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28 May 2019

State Budget 2019: Labor fails to match south-west road funding

Daniel Andrews and Labor have failed to match $140 million in funding for south-west roads delivered by Member for Wannon Dan Tehan.

The Labor government said it delayed the state budget until after the federal election to get a better picture of what Victoria would receive.

So when Dan Tehan announced $80 million in guaranteed federal funding to fix the region’s key freight roads and a further $60 million to improve the Princes Highway between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, it seemed logical matched funding would be included in the delayed state budget.

That isn’t the case, with not a cent in the state budget papers for these important projects for the southwest community.

Daniel Andrews and state Labor had been absent when it came to funding roads in the south-west, so the Federal Government stepped in. These are assets controlled by the state government, but they are not contributing a single dollar to ensure they are brought back to an acceptable standard.

They are not contributing a single dollar to make sure these key south-west roads are safe for families travelling to and from school, work and sporting commitments. They are not contributing a single dollar to ensure they are safe and efficient fore freight companies who take our world class produce to market.

Daniel Andrews has again failed the people of South West Coast by failing to match this funding and once again it’s only the federal liberal party that has delivered much needed funding for our roads.