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Victorians will be promised a $3.3 billion federal government plan to expand road and rail networks across the state including new freight projects meant to take 5500 trucks off the roads around Melbourne every day.
The federal government will back two new freight terminals as part of the Melbourne Intermodal plan to send more goods by rail, setting out a plan that could ease differences with the state government over the preferred location of a single freight hub.
Scott Morrison pressing the flesh in Cairns last week.CREDIT:ADAM TAYLOR
The spending promises, to be confirmed in the federal budget on Tuesday night, also include cash for road upgrades around Melbourne as well as Ballarat, Mickleham and Nowa Nowa in East Gippsland.
At $3.3 billion in additional funding, the Victorian commitments are in line with the amount being promised to NSW but significantly below the $3.9 billion being promised to Queensland, including new and faster passenger rail networks.
The federal budget will also include tax and spending measures to deal with rising costs including changes to fuel excise worth 44 cents per litre at the petrol pump.
“We know this is biting and that we’ve done the homework and spent the time to get the right design on the packages to support Australians right now when it comes to cost of living pressures,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said while campaigning in Perth on Sunday.
Labor treasury spokesman Jim Chalmers dismissed the coming budget as “Spakfilla” that would try to smooth over the cracks in the government’s economic plan when inflation was eroding wages.
“So much of what the government is proposing is just taking a problem and pushing it from one side of the election to the other,” he said on Sunday.
Mr Morrison is aiming to use the budget to claw back political ground when the government is under pressure to hold its seats in Victoria while it seeks to take marginal seats from Labor in the battleground states of NSW and Queensland.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese is preparing a rival infrastructure package to add to existing commitments such as $125 million for the second stage of the Barwon Heads Road duplication, south of Geelong, and $150 million for the Camerons Lane interchange at Beveridge, north of Melbourne.
While the government has a list of dozens of Queensland projects gaining new funds in the federal budget, the Victorian list is shorter because of the $600 million difference in overall funding as well as a central decision to put the vast majority of the money toward the Melbourne Intermodal Terminal plan.
The new measures commit a further $3.1 billion to the freight plan by putting $1.2 billion toward a freight terminal at Beveridge, $280 million into road connections around that terminal, $740 million toward a freight terminal at Truganina and $920 million to the rail connection to that terminal.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his ministers preferred the Truganina terminal to the west of Melbourne while the federal government preferred the Beveridge location to the city’s north, resulting in a compromise in the budget with both locations gaining federal funding.
In a key move to match Labor on one road project, the freight terminal package includes funding for the Camerons Lane Interchange at Beveridge as part of the $280 million for the connecting roads.
The Beveridge location is key to the wider federal infrastructure plan because it connects the Melbourne Intermodal scheme to the Inland Rail, a project strongly backed by the Nationals to connect Melbourne to Brisbane through the west of NSW.
Under the plan, the Beveridge terminal would take freight for the Inland Rail along a new line to Albury and on to Brisbane. The government has already taken an option on a 1100-hectare site at Beveridge.
The government is pitching the freight plan as a benefit to voters across the greater Melbourne area because it would support jobs while taking 5500 trucks off the road each day in the first 15 years of operation.
The Beveridge site is in the federal electorate of McEwen, held by Labor’s Rob Mitchell by a margin of 5 per cent but seen by some in the Coalition as a potential target in their hope that voters in semi-rural and outer-suburban seats will side with Mr Morrison at the election.
In an example of a major project in a safe seat, the budget will include $109.5 million to support the Victorian government’s “big build” by upgrading the Mickleham Road at Greenvale in the federal electorate of Calwell, held by Labor’s Maria Vamvakinou by 18.8 per cent.
The budget plans also include $45 million to upgrade the road from Ballarat to Ouyen in the west of the state as well as $500,000 for the Princes Highway at Nowa Nowa in East Gippsland.
While the Victorian package does not have the commuter rail pledges offered to Queensland and NSW, the federal government is pointing to its previous commitments to say it has pledged $35.5 billion to about 300 projects across the state since 2013.
The government has previously promised $5 billion to the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, $2.3 billion to the regional rail package and $2 billion to the faster rail service being built between Melbourne and Geelong.
On roads, its previous commitments include $1.75 billion committed to North East Link and $1.1 billion committed to the state’s suburban road upgrades.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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