Labor Member for Eastern Victoria Ms Harriet Shing has openly criticised the state of roads in Gippsland during this week’s sitting of the Victorian Parliament.
“I refer to the parlous state of roads in the Eastern Victoria Region and in Gippsland, which have in and of themselves contributed more than their fair share of fatalities, serious injuries and near misses in the area.” – Ms Shing 7 June 2016.
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said he agreed with Ms Shing that the state of country roads had gone backward under the watch of the Andrews Labor Government.
‘The Andrews Labor Government has cut road funding across the board and the lack of investment is most evident right across regional Victoria including Gippsland,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan axed the Country Roads and Bridges program which was hugely successful in helping repair some of the most dangerous roads in my electorate.
‘The Andrews Labor Government was happy to announce huge windfalls of revenue as part of the 2016-17 Victorian Budget but has not reinvested that additional funding to support our regional road network.
‘In this year’s Budget Mr Donellan also announced Road Operations and Network Improvements funding was to be reduced by 3.4%.
‘Every day my office receives complaints relating to roads and the lack of repairs being undertaken by the Andrews Labor Government and I call on the Minister for Roads to invest what is needed to improve our regional road network that his own colleague Ms Harriet Shing says is parlous,’ Mr Blackwood said.