Great news this week with the announcement that Public Transport Projects Alliance are the successful tenderers for the Oaklands grade Separation Project. It is reassuring to hear that work will get underway by the middle of this year to fix this ongoing issue.
The announcement is a brilliant result for our community after more than 40 years of waiting. A big thank you to everyone who helped push this cause and kept the pressure on through our www.fixoaklandscrossing.com.au campaign and to my Federal colleague Nicolle Flint who kicked this off with the first swag of funding and ultimately $95 million toward making this happen.
As you would know I have been pushing with council and the State Government to make sure we do this project properly and with community consultation (which is why I encourage people to stay in touch through this website and to share their thoughts).
Alarmingly it came to my attention when I sat in on a a Public Works Committee hearing back in October last year that the government had no plans to expand the number of car parks at the new station.
I have written to the Minister for Transport on this issue a number of times but am yet to receive a response to this problem.
I have kept the community engaged along the journey and I will do everything I can to make sure we have more car parks in the future for this growing station and to help get cars off the side streets.
Together as a community we have achieved great things but I feel very strongly that we have to stay involved in the process to make sure we get the best possible outcome from this project.
Thanks again for all your support.