Ryan accepts roads petition
THE South Gippsland roads petition with more than 4000 signatures has finally been presented to local MP Peter Ryan.
Mr Ryan was in Leongatha last Friday and made time to meet Marg Denbrok and Lisa Burge who gave him more than 200 sheets with the signatures on them.
Mr Ryan, whose roles as Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development and Regional and Rural Development have prevented him from an earlier petition presentation, took the papers in good spirit.
Ms Burge also handed him one of The Star’s “fix our roads” stickers.
Ms Denbrok said she was very pleased to be able to hand the petition to Mr Ryan.
“I hope it brings some action,” she said. “I’m expecting some. I hope they get their act together and fix the roads; I’m really cross with them all.”
Ms Burge said, “I just hope that something is passed in parliament and it’s looked at seriously with proper restoration works.” She said she’d keep the petition going as a rolling concern.
Mr Ryan told her that was possible.
He said, “I understand the critical significance of a roads system to our communities. I travel them most days myself. Our intention as a government is to address these needs as soon as we possibly can.”
He said VicRoads prioritises where state roads money is to be spent.
At the request of Heather Poletti of Fish Creek, Mr Ryan undertook to take up with VicRoads the ongoing issue of the Meeniyan/Promontory Road at Buffalo.
“The same hole is being patched two or three times and the patch is getting bigger,” Ms Poletti told him.
Ms Burge said she would begin to circulate the petition again, inviting those who have not already signed it, to do so.
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