The Andrews Labor Government is planning for growth in outer Melbourne by creating more opportunities for jobs, boosting industry and economic growth.
Treasurer Tim Pallas visited the Somerville production plant of well-known and iconic poultry brand Ingham's, to discuss the benefits of upgrading nearby Golf Links Road.
Improving Golf Links Road will better cater for heavy vehicles and would clear the way for a major expansion by Inghams, resulting in significant economic benefits for the Frankston area and the Mornington Peninsula.
The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provides $10 million package to develop business cases for upgrades to key outer suburban arterial roads around Melbourne, including Golf Links Road.
This detailed assessment will begin this year and will look at construction estimates, preliminary designs, impact studies, geotechnical investigations, environmental and cultural heritage studies, and community consultation.
The business case will specifically look at future upgrade of the Golf Links Road/Warrandyte Road intersection as well as the Baxter-Tooradin Road/ Grant Road/Warrandyte Road roundabout, and how this could enable it to cater for B-double trucks.
Bigger trucks would allow Ingham to consider future expansion of their operations and the creation of more local jobs in Somerville, and across Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas
"The Andrews Labor Government is investing in outer suburban arterial roads, to support jobs, industry and economic growth across Melbourne, including right here in Somerville."
"Our $10 million package for business cases for major arterial road upgrades paves the way for bigger trucks to carry bigger loads, supporting manufacturers and distributors, and boosting jobs in local communities."
Quote attributable to Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke
"Locals know that all levels of government need to support jobs, industry and manufacturing and that's why I have advocated so strongly for this investment which will benefit Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula."
Reviewed 26 June 2020