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Gannawarra Gets Country Roads And Bridges Boost

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Local Member, Peter Walsh, and Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, today announced the Gannawarra Shire had received a $1 million grant from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Country Roads and Bridges fund.
“This investment is extremely important in helping restore essential local government road infrastructure,” Mr Walsh said.
“Our rural and regional Councils have struggled for many years to meet the maintenance needs of our road network and this funding boost meets another election commitment by the Coalition Government.”
“This funding is essential in helping keep our roads in good repair and safe for all users,” he said.
“We are proud to be providing this boost in funding to the Gannawarra Shire to help aid in their maintenance programs,” Mr Mulder said.
“This program provides up to $1 million each to 40 rural councils annually for the next four years. This is a total of $160 million of additional funds to improve the condition of roads and bridges in rural Victoria.”
The $1 million has been allocated to the Shire of Gannawarra to provide extra funds for maintenance and restoration of existing road or bridge infrastructure in the region.
Mayor of the Gannawarra Shire, Cr Max Fehring, said that this additional funding will enable Council to bring forward important road works that have been identified in their long term capital works program.
“These funds will be used by the Shire of Gannawarra to replace an old timber bridge on O'Reilly's Road south of Cohuna and upgrade a section of the Macorna-Pyramid Road,” Cr Fehring said.
Mr Mulder said the 2011-12 Victorian Budget included nearly $601 million for road projects that would deliver significant improvements for motorists, particularly in outer suburban and regional areas.

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