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LETTER | Digging their own hole


SIR, – There were two stories in The Weekly Advertiser of February 6 that deserve a response.
First, the editor is quite right to ask why is VicRoads, aka Major Roads Project Authority, ‘dragging the chain’?
Good question because there has been no public consultation by way of its Environmental Consultation Group since May 2018.
Clearly there has been planning work still proceeding, but with zero public oversight – even by a tokenistic group such as their ECG.
Also Northern Grampians mayor Kevin Erwin asks the same question as a member of the Western Highway Action Committee.
Well, that committee was briefed more than three years ago on what a minimally destructive duplicated freeway could look like, to achieve a safer road while avoiding the majority of Vic-
Roads planned land clearing.
There is no record of the Western Highway Action Committee ever acting on that advice, in the same way as every level of government has also failed to consult and represent the hundreds of people who want a better outcome than was seen between Beaufort and Buangor.
Meanwhile, VicRoads has been misrepresenting these people, producing a video simulation of an alternative route in late 2016, numerous FOI requests were delayed, its planning permit expired prior to construction of works on the project but they went ahead anyway, and numerous other instances of desperately bending rules to suit themselves – all the while costing taxpayer dollars and wasting valuable time.
The next stage of the project could have been completed by now, with millions of dollars saved, but no, the only hole they’re digging is one for themselves.
 Russell Pearse

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