23 June 2015
Feds tell state to provide case for O’Herns Rd
THE Federal Government won’t commit money to the O’Herns Rd interchange until the State Government puts forward a business case.
City of Whittlesea representatives met Labor and Liberal politicians in Canberra last week to seek support for the project, a key plank of the Access Denied campaign. The campaign, a partnership with the Whittlesea Leader, secured a $40.7 million commitment from the State Government for the interchange.
But the project cannot go ahead until the Federal Government provides $67 million. Mayor Ricky Kirkham said councillors met advisers of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Warren Truss and Opposition infrastructure and transport spokesman Anthony Albanese. McEwan federal Labor MP Rob Mitchell, Scullin federal Labor MP Andrew Giles and Aurora Community Association representative Toni-Marie Wuelfert also attended the meetings.
“We presented our comprehensive research and analysis regarding the O’Herns Rd interchange,” Mr Kirkham said.
“A lot of mapping and data planning our growth and the Epping employment precinct centre now that Epping Central is a major activity zone.”
Mr Kirkham said the meetings were positive with all parties aware of the project.
But delegates were told the State Government needed to finish the business case before they could commit any money. “They’re not in the business of allocating money willy nilly, they need to make sure the project stacks up … financially as well as economically,” Mr Kirkham said.
Council representatives will write to Victorian Roads Minister Luke Donnellan requesting an update on the progress of the business case