Funding to upgrade local roads and infrastructure

By Jamie Salter

Grants available to local government councils will be put towards upgrading local roads and infrastructure, to improve the efficiency of the agricultural supply chain.

Rural, regional and interface councils will be able to apply for funding under the $20 million AgriLinks Upgrade Program to fix intersections, widen and seal roads and strengthen bridges to carry heavier loads.

The Andrews Government says these important road infrastructure upgrades will increase productivity and reduce travel times, allowing businesses across the state to grow and reach more customers.

Eligible councils can apply for up to $350,000 and will be contacted directly by Agriculture Victoria.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes said roads were lifelines for regional economies.

“So we’re improving them to make it easier for freight heading to market,” Ms Symes said.

“This program will connect country roads to major transport routes, and it’ll also connect people in rural and regional Victoria to local jobs that drive our economy.”

Victorian Roads Minister Ben Carroll said the program would give farmers better access to markets and communities.

“This program is another part of our strong investment in improving regional Victorian roads — it’s about improving productivity, mobility and safety for country communities,” Mr Carroll said.

The AgriLinks Upgrade Program is part of the government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package.

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