Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan): Last week I attended the commencement of works on the Dohertys Road upgrade in Laverton North. In attendance were the Premier, Daniel Andrews; the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan; and the Victorian ALP candidate for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly. This project includes a duplication of Dohertys Road as well as a new bridge over the Princes Freeway. There will be an extra lane built either side of Dohertys Road, upgrades of five key intersections and a new overpass built for the Federation Trail. Over 20 000 commuters use this section every day, and this is likely to increase as the population in the outer west continues to rise.

Dohertys Road, Laverton North, is the first of eight projects that will form the Andrews Labor government’s $1.8 billion western roads upgrade, and it is the first of 21 projects in the full $4 billion suburban roads upgrade package. This is the biggest investment in suburban roads ever made by a Victorian government. This plan will transform arterial roads across Melbourne, improving the way people move around our growing outer suburbs and improving the roads commuters rely on every day. Furthermore, the western roads upgrade will create over 1200 jobs, generating a new pathway for local trainees and TAFE graduates to gain full-time employment — just another job-boosting, productivity-driving project for the west. I commend the Andrews Labor government on its commitment to upgrading our arterial road network and getting Victorians home safe sooner.

20 June 2018