Roads funding windfall for Corangamite dairy industry

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Corangamite Shire Council has thanked the Federal Government for $17.5 million to upgrade dairy supply chain roads.

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan this week announced the funding would be allocated in the 2021-2022 Federal Budget.

It builds on $17.4 million committed by the State Government.

Corangamite Shire Mayor Ruth Gstrein thanked both tiers of Government for their investment in infrastructure which is vital for the Shire’s economy.

“This latest announcement by Dan Tehan is excellent news for road users who have been crying out for road improvements.

“This combined $34.9 million package will make a real difference to some of the roads in our Shire which are of serious concern.

“Some of them are so worn out they pose safety issues as well as having a negative impact on businesses due to increased travel times.

“The Cobden-Warrnambool, Cobden-Stonyford and Camperdown-Cobden Roads have been named as specific beneficiaries.

“The announcement also referred to associated feeder roads and we are keen to see what else is earmarked in the Budget when it is released.”

The key freight routes, which carry supplies in and produce out, are part of the Barwon South West Dairy Supply Chain which supplies a quarter of the nation’s milk production and dairy exports.

“Many of the local freight carriers have reported lost productivity because of slow travel times and vehicle damage from poor roads,” Cr Gstrein said.

“Investment in the roads will go a long way towards overcoming these problems which will be positive for business and jobs.”

She said improved roads would be safer for other road users, including locals, school buses, farm vehicles and tourists.

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