Council drives East Gippsland’s road and transport priorities

The East Gippsland Shire Council has worked closely with the Government of Victoria to deliver a comprehensive list of key projects that will see the much needed improvements to the region’s roads and transport network.

The advisers met with officials from the Gippsland Department of Transport (DoT) last month to discuss a number of ongoing priorities.

Mayor Cr Mark Reeves said it was a productive meeting between councillors, new DoT Regional Director Beth Liley and Development Manager for Gippsland Pas Monacella.

“It was great to come together in one room with Gippsland representatives from the DoT to discuss and champion county priorities and ongoing work for East Gippsland,” said Cr Reeves.

“We discussed several priorities for our advocacy agenda, and they took the time to walk us through a number of key transport investments in Region Victoria for the 2022-23 fiscal year.”

Board advocacy agenda items that were discussed included:

• Upgrading of the Great Alpine Road

• Waterproofing of the Benambra-Corryong road on the remaining gravel section

• Marlo Road Upgrade

• Duplication of the Mitchell River Bridge and improvements to the eastern approaches to Bairnsdale

• Bullumwaal road improvements.

Cr Reeves said he was confident these discussions would lead to results for the region.

“We have already received funding commitments from the Australian Government for a few projects that we advocate for and are confident that we will be able to secure state government funding for more of these priorities in the near future,” Cr said Reeves.

“We are excited to work with the DoT on these projects and many other key regional road and transportation investments in our region.”

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