Shadow Minister to meet with residents on bypass
11 December 2015
Wandong residents will have an opportunity to share their concerns about the current design of the Wandong interchange of the Kilmore Wallan bypass with Shadow Roads Minister Ryan Smith when he visits on Tuesday.
Mr Smith’s visit comes after the Andrews Labor Government again refused to meet with the community to hear their concerns.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan invited Mr Smith after yet another disappointing response from Roads Minister Luke Donnellan.
"I asked the Minister to meet with residents in order to give full consideration to their concerns," Ms Ryan said.
"Mr Donnellan has again brushed off the community, saying there was opportunity for consultation in August and September 2014."
Ms Ryan said at the time many residents were unaware of the impacts of the bypass on the Wandong township and wanted more engagement from VicRoads.
“Mr Donnellan was happy to visit to discuss this project before the election, but despite the many requests from both myself and the community, he has refused to give Wandong residents a hearing," Ms Ryan said.
“It is the government’s responsibility to keep residents informed and take heed of concerns or questions that arise.
“Labor's silence is achieving nothing except unease for worried residents,” Ms Ryan said.
“It is time the government stopped ignoring the communities of Wandong, Heathcote Junction, Willowmavin and Kilmore," Ms Ryan said.
Mr Smith will meet with residents at 9.30am at The Wandong public hall on Tuesday 15 December.