15 February, 2016
With community concerns growing over
the past 18 months about the traffic problems we are experiencing in Warrandyte
each day, I want to update you on the work that has been done so far and what
we can do to progress this issue.
In 2014, when the Warrandyte
Electorate boundaries were first changed to include the bridge and the North
Warrandyte community, I invited the Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig
Lapsley, to inspect the bridge with me. This resulted in the allocation by the
former Liberal Government of funds to investigate options to relieve the congestion.
With the election of the Labor
Government in November 2014, this funding was cancelled and work stalled. After
several months of raising the matter through a number of channels, this funding
was finally restored.
Since then VicRoads investigated,
then presented four basic options at a community meeting last November, telling
residents that they would have the opportunity to give feedback on these
options in the following three months. This has not happened. Again, I have
pushed for this commitment to be delivered, with little response.
Just last week I raised the matter
again in Parliament, directing the following to the Minister for Roads –
Mr R. SMITH
(Warrandyte) — I rise today in regard to the Warrandyte Bridge and the
ongoing delay and obfuscation from the Minister in providing my community with
a satisfactory outcome in relation to traffic congestion and fire safety.
the Minister was finally pushed, kicking and screaming, into reallocating the
funding the previous coalition government had set aside for work to be done to
provide options for the traffic problems in Warrandyte, he has not provided
Warrandyte residents the opportunity for input, nor has any funding been
allocated for a solution to be implemented.
spoke at a community forum last November, saying that the timeline for
community feedback would be between November and February this year. There has,
so far, been no opportunity for that to occur.
Andrews government has in its possession advice from the Emergency Management
Commissioner which states, and I quote:
management in and around Warrandyte is problematic, with potentially critical
implications during bushfire emergencies.”
these critical implications are realised and the Minister is seen to have sat
on his hands then the consequences will be severe.
residents have now formed the Fix the Warrandyte Bottleneck group and are
demanding that the Minister takes action.
ask the Minister to provide my community with the opportunity to work with
VicRoads to settle on a solution that is the right one for Warrandyte and give
them certainty by committing to funding that solution.
To date, I have written several times
to the Minister for Roads, the CEO of VicRoads and the Emergency Management
Commissioner to highlight the congestion and safety concerns of the Warrandyte
I have raised the matter directly to
the Minister in Parliament and have put pressure on the Government through
several media stories in both the Warrandyte Diary and the Manningham Leader.
While I will continue to put pressure
on the Government to move this issue forward, I need your help to show the
Minister how important this is to our community. Please write to him at –
Minister for Roads & Road Safety
1 Spring Street
Alternatively, you can email him at
Please cc me into your correspondence
so I can follow up on your behalf.
If you would like copies of the
letters I have exchanged with the government, as well as the range of media
articles, please let me know and I will email you a file.
Finally, I am always happy to discuss
this, or any other issue, with residents. If you would like a meeting please
contact my office and we can arrange a suitable time.