Roads Regional and Rural Development


19 February 2015 Daniel Andrews’ announcement today in no way replaces the Coalition’s Country Roads and Bridges Program and will still leave country councils $40 million short every year.

By calling them “country” programs Daniel Andrews is trying to hide the fact that the $85 million will actually be spread across all of regional Victoria – not provided to genuine country communities.

This compares to the $11 billion Daniel Andrews plans to spend on the Melbourne Metro Rail project, the $8 billion he’ll spend removing Melbourne level crossings, and the $100 million he’s allocated for the Flinders Street Station upgrade.

Daniel Andrews must put an end to these desperate stunts and actually deliver for country Victorians.


  • The Coalition’s $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program provided, on average, $1 million to each of Victoria’s 40 country councils every year for four years.
  • That money was spent on roads and bridges that the local councils identified as their priorities.
  • The Coalition committed to continuing the program during the election campaign.
  • The Country Roads and Bridges Program was on top of the VicRoads budget, which funds major regional roads and bridges.

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