This week I asked the Planning Minister for a timeline on the release of the independent advisory group (IAG) report on the North East Link project. Public hearings on the project’s Environmental Effects Statement concluded on 16 September, with the IAG required to present its report on more than 850 submissions and six weeks of hearings to the Minister within 30 days, but the report has yet to be made public.
Delays and budget blowouts on the Murray Basin Rail Project are driving up costs for regional producers and pushing trucks onto our roads, and Transport Matters Party leader Rod Barton has asked the Transport Infrastructure Minister to clarify plans for the abandoned project, stressing the importance of getting it fixed and finished to its original scope.
I rise in support of the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Amendment Bill 2019, which is essentially about making sure that Victoria continues its role as the leader in infrastructure delivery. The proposed bill addresses the issues that often arise between utilities and project proponents in the identification of utilities that are affected by declared major project development.