The Victorian Coalition Government will provide the South Gippsland Shire Council with a further $1 million to fix local roads and bridges, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced today.
Mr Ryan was in South Gippsland today to inspect the damage to local roads following the recent significant rainfall event.
Mr Ryan inspected the washed out section of the Foster-Fish Creek Road.
“Last week more than 120mm of rain fell over parts of South Gippsland in little more than two days, which is more than the entire November rain average of 78.5mm, causing significant damage to the region’s roads.
“The scale of the damage to the Foster-Fish Creek Road is quite significant, however VicRoads and contractors are currently on site working seven days a week until the road is repaired.
“The Coalition Government will continue to work with VicRoads to ensure damaged roads across the region are repaired as quickly as possible, however I urge motorists to proceed with caution when driving on damaged roads.”
Mr Ryan said today’s funding announcement of $1 million for the South Gippsland Shire Council would be provided through the Coalition Government’s Country Roads and Bridges Fund.
“The four year Country Roads and Bridges Fund, now in its third year, provides up to $1 million per year to 40 rural councils, including the South Gippsland Shire Council. “This is a total of $160 million of additional funds to improve the condition of shire managed roads and bridges, and can be used for maintenance and the restoration of existing road or bridge infrastructure in the region.”
Mr Ryan said the funds would be used to carry out the following works:
- Mount Eccles Road near Mount Eccles- sealed road rehabilitation $214,349;
- Summers Road near Fish Creek- bridge rehabilitation $102,248;
- Goads Road near Dumbalk North- bridge rehabilitation $471,912; and
- Agnes River Road near Toora- bridge rehabilitation $211,491.
South Gippsland Shire Councillor Kieran Kennedy welcomed the $1 million funding boost.
“The weather conditions of the past few years have created a huge maintenance impost on both local and state government and we appreciate all funding that can assist us to maintain the 2,000 kilometre network of roads managed by the council,” Cr Kennedy said.
Mr Ryan said in addition to the $1 million boost for shire roads and bridges, the Coalition Government had boosted the road maintenance budget by $45 million in October 2012 and then by a further $170 million over three years in May 2013.
"Under the previous Labor Government, underlying issues with the condition of Victorian roads were not exposed due to the lack of rain during nearly a decade of drought,” Mr Ryan said.
"The facts are: we will spend $466 million on road maintenance in 2013-14, which is $83 million more than Labor's last budget for road maintenance, which was $383 million in 2010-11.
"By carrying out a targeted road restoration program, in addition to comprehensive pavement resurfacing, we will ensure the life of these roads is extended for decades to come.
"$4.33 million has already been announced this year to repair and restore South Gippsland roads around Foster, Buffalo, Fish Creek and Middle Tarwin.
“A further $5.4 million will be spent on road safety improvements over a 14 km stretch of the South Gippsland Highway from Lang Lang to Loch. These works will be carried out between November 2013 and April 2014."
Mr Ryan said VicRoads had currently programmed more than $6 million worth of immediate repair and restoration works in the South Gippsland region over the coming months, including pavement strengthening works, rehabilitation and asphalt works, as well as road resurfacing works.
Mr Ryan said pavement strengthening works including rehabilitation and asphalt works programed to be carried out by VicRoads included:
- Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road at Bena-Kongwak Road roundabout – scheduled to begin December;
- Waratah Road near Fish Creek – scheduled to begin December;
- Meeniyan-Promontory Road at Buffalo – scheduled to begin December;
- Foster-Promontory Road from Foster to Fish Creek – commenced November;
- Buffalo-Tarwin Lower Road at Middle Tarwin – scheduled to begin December;
- Fish Creek-Foster Road near Grady’s Bridge Road Foster – scheduled to begin February; and
- Barry Road at Agnes – scheduled to begin February.
Mr Ryan said road resurfacing works programmed to be carried out by VicRoads included:
- Barry Road at Agnes – scheduled to begin February;
- Drouin-Korumburra Road, three sites between Poowong North and Ranceby– scheduled to begin December;
- Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road at Korumburra – scheduled to begin January;
- Lang Lang-Poowong Road between Nyora and Poowong – scheduled to begin January;
- Meeniyan-Promontory Road between Buffalo and Fish Creek – scheduled to begin February;
- Nerrena Road near Nerrena – scheduled to begin January;
- South Gippsland Highway, seven sites between Nyora and Toora – scheduled to begin January;
- Strzelecki Highway, five sites Delburn and Leongatha – scheduled to begin January; and
- Wilsons Promontory Road near Darby River – scheduled to begin February.
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