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Roads advocacy paying dividends

Local community activism on roads in Gippsland is beginning to pay dividends according to The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien.

Mr O’Brien said he was pleased that his lobbying of the Labor Government on a number of key road issues was bearing fruit with an announcement this week of funding for business plans for some significant road upgrades.

Mr O’Brien was commenting after the announcement of $1.4 million to undertake further planning for a Traralgon Bypass, $300,000 to plan works on the bends near Coal Creek at Korumburra and $500,000 for the Bass Highway between Anderson and Leongatha.

“Last year in Parliament, I raised concerns about the Coal Creek bends with the Minister for Roads and am pleased that the government is now funding VicRoads to do further work to improve safety at this location.

“Just last week I met with locals at the intersection of the Bass Highway and Outtrim Road to talk about safety concerns there. I’ve since written to the Minister and I hope that the state government will include potential works at that intersection in its business planning for the Bass Highway.

“Our roads are in a poor state due to underfunding, which hasn’t been helped by budget cuts by the Andrews Labor Government, but I’m pleased that the community has been with me in lobbying for improvements to these roads, as well as the re-alignment of the Black Spur bends between Koonwarra and Meeniyan.”

Mr O’Brien said planning for a Traralgon Bypass had been occurring for decades and it would be a significant improvement for travellers east of Traralgon.

“There’s at least ten sets of traffic lights in Traralgon now between the hospital and Minniedale Road and this causes significant delays. I’m sure part of the planning will be to consult businesses in Traralgon, but I expect there is very strong support in the Wellington and East Gippsland Shires for a bypass to proceed.

“Successive governments have undertaken planning, including route alignment works and I look forward to this project progressing further.

“I will continue to lobby further for funding for the final two stages of the Traralgon to Sale duplication of the Princes Highway which Labor has yet to commit to.”

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is pleased that the state government has responded to his frequent requests for further road works in Gippsland.

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