Purcell tells state government to fix our roads


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Western District MP James Purcell has demanded a commitment from the state government to get cracking and fix roads in south west Victoria.

In Parliament this week Mr Purcell listed the 10 worst roads in the region, which have been nominated by constituents after he called for locals to name their worst roads.

The 10 worst roads are:

1. The Southern Cross intersection - intersection warning lights;

2. Port Fairy - Warrnambool Road - potholed and reconstruction needed;

3. A1 - Heywood to South Australian border Road;

4. Woolsthorpe-Heywood Road - dangerous verges;

5. Hopkins Hwy - Ellerslie-Purnim;

6. Hopkins Hwy - Ellerslie-Mortlake Road;

7. Myamyn - Macarthur Road;

8. Foxhow Road;

9. Portland Ring Road;

10. Cobden-Warrnambool Road.

"Fixing our roads is a big job, but we've given the government and VicRoads a list of roads where they can get started straight away," said Mr Purcell.

"I've been asking for action on our roads since I was elected and it's time for upgrades.

"Now the government has a list of the 10 worst roads in our region and we will keep harassing them to get these roads fixed."

Mr Purcell said VicRoads had admitted the roads in south-west Victoria are the worst in the state.

"We asked constituents to nominate the worst roads last month and we have been overwhelmed with stories about the dangerous state of our roads.

"Our region's roads are literally falling apart and in desperate need of major improvements."

Mr Purcell's independent political party Vote 1 Local Jobs was elected to represent Western Victoria in the Upper House in November 2014 with a four year term. Mr Purcell said he is determined to use his time to campaign strongly for the benefit of people in the south-west, particularly for jobs, roads and education.