I’ve been fighting for more federal government funding for our roads.
Roads must become a priority again for all levels of government because they are a key priority for our regional and rural communities. It is on our roads that the milk, livestock, crops, timber and mineral sands are transported to and from market. It is on our roads that our children travel to and from school and to play netball and football. Our roads must be well maintained and safe.
I am fighting for more federal funding for the successful Roads to Recovery program which helps local government improve local roads. We also need more funding for duplication, overtaking lanes and repair work for the major highways that run through Wannon; the Princes and Western Highways.
Scrapping the carbon tax will also help to free up more funding for roads because the carbon tax has added a significant amount to the cost of building and repairing road infrastructure. In turn, this means that less road projects are going ahead due to much higher costs.
The Coalition Government will stop Rudd’s planned extension of the carbon tax to heavy vehicles. Otherwise from 1 July 2014 the cost of transporting all goods to and from regional Victoria will increase.
The Coalition will:
- Guarantee the successful Roads to Recovery program
- Continue the BlackSpot program to fix hazards on our local roads
- Work to upgrade our major regional transport routes, including local bridges