June 19, 2013

Napthine Cuts Impact Safety of Ballarat-Colac Road

 

The Ballarat-Colac Road has deteriorated to dangerous state with an increasing number of potholes and crumbling shoulders because of Napthine Government road funding cuts over the past two years, Shadow Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said today.

Mr Donnellan and State Member for Ballarat East, Geoff Howard, today inspected the
road and the damage caused by the Napthine Government’s neglect.

“What we have here is the consequence of Denis Napthine and Terry Mulder cutting $100
million from road maintenance funding and failing to fully reverse those cuts in this year’s budget,” Mr Donnellan said.

“Local residents are reporting serious damage to suspension, rims and tyres, as well as increased risk of collisions as they drive to avoid parts of the crumbling road.

“Roads maintenance funding is lower than in previous years and below funding provided
by the previous Labor Government.”

Funding for roads maintenance in 2013-14 stands at $466 million, below previous levels
in 2011-12 of $493 million and in 2010-11 of $480 million, and comes after $100 million was cut from the roads maintenance budget last year.

More than 80 per cent of new roads funding from the Napthine Government is being
spent in Melbourne, and regional road resurfacing targets remain lower than previous years, with only 6.9 million square metres targeted this year, a drop from 11 million square metres in 2011-12.

“Roads maintenance funding is still around $100 million less than it needs to be because the government has to now play catch-up to fix all the roads that have been neglected thanks its cuts,” Mr Donnellan said.

“Instead of repairing Ballarat-Colac Road, the Napthine Government has placed rough surface signs along the road which leads into the Transport Minister’s own electorate.

“It’s appalling to see Mr Mulder show such neglect to a major regional road, especially one that enters into his electorate.”

Mr Howard said it seemed more signs were appearing every week, but no road works were occurring to fix the road.

“There are so many rough surface signs in some places that it’s not unusual to pass two or three sets in a few kilometres,” Mr Howard said.

“The state of this road is simply disgraceful, and the forest of rough surface signs going up does nothing to repair the potholes and crumbling shoulders to make this road safe for motorists.”