Statement from Damian Drum, the Federal Member for Nicholls
The Victorian Labor Government must come clean with its plans for the Shepparton bypass.
Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, must tell the people of Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley what Labor’s plans for future transport outcomes in the region involve.
The Shepparton bypass has been widely debated in the community, who are rightly expecting a route as previously announced – to go from south of Shepparton around Mooroopna and rejoin the Goulburn Valley Highway just north of Shepparton.
In April 2019, the Federal Government committed $208 million for the bypass.
Regional road projects are funded jointly with the Federal Government paying 80 per cent and the State Government 20 per cent.
The Victorian Labor Government has recently submitted the Shepparton Bypass Business Case to the Federal Government for assessment.
As the Victorian Government will manage the construction of the Shepparton bypass, they must immediately make the business case available to the people of Shepparton.
To ensure transparency on the plans for Shepparton transport future, the people of Shepparton – including the Council, the Committee for Shepparton, the many trucking companies, and most importantly the people of Shepparton – must know what the future holds for the bypass.
What can’t be allowed to happen is for faceless public servants in Melbourne to decide on the Goulburn Valley’s transport future.
Many investment decisions, which create thousands of local jobs, are reliant on what happens with the bypass.
On behalf of the people of the Goulburn Valley, I invite Jacinta Allan, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, and Acting Premier James Merlino to come to Shepparton and publicly release the business case and explain the future of the Shepparton bypass.