LIBERAL MP Dan Tehan has promised to bring an end to a long-running saga over funding for a dangerous timber road, announcing today the Coalition will spend almost $2.5 million on the Condah Hotspur Road if elected.
Glenelg Shire has been battling to get the cash to restore the stretch of road that struggles to accommodate school buses and timber trucks.
The project has been shovel-ready since June when the state government announced $1.3 million for the project but Regional Development Australia (RDA) has so far knocked back requests to pay for widening.
Mr Tehan is seeking re-election on the promise that he'll fix roads across Wannon.
"The Condah-Hotspur Road is a key transport corridor for the processing plant at the Myamyn Mill and provides important access to wood plantations in Victoria and South Australia," Mr Tehan said.
The Coalition's commitment will pay for roughly half of the project.
"The upgrade project will widen, strengthen and seal 14.05 kilometres of road.
"Obviously with the heavy rain we've had recently, the more help the federal government can give to our local and state governments for roads funding, the better."
The road has been a languishing priority as far back as 2009 when it was listed as a key recommendation of the Green Triangle Freight Action Plan.
Regional council group, Great South Coast has also placed it as a top priority.
Premier Denis Napthine welcomed the announcement after coming close to striking an agreement with the Commonwealth earlier this year.
"I am pleased the federal coalition has committed to adding to the Victorian Coalition Government's contribution of $1.063 million to complete the Condah-Hotspur Road upgrade project, along with the Glenelg Shire and industry funds," Dr Napthine said.