October 8, 2014

ONLY LABOR WILL UPGRADE COLAC BALLARAT ROAD

Victorian Labor will upgrade the Colac Ballarat Road, Shadow Minister for Roads and Roads Safety, Luke Donnellan, announced today.

Mr Donnellan joined Labor Member for Ballarat East, Geoff Howard and Labor Member for Ballarat West, Sharon Knight today in Enfield to announce Labor’s commitment.

The Colac Ballarat Road is an important route for local families and businesses and the condition of the road has caused serious damage to vehicle suspension, wheel rims and tyres, as well as numerous near-collisions.

Labor’s $ 2 million commitment will ensure that the maintenance of Colac-Ballarat Road is a priority and will improve the road’s surface, reducing the risks for local road users.

Quotes attributable to Mr Donnellan:

 

“The Napthine Government have ignored calls from the community to invest in critical maintenance to save our crumbling regional roads.

“I joined Geoff Howard here over a year ago to highlight the poor state of this road and the urgent need for repairs, not only to improve safety for regular road users but to
support our emergency services to provide a timely response.”

“As we enter another bushfire season it’s a shameful indictment on the Liberal Government that they have once again failed to support this community.”

Quotes attributable to Geoff Howard, Labor Member for Ballarat East:

 

“Local residents often travel long distances on our roads between our regional centres to get to work, schools and to shop for their families.

“Signs are not a substitute for safer roads and only Labor will fund the critical maintenance work required to finally repair Colac-Ballarat road.

Key Facts

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.

Consultations for the state’s peak motoring body RACV’s ‘Growing Pains in Regional Victoria’ report, revealed many residents are hesitant to travel on regional roads and highways due to rough surfaces and potholes.

As part of Labor’s Project 10,000, Victorian Labor will guarantee $1 billion in funding for the repair and upgrade of roads in regional Victoria.