Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has invited Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan to visit the electorate, in a renewed push for the Goulburn Valley Highway bypass.
“This is a priority project for my electorate,” Ms Sheed said.
“It is listed as a priority by the Greater Shepparton City Council, by lobby groups and by the Committee for Greater Shepparton. It is listed as a priority by the RACV, which has consistently put up the project to both State and Federal Governments as one of its election wishes,” she said.
An assessment of the economic benefits of the bypass was recently commissioned by the Council, and completed by Essential Economics Pty Ltd.
It showed Stage 1 alone would increase the regional economic output by $465mill and create more than 2500 jobs.
“The Goulburn Valley Highway is a national corridor serving major freight links to the Port of Melbourne.
Around 25 per cent of all the trucks registered in Victoria are from the Goulburn Valley, and a quarter of the value of the state’s agricultural produce comes from the region,” Ms Sheed said.
Meanwhile, she said the Doyles Road bypass around the CBD was unsustainable into the future, highlighting it as a “single-lane, rural road”.
“There are significant road safety aspects to take into account,” Ms Sheed said.
“The Australian Road Assessment Program rated most of the current Goulburn Valley Highway at three stars and sections of it as low as two, putting it among the worst roads in the state.
“We need safer roads. We need better infrastructure.
“Shepparton has done everything asked of it to get the funding for the bypass.
“We have been told the entire project is too big, so the community went back to the drawing board and broke it down into more manageable chunks. Still we wait.
“My electorate needs the Government to support the first stage of the bypass, for which it has been lobbying for more than 20 years,” Ms Sheed said.
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