Shadow Planning and Local Government Minister, David Davis
Daniel Andrews stripped the critical Country Roads and Bridges program from country councils around the state which cut local roads and bridges maintenance programs.
These roads and bridges have significant economic and social significance in country Victoria.
The Country Roads and Bridges program was a $160 million dollar program over four years, paid direct to country councils to enable them to fund this critical infrastructure.
Daniel Andrews was recently caught out in parliament spending money meant for country roads on city roads near his own Mulgrave electorate.
Regional councils now face a double-whammy: Daniel Andrews’ plans to cap the rates of country councils at the CPI while cutting funding to councils for roads and bridges.
The by-elections in South-West Coast and Polwarth have seen the overwhelming rejection of Labor-aligned candidates.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Planning and Local Government Minister, David Davis:
A cruel and city-centric Daniel Andrews must reverse his cuts to country roads and bridges which will hit country communities.
Daniel Andrews must now eat humble pie, admit he was wrong and restore the funding. Only in this way will the interest of country communities be protected.
Labor must restore the funding to regional councils for roads and bridges before he clamps their rates at the CPI. Daniel Andrews can’t ‘clamp and cut’ at the same time and expect country road infrastructure to be maintained. You can’t get blood out of a stone.
Labor’s scrapping of the crucial funding shows Daniel Andrews is out of touch with regional Victoria.
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