Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Roads and concerns the lack of any plans for transport infrastructure in the city of Casey. The action I seek is that the minister provide a comprehensive transport plan, including time frames and costings for the city of Casey.
Labor had planned for the state’s future transport needs in the Victorian transport plan, which, as expected, this hopeless government shelved. Recently, just outside my office at
the intersection of Webb Street and Princes Highway, Narre Warren, some roadworks were finally completed. Naturally this government decided it would advertise what little it does to invest in roads in the outer suburbs and placed a sign outside which proudly displays the Victorian transport plan logo:
Victorian Labor’s insignia — oops! Then again, it was and still is a great plan.
Late last year the RACV released a report entitled Growing Pains — Keeping Pace with
Transport Needs in Outer Melbourne and Geelong. This report is a blueprint of roads and public transport improvements needed to address the critical backlog of projects in outer Melbourne and Geelong. It is a situation that has only worsened following the election of the Baillieu government. In fact since this government was elected, roads funding has dropped by 95 per cent in Casey.
Only $4.5 million has been spent on road upgrades in Casey this financial year — in
stark contrast to the $45 million spent on average each year by Labor when in government. The only significant investment in roads thus far has been the commitment of $49 million to duplicate the Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road. However, that only occurred following an extraordinary campaign by the local community, which shamed the government into taking action.
There is still much that has to be done. The city of Casey is Victoria’s most populous
municipality and approximately 146 people move into Casey every week.
Infrastructure must be built to accommodate the growing population. In an article in the Age entitled ‘Melbourne 2050 — meeting needs of 6 million’ City of Casey mayor
Amanda Stapledon said that while Casey had strategies to cope with population
… state governments have an important role to play by investing in key infrastructure
in a timely manner; such as schools, hospitals, major roads …
And the list goes on — and there is a list.
The growing pains report mentions Thompsons Road, Ernst Wanke Road and Linsell Boulevard, Pound Road and Hallam Road. I have had many complaints from residents about O’Shea Road.
It is time this government pulled its head out of the sand and addressed the growing needs of Casey and the outer suburbs. There must be no more excuses, no more time wasting — develop a plan and implement it. I ask the minister to ensure this government develops a comprehensive transport plan for the city of Casey.