Federal money for local roads

WELLINGTON Shire Council will receive more than $3.15 million in additional funding from the federal government to improve safety on local roads.

Announced in the federal budget, council will now receive $15.78 million over the next five years under the the Roads to Recovery program.

Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said the funding boost for Gippsland was part of the additional $1.1 billion allocated to local councils across Australia.

“Safer roads can help prevent deaths and injuries on our roads and I am proud to have secured extra federal government money that will enable our councils to expand the scope of their road safety works program,” he said.

“Better roads will also help boost productivity for businesses across Gippsland and can help attract more visitors to travel to our beautiful part of Australia to enjoy its attractions.”

The $132 million put forward last year to complete the duplication of the Princes Highway between Sale and Traralgon remains in this year’s budget.

“The federal government is steadfast in its commitment to completing the highway duplication, the most important infrastructure project east of Melbourne,” Mr Chester said.

“It’s time the state government put its money on the table when it delivers its budget at the end of April so we can finally get the job done.”

Mr Chester said local motorists would also benefit from a $1 billion fund for Princes Highway upgrades in partnership with state governments.

“The federal government will work with its state counterparts to improve safety along the highway from Sydney, down the coast to Gippsland, onto Melbourne and across to Adelaide,” Mr Chester said.

“Next year, the highway will be 100 years old. Improvements made along this important route will help keep motorists safe and encourage more people to take a road trip through Gippsland.”