Kilmore Wallan Bypass - Wandong Interchange
14 April 2016
13 April 2016
MS RYAN (Euroa) — (Question 7085) My question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. I seek information from the minister about whether the assessment of the Wandong interchange at the Kilmore-Wallan bypass will be publicly released and when. I also wish to formally notify the house of a petition I have received with 613 signatures from local residents who are gravely concerned about the impact of the interchange on their community. The petition calls for the minister to immediately meet with the Wandong and Heathcote Junction community and for the government to evaluate other options for the Hume Freeway interchange. In correspondence the minister said Jaclyn Symes, a member for Northern Victoria Region in the upper house, had notified all members of the Wandong and Heathcote Junction community about the assessment and the appointment of an independent consultant under terms of reference. This has not been the case.
Members of the community say they have received no information from Ms Symes. The Save Wandong Action Group has had no input into the terms of reference, and VicRoads has notified only a select few that it is happening. The community wants a proper environment effects statement on the Wandong interchange, a proper examination of the technical scientific aspects of the impact of the proposed bypass on the town. This is not a genuine review. The government is more interested in managing the community than it is in addressing its genuine concern.