Media Release – $1.5b Infrastructure Package a Win for Menzies

Friday 8 April 2016

COALITION GOVERNMENT’S $1.5 BILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE A WIN FOR MENZIES

The Coalition Government has today committed to an additional $1.5 billion to get on with essential infrastructure to ensure Melbourne retains its mantle as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Member for Menzies, Kevin Andrews said the infrastructure package ensured the $1.5 billion in Commonwealth money that was being held by the Victorian Government is put to good use.

“Critically for the people of Menzies, this package includes a $75 million commitment upgrade to suburban and city roads with a focus on reducing traffic congestion,” Mr Andrews said.

“Victorians are rightly confused and angry about Labor’s failure to build the East West Link, a project that Infrastructure Australia has determined to be a high priority initiative.

“The Government has now committed 21 per cent of its national land transport spending in Victoria – the only thing standing in the way of that is Daniel Andrews.

“We now look forward to the Andrews Government providing its agreement to these projects and matching our funding commitment to Victorians – dollar for dollar.

“The Government remains committed to the East West Link, and our offer of $3 billion still stands. We are ready to deliver the project should any Victorian Government decide to proceed.”

Mr Andrews is also fighting for the “missing link” between the Metropolitan Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway.

“The North East Link is a critical part of the overall road and public transport agenda in the Menzies area. This vital piece of infrastructure would enhance local liveability and significantly contribute to economic development by facilitating the movement of goods and people.

“On a daily basis there is massive congestion across the north eastern suburbs, with 45,000 trucks per day using Greensborough Highway, Bulleen Road and Fitzsimmons Lane as a default route,” Mr Andrews said.

By alleviating this congestion, the North East Link would enhance the quality of life right across the north east and deliver huge economic benefits. That is why the RACV and the Victorian Transport Association have stated that the North East Link is the number 1 priority project for Victoria.