Published on 09 May 2022
Moyne Shire Mayor Cr Ian Smith is calling on all candidates for the upcoming Federal Election to match a commitment made by Liberal MP Dan Tehan to ensure upgrades of critical dairy roads are delivered no matter who wins Government on May 21.
Mr Tehan has committed a re-elected Coalition Government would provide $3.6 million to Moyne Shire Council to upgrade key roads in the Grasmere area as part of a local roads package.
Cr Smith said the funding would go towards upgrades of Grasmere Road and Cooramook Road, key routes for agricultural freight.
“This is a really important project for the community and for our agriculture sector. Ideally we would love to see other candidates match this commitment so it can be delivered.”
“Grasmere Road carries over 750 vehicles per day and Cooramook Road at least 430 vehicles. They are key roads that link dairy farms to processors at Allansford and Koroit, but also other livestock and cropping farms to key service providers,” he said.
“Upgrades would allow for high performance freight vehicles to use the roads which means trucks would be able to carry more freight in one trip.
“That in turn increases efficiency and productivity for farmers, but also reduces heavy vehicle movements which improves safety for all users and reduces emissions.”
Cr Smith said it was a project that ticked all the boxes and called on other candidates to match the pledge for the benefit of the community and the agricultural sector.
“We’d love to see everyone commit so these important upgrades that will improve road safety and support our farmers will be delivered no matter who wins the election,” he said.
“I’ll gladly meet with any candidate who is interested in this project to take them through the benefits the upgrades would bring for every road user and our farmers.”