Budget

O’Brien seeks funds for Woodside pedestrian bridge

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has called on the Labor Government to invest $500,000 in next month’s Victorian State Budget to build a new pedestrian bridge over Bruthen Creek at Woodside.

Mr O’Brien said he had written to the Roads Minister Luke Donnellan asking that Labor match the former Coalition Government’s election commitment to fund the construction of the bridge.

“A bridge over the Bruthen Creek would improve access between the Woodside township and the recreation reserve and build on a local strategy to promote walking and cycling in the Wellington Shire,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The footbridge is needed to improve safety for the children and adults who require access from the recreation reserve to the township on foot.

“Currently pedestrians take a risk walking along the side of the narrow vehicle bridge or buses are used to transport children across.

“Labor needs to come to the party and provide funding to construct this bridge to give pedestrians a safe path to use that is separate from the busy South Gippsland Highway.”

Mr O’Brien said in addition to benefiting locals, the bridge would also be used by tourists who visited the area throughout the year to enjoy the region’s natural assets.

“Woodside experiences an influx of tourists during the summer months with people of all ages keen to experience the Ninety Mile Beach and explore the surrounding areas such as Balloong Natural Interest Reserve, Jack Smith Lake and McLoughlins Beach,” Mr O’Brien said.

Mr O’Brien said a pedestrian bridge would provide additional recreational activities for the Woodside and allow community members to be more active, more often.

“A bridge across the Bruthen Creek is also in line with Wellington Shire’s Walking and Cycling Strategic Plan, which aims to support people to increase their physical activity.

In his letter to the Minister, Mr O’Brien invited Mr Donnellan to visit Woodside to see first-hand how dangerous the crossing can be for pedestrians.

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