MINISTER MUST MAKE FIXING LOCAL ROADS A PRIORITY

State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley called on the Minister for Roads to make fixing local roads a priority in Parliament yesterday.

In an Adjournment Debate speech Ms Graley asked the Minister to meet with representatives of the City of Casey to discuss the need for further upgrades of the arterial road network.

“Local roads are buckling under the pressure of our fast growing local community and urgent action is needed,”

“Rarely does a single day go by where I am not contacted by a local resident who is sick and tired of finding themselves stuck in traffic each and every day,”

“The Minister needs to come down to Casey, he needs to talk to local residents and the Council so that he may see for himself why he must finally take action on local roads.”

Ms Graley said that the City of Casey had identified key arterial roads and intersections that required urgent investment by the Napthine Government.

“Labor invested well over $500 million on upgrading and improving local roads, yet the Baillieu and Napthine Governments have refused to invest in new road projects in Casey,”

“Instead we have been forced to watch as a huge backlog of much needed upgrades to local roads has developed,”

“The local community should not be ignored and left stranded on overburdened roads by this lazy government,”

“It’s time the Minister, who has thus far remained missing in action, stood up and committed to fixing local roads.”