THE FEDERAL Government has committed $5 million to build passing lanes between Forrest and Apollo Bay as part of its $345 regional roads package.
Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson said the Forrest-Apollo Bay Road funding, announced last night in the Federal Budget, was a “really big win” for the community and for road safety.
“At my recent community meetings at Wye River, Apollo Bay and Forrest many people raised concerns about this road,” Ms Henderson said.
“This road is so valuable for our region, it’s a vital connection to Apollo Bay and the Great Ocean Road.
“I’m very proud to be delivering on upgrading this road for local communities, as well as for the many thousands of tourists who use it every year,” she said.
“This is a very important investment in road safety for the local communities and the tourism industry.”
Ms Henderson thanked the “many people who have been strong advocates for the construction of passing lanes” which were important in improving road safety.
“We have committed $5 million and we are asking for matching funding from the State Government.”
Ms Henderson said the $345-million package for Victoria’s regional roads also included $10 million for the Great Ocean Road.
She said funding commitments also included $185.5 million for the Princes Highway duplication between Winchelsea and Colac and funding to fix mobile phone blackspots.
“There is an additional $2.9 billion for public hospital services and an extra $1.2 billion for Victorian schools,” Ms Henderson said.
“Western Victoria Primary Healthcare Network will receive $4.052 million over three years to fund additional drug and alcohol services as part of our National Ice Action Strategy.”