Question - Kilmore Wallan Bypass
24 May 2017
Ms Ryan (Euroa) — My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. How many vehicles a day will be removed from the main street of Kilmore now that the government has scrapped half of the Kilmore-Wallan bypass? Labor announced this week that it is dumping the leg of the project that runs from the Northern Highway to the Hume Freeway. The government claims it has made this decision in response to concerns of the Wandong community about the design of the interchange at the Hume Freeway. I have been asking the minister for almost two years now to meet with Wandong residents to listen to their legitimate concerns about the project, as has the Save Wandong Action Group. Every request was refused by the minister and Ms Symes, a member for Northern Victoria Region in the Legislative Council. After refusing to even talk with the community to understand their concerns and work through possible solutions, including the option of moving the interchange further south to Arkells Lane, the minister put out a press release, ironically titled 'Listening to locals on Wandong interchange', announcing he is dumping half of the bypass — another decision made without any consultation with the community. I call on the minister to explain what impact this will have on the project.