Pre-budget political pressure about highway money
Shadow rural roads minister Roma Britnell was in Gippsland yesterday to help push the case for state government funding for the final two stages of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale.
The Andrews government didn't provide the required $33 million in last year's budget so it's facing pressure to include it in Monday's state budget.
Gippsland South MP Danny O'Brien said motorists are running out of patience.
“Our Federal Member, Darren Chester has secured a $132 million commitment from the Federal Government, yet Daniel Andrews has refused to commit the final $33 million over the past four and a half years," Mr O'Brien said.
“It is time Daniel Andrews listened to Gippslanders and made the Traralgon to Sale highway duplication a high priority.”
“Monday’s budget is Daniel Andrews’ opportunity to listen to the people of Gippsland," Mr O'Brien said.
Nationals colleague, Eastern Victoria MP Melina Bath, agreed, saying “The constant delays in completing the highway duplication has left Gippsland communities and business operators severely frustrated.”