Labor To Rip $160 Million Out Of Country Roads

Labor To Rip $160 Million Out Of Country Roads

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Labor Cuts To Hurt Country Ratepayers

Victor P Taffa

Labor’s policy of scrapping the $160 Million Country Roads and Bridges program could hit country voters directly in the hip pocket, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said today.






“Labor has refused to fund the $160 Million Country Roads and Bridges fund, which helps rural and regional councils to fix roads they’re responsible for. This may well force rural councils to increase their rates, hitting country voters in the hip pocket.”

“Labor is taking money directly from country voters to put into city projects. Labor Party’s own Project 10,000 brochure also promises to slash country roads budgets.” Mr. Ryan said.

“Labor’s brochure promises just $ 1 Billion over eight years, or $125 Million a year. But current Coalition roads maintenance budgets are more than $500 Million, so Labor’s promise is a cut of $375 Million a year.”

“Labor is cutting the country to fund its level crossing removal program for Labor voters in Melbourne. Labor is cutting country investment to funnel into city seats.” Mr. Ryan said.

“Labor has also failed to match the Coalition’s commitment to invest $178 Million for extra train services on the Ararat, Albury, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Maryborough, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Warrnambool lines, plus extra buses for Mildura.”

“Labor also refuses to build the $220 Million Murray Basin Rail Project to standardise rail freight from Mildura to Geelong, despite the fact it was allocated for in this year’s budget.” “Labor’s aim is to rip investment from the country, and directly from country voters, to spend in the city.” Mr. Ryan said.