Letter to the Editor - South Gippsland
In recent weeks we have seen two significant election commitments from Russell Broadbent and Darren Chester of the Federal Liberal/Nationals Coalition of a $4.8 million contribution to rebuild the Port Welshpool Long Jetty and $25 million to upgrade the South Gippsland Highway, specifically the Black Spur section.
I have been bemused by media and social media commentary about these commitments. Things like “another election promise”, “we’ve heard it all before” and “it will never happen”.
Russell Broadbent and the Coalition committed funds to the Long Jetty in 2007 and 2010, but on both occasions, failed to win government. There was no election commitment ahead of the 2013 Federal election, just Russell’s determination to keep fighting and a new funding program the Shire could apply to.
The State commitment of $5 million to re-open the Jetty was only made once my predecessor, Peter Ryan, came to government in 2010. So what’s the consistent thing here that has seen this project languish? It’s the Labor Party. Labor has never made a commitment to the Long Jetty or the people of South Gippsland. Labor’s candidate for McMillan hasn’t delivered a commitment this time either and is content only to welcome what the Coalition has done.
So while Russell Broadbent has been tirelessly campaigning, Labor has not lifted a fingernail. It’s time to hold the Labor Party to account for its complete abandonment of South Gippsland.
Danny O’Brien MP
Member for Gippsland South