THE Victorian Coalition Government made a promise yesterday to provide $1M toward the Shepparton Bypass planning and feasibility study if it is re-elected at this weekend’s election.
The funding will identify the cost of constructing a first stage of the project, which is estimated at $20M, as well as going toward developing a business case for consideration.
The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Greg Barr said, “I have worked with the Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell and the Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals, Peter Ryan to secure this vital election commitment.
“I recently participated in a meeting with key stakeholders including GV Highway Action Group, the Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell, Committee for Greater Shepparton, local governments including Greater Shepparton, Campaspe, Moira and Strathbogie, VicRoads and transport representatives, where it was agreed that it is vital a united front is presented in identifying and prioritising the stages of the project.
“I have been working alongside the community to secure this commitment, and this is an important step for the project.
“The bypass is vitally important for our community, reducing the number of trucks in our CBD and delivering significant benefits for local transport operators.
“I will continue to be a vocal advocate for this project and look forward to working with a re-elected Coalition Government to progress this important work,” Mr Barr said.