VICTORIA – A STATE OF DISREPAIR

State Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford is today calling on local motorists to nominate roads that have become dangerous, fallen into disrepair and need fixing with the launch of www.FixOurRoads.com.au website.

Ms Pulford said Labor was launching www.FixOurRoads.com.au because new analysis of VicRoads documents show the Napthine Government is short-changing Western Region families and businesses when it comes to making local roads safe.

Ms Pulford said Western Region has been shortchanged with funding decreasing by $14,667,000 or 21.76 per cent.

Ms Pulford said all seven VicRoads regions had less funding for roads in 2012-13 than the previous financial year with a combined cut of more than $160 million across the state.

“The total of Napthine Government funding for maintenance and new roads has fallen in Western Victoria from 2012-11 to 2012-13,” Ms Pulford said.

“Denis Napthine is cutting funds to every road in every part of Victoria and here in Western Victoria local motorists are copping the full brunt of these cuts.”

“Our local roads are falling into disrepair and becoming a safety hazard for motorists because of these Napthine Government funding cuts.”

“Road resurfacing targets in Regional Victoria have been cut by the Napthine Government by 60 per cent”

Ms Pulford said the Opposition’s campaign will allow Western Victorian motorists to tell Labor which roads have been neglected and forgotten by the Napthine Government and are in serious need of repair or an upgrade.

“The people of Western Victoria deserve better than a Government that won’t provide the basic infrastructure that people in Ararat, Northern Grampians and the Pyrenees need to ensure travel times are effective for business and therefore a strong local economy,” Ms Pulford said.

“Safety on Western Victorian roads is not just about driver behaviour but also the quality of our roads which must be safe to drive on.”

“Instead of fixing local roads Denis Napthine is spending $8 billion on a dud tunnel that no one voted for.”

“You can’t fix crumbling roads or build new ones when the transport budget is going to one project at the expense of our local roads.”

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