Member for Morwell Russell Northe has today called on Daniel Andrews to provide more specific detail on when the replacement of the Latrobe River Bridge between Tyers and Traralgon will occur, and how much funding is required.
Mr Northe said the Andrews Labor Government today announced $85 million for regional bridges and level crossings, and indicated that the Latrobe River Bridge would receive funding.
“Daniel Andrews needs to confirm with the community when the replacement of the bridge will happen, given the importance of this work to local commuters,” Mr Northe said.
“The former Coalition Government had previously provided $300,000 of funding to investigate replacing the ageing bridge, so the initial work has been done.
“The bridge is a vital road connection for both local commuters and industry in the area. It was first built back in 1936 and has since had a number of minor strengthening upgrades to keep it open, but we need a long term solution.
“Daniel Andrews has been ’fast-tracking’ billion dollar metro projects in Melbourne all week, so he should add the Latrobe River Bridge to his ‘fast-track’ list and spread the investment to country Victoria’s priorities.”
Mr Northe said despite today’s funding announcement, he was disappointed to see the Andrews Labor Government had still failed to provide any additional roads and bridges funding to country communities.
“Daniel Andrews is providing some funding for roads and bridges across regional Victoria – not in smaller country towns,” Mr Northe said.
“Today’s funding does not replace the Coalition’s Country Roads and Bridges Program in any way. That program provided around $1 million each year to all 40 country councils, so they could undertake priority road and bridge works.
“Considering Daniel Andrews is happily spending $11 billion on the Melbourne Metro Rail Link, $8 billion to remove Melbourne level crossings and $100 million to upgrade Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station, he needs to actually do something for country Victoria and continue the Country Roads and Bridges Program.”
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