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Coalition Budget delivers benefits for residents of Gippsland South

* * - Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Residents living in Gippsland South would benefit from the Victorian 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, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

Treasurer Kim Wells today announced the Victorian 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.”

Mr Ryan said residents in Gippsland South would benefit from significant Budget projects including:

· $7.5 million for construction of new specialist teaching facilities at Mirboo North Secondary College; and
· $7.1 million for rural overtaking lanes across the state, including on the Strzelecki Highway and Hyland Highway.

And statewide investment of:

· $10.58 million to accelerate innovation to boost productivity and profitability in Victoria’s grains industry;
· $14.3 million to boost the productivity and profitability of the Victorian dairy industry;
· $8.94 million to boost productivity and profitability in Victoria’s red meat (lamb and beef) industry;
· $8.11 million to secure a long-term future for Victorian horticulture; and
· $19.5 million for a biosecurity program.

Mr Ryan also announced that the Country Fire Authority (CFA) stations at Meeniyan and Rosedale would receive funding as part of a $22 million 2012-13 Budget investment in upgrading or building new CFA stations across Victoria.

“This important funding will ensure local CFA volunteers have the best facilities to help them do their great work in protecting local communities,” Mr Ryan said.

“A further $12.3 million has been allocated to fleet infrastructure upgrades across the state to help the CFA best deliver on a range of services it provides such as road rescue, hazardous materials response and structural collapse.

“The funding will mean the CFA will be better resourced to enable a more effective and efficient firefighting service, whilst providing enhanced safety for crews.”

Mr Wells said the 2012-13 Budget was 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.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 108 870

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