05 June 2019
My adjournment matter is for the Premier.
The action that I seek is for the Premier to urgently respond to the constituency question I asked him on 28 May in this place and confirm for the Sandringham district community that graffiti along the Sandringham line will be cleaned up during the line closure, including on private property abutting the train corridor.
I note with interest the government media release of today that was effectively published in full, including grammatical errors, in today’s Herald Sun.
This release was filled, in my view, with all the PR lines and statistics that could be imagined, but the proof of the effectiveness of this release will be in the removal of the graffiti along the train line.
The stretch of unsightly graffiti that I am particularly concerned about is near the intersections of Abbott and Beaumont streets, Queens Square and King Street, Queens Square and Bath Street, Bridge Street and Moor Street, and areas in the vicinity of the Bridge Street overpass.
There are members of the Sandringham community ready and willing to clean up this mess themselves. This citizen army is not waiting for bureaucrats to twiddle their thumbs and pens while this blight on our community remains. They are ready and willing to take the action that this Labor government has so far failed to take.
Noting that I first raised this matter with the Premier some three weeks prior to the scheduled line closure and that normal passenger services are now due to resume in less than a week, it is my belief that members of the Sandringham community and surrounding communities are entitled to an explanation as to the Premier’s inaction to date. I encourage the Premier to reflect upon his own words and do what he says instead of simply saying what he will do.