Source: Gordon Rich-Phillips - South East MLC
Residents living in the Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs will benefit from the Coalition Government’s 2012-13 Budget, with a focus on health care, transport improvements and school upgrades to secure Victoria’s future and drive economic activity, productivity and create jobs, Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Gordon Rich-Phillips said today.
“This budget delivers on important commitments the Victorian Government has made for the South-East and will some see some significant progress made on local education, health and transport projects,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Today, the Treasurer Kim Wells announced the Coalition Government’s 2012-13 Budget which sets out a clear plan to meet Victoria’s challenges and position the state to take full advantage of current and future economic opportunities.
“This Budget focuses on securing the future and rebuilding the state’s finances,” Mr Wells said.
“It is about investing in a record state infrastructure spend, enhancing front line services and taking new measures to protect the most vulnerable Victorians.”
Residents in South-Eastern Metropolitan will benefit from significant Budget projects including:
• $15.8 million for the planning and development of the Monash Children’s Hospital;
• $39.96 million for the redevelopment of the Frankston Hospital emergency department;
• $49 million for the duplication of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road between Pound Road and Thompson Road;
• $349.8 million for the removal for three grade separations in Melbourne’s suburbs, including the removal of the rail crossing at Springvale Road, Springvale;
• $155.7 million to construct a new four lane divided arterial road linking Warrigal Road and Westall Road;
• $5.48 million to continue the Monash University Clayton express bus between the campus and Huntingdale railway station;
• $2.5 million for the construction of administration and learning spaces at Dingley Primary School;
• $1 million for construction of learning spaces at Mount Waverley North Primary School.
• $55,000 for minor capital works at Kingswood Primary School.
• $875,000 for refurbishment of Seaford North Primary School;
• $875,000 for refurbishment of Seaford Primary School;
• $900,000 for planning work at Mount Erin Secondary College; and
• $1 million for land acquisition at Derinya for future school facilities.
Mr Wells said the 2012-13 Budget is shaped by the challenges of the present and in the short-term, Victoria faces global and national economic factors which have resulted in a softer economy and significant reductions in government revenue.
“This Budget takes a responsible and necessary approach to these forces which are placing real pressure on Victorian employment, small business and industry,” Mr Wells said.
“We cannot ignore those realities, nor can we afford to simply accept them.
“As a state and as a community, we will be defined not by the challenges we face, but by the collective actions we take to address them,” Mr Wells said.
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