Corangamite Shire’s agribusiness sector is getting a funding boost from the Victorian state government.
On Wednesday, Minister for agriculture, Jaala Pulford, announced a $260,000 investment from the government for three projects in Corangamite as part of the Local Roads to Market program.
The Corangamite upgrades are three of 39 projects worth $24 million that will be delivered under the second round of the program.
Pulford said the program supported communities that relyed on farming to ensure produce was delivered to market safe and on time.
“These investments will boost the productivity farm businesses and their supply chains and put them in a better position to compete in international markets,” she said.
The grant, along with a co-investment from Corangamite Shire Council and industry, will fund infrastructure upgrades to enable and improve the access for heavy vehicle freight from the farmgate to arterial roads.
The three projects include a $200,000 upgrade to the intersection of North Robilliards Road and Timboon-Nullawarre Rd, which will allow heavy vehicles and traffic to safely navigate the intersection.
The project will also install an advanced warning signal to improve road visibility and safety for milk transport.
Tomahawk Creek Rd, up to the farmgate of Heytesbury Stockfeeds, will be widened and sealed for $40,000 and $20,000 will go to upgrading the intersection at Noskin and Browns Rd for heavy vehicle freight from Timboon Goat Farm.
Gayle Tierney, a member for Western Victoria, said the upgrades would improve agribusiness and supply chain productivity, as well as the country road network for all users.