THE HON MICHAEL DANBY MP
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION,
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR MELBOURNE PORTS
Less than three months after the Andrews Labor Government came to power in my state of Victoria, it has rolled up its sleeves and is getting to work on major public transport infrastructure.
Recently announced measures are good for Victoria and good for my electorate Melbourne Ports.
First, the Andrews Government has already started work on its promise to remove the 50 most dangerous level crossings in the state. On 17 February, the Level Crossing Removal Authority was created and allocated $3 million, to fast-track plans, if you’ll excuse the pun. Twenty crossings will be removed by the end of the Andrews Government first term. Level crossings have not only proven fatal, they also add to city congestion, meaning less time with families and more pollution because of stop–start traffic.
Second, the Melbourne Metro Rail Project is finally up and running. Touted back in 2009, then drastically altered during the death throes of the previous Liberal Government, the Andrews Government has gone back to the plan that puts a metro-style line north–south through the CBD and, importantly, to the Domain Interchange. The Domain Interchange, on St Kilda Rd in my electorate, is a growing business district, and needs to be connected to Melbourne’s rail grid. This is an excellent outcome.
These plans come in contrast to the East–West link the previous government vowed to put in place, deaf to the protests of the Victorian population. This federal government, rather than respect the wishes of the Victorian people, tied much needed federal funding to a scheme that would put more cars on our roads. I call on this government to release federal funding to the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, a scheme designed to take cars off our roads.