Ryan: Increase funding, don’t decrease speeds
11 September 2017
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has slammed the Andrews Labor Government after reports it plans to decrease the speed limit on some unsealed country roads.
Ms Ryan said plans to reduce the speed limit to 70 km/h on some roads was lazy policy from a government who is completely disengaged with regional Victoria.
“Labor has cut $160 million for the maintenance of country roads and bridges across country Victoria and is now trying to deal with the inevitable fallout with a bandaid ‘fix’,” Ms Ryan said.
“Our roads have deteriorated significantly as a result of Labor’s funding cuts, with many stretches of road subject to temporary speed restrictions because of the dangerous state of the road.
"It's simple: If you fix country roads, you save country lives. What we need is for Daniel Andrews to fund the maintenance of our roads, not to lower the speed limit.”
Ms Ryan said the government had gone so far as to spend funding designated for regional bridges in the Premier’s city-based electorate of Mulgrave.
“If Labor’s idea of a regional seat is Mulgrave then I think we should all be concerned,” Ms Ryan said.
“Roads right across the Euroa electorate are cracking up and are riddled with pot holes because Labor is spending money for the maintenance of country roads in the city.
“There is an obvious solution to this problem and that is to fix the roads.”
Ms Ryan said while she supported sensible policy decisions to improve road safety, Labor's plan was not about the safety but about covering up the government's appalling track record on road maintenance.
“If Daniel Andrews really cared about road safety, he would not have slashed the country roads budget so drastically in the first place,” Ms Ryan said.
“There is no question that our roads are becoming more dangerous as a result of a lack of maintenance, but the safest solution is to ensure there is adequate funding to maintain them to a safe standard.
“This is the latest example of a nanny state from a city-based government with no understanding of or care for the day-to-day challenges we face as country people," Ms Ryan said.