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Council opposes VicRoads split

Published on 09 March 2018

Road surfaces

Council has opposed a proposal to divide VicRoads into two organisations, in a submission to a Parliamentary Inquiry.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Len Cox, said councillors were against the proposal, which would see a rural/regional roads body alongside a separate metropolitan roads body.

“In times of shrinking budgets and increasing community demands and expectations, we need efficiencies, reduced bureaucracy and increased funding towards improvements in VicRoads,” Cr Cox said.

“Dividing VicRoads would lead to increased overheads in delivering road maintenance and improvements and would make these works significantly harder for interface areas such as Yarra Ranges which contain regional and metropolitan areas.

“There is a desire for specific service in rural and regional areas, as these areas can often be overlooked, but we believe there are better ways of doing this.

“I hope the Victorian Government considers our submission through this inquiry, provides more funding to our roads body and encourages more communication with local government.”

Councillors unanimously endorsed the submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into VicRoads Management of Country Roads at their 13 February Council meeting, asking VicRoads to:

  • Re-establish engagement with councils to ensure it understands local community needs and strategic challenges, and how the arterial road network should support this
  • Re-establish a program of regularly or annually seeking submissions from local government for improvements to the arterial road network
  • Be provided with increased funding to ensure appropriate levels of service are achieved in maintenance of road pavements
  • Provides increased recognition of local Council and community views in setting speed limits for local roads
  • Establish improved mechanisms for working with local government, in responding to community issues and requests.

The Parliamentary Inquiry was established in response to dissatisfaction across rural and regional Victoria with the condition of highways and arterial roads managed by VicRoads.

VicRoads manages 515 kilometres of the Yarra Ranges’ 2300km road network, including the Maroondah, Melba and Warburton Highways.

The inquiry is set to deliver a report by 30 June, 2018, detailing submissions and recommendations as a result.

For more information, visit the Parliamentary Inquiry website.