North Road, Ormond, level crossing (9.8.2017)

Written on the 11 August 2017


9 August 2017

COUNCIL 

Adjournment 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

 

My adjournment matter this evening is to the Minister for Water.

I have raised a number of issues that various constituents have brought to my attention around the North Road level crossing. That level crossing removal involves rail under road. This removal was funded by the previous coalition government and has provided great benefits not only to the local community but also to many other people in neighbouring electorates who use North Road.

What concerns me is in relation to the flooding that occurred in December 2016 and which caused significant damage to a number of residents' homes. A series of meetings have been held with the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Melbourne Water and various residents groups. I believe the member for Bentleigh in the other place, Mr Staikos, has also been involved in some of these meetings.

During the course of those meetings there have been some concerns raised, and of course while we have got other level crossing removal programs occurring across the city these issues of flooding could occur in other areas. I am wanting to get some clarity around exactly what happened in relation to this particular level crossing area when that flooding occurred in December last year.

One of the issues that the residents have raised with the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Melbourne Water, the local member and others has been the considerable psychological impact to them because of the damage that has been incurred. A joint letter from Melbourne Water and the Level Crossing Removal Authority was distributed to those affected residents and surrounding residents in early June with a survey asking them about the impacts of the flooding and how it has had a negative impact on them. The action I seek is that the minister provide an update of the findings from those very surveys that were given out to the affected households, businesses and others who participated in that particular survey.


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