Daniel Andrews must commit funding for major projects and improved services for the Morwell electorate in the upcoming 2015/16 State Budget, Member for Morwell Russell Northe said today.
“Unfortunately the Andrews Labor Government has neglected regional Victoria and the Latrobe Valley in its failure to deliver any meaningful infrastructure or projects since the November 2014 election,” Mr Northe said.
“There has been lots of talk but little action by Daniel Andrews who promised the world prior to the election but is now a completely different Daniel Andrews in Government with a litany of broken promises exposed.
“Given the Labor Government has already reprioritised funding from a number of key projects across Victoria, Daniel Andrews must ensure that the $73 million the Coalition Government previously allocated for the redevelopment of Latrobe Regional Hospital will be maintained in full,” Mr Northe said.
The $73 million accounted for in the 2014/2015 Coalition budget would fund a new emergency department and additional beds at the hospital which will increase capacity and reduce waiting times. The investment would also ensure that those seeking access to basic hospital services or more specialised treatments such as cardiac care, cancer care and elective surgery, would receive world-class care locally.
Mr Northe said whilst the Labor Government had made a small number of election promises for the township of Morwell it had virtually ignored the remainder of Gippsland.
“I will be holding Mr Andrews to account to ensure he delivers on his commitments to our local community, however given his recent form one shouldn’t be too confident,” Mr Northe said.
In contrast to Labor the Coalition had committed prior to the 2014 election, a range of community driven projects across all towns in the Morwell electorate.
Mr Northe said he would call upon the Labor Government to support these projects in the 2015/2016 budget.
The Andrews Government need only look at the Coalition’s pre-election commitments for the Morwell electorate for ideas about the region’s needs and these included, but are not limited to:
- $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.
- $13 million for the Morwell Primary Schools Regeneration Project.
- $1.2 million to build a new fire station for Newborough CFA.
- $100,000 towards the construction of a synthetic bowling green at Gaskin Park Bowls Club, Churchill.
The 2015/2016 State Budget will be handed down by the Treasurer on Tuesday 5 May 2015.
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