$12.6M for rural roads a boost for farmers, processors

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 5th March 2010

A $12.6 million Victorian Government package will boost road links between local farms and markets, the Premier John Brumby announced on Wednesday.
In the Latrobe Valley, Mr Brumby announced a package which allocates funding across regional and rural Victoria to improve links between farms with processing centres and markets.

The funding, part of the Government’s successful Local Roads to Market Program, will go toward 54 infrastructure projects worth more than $26 million in 32 regional and rural councils.

“Local Roads to Market funding goes to regional and rural councils for projects that better link farms with processing centres and markets such as in the dairy, timber, grain, fruit and processed foods sectors, and I am delighted to announce this third round of funding.” Mr Brumby said.

“It is about improving the efficiency and competitiveness of agricultural and horticultural producers and related industries by strategically upgrading local roads for large vehicle access.

Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan said the Local Roads to Market Program was an important part of the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund.

“We understand farmers and processors want faster and more reliable linkages to remain competitive and that’s why we’re upgrading these key road freight links.” Ms Allan said.