Labor’s answer to our woeful roads: a website
The Melbourne Labor Government has insulted country Victorians by announcing a so-called ‘bold plan of action’ on country roads that doesn’t deliver a single extra dollar to improve road maintenance in Gippsland.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said it was extraordinary that Daniel Andrews' Minister, Luke Donnellan would announce a plan headed "Better Roads for Country Victoria" that only involved a website.
Mr O’Brien said with 7 out of 20 of the state’s most dangerous country roads in Gippsland, Gippslanders were sick of waiting for their roads to be improved.
“We’ve got some serious issues with our roads in Gippsland and the Andrews Labor Government has done little about it.
“Indeed they cut The Nationals' Country Roads and Bridges program immediately on coming to government and slashed the road maintenance budget in their first two years, now Labor comes out with a website about how they are consulting people.
“The reality is that Gippslanders know how bad our roads are, they make their views known regularly to me and the government and yet we are seeing little action.”
Mr O’Brien said he had raised the state of local roads in State Parliament and with the Minister directly on numerous occasions with little result.
“I’m really pleased we’re getting action on the Black Spur bends on the South Gippsland Highway and a $10 million investment in the Hyland Highway but that is only happening due to the great work of my Federal colleague, Darren Chester as Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
“If it were not for The Nationals delivering this funding Labor’s approach would still be to spend billions in Melbourne at the expense of country roads.”
Mr O’Brien said Labor should reinstate the Country Roads and Bridges program as well as upgrading important arterials like the Princes Highway East, South Gippsland Highway, Strzelecki Highway and the Hyland Highway.
“There’s also a lot of work to be done on other arterial roads where Labor’s approach has been to reduce the speed limit rather than fix the road surface.”