Elevated rail proposal Sky Rail (21.6.2016)
Written on the 22 June 2016
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Along this track we went, and it was 2.6 kilometres long. We went down streets where we were shown that when the structure is in place those streets will only have 20 minutes of sunlight at certain times during the winter, and in other areas there is particular concern around vibration to parts of aged-care facilities. But in one particular area, a new childcare centre and kindergarten was given planning approval. This is along the line near Murrumbeena; it is actually on Neerim Road, Murrumbeena.
Planning approval was given, and the developers went ahead to put this facility in place to cater for that growing community with young children. It sits very close to the sky rail, which goes right above it; it is adjacent to the sky rail tracks. There is considerable concern, as I said, from members of the community not only in relation to this facility but in relation to the aged-care facility and the streets that will have blockage of sunlight and the impact on amenity in general. Concerns came from some of those young parents who were walking with us, talking about their concerns about the effects of diesel emissions.
My question to the minister is:
Is she aware of the World Health Organisation warnings on diesel emissions, and why has an environment effects statement not been undertaken to assess the potential dangers to children who will be attending this child-care centre when it opens in only a few weeks time. It actually opens in August of this year. I want to understand why that has not been undertaken. The dispersion of diesel fumes can be very dangerous. As I said, the World Health Organisation has made various findings on it. I would like to understand the minister's concern about that and whether she will then advocate for an environment effects statement to be undertaken in relation to this particular early childhood facility.