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From the Executive - 27 April 2018

Submitted on Friday, 27th April 2018

It has been a good month with a number of transport infrastructure announcements by both the State Government and the Opposition.

In early April, the Victorian Government announced a commitment of a further $75 million to upgrade the Mordialloc Bypass, connecting the Mornington Peninsula Freeway with the Dingley Bypass. The Government also unveiled new plans for a south-east tram route connecting Caulfield and Rowville.

Both major parties have committed to providing extra parking at some of Melbourne’s busiest railway stations and more recently the Liberal Nationals announced a $77 million investment to double the current number of return rail services from Shepparton to Melbourne.

The Victorian Chamber has been a long-term advocate of continuing investment in Melbourne’s infrastructure and these projects will be vital to unlocking economic growth and job opportunities across the state.

In other news, this week the Victorian Chamber welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into access to free trade agreements by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

International engagement is at the core of Victoria’s economy, with the state now accounting for 9.4% of Australia’s goods exports and the second largest contributor to the nation’s service exports.

The Victorian Chamber’s submission makes many recommendations to ensure Australia’s SMEs can become more competitive and more active in building their international trade capability and presence.

On the events front, yesterday we were pleased to present a successful business luncheon with the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Daniel Andrews MP and Treasurer of Victoria, the Hon Tim Pallas MP, where 250 members heard about the State Government’s 2018 Budget priorities.

In the lead up to the State Election, the Victorian Chamber will continue to meet with all political parties to champion our election priorities, Stronger Business Stronger Victoria.

Mark Stone AM

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