Federal Budget announcements

SEM welcome the roads funding announced in last night’s budget! Now we hope to see similar commitments to infrastructure, jobs, and education opportunities for Melbourne’s south east in the coming Federal election!

Pakenham, Cranbourne and Dandenong are in for even more funding than initially thought due to a previously unannounced initiative.

The $396 million Urban Congestion Fund will be supported by the previously announced $1.1 billion suburban roads package split between the north and southeast.

SEM is particularly pleased to see $70 million for a Thompsons Road Extension, a project that SEM has been vocal about in our conversations with Government. We will seek further information on this project.

Other upgrades in the south east:

$65 million for the Mornington Peninsula Freeway Grade Separation and Duplication to Boneo Road.

$17.8 million in funding for Intersection upgrades along the Princes Highway, and McGregor Rd in Pakenham and Ballarto Rd in Skye will also receive funding.

Princes Highway has been allocated $300 million and another $300 million will be used to improve roads in the Dandenong Ranges and surrounding areas.

Other smaller improvements will be rolled out to Narre Warren-Cranbourne Rd, Cranboune; Latham Rd, Seaford and Warrandyte and Baxter-Tooradin Rds in Langwarrin South.

What are your thoughts on the budget?