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Leith Overpass Reversal a Sign of Electoral Fear

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 13 January 2022

Tags: Infrastructure, Roads, Community, Planning

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The stressed residents of Leith will be hugely relieved following the Gutwein Government’s reversal of plans to build a massive overpass at their peaceful town.

The decision has a strong whiff of electoral fear about it, with both the Morrison and Gutwein governments on the nose over their mishandling of Covid.  

They know Tasmanians are angry. 

For years, Leith residents have fought this ludicrous project, yet all their pleas for common sense alternatives fell on deaf ears within the Gutwein Government. We congratulate the community on their strong campaign, winning what would have seemed like a near-impossible struggle to reach a Minister who refused to listen. 

With a Federal Election due before May, there’s a sudden reversal. With the Liberals, in the end, it’s always about politics. 

This decision seems very much to be about the politics of Braddon at the upcoming poll. 

Regrettably for people who live along the Southern Outlet in Clark, the Gutwein Government continues to ignore the local community. 

Minister Ferguson refuses to consider common sense alternatives to a fifth lane which will only add to traffic congestion. 

If he can see the light for Leith, he should be able to for the Outlet and come up with an alternative that doesn’t displace residents and increase congestion.

Dynyrnne residents are entitled to the same belated respect as the people of Leith.