A patch job doesn’t make up for Daniel Andrews’ neglect of country roads

The Premier for Melbourne is playing catch up after three years of short-changing the Gippsland South community on funding to fix country roads, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has said.

In this week’s Budget, the Andrews Labor Government announced a Fixing Country Roads fund for regional and rural councils over two years.

But Mr O’Brien said Labor was offering local Councils scraps off the table after three years of neglect.

“Labor axed the successful $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program three years ago, only to now offer a smaller fund and for a shorter amount of time. And true to usual form, the Premier has now included regional cities, further diluting the fund that was previously only for rural councils,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The budget also shows that Labor’s much vaunted increase in rods spending is for one year only, meaning Daniel Andrews has no plan for the longer-term future of our roads, only an eye to the election.

“This is the same Premier for Melbourne who decided to spend rural roads funds around his suburban electorate of Mulgrave, instead of in country Victoria.”

Mr O’Brien said significant work was needed on local roads such as the South Gippsland, Hyland, Strzelecki and Princes Highways along with many other roads in South Gippsland.

“Last week, The Nationals announced that if elected in November we’d fully restore the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program that was axed by Daniel Andrews.”

“Only an elected Nationals government will invest in regional Victoria so we can decentralise our population and economy and grow all our communities – not just Melbourne.

“Only The Nationals will get regional Victoria moving.”

4 May 2018

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