Donnellan hits out over state of local roads


Opposition MP wants action to fix south-west Victorian roads, saying local freight operators are suffering because of damaged routes

April 18, 2012

Victorian opposition spokesman on roads Luke Donnellan is calling on the government to fix south-west Victorian roads, saying local freight operators are suffering because of damaged routes.

Donnellan, who met with Roads to Ruin campaigners in Warrnambool recently to discuss the dire condition of local roads, says the government needs to "stop making excuses" and deliver funding in the next month’s budget to fix the problem.

"Roads Minister Terry Mulder and his cabinet colleague, the member for South West Coast Denis Napthine, have ignored calls to fund and fix damaged roads," Donnellan says.

"They have sat on their hands for 16 months and their failure to act is having a huge impact on the local community and business."

He is concerned about safety of roads and says the condition is putting a financial drain on local businesses and the transport industry.

"These are vital trucking industry routes. Poor roads are slowing transport movements across the state and increasing vehicle repair costs," Donnellan says

ATN reported in February on Warrnambool transport companies calling on Mulder to fix fragile roads as potholes and eroded road shoulders put a strain on their vehicles.

Twenty companies formed the Roads to Ruin group. Campaign director and Fry Cartage Contracting co-owner Jodi Fry says the Woolsthorpe-Heywood Road near Broadwater is in its worst state during the 23 years she has been in the business, with 14 accidents having occurred there.

Donellan, who recently inspected major freight routes in and around Warrnambool, says local freight operators, milk processors and farmers are doing it tough.

"It’s time Mr Napthine started doing his job and make his government look after Victoria’s south-west and fund badly needed road works in the next month’s State Budget."




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