Labor funding fail threatens local road building jobs
Completion of current works on the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale will finish early, threatening local jobs unless the Andrews Labor Government stumps up funding for the final two stages.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has again called on the Andrews Labor Government to fund the highway project after meeting with local contractors who are concerned work is about to dry up.
Mr O’Brien recently met with Mark and Jess Kiernan of Kiernan Haulage, a Sale firm which has been working on the duplication.
“Mark and Jess are very concerned at the failure of Labor to fund the remaining two stages because work will grind to a halt when the current stages finish in a few short months,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The fact the works are ahead of schedule makes the state government’s contribution even more important. Without these final two stages being funded, local contractors like Kiernan will have to look elsewhere for work, while motorists will have to put up with an unfinished road.
“Darren Chester has delivered his 80 per cent share of the project, but Daniel Andrews has gone missing.
“Last week we had the State Roads Minister bragging about a so-called big spend on country roads, but the reality in Gippsland is very different. We’ve missed out on this project and our road standards in general are pretty poor.
“The rhetoric just doesn’t match the reality. Labor says it’s spending big, but we’ve got speed restrictions due to poor surfaces and a failure to fund the Princes Highway duplication.
“Gippslanders need decent roads to attract business, jobs and new residents.
“The Princes Highway duplication will go a long way towards delivering that, but we need Daniel Andrews to continue what has been, until now, a bipartisan approach to this project.”
The Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with concerned contractors, Jess and Mark Kiernan of Kiernan Haulage.