Our waters are governed by state and federal governments. From time to time the boundaries need to be looked at and regulated. This bill gives effect to some of these changes or the potential changes that might occur.
I want to congratulate Premier Daniel Andrews, Treasurer Tim Pallas and Daniel Mulino, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, on the great work they have done in putting this budget together and making sure Victoria remains strong.
What the motion seeks are documents in relation to the contract and various documents regarding the West Gate tunnel. The fact is that all of the documents this motion seeks are already out there in the public domain.
As part of this budget my Western Metropolitan Region has greatly benefited from the partnership agreements, which are a process the state government has put in place so that areas or regions can put in some ideas and get some funding.
This school building boom has delivered more than 1000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5000 construction jobs for Victorians. One such project is the new P–9 school in the Truganina area in my electorate.
The opening was a very successful event and was well attended by former and current staff and students, parents and representatives from the local community. I would like to specifically congratulate the principal of Southern Cross Grammar, Mr Andrew Ponsford, for leading the school to this milestone.
The Greens need to move out of the way and allow us to go ahead with projects such as the West Gate tunnel, or else they will face similar rejections to Batman for a long time to come.
My question is: what will this proposed funding model mean for hospitals in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region?
Victoria has a serious waste storage problem, with around one-third of Victoria's waste ending up in landfill. My local community has made it clear to me that we must start looking at alternatives to landfill to avoid this unsustainable build-up.
This service, to be delivered by Anglicare, also includes one specialist family violence counsellor to ensure that those experiencing significant hardship can get the support they need to get their lives back on track.
This program has led to over $30 million worth of funding going into the western metro area since the Andrews Labor government came to power in 2014. The benefits of these projects will be felt by the community for many years to come.
Just to conclude, this is a very important bill that gives effect to the Coghlan report and responds to community concerns which have been raised with us in the last year or two, particularly about recent events, whether they are home invasions or the Bourke Street tragedy.
Project after project, we are delivering what Victorians asked us to deliver. They voted for us to deliver these major infrastructure projects, and the West Gate is one of them.
While the federal government and the state opposition have proven they are not concerned about the environment, this Labor government has placed it at the very forefront of our agenda.
The Communities that Care program is a long-term, evidence-based prevention strategy to develop locally based initiatives that build healthy behaviour and social commitment among children and youth.
From yesterday drivers will notice changes on the West Gate Freeway as workers establish a construction site that will allow the city-bound tunnel entrance to be built without closing lanes on the freeway during peak times.
What will it mean for my constituents of Western Metropolitan Region if this project does not go ahead?
What Melbourne needs to do is take the politics out of our infrastructure delivery. I mean, there's no more arguing. We need to start getting on with some of these plans to free up traffic congestion.