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09 December 2019

Failed road repairs highlight failed system

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has called for an urgent overhaul of how Victoria’s state managed roads are maintained following another round of repairs failing after just a few weeks.

Ms Britnell said a section of the Warrnambool-Caramut Road she raised in early November had been repaired – but those repairs had already failed.

“There’s a large piece of new bitumen that’s been laid, and it has a huge pothole forming right in the middle of it,” Ms Britnell said.

“In other areas, there are potholes forming on the edges of the new section of bitumen. 

“You have to ask the question why this is continuing to happen and what is it costing taxpayers?”

Ms Britnell said it was yet another example of the Andrews Labor Government not taking on the advice of the independent auditor general.

“In 2017, the auditor general found the state government’s approach to road maintenance was an expensive reactive approach, rather than a more cost effective proactive approach.

“The Government is spending between $70 and $175 per square metre on reactive works rather than 30 cents per square metre on proactive maintenance.

The Auditor General also found there is no accountability to guarantee the quality of works.

“It’s very clear the system needs an overhaul to ensure money allocated for roads is used in the best way possible – evidence on the ground and from the Auditor General shows that isn’t happening now.”