The Victorian Government will bankroll more than $220 million in rural and regional roads in the 2017/2018 financial year.
The Victorian Farmers Federation has argued that rural roads need significant funding for upgrades and basic maintenance, which would be best served if there was a strategically planned approach to improving supply chain efficiency.
“The Government has laid the foundations to address the growing problem of deteriorating roads that the agricultural supply chain deals with every day, and we hope to see more spending next year on improving supply chain efficiency,” VFF President David Jochinke said.
“Rural roads are chronically underfunded, but what we have seen in the State Budget is a starting point in addressing the problem.”
Mr Jochinke said that key to a Government “masterplan” for improving supply chain efficiency would be the $100 million commitment to finishing the North East Link.
“The North East Link is a critical piece of infrastructure that we need to support increased agricultural production,” he said.
“We’re pleased to see the Government identify the North East Link as its number one infrastructure priority because until now Victoria’s agricultural supply chain has suffered from poor connectivity between the North and East of the State.”