Hobsons Bay Councillors clash over West Gate Tunnel Project

Councillor Tony Briffa clashed with Councillor Sandra Wilson in the chamber of the Hobsons Bay City Council meeting in March, with both Councillors putting on a show for the gallery as they passionately presented their points on the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Speaking on the Council’s ongoing work to achieve the best possible outcomes for the community, Councillor Angela Altair introduced the concept of sound walls as evidence of the Council’s most recent advocacy efforts, to which Tony Briffa replied.

“The sound walls are going to be great while you’re waiting in traffic. We need truck bans. We need our residents to be listened to. Getting nice reports like this is great, but it doesn’t really do much for our residents,” Cr Briffa said.

The comments were followed by Councillor Sandra Wilson who not only commended council officers for their advocacy efforts, but also noted the importance of the regular report in maintaining ‘openness and transparency’ with the community.

The subject solicited a quick response from Councillor Tony Briffa who questioned the openness and transparency around a $5 million deal with the State Government to buy the Council’s support for the West Gate Tunnel Project.

The exact details of the deal are understood to be not yet publicly known, which is possibly why order was called on Councillor Briffa’s line of questioning before the Councillor then abstained from the vote on the report.

The West Gate Tunnel Project is expected to deliver new open space, walking and cycling paths in Hobsons Bay. The State Government has committed funding to Council to allocate for open space enhancements in areas near the project.

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