Residents’ buyout bid
ANGRY residents in a Yarraville street that will see thousands of trucks thunder past their houses when the West Gate Tunnel is built have demanded the government buy their homes.
Two new on and off ramps from the West Gate Freeway will direct trucks carrying dangerous goods deemed too unsafe for tunnels along Hyde St before joining a bridge over the Maribyrnong River to the Port of Melbourne.
Residents in 10 homes on Hyde St, opposite the Yarraville oil terminal, already see 6000 trucks a day pass.
That number is expected to jump by another 1500-plus once the new road is built and an existing truck ban is lifted.
While not opposed to the project, unhappy residents say it is unfair that they should pay the health, amenity and financial cost for Victoria’s infrastructure needs.
Spokeswoman for the Hyde Street Residents Group, Laura Meese, said residents did not buy homes 300m from major off ramps.
“Other projects being led by the Andrews Government, namely the Level Crossing Removal, are acquiring homes,” she said. “If those criteria were applied in this circumstance, we would be acquired.
“From our initial discussions with VicRoads, if we are going to get acquired through the grounds that are existing, we would have to be dead, dying or bankrupt.”
Minister for Roads Luke Donellan said no homes would be needed for the project.
“We look forward to hearing from the Hyde St residents at the Inquiry and Advisory Committee this week,” he said.