The Nationals Gippsland South South Gippsland Highway Roads Country Roads

Coal Creek section of highway needs safety work

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has raised concern for the safety of road users in South Gippsland and repeated his calls for upgrades of local roads.

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Mr O’Brien said his concerns were compounded by two tragic fatalities from separate vehicle accidents within the Gippsland South electorate this week.

Mr O’Brien said these accidents, at Korumburra and Woodside North, brought home the importance of the road safety message, as well as the critical need to upgrade country roads.

“While I am anxiously awaiting a commitment from the Melbourne Labor Government to match $25 million of Federal Coalition funding to realign the dangerous Black Spur section of the South Gippsland highway and upgrade sections further along, the government should now be planning works to improve the road and alignment at the scene of the latest fatality at Coal Creek,” Mr O’Brien said

“I have called on the Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan, to instruct VicRoads to review signage and roadside safety barriers on the Coal Creek bends at Korumburra.

“The government must see if there is anything immediate that can be done to make this location safer.

“After axing the Liberal-Nationals Government’s successful Country Roads and Bridges program and cutting the roads maintenance budget, Labor must now get funding back into the system to improve our country roads.”

“With $9.7 billion received through the lease of the Port of Melbourne the government has no excuses. The Nationals ensured through the sale legislation that at least 10 per cent of that, or $970 million, must be delivered to regional and rural transport projects so there is money available,” Mr O’Brien said.

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