FIXING LOCAL ROADS FOR MACEDON DRIVERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping central Victorian councils fix the local roads that need it most through the $100 million Fixing Country Roads Program.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced that Hepburn Shire, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shire have each secured a portion of the more than $30 million in first round funding for road improvement projects.

Sight lines will be improved by Hepburn Shire through the realignment and reconstruction of the intersection at Trentham-Springhill Road and Springhill Road in Springhill, while a pedestrian crossing on Victoria Street in Trentham will connect the primary school and aged care facility with the town.

In Macedon Ranges, pavement will be upgraded on sections of Kyneton-Metcalfe Road and Romsey Road, while in Mount Alexander Shire a two-kilometre section of Potts Road in Elphinstone will be rehabilitated to provide a safer surface for traffic to the nearby Taradale Primary School.

Mount Alexander Shire has also received funding to undertake a review of re-sheeting, reconstruction and maintenance methods of its entire unsealed road network.

These local road upgrades will be delivered by June 2019.

The Fixing Country Roads Program is part of the Labor Government’s record $941 million investment in regional roads.

These grants are on top of the biggest road maintenance blitz regional Victoria has ever seen, $333 million is being invested this year to repair, rebuild and resurface 1,500 kilometres of country arterial roads – creating more than 650 construction jobs.

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

Round two of the Fixing Country Roads Program will open in early 2019 with an additional $70 million available to councils with eligible projects.

For more information visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“We’re fixing the local roads that need it most to get locals home safer and sooner every day.”

“Labor’s Fixing Country Roads Fund will ensure council managed roads, like those in Central Victoria aren’t left behind and are safe and reliable.”

“Since coming to office we’ve doubled spending on road maintenance to make sure that regional Victorians get the road works they need.”