Posted on 10. May, 2011 in Clayton Update

The future of construction work on the Dingley Bypass is in question after the Baillieu Government failed to allocate the promised funding in this year’s State Budget, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said today.

Visiting the construction site today, Mr Andrews said uncertainty now surrounded the project, with Mr Baillieu committing just $20 million of the $55 million promised to build the Kingston Stage of the Dingley Bypass.

The funding was for the construction of the 6.4 kilometre aerial road from Warrigal Road in Moorabbin to Westall Road in Springvale South.

“Commuters in the south-east have every reason to feel let down by the Baillieu Government,” Mr Andrews said.

“Mr Baillieu and Member for Mordiallic Lorraine Wreford promised to immediately deliver the full $55 million for planning and construction work, yet this year’s State Budget goes nowhere near what is needed.

“What it does deliver is funding for planning, with no explanation from Mr Baillieu when, or if, the extra $35 million he committed would ever be delivered.”

Mr Andrews said the State Budget confirmed Mr Baillieu never intended to deliver on his promise.

“The Liberal Party’s election promise could not have been clearer – $20m for planning and $35m towards construction,” he said.

“This promise was always a hoax on families in the south-east, it was an uncosted, underfunded grab for votes prior to the last election.

“Ms Wreford must immediately explain to local families what has happened to the $35m promise, and why she hasn’t been able to fight hard enough for it.

“The Government must also come clean on its timelines for this project and when, if ever, families will see work begin.”

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