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Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Page: 14614

Mr WOOD (La Trobe) (13:33): I've had the great satisfaction of having Prime Minister Morrison in my electorate, in the great suburb of Pakenham, which I've now had in my electorate for less than 12 months under the redistribution. He announced a $70 million upgrade to Racecourse Road, which is basically the missing link, with an extra lane going between the Princes Freeway and Henry Street. It will now connect to the fully funded Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road, with an extra lane added in each direction between the Princes Freeway and Manx Road, announced in last night's budget. The Racecourse Road section will also see traffic lights being built at Bald Hill Road and Racecourse Road, and an upgrade to the freeway overpass.

So it's a huge win for the 20,000 residents. This comes on top of the $13 million we've committed again for the McGregor Road and Pakenham bypass interchange. The other great news is that the $500 million we committed back in March 2016 for the stage through to the Monash will start, with the extension of O'Sheas Road onto the Beaconsfield interchange. We also announced the funding to remove eight dangerous intersections along the Princes Highway at Beaconsfield and Pakenham. The local council will match that with $18 million.

We're now very focused on upgrading Kangan Drive and also an extra lane on Clyde Road, going over the Monash. We also need some car parks on this road. (Time expired)