Gippsland gets another raw deal in Labor State Budget
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says the Andrews Labor Government has again served up a raw deal for the people of Gippsland South in today’s state budget.
Mr O’Brien said Daniel Andrews had delivered a typical high taxing, city-centric Labor budget that was more focused on the coming election than the needs of the people of Gippsland.
“This Budget has failed to address the main things we need in Gippsland South, just like the three budgets Labor delivered before it. It’s clear again that Daniel Andrews is the Premier for Melbourne and can’t get beyond the tram tracks.”
Mr O’Brien said Gippsland projects ignored in the Budget by Labor included:
- The final two stages of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale;
- Rebuilding of Foster Primary School;
- Stage two of Korumburra Secondary College;
- Additional train services to Sale;
- A dedicated Gippsland rail line to reduce congestion through Melbourne’s south east;
- Re-introduction of the Country Roads and Bridges program; and
- New fire stations for Mirboo North, Foster and Yarram.
“I am staggered that there is no funding to complete the Princes Highway duplication. This project has been going for nearly ten years with bipartisan support at both state and federal level but Daniel Andrews has now broken that chain.
“With the current stages due to be completed in the next 12 months or so, this project will grind to a halt now and condemn Sale and East Gippsland residents to an extended period of roadworks and longer delays. We’ve all had enough of that.”
Mr O’Brien said the only bright light was the success of the community fight that forced Labor to match The Nationals’ commitment to a new TAFE campus in Sale to replace the outdated Fulham facility.
“I’m proud that The Nationals and Sale community have shamed Labor into finally committing funding to build us a new campus for Federation Training. Nearly 10 months after we committed to a new campus and 14 years after the previous Labor Government promised one, we finally have success. Labor really shouldn’t be claiming this as a win, it should be apologizing for the delay.
“I congratulate the Wellington Shire, the Committee for Wellington and the local community for its efforts in getting this commitment which will help deliver better training and skills for young people and those needing re-training in our region.
“There is so much more to be done in Gippsland and Labor has again let us down.”
1 May 2018