Narre Warren Cranbourne Road

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — (Question 124) My question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and it concerns Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, a road that is only now being upgraded following a community campaign that forced the previous Liberal government to finally take action.

It took years of campaigning and thousands of signatures from local residents, but we secured this much-needed upgrade — an upgrade that Labor had committed to in 2010.

This project will significantly ease congestion and improve road safety for many local residents. It will also allow the expansion of Casey Central shopping centre to finally go ahead. I have been advocating on behalf of local residents for the provision of much-needed community facilities as part of the expansion, especially a library. I hope the City of Casey is hard at work ensuring that these facilities are included in the redeveloped shopping centre. There have been negotiations for many years, and it is now time to deliver for the local community.

 I know local residents are eagerly awaiting the completion of this vital road project. I ask the minister to provide an update on the expected completion date for the upgrade of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road.