February 7, 2018  |  Ministers Statements

MINISTERS STATEMENT: West Gate tunnel project

Mr CARROLL
Niddrie

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS

Ministers statements: West Gate tunnel project

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (11:25:30) — I rise to update the house on the number of jobs being created by the West Gate tunnel project, both in Melbourne and in our regions. The $6.7 billion West Gate tunnel project is going to be a game changer, not only in Melbourne and not only in the western suburbs but also in regional Victoria. There will be 6000 new jobs and 500 apprenticeships on the back of our 3500 apprenticeships and cadetship opportunities already in the pipeline through our infrastructure. Importantly there will also be up to 150 jobs for our ex‑auto workers, who those opposite turned their back on. Also very close to the member for Footscray and the member for Altona is Western Chances, an important not‑for‑profit organisation in Melbourne’s west that will provide scholarships which will then lead into cadetships on the West Gate tunnel project, giving young people in Melbourne’s west a
real opportunity.

The Premier spoke in his answer about people talking about the West Gate tunnel project. Well, hot off the press, literally dated today, the Benalla Ensign reads:

Jobs boost
Concrete investment thrills
Benalla
will be the home of Victoria’s largest precast concrete manufacturing facility —

to supply the West Gate tunnel project.

Honourable members interjecting.

Mr CARROLL — It will provide 400 jobs in the north‑east of Victoria — while the National Party carry on their own conversation over there — that is a massive investment. In fact the local mayor is quoted as saying:

This is a massive investment and it’s one that Benalla’s been waiting on for a long time …

… it’s … the biggest investment that Benalla’s seen at least since Thales, the ammunition factory …

The question to the Deputy Leader of the National Party and the leader is: are they going to continue to be a silent coalition partner —

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER (11:27:13) — Order! The member for Macedon and the member for Kew will leave the chamber for the period of 1 hour.

Honourable members for Macedon and Kew withdrew from chamber.

Mr CARROLL — The local mayor in Benalla calls it a game changer — the biggest precast facility to be built in the regions. The Leader of the National Party sits there silently. Is he going to stand up for jobs in the north‑east, jobs that the Deputy Leader of The Nationals has in her electorate — an important game changer in Melbourne and in regional Victoria — or will the National Party do what they do, remain silent and do nothing?