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Ricky Muir calls for public input to fix roads

Senator Muir is advocating for increased funding to improve rural roads.

Got a bad road in your neck of the woods? Victorian senator Ricky Muir wants to know about it.

From potholes to dodgy corners, the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party senator wants photos of dangerous or unmaintained roads in your area to make his case for more regional road funding.

Senator Muir's Save Rural Lives campaign was triggered after the Federal Government gave the go-ahead for $1.5 billion reserved for the East West Link to be used on other Victorian projects. The Federal Government has called for the cash to be spent on upgrading Melbourne's Monash Freeway, while discussion has centred on Victorian Labor's preferred project, the Melbourne Metro rail link.

Senator Muir however wants the funds to be spent in regional Victoria and tabled a motion in the Senate to that effect last month.

"As a person growing up in rural Victoria you regularly see comment and talk about road safety, but usually it's the areas that get a lot of votes rather than the areas that need it that get the money," he said.

"But it's rural roads that contribute to the sustainability of the entire country.

"We have the roads that put the food on the table to everyone across Australia."

People think if they stay under the speed limit they're safe, but that's not true

Maintenance of major state roads is generally managed by state governments. The Federal Government provides additional funding to local councils to repair their roads under the Roads to Recovery program, which included $1 billion across Australia in 2015-16. It is also providing states with $500 million over four years under the accident black spot program. Senator Muir said both were good projects, but were limited in how far the funds could stretch.

With road trauma costing $27 billion a year and regional Australians over-represented in the road toll, he said governments should improve the condition of roads generally, not just those deemed black spots.

"You can drive down any rural road and see potholes that are dangerous to cars, trucks, motorcyclists," he said.

"It's not just blaming speed ... people think if they stay under the speed limit they're safe, but that's not true."

Photos can be sent to or posted on social media with the #saverurallives hashtag.