NAPTHINE AXES COMMITTEE AND ABANDONS THE OUTER SUBURBS

State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley condemned the Napthine Government’s plan to abolish the Outer Suburban/Interface Services and Development Committee (OSISDC) in Parliament earlier this week. 

Ms Graley said that the axing of the OSISDC would leave those living in the outer suburbs and interface areas without a voice.

“The work of this committee has been incredibly important and essential to the current and future well-being of people who live in the outer suburbs and interface areas,”

“We have seen that this government simply does not listen to people in the outer suburbs, it does not listen to their local councils, nor does it listen to their local community
organisations,”

“The OSISDC provided the only opportunity many of these people, organisations and councils had to come in and present their points of view.”

Ms Graley said that it was clear that the Napthine Government sought to reduce scrutiny of important policy areas as it failed to address the many pressing issues facing those who live in the outer suburbs and interface areas. 

“The failed Baillieu Government ignored our growing outer suburbs and refused to provide funding for essential infrastructure spending on schools, roads and hospitals that are needed right now,”

“Those I represent deserve to be treated just the same as the people who live in electorates represented by regional members,”

“They have their own committee and the people who live in the outer suburbs and interface areas deserve their own committee.”