Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
Bid For Sneydes Road Interchange Funding
Victor P Taffa
A new interchange for residents of Point Cook is one step closer, Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced.
With site planning and construction of the interchange expected to cost $40.3 Million a bid for $20.15 Million in federal funding is being sought to compliment the remainder of the cost which will be made through state government land sales from the new Werribee Employment Precinct.
The employment precinct is currently going through detailed Growth Areas Authority structure planning so that land sales may possibly commence this financial year.
A small contribution is also to be made from the City of Wyndham.
“The Sneydes Road interchange would benefit existing residents of Point Cook, as well as attracting jobs to the major new hub at Werribee Employment Precinct.” Mr. Guy said.
“The Coalition Government is serious about looking at all options for transport solutions for Point Cook and Wyndham.” Mr. Guy said.
“This application and land sale commitment adds to the Government’s whole response to growth in the west, complementing the Regional Rail Link, the construction of two new railway stations and the water transport study.”
“The Government has also funded a $24 Million extension of Palmers Road across the Werribee railway line, connecting Point Cook to the new Williams Landing railway station.
A further link to Sayers Road is being funded by the private sector. The Palmers Road extension is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.”
“These are real, practical and more importantly, deliverable ways to service the growth in Melbourne’s west.” Mr. Guy said.
Mr. Guy said that he hoped the Federal Government would also support the project.
“I urge the Federal Government to support this key infrastructure project that will not only help Point Cook residents, but also help to create thousands of new local jobs at the Werribee Employment Precinct.”
“If the Federal Government were to support this project it would represent a real step forward for federal, state and local government all working together to address infrastructure issues in the City of Wyndham.”
The 915 ha Werribee Employment Precinct currently has 2,000 jobs, but this is projected to grow to 40,000 when fully developed as a mixed use commercial precinct. The Federal government’s Suburban Jobs Program offers funding for key job-creating projects in suburban areas.