Highway funding a win for community lobbying

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says today’s announcement the State Labor Government has finally committed funding to the Princes Highway West is a win for community lobbying.

She said since 2019 when the Federal Liberal Government first announced its contribution, she has been working with the community to actively lobby the Labor Government, demanding they make a to make a contribution to get the highway fixed.

“It’s taken a long time, but we finally have a result – that’s great news for our community,” she said.

“The condition of the Princes Highway is one of the key issues in the electorate and I’ve been lobbying the Andrews Government to reach this agreement for the past two years.

“I started a petition that attracted more than 8000 signatures from people right across the south-west calling for this funding. That petition was a very strong message to the Government that people in our region have had enough of poor-quality roads.

“It was tabled in Parliament in November 2019 and I have used every opportunity I have since then to raise this matter in the chamber and with the Minister.

“This is a win for the people of the south-west who have been speaking about the highway with me and who’s views I have conveyed to the State Labor Government.”

Ms Britnell said the Andrews Labor Government now needed to publish timelines for the upgrade and get on and get the upgrade done.

“The ball is now in the Andrews Government’s court – we don’t want a situation like the rail line upgrade where there are still no timelines more than 1000 days after funding was announced,” she said.

“The people of South West Coast can be assured I will keep on the government to make sure this project is delivered. Funding is just the first step, it isn’t the end of the fight and I won’t stop advocating until the last bit of bitumen is laid on this upgrade.”

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