TIM PALLAS MP
This is the first of our E-News bulletins for 2015. The purpose of these bulletins is to keep the community updated about what the State Government has been doing in Wyndham.
The bulletins will serve as an update about upcoming events, grant applications, services offered by my electorate office and relevant Government announcements.
My hope is that you will use these bulletins as a source of information for community members to be engaged with State Government, to talk to fellow residents and to follow up these issues in greater detail with my office if required.
I encourage you to forward this email on to fellow community members in Wyndham so that they can subscribe and follow up local issues with my office.
REGIONAL RAIL LINK OPENING
In positive news the Regional Rail Link has an announced opening date of June 21, the opening of the RRL will greatly benefit the Wyndham Vale and Tarneit areas.
A Coalition rolling stock bungle has forced an eight-week delay in the opening of the $4 billion Regional Rail Link (RRL) project.
As it is, regional services will continue to suffer for years as a result of the Coalition’s inaction. They didn’t order a single V/line carriage – let alone a train – for two years after they came to office.
If the RRL was introduced in April, as the former Coalition Government had planned, any delay in rolling stock delivery or train faults would mean service cancellations and chaos for commuters.
Deferral of the implementation of RRL is the safest option, given the Coalition’s failure to get the basics right and order enough trains to reliably service the regional network.
On February 28 I spoke at the unveiling of a plaque for the 100th Anniversary of the Werribee CFA. The Werribee CFA is an important institution in our community and plays a vital role in protecting people and property.
It is a fantastic tribute to the hard work and service of the Werribee volunteers and I was honoured to speak at the event. I attended the event with local councillors and Federal MP, Joanne Ryan.
LOCAL ROAD UPGRADES
On March 11 I was delighted to perform the ceremonial sod turn for a $13 million road upgrade in the local area.
The road upgrade will improve the intersections at Princes Hwy and Sneydes Rd as well as the Old Geelong Rd/ Hoppers Ln and Princes Hwy intersection.
These upgrades are important for improving traffic flow around the future East Werribee Employment Precinct and for easing congestion on Princes Hwy.