Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — What a cowardly act by the state government to announce its decision to retain the Punt Road public acquisition overlay at 10 minutes to 5 on Friday afternoon, the dumping ground for bad news. Make no mistake: this is a broken promise by Labor. I read from a media release from just before the last election titled 'Punt Road residents ignored by Napthine', with quotes from the then Labor candidate:
'The Napthine government ignored this community — Labor will give them a voice and we will listen to it'.
'I have spoken to just about all of the residents … this easement affects, and all they want is certainty'.
In March 2015 the Minister for Planning said:
We will give certainty to residents affected by this easement …
Labor has not listened to the community. They have not given residents any certainty. They have condemned them to years of continuing the uncertainty that has already been in place for over 60 years. Yet the planning minister has the gall to say, in announcing the retention of the overlay, 'We're giving certainty to affected residents'. What rubbish.
Our community does not want a six-lane highway cutting through it. Even VicRoads and independent experts could not make a six-lane road stack up. It would be expensive, destructive — destroying over 130 properties — and completely ineffective in reducing traffic. In fact it would massively increase traffic and have next to no impact on travel times. The Punt Road public acquisition overlay must go to give residents certainty.