Mr Ryan said the Coalition’s State Budget delivers improved infrastructure and services for residents and businesses throughout Gippsland to build a better, more connected Victoria.
“This Budget is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into Gippsland and other regional cities and rural communities,” Mr Ryan said.
The Liberal Nationals Coalition Government outlined significant expenditure in the 2014-15 Budget that benefits residents in the Gippsland South electorate. Highlights include:
- $5.6 million to upgrade Korumburra Secondary College;
- $4 million for planning and stage One works at the Sale Specialist School;
- $5.12 million for the Leongatha heavy vehicle alternate route;
- $14 million for regional tourism marketing to increase visitors to regional Victoria;
- $14 million to provide small business owners with practical financial management, marketing and human resources strategies;
- $4.7 million to upgrade the online energy price comparison tool, My Power Planner;
- $65 million to fund bushfire management measures;
- $29 million for the CFA to acquire 78 additional vehicles
- $20.5 million to replace Respiratory Protection Equipment for CFA and MFB firefighters;
- 5.5 million for practical on-ground partnership with Landcare groups;
- An additional $3 million a year for the Boating Safety and Facilities Program, bringing total funding to $8 million annually; and
- $1.2 billion commitment per year to Vocational Education and Training.
Mr Ryan said these investments build upon the Coalition Government’s recently announced budget initiatives. Highlights in the Gippsland South region include:
- An extra $130 million pumped into road maintenance, meaning that more than $500 million will be delivered in the coming year for maintaining roads - up from $384 million under Labor;
- $73 million for a major redevelopment of Latrobe Regional Hospital, including a new emergency department with double the capacity of the current facility, a new 30-bed ward and a cardiac catheterisation laboratory;
- $13.5 million for the rollout of new tasers to all 24 hour police stations across regional Victoria, including Sale;
- $34 million to expand drug and alcohol treatment services and tackle the use of illicit drugs including ice throughout the state, including Gippsland;
- $2 million to improve wild dog control; and
- $3 million to provide support for regional councils to assess infrastructure demand, develop business cases and manage projects.
“By rebuilding Victoria’s finances and keeping the economy strong, the Coalition Government has been able to advance key projects, including those under the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Nationals are exceptionally proud of the Regional Growth Fund, which has contributed to more than 70 projects in the Wellington and South Gippsland shires, leveraging almost $60 million in total investment.”
Mr Ryan said the local projects announced in the 2014-15 State Budget built on the Coalition Government’s significant investment in Gippsland over past Budgets.
Mr Ryan said the Liberal Nationals Coalition Government is building a better Victoria by delivering a strong budget with a record $27 billion investment in roads, rail, health and education, ensuring growth, jobs and opportunities across the state.
“This is in stark contrast to the risk that Daniel Andrews and Labor pose to Victoria’s economy and prosperity. Victorians cannot afford a return to Labor, which is more interested in kowtowing to its union mates than addressing the needs of regional Victorians,” he said.
“Only a Liberal Nationals Coalition Government can be trusted to deliver these important projects on time and within budget.”
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