Crisp rejects Labor’s take on road funding

The Opposition spokesman for roads and road safety is trying to mislead the readers of this paper over State Labor’s transport plan.

Labor’s plan sets aside only $250 million per year for regional and outer suburban roads.

Worse still, Labor says it will be funded from “guaranteed future appropriations from the Department of Transport’s Better Roads Victoria Trust Account”.

However, VicRoads’ annual report for 2012-13 shows that this account provided $310.6 million for road construction and maintenance projects.

In other words, Labor’s $250 million pledge is actually a cut of more than $60 million to road funding.

Instead of cutting road funding, the Victorian Coalition Government is investing record amounts to rebuild our road network.

This year alone, we are investing $1.2 billion, including $466 million dedicated to road repairs and maintenance.

Labor has been asserting that its promised $250 million per year is new money. It is not.

Speed camera and fines revenue that is to fund this allocation already goes to road projects and has done since 2005.

Labor is trying to sell the same rug twice and should stop pretending otherwise.

The decision by the Victorian Coalition Government to build the East West Link is important for Mildura.

It means a direct connection from the Calder Freeway to the Eastern Freeway and faster freight movements to and across Melbourne to better access markets.

This is a game-changing project for Victoria, providing a second cross-city road connection extending across Melbourne.

Peter Crisp,

Member for Mildura

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