Mary Wooldridge MP is Shadow Minister for Innovation, Jobs and Trade, Shadow Minister for Training and Skills, and Shadow Minister for Higher Education.
The construction activity, work delays and partial road closures have resulted in local traders facing mounting income losses. Yesterday and today residents have reported no construction activity along the road but the northbound lane closure and traffic diversions are still in place.
I've asked the Government to explain why back burning of highly-populated and at-risk areas such as Eltham has been postponed. There are indications that this summer will be one of elevated fire risk. However, not all planned burning to reduce fuel loads has occurred.
This centre is over 40 years old and is a vital facility used extensively by the Eltham community. While it has undergone a number of minor upgrades in the last 15 years, it now needs substantial renovations to meet the community's needs and expectations both now and in the future.
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?
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.
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.