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City centric Labor ignores Gippsland again
The Andrews Labor Government has again shown its contempt for Gippslanders with confirmation that the state government will not be funding the final stages of the Princes Highway duplication this year.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said Daniel Andrews’ Labor Government had consistently failed on this project in the last term of government and it seems nothing has changed.
Mr O’Brien was responding after Treasurer Tim Pallis confirmed that there would be no state government funding for the Princes Highway duplication between Sale and Traralgon in this year’s budget.
“The federal government has put $132 million on the table to finish the final two stages of this important project, but Labor has ignored it for the past three years, during the state election, and now has confirmed it won’t receive budget funding this year,” Mr O’Brien said.
“While I accept that Labor needs to deliver its election commitments, the fact is that it made none in Gippsland South and this is a breach of the Premier’s promise to govern for all Victorians.
“This project, until now, had bipartisan support at both federal and state level, but Daniel Andrews has thrown that out the window.
“The people of Sale and East Gippsland have been very patient and put up with road works for nearly ten years and this is now getting beyond a joke.
“The benefits of the duplication are plain for all to see and it is a project supported by local businesses, local government and the wider community, but we are failing to see any action from Daniel Andrews.
“I was proud to commit to the next stage of funding on behalf of The Nationals at the last election and it’s now time Labor put up the money and showed that it cares about those of us who live beyond the tram tracks.”