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Coalition Government building a better Gippsland

Friday, June 06, 2014

This week’s Victorian Coalition Government 2014-15 State Budget delivers in the key areas of education, roads, tourism, business, emergency services and health, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition’s State Budget delivers improved infrastructure and services for residents and businesses throughout Gippsland to build a better, more connected Victoria.

“This Budget is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into Gippsland and other regional cities and rural communities,” Mr Ryan said.

The Liberal Nationals Coalition Government outlined significant expenditure in the 2014-15 Budget that benefits residents in the Gippsland South electorate. Highlights include:

  • $5.6 million to upgrade Korumburra Secondary College;
  • $4 million for planning and stage One works at the Sale Specialist School; 
  • $5.12 million for the Leongatha heavy vehicle alternate route;
  • $14 million for regional tourism marketing to increase visitors to regional Victoria;
  • $14 million to provide small business owners with practical financial management, marketing and human resources strategies;
  • $4.7 million to upgrade the online energy price comparison tool, My Power Planner;
  • $65 million to fund bushfire management measures;
  • $29 million for the CFA to acquire 78 additional vehicles
  • $20.5 million to replace Respiratory Protection Equipment for CFA and MFB firefighters;
  • 5.5 million for practical on-ground partnership with Landcare groups;
  • An additional $3 million a year for the Boating Safety and Facilities Program, bringing total funding to $8 million annually; and
  • $1.2 billion commitment per year to Vocational Education and Training.

Mr Ryan said these investments build upon the Coalition Government’s recently announced budget initiatives. Highlights in the Gippsland South region include: 


  • An extra $130 million pumped into road maintenance, meaning that more than $500 million will be delivered in the coming year for maintaining roads - up from $384 million under Labor;
  • $73 million for a major redevelopment of Latrobe Regional Hospital, including a new emergency department with double the capacity of the current facility, a new 30-bed ward and a cardiac catheterisation laboratory;
  • $13.5 million for the rollout of new tasers to all 24 hour police stations across regional Victoria, including Sale; 
  • $34 million to expand drug and alcohol treatment services and tackle the use of illicit drugs including ice throughout the state, including Gippsland;
  • $2 million to improve wild dog control; and
  • $3 million to provide support for regional councils to assess infrastructure demand, develop business cases and manage projects.

“By rebuilding Victoria’s finances and keeping the economy strong, the Coalition Government has been able to advance key projects, including those under the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Nationals are exceptionally proud of the Regional Growth Fund, which has contributed to more than 70 projects in the Wellington and South Gippsland shires, leveraging almost $60 million in total investment.”

Mr Ryan said the local projects announced in the 2014-15 State Budget built on the Coalition Government’s significant investment in Gippsland over past Budgets.

Mr Ryan said the Liberal Nationals Coalition Government is building a better Victoria by delivering a strong budget with a record $27 billion investment in roads, rail, health and education, ensuring growth, jobs and opportunities across the state.

“This is in stark contrast to the risk that Daniel Andrews and Labor pose to Victoria’s economy and prosperity. Victorians cannot afford a return to Labor, which is more interested in kowtowing to its union mates than addressing the needs of regional Victorians,” he said.

“Only a Liberal Nationals Coalition Government can be trusted to deliver these important projects on time and within budget.”

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870
stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au



Victorian Coalition Government is building a better regional Victoria

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Victorian Coalition Government's 2014-15 Victorian State Budget delivers record funding to build a better Victoria by investing in the future infrastructure and services to unlock the potential and drive growth across regional and rural communities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the Coalition Government was investing in new job-creating infrastructure projects that would deliver more efficient roads and rail, better hospitals and schools and safer communities.

"The Coalition Government is building a better regional and rural Victoria by delivering infrastructure and services that unlock the growth potential of the regions," Mr Ryan said.

"Responsible financial management means we have delivered a healthy $1.3 billion surplus and maintain our AAA credit rating, enabling us to invest more in rural and regional Victoria."

Rail Infrastructure

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government's investment in regional and rural Victoria was spearheaded by a commitment of up to $220 million to build the Mildura to Geelong rail standardisation link as part of the Murray Basin Rail Project.

"The Coalition Government's Murray Basin Rail Project will transform the movement of freight across the state and unlock economic potential by delivering key country freight rail line upgrades and building the Mildura to Geelong rail standardisation link," Mr Ryan said.

"An additional $209.5 million is also delivered for the maintenance of new stations, bridge, other infrastructure and the delivery of new train and bus services along the $4.1 billion new Regional Rail Link, which will transform regional passenger rail services.

"Other rail investment includes $5.8 million to improve disability access at the Geelong Station and to upgrade the bus interchanges at Moorabool Street and North Shore in Geelong, $14.3 million for a new crossing loop at Rowsley to improve rail operations on the Ballarat line and $1.3 million for planning for the Avalon Airport Rail Link transport corridor," Mr Ryan said.

Road Infrastructure

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was strongly investing in building and upgrading roads across Victoria with an extra $130 million for roads maintenance and restoration, increasing our roads maintenance investment to more than $500 million for the coming year.

The State Budget delivers key regional and rural road projects in partnership with the Commonwealth including:

  • $362.2 million to duplicate the Princes Highway from Winchelsea to Colac;
  • $86 million for the Calder Highway interchange at Ravenswood;
  • $31.8 million for the Princes Highway East interchange at Sand Road;
  • $11 million for Princes Highway East overtaking lanes; and
  • $56.2 million for the Transport Solutions initiative which delivers targeted improvement projects to reduce bottlenecks and improve transport flows in key regional areas.

The Coalition Government will also invest $12.9 million to deliver the Pioneer Road duplication.

"In stark contrast, Labor's transport plan says it will set aside just $1 billion over eight years, or $125 million a year, for regional roads – slashing regional roads spending by two-thirds," Mr Ryan said.

"The money Labor cuts from country roads will be used to pay for Melbourne level crossing removals, where 32 of the 40 promised level crossing removals are in Labor held seats."

Hospitals and healthcare

Mr Ryan said that country hospitals would share in an extra $287 million to hospital bottom-line funding over the next year alone, to treat more patients and assist more people in emergency departments.

"The Coalition Government is investing in building better hospitals and delivering more efficient services so that regional Victorians can access the best healthcare," Mr Ryan said.

The State Budget's key regional and rural health investments include:

  • $73 million for Stage 2a of the Latrobe Regional Hospital redevelopment;
  • $28million to build the new Barwon Health-North facility;
  • $14 million for the Boort Hospital redevelopment; and
  • $8.6 million for two new Prevention & Recovery Care (PARC) mental health services, at Mildura and Warrnambool.

"This new spending builds on what we have already delivered including the biggest regional hospital in Australia's history – the $630 million Bendigo Hospital; the $46.4 million expansion of the Ballarat Hospital, the $65.6 million Echuca Hospital redevelopment and the $10 million Castlemaine Hospital upgrade, and hospital redevelopments at Mildura, Swan Hill, Kerang, Charlton, Numurkah, Geelong and Kilmore," Mr Ryan said.

"The regions will also share in $34.1 million to expand drug and alcohol treatment services and tackle the use of illicit drugs including ice.

"This funding boost will provide support services for over 2,000 extra people a year in rural and metro areas to respond to the growth in the use of ice," Mr Ryan said.

Education and training


Mr Ryan said regional and rural schools would share in a massive $500 million school capital investment package in the 2014-15 State Budget.

"The Coalition Government is building new schools, including $10 million Horsham College for modernisation and regeneration, $8.5 million for Geelong High School as part of $20 million commitment for a modernisation, and $7.8 for the Ballarat High School modernisation," Mr Ryan said.

"Additional to general budget spending, we're also investing $5 million over four years from the Regional Growth Fund into Year 12 retention in the regions.

"The regions will also share in $272.8 million in funding for increased support for students with moderate to severe disabilities in mainstream and specialist government schools.

"For skilling Victorians, the Coalition Government is investing $1.2 billion per year in vocational education and training. The Victorian Coalition Government is also investing $30 million in training for automotive workers," Mr Ryan said.

Food and fibre production

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government will continue to build a stronger food and fibre sector with $41 million of new initiatives in the 2014-15 Budget.

"This year's budget includes $35.4 million over four years, plus a further $6 million thereafter, for the Government's Food into Asia Action Plan to increase the volume and value of food exports into Asia, as we aim to double Victorian agricultural production by 2030," Mr Ryan said.

"The 2014-15 Budget will assist farmers in the war against wild dogs with an additional $1.8 million allocated for aerial baiting and ground baiting in North East Victoria and Gippsland.

"There is also $2.3 million to help establish a poppy industry in Victoria, and $1.6 million to deliver the Goulburn Valley fruit growing industry concessional loans package.

"The Coalition Government will also invest a further $40 million in water management initiatives which will help protect more communities from floods, tackle salinity and support the Murray Darling Basin Authority," Mr Ryan said.

Public Safety

Mr Ryan said the State Budget continues to invest in the CFA and the three highest CFA budgets in Victoria's history have all been delivered by the current Victorian Coalition Government.

"The 2014-15 CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than Labor provided in its last year of office. This record investment shows Labor's 'CFA budget cuts' mantra is an outright lie," Mr Ryan said.

"The CFA investment will now include a bonus $17.2 million to purchase 49 additional medium tankers for CFA brigades on top of the 29 vehicles already coming out of the CFA's usual budget, and $20.5 million to replace all existing respiratory protection equipment for Victoria's fire services.

"The State Budget delivers $13.5 million to roll out Tasers to all regional 24-hour police stations as well as $14.4 million for the new Echuca Police Station and $8.4 million to establish an emergency service precinct at Ballarat West," Mr Ryan said.

Funding announced in the 2014-15 State Budget was in addition to the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which has so far invested almost $400 million in more than 1,400 projects, generating more than $1.6 billion of total investment and expected to create thousands of jobs.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Road safety boost for South Gippsland and Bass Highways

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • $6.1 million contract for road safety improvement works in South Gippsland 
  • Reducing the risk and severity of ‘run-off-road’ crashes 
  • Coalition Government building better roads to improve safety for Victorians

Safety improvement works along sections of both the South Gippsland and Bass Highways are scheduled to commence next month following the awarding of a $6.1 million contract to QR Construction Pty Ltd, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder announced today.

Mr Mulder said significant safety improvement works will be undertaken along the 14 kilometre section of the South Gippsland Highway between Lang Lang and Bass River and the 9.5 kilometre section of Bass Highway between Lang Lang and The Gurdies.

Over the past five years there have been 31 accidents on these sections of highway in which people have been injured and of those 21 involved vehicles running off the road.

“The works that have been commissioned by the Coalition Government along these sections of highway, aim to reduce the risk and severity of incidents involving ‘run-off-road’ crashes,” Mr Mulder said.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said more than 40 kilometres of wire rope safety barriers would be installed along these sections of highway to ensure run-off-road vehicles are protected from potential roadside hazards.

“This installation of wire rope safety barriers is part of the ‘safe system’ approach which ensures run-off-road vehicles are better protected from potential roadside hazards,” Mr Ryan said.

“Works will also include the removal of other roadside hazards, such as trees, as well as widening and sealing sections of road shoulder where safety barriers are being installed.

“Upgrades to rumble strips and centrelines will also help alert drivers if they stray from their lanes, and reflective pavement markers and warning signs will also be upgraded to assist drivers negotiate bends in the road.

“This important safety project is being carried out in addition to rehabilitation and resealing works which are currently underway across South Gippsland, which are being funded though the Victorian Coalition Government’s separate $170 million boost for road maintenance.”

Mr Mulder said the road safety upgrades are being funded through the Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP), which is aimed specifically at risk reduction for road users through vital safety improvements, such as installation of wire-rope barriers, shoulder sealing, improved road signage and the removal of roadside hazards.

“The funding for this project is the centrepiece of Victoria’s new Road Safety Strategy 2013-22 and Action Plan 2013-16, which includes a new and stronger focus on measuring and reducing serious injuries,” Mr Mulder said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has significantly boosted the Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP) funding to $1 billion over 10 years. This represents an increase of more than 30 per cent a year.

“We’ve had successive, record low road tolls in Victoria and we need to keep working hard to ensure that we stay a world leader in road safety.”

For further information on Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy visit www.roadsafety.vic.gov.au 

Ryan launches Gippsland Freight Master Plan

Friday, June 06, 2014

 

The Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan, which supports jobs growth and investment in Gippsland’s transport and freight industry, was launched today by Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan.

Speaking at Dyers Transport in Sale, Mr Ryan said the Master Plan provided an in depth look at the transport and freight challenges and opportunities in Gippsland.

“The Master Plan has been developed as a key component of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Latrobe Valley Industry and Employment Roadmap, launched in 2012,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Roadmap, designed to create new jobs and stimulate investment in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland, highlights the need to develop an ‘infrastructure vision’ for the region.

“The Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan supports this ‘infrastructure vision’ and identifies additional funding for local road projects as a key priority for the development of the transport and freight industries locally.

“This includes upgrades to the South Gippsland Highway, as well as funding for the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Route, Traralgon truck bypass, Sand Road Interchange, Drouin to Drouin South B-double access and Korumburra heavy vehicle route.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government recognised the challenge of maintaining and upgrading Gippsland’s road network and was working in partnership with all levels of government to prioritise important regional road projects.

“Earlier this month I joined Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss in Traralgon, where he reaffirmed the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to support the $175 million Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale,” Mr Ryan said.

“Improving road safety, growing Gippsland’s economic productivity and reducing costs for businesses were the main drivers behind the Commonwealth’s continued support for the project.

“At a state level, the Coalition Government continues to deliver vital roads funding, including an additional $11 million investment for road maintenance in Eastern Victoria over and above existing maintenance funding, as part of our three-year $170 million road maintenance boost.

“This includes more than $6 million in the South Gippsland region for urgent pavement strengthening, rehabilitation, asphalting and road resurfacing works.

“$66 million has been invested to complete the long-awaited Koo Wee Rup Bypass, and in 2012 I opened the final stage of flood-proofing works on the South Gippsland Highway between Sale and Longford, which followed a $56.9 million Victorian Government investment.

“The Coalition Government has also invested almost $9 million for passing lanes on the Strzelecki and Hyland Highways, and partnered with the Commonwealth to fund new passing lanes on the Princes Highway between Nowa Nowa and Orbost as part of an $11 million investment.

“We are supporting local councils to complete much needed road repair and improvement projects through our $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program, which provides each of Victoria’s 48 regional and rural councils with $1 million a year over four years.

“This program has so far delivered an additional $15 million to the Bass, Baw Baw, South Gippsland, East Gippsland and Wellington Shire councils to improve our local road network.”

Mr Ryan said Regional Development Australia Gippsland had provided $100,000 to the Committee for Gippsland to complete the Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan.

“The Committee for Gippsland, which also contributed funding towards the Master Plan, consulted key industry stakeholders and local government to identify the priorities which are specific to industry from a freight and logistics perspective,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Master Plan will also support the recently announced Gippsland Freight Strategy, which formed a key part of the wider Victoria – the Freight State strategy.

“Victoria – the Freight State strategy outlines the Coalition Government’s long-term plan to improving freight efficiency, to grow productivity and better connect Victorian businesses with the marketplace.” 

Road repairs for key South Gippsland roads

Friday, June 06, 2014

 

More than $1 million will be spent rebuilding and upgrading sections of the Fish Creek-Foster Road as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $170 million Repair and Restore package.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said significant road surface upgrades on the Fish Creek-Foster Road, near O’Grady’s Ridge Road, would begin next month.

“The Coalition Government will invest $1.27 million to complete this much needed work, with the project expected to take approximately one month to complete,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government, through its $170 million Repair and Restore package, had also invested $670,000 for restoration works on the Foster-Promontory Road, which began late last year.

“VicRoads crews have removed a 1.32 kilometre section of the Foster-Promontory Road, just before the intersection with Meeniyan-Promontory Road, completely rebuilding the road to make it much stronger, more skid resistant and waterproof,” Mr Ryan said

“All that remains are some minor finishing works, which will be carried out over the coming weeks.”

Mr Ryan said that while the road rehabilitation works would cause delays for motorists, it was important that the work was carried out during the summer months when conditions were most suitable.

“Motorists can expect to see plenty of road works occurring over the coming months as the road construction season ramps up to coincide with the warm and dry weather,” Mr Ryan said.

“Around the South Gippsland area, significant repair works will be carried out on a number of roads, including eight separate sites on the South Gippsland Highway, Waratah Road, Barry Road, Meeniyan-Promontory Road and Buffalo-Tarwin Lower Road.

“Motorists should note that traffic controls will be in place to help minimise traffic disruptions and to factor in an additional 10 minutes of travel time.

“I thank motorists for their patience while these important works are undertaken, and remind them to observe the reduced speed limits for their own safety and the safety of workers.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government’s $170 million Repair and Restore package, which is in addition existing road maintenance funding, was helping VicRoads to develop a comprehensive program of works to be rolled out across the state.

Hyland Highway overtaking lane takes shape

Friday, June 06, 2014

 

Motorists on the Hyland Highway will have more opportunities for safer overtaking with works starting to construct a 1.3 kilometre, $4.66 million overtaking lane that will be complete by mid-year.

Acting Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced that the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to provide more overtaking opportunities on the busy key route was starting to take shape.

“We know this project is something that the Yarram community in particular has long been pushing for and we’re pleased to see that construction has started, with the removal of trees now underway,” M Ryan said.

“This key road carries 1,400 vehicles each day, many of which are trucks carting produce from our local industries.

“It is also a very popular road over summer with many tourists making their way to the region’s beaches and waterways, often towing boats and caravans.

“Getting caught behind these slower vehicles can frustrate some drivers, as there’s currently limited overtaking opportunities along this winding, hilly road.”

Mr Ryan said the new 1.3km overtaking lane near Carrajung South would be built between Lays Road and Campbells Road.

“This site was specifically chosen because it is in the middle of a tight section of winding hills where there is limited sight distance,” Mr Ryan said.

“It will allow Traralgon bound vehicles to be able to overtake slower vehicles.”

Mr Ryan urged road users travelling through the project site to slow down and allow extra travel time in coming months, as many temporary conditions will be in place including lane closures and reduced speed limits.

“Crews will be concentrating on tree removal works in coming weeks, which cause delays at times to allow large trees to be safely felled,” Mr Ryan said.

The Victorian Coalition Government will spend $340 million on regional roads initiatives this year compared to just $125 million that Labor has outlined in its transport plan.

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au  

Victoria records lowest road toll in 90 years

Friday, June 06, 2014

 

Acting Premier Peter Ryan, along with Minister for Roads Terry Mulder and Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips, today welcomed news of a record low Victorian road toll of 242, some 40 less than last year.

“Victoria has just recorded its lowest road toll in almost 90 years,” Mr Ryan said.

“We haven’t seen a road toll this low since 1924, when 224 people were killed on our roads.

“We are proud of the work done so far and proud that the community and all road users have joined with police and all arms of government in a real team effort to reduce tragedies on our roads.

“However, there is still a long way to go. Most road deaths are not ‘accidents’ as such, but the result of poor choices, including choices to speed, or drive under the influence of alcohol.

“Everyone in the community needs to deeply consider the choices they make.

“There are towns in my electorate of South Gippsland with populations of fewer than 242 and to think of this many people dying on our roads every year is tragic.

“We have come a long way in saving lives, but we will not rest until the road toll is zero.”

Mr Ryan said the state’s road safety strategies, including the introduction of the Graduated Licensing System and the Safer Road Infrastructure Program, had helped save lives.

“The Victorian Coalition Government Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan, unveiled in March, included some bold new initiatives to build on these gains,” Mr Ryan said.

“We asked Victorians to tell us what they thought would help save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

“Victorians called for more enforcement, a stronger approach to those doing the wrong thing and more education, and we’ve listened.”

Mr Ryan said 2013 saw the Coalition Government announce increased measures to stop drink driving; compulsory increased penalties for using a mobile phone while driving, the release the Road Mode mobile phone app and the start of education programs for reckless drivers to supplement tough hoon penalties.

Mr Mulder said the road safety partners, including Victoria Police, the TAC, VicRoads and the Department of Justice, have created new road safety campaigns and public education programs targeting road safety issues.

“This year we saw Victoria’s first ever distractions campaign and we worked with motorcyclists on a campaign to help them achieve the perfect ride,” Mr Mulder said.

“While it has been great to see the reductions in fatalities this year we know that we are only ever one bad week or one bad month away from losing those gains.

“We need to continue to work together to come up with new initiatives and strategies to help us achieve our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries.”

Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said while it is encouraging to see the reduction in road fatalities there is still work to be done to reduce serious injuries on our roads.

“The last 12 months have seen a reduction in fatalities but we have not seen the same reduction in serious injury collisions,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“We have a number of initiatives underway in 2014 to reduce serious injuries including the Enhanced Crash Investigation Study with the Monash University Accident Research Centre which will be unveiled in February.

“The TAC has also committed $1 billion under the Safer Road Infrastructure Program over the next decade to make Victoria’s most dangerous roads safer for all road users, a vital element of the Safe System approach.

“The release of the Parliamentary Road Safety Committee inquiry into serious injury later this year will give us a better understanding of what we can do to reduce life changing injuries.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@minstaff.vic.gov.au

New pipes laid on damaged Fish Creek-Foster Road

Friday, June 06, 2014
More than 25 meters of new concrete pipes have been laid along Fish Creek-Foster Road in preparation of the road re-opening next month.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan inspected the washed out section of the road last week and said the Victorian Coalition Government was working with VicRoads to ensure the damage was repaired as quickly as possible.

“Over the past week, the contractor has excavated down nine metres and dug out more than 300 truckloads of earth from the site,” Mr Ryan said.

“New concrete pipes to replace the damaged pipes have been delivered to the site and will be installed within coming days.

“The contractor will start reconstructing the embankment from the first week of December.”

Mr Ryan said the scale of the damage to the road was significant, however VicRoads and contractors were working seven days a week to repair the damaged section.

“Traffic will continue to be diverted along Meeniyan-Promontory Road and Foster-Promontory Road (C446) until the road re-opens,” Mr Ryan said.

“These works are expected to be completed and the road re-opened to traffic around mid-December.”

Mr Ryan urged motorists to take care when travelling on roads that they were unfamiliar with.

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au  

South Gippsland receives $1 million boost from Country Roads and Bridges Fund

Friday, June 06, 2014

 

The Victorian Coalition Government will provide the South Gippsland Shire Council with a further $1 million to fix local roads and bridges, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced today.


Mr Ryan was in South Gippsland today to inspect the damage to local roads following the recent significant rainfall event.

Mr Ryan inspected the washed out section of the Foster-Fish Creek Road.

“Last week more than 120mm of rain fell over parts of South Gippsland in little more than two days, which is more than the entire November rain average of 78.5mm, causing significant damage to the region’s roads.

“The scale of the damage to the Foster-Fish Creek Road is quite significant, however VicRoads and contractors are currently on site working seven days a week until the road is repaired.

“The Coalition Government will continue to work with VicRoads to ensure damaged roads across the region are repaired as quickly as possible, however I urge motorists to proceed with caution when driving on damaged roads.”

Mr Ryan said today’s funding announcement of $1 million for the South Gippsland Shire Council would be provided through the Coalition Government’s Country Roads and Bridges Fund.

“The four year Country Roads and Bridges Fund, now in its third year, provides up to $1 million per year to 40 rural councils, including the South Gippsland Shire Council. “This is a total of $160 million of additional funds to improve the condition of shire managed roads and bridges, and can be used for maintenance and the restoration of existing road or bridge infrastructure in the region.”

Mr Ryan said the funds would be used to carry out the following works:

  • Mount Eccles Road near Mount Eccles- sealed road rehabilitation $214,349;
  •  Summers Road near Fish Creek- bridge rehabilitation $102,248;
  • Goads Road near Dumbalk North- bridge rehabilitation $471,912; and
  • Agnes River Road near Toora- bridge rehabilitation $211,491.

South Gippsland Shire Councillor Kieran Kennedy welcomed the $1 million funding boost.

“The weather conditions of the past few years have created a huge maintenance impost on both local and state government and we appreciate all funding that can assist us to maintain the 2,000 kilometre network of roads managed by the council,” Cr Kennedy said.

Mr Ryan said in addition to the $1 million boost for shire roads and bridges, the Coalition Government had boosted the road maintenance budget by $45 million in October 2012 and then by a further $170 million over three years in May 2013.

"Under the previous Labor Government, underlying issues with the condition of Victorian roads were not exposed due to the lack of rain during nearly a decade of drought,” Mr Ryan said.

"The facts are: we will spend $466 million on road maintenance in 2013-14, which is $83 million more than Labor's last budget for road maintenance, which was $383 million in 2010-11.

"By carrying out a targeted road restoration program, in addition to comprehensive pavement resurfacing, we will ensure the life of these roads is extended for decades to come.

"$4.33 million has already been announced this year to repair and restore South Gippsland roads around Foster, Buffalo, Fish Creek and Middle Tarwin.

“A further $5.4 million will be spent on road safety improvements over a 14 km stretch of the South Gippsland Highway from Lang Lang to Loch. These works will be carried out between November 2013 and April 2014."

Mr Ryan said VicRoads had currently programmed more than $6 million worth of immediate repair and restoration works in the South Gippsland region over the coming months, including pavement strengthening works, rehabilitation and asphalt works, as well as road resurfacing works.

Mr Ryan said pavement strengthening works including rehabilitation and asphalt works programed to be carried out by VicRoads included:

  •  Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road at Bena-Kongwak Road roundabout – scheduled to begin December;
  • Waratah Road near Fish Creek – scheduled to begin December;
  • Meeniyan-Promontory Road at Buffalo – scheduled to begin December;
  • Foster-Promontory Road from Foster to Fish Creek – commenced November;
  • Buffalo-Tarwin Lower Road at Middle Tarwin – scheduled to begin December;
  • Fish Creek-Foster Road near Grady’s Bridge Road Foster – scheduled to begin February; and
  • Barry Road at Agnes – scheduled to begin February.

Mr Ryan said road resurfacing works programmed to be carried out by VicRoads included:

  • Barry Road at Agnes – scheduled to begin February;
  • Drouin-Korumburra Road, three sites between Poowong North and Ranceby– scheduled to begin December;
  • Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road at Korumburra – scheduled to begin January;
  • Lang Lang-Poowong Road between Nyora and Poowong – scheduled to begin January;
  • Meeniyan-Promontory Road between Buffalo and Fish Creek – scheduled to begin February;
  • Nerrena Road near Nerrena – scheduled to begin January;
  • South Gippsland Highway, seven sites between Nyora and Toora – scheduled to begin January;
  • Strzelecki Highway, five sites Delburn and Leongatha – scheduled to begin January; and
  • Wilsons Promontory Road near Darby River – scheduled to begin February.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731 ben.bulmer@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Nambrok Road intersection works to begin this year

Friday, June 06, 2014

 
Work will begin before the end of this year to construct the Nambrok Road section of the $175 million Traralgon to Sale Princes Highway Duplication project, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said stage four of the Princes Highway Duplication project would include the construction of two 2.8-kilometre lanes in each direction, an upgrade to the Nambrok Road intersection with separate turning lanes and the instillation of safety barriers.

“The Nambrok Road intersection has had a poor crash history, however stage four will vastly improve road geometry and visibility and allow for the safer movement of traffic in this area,” Mr Ryan said.

“Stage four will be complete by mid-2015 and will contribute to improved safety for road users, enhanced freight efficiency between Melbourne and Sale and provide significant benefits to the local community and tourists.

“It will also assist key Gippsland industries including coal, dairy, timber, paper and oil and gas production to transport their commodities.”

Hazell Bros Pty Ltd was awarded the contract after tenders for the design and construction works were advertised in April.

“Extending waterway crossings and rehabilitating the existing highway road pavement will also occur during this stage of the project,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said changed traffic conditions could be expected during construction of the project.

“For the safety of highway users, reduced speed limits will apply through active work zones and I ask motorists to be considerate of those reductions,” Mr Ryan said.

“Trucks will be entering and leaving sites adjacent to the highway during these times and drivers should take care, watch for construction traffic and observe all signs and directions from traffic controllers.”

Those seeking updates on the progress of the project can visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/nambrok or phone 5172 2328.

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au