Shadow Minister for Planning, David Davis
Today’s big turnout by residents at a public rally in Murrumbeena to voice concerns about Skyrail shows it’s Daniel Andrews versus the local community on this major issue.
Hundreds of people jammed the local scout hall grounds to witness passionate speeches and to sign petition forms in anger at a lack of consultation over Daniel Andrews’ surprise announcement.
Local residents are demanding to know why they weren’t consulted about this new plan to build a massive two-stories-high rail line through nine kilometres of the south-eastern suburbs.
They are worried about a plunge in the value of their homes if this giant monolithic structure is built near their homes, blocking out the sky, and creating thunderous noise day and night.
If Daniel Andrews thought this was such a great idea, why didn’t he reveal it to Victorians before the last state election?
Or is this another thought-bubble Daniel Andrews has suddenly plucked out of thin air?
This is a cheap and nasty proposal and another example of Daniel Andrews saying one thing before the election and doing something very different afterwards.
Before the election Daniel Andrews promised local residents he would put rail lines underground at level crossing sites.
Now we learn that Daniel Andrews plans to cut a tall swathe through the suburbs with Skyrail.
Before the election Daniel Andrews loved to talk about the importance of mandates. So he should now understand that he has no mandate to build this elevated rail instead of the promised underground option.
There are other questions, like how many freight trains will use these nois-projecting overpasses? How much compensation will be paid to those affected by reduced property values?
And will Daniel Andrews rule out elevated rail along the Frankston line?
Residents at Murrumbeena vowed that today’s rally was only the start and they’ll be back outside 1 Treasury Place at 9 o’clock on Monday morning.
Local Lobor MPs like Member for Oakley Steve Dimopoulos now have a choice to either fight for their local community and have the rail line put underground as promised, or they can side with fast-talking Daniel Andrews and build this cheap and nasty elevated rail.
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