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Coalition Government delivers a further $1.3 million for South Gippsland Highway

* * - Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • 14 sections of the South Gippsland Highway to be resealed
  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $1.3 million to complete works
  • Community feedback helped identify areas in need of resealing

The Victorian Coalition Government continues to repair key roads in South Gippsland, with a further $1.3 million being injected into resealing works on damaged sections of the South Gippsland Highway.

The $1.3 million investment will reseal a total of 14 sections of the South Gippsland Highway from Lang Lang to Stradbroke, providing significant relief for local motorists.

The investment will be provided through the Coalition Government’s record $500 million roads maintenance investment.

The first of the 14 sections of the South Gippsland Highway to be resealed was announced recently, with $34,000 allocated for works near Meeniyan.

Today’s announcement confirms the remaining 13 sections of the South Gippsland Highway to be resealed, including sections at Lang Lang, Korumburra, Leongatha, Meeniyan, Welshpool, Yarram and Stradbroke.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan welcomed the investment and said the resealing works would begin shortly.

“Over the winter months VicRoads carried out significant patching works along the South Gippsland Highway, providing a short term fix,” Mr Ryan said.

“This work was only designed to be a temporary fix, with important resealing works held off until the warmer months, which are now upon us.

“The resealing works will improve the road surface, creating a smoother ride for motorists, while making the road surface waterproof and more resistant to future damage.

“I want to reassure local motorists that we are listening to their concerns about road conditions and will continue to invest to fix our roads.”

Mr Ryan said VicRoads would continue to monitor the condition of the local road network and he encouraged locals to continue reporting damaged sections of road to VicRoads so it could be patched and resealed as quickly as possible.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien echoed Mr Ryan’s comments and said VicRoads had taken into account community feedback when identifying the sections of the highway in need of significant repairs.

“I thank the South Gippsland community for its strong feedback, and I want to reassure locals that we are listening to their concerns,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Nationals, working in Coalition Government, will continue to invest in our road network to repair the significant damage which has occurred over recent years.

“The Nationals understand that fixing country roads, saves country lives.”

Mr O’Brien said the Coalition Government had invested well over $100 million to fix and upgrade local roads in South Gippsland over the past three and a half years, with more money flowing through to the region on an ongoing basis.

“We will continue to prioritise this region to ensure our local roads can be fixed or upgraded as quickly as possible,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We will also continue to invest in key safety upgrades, new passing lanes as well as supporting local councils to fix and improve local roads.” 

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Labor will cut the country

* * - Monday, October 06, 2014

 

  • Labor’s pamphlet reveals it will cut funding to country Victoria by $1.936 billion
  • Labor copycats policies which are already in action
  • Labor puts up token spending to cover massive cuts

Labor’s pamphlet, released today, reveals Labor will cut funding for country Victoria by at least $1.936 billion, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said today.

“Labor’s claims it will spend $200 million on regional jobs, $1 billion on regional roads over eight years, and reinstate its token Regional Infrastructure Development Fund are token offerings to disguise huge cuts in the country,” Mr Ryan said.

“Labor steals your wallet then offers you one of your own stolen banknotes as a distraction.

“In the next term of government, Labor, if elected, would cut the Regional Growth Fund ($500 million); cut the Murray Basin Rail Project (up to $220 million); cut up to three quarters of the roads maintenance budget ($1.5 billion); and cut the Country Roads and Bridges program ($160 million).

“It would return a token $200 million for a regional jobs fund, far less than the $500 million the Coalition has already set aside in the Regional Growth Fund – which Labor has said it will axe. The Regional Growth Fund has already invested more than $440 million in 1,600 projects, generating $1.8 billion of investment and 5,000 jobs in regional and rural Victoria.

“Labor’s pledge to spend $1 billion on regional roads over eight years equates to $125 million a year – up to a 75 per cent cut. This year, the Coalition invested $500 million in roads maintenance.

“Labor has said it would reinstate its token Regional Infrastructure Development Fund, which its glossy brochures tell us invested just $61 million a year – $611 million over a decade – so that’s $244 million over the next term of government.

“That’s a $2.38 billion cut from the country and $444 million offered as a replacement – Labor cuts the country by $1.936 billion,” Mr Ryan said.

“Furthermore, Labor’s copycat regional jobs ‘policies’ released today are already reality under the Regional Growth Fund, which Labor aims to axe.

“Labor says it will set up Regional Business Centres and Regional Cities Clusters to ‘provide expert advice and assistance to businesses looking to expand or relocate to regional Victoria’.

This is already done under the Regional Growth Fund.”

Regional Development Victoria already manages 18 regional offices which ‘facilitate investment, jobs and exports, creating a local contact point for businesses, council and community groups’.

RDV also has a Business Engagement Team which ‘engages with Victorian regional businesses to promote the development of sustainable industries that are growth orientated and export focussed’.

“Labor has refused to commit to the Murray Basin Rail Project, worth up to $220 million, which will transform the way goods are transported in western and northern Victoria, creating countless jobs and huge opportunities for business and exports,” Mr Ryan said.

“Labor has also refused to commit to the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges program.

“Labor will cut the country by $1.936 billion, print a glossy brochure and try to fool regional Victorians into believing it invests in the regions.

“Labor will cut the country.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

The Nationals are fixing country roads to save country lives

* * - Friday, August 15, 2014

 

 $1.35 million for highway upgrades between Morwell and Traralgon
• Additional signage, lighting and resurfacing works to improve safety
• Victorian Coalition Government is fixing country roads to save country lives

The Princes Highway near Latrobe Regional Hospital will be safer for motorists thanks to a $1.35 million Victorian Coalition Government investment for a number of key safety initiatives.

Deputy Premier and The Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan was alongside The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe and The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien to announce the Coalition Government’s investment.

Mr Ryan said the works would be focussed around the Princes Highway between Morwell and Traralgon, with works starting this week.

“This investment will fund new kerbing and channelling near the Village Avenue intersection, as well as the installation of safety barriers along the stretch of highway,” Mr Ryan said.

“Much-needed road resurfacing will also be undertaken, with these resurfacing works to be staged over the next 12 to 18 months.

“To grab drivers’ attention, the existing electronic warning signs will be upgraded to display ‘slow down’ messaging if drivers are going too fast.

“Additional streetlights will also be installed in the centre median to improve visibility at night time.

“This investment is another example of The Nationals, working as part of a strong Coalition Government team, delivering vital safety improvements for key Gippsland roads.”

Mr Northe welcomed the investment and said this important work would reduce the number of crashes on the highway between Traralgon and Morwell.

“Over the past five years there were 16 crashes in this area, including one fatality and six serious injuries,” Mr Northe said.

“In most cases the driver involved was either speeding through the area, not paying attention or didn’t fully notice the intersection.

“These works will help motorists to pay attention, provide better visibility and a quality road surface, ensuring the road is safer for locals or those travelling through the region.”

The Nationals Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester welcomed the Coalition Government’s investment and passed on his support for the initiatives which were announced today.

“The Nationals have a strong team of dedicated local members in Gippsland at both the state and federal level who continue to deliver for the region,” Mr Chester said.

“We have jointly funded a number of key road initiatives throughout the region, including the ongoing duplication of the Princes Highway between Sale and Traralgon, a new passing lane for the Hyland Highway between Morwell and Mirboo North, and key works on the Princes Highway in East Gippsland.

“By fixing country roads we are saving country lives and I will continue to be a strong voice for Gippsland in the Federal Parliament to secure further roads funding for our region.”

Mr O’Brien said the $1.35 million investment would be provided through the Victorian Coalition Government’s Safer Roads Infrastructure Program.

“Through the Safer Roads Infrastructure Program we are investing $1 billion over ten years for key safety upgrades on Victorian roads,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We’ve had successive, record yearly low road tolls in Victoria and we will continue working hard to ensure that we are doing everything we can to save country lives on country roads.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404  kate.lancatser@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Key roads to be repaired in Sale and Yarram

* * - Monday, July 21, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government is committed to fixing country roads
  • An initial $2.1 million to repair and rebuild roads in Wellington Shire
  • Strengthening and rebuilding to be carried out on two key roads

The South Gippsland Highway at Yarram and sections of the Princes Highway near Sale will be repaired as funding begins to flow from the Victorian Coalition Government’s record $500 million road maintenance boost.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced an initial $2.1 million would be invested from the $500 million road asset management budget.

Mr Ryan said that repairs would be carried out on two key roads:

South Gippsland Highway - $1.2M for repairs to the South Gippsland Highway at Yarram.

Princes Highway East - $905,000 for 1.15km of repairs for two sections west of Sale and at Nuntin Creek north of Sale.

Mr Ryan said VicRoads would work with Wellington Shire to repair the South Gippsland Highway at Yarram with works planned for Summer 2015-2016.

“Works to the two sections of the Princes Highway west of Sale and at Nuntin Creek north of Sale would also be carried over a similar timeframe,” he said.

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 $2.1 million investment will enable vital road repair works to be carried out and builds on a recent announcement of $3.2 million to repair four key roads in South Gippsland.

“This 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 our region receives its fair share.”

Mr Ryan encouraged local motorists to report damaged roads to VicRoads.

“I’ve had strong feedback from locals who desperately want to see more money invested in our local roads,” Mr Ryan said.

“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.

“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.

“The Nationals are committed to fixing country roads to save country lives.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Key roads to be repaired in South Gippsland

* * - Monday, July 21, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government is committed to fixing country roads
  • An initial $3.2 million to repair and rebuild roads in South Gippsland
  • Strengthening and rebuilding to be carried out on four key roads

A number of key roads in South Gippsland will be repaired or resealed as funding begins to flow from the Victorian Coalition Government’s record $500 million road maintenance boost.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced an initial $3.2 million would be invested from the $500 million road asset management budget.

Mr Ryan said that repairs would be carried out on four key roads:

  • South Gippsland Highway - $1,732,000 for 1.36 km of repairs in Yarram and four sections east of Welshpool
  • Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road - $583,000 for 1.17km of repairs around Clancys Road, south of Korumburra
  • Wilsons 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.

Mr Ryan said the roads would be strengthened through stabilisation works and resealing, with works to begin later in the year during the warmer months.

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 encourage local motorists to report damaged roads in South Gippsland to VicRoads.

“I’ve had strong feedback from locals who desperately want to see more money invested in our local roads,” Mr Ryan said.

“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.

“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.

“The Nationals are committed to fixing country roads to save country lives.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404 Kate.lancaster@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Coalition delivers another Strzelecki Highway passing lane

* * - Monday, July 14, 2014
  • $4.27 million to build overtaking lane on the Strzelecki Highway
  • Overtaking lanes add to a suite of safety improvements on the highway
  • Drivers will be able to overtake slower vehicles more safely

    Motorists travelling between Mirboo North and the Latrobe Valley will have a safer and faster journey thanks to a $4.27 million investment for a new passing lane on the Strzelecki Highway.

    Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan on Friday announced funding for a 1.7 kilometre passing lane to be built near Smiths Road at Driffield.

    Making the announcement on site, Mr Ryan was joined by The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe, The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien and The Nationals Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

    “This is an extremely busy road with more than 4,000 vehicles a day and many of those are fully laden trucks that drive slowly through the steep and winding hills,” Mr Ryan said.

    “Being stuck behind a slow truck or tractor can be frustrating and without adequate opportunities for overtaking, some drivers will take risks.

    “This passing lane will improve the flow of traffic and provide safer passing options for local motorists.”

    Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was committed to improving roads in South Gippsland, with the Strzelecki Highway overtaking lane between Mirboo North and Leongatha, a key election commitment, nearing completion.

    “We have also invested an additional $3.8 million to install safety barriers to reduce run-off-roads crashes at key locations on Strzelecki Highway as part of the Safer Road Infrastructure Program, which delivers $1 billion over 10 years for road safety improvements,” Mr Ryan said.

    Member for Morwell Russell Northe welcomed the investment, which was delivered in the Coalition Government’s 2014-15 State Budget.

    “The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to fixing country roads to save country lives,” Mr Northe said.

    “The recent Victorian Budget also included a $130 million road maintenance boost, bringing our total maintenance spend for 2014-15 to more than $500 million.

    “This funding is in stark contrast to Labor's Project 10,000 plan which sets aside $1 billion over eight years for roads maintenance, a paltry $125 million a year.”

    Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said road safety was a major focus of the Federal Government.

    “We are proud to support this important local project that will make Gippslanders’ journey to and from work safer,” Mr Chester said.

    Work will begin in March next year with the project to be complete by mid-2016. 

Surveying works begin for alternate route

* * - Wednesday, July 02, 2014

  • Surveying works begin on heavy vehicle alternate route
  • Drivers urged to take care where works are being conducted
  • Route will divert 600 trucks per day away from Bair Street

The Leongatha Alternate Heavy Vehicle Route is another step closer to completion with important pre-construction works set to begin this week.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said VicRoads surveyors would be on site in Leongatha from today.


“The $5.12 million Leongatha Alternate Heavy Vehicle Route, which was jointly funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, will see more than 600 trucks per day to be diverted around the Leongatha CBD,” Mr Ryan said.

“This project will provide significant benefits to shoppers and business owners in Bair Street, including increased pedestrian safety, better traffic flows and less damage to the road caused by heavy vehicles.”

Mr Ryan said before the project could move to the design and construction phase, important surveying work needed to be completed.

“This work will ensure existing features such as power and water services can be accommodated in the project design or moved if necessary,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said once the surveying was complete the final design works and pre-construction activities such as service relocation would be carried out.

He said construction works would then follow in 2015, with the project expected to be complete by 2016.

“VicRoads will be in regular contact with the community, including landowners and key stakeholders to discuss potential designs for the Leongatha Alternate Heavy Vehicle Route,” Mr Ryan said.

“There will also be community updates, briefing sessions and updates on South Gippsland Shire’s website, with finalised designs to be presented to the community later this year.”

Mr Ryan said while the surveying work was being completed temporary traffic changes would be put in place and he urged motorists to take care while travelling through the area.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government had prioritised roads funding in and around Leongatha.

“This year alone, the Coalition Government is investing more than $500 million to undertake vital road maintenance,” Mr Ryan said.

“This funding is in stark contrast to Labor's transport plan which sets aside just $1 billion over eight years, or $125 million a year, for regional roads.

“We are also investing $9.4 million to make South Gippsland safer through the Safer Roads Infrastructure Program.

“This includes $4.5 million on the South Gippsland Highway between Stony Creek and Foster for safety barriers and rumble strips and $3.8 million for the Strzelecki Highway between Leongatha and Koorooman for safety barriers, rumble strips and tree removal.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

Victorian Coalition Government investing to make Gippsland roads safer

* * - Tuesday, June 10, 2014


More than $9 million for road safety measures in South Gippsland
Road death toll at record low; Coalition aims to keep it there
Coalition Government continues to invest in regional road network


The Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government is investing a further $9 million to save lives on South Gippsland roads.

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien on Friday welcomed the news that five local projects, totalling $9.43 million, were part of the latest round of the Coalition Government’s $17.7 million state-wide Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP).

“SRIP reduces the risk and severity of crashes, by fixing crash hotspots and implementing safety improvements,” Mr O’Brien said.

Mr O’Brien said the five local projects included:

  • $4.5 million for the South Gippsland Highway between Stony Creek and Foster for safety barriers and rumble strips;
  • $3.8 million for the Strzelecki Highway between Leongatha and Koorooman for safety barriers, rumble strips and tree removal;
  • $416,000 for the Inverloch-Venus Bay/Tarwin Lower Road intersection for resurfacing, safety barriers, improve signage, line marking and vegetation removal; 
  • $360,000 for the Strzelecki Highway at Leongatha to create a protected right turn lane, resurfacing, line marking, drainage and signage; and
  • $360,000 for the Princes Highway/Rosedale-Heyfield Road intersection for new lighting, extend the splitter island, warning signs and tree removal.

“People have lost their lives or been seriously injured at these locations, which is why we are investing in these important safety upgrades,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The number of deaths on Victorian roads is at a 90 year low and we aim to keep it that way.”

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Coalition Government was investing $1 billion over 10 years for the Safer Road Infrastructure Program, which was on top of the more than $500 million it was investing this year for vital roads maintenance works.

“An evaluation by Monash University has identified that the Coalition Government’s SRIP program has already reduced serious crashes by 30 per cent,” Mr Ryan said.

“We are reducing the number of serious crashes because crash statistics determine what kind of projects SRIP will fund.

“SRIP projects might include installing wire barriers to prevent cars running off roads where that occurs regularly, or removing trees where there have been a high number of motorists crashing into trees.

“A good local example is the South Gippsland Highway between Stony Creek and Foster where crash statistics show that since 2009 most of the 13 casualty crashes occurred when vehicles ran off the road. To remedy this we are investing $4.5 million for safety barriers and rumble strips on that section of road.”

Mr Ryan said the latest round of SRIP funding was on top of the $5.4 million the Coalition Government had already invested for safety improvement on the South Gippsland Highway between Lang Lang and Loch, and the $300,000 invested for left turn lane, kerbs, line marking, signs and vegetation removal on the South Gippsland Highway at Foster.

SRIP is a key initiative of Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan and is funded through the Transport Action Commission and delivered by VicRoads.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

Coalition delivers more opportunities for safer overtaking on Hyland and Strzelecki Highways

* * - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Coalition delivers two new overtaking lanes totalling $8.76 million
  • Additional safer passing opportunities for Gippsland motorists
  • Drivers travelling on the Hyland and Strzelecki Highways to benefit

The Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government last Friday delivered on its election commitment to provide more opportunities for safer overtaking when the 1.3 kilometre passing lane on the Hyland Highway was officially opened.

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien was in Carrajung South to open the $4.66 million project, which is one of two passing lanes funded and delivered as election commitments by the Coalition Government.

Mr O’Brien said works on the second 1.3 kilometre overtaking lane, located on the Strzelecki Highway near Mirboo North, would be completed within coming weeks.

“The completion of these two Coalition Government election commitments, totalling more than $8 million, will improve road safety and traffic flow for motorists travelling on these roads,” Mr O’Brien said.

“There are about 4,500 vehicles travelling on the Strzelecki and 1,200 on the Hyland Highway each day with a high proportion of those being trucks.

“Regular users of these roads will know just how hard it is to find a safe opportunity to overtake the large, slower moving vehicles.

“Hilly, winding road conditions and a mix of heavy vehicles and slower cars towing boats and trailers on their way to and from the region’s holiday hotspots, meant that drivers often chose to take unnecessary risks.”

Mr O'Brien said the delivery of these two projects highlighted the Coalition Government’s commitment to boosting safety and efficiency for all road users by providing them with additional overtaking opportunities.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said, as the local Member of Parliament, he was pleased to deliver this significant election commitment.

“In my role as the Member for Gippsland South, I travel these roads often and know that finding a safe opportunity to pass trucks and agricultural machinery on these roads can be difficult,” Mr Ryan said.

“Regular drivers will now know that there are a number of designated options along the routes that they can wait on to pass in a safe manner and signs are in place to alert motorists of upcoming passing opportunities.”

Mr Ryan said the location of the passing lanes were chosen based on feedback from the community and local industry, including the dairy and logging sector, that use the roads regularly and saw first-hand the unsafe behaviour of some drivers.

"I know how important these two passing lanes are to the local community and I thank Gippslanders for their patience travelling through the roadwork sites while these projects were being built and finalised,” Mr Ryan said.

“I think locals and visitors to the area will agree that the short-term pain was in their long-term gain, and I am very happy to see the completion of these important safety projects.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was delivering better, safer and less congested roads right across Victoria.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870


Coalition Government building a better Gippsland

* * - Friday, May 09, 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




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