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Where the worst road?

A new campaign from the Victorian Opposition aims to identify Victoria’s worst roads, and the Member for Ripon Louise Staley wants locals to get involved.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy launched the three-month campaign to identify Victoria’s worst roads today.

Drivers can submit the roads most in need of maintenance or upgrades via an online portal.

“Roads are a huge problem in Ripon, and you can’t get far in this part of Victoria without coming across a stretch of neglected, potholed road,” Ms Staley said.

“Many residents feel like their pleas for road upgrades are being ignored by the Andrews Government, so this campaign will allow them to submit their feedback and know that it will be presented to the Roads Minister in July.”

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said that the state of Victoria’s roads was a serious safety problem.

“Decades of neglect has left Victoria’s roads rough and potholed, risking the lives of motorcyclists, car drivers and truckies every single day,” Mr Guy said.

“There have been 76 lives lost on Victorian roads already this year, but Labor is spending less on maintaining and repairing the state’s roads network.

“Meanwhile, the Andrews Labor Government has found more than $24 billion to pour into plugging its cost overruns on poorly managed major projects.”

“Only a change in Government in November will stop the waste and mismanagement, with a better managed budget delivering savings that can contribute to reversing Labor’s cuts.”

The Andrews Labor Government axed funds for targeted maintenance of local roads by abolishing the Country Roads and Bridges Program and disbanded the joint parliamentary committee that had overseen road safety since 1967. They carved nearly $200 million from road asset maintenance in last year’s State Budget alone.

Ms Staley called on Ripon road users to get behind the campaign and submit their worst road.

“As the local Member, I spend a lot of time on our local roads, and I hear about the terrible state of our roads everywhere I go,” Ms Staley said.

“We deserve a Government that listens and delivers safer regional roads.”

To submit a road, visit the online portal at vicsworstroad.vote

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