Shadow Minister for Rural Roads, Roma Britnell, has today visited West Gippsland to see firsthand how a lack of investment in regional roads by Daniel Andrews is hurting local communities.
Speaking in Warragul, Mrs Britnell said the upcoming State Budget, due to be handed down next week, needed to deliver a significant boost to regional road funding to get maintenance and upgrades back on track.
‘Under Daniel Andrews we’re seeing a very clear divide between investment made in metropolitan Victoria and regional Victoria particularly when it comes to road funding,’ Mrs Britnell said.
‘We have a shambolic mess of road maintenance under Daniel Andrews that waits until a road is in the worst state possible before works are carried out.
‘Daniel Andrews’ record on road investment is shameful, using funding from the Country Roads and Bridges Fund to fix bridges in his own metropolitan electorate.
‘The Victorian Liberal-Nationals Coalition will always stand up for Regional Victorians unlike Daniel Andrews who seems to have forgotten it even exists,’ said Mrs Britnell.
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said road maintenance and road funding were two of the most common complaints he received when visiting regional towns from local residents.
‘My office is always receiving calls from concerned locals about dangerous pot holes or road surface failures which have been left for long periods even after they have been reported,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘Regional communities just want their fair share of road maintenance funding and a clear plan about how works will be prioritised and carried out.
‘Regional transport businesses, farmers and residents have told me how the state of roads often result in damage to their vehicles or create inefficiencies because they have to travel well below the speed limit for safety or even avoid certain roads altogether.
‘We cannot have a situation where poor road maintenance leads to these outcomes or even worse results in an accident that costs lives.
‘Daniel Andrews needs to outline in this state budget how he plans to fix the situation and how quickly funding will flow to regional roads which are crying out for works,’ said Mr Blackwood.
Shadow Assistant Minister for Forestry Gary Blackwood has today called on the Andrews Labor Government to step in and take action against protesters who are illegally protesting in Noojee. Speaking in Warragul today, Mr Blackwood said the illegal protest had gone on long enough and it was now seriously jeopardising a local business withContinue Reading
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Narracan motorists can’t get local pot holes fixed, but Daniel Andrews is shamelessly forcing them to pay for his West Gate Tunnel deal. Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said drivers going in to Melbourne via CityLink will take a hip pocket hit after the Andrews Labor Government signed a secretive deal with Transurban that willContinue Reading
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Premier Daniel Andrews to take action to support Latrobe Valley businesses following the collapse of Steelvision. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Blackwood said serious questions needed to be answered regarding Steel Vision and the process that was followed for the approval of a significant grant from theContinue Reading
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An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build a new Drouin Police Station including the capacity for increased police numbers and opening hours in the future. A Matthew Guy Liberal Nationals Government will commit $6 million to give Victoria Police the infrastructure and resources it needs to keep the Drouin community safe. For too long, localContinue Reading
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Businesses are beginning to feel the pinch as power prices skyrocket following the closure of Hazelwood by the Andrews Labor Government earlier this year. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Blackwood said that an ideological approach by Daniel Andrews towards energy generation was having a massive impact on the cost of doing business in the state. ‘RecentlyContinue Reading
The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils has heard this week that country councils are struggling to meet the high costs of maintaining their roads network. Giving evidence to the inquiry this week, Local Government Victoria confirmed that rural councils have a disproportionately large volume of infrastructureContinue Reading
A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian Liberal National Coalition. Member for Kew and chair of the Taskforce, Tim Smith, met yesterday with business leaders and community members in Traralgon and later spoke with the Committee for Gippsland in Warragul. Nationals Member for Eastern Region Melina BathContinue Reading
Today marks six months since the Matthew Guy and the Victorian Liberal National Coalition committed to delivering a new West Gippsland Hospital with no sight of Labor matching that commitment or even announcing what it plans to do into the future to grow the service. August 13 will also mark 1,000 days since Labor announcedContinue Reading
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