MEMBER for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay has asked Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan to outline the $1.5 billion regional roads package recently announced as a partnership with the Turnbull Government.
Mr Ramsay said federal MPs had announced the agreement for matching funds, but Mr Donnellan was yet to make an official statement or provide any detail about the roads package.
“When the Turnbull Government announced this package last week, I was somewhat surprised that the Victorian government was non-committal,” he said.
“There were no press releases, no statements and no announcements by the Minister for Roads and Road Safety.
“Yet federal MPs, including Sarah Henderson in Corangamite, have heralded the fact that this is a new agreement that has already identified specific roads, including $25 million for the Great Ocean Road with a matching commitment from the State Government, making it $50 million.
“There is confusion about whether or not this funding is on top of the $50 million that had already been reached in a previous arrangement, which could amount to $100 million for the Great Ocean Road.
“Dan Tehan, the federal Member for Wannon, has announced a $40 million upgrade of the Henty Highway and a $40 million upgrade of the Princes Highway, as well as a $220 million contribution to the Murray Basin rail project, but still the specific details from the State Government are undisclosed.
“I am actually at a loss to know if the Andrews Government has in fact committed $1.5 billion matching funding with the Commonwealth, and part of that is the $690 million roads package that the Turnbull Government has foreshadowed as an agreement, as well as the announcements from the federal representatives for Corangamite and Wannon.
“Despite the Coalition calling for matching funding since April, it appears VicRoads and Mr Donnellan have no plan for this regional roads package.
“The minister needs to clarify what exactly the Andrews Government’s position is in relation to matching the $1.5 billion funding announced by the Turnbull Government last week.”