CORANGAMITE MP Darren Cheeseman says he won’t budge on calls for Labor to pay for the upgrade of the Great Ocean Road.
Labor is facing renewed pressure to match the Coalition’s commitment of $25 million over five years to fix potholes and landslides.
The Napthine government will also spend $25 million on the improvements.
Speaking to The Standard yesterday Mr Cheeseman said major works, including road widening, will harm the historical heritage of the scenic drive.
“The returned servicemen from the First World War who built the road would be appalled to know that the Abbott government plans to dynamite hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of rocks to avoid landslides,” Mr Cheeseman said.
“This is something I oppose. We’ve said that the state government should be fixing potholes.”
Mr Cheeseman said the Princes Highway was a higher priority for the Commonwealth.
“The Princes Highway is the most significant piece of economic infrastructure in our region.”
Funding for the Great Ocean Road has been positioned by the G21 Geelong Region Alliance as a campaign issue in the Corangamite electorate, held by Mr Cheeseman by just a few hundred votes.