THE Shepparton Bypass is an urgently needed infrastructure progress that has been one of those political footballs that has been passed around among the players for the last decade.
The Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell, has again slammed the Government’s mismanagement of the Shepparton Bypass project, accusing Transport Infrastructure Minister, Jacinta Allan, of playing political games with the project’s business case.
In a constituency question to Ms Allan in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell once again called on the Government to release the business case for the Shepparton Bypass project to the Goulburn Valley community, who deserve to know details of the cost and scope of the project.
Ms Lovell said the business case, which was only recently forwarded to the Federal Government, was delayed for over 12 months and Ms Allan had shrouded the project in secrecy, continuously refusing to reveal any details contained in the document.
The business case was marked ‘Cabinet in Confidence’ before being forwarded to the Federal Government, further preventing it from being released to the public.
The matter is currently with the Infrastructure Department in Canberra. No further advice is currently available from the Federal Government.