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Five infrastructure projects in Victoria appear to be a step closer after getting approval from the federal body Infrastructure Australia
Out of the 10 projects considered by Infrastructure Australia to be ready for development funding, five are in Victoria.
They include the metro rail tunnel and the controversial east-west road link.
The Victorian Government wants $30 million dollars to start planning the project, which would link the Eastern Freeway with the Western Ring Road.
State Labor opposes the east-west tunnel, but Treasurer Kim Wells says that should not influence the Federal Government when it decides whether to fund the project.
"We call on Julia Gillard and the Gillard Labor Government to make sure they get behind their own advisory body Infrastructure Australia to make sure that the east-west tunnel is properly funded," he said.
"This is a crucial project and the first step is the business case.
"Once we finished the business case which will be early next year, we'll have a good understanding of the planning requirements, of the dollars that are needed, what state money needs to go in, what federal money needs to go in."
He has rejected suggestions the metro rail tunnel project, which is more advanced than the east-west link, should be the funding priority.
Labor Leader Daniel Andrews says the east-west link will not do anything to improve traffic.
"[It] will only at best move traffic from Hoddle Street to Nicholson and Lygon Streets," he said.
Greens MP Greg Barber is urging the Federal Government to reject the application for funding for the road link.
"The Greens are calling on Julia Gillard to provide not one cent for this tunnel. Put the money into a public transport alternative.
"Should money go into a polluting road tunnel or should it go into the long awaited Doncaster rail line, which will move more people faster and cheaper and unclog Hoddle Street and get the city moving again."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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