Shelley-Walwa road a budget winner

THE member for Benambra Bill Tilley yesterday said the Shelley-Walwa Road was “on the road to repair” after the state government said it would spend $1 million on its busiest section.

The cash for the 17-kilometre stretch between Guys Forrest Road and Walwa will be announced today in a $130 million road maintenance program over four years.

Mr Tilley said the work was a start on renewing the road after years of lobbying.

“It’s been a long, drawn-out process to get it upgraded,” he said.

“Logging trucks mean there’s been degradation of the road,” he said.

“More than 50 per cent of the vehicles using this road are classified as heavy vehicles.”

Shelley logging company HVP Plantations will supply material to resurface the road free of charge.

“As a major road user, it’s appropriate they contribute,” Mr Tilley said.

“They are to be congratulated for coming to the table — the road gives them the most direct route to the mill.”

Mr Tilley said the work would also be a boon for school buses and the public using the road.

“Motorists can expect a smoother, safer ride,” he said.