Melbourne Markets: relocation (21/02/13)

Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) — My question without notice is to the Minister for Major Projects. Can the minister update the house on the progress of the Melbourne Markets in Epping and what he is doing to fix the problems that were left after years of mismanagement?

Dr NAPTHINE (Minister for Major Projects) — I thank the member for Caulfield for his question and his interest in this very important project. Members would be aware that the project to relocate the very important Melbourne fruit, vegetable and flower market to Epping was completely mismanaged by the previous Labor government, resulting in the project being many years later and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. I am pleased to advise the house today that this government has taken another significant step forward to fix the problems it inherited from the previous Labor government.

The government has called for expressions of interest for the construction of over 100 000 square metres of warehousing at Epping. This project will involve the investment of tens of millions of dollars and create hundreds of jobs in Epping and the northern suburbs. I would have thought that the members opposite would have been interested in jobs being created in the northern suburbs — clearly they are not.

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