Coalition Government Building for Growth in the Southern Metropolitan Region (08.05.2013)

Written on the 18 June 2013

Member for Southern Metropolitan Georgie Crozier today welcomed the Victorian Coalition Government’s 2013/14 Budget investments in Oakleigh.


"I’m pleased to see further commitment for the removal of level crossings at North road, Ormond and Murrumbeena road, Murrumbeena," Ms Crozier said.


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 Southern Metropolitan region will benefit from the following Budget initiatives:
  • $10.2 million to progress planning for the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel which will allow construction when Commonwealth funding becomes available;
  • Managed Motorway Program which includes a $21 million upgrade to Monash Freeway between High Street and Warrigal Road to a fully managed motorway system, improving traffic flow and congestion management;
  • 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;
  • $6 million for Sandringham College to improve educational opportunities for students;
  • $25.2 million in the Dandenong line, benefiting commuters by more frequent weekday peak period and offpeak trains.


Families and householders in Oakleigh 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. Insured households in Oakleigh will save an estimated $60 from the changes.


Other statewide initiatives in the Victorian Budget benefiting the Southern Metropolitan region 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;
  • $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;


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.


Media contact: Victoria Lane (03) 9555 4101

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