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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 83

(Question No. 4861)


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 11 November 1986:

Has the Commonwealth reduced its grants for Victorian local government unclassified roads in 1986-87; if not, is he able to say whether the Victorian Government is responsible for the reduction in the funds allocated for these roads this year.


Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Federal Government has identified and declared a system of roads comprising four categories for the purposes of Federal funding. These categories are: national roads, urban arterial roads, rural arterial roads, and local roads. However, there is no direct comparison between the Federal road categories and the State classification of roads in Victoria. For example some two thirds of ``unclassified roads'' fall into the Federal category of local roads and the balance are arterial roads. Federal funding for arterial roads in Victoria has increased from $106.1 million in 1985-86 to $106.8 million in 1986-87 while the local roads allocation has increased from $52.0 million to $52.4 million.

It should be noted that ``unclassified roads'' is only a State category. No published information is available on funds allocated to this category in 1986-87 by the Victorian Government. Consequently, I am unable to comment on the level of funding allocated to this category by a State Government.