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Coalition Government building for growth in Sandringham

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May 08, 2013

Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson today welcomed the Victorian Coalition Government's 2013/14 Budget investments in the Southern and South Eastern regions of Melbourne including the Sandringham electorate.

The Victorian Coalition Government's 2013-14 Victorian State Budget invests in major infrastructure and high-quality services for all Victorians, while ensuring
Victoria's finances remain the strongest in the nation.

Premier Denis Napthine said today's Budget delivered for families and communities right across Victoria, from metropolitan Melbourne to regional cities and our rural heartland.

"The Coalition Government has committed to delivering State-shaping infrastructure, and provides a record $6.1 billion for infrastructure in 2013-14 to boost economic growth, productivity and improve liveability," Dr Napthine said.

The Victorian Government will deliver stage 1 of the East West Link at a total capital cost of $6-8 billion. As a nation-building piece of major infrastructure, a funding contribution of $1.5 billion from the Commonwealth Government will be required to ensure its timely delivery.

The East West Link will provide a bypass of Melbourne and transform the way people move around Victoria linking the Eastern Freeway to CityLink, alleviating congestion and ensuring travel-time reliability.

In addition to funding the East West Link, the Victorian Coalition Government will invest more than $2 billion in other new infrastructure projects.

Residents in the Sandringham electorate will benefit from the following Budget initiatives:

  • $6 million for Sandringham College to improve educational opportunities for students;
  • building the new 230-bed Monash Children's Hospital, allowing for the treatment of 7000 children each year which is expected to open in 2016; and
  • $100 million to upgrade the Frankston line, with additional track, signalling, power and maintenance facility and station upgrades to improve service reliability and enable X'Trapolis trains to run on the Frankston line benefitting
  • Sandringham electorate railway commuters using Highett, Cheltenham and Mentone stations.
  • Funding provision to build a new railway station at Southland
  • Funding to continue works on the Dingley Bypass

Families and householders in the Sandringham electorate will also benefit from the Coalition Government's reforms to the Fire Services Levy (FSL). The property levy replaces the old levy on insurance premiums, leading to a fairer system — with all property owners making a contribution to the fire services, rather than just those who
take out insurance.

The Coalition Government has removed the unfair tax-on-tax, which charged GST and stamp duty on the FSL.

Other statewide initiatives in the Victorian Budget benefiting the Sandringham electorate include:

  • a record $14.34 billion in health funding to treat more patients and manage the increasing pressure on the system;
  • $11.6 billion in education funding statewide to improve student outcomes and ensure Victorians have the skills needed for the future;
  • $91 million extra for out-of-home care to continue work in improving the lives of vulnerable children;
  • $46.2 million extra to support Victorian children in the vital years before school, including $7 million to build and upgrade children's centres and kindergartens across Victoria, including in growth corridors and regional areas;
  • $200 million over four years to Victorian TAFE institutes to support innovation and structural reform, delivering the right strategy to help Victorian TAFEs prosper within the State's competitive vocational training market;
  • $42.4 million for continued support for mental health beds across Victoria;
  • $7 million to engage communities, local government and business to protect Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay through better information about water quality; and
  • supporting first home buyers and job creation in the housing construction industry by boosting the First Home Owner Grant to $10,000 for newly constructed properties and reducing stamp duty by 40 per cent from 1 July 2013.

Treasurer Michael O'Brien said responsible economic management had delivered an operating surplus in challenging times while ensuring that borrowings were kept at prudent levels.

"Today's Budget is about building for growth for all Victorians. Responsible economic management means the Coalition Government can invest in critical infrastructure and better services," Mr O'Brien said.