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Independent watchdog slams state of our roads

A report tabled in State Parliament today by the Auditor General has confirmed what Gippslanders already know – that our roads are dangerous and getting worse under the Andrews Labor Government.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, said the Auditor General had belled the cat on cuts to funding that have seen our regional road network deteriorate.

In Gippsland, 38 per cent of roads are now classified as being in poor or very poor state, up from 31 percent 10 years ago.

“We all know the state of our roads is poor and that’s why funding cuts implemented by the Andrews Labor Government on its election have hurt so much more.

“Our roads in many areas are falling apart, as is confirmed by the Auditor General.

“Daniel Andrews’ cuts to the roads maintenance budget and axing of the Country Roads and Bridges program have condemned country Victorians to poorer standards, more wear on vehicles and unsafe conditions.”

The Auditor General’s report says that the increase in poor roads presents “a growing risk to public safety and increased road-user costs”.

Mr O’Brien said it was clear that we need an urgent injection of funding and a better system to ensure our roads are proactively managed rather than reactively.

“I know roads are probably the biggest issue in my electorate so this report is no surprise to me or to most of my constituents.

“If Daniel Andrews had not wasted $1.2 billion to NOT build a road, the East West Link, just imagine how much better our roads could be? This sort of waste and mismanagement is typical of the Labor Government.”

Mr O’Brien said the previous Liberal-National Government added $130 million to the roads budget in 2014 and the Country Roads and Bridges Program went a long way to helping improve local roads in Wellington and South Gippsland Shires.

“This report confirms that there’s a lot of work to do and the Andrews Labor Government seems uninterested in lifting a finger to fix our country roads.”

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, says country roads need more funding.

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