The Ravenswood intersection upgrade is an urgent priority and work must begin on the black spot as soon as possible, Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, said in Parliament today.
Ms Chesters said in Parliament she was “nervous” about the Coalition government’s $45 million election promise to upgrade the Calder Highway and Calder Alternate Highway interchange at Ravenswood.
“I have been a fierce advocate for the Ravenswood upgrade project and will continue to be so,” she said.
“As the Federal Member for Bendigo, it is my role to stand up for my community and hold the new government to account to deliver on its election promises.
“Like many, we have been waiting for the state Coalition government to start and complete the planning that is required for the federal government and Infrastructure Australia to complete the project.
“Let’s hope the state and federal Coalition governments get their acts together immediately.
“This is a very important project for Bendigo and our community want to see work started on it straight away.”
Ms Chesters said the state and federal Coalition governments were dragging their feet when it came to Ravenswood.
“This project has moved from being a key priority to an urgent priority. This intersection is a black spot.
“The Ravenswood interchange is a key intersection and carries a high volume of heavy vehicles and cars.
“There is a concerning pattern of crashes and near misses at the site.
“I am calling for clear answers from the state and federal government on what is happening at the Ravenswood intersection.”