The 2018/19 Victorian Budget will see the Victorian Government invest nearly a billion dollars into the state’s regional roads. This will include establishing a dedicated regional roads body.
VicRoads will establish a new division called Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) which will be based in Ballarat with up to 20 dedicated staff spread across the state.
Victorian Roads Minister Luke Donnellan spoke about this major roads package, stating, “There is 20,500km of regional and country roads to care for, to ensure they’re up to scratch, to ensure they’re fit for purpose, to support industry and education alike.”
“That is why setting up Regional Roads Victoria is so important — so we can have a specific focus Victoria wide,” Mr Donnellan said.
According to Mr Donnellan 60 per cent of road deaths in Victoria occurred on country roads, to which he said, “That is simply not acceptable.”
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews spoke about the package, stating that it is “the biggest boost to country roads that our state has ever seen”.
“This is an unprecedented investment because we know and understand how important it is to have a better regional road network for safety, for productivity and jobs,” he said.
The Victorian Regional Roads Package
- $333 million for Regional Roads Victoria to conduct maintenance on regional roads
- $229 million to target high risk roads
- $100 million in grants to regional and rural councils to maintain and upgrade their roads
- $98 million to plan a new bypass on the Western Freeway at Beaufort and Ararat
- $40 million to upgrade the Princes Highway
- Upgrades to the Calder, Hamilton and Kiewa Valley Highway
- Upgrades to Ballarat’s Sturt St
- A new roundabout for the Shepparton Alternative Route