As The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, I know that the state of our roads is one of the most pressing issues in our region.
Our roads are suffering due to Labor’s cuts to road funding.
That’s why it’s positive that a new inquiry was established last week by State Parliament’s Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee.
The Inquiry into VicRoads’ Management of Country Roads has been tasked with considering and reporting on:
• the effectiveness of VicRoads in managing country roads;
• the existing funding model and its lack of effectiveness for country Victoria;
• the lack of consultation with regional communities and their subsequent lack of input into prioritising which roads are in dire need of repair; and
• the option of dismantling VicRoads and creating a specific country roads organisation and separate metropolitan roads body.
This topic is one of crucial importance to our region and I strongly urge the people of Gippsland to have their say and contribute to this Inquiry.
You can access information about the Inquiry, including how to make a submission, through the Victorian Parliament website at http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lrrcsc/article/3220
The committee will make its recommendations to the State Government by November 30, 2017.
If you need any assistance accessing information about the Inquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact my office on 5144 1987.
Danny O’Brien, Member for Gippsland South.
Inquiry into country roads