Victorian Government engineers have warned that because Victoria’s road maintenance funding has been cut by 60 per cent road users will experience more potholes, speed restrictions and failing roads.
Victorian Director of APESMA, Bede Payne, said the cuts would lead to a dramatic increase in potholes and unsafe roads.
“Like the cars that drive on them, our roads need regular maintenance to keep them safe,” Mr Payne said.
“Our roads are the lifeblood of our communities. We need to invest more in keeping them safe, not slash their maintenance funding as the Baillieu Government has done.
“You simply can't cut local road maintenance funding by 60 per cent and get rid of 450 positions from Vicroads and ignore the wear and tear on our roads.”
Mr Payne said people living in Victoria deserved better roads that would keep local residents safe.
“If you love driving on potholes you are going to love the Baillieu Government,” Mr Payne said.
“If you want safe roads that connect regional communities I urge you to contact your local MP and raise your voice alongside APESMA.”
Warning: bumpy roads ahead , The Age, 20 August 2012.
Ballarat drivers warned to expect more potholes, The Ballarat Courier, 21 August 2012.
Government told to improve road maintenance , ABC, 20 August 2012.