“I’VE had strong feedback from locals who desperately want to see more money invested in our local roads,” said Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan this week, as he announced an allocation of $3.2 million from the state government’s $500 million road asset management budget to repair and rebuild roads across South Gippsland.
Mr Ryan said that the money would be used to carry out repairs on four key roads, with works to begin later in the year, during the warmer months. Due to be strengthened through stabilisation works and resealing are the following:
- South Gippsland Highway- $1,732,000 for 1.36 km of repairs in Yarram and four sections east of Welshpool;
- Promontory Road – $513,000 for 1.01km of repairs south of Foster;
- Meeniyan-Promontory Road- $380,000 for 0.79km of repairs past Pattersons Road near Yanakie;
- Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road- $583,000 for 1.17km of repairs around Clancys Road, south of Korumburra.
“The Coalition Government has answered the community’s calls for more funding. Now it is up to VicRoads to carry out this much needed work,” said Mr Ryan.
“Local roads are the lifeblood of our regional and rural communities, connecting people with work, school, family and friends, so it is vital that they are safe.”
Mr Ryan said The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, were committed to fixing regional and rural Victoria’s roads.
“We announced, as part of the 2014/15 Victorian Budget, an additional $130 million for road maintenance, bringing the total road maintenance investment to more than $500 million for this financial year,” Mr Ryan said.
“This initial $3.2 million investment will enable vital road repair works to be carried out, and follows our $4.3 million investment to repair South Gippsland roads, announced in August 2013.
“I will continue to work with the Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, to secure much-need funding for our local roads and ensure South Gippsland receives its fair share.”
Mr Ryan said he encouraged local motorists to report damaged roads in South Gippsland to VicRoads.