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Major road funding boost for local councils in Victoria

Local councils in Victoria are set to get a funding boost as part of the latest round of the government’s Safer Local Roads and Streets Program.  

Eleven more councils will receive grants to deliver upgrades on the highest risk local roads, intersections, and precincts by 2027 – with allocations of up to $2 million issued for priority road safety projects. 

The councils chosen for this round are East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton, Loddon, Mansfield, Mildura, Moorabool, Stonnington, Swan Hill and Wyndham. 

The $210m Safe Local Roads and Streets Program will be delivered over seven rounds, with all Victorian councils engaging with the program by 2025. 

The Labor government claims it will deliver safer infrastructure upgrades for communities including raised crossings, intersection upgrades, speed cushions, safer speeds, roundabouts, and other vital safety improvements. 

The first 11 local governments began engaging with the program in September 2023, and have worked closely with the Department of Transport and Planning and Transport Accident Commission to plan and deliver safety upgrades. 

The program supports the Victorian Government’s 2030 Road Safety Strategy targets to halve road deaths, reduce serious injury and ultimately achieve zero trauma by 2050. 

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Melissa Horne said: “Last year we saw a devastating year on our roads, both in Victoria and nationally, and we need to do everything we can to drive down road trauma.

“We’re working alongside councils to deliver important road safety infrastructure on local roads today, so our communities are safer into the future.” 

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