THE busy commercial heart of Maffra will be safer when Wellington Shire's $3.3 million streetscape renewal project is complete.
Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said work along the southern service lane of Johnson St, funded with $1 million from the federal government's Roads to Recovery Program, was finished. Work on the northern side is continuing.
"Maffra is fortunate to have one of Gippsland's most beautiful main streets," Mr Chester said.
"The work to renew the footpath, road surface and pedestrian crossing has created a safer and more user-friendly streetscape for drivers and shoppers, while also enhancing its attractiveness."
The work along Johnson St was among Wellington Shire Council's priority road safety projects.
The municipality has recently received a $327,000 payment from the federal government to improve the safety of more local roads, part of almost $19 million Wellington will receive under the Roads to Recovery Program over four years to 2023-24.
Mr Chester said Wellington was among 234 municipalities to share more than $77 million paid this quarter for safer, better roads.
"It's a sad fact that a disproportionate number of people are killed on rural roads, and for many years I have campaigned for projects that improve road safety across Gippsland," he said.
"This additional money will provide the council with the opportunity and means to further improve roads around Wellington.
"There are projects underway, projects ready to start and others already completed.
"Wellington Shire has completed 31 projects with funding from the Roads to Recovery Program last financial year.
"The projects improved the condition and safety of local roads and will help ensure the municipality is well connected."
Mr Chester said while the Roads to Recovery Program was designed to help councils to maintain local roads, such a significant investment in maintaining and upgrading transport infrastructure also provided a welcome injection of federal government money into the local economy to support Gippsland contractors and suppliers and local jobs."
Funding for Wellington road safety projects for this financial year includes $1.5 million for the Sale-Toongabbie Rd between Bowmans Lane and the Rosedale-Heyfield Rd, Winnindoo; $850,000 for Guthridge Parade between Montgomery and Stevens Sts, Sale; $700,000 for Ingles Rd, Devon North, and $500,000 for Duke St between Commercial Rd and Growse St, Yarram.