MEMBER for McMillan Russell Broadbent said the Federal Government’s record funding levels for council road projects would mean safer travel for Baw Baw Shire motorists.

“The push for more money for council road projects has been one that has been hard-fought. In McMillan, conditions on narrow dirt roads – which are often battered by extreme weather conditions and large, heavy vehicles – has become of particular concern in recent years,” Mr Broadbent.

“Country MPs, local councillors, business people, motorist and the general community have all played a part in making sure the government stands up and takes notice.”
Mr Broadbent said Baw Baw Shire Council had been a big winner when it came to roads funding.

“The Coalition’s record $3.2 billion Roads to Recovery programme will deliver the Baw Baw Shire Council $11,504,672 over 5 years – $4,911,590 more than Labor provided under their programme,” he said.

“In 2015/16, Baw Baw Shire Council will receive $3,589,628 to repair and improve local roads – that’s a 286% increase in 2015/16. In 2016/17 Baw Baw Shire Council’s Roads to Recovery allocation will go up again to $4,145,740 – a 330% increase.

“Under the Government’s expanded Blackspots programme the Baw Baw Shire Council will benefit from $3,820,000 in 2015/16 to fix dangerous and accident prone sections of local roads. That’s over $3,500,000 more than they received in 2014/15.”

Mr Broadbent said the Commonwealth was also providing Baw Baw Shire Council with $500,000 under the Government’s new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme for the replacement of the concrete bridge over the Tango River on Labertouche Road.

“This comes in addition to the $22 million given by the Federal Government for the essential work being done at the Sand Road/Princes Freeway East intersection,” he said.