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O’Brien challenges Labor on substandard road

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has called on the Melbourne Labor Government to investigate a newly rebuilt section of the South Gippsland Highway that has been the subject of numerous complaints by local motorists.

The Ruby straight on the Highway between Leongatha and Korumburra is being referred to as ‘the rollercoaster’ by some motorists following the completion of recent works.

Mr O’Brien raised the matter with Roads Minister Luke Donnellan in Parliament last week asking him to investigate if the new work is up to national standards.

“I have been contacted by numerous motorists about the condition of this new section of road and it is a topic of conversation as I travel around that part of my electorate,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The road is not smooth, the pavement is very rough and, in some cases, it is extremely bumpy.

“Given it is brand-new work that has just been completed, it is of great concern to my community that this road section is so poor.

“I have received numerous complaints as I travel around about the quality of the job that has been completed and I ask the Minister to investigate whether these works meet the quality specifications that guide VicRoads.”

Mr O’Brien said it was just 12 months ago that the Minister visited the exact location to spruik Melbourne Labor’s roads maintenance spending.

“During the visit, the Roads Minister claimed these works would reduce the level of road deterioration and assist producers to get their products to the market and help locals as they travel to work and school, however they are very unsatisfied with the finished product,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This section is a very busy part of the South Gippsland Highway and is used by a lot of people in both towns to access education, healthcare and work. In addition, it is also the gateway to Wilsons Promontory and the Minister needs to look into why South Gippslanders and Victorian taxpayers have been delivered a substandard road.

“Road condition is the biggest issue in my electorate and I will continue to campaign hard for more funds and better quality works on South Gippsland roads.”

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