O'Brien urges Labor to fix country roads
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Melbourne Labor Government to quickly match Gippsland roads funding confirmed this week by his Federal colleague, Member for Gippsland and Minister for Infrastructure, Darren Chester.
As promised by the Liberal-Nationals Coalition during the Federal election campaign, $25 million dollars has been committed by the Commonwealth for the South Gippsland Highway with a further $5 million to fund Hyland Highway works. These funds need to be matched by the Melbourne Labor Government to deliver important improvements such as the realignment of the Black Spur section at Koonwarra.
Earlier this week, the Premier announced a road safety blitz with the TAC, targeting drink driving, speeding and safer driving ahead of Christmas.
Mr O’Brien said while he would never criticise a road safety campaign, the Labor Government is missing the point.
“The road safety message coming from the Melbourne Labor Government fails to even acknowledge the appalling condition of our local roads.
“The best way Daniel Andrews could improve regional road safety is to just get on with it and fix our roads,” Mr O’Brien said.
“If Daniel Andrews was serious about helping Victorians get home safely over the holidays, he would put back the hundreds of millions of dollars Labor has ripped out of the country roads budget to spend in Melbourne.
“With the 50-year lease of the Port of Melbourne earning $9.7 billion for Victoria, the Melbourne Labor Government has no excuse not to fix our crumbling country roads
“The Nationals secured $970 million of this deal to spend on regional transport infrastructure and it should now be delivered.”
Mr O’Brien is continuing his call for road hazards to be reported through his website www.dannyobrienmp.com.au/road_hazards or by phoning VicRoads directly on 13 11 70.