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We have a very diverse and exciting infrastructure
agenda. It's an infrastructure agenda that's being
driven by the needs of people and families in
Victoria. It's an agenda that is to meet the needs of a
growing population, and it's an infrastructure agenda
on which we are keen to work in partnership with
the private sector to develop and deliver.
This infrastructure agenda is built on the back of
hard work, in terms of economic management, and
we're fortunate, in terms of the 2014--15 Budget, to
reaf rm our Triple-A credit rating and also to have
budget surpluses in this year, and each and every
year of the forward estimates.
We're the only state or territory across Australia
that has that strong budgetary position. And in early
September, our Triple-A credit rating was reaf rmed
by ratings agency Standard & Poor's, who cited 'the
state's very strong nancial management, economy
and exceptional liquidity' and our 'strong budgetary
performance' in a recent report.
But we don't manage the economy well to get
plaudits for economic management. We manage
Victorian Premier, the Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP
outlines key planned or underway
infrastructure projects in Victoria in a wide-
ranging address to the infrastructure sector.
• Victoria's budget reforms see the state
able to deploy a record infrastructure
programme of $27 billion over the
• The focus on urban rail and road
projects re ects the substantial
congestion and growth challenge.
• The privatisation of the Port of
Melbourne is a key focus, with the
proceeds to fund new infrastructure.
• Privatising the Port of Melbourne
means that Victoria must resolve
the timing and impact of additional
container port capacity.
• Major investments in motorways and
urban rail will equip Melbourne for
growth and prosperity.
The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP
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