NAPTHINE’S BUDGET FAILS TO DELIVER FOR CASEY

The Napthine Government’s first budget fails to deliver for local families, State Labor
Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

The 2013 State Budget was handed down by Treasurer Michael O’Brien in Parliament today.

Ms Graley said that Dr Napthine had picked up where Mr Baillieu left off by once again failing to provide support for local families or invest in urgently need infrastructure.

“Dr Napthine’s first budget continues the neglect of the Baillieu years as our growing community misses out on urgently need investment in local infrastructure and services.”

Casey Central East Primary School

“The Napthine Government has refused to provide a single cent of funding for construction of the desperately needed Casey Central East Primary School,”

“Local schools are overflowing with nearly 1000 students each and our community continues to grow,”

“Construction at the estate in which the new school site is located is well underway and families have already begun to move in,”

“Yet instead of a new school, local families have been left with an empty paddock and an uncertain wait.”

School maintenance funding

“The Napthine Government’s budget has directed the bulk of school maintenance funding to schools in Liberal and National party electorates,”

“This has resulted in every school in the electorate of Narre Warren South missing out on vital maintenance funding,”

“The clear message from Dr Napthine to the parents of this community is that their kids don’t matter to him.”

Casey Hospital

“The Napthine Government has failed to provide funding for extra beds at Casey Hospital,”

“This is despite a 10 percent increase in the elective surgery waiting list at Casey Hospital since the election, with more than 2000 people now waiting,”

“Dr Napthine had an opportunity to stop the neglect and address the deteriorating services that have been a hallmark of the past two and half years, yet he has failed to do so,”

“Local families will continue to suffer as Casey Hospital, which the Minister for Health has previously admitted is at capacity struggles to meet the demands of our growing community.”

Thompsons Road

“Napthine’s budget neglected to provide funding for an urgently needed upgrade of Thompsons Road,”

“A key arterial last upgraded by Labor, Thompsons Road continues to come under significant pressure from our growing community,”

“As the Napthine Government refuses to act, local residents will continue to face worsening congestion and lengthy delays.”

Pound and Shrives Roads intersection

“The notoriously congested and dangerous intersection of Pound and Shrives Roads in Hampton Park has once again been ignored,”

“Dr Napthine has failed to listen to the concerns of local residents and has refused to provide funding for urgently needed safety improvements,”

“Just a few weeks ago we had yet another avoidable accident at this intersection and until Dr Napthine stops the excuses and takes action, local motorists will continue to be put at risk.”