Midland Highway upgrade
Mr Howard – (Buninyong) (13:55:57) — The Andrews Labor government has invested $12.5 million to install two kilometre-long overtaking lanes in each direction on the Midland Highway between Meredith and Bannockburn. This will also see the construction of flexible safety barriers along the entire length of the road to prevent run-off road crashes. The upgrade will provide a much safer and more reliable journey on this busy stretch of the Midland Highway, which carries around 4000 vehicles per day. This follows on from the work undertaken by the Bracks and Brumby Labor governments when overtaking lanes were installed between Meredith and Elaine and between Elaine and Clarendon. The works that are currently underway on the Midland Highway were promised by Labor ahead of the 2010 election, but sadly nothing was done during the Liberals’ four years in government.
Only upon the election of the Andrews Labor government were we able to get this and so many other projects underway to make our roads safer, to upgrade more schools and hospitals and to support our ambulance services to cut response times. I note that a member for Western Victoria Region in the other house, Mr Morris, has noted that one party has dragged its feet on these safety upgrades along the Midland Highway and so many other projects. However, he clearly needs to look at his Liberal Party colleagues to identify those responsible for four years of inaction. I look proudly at the work delivered across my electorate to make our region’s roads safer and do so much other work.