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The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second consecutive year under Daniel Andrews.
 
Four local schools will see upgrades after being forgotten by the Labor Government in the 2015-16 State Budget however many of the upgrades won’t be seen until 2018-19 and funds allocated fall well short of the $15m promised by the Coalition in 2014.
 

  • Warragul Regional College – $5.8 million (est. completion q3 2018-19)
  • Drouin Secondary College – $4.5 million (est. completion q3 2018-19); and,
  • Baringa Special School Moe – $3 million (est. completion q2 2017-18).

Ellinbank Primary School will also receive a share of the School Pride and Sport Fund.
 
‘Today’s announcement of funding for local schools is just reward for those school communities who were forgotten by Labor in last years State Budget.
 
‘It is disappointing that a number of key education projects across the Narracan electorate have again missed out today including Moe Albert Street Primary who are in desperate need of building upgrades and security fencing, the final stage of the Trafalgar High School redevelopment and Neerim District Secondary College.
 
Commuters will see no immediate improvement to V/Line services as funding announced for the Gippsland line has a distinct lack of detail and falls well short of the $102 million promised by the Coalition in 2014 for the Gippsland line.
 
Key transport projects lacking detail include;

  • $9 million for station upgrades along the Gippsland rail corridor with no specific stations announced;
  • $131 million for increased off peak services across the state with no specific details about how Gippsland commuters can expect to benefit; and,
  • $2.6 million for a business case that will look at track duplication at Bunyip River and between Moe & Traralgon with no further detail.

No funding was allocated for a Drouin town bus service which is desperately needed.
 
‘Many of the projects announced today lack the necessary level of detail which could give local commuters some degree of comfort.
 
‘It is unacceptable for Labor to announce investment at Gippsland stations and not list which stations will receive upgrades.
 
‘Already we have seen the controversial SkyRail project announced without additional line capacity and the lack of further investment for a third or fourth dedicated line in today’s budget for Gippsland rail services will come as a major blow to commuters.

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