Labor leaves Kilmore-Wallan Bypass on the never-never
06 May 2015
Daniel Andrews has failed to commit any money in the State Budget to fund the Kilmore-Wallan Bypass.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said despite the fanfare accompanying Labor’s announcement of the western option in March, no funding had been allocated to the bypass.
“The only funding in the Budget is the $13.4 million that was allocated by the Coalition,” Ms Ryan said.
“Daniel Andrews has just spent at least $640 million to not build the East West Link yet he can’t find the money to fund the Kilmore-Wallan bypass.”
Ms Ryan said in addition to axing the Country Roads and Bridges program, which had left huge hole in Mitchell Shire’s bottom line, and failing to fund the bypass, Labor was slashing the state’s road maintenance budget by almost 10 per cent.
“Our region’s road network is going to decay as a result of Labor’s cuts to roads funding,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said Labor had also redirected funding allocated by the Coalition to provide more parking at the Kilmore train station, revitalise the town’s main street and build a new CFA station at Broadford.
“Commuters will continue to struggle for space at the Kilmore East train station as a result of Labor’s cuts,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Government has also ignored the requests of Kilmore traders to improve Sydney Street and failed to fund a new home for Broadford's hardworking volunteer firefighters."
Ms Ryan said while she was pleased to see the Bendigo – Kilmore rail trail project listed in the Budget, no specific funding allocation had been made.
“I have been advocating for the extension of the Bendigo rail trail to Kilmore for some time.
“The feasibility study for the rail trail was close to being signed off before the election so it’s pleasing to see that Labor has continued with our work to progress this project.”