Michael Sukkar MP

Federal Member for Deakin
Shadow Minister for Social Services
Shadow Minister for the NDIS
Shadow Minister for Housing
Shadow Minister for Homelessness
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East-West Link Project within Sight for Deakin Commuters

Michael Sukkar, Liberal Candidate for Deakin, has welcomed the State Government’s commitment to building the East-West Link, a landmark road project that will ease congestion woes on the Eastern Freeway.

Mr Sukkar said the commitment, made in yesterday’s State Budget, meant that work on the missing link in Melbourne’s road network could now start with the full support of an incoming Federal Coalition Government.

“The Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, has already pledged $1.5 billion to building the East-West Link Project, which is absolutely vital to clearing bottlenecks and getting the traffic moving again,” he said.

“For the people of Deakin, the State Government’s welcome commitment means there are now no impediments to getting this critical piece of road infrastructure built under a Federal Coalition Government.”

The 18-kilometre East-West Link Project will connect the Eastern Freeway with the Western Ring Road and the Eastern and Tullamarine Freeways, with a connection to the Port.

Mr Sukkar said the Labor Party had refused to back the vital project, labelling it as “right down the bottom of the list” of priorities.

“The Labor Party is too busy fighting with the Greens over inner-city votes and has turned its back on people in Deakin, who are fed up with sitting in traffic on the Eastern Freeway,” he said.

“The only way the East-West Link will become a reality is under a Federal Coalition Government.

For more information on the East West Link visit www.linkingmelbourne.vic.gov.au.