Roads | November 08, 2016

Bath takes Gippsland dangerous roads list to parliament

Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath has highlighted some of Gippsland’s most dangerous roads in parliament, calling on the Andrews Government to immediately release funding allocated to country roads.

“With the Andrews government cutting 10 per cent from the road asset management budget and scrapping the $160 million country roads and bridges program we have watched the roads in Gippsland deteriorate,” Ms Bath told the parliament.

“There is an urgent need to invest in our country roads, and I have highlighted this through a campaign which allows constituents to identify which roads are in most urgent need of repair.”

More than $970 million will be spent on regional and rural transport infrastructure with the Liberal-Nationals Coalition securing a 10 per cent slice from the sale of the port of Melbourne.

“The response from my campaign has shown that these funds are truly needed in my electorate, with constituents sending images of dangerously deteriorating roads,” Ms Bath said.

Roads that have been identified include the South Gippsland Highway near the Korumburra South road intersection; the Strzelecki Highway between Mirboo North and Muirhead Drive; the Strzelecki Highway between Timmins and Lesters Road and Huntingfords Road; the Boolarra South–Mirboo North Road; Walkerville Road, Tarwin Lower; Foley Road, Yanakie; Waratah Road, Waratah Bay; the Rosedale-Flynns Creek Road; Cansick Street, Rosedale; Maxfields Road and Hyland Highway in the Loy Yang precinct; and Keith Morgan Drive in Traralgon South

“People have spoken about continuous patch-up jobs with roads continuing to crumble because they are never truly repaired or even worse roads that are completely ignored.

“The response to my campaign shows that concerned residents need action, and therefore the action I seek from the minister is for an urgent release of funding for local government and VicRoads to fix these hazardous roads in rural and regional Victoria in my Eastern Victoria Region.”

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Photo caption 1: Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath and Member for Morwell Russell Northe inspect uneven road surface on Morwell’s Tramway Road.

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Photo caption 2: Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath with Member for Gippsland South inspect the Meeniyan – Promontory Road.

Media Contact: Renee Switzer 5174 7066

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