Local, Independant and Effective
December 23, 2016
Contact: Jane Still

Community lobbying drives big win for Rutherglen detour

Effective lobbying from the Rutherglen community has resulted in a win for safety, according to Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.

The Victorian Government has pledged $2 million to match federal funding announced earlier this year for the Rutherglen heavy vehicle detour. Ms McGowan said that the leadership of local people such as former Indigo Shire councillor Roberta Horne had delivered a great result.

“Roberta Horne, Indigo Shire and others identified the problem and were creative in the ways they got the community behind them,” Ms McGowan said.

“They brought together local government, the trucking industry and VicRoads to come up with a solution. Then the federal and state governments were in a position to provide funding.”

Ms Horne said that bringing together the community, industry and decision-makers to discuss the problem was important.

“After Cathy visited Rutherglen to see the problem she really opened the door for us,” she said.

Ms McGowan called on the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donellan in August this year to match the federal funding for the project.

“Thank you Minister Donellan for listening to the voice of people in Rutherglen,” Ms McGowan said.

“This is another example of how the community working with a strong independent representative can deliver for local people.”

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