Country Victorians are wearing the costs of the Andrews Government’s cuts to country roads funding, according to Shadow Regional Development Minister Peter Walsh.
The parliamentary inquiry into the sustainability and operational challenges of Victoria’s rural and regional councils heard last week that country councils are struggling to meet the high costs of maintaining their roads networks.
Giving evidence to the parliamentary inquiry, Local Government Victoria said rural councils had a disproportionately large amount of infrastructure to maintain compared to their city counterparts, but significantly lower income streams.
The inquiry was told rural and regional councils managed an average of 2200km of roads — more than four times that of city-based councils.
Mr Walsh, who is also the Member for Murray Plains, said Victoria’s rural road networks were crumbling and urgently needed an immediate funding injection to improve safety.