O’Brien highlights Gippsland South budget priorities
Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has highlighted the funding priorities of his electorate in State Parliament ahead of the 2016-17 State Budget later this month.
Mr O’Brien told Parliament that Gippsland South had been hit hard by the slashing of the roads maintenance budget by 10 per cent since the Labor Government took office, along with the elimination of the Country Roads and Bridges program which contributed $1 million each year to rural and regional councils for roads infrastructure.
Along with funding for roads, Mr O’Brien also told the Parliament he had been working hard to ensure the Government was aware of his electorate’s funding priorities including:
- The final stage of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale;
- Phase 1B of the Macalister Irrigation District upgrade;
- Realignment of the Black Spur section of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan;
- Rebuild of the Yarram Primary School;
- Stage 2 of the Korumburra Secondary College redevelopment;
- Final stage of redevelopment of Leongatha Secondary College; and,
- The Northern Towns water Project – connecting Korumburra, Nyora, Loch and Poowong to the Lance Creek Reservoir.
“I also want to see an increase in roads spending, in addition to the $700 million extra funding recently secured by The Nationals through the Port of Melbourne lease.
“I have raised in Parliament, spoken to or written to the relevant Ministers over the past 12 months about each and every one of these projects and they are well aware of their importance to the electorate of Gippsland South,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I have also worked with the local communities and councils to ensure they are well prepared for these projects to be funded.
“All we need now is for the Labor Government to prove it isn’t city-centric and provide the support to get these projects moving.”