NINA’s PARLIAMENTARY WORK

KeepING the South-East liveable

All of us in the South-East want to see positive projects that improve the lives of residents. So far, none of the evidence suggests that the Mordialloc Freeway will achieve this and I’ve been campaigning against it for three key reasons:

  1. The Government has not released the traffic data, future modelling or the business case. As such, we have no idea whether building the freeway is a good use of money or will save commuters time.
  2. Open space is already so precious in our increasingly crowded suburbs. Building this 4 lane freeway over a beautiful park will bring noise and clutter to what is currently a beautiful parkland.
  3. We don’t know to what extent the freeway will damage the local natural environment and wildlife. A representative from Vic Roads has suggested that the road will be built regardless of what environmental impacts are discovered.

– Nina Springle MP

Nina Springle MP

Nina Springle MP

Member for South-East Metropolitan Region

Have a question about the Mordialloc Freeway you want asked in Parliament? Please get in touch with me at – [email protected]

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Will the rangers’ hut in Braeside Park be affected?”
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24/07/18 – How will dealing with landfill be managed during construction?

Nina’s Question
To ask the Minister for Agriculture (for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety): In relation to the Mordialloc Freeway —

(1) what remediation measures will be put in place to manage the environmental impacts associated with the landfill site along the route of the freeway; and

(2) how much has been budgeted for these works.


Answer 
The Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the Mordialloc Freeway Project is currently being prepared in accordance with the recently announced EES scoping requirements. The Scoping Requirements can be found on the Planning Vic website at: https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/browse-projects/projects/mordialloc-bypass#documents.

These Scoping Requirements include details as to what the EES needs to address for building through contaminated land.
The EES is due to be placed on public exhibition later this year.

The project budget for the Mordialloc Freeway includes allowances for measures to address matters identified through the EES.

24/07/18 – How will wildlife be affected?

Nina’s Question
To ask the Minister for Agriculture (for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety):

In relation to the Mordialloc Freeway —
(1) what measures are currently under consideration for ensuring that local wildlife will not be unduly impacted by the Mordialloc Freeway;
(2) have these measures been costed; and
(3) how much has been allocated to implement them.


Answer 
The Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the Mordialloc Freeway Project is currently being prepared in accordance with the recently announced EES scoping requirements. The Scoping Requirements can be found on the Planning Vic website at: https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/browse-projects/projects/mordialloc-bypass#documents.

These Scoping Requirements include details as to what the EES needs to address in relation to Biodiversity matters, including potential impact on native vegetation, listed migratory and threatened species and communities, as well as habitat for other protected species.

The EES is due to be placed on public exhibition later this year.

The project budget for the Mordialloc Freeway includes allowances for measures to address matters identified through the EES.

23/05/18 – Will the rangers’ hut in Braeside Park be affected?

Nina’s Question
My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. Following the recent upgrading of the Mordialloc bypass to a freeway, the Friends of Braeside Park are concerned that the friends nursery and Parks Victoria’s rangers office and lunch room may be at risk. The Friends of Braeside Park group will turn 30 in 2019. This should be a celebration of the combined efforts of Parks Victoria and volunteers to transform a former sewerage plant, farming area and racecourse into an indigenous park visited by over half a million people annually. Friends of Braeside Park are understandably nervous that, depending on freeway plans they are not privy to, 2019 may become a wake and not the celebration it ought to be. Will the minister provide assurances that the nursery and rangers hub will not be adversely impacted by the freeway?


Answer 
It is pleasing to hear that the Friends of Braeside Park group will turn 30 in 2019, and I commend both Parks Victoria and Friends of Braeside Park for all their hard work and dedication in making Braeside Park a wonderful place to visit. Advice from the Major Road Projects Authority (MRPA) is that the latest designs for the Mordialloc Freeway show that the nursery and rangers’ office within Braeside Park are not directly impacted by the freeway alignment. MRPA is working closely with Parks Victoria management on the interface of the freeway with the Braeside Park boundary, and how the office can remain operational during and after construction of the Mordialloc Freeway. As part of the Environment Effects Statement being undertaken for the project, the community will be invited to review and provide feedback on the potential impacts investigated and assessed. Additionally, a Community Reference Group has been established for the project, for which members from the Friends of Braeside Park have been selected to be a part of. Matters such as this can be raised and discussed at these Community Reference Group meetings.

27/03/18 – Traffic Count Data and Projections

Nina’s Question
My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donellan. My question is regarding the proposed Mordialloc bypass. On the VicRoads website it is claimed that the road will reduce traffic on Springvale Road, easing congestion and improving travel times. However, the current and projected traffic count data for the roads surrounding the Mordialloc bypass are not included. Too often with road projects such as these they are built at enormous expense to the taxpayer, are ruinous to the local environment and the proposed benefits are never realised. If these roads are to be built, then we must ensure that there is sufficient need. Minister, when will you release the traffic count data for the major roads surrounding the proposed Mordialloc bypass as well as the future traffic projections?


Answer 
The Mordialloc Bypass project has been determined by the Planning Minister to be subject to an Environment Effects Statement (EES).

This decision will allow interested individuals and groups to raise issues they think should be considered in the EES process and ensure the delivery of this project takes account of the important environmental significance of the area.

Further to this, VicRoads will also soon be referring the project to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy to make a determination on matters covered under the Environment Biodiversity and Conservation Act.

22/08/17 – Calling on the government to conduct an Environmental Effects Statement

Nina’s Question
My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. In June the minister said preliminary investigations into the environmental impact of the Mordialloc bypass were being undertaken by VicRoads and findings would inform the need for any future investigations. VicRoads has now published its Preliminary Flora and Fauna Impact Assessment for Mordialloc Bypass. The assessment recorded several matters of national environmental significance within or near the project area. These matters included migratory bird species, including Latham’s snipe and the sharp-tailed sandpiper, two critically endangered communities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; one threatened bird species, the Australasian bittern; and one threatened flora species, swamp everlasting. As a result, the assessment strongly recommended referral of the project to the commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy to provide legal certainty.

It also found that several environmental effects, as set out in the Environment Effects Act 1978, may be triggered by the project. Based on these effects, the report states that:

… the Mordialloc bypass project is the subject of an EES referral, and a determination will be made by the minister whether an EES will be required.

Based on VicRoads’s referral and recommendations, the action I seek is for the minister to commission an environment effects statement for the Mordialloc bypass and for the minister to refer the project to the commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy.


Answer 
The Mordialloc Bypass project has been determined by the Planning Minister to be subject to an Environment Effects Statement (EES).

This decision will allow interested individuals and groups to raise issues they think should be considered in the EES process and ensure the delivery of this project takes account of the important environmental significance of the area.
Further to this, VicRoads will also soon be referring the project to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy to make a determination on matters covered under the Environment Biodiversity and Conservation Act.

Tell Dan Andrews we deserve better

Accessible well connected public transport for the South-East

I call on the Andrews Government to:

  • Reveal the full business case, including traffic modelling for the Mordialloc Freeway

  • Propose new public transport options to be considered as sustainable alternatives to the Mordialloc Freeway