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The Napthine government is facing growing local government opposition to its east-west link, with a key south-eastern council covering Victoria's most marginal state electorate warning the road will delay public transport projects for years.
The City of Glen Eira - headed by Liberal mayor Jamie Hyams - has unanimously passed a motion warning that the $6 billion to $8 billion project will offer the local area offer ''little benefit''.
''The east-west tunnel will effectively absorb funds for major transport infrastructure in Melbourne for many years, possibly delaying projects that potentially benefit Glen Eira,'' the motion says.
The council wants the government to divert the money to fix dangerous level crossings and build the $9 billion metro rail tunnel.
The city of Glen Eira overlaps the state electorate of Bentleigh, held by the Liberal Party by just 0.8 per cent.
A government spokeswoman said residents of the area were already benefiting from the government's massive investment in public transport.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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