North Road level crossing removal - Impact on Small Business (22.03.2016)

Written on the 3 May 2016



14 April 2016

COUNCIL 

Questions without notice 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

The minister was invited to meet with traders in November, prior to the busy Christmas trade period, but rejected the offer due to being 'too busy.'

As a result traders are now furious.

In fact they are more than furious; they are devastated. They have been left thousands of dollars out of pocket because no-one listened at the time.

Why was the minister unavailable to meet the traders at these critical times was it incompetence or just another display of arrogance?

 



14 April 2016

COUNCIL 

Questions without notice 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

My question is for the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade.

In recent weeks, in his capacity as minister, the minister met with Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh traders, promising a stimulus package to compensate for loss of trade due to interruptions caused by level crossing removals during the busy Christmas trade periods.

When will these retailers receive these funds, and how much will the traders receive?

 

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22 March 2016

COUNCIL 

Adjournment 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

 

My adjournment matter is for the Premier.

On 25 November I raised an adjournment matter for the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade in relation to an issue that is of immense concern to the constituents of the electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region, whom he and I both represent. That adjournment matter was in relation to concerns raised by traders affected by the North Road level crossing removal, including the impacts to their businesses and their capacity to trade and earn a living. At the time the minister said he would refer it to the minister responsible for the removal of level crossings and that he would try to make sure he made a time in his diary to meet.

Let me say at this point that I am not opposed to level crossing removals. After all, it was the coalition that planned and budgeted for this level crossing to be removed, so I think it was quite disingenuous and outright wrong when the minister responsible for the removal of level crossings, Jacinta Allan, in her answer to this question accused both me and the coalition of opposing the removal of level crossings. Cheap talk like that does not wash, and neither does the refusal of the minister responsible, the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, to ignore the plight of these traders.

Traders who thought the removal was going ahead in June of this year, in preparation for the disruption to their business, took out loans, bought stock and planned to make up for the losses in June by having a busy trading period over Christmas and January. Without warning, however, the scheduled works were brought forward to exactly this time, disrupting their trading ability. The decision to do this without any warning or consultation has been nothing but devastating to them.

What has transpired in some instances is very serious indeed. Traders have had their businesses decimated by a severe reduction in trade, yet they still have wages to pay, loans to pay, rent to pay and tax to pay. Some are laying off staff, and others are contemplating closing down as they see the further closures of roads in June making their businesses unviable. It is a dire situation, and to their astonishment they have been completely ignored by the Andrews government. They requested the minister responsible, the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Mr Dalidakis, to meet with them in November, but the minister was unavailable until late February, he told them.

I raised this issue in the Parliament requesting that he meet with these anxious traders. Well, this is now 22 March and still no meeting, so the action I seek from the Premier

Ms Mikakos On a point of order, Deputy President, I refer you to standing order 4.12, which relates to members not raising a matter on the adjournment debate that has been discussed in the previous six months of the same session. The member, at the outset of her contribution, referred to an adjournment matter that she had raised in the house, as I understand, on 25 November last year. She has now, it appears, rehashed all of the issues that she had raised previously within that six-month period in the context of her current adjournment matter. I make the point that it does appear to be the same matter again. I further make the point that the President has on a number of occasions indicated to members that they should not unnecessarily direct matters to the Premier when it is more appropriate to direct them to the responsible minister. But I particularly draw your attention to standing order 4.12.

Ms CROZIER On the point of order, Deputy President, this is a completely different issue. The minister has refused to meet these people, so the action I was going to ask of the Premier was that he come down to meet these traders. I was putting the situation into context so the minister would understand and relay that to the Premier. With the refusal of the responsible minister to meet those requirements, I am asking the Premier to come down to meet with the traders.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT Order! I will let the matter stand. I will review the point that has been made by the minister to check whether what she has asserted is correct and report back to the house. We will now move on to Ms Fitzherbert.

Ms CROZIER As I raised on the point of order, the minister has not been down to see the traders, so the action I am seeking is that the Premier come down to meet with these anxious traders to hear their concerns about the ongoing viability of their businesses.

 

 

CROZIER On the point of order, Deputy President, this is a completely different issue.

The minister has refused to meet these people, so the action I was going to ask of the Premier was that he come down to meet these traders. I was putting the situation into context so the minister would understand and relay that to the Premier. With the refusal of the responsible minister to meet those requirements, I am asking the Premier to come down to meet with the traders.

 

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12 April 2016

COUNCIL 

Written Adjournment Responses 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB) 

 

Raised with - Premier

Raised by -  Ms Crozier

Raised on - 22 March 2016

REPLY

Removing the level crossings will have great benefits for traders for decades to come.

Level Crossing Removal Authority is working with individual businesses to assist them through the disruption caused through construction.

But the disruption during construction is nothing compared to the disruption these congested death traps cause every day for thousands of drivers and train users across our city.

We'll continue working with residents and traders while we get on with this project and get rid of these relics for good.

 

 

 


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