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Come on: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien is urging the State Government to secure
federal funding to help advance the realignment of the Black Spur, on the South Gippsland
Highway at Koonwarra.
its act together.
The Federal Government recently committed $345
million to be spent of safety upgrades, duplications and
other roadworks in rural and regional Victoria.
“Thanks to the efforts of my federal colleague,
Member for Gippsland and Minister for Infrastruc-
ture and Transport, Darren Chester we now have a
golden opportunity in Gippsland to deliver improved
roads,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The Black Spur project is a critical one for the
South Gippsland Highway, but Labor has been dith-
ering on a business plan funded almost two years ago
by the previous Coalition Government.
“This $51 million project would do a lot to im-
prove safety and economic efficiency on the South
Gippsland Highway and given that it would be a
significant project, there would be an opportunity
for the State Government to access some Common-
Mr O’Brien said Labor ’s record of cuts to road
funding was woeful and it now had an opportunity
to let Darren Chester and Malcolm Turnbull drag
them out of the mire and deliver better roads for
“(Victorian Roads Minister) Luke Donnellan
needs to get on his bike and get these projects mov-
ing,” Mr O’Brien said.
“When I was elected I made roads funding a pri-
ority and I’ll continue to fight for a better deal, just
as The Nationals and Darren Chester have done from
Road funding plea for
Black Spur project
GIPPSLAND South MLA Danny O’Brien
has called on the State Government to ex-
pedite plans for major road projects in
Gippsland to take advantage of a funding of-
fer from the Federal Government.
Mr O’Brien said the Black Spur realignment on
the South Gippsland Highway at Koonwarra was a
standout project in Gippsland South that could at-
tract funding from the Commonwealth if Labor got
BEEF prices are holding, as persisting dry
conditions affect quality and numbers.
Simon Henderson from Phelan, Henderson and
Co said the current market for beef, both domesti-
cally and internationally, is quite positive.
He said the international market has softened
slightly since the highs of last year and cows, which
are a good indicator for the overall market, are sell-
ing a bit cheaper.
“It is still looking bright and even though the
Australian dollar has jumped up recently, it is far
from the peak it reached in 2012-13,” he said.
“The real issue is the ongoing dry season, which
is virtually affecting the whole east coast of Austra-
lia. It is making it difficult to trade fat cattle.”
Mr Henderson said cattle are just holding at the
moment, without putting on weight.
“Last year, as the price got dearer, the grass
kept growing. Even though we had a dry winter and
spring, the cattle performed well right through until
March,” he said.
“Now they are starting to show signs of the dry
weather, in both the fat and the store pens.”
Mr Henderson said the lower milk price an-
nounced last week could also have an impact on the
local beef market.
“The drop in milk price will put a significant amount
of pressure on dairy farmers, who have been paying large
amounts for fodder since spring,” he said.
“Because of the dry season, a lot of cows didn’t
get back in calf. That, in combination with no feed
and a low milk price, will mean a substantial number
of chopper cows could come on to the market.”
Around six years ago, cow prices dropped as low
as 15 cents per kilo. Mr Henderson is not expecting
that to happen this year.
Still good: Simon Henderson from Phelan
Henderson and Co said cattle prices are re-
maining positive, even as the quality starts
to drop off.
GIPPSLAND South MLA Danny
O’Brien has raised in Parliament the
need for State and Federal governments
to work together to tackle the scourge of
the drug ice while supporting new laws
to ensure criminals do not profit from the
proceeds of crime.
Mr O’Brien said the Confiscation and Oth-
ers Matter Amendment Bill would make it even
harder for criminals to use and hide the money
they make as a result of crime.
“This Bill makes it clear that if a person pur-
chases a house or any other asset with a loan and
then uses proceeds from crime to repay that loan,
the house will not considered to be lawfully ac-
quired,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Proceeds of crime come from a wide variety
of criminal acts, but most particularly from the
trafficking and production of drugs.
“The issue of ice is one that is front and centre
on the minds of people in my electorate and my
constituents want to be assured that the govern-
ment is doing something to halt the effect this ter-
rible drug is causing on regional communities.”
Mr O’Brien said the ice scourge facing region-
al communities, including those in Gippsland, was
not something that police could arrest or imprison
their way out of.
“It is an issue not just for governments, and it
is an issue not just for the police or the courts; it is
an issue for the whole community,” he said.
Mr O’Brien said finding a solution to the ice
problem in Victoria would involve a holistic ap-
proach as well as support from the Common-
unity on ice fight
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