Mr DIMOPOULOS (Oakleigh) — (Question 81) My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Public Transport. The minister would be acutely aware of the congestion and safety issues at level crossings across Melbourne. In the electorate of Oakleigh there are level crossings which are desperately in need of removal and which I believe should be priorities — two in Murrumbeena, at Murrumbeena Road and Poath Road, and two in Carnegie, at Koornang Road and Grange Road. This arrangement of four level crossings in a row is unique in Melbourne. They choke traffic, north and south, morning and night.
Many of the crossings in the Oakleigh electorate are ranked by the RACV as amongst the worst in Melbourne, and previous consultation with the community has confirmed their significance. I note the urgency of the approach this government has adopted in setting up the Level Crossings Removal Authority. I seek advice and an update from the minister on this government’s commitment to the much-needed removal of level crossings in the Oakleigh electorate and along the Dandenong corridor.