The Victorian Government has unveiled a $25 million fund to upgrade local roads, intersections and bridges used by Victorian farmers, food transporters and agribusinesses.
Minister for Roads and Acting Minister for Agriculture, Luke Donnellan, visited Moolort in Central Victoria to encourage rural, regional, and outer-suburban councils to apply for funding for critical upgrades.
“Our priority is ensuring that farmers can get produce from paddock to port safely and more efficiently,” he said, noting that tight intersections, gravel roads and low load bridges are a real barrier to high-productivity trucks and their transport routes.
“Stronger bridges, larger turning circles, sealed roads, and wider roundabouts are the practical projects we can undertake to improve agribusiness and improve country roads for all users.”
The Local Roads to Market Program is funded by the Labor Government’s flagship $200 million Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund (AIJF), and will strengthen the competitiveness of Victoria’s agriculture industry.
The AIJF is in addition to more than $970 million that will flow to regional and rural Victoria following the lease of the Port of Melbourne for $9.7 billion, and will drive economic growth in the regions, creating jobs.