The Victorian Governments 2015/2016 state budget whilst providing a few initiatives for the township of Morwell, virtually ignores the remainder of Gippsland, Member for Morwell, Russell Northe announced today.
Mr Northe said outside of Morwell the budget has provided very little for the Latrobe Valley community, especially in public transport and support for businesses.
“Whilst I welcome the Government’s commitment to provide some funding for the Morwell Primary School Regeneration project questions remain on the totality of funding for this project,” Mr Northe said.
“The Morwell Primary School Regeneration project seeks to merge Commercial Road Primary School, Morwell Primary School and Tobruk Street Primary School onto a singular site, in addition to redeveloping Morwell Park Primary School.
Prior to the election the Coalition committed $13 million to this project and Labor pledged $12 million.
“While the Andrews Labor Government has included $10.45 million in 2015/16 for the merging of those schools, it has not mentioned redeveloping Morwell Park Primary School at all in the budget,” Mr Northe said.
“Does this mean the government has dropped those works from the final project?
“While I am pleased to see the schools merger included in the budget, Morwell Park Primary School is in desperate need of upgrading and it would be extremely disappointing if they had been left out of this important project.
“The Andrews Government should explain its plans to the community and guarantee this upgrade will go ahead.”
Mr Northe said he was pleased the government had also committed funding to redevelop the Morwell campus of Kurnai College, and that it continued to support the Coalition in implementing the recommendations of the Morwell Mine Fire Inquiry.
“I also welcome the Government’s commitment to a Gippsland Logistics Precinct in Morwell and a dental prosthetics training facility; however there is no detail on what funding will be committed, or when these projects will be delivered,” Mr Northe said.
“Labor had pledged funding for a new technical school in the Latrobe Valley prior to the election, but it appears the locality may now change given the budget papers refer to a new technical school in ‘Gippsland’ with only planning money committed at this stage.”
Mr Northe said the construction of the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre in Traralgon has been completely ignored. It would have allowed swimming enthusiasts to use the pool all year round, and provide a boost to the health and wellbeing of local residents.
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“There is also little investment in the budget for Gippsland rail services that would alleviate current capacity, service and punctuality issues. This is in stark contrast to Coalition plans for investment in improving rail services in Gippsland,” Mr Northe said.
“The Latrobe Valley Industry & Infrastructure Fund has been axed and the Coalition’s plan to establish a $5 million Gippsland Innovation and Enterprise Development Centre at Federation University, Churchill, has also been ignored.
“It is also extremely disappointing that there is no funding towards a Newborough CFA fire station, which would ensure our magnificent CFA volunteers were able to operate out of a modern facility and not a building that is close to 50 years old. “Instead, the Andrews Government continues to put its focus on the suburbs of Melbourne rather than country areas such as the Latrobe Valley.”
Mr Northe said he would be lobbying hard to secure the Coalition’s pre-election commitments for Latrobe Valley.
Unfortunately the Melbourne Labor Government has ignored all community driven projects that the Coalition took to the 2014 election; however I will continue to advocate and lobby for these projects to be delivered,” Mr Northe said.
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LIST OF COALITION PROJECTS IGNORED BY LABOR IN THE 2015/2016 BUDGET
- $13 million to undertake the Morwell Primary Schools Regeneration Project
- $9 million for the construction of a Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre in Traralgon
- V/Line Rail upgrade package which includes 24 new weekly V/Line services, duplication of tracks, additional carriages and removal of level crossings
- $5 million for the establishment of a Gippsland innovation and Enterprise Development Centre at Federation University, Churchill
- $1.3 million to retain the Centre for Multicultural Youth office in Morwell
- $1.2 million to construct a new fire station for the Newborough CFA
- $230,000 to redevelop the Traralgon Court House for community and commercial use
- $150,000 to establish lighting on the pathway linking the Yinnar township and Recreation Reserve
- $150,000 for an upgrade to facilities at Traralgon South Recreation Reserve
- $120,000 for Barrier Breakers to assist with administrative costs and mental health support services
- $120,000 to Gippsland Carers for its carer advocacy and administrative costs
- $100,000 towards the development of a synthetic bowling green at Gaskin Park Bowls Club, Churchill
- $50,000 towards the revitalisation of the tennis facilities at the Yallourn North Recreation Reserve
- $40,000 to assist in the redevelopment of the Yallourn Newborough Soccer Club pavilion
- $30,000 to develop a facilities master plan for the Flynn community
- $30,000 towards streetscape works in the township of Glengarry
- $30,000 to develop a recreational facilities master plan at the Boolarra Recreation Reserve
- $25,000 towards a lighting upgrade at Tyers Recreation Reserve
- $20,000 to develop a community and recreational master plan for the township of Cowwarr
- $15,000 towards an upgrade of clubrooms at Toongabbie Cricket Club
- $10,000 for kitchen and facility upgrades at Toongabbie Golf Club