November 25, 2014


An Andrews Labor Government will get Ballarat back on track with a plan to create jobs, boost tourism, support hospitals and rebuild local schools.

Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, joined Labor Candidate for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, Labor Candidate for Ripon, Daniel McGlone, and Labor Candidate for Wendouree, Sharon Knight, to announce the plan.

Labor will:

  • Establish a $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to create local jobs and support regional industries, both emerging and existing.
  • Rebuild the Wendouree ambulance station, end Denis Napthine’s war on paramedics and expand heart services at Ballarat Hospital with an extra ‘cath lab’.
  • Upgrade the Eureka Precinct and local sports facilities – a $31.5 million investment to support community sport and bring AFL to Ballarat.
  • Boost local tourism with an $8 million upgrade for Sovereign Hill and establishing the Canadian State Park, complete with walking trails and picnic areas.
  • Rebuild local schools including $10 million for Phoenix P-12, $6 million for Ballarat Secondary College, a new Early Years Centre in Sebastopol and a new Tech School.
  • Create more jobs by upgrading the Ballarat Station precinct to kickstart the hotel and convention centre plan, and investing in new locally built trains, because workers at Alstom deserve a future.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews
“I refuse to believe that Ballarat’s best days are behind it. With the right leadership and investment, it can be home to the jobs and industries of the future.”
“Victoria is nothing without its regional centres. Supporting businesses, families and students here in Ballarat is the key to Victoria’s prosperity.”

Quotes attributable to Mr Howard
“Under Denis Napthine, youth unemployment in Ballarat has spiralled out of control. That’s why we will save TAFE and reopen Tech Schools.”

Quotes attributable to Mr McGlone
“The Liberals and Nationals have been too busy fighting among themselves to stand up for Ballarat. More political chaos is the last thing we need.”

Quotes attributable to Ms Knight
“Ambulance response times are worse than ever and people are dying. Labor will end the war on our paramedics.”