Commitments by the major parties in the 2016 Federal Election, to support the construction of Victoria’s most critical link of national significance, the North East Link in the incomplete M80 Metropolitan Ring Road, are totally missing.
Strong local support for the North East Link
RACV is pleased that both the State Government and State Opposition have declared their support to complete the M80 Metropolitan Ring Road.
The project has the backing of RACV, the Victorian Transport Association, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, AusVEG, Banyule City Council and the Shire of Nillumbik. Many residents in Melbourne’s north east are also calling for this link because of their concerns about congestion and safety on arterial roads.
No Federal interest despite local support
Despite the State parties expressing their support for the project, strangely their Federal counterparts have not yet expressed their commitment to build a project that would benefit the freight industry, and take traffic from arterial roads in a heavily congested area of Melbourne. The project is already supported by Infrastructure Australia, and we expect it to be included in the plan being developed by Infrastructure Victoria when it releases its infrastructure plan later this year.
The Greens Party transport policy opposes any ‘mega-road projects’ so we can only conclude that they are not supporting the construction of the North East Link.
What can I do?
With parties and some candidates not yet declaring their support for the project, RACV recommends you contact the local candidates directly to tell them about your support and to request they publicly commit to the project. You can check which candidates support the North East Link in this blog post. This table shows the contact information for the candidates for the major parties in each Federal electorate in north-eastern Melbourne.
Use our online tool to send an email to candidates in your Federal seat
The following blog posts provide information which will help you determine what other projects and policies to ask the candidates about, in addition to whether they will commit to completing the North East Link.
In addition to this blog, you can also follow the national club’s Keep Australia Moving campaign at www.facebook.com/keepaustraliamoving.
(Updated 10 June 2016)