Daylesford Rail Bridge

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — (12 263) The matter I wish to raise is for the attention of the Minister for Regional Development in the other place, and the action I seek is that the minister brief me on what is being done to lower the road that runs under the East Street rail bridge in Daylesford. Currently the height of the heritage bridge is too low. It restricts access to business and industry, forcing tall trucks along residential roads which have their own weight and size restrictions. Of course some trucks do try to go through and have in the past damaged the bridge, which in turn disrupts the Daylesford Spa Country Railway, one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions.

The last Liberal government said that lowering the road was ‘an economic and employment responsibility’, yet they did nothing about it. They were right in one respect, however. This is an important issue to the community of Daylesford and one that needs to be rectified urgently, not only for the businesses of Daylesford but also for those who live and work in the area. By lowering the bridge we will see more business, more jobs and safer roads. This is something that this government does so well, and I want to see it happen in Daylesford. The matter has been lingering for too long. It needs to be fixed. I call on the minister to brief me with possible solutions as soon as she can. I look forward to hearing from the minister.