A future Victorian Labor Government will provide strong investment in infrastructure for the outer suburbs, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Ms Graley said Victorian Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth, which was launched today by Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews and Shadow Treasurer Tim Holding, included a strategy to provide better infrastructure for the outer suburbs.

“Communities in the outer suburbs of Melbourne face significant infrastructure challenges.

“In Casey, there continues to be a strong need for investment in roads, schools and hospitals.

“Labor will establish Infrastructure Victoria with responsibility for providing independent and transparent advice about key infrastructure projects and their priority.

“And we will establish a dedicated fund to support the infrastructure needs of interface communities, including Casey and Cardinia.”

Ms Graley said that infrastructure investment has stalled under the Baillieu Government.

“The former Labor Government’s investment in infrastructure averaged $3.5 billion per annum.

“In Casey, the former Labor Government invested around $500 million on new road upgrades.

“The Baillieu Government has ended this strong investment, despite there being a significant list of vital local transport projects, as demonstrated by RACV’s recent Growing Pains report.

“Only Labor has a plan to ensure investment in hospitals, schools and roads in Casey, so that infrastructure can cope with population growth.”