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O’Brien seeks clarity on Black Spur project

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has asked the Minister for Roads to clarify the status of funding for the Black Spur upgrade on the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan.

Following confusing signals from VicRoads and the Minister over whether a business case has been or will be finalised ahead of this year’s budget, Mr O’Brien raised the matter in State Parliament this week.

He called on the Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan to clear up what was happening with the Black Spur, an important project for South Gippsland.

“The realignment of the Black Spur section of the South Gippsland Highway is a high priority project for me and the local community. It’s been somewhat confusing over the past few months with VicRoads holding an information session on the business case and the Minister later telling me the business case is still being developed,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This project should be under consideration for this year’s budget, but it is unclear now whether this is the case.

“I’ve called on the Minister in Parliament to explain exactly what’s happening and make it clear to the people of South Gippsland where this project is at.”

Mr O’Brien said the former Liberal National Coalition Government had funded a business case for the upgrade of the dangerous section of road and the ongoing delays in its preparation were unacceptable.

“This important piece of roadwork will straighten a notoriously dangerous section and deliver an economic boost for the local region, including our tourist industry. It is important that Melbourne Labor gets this organised properly and I look forward to the Minister explaining exactly what is going on,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This project should be funded in this year’s State Budget and I’ll be keeping the pressure up on behalf of South Gippsland motorists to ensure it is front and centre of State Government Budget deliberations.”

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