Gippslanders pay price for Labor’s highway fail
Gippslanders will be forced to put up with potentially years more road works due to the Andrews Labor Government’s failure to fund the final two stages of the Princes Highway duplication project between Traralgon and Sale.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has again spoken in State Parliament to urge the government to provide funding for this important project. Mr O’Brien said with two stages of the duplication still unfunded and existing stages due to be completed in the next 12 months, the funding is needed now.
“This project has been funded 80 per cent by the Commonwealth and 20 per cent by the State over its entire history and with bipartisan support at both levels of Government.
“The fact that Daniel Andrews has chosen not to fund it now when my Federal colleague Darren Chester, Member for Gippsland has delivered the Commonwealth share will condemn the project to further delays.
“The current stages under construction are scheduled to be completed mid this year and mid-2019 and without the State funding, the project will grind to a halt.
“The people of Sale and East Gippsland have been putting up with road works now for 8 or 9 years and we’ve been very patient.
“To find that Labor has now not funded this road to get it finished will be very frustrating for many motorists as we’ll now be condemned to a longer period of road works.
“There is still hope that Labor could see the light but I am concerned that without a change of heart by Daniel Andrews the project will languish.”
Mr O’Brien said duplication of the highway would deliver a safer road, better and more efficient freight movement and would make Sale and East Gippsland a more attractive place for people to visit and relocate to.
“I really can’t understand why the Labor Government has ignored this project and it should follow the lead of the Federal Nationals and fund its share immediately.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with The Nationals Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester.
Thursday, 24 May 2018