Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says funding to complete the first stage of the Shepparton Bypass is a top priority for the region.
Ms Sheed said the project, which is expected to cost at least $260 million and require funding from both the state and federal governments, would revolutionise Shepparton District.
She said whoever forms government after the November 24 election must understand the region’s major infrastructure needs and be willing to fund them.
“Our community has worked so hard over the past four years to put our electorate on the political map and have achieved more than $660 million worth of funding for transformational health, education, rail and road projects,” Ms Sheed said.
“We secured $10.2 million in last year’s budget to begin planning for the Shepparton Bypass and to fund some early works and have been making significant headway on the project with the Minister for Roads, VicRoads and the newly formed Regional Roads Victoria.
“I will continue to stand up for our vibrant and growing community and advocate strongly at all levels of Government for the vital infrastructure projects we deserve.
“Shepparton District is now well on its way to being a truly thriving regional centre and we need to see that reflected with a significant funding commitment for the Shepparton Bypass.”
Ms Sheed said the project would deliver immense benefit to the entire region.
“We’ve been putting the $10.2 million we secured to plan for the Shepparton Bypass to good use over the past 18 months, so we know the value to our region of a brand new route with a second crossing over the Goulburn River would be immeasurable,” Ms Sheed said.
“Just look what a bypass has done for Nagambie. It has helped revitalise a beautiful spot in regional Victoria and make it an attractive drawcard for both visitors and locals.
“The benefit to Shepparton District with our major horticulture, dairy, manufacturing and transport industries having quicker and safer access to the Port of Melbourne and the rest of the state will be even better.
“Not to mention the positives for towns such as Mooroopna and Shepparton where business trade and the amenity and safety of shoppers and passenger cars continues to be put at risk by B-Double trucks thundering through the main streets.”
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