House debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Statements by Members


1:53 pm

Photo of Jason WoodJason Wood (La Trobe, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise on behalf of residents of La Trobe who are sick and tired of the traffic congestion on Clyde Road. Clyde Road, in the suburb of Berwick, is an hour from the CBD, and yet every morning and every afternoon local residents are stuck in traffic. Whether they are trying to drop their kids off at school, get to work or just drive through Berwick, it's an absolute nightmare.

Back in 2007, when John Howard was the Prime Minister, we made a commitment to build a rail underpass or overpass—a grade separation. In 2010, I made the same election commitment for a grade separation. Do you know what happened? Sadly, Labor came into power. What did they do? They didn't fix it up, did they? They didn't fix it up; they just widened it. We now have this mess because, when Labor gets into government, they cannot get the job done and they cannot fix the roads up. Clyde Road is a mess for one reason only: the Labor Party got into government. Now Daniel Andrews wants to build a sky rail there. The residents of La Trobe say no to the sky rail. We want an underpass. We want to make sure residents of La Trobe get what they deserve, and they deserve proper roads and proper rails. You would never get that under a Labor government at a state level or a federal level.