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Victorian government promises more rural road funding

Rural road funding

11 more local councils will receive Victorian government funding to improve road safety infrastructure as part of the most recent round of the Safer Local Roads and Streets Program.

Allocations of up to $2 million have been issued, working with councils to deliver upgrades on the highest risk local roads, intersections, and precincts by 2027.

The councils chosen for this round are East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton, Loddon, Mansfield, Mildura, Moorabool, Stonnington, Swan Hill and Wyndham.

The $210 million program will be delivered over seven rounds, with all Victorian councils engaging with the program by 2025.

Roads and road safety minister Melissa Horne says the program will deliver safer infrastructure upgrades for communities including raised crossings, intersection upgrades, speed cushions, safer speeds, roundabouts, and other vital safety improvements.

“Last year we saw a devastating year on our roads both in Victoria and nationally and we need to do everything we can to drive down road trauma,” Horne says.

“We’re working alongside councils to deliver important road safety infrastructure on local roads today, so our communities are safer into the future.”

The first 11 local governments began engaging with the program in September 2023, and have worked with the Department of Transport and Planning and Transport Accident Commission to plan and deliver safety upgrades.

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