To ask the Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Roads): In relation to the promised upgrade and duplication of Pioneer Road, Waurn Ponds:
(1) Has the minister sought, and received advice from the Department of Transport on the upgrade and duplication of Pioneer Road; if so —
(a) when will this upgrade commence; and
(b) what is the time line for this upgrade.
(2) Has the minister received advice from the Treasurer in relation to —
(a) why there is only $5 million committed to this project when the Liberal Party promised $14 million leading into the November election; and
(b) when the remaining $9 million for this project will be included in the state budget.
I am informed that, as at the date the question was raised:
The minister seeks advice and briefings as required.
$5 million was committed to the duplication of Pioneer Road from the Princes Highway to just past the western access to the Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre. The projects will improve mobility, relieve congestion, improve road safety and assist economic development and recreational needs.
Construction works will commence in 2012.