LOCAL ISSUES

KEY MILESTONES REACHED IN PRINCES HIGHWAY EAST DUPLICATION

April 7, 2015

DUPLICATION of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale is a step closer with the commencement of works between Sale-Heyfield Road, Fulham, and Reid Drive in Wurruk.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the milestone coincided with the completion of works from east of Denison Road to east of Nambrok Road, Rosedale.

“The $260 million duplication will improve road safety, cut travel times and associated costs and improve freight efficiency to and from the Gippsland area,” Mr Truss said.

“This project will also be a major boost to key industries of the region such as the dairy, timber and paper industries.”

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester was on hand today for both milestones.

“Works on the Fulham section will involve constructing new west bound traffic lanes to provide two lanes in each direction with a 15 metre central median,” Mr Chester said.

“A roundabout will also be constructed at Sale-Heyfield Road and upgrades undertaken at Polocrosse Lane to improve safety and provide additional vehicle protection.”

Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing, said the new section between Denison and Nambrok Roads would offer a further safety boost for road users.

“With the completion of the Nambrok section drivers will start to see the duplication project really coming together,” she said.

“Motorists are asked to continue to be patient as works begin on the Fulham section, as this is quite a busy area.

“This section will extend 2.9km from the current duplication at Wurruk to just past the Sale-Heyfield Road intersection, providing two lanes in each direction separated by 15 metre wide centre median.”

The Australian Government has committed $210 million and the Victorian Government $50 million
to the overall duplication project.

GREEN ARMY TO SEND REINFORCEMENTS TO EAST GIPPSLAND COASTLINE

May 6, 2015

Pristine areas of the Far East Gippsland coastline will be protected from impacts of Sea Spurge under a new Green Army project funded by the Australian Government.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the coastal dune enhancement and protection project would start in the coming weeks and he encouraged eligible young people to sign up to join the Green Army.

Participation is open to a diverse range of young people, including indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers. Participants must be aged between 17 and 24 years and an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Read more: GREEN ARMY TO SEND REINFORCEMENTS TO EAST GIPPSLAND COASTLINE

LANDCARE GRANTS START TO FLOW ACROSS GIPPSLAND

May 4, 2015

The Australian Government is strengthening its commitment to protect Gippsland’s natural environment with the announcement of $324,000 in funding for on-ground activities in the region under the National Landcare Programme.

The funding will go towards protecting the region’s Red Gum grassy plains woodlands, restoring native vegetation in the Bunurong ecosystem, as well as supporting a range of other important, locally-based environment and sustainable agriculture projects.

“Local Landcare Networks and other community-based groups will facilitate delivery of $324,000 of National Landcare Programme funding to help restore local ecosystems and help protect West Gippsland’s native plants and animals from the ongoing threat of invasive species,” Minister Hunt said.

Read more: LANDCARE GRANTS START TO FLOW ACROSS GIPPSLAND

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