Southern Metropolitan Region level crossing removal - marketing (9.11.2016)
Written on the 11 November 2016
9 November 2016
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB- Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter this evening is for the minister responsible for the removal of level crossings in her capacity as Minister for Public Transport, Minister Allan.
It relates to the issues around the level crossing removals at Bentleigh.
There has been considerable discussion in this place and elsewhere about the impacts.
The North Road level crossing in Ormond, which was funded under the previous coalition government, and other crossings are almost complete and those communities will benefit from them.
But during the time that these level crossing removals have been undertaken there have been significant impacts on local businesses, and the traders groups that have been trying to work with the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) and also the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade for well over a year now in relation to their concerns want to have raised the conversations that occurred a few months ago with the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, who wrote to them in his capacity as a member, saying that he was advocating on their behalf and that he acknowledged the experience of the negative impact it was having on traders across the three areas.
He wanted to look to how he could give marketing and festival support that would be driven by the needs of the traders, and he said 'as per our discussion the authority will rely on your advice'.It was the understanding through those discussions with the various traders groups and the minister that there would be a significant amount of money, in the vicinity of something around . . .
Honourable members interjecting.The ACTING PRESIDENT (Mr Finn) Order! The conversation levels down at the back of the chamber are a little too high.
Ms CROZIER As I was saying, there was the understanding that there would be some significant amounts of money to assist the traders in dealing with marketing.
There was around $70 000 for the LXRA for advertising costs or thereabouts for marketing purposes for the reopening and looking to get traders back into the areas, $70 000 or thereabouts to go to council that would then be distributed across the three trading strips and $20 000 to each of those shopping strips, meaning Centre Road, Bentleigh; McKinnon Road, McKinnon; and North Road, Ormond.
Those traders groups were of the understanding that that was the amount of money that would be forthcoming. They have heard nothing from either the minister or the LXRA, so my question to the minister is:
Could she follow up and find out where the allocated money is, how it will be applied and when the traders groups will be informed of when it is coming?