The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has used the return of State Parliament to seek a timeframe on the release of the long-awaited business case for Stage 1 of the Shepparton Bypass Project and called on the Andrews Labor Government to commit its share of funding for the project in the 2020-21 State Budget.
Stage 1 of the Shepparton Bypass Project will see the construction of 10km of road from the Midland Hwy west of the Mooroopna township to connect to Wanganui Rd and the Goulburn Valley Hwy on the north side of Shepparton, creating the much needed second crossing of the Goulburn River.
In a constituency question to the Minister for Roads & Road Safety Jaala Pulford, Ms Lovell highlighted the frustration for the delay of the completion of the business case, which was due to be completed more than 12 months ago.
The Andrews Labor Government has provided one excuse after another for not contributing funding towards stage 1 of the project and now blames its lack of investment on a delayed business case which should have been completed over 12 months ago.
The cost of completing stage 1 has been estimated at $260 million with the Federal Government having already committed $208 million towards the project over 12 months ago.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The Andrews Labor Government have run out of excuses not to provide their share of funding for Stage 1 of the Shepparton Bypass Project.
“The Government needs to release the business case and support the project so we can get stage 1 completed.
“The people of Shepparton have waited decades for the Shepparton Bypass to become a reality and it is time the Andrews Labor Government did its bit to make this happen.”
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