$100m to help councils fix country roads

03 Oct 2018 Euroa Gazette, Euroa VIC (General News) THE State Government has unveiled a $100 million Fixing Country Roads Program as part of its $941 million regional roads investment. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan joined Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) near Benalla last week to open the first round of the Labor Governments $100 million Fixing Country Roads Program. The State Government argues that unlike the previous Liberal National Governments Country Roads and Bridges Program, this fund is not a blank cheque to councils. Minister Donnellan said it comes with strict requirements to ensure money is spent on local roads. Projects will include rebuilding deteriorating roads, sealing gravel roads, bridge strengthening, intersection improvements and safety upgrades. Ms Symes said these grants come on top of the $333 million being invested this year to repair, rebuild and resurface 1500 kilometres of country roads creating more than 650 construction jobs in regional Victoria. The State Government claims to have more than doubled road maintenance spending since coming to office and has established Regional Roads Victoria a new, dedicated country roads authority to oversee this record investment. Applications for round one of the Fixing Country Roads Program are now open until October 15. Successful council projects will be delivered by June 2019.