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04
Nov

Lovell calls out Andrews Labor Government on Shepparton bypass inaction.

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has continued her campaign for the Andrews Labor Government to contribute its share of funding for the Shepparton bypass project.

Speaking during an adjournment debate in State Parliament last week, Ms Lovell sought a commitment from the Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford to provide the state government’s contribution towards stage 1 of the Shepparton bypass project in next year’s State Budget.

The Shepparton bypass is a vital project that will improve freight movements to domestic and export markets in Melbourne, throughout regional Victoria and interstate. Just as importantly, the project will remove heavy vehicles from the Shepparton CBD and deliver a much-needed second river crossing for motorists travelling between Shepparton and Mooroopna.

The Morrison Government committed $208 million towards stage 1 of the project in this year’s Federal Budget.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“I have advocated for many years for the state government to commit their share of funding to complete stage 1 of the Shepparton bypass project, yet all the Shepparton community have received are excuses from Daniel Andrews.

“The Morrison Federal Government has supported the people of Shepparton by committing $208 million towards the project in its 2019–20 federal budget and it is now time for Jaala Pulford and the State Government to provide their share of funding.

“The Shepparton community has waited long enough and the Andrews Labor Government needs to provide their funding contribution to the Shepparton bypass in the next State Budget.”

ENDS

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240       jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au

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