Roads: City of Casey

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Roads and concerns the City of Casey’s arterial road priorities. The action I seek is that the minister meet with representatives of the City of Casey to discuss the need for further upgrades of the arterial road network.

Mike Tyler, chief executive officer of the City of Casey, recently wrote to me requesting we meet to discuss this very important matter. Earlier this year I in fact met with Mr Tyler to discuss the City of Casey’s arterial road priorities, and I am happy to do so again.

Fixing and upgrading roads in my electorate and the surrounding growth areas was a major priority of the Labor government. We spent over $500 million on local roads, and we were committed to ensuring the local road infrastructure would meet the needs of the
growing community.

I am very pleased to see works continuing on projects to upgrade both Hallam Road and Clyde Road, which, I may add, were both Labor projects. Of course, following an outstanding community campaign run over 18 months, the Baillieu government matched Labor’s commitment to upgrade Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road.

I cannot stress enough how important the road network is to local residents and
businesses. We have nearly 180 people moving into the city of Casey each week, which puts extraordinary pressure on our roads. Many local residents drive to and from work each day and constantly find themselves stuck in traffic. A strong and ongoing investment must be made by successive governments to ensure growth areas such as Casey have an adequate road network.

In his letter, Mr Tyler wrote:

The continuing growth in the Casey-Cardinia growth corridor brings with it the need
for ongoing upgrades to the transport infrastructure servicing the city of Casey’s community.

He further wrote:

There is a significant backlog of major upgrades on the state’s arterial road network that
are needed to respond to this growth.

I am constantly contacted by local residents who are sick and tired of the ever-worsening congestion and constant delays they face on our roads.

They despair when they hear of another new housing estate going up and opening, with houses sprouting everywhere, without any sign of investment in the surrounding road network.

Mr Tyler also provided a copy of the City of Casey’s arterial road priorities list with his letter. The list is extensive and includes 18 much-needed projects, many of which I have raised in this chamber before, such as the duplication of the Monash Freeway, the upgrade of the intersection of Pound Road and Shrives Road and the duplication of Thompsons Road. It is vital that these projects get the attention of the government and that the government does not delay and dither forever.

Our growing community needs safe and reliable roads. I ask the minister to do what is right and make fixing our roads a priority. I urge the minister to come down and meet
with representatives of the City of Casey to discuss the need for upgrades of the local arterial road network.