Labor will fund new footpaths across Central Victoria

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $600,000 to improve community links in the Bendigo electorate.

If elected, Labor will give $400,000 to the City of Greater Bendigo and $200,000 to the Macedon Ranges Shire to top up their funds to construct footpaths in Maiden Gully, Epsom, Strathfieldsaye and Kyneton.

This project will build missing linkages and restore existing pathways to support our growing communities.

Currently many path networks across Central Victoria are disjointed and, in many places, unsafe.

Local residents and community groups have been actively campaigning to develop links and provide safer pathways for all ages, abilities and purposes.

Footpaths are an important part of the community. They link schools, businesses and sporting facilities, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, encourage physical activity and build community connections.

By building and improving footpaths, Labor will provide better accessibility for those with a disability, and enable them to interact within the community in a meaningful way.

Labor recognises that families need opportunities to develop healthy habits, including increased physical activity.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better hospitals, better schools and better community links versus bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.