Hallam Road

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Roads and concerns Hallam Road in my electorate. The action I seek is that the minister commit to fund an upgrade of Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway.

Hallam Road is a site of ever-worsening congestion, lengthy delays and regular accidents. That is why the previous government funded an upgrade of Hallam Road between Pound and Ormond roads, a project that is finally nearing completion and which I am sure this government and the minister will gleefully take credit for.

The true credit must go to members of the local community who campaigned tirelessly for this upgrade. It was a great privilege to work with them and to advocate on their behalf. Erica Maliki, organiser of the Walk for Hallam Road protest and former member of the Hampton Park Progress Association, told me:

The previous Labor government spent a great deal of money on upgrading Hallam Road to improve safety, to not extend the upgrade to include the whole of Hallam Road means that the issues are still going to be there.

When the upgrade is finished a four-lane road is going to lead into a two-lane road so it will still be dangerous. I believe the whole road should be upgraded to help accommodate for all the trucks and local traffic that continue to use Hallam Road.

We know that Mrs Peulich, a member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region in the other place, tried to take credit for the initial upgrade, and I am not going to stand by and allow this government to think it is good enough to simply sit back and take credit for the work of others, including the Labor government.

Whilst in government we invested over $500 million on roads in the city of Casey because we saw the growth, we saw the need and we delivered. It is time this government did the same.

More than 25 000 vehicles use Hallam Road each and every day, including over 1500 trucks. This is because Hallam Road is an extremely important arterial road within the city of Casey.

In fact, the City of Casey’s arterial road priorities list ranks Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway as the second most urgent arterial road in need of an upgrade. The intersection of Hallam Road, South Gippsland Highway and Evans Road was also identified by the City of Casey as its second most urgent arterial road intersection advocacy priority. It is seeking to have the intersection upgraded and signalised as a direct crossroad between Hallam Road and Evans Road.

Evans Road, which has now been upgraded, would also need to be opened to through traffic — all of which should be part of the next stage of upgrading Hallam Road.

Unfortunately this section of Hallam Road has become a choke point for local traffic, which invariably leads to considerable delays and rash decisions. Far too often people find themselves losing patience as they are stuck in traffic day after day. Urgent works are needed not only to relieve congestion and reduce travel time but also to ensure the safety of local motorists.

Vanassa Gerdes from the Hampton Park Networking Group said:

The next stage of the upgrade of Hallam Road is desperately needed to ease the horrendous congestion and delays we face on a daily basis.

I ask that the minister fund the next stage of the Hallam Road upgrade.