McKinnon Road level crossing - land acquisition (6.08.2015)
Written on the 13 August 2015
McKinnon Road, level crossing
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, who is responsible for the removal of level crossings.
A constituent of mine in the Assembly electorate of Bentleigh has a business close to the McKinnon Road level crossing in McKinnon, which is one of the level crossings highlighted for removal by the government.
My constituent is a landlord and one of her tenants spoke to her about being approached by government authorities about the public acquisition of the land on which their business stands.
As members will imagine, this has caused great concern to both the landlord and the tenant because it was the first time they had heard that that land was going to be targeted.
My constituent attended the public meeting held last week in Bentleigh, and the public acquisition of land was also news to some people at that meeting.
The uncertainty has caused great concern amongst a number of businesses around the level crossing that is slated for removal.
What has made it even more confusing is that the information given suggests that people should approach the local council for advice and guidance, yet the local council also seems confused.
It does not seem to have anyone who knows much about it and so far it has not appointed anyone to undertake that work.
As members will appreciate, there is much consternation amongst the community.
The action I seek from the minister is that he provide clarification as to where people should go to seek advice or guidance about the future impacts land acquisition may have on business owners and operators, landlords and tenants.
There needs to be a clear direction about the intention of the public land acquisition, and clearly my constituents in Bentleigh need to have their fears and concerns allayed.