STATE government and opposition members are accusing each other of doing little to advance upgrades to the Ravenswood Interchange.
Member of Northern Victoria Damian Drum said Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan had failed to put the issue in front of her federal colleagues.
But Ms Allan said the state government had failed to draw up plans for the intersection which had caused an 18 month delay, and noted Labor’s $7 million planning promise before the party lost government.
Mr Drum said the state government had been “hamstrung” by the federal government.
“Jacinta Allan has been very vocal without doing anything,” he said.
“She has had her Labor colleagues in parliament in Canberra for six years and in every one of those six years they have refused to fund this project.
“So Jacinta Allan can be as vocal as she likes on this, she can squawk as much as she likes about this project or about the Bendigo Hospital.
“However she has had the opportunity every day for the last six years to talk to her colleagues in Canberra about bringing this funding forward and she refused to do that.”
Ms Allan said she welcomed the announcement but said Premier Denis Napthine was playing politics with road projects.
“And Denis Napthine would do well to remember it was his Liberal National colleagues in Canberra who had to be dragged kicking and screaming every step of the way to fund their share of the Calder Highway Duplication,” she said.
“Victorian Labor was the only party at the last state election which supported the upgrades of the Ravenswood Interchange.
“It was not supported by Denis Napthine and his colleagues, it was in fact opposed by Denis Napthine and his colleagues.”
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the opposition would “watch very closely” to make sure the funding promise was included in next year’s state budget.