Balmattum rest area set for upgrade
15 March 2017
The north-bound Balmattum rest stop on the Hume Freeway will undergo a $1.53 million upgrade Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said today.
Ms Ryan was with Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum at the rest stop today to announce the funding which would include an upgrade to create 20 existing heavy vehicle parking bays, separate heavy and light vehicle parking and install a new toilet block.
The funding includes $767,500 from the Federal Coalition Government and $767,500 from the Victorian Government.
Ms Ryan welcomed the funding as an important boost to road safety along the Hume Freeway.
“The Hume Freeway is one of the busiest roads in Australia,” Ms Ryan said.
“One small mistake can have fatal consequences, particularly when it involves a heavy vehicle.
“According to VicRoads, one in five car accidents involve driver fatigue and the Balmattum rest area is an important stop for drivers, particularly truck drivers.
“Works are due to begin midway through this year and with improved capacity and facilities.
Ms Ryan said she had been lobbying both State and Federal governments for funding for roads in the Euroa electorate and it was pleasing to see some of this work pay off.
“The condition of roads across the Euroa electorate is one of the issue most frequently raised with me,” Ms Ryan said.
“The State Labor Government has ripped millions out of roads funding over the last two years.
“This contribution is a small step but there is still much more to be done, particularly on rural roads.”