Shadow Minister for Public Transport, the Hon. David Davis MP
Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP
State Liberal Candidate for Carrum, Donna Bauer
The day after the Victorian State Labor Government announced they had signed a contract to close Eel Race Road to make way for the undesirable Sky Rail, concerned residents from Seaford, Carrum and Frankston rallied at the level crossing in protest of the decision.State Shadow Minister for Public Transport, the Hon. David Davis MP, joined Donna Bauer, Liberal Candidate for Carrum and Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, to ask for action from the State Government for locals and community advocacy groups.
Mr Davis said that Premier Daniel Andrews had hoodwinked the local community, forcing an inferior outcome.
“Everyone supports sensible level crossing removals, and the community believed a rail under road solution would be provided”, Mr Davis said.
“Instead, Daniel Andrews, Sonya Kilkenny and Paul Edbrooke are imposing an ugly, visually intrusive, and noisy Sky Rail on the community of the southern Frankston line.”
“These sensitive bayside communities should not be spoilt by Daniel Andrews’ Sky Rail monstrosity.”
Ms Bauer said that the State Government’s announcement on proceeding with Sky Rail is a sad day for the Carrum electorate, especially the seaside communities of Carrum and Seaford.
“Sky Rail is not what was promised and will change the landscape of our foreshore forever. Rail under road is possible and is what was promised at the 2014 election”, Ms Bauer said.
“Sonya Kilkenny and Daniel Andrews have ignored the will of the majority of the Carrum and Seaford communities, rail-roading the project through regardless of community feedback. Sky Rail will be Sonya’s legacy.”
Mr Crewther said that it was clear by today’s demonstration that the State Government was not listening to local residents.
“Over 90% of surveyed local residents in Seaford and Carrum are opposed to the closure of Eel Race Road and Sky Rail”, Mr Crewther said.
“The lack of consultation with the community is unacceptable, but we continue to see cases of the State Labor Government’s recklessness including the compulsory acquisition of seven Seaford businesses putting 200 jobs at risk”.
Michael and Fiona Tellesson of the Eel Race Road Community Group said that the major stakeholders and the residents of the communities of Seaford and Carrum had not been consulted regarding the level-crossing removal solutions.
“The Eel Race Road crossing currently has adequate capacity to handle existing traffic and future growth. It is a necessary access point to and from this community. To funnel this traffic via McLeod Road, Carrum, which is already heavily congested, is ridiculous. Closing the Eel Race Road crossing will result in loss of amenity now and not allow for future proofing this area.
“Sky Rail is totally inappropriate for the bayside suburbs of Carrum and Seaford. We all know that rail under road is absolutely possible and also the best long-term solution – financially, environmentally and practically.”