My question is to the Minister for Roads.
It is about the Government’s recent decision to authorise super-loaded trucks to transport West Gate Tunnel infrastructure through towns in my electorate (including Longwood and Locksley) at least five times weekly for the next two years.
This decision will unequivocally increase the risks of accidents on local roads, as well as causing very significant new issues for their upkeep and maintenance.
I therefore ask the Minister (especially in the apparent absence of any consultation from the Minister for Transport Infrastructure with local communities about the decision) the following question.
Whose responsibility will it now be to pay for the undoubtedly substantially increased cost of maintaining these roads – and, if the Government is not accepting this responsibility, why not?