“With Victoria in the middle of a transport infrastructure construction boom, it makes sense to have the co-ordination and delivery of our major projects answerable to one minister.
“Jacinta is one of the most experienced ministers in Cabinet, and we look forward to working with her to ensure Victoria gets the best return on its transport infrastructure investment.
“We also welcome and look forward to working with Jaala Pulford in the roads and road safety portfolios, and Melissa Horne in the public transport, ports and freight portfolios.
“On behalf of industry, I also want to thank Luke Donnellan for the great job he has done as Minister for Roads and Road Safety over the past four years.
“Luke has always been open and accessible and displays a great understanding of the issues and challenges in his portfolio areas. We wish him well with his new ministerial responsibilities.
“We’re also delighted to see Tim Pallas retain the Treasury portfolio. Tim has overseen Victoria’s emergence as an economic and job-creating powerhouse, and our members will be pleased to have his steady hand on the wheel for another four years.”
Mr Stuart-Watt also praised the gender balance of the new Cabinet as ‘….a strong statement of support for greater workplace diversity and equality’.
“This sends a very clear message to the private sector that it needs to lift its game,” he said.
“The construction and engineering sectors have traditionally been male-dominated, but Roads Australia and its members are genuinely engaged and committed to addressing the imbalance.”