Mr Melhem (Western Metropolitan): I had the pleasure yesterday of attending an event with Premier Daniel Andrews and the Honourable Luke Donnellan, the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, when VicRoads announced Netflow as the preferred bidder to transform the west’s arterial road network with upgrades to eight key roads. Melbourne’s west has grown faster than ever before, and this project will transform the road network to support these growing communities.

Netflow will keep jobs and investment in the west by employing over 1200 local workers for the project. More than 1000 of these jobs will be for the major upgrades component of the project, spanning the next four years. A further 200 workers will be employed for the ongoing maintenance component of the project. Netflow has committed to employing priority jobseekers for 10 per cent of its overall workforce to include former automotive workers, culturally and linguistically diverse persons, disadvantaged youth and Indigenous people. Ten per cent of the Netflow workforce will also be made up of trainees, apprentices and engineering cadets.

Netflow has also committed to and will exceed the state’s local content requirements, committing to 96 per cent local content by using local firms, local materials and local skills. It will also use more than 93 per cent local steel, creating jobs across the supply chain in the western metropolitan area. It will also provide further opportunity for apprentices as they enter a venture with Victoria University to make sure apprentices get given the opportunity to be on these jobs. This project is due to be completed by 2021. I take the opportunity to congratulate the Premier and Minister Donnellan on this great work and this announcement for the west.

15 November 2017