Ballarat East electorate: government performance
I have spoken about the need to progress upgrade works on the Ballarat-Buninyong Road on numerous occasions in the hope of persuading this government to treat them as a priority. I pointed out to the Minister for Roads that $2 million was allocated by the Brumby government in its last budget, and I also note that this government has allocated over $2 million in the last two years towards this project.
Last year a small amount of work was completed to the south of the Whitehorse Road roundabout, and a pedestrian refuge has been constructed near the Greenhill Road intersection. However, time lines on the upgrade of the Whitehorse Road roundabout continue to blow out, and the supposedly triumphant announcement by Mr Ramsay, a member for Western Victoria Region in the other place, of the letting of a $600 000 contract adds further disappointment. Despite promises of action, even the land purchases associated with the roundabout are yet to progress, and the $2 million Brumby government budget allocation is yet to be expended. For more than two years this government has provided disappointing results as traffic queues continue to bank up on Geelong Road.
Those opposite have been in government for more than two years; therefore three fire seasons have passed since its election to office, and the Mount Clear and Mount Helen communities are still awaiting an announcement regarding the construction of their promised fire station, which has been identified as a key need in the area by both parties. Promises were made. I urge this minister to allocate funding in this budget and ensure that this project gets — —
The SPEAKER — Order! The member’s time has expired.