ROADS TO ACCOMMODATE MARKET TRUCKS Regional and rural local roads will get a $5 million upgrade to accommodate B-double trucks. B-double trucks will continue to play an important role in handling the freight task in rural and regional Victoria. The freight task in Australia is expected to double by 2020, and road transport is expected to handle the brunt of this growth. Better linking of farms to markets and processing centres is required particularly in the dairy, timber, grain and fruit/processed foods sectors. Through the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund, the program will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of agricultural and horticultural producers and related industries through a strategic upgrade of local roads to allow B-double truck access. Funding will be available for local governments in regional Victoria to better link farms with local processing centres and markets. These funds will be allocated on a competitive basis with priority given to projects that can demonstrate broad industry and community support. Grants of up to 50 per cent of the total project cost will be considered. Eligible projects include: • improving a local road to a standard suitable for safe and efficient B-double movements; and • improving local road intersections; including the intersection of a local road with an arterial (VicRoads) road. Funding will be available from July 1, 2007.
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