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Tension growing on road woes

The region’s political leaders are ramping up pressure on the state government to fund much-needed road upgrades.
Nanjing Night Net

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has accused thestate government of only giving“lip service” to road concerns, whilefederal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan haslauncheda petition calling foraction.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell.

Mrs Britnell said while in opposition, current Roads Minister Luke Donnellan had labelled the region’s a “safety issue”.

“It is also becoming a financial and economic issue for local businesses and industry. These are vital trucking industry routes. Poor roads are slowing transport movements across the state and increasing vehicle repair costs,” Mr Donnellansaid in a media release in 2012.

Mrs Britnell described Mr Donnellan’s comments as“spot on”.“But for some reason he seems reluctant to act. There was not $1 in the lateststate budget for road repair programs in this electorate,” she said.

“In the 21 months he has been minister why hasn’t Mr Donnellan acted? It just proves that allLabor give this region is lip service.”

Mrs Britnell said recent rain had led to a spike in the number of calls to her office about the condition of roads.

“It’s only going to get worse as we head into August,” shesaid.

“Something needs to be done now, I have written to Roads Minister Luke Donnellan onnumerous occasions and constituents have told me they have done the same.”

Mrs Britnell said the previous Coalition government had budgeted for renewal works on anumber of key local roads, but since the change of government these projects had not gone ahead.

Mr Tehan’s petition is calling on the state government to “invest in roads they’reresponsible for”. He is also continuing his call for the state government to match a $20million federal funding pledge.

“If the state government do the right thing and fund their roads, we could see $80 million immediately dedicated to these key freight routes in south-west Victoria,” Mr Tehan said.

“I’ve started a petition calling on the Victorian government to invest in the roads that they’re responsible for.”

Mrs Britnell has echoedMr Tehan’s call.

“I urge Minister Donnellan to match that commitment, It won’t solve all the problems, but $40million will be a solid start,” she said.

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