Auditor General confirms there’s no strategy to fix our roads

The Victorian Auditor General has today revealed there is nothing in place to ensure roadworks are being completed to a decent standard or in a cost effective way.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says the Maintaining State-Controlled Roadways report showed there is no accountability for how taxpayer’s money is being spent.

She said the report found repair works were happening too late, there is no plan for regular maintenance and there is no way for third-party contractors to be held to account.

She said the report backs up what residents have been telling her for the past few months.

“People have been questioning the quality of work being done,” Mrs Britnell said.

“There is one section of the Henty Highway near Portland which has been repaired four times in as many months, this is happening because there is no standard or accountability,” Mrs Britnell said.

“There are many examples like this across the electorate, it’s a disgraceful waste of money and people have been questioning who is responsible.

“How many other sections of road could have been repaired with the money that was spent fixing this one section of road over and over again?”

Mrs Britnell said the report shows Daniel Andrews and his Minister Luke Donnellan are pouring good money after bad on roadworks that have no strategy and no plan.

“The Premier promised an additional $1 billion for country road maintenance and an additional $1 billion for outer suburban road maintenance. In two and a half years he has been unable to demonstrate where this promised funding has been spent,” she said.

“The government needs to provide VicRoads with a strong strategy to get our roads back up to scratch and to ensure they don’t fall into disrepair again.”

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