedon community relies on.”

“This program ensures that country roads are safer and more reliable for all road users.”