Roads | April 16, 2016

Drum calls for urgent funding of Shepparton freight route upgrade

Friday, April 15, 2016

Nationals MP for Northern Victoria, Damian Drum, today called for an upgrade to roundabouts on the Old Dookie Road and the New Dookie Road.

Mr Drum, who is also Nationals candidate for the federal seat of Murray, said that currently large freight  transport, B-Doubles, trying to negotiate the roundabouts on the Shepparton Alternative Route find the roundabouts so tight they are forced to mount the kerbs.

“This work is urgently needed.

“I understand that the business case and data analysis is currently underway for Stages 1A and 1B of the western bypass of Shepparton.

“However, that work is some way off and in the meantime I am calling on the Federal and State Governments to make the money available to fix the roundabouts at Old Dookie Road and the New Dookie Road.

“This will be a $20 million project and it is expected to be a 50/50 split between the Federal and State Governments.”

Mr Drum said the State Government had the money available, thanks to a deal negotiated by the Nationals’ leader Peter Walsh for 10 per cent of the proceeds of the sale of the Port of Melbourne lease to be invested on regional road projects.

Federal funds would be available with the decision of the Federal Government to allow Victoria to keep $1.5 billion originally intended for the East-West Link scrapped by the Andrews Labor Government.

“We know that $345 million of that pool will also now be invested in regional road infrastructure,” Mr Drum said.

“I will be having further talks with the Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Darren Chester, immediately on this issue.”



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