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A ROAD tunnel between the Eastern and Tullamarine freeways and the Avalon Airport rail link must be built urgently, employers say.
Expansion of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and more capacity at Melbourne's docks are also high on a priority list of major projects, according to the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
They have also called for the proposed Metro Rail tunnel, between South Kensington and the Domain, to be built, in their State Budget submission released this morning.
VECCI chief executive Mark Stone said that current road and rail links were under pressure.
"Victoria's future economic welfare and liveability depends on quality hard and soft infrastructure that keeps pace with population growth, changing industry structures, new technologies and emerging global trade and investment opportunities,'' he said.
"While the role of government in meeting our infrastructure task should not be underestimated, the private sector must be encouraged to play an even bigger part in infrastructure provision.''
Mr Stone said Australia's superannuation pool of funds should be used to help build new major projects.
"The superannuation system has created a large pool of capital and we need to maximise the opportunities to leverage this investment in the state's and nation's infrastructure needs,'' he said.
Treasurer Kim Wells is under pressure to deliver a budget surplus next month after a collapse in stamp duty receipts hurting revenue.
The State Government has slashed 3,600 public servants to help keep the budget, due next month, in the black.
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