North Road, Ormond, level crossing (17.08.2016)
Written on the 1 September 2016
North Road, Ormond, level crossing
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter this evening is for the minister responsible for the removal of level crossings.
I am glad that Mr Dalidakis is in the house because it again relates to a level crossing that affects both our electorates: the level crossing removal at North Road in Ormond. I am referring to a response that I received from the Minister for Public Transport to a previous question in relation to an issue that had affected the traders.I asked the minister about an issue relating to a power outage, and in her response she did mention that it only affected three traders. However, she omitted to refer to the fact that there were traders who paid thousands of dollars for generators to keep their stores and wares refrigerated. Nevertheless, in her response she also refers to an Open for Business campaign that the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is running in the area and provided me with the details of where that can be found.
As we know, the LXRA has been overseeing these level crossing projects. Of course this particular level crossing was funded and planned under the former coalition government, so there is no issue about the removal of the level crossing. This one is a rail-under-road project, and I am very pleased about that. It has caused some disruption, which of course we know about, but there have been many concerns that I have raised in relation to the project itself and the non-consultation in terms of how this project has been managed and the government's response. I think the minister at the table, Mr Dalidakis, also knows my concerns about this because I have raised them with him on a number of occasions.Nevertheless, going back to this Open for Business campaign that the minister is referring to, I would like to ask the minister, because businesses are urged to go to this Open for Business campaign, could she please advise what measures have been applied to test if the Open for Business campaign has been effective and has assisted local traders that have felt a devastating impact during the months and months of this level crossing removal project that has been undertaken.