The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has called for renewed focus on the state’s assets by both parties ahead of the November state election.
Cr Mary Lalios said that particular focus was needed to ensure that the state’s road network was maintained for both commuters and heavy freight across the state.
“Councils provide 85 per cent of Victoria’s road network, yet we are witnessing a decline in capital works budgets for rural and regional councils,” Cr Lalios said.
“We’re starting to see examples of infrastructure projects being cancelled or deferred due to councils’ reduced capacity to raise revenue.
“This will significantly impact on road safety and Victoria’s economy. With small populations and budgets, rural councils in particular require state investment to help maintain and upgrade local roads and bridges.
Cr Lalios said ageing stormwater assets and management of stormwater must also be prioritised by the next state government to protect communities from urban flooding, and improve river and bay health.
“With a drying climate and more severe storm events, a $30 million statewide urban stormwater improvement program is essential. This would allow councils to upgrade stormwater assets and expand water-sensitive urban design to minimise pollution, improve amenity and reduce water treatment costs.
“We’ve identified solutions to work in partnership with the state government to improve our roads, bridges and water assets to help keep Victorians safe while also growing our economy,” she said.