as Victorian Budget pumps billions into new infrastructure
The jewel in the crown for rural and regional Victoria will be the $220 mi Toms Outlet Online llion Murray Basin Rail Project, announced at the weekend.
The project will upgrade and ultimately standardise freight rail from Mildura to Geelong.
The Budget sets aside $35.4 million for the Victorian Government food into Asia action plan, designed to increase the volume and value of Victorian food exports to Asia.
A new Victorian Government Business Office will also be opened in Seoul, South Korea and $1.25 million allocated to allow for a Victorian stand at the Expo Milano next year.
decision to open a VGBO in Seoul reflects the importance the government attaches to Victoria relationship with South Korea and is evidence of ou Toms Outlet Online r commitment to the market, Trade Minister Louise Asher said.
VGBO in Seoul will capitalise on the Korean A Toms Outlet Online ustralia Free Trade Agreement, support new opportunities for Victorian companies and create a platform to build on Victoria sister city relationship with Busan, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Michael O said he saw food and agriculture as being great economic driver got a huge market there in Asia, they got a taste for our products and increasingly they got the money to pay top dollar for them and we want to make sure that we can get it in front of them and get it on to their tables, Mr O said.
More than $73 million in funding will help build stage 2a of the Latrobe Regional Hospital re Toms Outlet Online development and $14 million will be committed to a redevelopment of the Boort hospital, in a boost for regional health.
However there looks to be no money for the National Centre for Farmer Health which desperately needs funding for its survival.
The centre had its funding ripped from underneath it in 2012 and director Sue Brumby has been pleading with the State and Federal Government for funding.
The State has previously said it would invest if the Federal Government co funds the centre but the former Labor Commonwealth Government refused.
Western District locals will be hoping to see a funding commitment in the Federal Government Budget next week.
The Budget commits more than $100 million to upgrading rural and regional schools.
The major winners include:
Ballarat High School ($7.8 million)
Benalla High School ($5 million)
Korumburra Secondary College ($5.6 million)
Kyneton Secondary College ($5.3 million) and Kyneton Primary School ($3.5 million)
Timboon P 12 ($5.2 million)
Yarrawonga College P 12 ($7.6 million)
Other highlights for regional Victoria include:
$14 million to build a new Echuca Police Station
$30 million for a new Ballarat West Employment Zonemillion for the Shepparton courts precinct.
$362 million to duplicate 37km between Winchelsea and Colac on the Princes Hwy.
The Victorian Government has also committed to $8.5 $11 billion for a rail link from Southern Cross Station to the Melbourne Airport, $6 8 billion for the eastern section of East West Link and $8 $10 billion on the western section of the project.
Up to $850 million will also be spent on widening city link and a section of the Tullamarine Fwy.
The government announced yesterday it would sell Rural Finance Corporation and lease the Port of Melbourne to help pay for the major infrastructure projects.