Plenty of work for Labor to do in budget
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has outlined the needs of his electorate ahead of next week’s state budget.
Mr O’Brien said there were numerous projects remaining unfunded by the Andrews Labor Government which he has raised consistently with ministers and in parliament over the past few years.
“From an overall perspective we need greater investment in country roads to fix our crumbling highways and major arterials and the reinstatement of the Country Roads and Bridges Program.
“We’re also seeking major investment in the Gippsland train line including a new overnight stabling facility at Sale to allow the introduction of additional morning services as well as upgrades and duplication of the Gippsland track.“
Mr O’Brien said there were a number of other projects that he had been campaigning on which he expected to be funded in the budget, including:
- Funding to build a new Sale-based campus for Federation Training to replace the outdated Fulham campus and the reinstatement of courses that have been cut by Labor
- Stage two of Korumburra Secondary College and a rebuild of Foster Primary School
- Funding for the final two stages of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale
- $5 million matching funding for improvements to the Hyland Highway to Yarram
- Long-awaited funding to replace outdated fire stations at Foster, Mirboo North and Yarram
- The cantilevered viewing platform and tourism developments at Agnes Falls.
Mr O’Brien said he was still waiting for the announcement of $2 million funding for works at South Gippsland Hospital at Foster through the Regional Health Infrastructure Program.
“There is much unfinished business in Gippsland South and Labor continues its focus on Melbourne to the exclusion of Country Victoria.
“This years budget is an opportunity for Labor to actually show it cares and deliver on these important projects and I will be advocating strongly in the parliament to ensure Gippsland South gets it fair share.
“I expect the Labor Government to deliver for all Victorians, not just those in the major cities.