Get cracking on the Black Spur
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to get on with the realignment of the South Gippsland Highway at Koonwarra, also known as the Black Spur bends.
Speaking in Parliament this week Mr O’Brien said after a long campaign the project has Federal Government funding which was matched by the Labor Government last year but work has been delayed.
“Unfortunately, we have seen another fatality only a few weeks ago on this dangerous section of road and the community is asking why the realignment hasn’t proceeded.
“My request to the Minister is to get this job done.”
Mr O’Brien understands there are some Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 complications that are underway and some cultural heritage investigations which are two reasons for the delay. However, he said VicRoads was now predicting a start date of early to mid-2019 which is a significant concern.
“This project has been on the cards for over 20 years and the people of South Gippsland have been very patient, but we now need to see it done.
“I have asked the Minister to expedite any work that needs to be done to address those two issues so that we can get this project started.”
Mr O’Brien also called on the Minister to progress the project that would realign the bends near Coal Creek in Korumburra and highlighted the need for further spending to improve the highway between Meeniyan and Yarram.
“As part of the deal with the Commonwealth, there was meant to be $11 million to go to works further east of the Black Spur. This could improve the road and include a new overtaking lane, but Labor has failed to provide the funding.”
The Minister has 30 days to respond to Mr O’Brien.
Thursday, 21 June 2018