Federal State meeting to get Victoria moving again

Media Release


28 April 2016

Joint release with:

Darren Chester

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and the Minister for Major Project, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher today met with the Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan and the Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan to discuss Victorian infrastructure.

“It was a constructive and productive meeting,” Mr Chester said.

“We discussed the $1.5 billion Australian Government commitment to infrastructure in Victoria to be matched by the Victorian Government, and agreed in principle to the five projects that will receive funding.”

“We look forward to working constructively with the state government to build infrastructure that Victoria needs.”

The five projects are:

    • $500 million toward the Monash Freeway upgrade
    • $350 million towards the M80 Western Ring Road upgrade
    • $345 million Rural and Regional Roads Package
    • $220 million toward the Murray Basin freight rail upgrade, and
    • $75 million Urban Congestion Package.

“On Melbourne Metro, the Victorian Government has agreed to work with the Turnbull Government on further planning work around land use and value capture,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The Turnbull Government will provide $10 million so that work can proceed.

“In relation to the Monash, the Commonwealth will contribute to the cost of the work the Victorian Government has announced, between the EastLink Interchange and Clyde Road, so that this work can get underway as soon as possible.

“We have agreed to work together on the further work on the Monash that the Commonwealth wants to see, with a business case to be developed.

“Commonwealth and Victorian Government officials will meet soon to discuss the next steps—obviously the detail needs to be worked through in that planning process.”

The Victorian Government in its budget papers yesterday said it had accepted the Turnbull Government's offer of $1.5 billion to a range of Victorian infrastructure projects—conditional on dollar for dollar matching funding from Victoria—and that they would work with the Commonwealth to finalise implementation arrangements.