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April 2, 2009

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is appealing for local and visiting motorists to take care when travelling through Gippsland during the upcoming Easter holiday period.

Mr Chester said there had been an horrific start to the New Year road toll in East Gippsland and called on motorists to be patient and adhere to the speed limits when travelling on Gippsland roads.

“The Easter holiday period is always a busy time of year with many tourists heading toward the Gippsland Lakes and making the most of local attractions,” Mr Chester said.

“I urge all motorists to be patient, to allow extra time for their travel and to stick to speed limits throughout the region.”

Mr Chester said he would continue to call on both the State and Federal Government to improve local roads to reduce the risk of accident.

“Fixing country roads, saves country lives,” Mr Chester said.

“I will continue to fight for our fair share of government resources to improve local roads.

“In Gippsland, local shires need better support to maintain and upgrade road infrastructure, given the relatively small ratepayer base.

“I will continue to lobby the Federal Government for more funding to assist regional shires with the mammoth task of maintaining these vast road networks, to improve the safety of roads across Gippsland.”

Mr Chester said he would continue to work with the Federal Government to have the Princes Highway east of Sale added to the AusLink National Network.

“This would make the Princes Highway eligible for Federal Government funding for major roadworks such as widening and duplication of the road to four lanes.”