Constituency Questions No 1022
59 Parliament First Session
Asked: 16 February 2021


MR FINN — To ask the Minister for Employment (for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure): My constituency question is to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure. Minister, as we all know, Victoria is currently subject to the third lockdown by the Andrews government in less than a year. Walking my dog yesterday in Bulla, in one of the rare moments of freedom we are allowed, I could not help but notice two things: firstly, the lack of cars and smaller vehicles on Bulla Road; and secondly—and maybe the first point accentuated the second—the number of dirty great trucks carrying massive quantities of soil, presumably to be dumped in Sunbury Road and presumably from the West Gate Tunnel Project. Minister, was the soil in the trucks roaring through Bulla yesterday from the West Gate Tunnel, and if so, how does it fit in with the government’s lockdown?
Answered: 11 March 2021

Ms ALLAN (Bendigo East—Leader of the House, Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Minister for the Suburban Rail Loop):

I thank the member for Western Metropolitan Region for his question.

Under Victoria’s Stage 4 lockdown, essential activities were permitted to continue, including works on vital infrastructure projects like the West Gate Tunnel Project (WGTP).

While disposal of soil to be excavated by the tunnel boring machines is still subject to approvals and conclusion of a tender process, the WGTP continues to remove materials from its other construction sites. These materials are taken to licenced landfills, just like on any civil construction project in Victoria.