Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Commonwealth & Victorian Ministers discuss infrastructure needs in Victoria

Media Release

DC002/2016

29 February 2016

Joint release with:

Paul Fletcher MP

Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester and Minister for Major Projects, Paul Fletcher, today met with Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan in Canberra.

“We had a positive and productive meeting,” Mr Chester said.

“The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments recognise the infrastructure challenges facing Melbourne and regional Victoria.

“The business case for Melbourne Metro Rail proposal has been sent to Infrastructure Australia, which will now proceed to evaluate the Melbourne Metro Project business case.

“In addition, I have asked Minister Allan to provide me with details on other projects that can unlock the potential of regional Victoria and create jobs and economic opportunities.”

Minister Fletcher welcomed the Victorian Government's commitment to the Commonwealth's recently released Principles for Innovative Financing.

“We had a useful discussion about the potential for value capture on Melbourne Metro Rail and I look forward to the Victorian Government providing us with further analysis,” Mr Fletcher said

Minister Fletcher said the Turnbull Government had a clear process to follow when considering whether it would provide funding to major infrastructure projects.

“Only once Infrastructure Australia has completed its assessment will the Turnbull Government be in a position to consider the proposal and whether it will provide funding to the Melbourne Metro—how much and in what form—grant, loan, equity commitment or other,” he said.