Coalition Budget secures future for residents in Caulfield
Residents living in Caulfield will benefit from the Victorian Coalition Government’s 2012-13 Budgets, 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 Caulfield David Southwick said today.
“Caulfield residents will benefit across the board from this budget with investments across our region.
“I am particularly happy that St Kilda Pier, this icon of our community, is to receive upgrades as a part of a $22.9 million state-wide package.
“All Victorians will benefit from the Baillieu Government’s second budget. As Chair of the Parliament’s Education and Training Committee I am thrilled that the skills sector is receiving an extra $1 billion investment.
“As a supporter of small business operators I am pleased to see that the Budget committed $9 million for Building Innovative Small Manufacturers and continued funding for Business Victoria Online and SuccessMap for Small Business.
“Business will also benefit from the Premier’s announcement that WorkCover premiums will be cut by three per cent from July 1 this year.
“Hospitals and the health system will receive $13.7 billion from this budget, improving services across the state.
“For local residents that like to keep active and stay fit, the $2 million in maintenance funding for the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), Lakeside Stadium and the State Netball and Hockey Centre will be a big help as it upgrades and refreshes these great state assets.” Mr Southwick 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 Melbourne’s southern metropolitan region will benefit from significant Budget projects including:
-$10.5 million for Ashwood Secondary College, for construction of administration, new learning areas and a gymnasium;
-$260,000 for planning work at Coatesville Primary School;
-$200,000 for a feasibility study into the need for additional secondary education provision in the Prahran area;
-$22.5 million to expand the exhibition and education space at the Shrine of Remembrance;
-$8.01 million for Malvern Fire Station construction;
-$15.8 million for the planning and development of the Monash Children’s Hospital;
-$2 million for maintenance at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Lakeside Stadium and the State Netball and Hockey Centre
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.
To learn more about the budget visit www.budget.vic.gov.au