Mary Wooldridge MP is Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council, Liberal Leader in the Legislative Council and Shadow Minister for Health.
What new measures and additional resources will be directed to the Nillumbik and Banyule police to help combat an alarming change in crime under the Andrews Government? Crime in Nillumbik has soared by nearly 48 percent in the last two years - one of the highest local government area increases. Crime in Banyule has risen more than 14 percent in the last two years, including over 900 extra thefts per year.
Not content with having lost three ministers and a Government Whip, the Andrews government has sunk to a new low with a fresh crisis over the past fortnight: the unprecedented loss of a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker due to systemic rorting of the political entitlements system by these Labor MPs.
The now Member for Eltham - Vicki Ward promised, prior to the last election, that Labor would deliver these services in 2015. It's now 2017, the services haven't been delivered and â€‹it is time for answers, so once more I have asked the Government when can we expect these services to be delivered on these very overcrowded and busy trains?
The government decided to implement a one-year truck curfew in Montmorency, Eltham and Viewbank from August 2015. It was designed to improve local areas at night, however, the Victorian Transport Association claims that the curfew has failed and has created more congestion during the day.
We return in 2017 to exactly where we finished off in 2016: a youth justice system in crisis; crime at all-time highs; a broken desalination plant, while heavy rains hit Victoria; and a government that spent the summer on holidays while Victoria suffered a lack of leadership at the most testing times.
A Victorian Parliamentary Internâ€™s report into Elthamâ€™s traffic issues echoes Eltham residents concluding that the North East Link would provide a significant and lasting reduction in congested areas in Eltham and the broader north east. The report further suggests that building the road should be an immediate priority.
Vicki Ward is playing catchup asking residents about their concerns of Main Road and Leane Drive. The Liberal Government identified this part of the road as a safety issue over two years ago and promised $1.5 million to install traffic lights at that dangerous intersection. Labor should match out promise.â€‹
St Vincent's Care Services and CatholicCare have invested millions to renovate 60 units in Eltham to house 120 Syrian refugees: women, children and couples with a child. This is an important initiative which will help them settle, get a renting history and integrate into Victoria's welcoming, safe and peaceful way of life.
Residents have told me there needs to be serious consideration of a north-east link, a closer look at the Grand Boulevard Intersection, and greater concern for pedestrian safety - especially if the result is an increase in traffic past the primary school. You can download my submission to VicRoads here.