PETER Walsh has accused the Victorian Government of failing to act on the state’s deteriorating road network.
The Murray Plains MP said rural road networks were crumbling and were in urgent need of an immediate funding injection to improve safety.
‘‘Instead, (Premier) Daniel Andrews has slashed the regional roads budget by more than $360 million since coming to office in 2014,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘Every time I speak to regional councils about their concerns, the return of the former Liberal-Nationals Government’s country roads and bridges program tops their wish lists.
‘‘A recent report by the Municipal Association of Victoria found regional councils are struggling to maintain — let alone upgrade — their roads.
‘‘The Victorian Auditor-General also recently reported deterioration of Victoria’s country road network poses a ‘growing risk to public safety’.’’
Since New Year’s Day, 87 lives have been lost on Victoria’s country roads.