Country roads funding
15 December 2016
Re: Country roads funding
Two weeks ago I attended a roadside meeting with 20 concerned farmers from the Thoona area regarding the state of their local roads.
The sense of frustration from local residents was tangible as they raised their concerns about the deterioration of local roads, the lack of maintenance and the growing fire hazard that is being created by unkempt roadsides.
As promised at this meeting, I raised the matter directly with the Minister in Parliament last week.
The question I asked is as follows:
“My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. When will the minister reinstate the funding that this government has cut to Victoria's country road network? Last week I met with 20 farmers from the Thoona area who are deeply frustrated over the state of local roads. The meeting was convened by Barry Irvine, a local farmer who has lived in the district for his entire 69 years. I do not think Barry has ever seen the road network as bad as it is now. Residents are greatly concerned about the deterioration of local roads, the lack of maintenance and the growing fire hazard that is being created by unkempt roadsides. They, like many communities around the state, are feeling the brunt of this government's $4 million cut to Benalla council's road maintenance budget, a cut which has also been extended to Strathbogie shire and Mitchell shire as well. I think it is time this government stepped up to the plate and actually provided the funding that is needed by country councils to deal with country roads.”
The Minister has 30 days to respond to my question and I will continue to keep residents informed of his response.
Steph Ryan MP
Member for Euroa
Deputy Leader of The Nationals