Baillieu caves into pressure to duplicate Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road

The Baillieu Government has caved into pressure to match Labor’s commitment to upgrade Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

The State Government has announced that it will duplicate Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road between Pound Road and Thompsons Road, a project first committed to by Labor at the 2010 State Election.

Ms Graley said that this result was the culmination of a lot of hard work.  

“The current state of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road has frustrated local motorists stuck in traffic jams, who would much rather prefer to spend this time with their families,” she said

“Our local community believed strongly that this road needed to be duplicated, so we ran a strong campaign and now have a terrific result to show for it,”

“We started our campaign with the Baillieu Government being totally opposed to the idea of an upgrade to Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, but we have managed to turn this around in only 18 months,”

“In the end, they just ran out of excuses,”

“Congratulations to the thousands of people involved in the ‘Upgrade Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road’ campaign, including the residents who signed the petition, joined the Facebook page and wrote to the Minister,”

“I would particularly like to thank Casey Council for playing a key role in advocating to the State Government for an upgrade of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, which is Council’s highest priority for road duplications,”

Mayor Sam Aziz said the announcement was excellent news.

“I would like to congratulate Judith Graley and Casey community for their campaign on this critical piece of infrastructure which is so fundamental to one of the fastest growing cities in Australia,” he said

“Council looks forward to further action particularly in relation to the duplication of the Monash Freeway/Hallam Bypass.”

Posting on the campaign’s Facebook page, local Narre Warren South resident Toni Constanzo said: “Well done Judith to you and your team and also the residents that supported this campaign. This means a safer and more flowing road.”

Ms Graley said that the State Government’s announcement was curious as it came only weeks after Liberal MP Inga Peulich issued a Media Release announcing that the State Government would not be duplicating Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road.

“Either Mrs Peulich had absolutely nothing to do with this or the Baillieu Government keeps her out of the loop.

Ms Graley said that she hoped the announcement was matched with funding in the Budget, to be handed down tomorrow in Parliament.

“I will be looking at the Budget very carefully to make sure that sufficient funding is provided to fulfil the Government’s announcement.”

Campaign to upgrade Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road

August 2010             Judith Graley hosts community meeting with VicRoads and local residents about the need for an upgrade of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road.

November 2010        Brumby Labor Government promises $48 million to duplicate Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road. Liberal Party does not match this commitment.

March 2011               Judith Graley launches petition to upgrade Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road. More than 1000 local residents sign the petition.

May 2011                   The Baillieu Government’s first Budget does not include a single extra dollar in new road upgrades in the City of Casey – a stark contrast to the $500 million invested in Casey’s roads by the former Labor Government.

November 2011        Casey Council’s transport forum again highlights the need to duplicate Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road. Casey Council and Judith Graley continue campaign.

                                    Shadow Minister for Roads Jacinta Allan joins Judith Graley at Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road to again highlight the need for an upgrade.

                                    Facebook page launched to support campaign to upgrade Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road.

March 2012               In Parliament, Judith Graley calls on the Baillieu Government to fund the duplication of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road. This is the eleventh time she has raised it in the Legislative Assembly.

                                    Judith assists local residents with letter-writing campaign to the Minister for Roads.

April 2012                  Liberal MP Inga Peulich issues Media Release stating that the Baillieu Government will not duplicate Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road

                                    Baillieu Government caves into pressure and announces Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road duplication