MP again calls for Princes Highway commitment
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has again called on the Melbourne Labor Government to commit to funding for the final stages of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale.
Mr O’Brien said the funding should be announced in the state budget in a few weeks’ time.
There are currently two stages of the duplication project unfunded by the state government located between Sheepwash Creek Rd and Flynn and around the Kilmany overpass.
Mr O’Brien has written to the Minister for Roads, Luke Donellan, imploring him to provide funding in the 2017-18 state budget to ensure the project’s completion.
“We are 80 per cent of the way there on this vital project for Gippsland and it’s important that we keep funding up to ensure the highway is completed in full.
“This is about getting people home safely, improving our region and providing jobs for local workers and contractors.
“This project has strong support from within the community, including local business, which sees the advantages in terms of economic efficiency, road safety improvements and attractiveness of Sale as a living and investment destination.”
Mr O’Brien said his federal colleague Member for Gippsland and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, has indicated that he would be receptive to a request for Commonwealth contributions from the state.
"The project has always enjoyed bipartisan support and I look forward to seeing both levels of government fund the final stages.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Labor Government to fund the final two sections of the Princes Highway duplication in the coming budget.