Funding Boost for Labertouche North Road Upgrade Project

Published on 20 April 2017

Media Release

Local farmers cheered today as Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced a $581,935 funding boost towards the Labertouche North Road upgrade project.

The funding is part of the State Government’s Local Roads to Market Program which aims to upgrade important agricultural transport routes in an effort to improve local economy and safety for road users.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci welcomed today’s funding announcement which will provide a vital boost towards the $1,166,935 project.

“We are so pleased to be able to work closely with the State Government to support our local farmers and residents by improving connections and safety between the farm gate and markets.

“Local farmers that rely on using Labertouche North Road will soon be able to get produce from farm to market more efficiently and safely with upgrades including road sealing, widening and construction of a 0.5-1 metre shoulder.

“Labertouche North Road’s condition has deteriorated in recent years, resulting in excessive dust and corrugations in the summer months and deep potholes and flooding in the winter.

“The project will see the remaining 7 kilometres of the road sealed helping to eliminate dust and prevent the road becoming muddy and slippery in wet conditions.

“As a Council, we are committed to improving local roads not only for our farmers but also our residents and emergency services too.”

Additional upgrades include culvert and drainage upgrades to cater for the increased road width, road signage and delineation, removal of trees, branches and other visual impairments to improve sight distance along the road and strengthening and sealing of property entrances.

Project works are expected to begin later this year and be completed in 2018.