May 3, 2016: Members Statement – South West Coast roads

How on earth could this government again ignore the parlous state of roads in south-west Victoria?

Not one line was mentioned in last week’s budget for roads projects west of Geelong, despite countless lobbying efforts by communities and local leaders.

Only last week I visited Grasmere Primary School, and the teacher, Jodie Mackrell, asked grades 5 and 6 pupils what issues were important to them. Unanimously they responded, ‘Roads’.

This issue is so profound that even the children are concerned as much as the adults. That is truly a telling revelation.

Every day residents and tourists in my electorate put their lives at risk on roads that are crumbling under the increasing freight volumes of primary product going to domestic and export markets, making billions of dollars for Victoria.