ACT GOVERNMENT LAGS ON ESSENTIAL SERVICES

A new report on the maintenance of road infrastructure is a damning indictment on the ACT government’s ability to manage essential and basic services in the ACT, Shadow Minister for Urban Services Steve Doszpot said today.

The ACT Auditor-General’s report “Maintenance of selected road infrastructure assets” shows the backlog of road repairs had a 400 per cent increase over more than 2 million square meters from 2010-2016.

“Road pavements, footpaths, traffic signals and streetlights were all highlighted in the backlog of ageing road assets requiring maintenance,” Mr Doszpot said.

“It is inexcusable that a government that has been in power for 16 years is incapable of administering basic and essential services. Under the lethargic watch of the Labor-Greens government, our roads, footpaths and traffic signals have steadily decayed and in some places are hazardous to users.

“Clearly we have a government that is blindsided by its own pet projects to the detriment of the community at large.

“It concerns me that Canberrans are paying more and more in taxes, rates, fines and fees and yet they are getting less and less from this government.

“The Auditor-General’s report is welcomed by the Canberra Liberals and my only hope is that the government will prioritise the restoration of Canberra’s road infrastructure,” Mr Doszpot concluded.