CONSTITUENCY QUESTION ON WESTERN VIC ROADS

My constituency question today is for the Minister for Roads and concerns the insufficient funding of roads in Western Victoria Region as demonstrated in this week’s budget.

The federal government generously committed $140 million, which includes $80 million to fix the region’s key freight roads and a further $60 million to improve the Princes Highway between Warrnambool and Port Fairy.

These roads in south-west Victoria have been deemed the worst in the state by an independent analysis commissioned by the RACV, but a neglect for regional Victoria has once again been demonstrated.

The Princes Highway West Action Alliance, an advocacy group for the upgrade of Princes Highway West, asked the government to match that funding in the budget.

So I ask the minister: do you support the Alliance’s advocacy and believe that matching state funding is required to ensure the much-needed upgrades of these vitally important roads in Western Victoria Region?

29 May 2019