Melbourne Metro Rail Project

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport. The action I seek is for the minister to update my community in the Mordialloc electorate on the benefits of delivering the Melbourne Metro rail project, a $10.9 billion project that will have profound benefits for my community. Visionary policy takes time, and I think the Treasurer outlined today a strong budget — a strong infrastructure budget — with a clear agenda. The Melbourne Metro rail project in particular has some of that long-term visionary planning. It was 1961 when the city loop was first conceived, and it took 24 years to complete that project in 1985 with the opening of Flagstaff station. Long-term infrastructure planning takes time and it takes vision, and that is what this government is doing in implementing this project.

It should be noted as well that in 2011, leading into the former government’s first budget, the then Brumby Labor government had left $50 million worth of planning money to commence the first stages of the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel. It is a great disappointment that that money was not used, and we sit here years on talking about a project that should have started years ago. Thankfully with the election of the Andrews Labor government this project will come to fruition through to 2026 and be a wonderful outcome for our local community.

The Frankston train line is a significant train line in my community. A lot of passengers catch the train on that line, and that number is growing each and every year. About one in eight people in my community catch public transport. The increase in capacity along this line with the introduction of the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel will be substantial. Instead of talking about doing things, like those opposite do, we are getting on and doing the projects that Melbourne desperately needs.

In conclusion, I ask the Minister for Public Transport to update my great community on how the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel project will benefit my electorate of Mordialloc.