After years of advocating for improvements to the region’s road networks, Corangamite Shire Council has welcomed the State Government’s pledge to invest over $270 million into roads across the region.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll announced the funding would be earmarked in the 2020-2021 State Budget to upgrade the Great Ocean Road and its inland routes, as well as key roads which support the dairy industry in the South West Region.
- Great Ocean Road $140 million
- North-South Arterial Roads from the Great Ocean Road back to the Princes Highway $115 million
- Barwon South West Dairy Supply Chain roads $17.4 million
Corangamite Shire Mayor Ruth Gstrein said the improvements would make the region’s roads safer for residents and visitors, and more efficient for the growing number of heavy vehicles getting the region’s agricultural output to market.
“This is really terrific news. I’m thrilled,” Cr Gstrein said.
“These road issues have been our top priority for a long time. Council and community members have put a tremendous amount of effort over many years putting forward the case for this kind of investment. It’s all about safety for local users and visitors.
“Some of the arterial roads in our Shire are in terrible condition and these improvements will be a great relief for residents. Widening and rebuilding the roads will make them much safer for school buses, tankers and other heavy vehicles to share with commuter traffic and farm vehicles.”
Cr Gstrein said agriculture and tourism, the two pillars of the Shire’s economy, would both benefit.
“The Barwon South West Dairy Supply Chain across the South West contributes a quarter of the nation’s milk production and dairy exports, so this announcement is a real positive on a national and state level as well,” she said.