Important Geelong road and rail projects are deliberately being held up in an act to enable a pre-election splurge by the Andrews Government.
Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, has condemned the Premier, Daniel Andrews, for delaying $3 billion worth of projects.
“This is pathetic and only highlights what everyone already thinks about this Government – it plays games with people’s money, blames others for it’s failings and is all about self-promotion.
“What Victorians will see ahead of the November state election is a flurry of action to make it look like this Government has done something,” Mr Ramsay said.
Mr Ramsay said Victorians have a right to be angry and cynical.
“The Turnbull Federal Government has given funding for rail and road projects in Victoria that will improve safety and travel times.
“This money needs to be spent to make those projects happen now and not when it suits Mr Andrews.
Among these is the vital duplication of the Midland Highway between Geelong and Bannockburn.
“Where is Christine Couzens in all this? What is she doing to get things done for Geelong?”
Only three of the 48 Turnbull funded projects have been completed by the state, leaving others going nowhere, including those funded under the $1 billion Victorian Regional Rail package.
This includes the duplication of the Waurn Ponds to South Geelong rail line for which the business case is yet to even be presented.
“If only this was a joke. Warrnambool and Geelong commuters don’t think it’s funny.
“Nor will the rapidly growing number of residents along the Surf Coast waiting these works to enable the construction of the Surf Coast Rail project with a rail line to Torquay.”
The construction of the train stabling and maintenance yards from North Geelong to Waurn Ponds is another project deliberately in limbo.
“This ‘critical’ project was announced nearly three years ago with promises of hundreds of jobs.
“The only thing critical here, is a critical lack of care, urgency and delivery by this manipulative, rorting, bullying Government,” Mr Ramsay said.