Nardella calls on Premier to address infrastructure shortfalls affecting City of Melton

The Member, Mr Nardella MLA, spoke in parliament yesterday calling on the Premier, Ted Baillieu to fix the many outstanding infrastructure issues affecting the City of Melton. These include: the Ferris Rd freeway exit lights, the upgrade of the Melton Highway, ‘day’ surgery needs, the upgrade of Bacchus Marsh hospital, relocation of Melton Community Health services, public transport shortfalls, a new school in Melton West and upgrades to general infrastructure related to the City’s expanding growth areas.

An extract from Hansard is below for your perusal.

HANSARD EXTRACT   WED 20 Feb 2013

Melton Electorate : Infrastructure.

Mr NARDELLA (Melton) — Today I call on the Premier to take action to fix the problems in the Melton electorate. Daniel Winkler, a constituent of mine, wrote to me by email on 13 February 2013. He complained to me strongly about the lack of action to build infrastructure in Melton under the Baillieu Liberal government. For example, in relation to Ferris Road, which I raised just in this last parliamentary sitting, the government announced last year that it will be upgraded by putting in place traffic lights, but this has not even been started yet. Also the V/Line service that was upgraded under Labor through the regional rail upgrade is now unreliable and becoming very frustrating for commuters. Mr Winkler detailed that the 8.28 a.m. service on 13 February was cancelled and people had to wait 1 hour and 10 minutes for the next train.

The Melton Highway also needs to upgraded and duplicated, especially the killer dip at Kororoit Creek. Nothing has been delivered in the electorate of Melton by the Baillieu Liberal government over the last two years, three months and three days. Despite this electorate having the highest growth rate in Australia, there is no day surgery being built, there has been no upgrade to the Bacchus Marsh and Melton Regional Hospital and the Melton Community Health Centre has not been relocated. There have been extensions to the urban growth boundary, but no infrastructure has been provided for these new communities, and we are still waiting for the new school in Melton West.