Local government keeps up pressure on infrastructure funding


MAV highlights country roads and bridges funding ahead of the Victorian election

Local government keeps up pressure on infrastructure funding
MAV is in election mode

 

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has released its local government wish list ahead of the Victorian election in November, with road infrastructure being a top priority.

MAV president Bill McArthur says appropriate Federal infrastructure funding is needed, with country roads and bridges in dire need for improvement.

He wants continued funding for the Country Roads and Bridges Program and the Regional Growth Fund aimed at local infrastructure.

"Local government is responsible for $73 billion in community infrastructure including 85 per cent of Victoria’s road network, and provides more than 100 services that help communities to go about their daily lives," McArthur says.

"How we work together will determine the success or shortfalls in delivering strategies and policies that drive economic growth, provide for communities’ needs and achieve Victoria’s aspirations.

"The MAV has written to leaders of all political parties and will be reporting back to councils and communities the responses received."

All 79 councils in Victoria have banded together against a freeze on Federal Financial Assistance grants, where are total of $4.65 million is missing from the first quarterly payments.

They are lobbying the Commonwealth to seek a reversal of the decision.

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