The Nationals Gippsland South Roads

O’Brien calls on Labor to get on with highway project

The Labor State Government must immediately begin planning and funding the final two stages of the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said with two stretches of the duplication project still unplanned and unfunded now was the best time for the State Government to get on with this important project.

“With the impending closure of Hazelwood Power Station there will be a vacuum of economic activity in the Latrobe Valley and wider Gippsland area.

“The State Government is yet to ask Commonwealth for funding for the rest of this project and it should get on with the job to ensure it is completed as quickly as possible.

“There are two remaining sections to the east of Traralgon and at Kilmany that have not yet been funded and the State has waited too long now to get them underway.

“Duplicating the highway will improve road safety in the region as well as efficiency for our local businesses and for residents moving around our region.

“This project has been funded 20 per cent by the Victorian Government and 80 per cent by the Commonwealth and I’m sure my federal colleague Darren Chester would look very favourably on any application for funding from Victoria.”

Mr O’Brien said the highway duplication was an important project for all of Gippsland and was employing workers from throughout the Latrobe Valley and wider area.

“This is a project that will have to be done anyway and I’ve been calling for its funding now for over 18 months already.

“In light of the Hazelwood decision this is an easy one for the Melbourne Labor Government to take up and I urge Daniel Andrews and the Roads Minister Luke Donnellan to get on with it as quickly as possible to ensure this project is delivered in a timely manner.”

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