Issued Wednesday 11 July 2018
The City of Casey has warmly welcomed an Opposition pledge to ‘Commit to Casey’, promising to extend the Cranbourne Rail line to Clyde and build new stations at Cranbourne East (Australia’s fastest growing suburb in 2017) and Clyde if it wins the November State Election.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said he was pleased the Opposition had responded to the community campaign.
"We’re overjoyed Council’s ‘Commit to Casey’ community advocacy campaign has been successful in securing Opposition support," Cr Ablett said.
"This half a billion-dollar commitment makes our ‘Commit to Casey’ campaign the most successful by any local government and will help us achieve our goal of creating Australia’s most liveable city."
Cr Ablett thanked the community and his fellow Councillors for sending a strong message to both political parties which could not be ignored.
"Thousands of Casey residents have sent emails to local politicians and candidates, put up yard signs and mailed postcards demanding both sides of politics ‘Commit to Casey’, fix our roads and extend Cranbourne Rail."
The Mayor said with today’s announcement, the Opposition had effectively laid down the challenge to the Premier.
"The campaign isn't over yet and we won’t rest until Premier Daniel Andrews matches the Opposition’s promise and ‘Commits to Casey’."
Council launched the ‘Commit to Casey’ campaign in January creating a groundswell of community support to convince both sides of politics to invest up to $2.7 billion in road and rail infrastructure.
Cr Ablett said successive governments had failed to build the transport infrastructure Casey’s fast-growing communities desperately need.
The ‘Commit to Casey’ campaign is seeking six key road projects and the duplication of the Cranbourne Railway line from Dandenong to Cranbourne and extension of the line to Clyde in the next term of government.
In the May State Budget, the Andrews’ Government announced funding for one of the road projects - the duplication of Narre Warren - Cranbourne Road between Thompson’s Road and the South Gippsland Highway.
Commit to Casey Fast Facts
- The Casey population is set to exceed 500,000 by 2041. Casey is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, but infrastructure and services – transport in particular – have not kept pace with our rapid population growth.
- With more people come more cars and more traffic – and residents have told us that new and improved transport infrastructure remains their number one priority for keeping our community liveable.
- Last year Cranbourne East was the fastest growing area in Australia and the adjoining Clyde region is set to grow by 478% by 2041.
- Casey is already one of Victoria’s most poorly public transport-serviced municipalities – this can’t go on; urgent action is needed.
- Council estimates extending and duplicating Cranbourne Rail to Clyde will create more than 9,750 jobs and inject $841 million into the local economy.
- The City of Casey in partnership with our community has identified six priority road projects – representing some of Victoria’s worst choke points – that urgently need to be fixed.
- Council estimates delivering this roads package will create more than 8,500 jobs and inject $673 million into the local economy. It will keep traffic moving and better connect Casey residents to jobs, services and most importantly, their families.
Improving Freeway Access
- Extend the Southern Dandenong Bypass through to South Gippsland Freeway and complete the South Gippsland Freeway / M1 connection.
- Duplicate the Pound Road – Greaves Road – O’Shea Road route from Hampton Park to the M1 Beaconsfield interchange.
Better Community Connections
- Complete the duplication of Narre Warren – Cranbourne Road, from Thompsons Road to South Gippsland Highway.
- Complete the duplication of the Berwick – Cranbourne Road route from Thompsons Road through Pattersons Road to Narre Warren Cranbourne Road.
Casey Job Links
- Extend Glasscocks Road from South Gippsland Highway through to Dandenong Frankston Road.
- Extend Thompsons Road from Clyde Road to Cardinia Road.
To learn more about Commit to Casey visit the Commit to Casey website or follow Commit to Casey on Facebook.