Level Crossings - soil and toxic contaminants (21.6.2016)

Written on the 23 June 2016


Level crossings

22 June 2016



GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)


My adjournment matter this evening is for the minister responsible for the removal of level crossings.

It again relates to the issues surrounding the level crossing removals in Centre Road, Bentleigh; McKinnon Road, McKinnon; and North Road, Ormond. I have spoken a number of times in this place about the massive disruption to traders and residents in the surrounding areas, which is much as one would expect from a project like this but it has distressed those traders and residents because of the mismanagement of the project. The disruption has included of course parking disruption and loss of trade. Up to 15 businesses are failing and staff are being put off, so there is a considerable amount of concern about the management of this project in relation to the information that has been shared and the miscommunication of the information that has been supplied about such things as power outages and even the rescheduling of the project itself.

An issue that has also arisen is in relation to the enormous amount of soil that is being transferred from the sites. I understand some 1300 residents have been offered relocation to Quest apartments, and I think several dozen people have taken up that offer. But the residents and traders who remain are finding that their premises are being affected by dust and dirt associated with the removal of the soil.

I ask the minister to provide me with information on the removal of soil and whether there are any toxic contaminants evident in the soil that is being removed from the three sites at McKinnon Road, Centre Road and North Road so that I can allay the fears and anxieties of the residents and traders who are being affected by these projects.

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