Labor’s raw deal on Kilmore bypass
01 May 2018
Daniel Andrews has put the Kilmore bypass off on the never-never, throwing more planning money into a project that was shovel ready four years ago.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said Labor had promised the world before the last election, but had all but dumped the project after they were elected.
“Why would anyone believe Labor? They promised to build the bypass before the last election and then abandoned us as soon as they got to government,” Ms Ryan said.
“More planning won’t get the trucks out of the main street or provide the urgent fix we need to solve Kilmore’s traffic woes.
“While Labor is pouring $25 billion into metro project blowouts, they’ve thrown us the scraps.
“I have been calling for action for the past three years but the Roads Minister has refused to even provide a briefing on the bypass.
“Daniel Andrews is merely kicking the problem the further down the road.”
Ms Ryan said the Liberal Nationals, in government, were on track for the bypass to be fully complete by the end of 2017.
“The planning on routes was done and the early works were being constructed when Labor came to government almost four years ago,” Ms Ryan said.
“Now, on the eve of an election Daniel Andrews and Jaclyn Symes think they can take Kilmore residents for a ride by promising yet more planning.
“While Labor has been boasting in Melbourne about the rivers of gold coming into state coffers, including $4 billion from hiking taxes and more than $10 billion from selling off assets, they have done nothing but come up with yet more excuses as to why they can’t fix Kilmore’s traffic problems.
“The $1.2 billion Daniel Andrews spent on ripping up the East West Link contract alone could have built the Kilmore bypass five times over.”