Fix country roads, save country lives

Motorists across the Gippsland South electorate are being encouraged to report local roads in a poor state of repair as part of an ongoing campaign for more road funding.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has launched a campaign to encourage locals to report Gippsland’s worst roads as pressure builds on the Melbourne Labor Government to increase spending to fix country roads. 

The new campaign from the Liberal-Nationals Coalition will collate a list of the worst of our country road network to present to the Victorian Government.

“Motorists are asked to send in photos of road hazards and list the location and how long the road has been in need of repair,” Mr O’Brien said. 

“Potholes, uneven surfacing and hidden hazards litter our regional and rural roads, slowing travel and increasing the risk to country drivers and their passengers every day. That’s why I’ve been fighting for more roads funding since I was elected last year. 

“The Labor Government has no excuse to continue its neglect of crumbling and dangerous roads in regional Victoria after the windfall $9.7 billion lease of the Port of Melbourne.” 

Negotiations by The Nationals secured 10 per cent of the Port funds for regional transport infrastructure and with the final price tag nearly $4 billion more than expected there is no excuse for Labor to ignore the terrible state of our country roads any longer. 

“I know the state of our roads is the biggest issue in my electorate,” Mr O’Brien said.

“With the Federal Coalition committing $25 million for the South Gippsland Highway and $6 million for the Hyland Highway, to be matched by the State, we have a golden opportunity for significant improvements in those areas.

“The windfall of $9.7 billion from the Port of Melbourne lease leaves Daniel Andrews with no excuse to continue his neglect of country roads.”

“Daniel Andrews was happy to spend $1.1 billion not building the East West link in Melbourne while the roads in country Victoria are crumbling with neglect,” Mr O’Brien said.

Motorists are asked to send images to danny.obrien@parliament.vic.gov.au and sign the online petition at danny.obrienmp.com.au/road_hazards.

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