O’Brien takes up Princes Highway funding again
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to get on with the job of funding the final stages of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale.
Mr O’Brien raised the matter in State Parliament some weeks ago asking Labor’s Roads Minister Luke Donnellan whether a request for funding had been made to the Commonwealth.
“It’s now several weeks later and I still haven’t had an answer. This is a very important project for our region and if not funded in the coming state budget then work will come to a halt once the existing sections are complete,” Mr O’Brien said.
“It’s time Daniel Andrews showed some interest in those parts of Gippsland east of Traralgon and provided the funding for this important project.”
Mr O’Brien said the project was funded 80 per cent by the Federal Government and 20 per cent by the State meaning a state contribution of $33 million was required for the final two stages.
“I know my Federal colleague, Darren Chester is fighting hard to ensure the Commonwealth is ready to go when the State makes its request, but Victoria owns the roads and controls the planning process,” Mr O’Brien said.
“This project has had bipartisan support at State and Federal levels for many years now and it’s time for Daniel Andrews to continue that approach.”
Mr O’Brien said there are two remaining sections that are not yet funded - east of Traralgon between Sheepwash Creek and Flynn and around Kilmany.
“Delivering this project will improve the efficiency of our roads and road safety and the Andrews Labor Government needs to get on with it.
“Finalising the duplication all the way between Traralgon and Sale also sends a strong signal about the economy of Wellington Shire and government commitment to invest in the region.
“This funding must be included in the coming state budget.”
Caption: The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is calling on the Labor Government to fund the final stages of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale