Baillieu’s Infrastructure Jobs Project In Limbo
The Baillieu Government’s failure to submit on time a funding request to Infrastructure Australia has delayed the creation of thousands of jobs by several years, Shadow Minister for Major Projects and Infrastructure Tim Pallas said today.
An 18-kilometre road would link the Eastern Freeway with CityLink as well as the Western Ring Road creating thousands of job opportunities for Victorians.
Mr Pallas said because the government was late submitting the report to Infrastructure Australia, the project could miss out on funding until the next Federal Government Budget in 2013.
“This is a significant embarrassment for Mr Baillieu as this project has been trumpeted by the government as their number one priority,” Mr Pallas said.
“The Baillieu Government’s tardiness means thousands of potential construction jobs are now in limbo until at least 2015.
“Studies and planning for the road link might not even get underway until late 2013.”
Mr Pallas said the Baillieu Government scrapped the former Labor Government’s $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan, which would have, on average, created more than 6000 jobs each year.
“The Baillieu Government shredded the detailed Victorian Transport Plan which would have delivered thousands of immediate new jobs.
“By shelving Labor’s plan, Mr Baillieu has also delayed improvements to Victoria’s public transport system to reduce congestion,” he said.
“Victoria’s business community wants action now from the Baillieu Government – not in five to 10 years time.
“The Treasurer has spent considerable time and effort espousing his views on the need for improved productivity in the Victorian economy.
“The Ernst & Young Report, The Economic Contribution of the Victorian Transport Plan, found the GSP increase in net present value terms to be $124.3 billion. That is opportunity and productivity that is being lost.”