A boost for local infrastructure in the Victorian State Budget but road funding for councils unsure

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed the State Government's significant investment in local infrastructure in its 2015 Budget but voiced concern about how funding for regional and rural roads will be allocated.

MAV President, Cr Bill McArthur said the $100 million over four years for sports infrastructure and $50 million for interface councils to maintain vital assets was very good news, and that while there seems to be significant State investment for repairing roads and improving road safety infrastructure it's unsure how much of this, if any, will be allocated to local councils.

Other budget highlights include $1 million to review the Local Government Act; the previously announced $5.2 million in funding for roadside weed and pest management over the next two years; $4.2-$4.6 billion investment in public transport and $81 million to assist with the prevention of violence against women.