Mary Wooldridge MP is Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council, Liberal Leader in the Legislative Council and Shadow Minister for Health.
Residents describe the traffic as a 'completely gridlocked nightmare'. VicRoads has closed the northbound lane on Bolton Street and traffic is being funneled along Main Road. This was okay during the school holidays when traffic was lighter, but the current closure is causing massive traffic issues.
The site is on prime land and situated near the central shopping strip, but it has not been used as a fire station since the new $10.5 million station, on which construction began under the former Liberal government, opened for operation in March 2016. However, the Minister has said that the former Eltham CFA fire station will not be sold, so I asked the Minister, what will the former CFA building now be used for?
Overwhelmingly respondents were in favour of the ring road being completed. Those who were strongly opposed, just 4.8%, cited concerns for the future of the Nillumbik Green Wedge. On the other hand, more than 47% favoured Option 1, while 41% supported a route that would go through Eltham and link with Eastlink.
These car parks are full early each morning, commuters often resort to parking along nearby roads and shopping centers, thereby restricting access for other road users.
There is concern that if there is no interchange near Fitzsimons Lane the north-east link will not result in much relief for this very congested road.
The Andrews Labor Government has refused to guarantee the future of Eltham's famous timber trestle bridge. I sought an assurance from the Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, in Parliament that the bridge would be preserved in any plans for the duplication of the Hurstbridge railway line from Greensborough to Eltham.
Daniel Andrews and his Government are failing Eltham residents with their half-funded plan to upgrade Bolton Street. While the Government congratulates itself for finally beginning this long overdue project, it is steadfastly refusing to do anything to relieve the massive congestion Eltham residents face daily.
The average person in Eltham earns $790 a week - $146 more than the average Victorian, they live with their partner in a house with two kids and pay $2000 a month on their mortgage ($272 more than the rest of Victoria), their house has three bedrooms and they own two cars.
Drug offences have risen nearly 66 per cent in Nillumbik and over 57 per cent in Banyule since this government was elected. In particular there has been a very dramatic rise in methamphetamine offences, with Banyule recording a 332 per cent rise since 2014 and Nillumbik an increase of 280 per cent. Drug taking has serious impacts like violent crime and aggravated burglary issues, as well of course as the direct impact on the individuals themselves.