Road resurfacing and maintenance activities have virtually been abandoned by the Andrews Labor Government as Victoria’s financial woes worsen.
Road’s performance measures in the 2023-2024 budget continue “to be confirmed”, with Labor refusing to divulge the actual target.
“The state is broke and those of us in regional Victoria are left to pay the price,” Mr McCurdy said.
“We cannot afford to continue to neglect and cut funding to regional roads – the cost far more than just money.”
TAC statistics show lives lost in 2023 is already up 25 per cent, with a whopping 60 per cent of these deaths occurring outside of Melbourne in provincial towns and on rural roads.
“Our cars have to be roadworthy, yet our regional roads are neither safe nor car worthy, and sadly this is confirmed in road crash statistics,” Mr McCurdy said.
“It’s a shocking indictment that Labor is budgeting less on our road maintenance now than 10 years ago – when you factor in inflation, it’s track record is a disgrace.
“Labor must immediately reverse this terrible decision to slash the road resurfacing program.
“Just fix our roads and make them safe.”