19 MARCH 2020 – Mr ONDARCHIE – Adjournment
My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Roads. It concerns the safety and traffic flow of vehicles around Greenvale, in particular on Mickleham and Somerton roads. Every morning residents experience choked roads and frustration as traffic is banked up in the local area—and quite frankly they have had enough. The minister may be aware that in the past I have called for the duplication of Mickleham and Somerton roads. I have tabled a petition on behalf of local roads advocate Jim Overend and the Greenvale Residents Association calling for that same duplication.
Last year, Minister, I called on you to join local roads advocate Jim Overend, Greenvale residents and me to talk to the locals. Because you did not join us, I have some words from residents to you so you know how they are feeling. Mark from Greenvale said this:
Road is gridlocked every day and with more housing and schools, situation only going to get worse!
Tamara Nolan from Greenvale said:
The traffic congestion morning and night means residents can’t get out of their estates to work or school or return home to their families without sitting in traffic for an hour! No duplications, no footpaths, no curbs, no lights = NO SAFETY for our community.
Liz from Greenvale said:
Whilst my family and I love living in Greenvale having settled here into our dream home, the connectivity of this suburb is far from a dream. With the current climate of environmental awareness, building sustainable communities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating an environment that has minimum impact on the deterioration of our planet, we have the most problematic road infrastructure that, on a daily basis, has rolling queues of traffic causing families to leave home earlier to spend more time sitting in their cars idling on an out-dated rural road that is Mickleham Road. Its a disaster that we never anticipated.
Connie from Greenvale said:
I’ve lived in Greenvale for 28 years and when we first moved here before Roxburgh park or meadow heights was even thought about, they promised duplicated roads well that hasn’t happened now with building up the surrounding areas still no road infrastructure … really what are they thinking … beats me!!
Come on Daniel Andrews. Growth areas need your help!!
Jonelle from Craigieburn said:
The amount of traffic coming down Mickleham rd from Craigieburn and beyond is horrendous in the mornings. I work a fifteen minute drive southbound from my home but as the left hand turn out of my estate is a slip lane and not governed by lights I cannot turn left out of my estate in the mornings unless some kind person lets me in. The traffic banks back into my estate as people struggle to turn onto Mickleham rd. It is literally faster to just turn right and drive up to Craigieburn and drive across to the Hume which is ridiculous.
This place is a nightmare especially trying to get to work in the areas of Roxy and nearby suburbs …
Minister, these people are real people, so the action I seek from you is to provide for these residents who use these choked roads in the upcoming budget and duplicate Mickleham and Somerton roads so residents can spend less time in traffic and more time with their families.