State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino is today calling on local motorists to nominate roads that have become dangerous, fallen into disrepair and need fixing on www.FixOurRoads.com.au .
Mr Merlino said Labor has launched www.FixOurRoads.com.au because new analysis of VicRoads documents show the Napthine Government is short-changing families and businesses when it comes to making local roads safe.
Mr Merlino said the Vic Roads Metro South East Region has been shortchanged with funding decreasing by just over $17 million from 2011-12 to 2012-13.
Mr Merlino said all seven VicRoads regions had less funding for roads in 2012-13 than the previous financial year with a combined cut of more than $160 million across the state.
“Denis Napthine is cutting funds to every road in every part of Victoria and here in the electorate of Monbulk, local motorists are copping the full brunt of these cuts.
“Our local roads such as Monbulk Road and Belgrave-Hallam Road are falling into disrepair and becoming a safety hazard for motorists because of these Napthine Government funding cuts.
“Metropolitan road resurfacing targets in Victoria have been cut by the Napthine Government by 46 per cent.
Mr Merlino said the Opposition’s campaign will allow local motorists to tell Labor which roads have been neglected and forgotten by the Napthine Government and are in serious need of repair or an upgrade.
“Our community deserves better than a Government that won’t provide the basic infrastructure that people need to ensure travel times are effective for business and therefore a strong local economy,” Mr Merlino said.
“Safety on our local roads is not just about driver behavior but also the quality of our roads which must be safe to drive on.
“Instead of fixing local roads Denis Napthine is spending $8 billion on a dud tunnel that no one voted for.
“You can’t fix crumbling roads or build new ones when the transport budget is going to one project at the expense of our local roads.”
“In contrast Labor’s Project 10,000 policy will deliver at least $1 billion for suburban roads; and road congestion will be reduced with the removal of 50 dangerous level crossings.