Racecourse Road, Flemington

Mr PEARSON (Essendon)  —  I direct my constituency question to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: what is the latest information about the improvements to Racecourse Road, Flemington, to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists?

I want to place on record my thanks to and appreciation of Stephen Alomes, who I met with and who raised this issue with me in terms of lengthening the time of traffic signals at Newmarket Plaza shopping centre. We have had meetings onsite with VicRoads. Funding was allocated late last year, and construction is due to commence shortly. I am really pleased and delighted to be working with the community on this issue.

I compare and contrast this to some of the comments made by the member for Melbourne, who will fire off tweets or put something on Facebook but is not actually prepared to work with the community or with VicRoads to get the outcome required for the community. I would welcome an update from the minister in relation to this matter.