Gippsland’s needs must be addressed in State Budget
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says the Andrews Labor Government has one final chance to address the needs of Gippsland South in next week’s state budget.
Mr O’Brien said that with the election coming up later this year the Labor Government’s four year term will be a missed opportunity if it doesn’t deliver on key projects for Gippsland in this Budget.
“There’s a number of issues I have been campaigning on for the last four years and I’m calling on the Andrews Labor Government to make sure they’re addressed with funding in next week’s budget.
“So far Daniel Andrews thinks regional Victoria is Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo and while we get some crumbs from the table, Labor needs to do better to address Gippsland’s needs.”
Mr O’Brien said projects he was hoping would be funded include –
- 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,
- An increase in roads funding to address the appalling state of Gippsland roads,
- Re-introduction of the Country Roads and Bridges program,
- Funding for a new TAFE campus in Sale to replace the outdated Fulham facility.
Mr O’Brien said these were just a few of the projects that needed to be funded in the state budget.
“Gippsland punches above its weight in terms of its economic contribution to Victoria but under this government it has not received the attention it deserves.
“Our roads in particular are a big problem and need to be addressed, we need improvements in public transport and educational facilities to support our local community and encourage new residents.”
Mr O’Brien said only The Nationals have a plan to decentralise our state and grow our regions.
“Melbourne is growing by 150,000 people a year and that is simply not sustainable.
“While Melbourne’s congestion issues will cost billions to address, we can alleviate some of those issues by encouraging people to move to the regions but to do that we need good infrastructure, good transport linkages and decent local services.
“The final budget before this year’s election provides Labor an opportunity to deliver and it’s time Daniel Andrews stepped up to the mark.”
24 April 2018