Now that the $9.7 billion windfall from the lease of the Port of Melbourne is finalised, the Andrews Labor Government can’t waste any more time getting to work on new regional transport infrastructure. There’s no excuse for Victorians to continue putting up with neglected, crumbling and dangerous roads in regional Victoria. Potholes, uneven surfacing and hidden hazards litter our regional and rural networks, slowing travel and increasing the risk to country drivers and their passengers every day.
Daniel Andrews was happy to spend $1.2 billion not building the East West link in Melbourne, but meanwhile, the state of the roads in country Victoria are making regional residents feel like second-class citizens. Every time motorists in country areas drive to work or do the groceries, they are strapping in for a bumpy ride. Potholes and dangerously uneven road surfaces have become a part of everyday travel, but this is simply unacceptable.
Negotiations by the Liberal-Nationals secured 10 per cent of the Port funds for regional transport infrastructure, with the final price tag nearly $4 billion more than expected. Including the $200 million already announced through the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, this makes a dedicated sum of almost $1.2 billion dollars for new rural transport infrastructure.
A survey on my website continues to record Victoria’s worst roads, with motorists sending detailed descriptions of the ordeals they endure through terrible road conditions. Now is the time to fix this mess. The sum of almost $1.2 billion ready to be spent on transport infrastructure leaves Daniel Andrews with no excuse to continue neglecting country roads.