Gippsland road projects delayed, unfunded by city-centric Labor
Three key Gippsland road projects have been delayed, unfunded or falsely listed as “completed” by the Andrews Labor Government.
State Budget papers released this week indicate that the long-awaited realignment of the Black Spur section of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan has been delayed by a year and now won’t be complete until the middle of 2022. That will be six years after half the funding was first committed by the Commonwealth.
A $10 million upgrade of the Hyland Highway, half-funded by the Commonwealth at the same time, has also been put back a year to the middle of 2021.
And the long-awaited final two stages of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale received no funding and is now listed as a “completed project”, despite the fact there is around 16 kilometres still to be duplicated.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, said Labor was letting Gippsland motorists and communities down.
“Each of these projects are high priorities in their respective communities and the frustration is building that they are constantly being delayed.
“People have been promised the Black Spur project for around 20 years now and there was great celebration when the funding was finally announced three years ago. To hear it is further delayed is very frustrating.
“The Hyland Highway is notorious for accidents and getting worse, as a recent series of articles in the Yarram Standard News has highlighted. Not only do we need the currently funded works to be completed sooner, we need more money from the Andrews Labor Government to fix some of the more difficult sections, including the intersection with Carrajung Lower Road.”
Mr O’Brien said the Budget’s listing of the Prince Highway duplication as a “completed project” was appalling.
“There are still two sections of the highway to be duplicated. We have $132 million on the table from the Commonwealth thanks to the work of Darren Chester and all we need is $33 million from Daniel Andrews to finish the job. That’s just 0.2 per cent of the billions to be spent on the North East Link in Melbourne.
“So much for Daniel Andrews pledge to ‘govern for all Victorians’,” Mr O’Brien said.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says there are more delays to road projects in Gippsland under Labor’s state budget.
 Budget Paper 4 - State Capital Program, pp 80 and 83