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Victorian construction projects get $525M boost

A joint investment will see an additional $525 million go towards Victorian construction jobs and shovel-ready projects.

Funding will go towards infrastructure projects that are ready to go, along with urgent road safety upgrades.

Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the Federal Government has worked with the Victorian Government to provide additional funding for two key infrastructure projects.

“We are providing an additional $178.2 million towards the Regional Rail Revival package in Victoria, bringing the total Federal Government contribution to this project to $1.8 billion,” McCormack said.

“The Federal Government will also provide an additional $70.6 million in funding to complete the duplication of the Princes Highway East between Traralgon and Sale, bringing the total Federal Government contribution to $202.6 million for this project.”

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison said further investment in infrastructure would play a critical role in the Commonwealth’s JobMaker plan and help the Victorian economy as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This package builds on the fast tracking of $514 million for infrastructure in Victoria which we announced last November, locking in priority upgrades that will bust congestion, increase productivity, improve safety, and boost jobs at a time we need it most,” he said.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the additional $320 million in federal funding had taken the Federal Government’s infrastructure investment in Victoria to more than $29.5 billion.

“Federal funding for this package has been drawn from the recently announced $1.5 billion allocation to priority shovel-ready projects and targeted road safety works and is in addition to our existing commitments,” Frydenberg said.

The Victorian Government will also provide $179.8 million towards the two key projects and $25.7 million for targeted road safety works.

Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said this investment built on the State Government’s investment in roads and rail in regional Victoria.

“We’re building the transport infrastructure to support better connections to our regional cities and country towns and deliver safer roads and more reliable regional rail journeys.”

The jointly-funded package is supported by investments from the Federal Government ($320.3 million) and Victorian Government ($205.5 million).

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