Waverley Park powerlines
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Mr RICH-PHILLIPS (South Eastern Metropolitan) —
Daniel Andrews has betrayed the residents of his own electorate by failing to back them on the Waverley Park powerlines issue. In the early 2000s property developer Mirvac was granted a permit to redevelop the former Waverley Park site into a residential suburb.
A condition of that permit obliged Mirvac to underground the adjacent high-tension powerlines, and residents have bought into that estate on the basis that the powerlines would go. Mirvac has proposed a range of alternatives, such as planting screening trees and developing parks as a cheap way to avoid its current obligations to bury the powerlines.
Residents of Waverley Park are adamant they want Mirvac to deliver on its obligation and commitment to remove the blight of those powerlines from their estate.Prior to the election Daniel Andrews committed to upholding the planning permit and requiring Mirvac to underground those powerlines.
Under the cover of Christmas, however, he backflipped and walked away from his commitment to residents. Instead of holding Mirvac to its legal obligations under the permit, Daniel Andrews is allowing Mirvac to plant a few trees as an alternative and to boost its bottom line by $30 million to $40 million in the process.
It is no secret that Labor has close ties to Mirvac. The Andrews government has appointed at least three former or current directors of Mirvac or its associated entities to Victorian government boards, including the Victorian Funds Management Corporation, WorkCover and the Victorian Arts Centre Trust. Daniel Andrews must explain why he has put Labor's ties to Mirvac ahead of the interests of his own constituents.