MEDIA RELEASE - SUPPORT FOR ROAD PROJECTS BUT NO SUPPORT FOR PARC WORKERS - 22 MAY 2020

22 May 2020

PETA MURPHY MP
MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY

 

SUPPORT FOR ROAD PROJECTS BUT NO SUPPORT FOR PARC WORKERS

Today’s Federal Government announcement of funding to Frankston City Council for infrastructure upgrades and maintenance is welcome, but there is much more to be done. 

Federal Member for Dunkley, Peta Murphy wrote to the Deputy Prime Minister on 6 May 2020 supporting Frankston City Council’s nomination of three local road projects to be fast tracked.

The nominated local projects were:

  • Warrandyte Road traffic improvements to relieve congestion and improve safety near schools. (Approx $320k)
  • Hall Road rehabilitation (between Frankston/Dandenong Rd and McCormicks Rd) to relieve congestion. (Approx $2.5M)
  • McCormicks Road, Carrum Downs installation of a pedestrian crossing to improve safety. (Approx $700k)

I welcome today’s announcement of $774,000 and look forward to working with Frankston City Council to deliver these projects.

However, given the announced funding is more than $2.7 million less than what was asked for, I will continue to push the government to ensure that our community gets a fair share.

All the projects are worthy and should be fast tracked, I am most eager that a pedestrian crossing be installed on McCormicks road as soon as possible. Following the tragic death of a resident last year while crossing the road, Sonya Kilkenny, Member for Carrum and I worked with the local community to lobby the council for a crossing.

While the Federal Government’s announcement is welcome, I note that although they are willing to fund local council infrastructure as a way to get “more people into jobs” they are unwilling to help local workers keep their jobs at PARC.

I am terribly disappointed that the federal government insists it is not their responsibility to help 259 stood down employees keep their jobs at PARC. If the federal government was serious about supporting local jobs and local people, they would extend JobKeeper to PARC employees.

During the last sitting week of Parliament, I asked the Treasurer a direct question - why has his government excluded PARC employees from the JobKeeper wage subsidy. His response was that the federal government wouldn’t give these locals job security through JobKeeper, and that I should go and lobby someone else. 

Perhaps now that the federal government seems to acknowledge that it can give money to local councils to support local jobs, the Treasurer will come to the table for PARC employees. I won’t stop asking him to. 

 

DATE: 22 MAY 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: DYLAN STEED 9781 2333

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.