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Petitions tabled to back Princes Highway duplication
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has tabled a petition with over 400 signatures in support of the campaign to secure state government funding for the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale.
Mr O’Brien said the tabling of the petitions in Parliament was the latest step in the campaign to force the Andrews Labor Government to finish the highway duplication.
Speaking in Parliament this week Mr O’Brien called out the Andrews Labor Government for its hypocrisy in attacking the Commonwealth over an alleged lack of infrastructure funding while failing to put up its share of the Princes Highway funds.
“There is $132 million dollars on the table from the Federal Government thanks to the efforts of Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester. That’s 80 percent of the cost of the final two stages of the duplication and the state government is required to put in $33 million, yet Daniel Andrews has resolutely refused to fund a single cent for this project in the last four and a half years.
“Until now this had been a bipartisan project at both state and federal levels but Labor in Victoria has reneged and is failing to do its share.
“Duplicating the final two stages will ensure we have a safe highway between Traralgon and Sale that will boost freight efficiency and will make our region a better place to live and invest.
“If Daniel Andrews won’t listen to me then he should listen to the people of Sale and East Gippsland who have signed this petition in their frustration at the continuing failure to get on with the job.
“This month’s budget is the next opportunity and it is time Labor put their money where their mouth is and met the contribution from the Commonwealth.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, pictured with Federal Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, is again calling on the State Government to fund the final stages of the Princes Highway duplication.