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Roads lobbying pays dividends

Local roads in the Gippsland South electorate will see investment under a funding boost from the Federal and State Governments.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said a number of roads that he has been campaigning to improve will be upgraded under the joint Federal-State program which is funded 80 per cent by the Federal Government.

“This is great work on behalf of our local constituents by Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester and Federal Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent.

“Only recently I was campaigning with local cyclists for an upgrade of Seaspray Road around the 3GI Hill area at Longford and it’s great to see $4.3 million being allocated to widen the road and seal the shoulders.

“In addition, I’ve had regular correspondence from constituents about the Rosedale-Longford Road ($4.3 million) and Longford-Loch Sport Road ($5.4 million) which I have lobbied the State Government about.

“It’s great to see the funding coming through for these important roads, but I note that this is a job like painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge – the work is never fully complete.”

Mr O’Brien said there was additional works with a pedestrian crossing over the South Gippsland Highway at Toora, an upgrade and safety improvements at Loves Lane near Dumbalk, as well as further improvements at Lang Lang-Poowong Road in Nyora and at Wilsons Promontory.

“The work is important, and I’m pleased to see the Federal Government committing to Gippsland roads.

“We do now need a more significant injection from the Andrews Labor Government which is regularly tardy in funding the needs of Gippsland’s transport corridors.

“I’ll continue to fight for better roads and public transport throughout Gippsland South.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien and the Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester inspecting early works on the Seaspray Road at Longford.

 

19 February 2021

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