Access Denied - Connect O'Herns Road and Build Mernda Rail - Access Denied

Access Denied declared a huge success

Access Denied was a joint advocacy campaign between Whittlesea Council and the community in the lead up to the 2014 State Government and called on both political parties to commit to:

  • Extending the rail line from South Morang to Mernda
  • Building access ramps on the Hume Freeway at O’Herns Road in Epping North

In seven short months the campaign secured almost $650 million in promises from the Labor Government to build these projects. Read more about the funding commitments below.

Whittlesea Council would like to sincerely thank all members of the community who supported the campaign and helped to make these long overdue transport projects a reality. This campaign was a very successful community partnership. The campaign cost of $96,000 is considered a critical and valuable investment that helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars in State funding that will deliver far reaching community outcomes.

While the 2014 State election commitments are a step in the right direction to addressing the back-log of infrastructure and service needs in the municipality, there are still significant needs that remain unmet.

Whittlesea Council will continue to advocate for State and Federal funding for essential infrastructure for our residents and looks forward to partnering with the community to lobby for government funding to ensure these projects and facilities are delivered.

Funding commitment recieved

Labor Liberals Greens
Mernda Rail YES
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O’Herns Road YES
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About O'Herns Road

This involves constructing access ramps on the Hume Freeway at O'Herns Road Epping North, extending Edgars Road from Cooper Street to O'Herns Road and duplicating a one kilometre section of O'Herns Road.

Find out more about the O'Herns Road issue

About Mernda Rail

Eventually 51,000 people will live in Mernda / Doreen. These areas, in conjunction with South Morang, are the fastest growing residential areas in the country. However, there is no reliable public transport. Train services to Mernda appear in long term planning documents, but there is no funding or time frame for delivery.

Find out more about the Mernda Rail issue

Victorian Auditor General's Office Report

Successive State Governments have failed to deliver basic arterial roads and public transport for our municipality and urgent action is needed. This has been confirmed in a report by the Victorian Auditor General in August 2013. You can read the full text of the Victorian Auditor General’s Office report, Developing Transport Infrastructure and Services for Population Growth Areas, on their website.

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Phone: 9217 2037

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