Extraordinary revelations today that the $30 billion Australian Education City project at Werribee appears to have fallen over raises questions that must be answered by Premier Daniel Andrews, his Minister for Priority Precincts, Gavin Jennings and local member Tim Pallas.
This project would have generated tens of thousands of jobs in Melbourne’s fast-growing west, in particular in the national employment cluster at Werribee and surrounds.
- Why has this project fallen over?
- How much taxpayers’ money will Daniel Andrews and the State Labor Government be providing in compensation to the Australian Education City consortium?
- What role did the slowness of government approvals and bureaucratic dithering play in the demise of this project and the consequent loss of jobs?
- Where does this leave the national employment cluster at Werribee?
- Will the Andrews Labor Government recover the millions of dollars it has contributed to the land’s development?
- What impact will the demise of the Australian Education City have on the viability of the western component of Daniel Andrews’ $100 billion unfunded Suburban Rail Loop?
- What is the alternative proposal for the land, or will it be left vacant?
- What is the impact of scrapping the Australian Education City on Geelong and Avalon?
Daniel Andrews and his Labor colleagues have made many bold statements about the Australian Education City in Werribee in the past; however, will they now be brave enough to answer these tough questions?
David Davis MP
Shadow Minister for Priority Precincts