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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Western Distributor Proposal

Media Release

JB044/2015

30 April 2015

The Australian Government welcomes today's announcement from Transurban regarding its Western Distributor project proposal.

While we are happy to consider any job creating infrastructure that will drive economic growth in Victoria, this is the first detail we have seen from Transurban or the Victorian Government on this project.

It should be noted that it would be highly unusual for the Australian Government to commit funding to a major infrastructure project without a substantial financial contribution from the Victorian Government.

Any federal funding contribution would also be contingent upon Infrastructure Australia assessing a full business case of the proposed project.

What the Victorian Government needs to do today is get on with tackling the congestion that is already stifling Victoria's economic growth and prosperity.

The only action we've seen from Premier Andrews so far is to waste half a billion dollars of taxpayers' money to not build a road and a vague plan for the Melbourne Metro which won't be built for four years.

The Australian Government's position is clear. We want bulldozers on the ground and workers on the tools building world class infrastructure in Melbourne today.

$3 billion of federal funding remains on the table for any Victorian Government which wants to build the East West Link.

We will continue to talk with the Victorian Government about other projects, but the truth is there is no other major shovel ready project in town that will create thousands of jobs and unlock Melbourne's transport network.