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Calder works kept on the agenda

Thursday, 15 December 2011

The Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, is continuing her push for work to be progressed on the Calder Freeway Interchange at Ravenswood.

Ms Allan today met with the Calder Highway Improvement Committee to discuss this next stage of improvements to the Calder Highway.

"I am determined that these works do not drop off the radar of the Liberal National Government."

"The duplication of the Calder to Bendigo was a top priority under Labor and as a result there has been a dramatic improvement to the safety of the Highway to Melbourne."

"It is important to keep pushing for improvements, and the next stage is an upgrade to the interchange at Ravenswood."

The Calder Highway Improvement Committee (CHIC) includes representatives from all the Local Government municipalities that intersect with the Calder Highway between Melbourne and Mildura.

"I am very pleased that the CHIC has identified the Interchange of the Calder Highway at Ravenswood as a priority for the next stage of funding improvements."

"It is vital that as a community we keep pushing this project forward as funding the next stage was rejected by the Liberal National Coalition during the 2010 election."

"The now Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, said at the time that the $7 million that was pledged by Labor to progress the necessary planning works for the Ravenswood Interchange was not needed. Minister Mulder said that Vic Roads had the capacity to do the planning, irrespective of who was in government." (comment attached)."

"Now that he is in Government, it is disappointing that the Minister has not instructed Vic Roads to undertake this planning work given he believes that the funding was available."

"The Ravenswood Interchange is the intersection between the Calder Highway and the Calder Alternate Highway and an upgrade would benefit motorists and truck drivers who use this interchange travelling from Melbourne to either Bendigo or Mildura. The Liberal National Government should re-consider its refusal to fund the planning works needed to upgrade this section of the Calder," Ms Allan said.

ABC Mildura Swan Hill (Mildura)
10:30 News - 03/11/2010 - 10:31 AM
News Editor Ms Jacinta Allan-Gange

The Victorian Opposition believes a Labor Promise to plan upgrade to two Calder Highway intersections south of Bendigo is unnecessary. The State Government announced yesterday it would spend $7m planning works on the Calder Alternate and Fogartys Gap Road intersections. Labor says it would then try to secure Federal Government funding to help pay for the upgrades. Terry Mulder, Victorian Shadow Minister for Public Transport & Roads, says the Government is trying to con the electorate. He says Vic Roads have the capacity to do the planning irrespective of who is in government. Mal Kersting, Spokesperson, Vic Roads, says some preliminary work has already been done on the intersections but developing a full plan could take up to 18 months.


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