Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu
Baillieu Govt To Build $130 Million Kilmore-Wallan Bypass
Victor P Taffa
A Baillieu Government will build a $130 Million Bypass to take dangerous traffic off Kilmore and Wallan streets, improve traffic flow and save Wallan’s iconic Avenue of Honour.
Announcing the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition’s Kilmore-Wallan Bypass plan in Kilmore today with Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Donna Petrovich and Liberal Candidate for Seymour Mike Laker, Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu said if elected the Coalition would scrap Labor’s $36.5 Million Kilmore Link Road scheme and put the money into a Bypass.
“The Coalition will also spend an additional $93.5 Million over four years to complete this Bypass by 2017 and take dangerous traffic off the streets of these fast-growing towns.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“Locals estimate one truck a minute travels through the centre of Kilmore and have campaigned strongly for improved road safety and against John Brumby’s Link Road scheme.”
“Victoria Premier John Brumby and Labor Member for Seymour Ben Hardman have arrogantly ignored the Kilmore-Wallan community’s need for this bypass.”
“The community does not want John Brumby’s Link Road scheme, which would see a busy road in close proximity to local schools and homes and would not improve road safety for families in these two Growing Towns.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“This bypass will improve road safety for families living in Kilmore and Wallan, reduce costs for motorists, couriers and truck drivers and enhance the tourist appeal of both towns and save Wallan’s treasured Avenue of Honour which would be partly destroyed by Labor’s Link Road scheme.”
“This Avenue of Honour was built in 1919 to honour the community’s war dead and should be preserved as a memorial, not destroyed by John Brumby’s Link Road scheme.”
“Labor promised three bypass options in 2006 and claimed it had ‘no intention of destroying Wallan’s Avenue of Honour’, but has broken its promises on both counts.” Mr. Baillieu said.
Under the Coalition’s plan, Construction of the $130 Million Kilmore-Wallan Bypass from the Hume Freeway to the Northern Highway North of Kilmore will begin in 2013-14. The exact route will be decided upon after detailed planning studies and consultation with the local community.
“The Coalition acknowledges the lobbying of Donna Petrovich, Mike Laker and the Wallan-Kilmore Bypass Group, led by Brian Mawhinney, which has campaigned tirelessly and vigorously on the need for a bypass for years.” Mr. Baillieu said.