The voice is falling on deaf ears

Member for Western Victoria, Joshua Morris and Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure Ryan Smith have called on the State Government to invest in the extension of Halletts Way.

Mr Smith said whilst the state government focuses on the East West Link, country roads are being neglected.

Photo credit: Helen Tatchell, The Moorabool News
Photo credit: Helen Tatchell, The Moorabool News

“Daniel Andrews may have declared war on motorists by paying $640million to the East-West link, but that’s only the headline story – there are bigger stories behind that,” he said.

“Not only has he cut the $60million roads and bridges program, but he has also significantly reduced the roads maintenance budget for country roads.

Areas in regional and rural Victoria will have a lot less funding for roads than they have had in the past and local councils such as Moorabool will have $1-million a year stripped from their capital works program”.

Mr Smith said it was essential for Daniel Andrews to focus on funding country roads, specifically the Halletts Way Bridge.

“The Halletts Way Bridge is dangerous, especially in terms of the number of pedestrians trying to get across when you’ve got in excess of two – three hundred people trying to cross the bridge every day, many of them young children and mothers with prams,” he said.

“When you look after country roads you save country lives”.

Member for Western Victoria, Joshua Morris said with the current traffic congestion in Bacchus Marsh, the State Government needed to provide a sensible way forward.

“The Halletts Way Bridge as it is at the moment is just unsafe, and the investment is needed here in Bacchus Marsh to ensure that the growing population is safe,” he said.

“We have a community here that is absolutely screaming out to have better road infrastructure and the Andrews Government needs to respond to that.”

First appeared in The Moorabool News, May 11 2015

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