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START OF MAJOR WIDENING WORKS ON THE EJ WHITTEN BRIDGE

Major widening works to the EJ Whitten Bridge ramps up with two large remotely controlled cranes being assembled ahead of works starting next week.

FRASER STREET RESERVE & MELTON AGED SERVICES CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT

Representing Minister Hutchins, today, along with the mayor for Melton Cr Sophie Ramsey, I had the pleasure of opening Fraser Street Reserve in Melton following...

Local Issues

WESTERN DISTRIBUTOR PROJECT

Melbourne’s second river crossing: Shorter, more reliable trips for the west. The Western Distributor will add a vital second river crossing, more lanes on the West Gate Freeway and smart technologies from Geelong to Pakenham. This means less congestion, more reliability, and shorter travel times to and from the west. Supporting growth in Melbourne’s west. The Western Distributor will: Improve travel time reliability Ease congestion Boost economic development Give drivers more flexibility Offer a network-wide solution Serve the travel demands of a growing regional population, improving your access to the city for work and lifestyle. What is the Western Distributor? The $5.5 billion Western Distributor project includes: Widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes. A new road tunnel under Yarraville, connecting the West Gate Freeway with the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the CBD. A bridge over the Maribyrnong River joining an elevated road along Footscray Road. Major new cycling and walking paths. Project timelines Project procurement and the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) are now underway. We’re encouraging the community to actively engage in the EES process, and participate in its public exhibition in 2017. Construction starts in late 2017 and the Western Distributor will be open to traffic in 2022. Did you know? The Western Distributor Project includes the Monash Freeway Upgrade, making it a network-wide transport solution that will streamline traffic from Geelong to Pakenham. The Monash Freeway Upgrade will add 30 kilometres of extra traffic lanes between the EastLink Interchange and Clyde Road, and extend the managed motorway system with the installation of smart roadway technologies. Together, the projects will mean safer and more reliable journeys across the length of the M1.  

WESTERN DISTRIBUTOR PROJECT

Melbourne’s second river crossing: Shorter, more reliable trips for the west. The Western Distributor will add a vital second river crossing, more lanes on the West Gate Freeway and smart technologies from Geelong to Pakenham. This means less congestion, more reliability, and shorter travel times to and from the west. Supporting growth in Melbourne’s west. The Western Distributor will: Improve travel time reliability Ease congestion Boost economic development Give drivers more flexibility Offer a network-wide solution Serve the travel demands of a growing regional population, improving your access to the city for work and lifestyle. What is the Western Distributor? The $5.5 billion Western Distributor project includes: Widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes. A new road tunnel under Yarraville, connecting the West Gate Freeway with the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the CBD. A bridge over the Maribyrnong River joining an elevated road along Footscray Road. Major new cycling and walking paths. Project timelines Project procurement and the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) are now underway. We’re encouraging the community to actively engage in the EES process, and participate in its public exhibition in 2017. Construction starts in late 2017 and the Western Distributor will be open to traffic in 2022. Did you know? The Western Distributor Project includes the Monash Freeway Upgrade, making it a network-wide transport solution that will streamline traffic from Geelong to Pakenham. The Monash Freeway Upgrade will add 30 kilometres of extra traffic lanes between the EastLink Interchange and Clyde Road, and extend the managed motorway system with the installation of smart roadway technologies. Together, the projects will mean safer and more reliable journeys across the length of the M1.  

FORD CLOSES ITS DOORS PERMANENTLY

Marking the end of 90 years of manufacturing in Victoria, Ford plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows have closed their doors today for the last time. This has undoubtedly been a difficult day for Ford workers, their families and the many workers in Ford’s supply chain who will be impacted by the closure. If you are one of these people, know that the Andrews Labor Government is doing all we can to help you get through this very difficult period. We are providing $135.4 million of targeted assistance including programs and training for workers and businesses, including: Grants to businesses to generate new investment and create jobs for retrenched workers in Melbourne’s South-East, North, West and Geelong – the communities most impacted by the closure. Tailored business support to help automotive companies identify future opportunities and new markets. Skills and Jobs Centres to provide a one-stop-shops to assist workers – including those in the auto industry – to access training and job support services. The Government has also established the Victorian Automotive Transition Taskforce and four supporting Local Taskforces in Melbourne's north, west, south-east, and in Geelong. The taskforce works closely with businesses, local government and local communities to respond to local needs. I myself chair the Western Local Automotive Transition Task Force. Yet while this Government is trying hard, the Federal Liberal Government has abandoned and turned their backs on automotive workers and businesses during this difficult transition. Make no mistake – thousands of jobs were put at risk due to the actions taken by Tony Abbott and the Liberals when they cut support to Holden and Toyota. Workers at Ford’s manufacturing plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows leave behind a proud legacy which has shaped Victoria’s world class manufacturing industry. While the closure marks the end of an era for Victoria, it certainly does not mark the end of manufacturing in Victoria.

FORD CLOSES ITS DOORS PERMANENTLY

Marking the end of 90 years of manufacturing in Victoria, Ford plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows have closed their doors today for the last time. This has undoubtedly been a difficult day for Ford workers, their families and the many workers in Ford’s supply chain who will be impacted by the closure. If you are one of these people, know that the Andrews Labor Government is doing all we can to help you get through this very difficult period. We are providing $135.4 million of targeted assistance including programs and training for workers and businesses, including: Grants to businesses to generate new investment and create jobs for retrenched workers in Melbourne’s South-East, North, West and Geelong – the communities most impacted by the closure. Tailored business support to help automotive companies identify future opportunities and new markets. Skills and Jobs Centres to provide a one-stop-shops to assist workers – including those in the auto industry – to access training and job support services. The Government has also established the Victorian Automotive Transition Taskforce and four supporting Local Taskforces in Melbourne's north, west, south-east, and in Geelong. The taskforce works closely with businesses, local government and local communities to respond to local needs. I myself chair the Western Local Automotive Transition Task Force. Yet while this Government is trying hard, the Federal Liberal Government has abandoned and turned their backs on automotive workers and businesses during this difficult transition. Make no mistake – thousands of jobs were put at risk due to the actions taken by Tony Abbott and the Liberals when they cut support to Holden and Toyota. Workers at Ford’s manufacturing plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows leave behind a proud legacy which has shaped Victoria’s world class manufacturing industry. While the closure marks the end of an era for Victoria, it certainly does not mark the end of manufacturing in Victoria.