Nothing new for Narracan in state budget
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 08:22, Wednesday 8 May 2013
VICTORIAN state budget documents handed down yesterday show little investment in new projects for Narracan this year.
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Five million dollars will go to rolling out new “Technology Enabled Learning Centres” across Gippsland TAFEs including GippsTAFE, which has a campus in Warragul. No other new funding announcements have been made specifically for the electorate.
Correction (10.50am): This article previously stated that a small amount of funding had been given to the Warragul Hospital in this budget. This was in fact funded in the last budget.
This year’s bare budget for Narracan comes after investment in the Warragul Station Precinct in last year’s budget. Construction on that project is due to begin later this year.
Most new investment in Gippsland this year has been spent further east of the electorate.
The budget papers do however also show investment in a new digital communication system for V/Line and road repairs across regional Victoria, though it is unclear how much will be spent on roads in Narracan.
Eight million dollars has also been allocated to improving regional tourism across the state while $7 million will go toward removing trees destroyed by fire in Alpine and Mountain Ash forest areas in eastern Victoria.
In a media release, Liberal member for Narracan Gary Blackwood listed several projects outside of the electorate as projects which will benefit Narracan.
Mr Blackwood’s headline funding projects were $8.3 million in funding for Clean Coal Victoria for its role in accessing brown coal, and $32 million for the Macalister Irrigation District 2030 project. The Macalister Irrigation District is well outside the electorate’s boundaries.
Mr Blackwood also listed funding to address coal mine stability risks in the Latrobe Valley and upgrades to the Traralgon Hospital as projects which will benefit Narracan.
“This budget is a demonstration of responsible, sound financial management in difficult economic circumstances for Victoria,” Mr Blackwood said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government has taken a number of steps within the budget to ensure we are able to deliver on the future needs of Narracan and Victoria.”
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