A key road supporting agricultural movement in the Kiewa Valley has received a $250,000 boost.
Toms Road, Tawonga, will be upgraded thanks to a $255,369 grant from the Victorian Government’s AgriLinks Upgrade Program (AUP).
Alpine Shire Mayor John Forsyth welcomed the grant.
“The AgriLinks Upgrade Program opened in August 2020, and we prepared the grant application in September 2020 knowing the importance of Toms Road to the local agricultural sector,” he said.
“The upgrade of 1.78km of unsealed rural access road will support improved access for the transport of local dairy and livestock using heavy vehicles.”
The $20 million AgriLinks Upgrade Program aims to fund shovel-ready local road improvement projects to support jobs and bolster the state’s agri-food sector.
Projects funded under AUP aim to strengthen business productivity, support local communities and assist Victorian farm businesses, agricultural supply-chains and agri-food producers to grow.
Cr Forsyth said the road is currently difficult to maintain due to its narrow road corridor and sharp bends.
“Works will include drainage improvements, part relocation and reconstruction of the existing road, and fencing,” he said.
“The works will help form consistency within the local heavy vehicle network by upgrading the road as part of their current heavy vehicle route.
“The key benefits include reduced transport costs for primary producers, as well as supporting local farmers to grow their business and increase productivity.”
Works are set for completion by May 2022.
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