Kealy con­tin­ues road cam­paign

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Mem­ber for Lowan Emma Kealy be­lieves com­mu­nity lob­by­ing is re­spon­si­ble for the lat­est main­te­nance work on West­ern and Wim­mera high­ways.

She said she was pleased to see work fi­nally un­der­way ‘after years of lob­by­ing by the lo­cal com­mu­nity’.

Ms Kealy com­mented in State Par­lia­ment last week about how the works came on the back of hun­dreds of com­mu­nity calls to Vi­croads in sup­port of her ‘Re­port a Road Haz­ard’ cam­paign.

“Th­ese lo­cals are rightly con­cerned about the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion of roads in our part of the state, which is putting lives at risk,” she said.

“The An­drews gov­ern­ment re­ceived a mas­sive cash wind­fall due to the sale of the Port of Mel­bourne and has in­tro­duced 11 new taxes, so qual­ity re­pairs to our coun­try roads should be a pri­or­ity.

“In­stead they have cut hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars out of coun­try roads fund­ing, scrap­ping The Na­tion­als Coun­try Roads and Bridges pro­gram.

“We have been forced to run a sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity cam­paign to get our roads fixed. I thank the com­mu­nity for get­ting be­hind my ‘Re­port a Road Haz­ard’ cam­paign, but we need to keep up the fight for our fair share of roads fund­ing.”

Ms Kealy en­cour­aged peo­ple to keep re­port­ing road haz­ards di­rectly to Vi­croads through her web­site www.em­makealy. com or by call­ing 13 11 70.

“We need to keep giv­ing Vi­croads the data it needs to demon­strate La­bor’s fund­ing cuts are dev­as­tat­ing our roads,” she said. “The best way to keep our roads safe is to keep them in a safe con­di­tion.”

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