Ballarat Region Infrastructure
Mr HOWARD (Ballarat East)— In 2010 the Baillieu opposition made a number of election promises to the people of the Ballarat region. However, when it came to office, the coalition forgot those promises. It is only in this year that the Napthine coalition government has realised that it should take action on its promises in a desperate bid ahead of this year’s election. The Ballarat-Buninyong Road upgrade works will only be half completed by the end of this four-year term, and the Mount Helen fire station should be just completed. However, while much was said about a helipad for the Ballarat hospital, this will not be completed by the end of this government’s term either. Premier Napthine has confirmed that promises of a police station for Sebastopol and a second rail platform at Ballan station will also no longer be honoured.
By contrast, in the first term of the Bracks government Labor delivered much in our region. As an example, it identified the opportunity to relocate the State Revenue Office to Ballarat and acted immediately to see the new site at Mount Helen open within two years of coming to office. This government has done very little to support job growth in Ballarat, and its three-plus years in office have seen it sack nearly 500 government employees in the area. It has sat on its hands while hundreds more jobs have gone. It is only now the government is talking about the possibility of moving the government office to Ballarat if it is re-elected. It should have acted before now.