The Andrews Labor Government is committing funding to identify a route that will take trucks out of the town centre of Rutherglen, Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced today.

Ms Symes said the Labor Government will provide $2 million to undertake planning work to improve safety and amenity for the Rutherglen community and reduce congestion on local streets.

More than 3,700 vehicles use the highway through the Rutherglen community each day, including 600 heavy vehicles.

Ms Symes said this $2million in funding will allow planning work to start, including consultation with the community, council and key stakeholder groups within the freight industry.

“I’ve heard it’s important to the community to get the trucks out of the main shopping district, which is why Labor is getting on with the proper planning works to make it happen and choose a route that works best for the local community,” Ms Symes said.

“We will take heavy vehicles away from the heart of Rutherglen – making local roads safer for the community and giving the freight industry easier access to their destinations.”

The Rutherglen planning project is a joint $4 million project with the Commonwealth Government.