MP calls for road duplication funding in budget

The Baillieu Government must fund the upgrade of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road in the 2012 State Budget, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

At the 2010 state election, the Liberal Party refused to match Labor’s commitment of $48 million for the duplication of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road between Pound Road and Thompsons Road.

Ms Graley used the Adjournment Debate in Parliament yesterday to call on the Minister for Roads to ensure that the funding is included in the 2012 budget.

“Casey residents were outraged that the Baillieu Government’s first budget last year did not invest a single extra dollar in road upgrades in the City of Casey, which is in stark contrast to the $500 million invested by the former Labor Government,”

“It is absolutely laughable that local Liberal MPs run around Casey taking credit for road upgrades they had nothing to do with,”

“They should be banging down the door of the Minister for Roads and demanding that he delivers an upgrade of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, something which is desperately needed,”

“Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road is a vital link between the communities of Cranbourne and Narre Warren,”

“Motorists rely on Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road for access to the Monash Freeway,

“It is important that investment in road duplications continues so that people can spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with their families.”

Ms Graley said that a future Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road upgrade has significant community support, with over 1000 people singing a petition and around 200 people join a Facebook page. It is also Casey Council’s highest priority for main road upgrades.

Anybody interested in supporting the campaign to upgrade Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road is encouraged to contact Judith Graley’s office on 9704 6055.