The Andrews Labor Government must take the advice of the Grattan Institute and make significant budget investments in crumbling rural and regional roads.
The Grattan Institute’s latest report states taxpayers would get bigger bang for their buck if more money was spent on upgrading existing infrastructure.
There are thousands of kilometres of existing rural and regional roads that need upgrades. They must be brought back to a standard that ensures kids can get to school safely and so people aren’t fearful for their lives when then get behind the wheel.
Significant upgrades of rural and regional infrastructure, including roads and rail, to bring them up to a 21st century standard, would create jobs and help boost the decimated state economy.
The Andrews Labor Government must use this budget – which has been touted as big-spending, job-creating, COVID-19 recovery budget – to make significant investments to improve infrastructure which has been neglected by Labor for too long.