Hugh Delahunty says roads a priority

MEMBER for Lowan Hugh Delahunty has identified improving the Wimmera's state-managed roads as a pre-election priority.

He commented on the state of the region's roads during a visit to Dimboola on Wednesday.

"When I started public life, one of the first things I did was get then Transport Minister John Anderson around to my electorate," Mr Delahunty said.

He said the Federal Government's Roads to Recovery program, which distributes money for the upkeep and improvement of roads, was the result.

"It started here," Mr Delahunty said.

The Federal Government budgeted $1.75 billion towards improving and maintaining the nation's roads during the five years to June 30.

A further $1.75 billion has been pledged for the next five years.

"Unfortunately, there are still a lot of challenges with our roads; particularly, I have to say, our state roads," Mr Delahunty said.

While the end of the drought benefited the Wimmera in many ways, Mr Delahunty said the condition of some roads suffered.

"There are major problems with some of the state roads, and that is something I will have to work on," he said.

"We can never get enough money to improve our roads."

Hindmarsh Mayor Rob Gersch said council would continue lobbying for road money.

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