Media Release

23 November 2018

Guy: Get Back in Control: Our Plan for Ballarat

Thursday 22 November 2018

Get Back in Control: Our Plan for Ballarat

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will get to work on creating a state of cities, not a city state.

A Liberal Nationals Government will be focused on change that helps Victorians – safer communities, better roads and public transport and easing the cost of living squeeze.

That’s why Liberal Nationals are investing in our regional cities, including Ballarat.

We will build a European-style High Speed Rail across Victoria, slashing travel times by at least 28 minutes to less than 45 minutes. It’s the centrepiece of our strategic plan to decentralise Victoria’s population and jobs.

European-style High Speed Rail to Ballarat will bring more employers to the area and create more employment opportunities as well as give people more lifestyle choices.

We will invest in the Ballarat Base Hospital delivering $461 million for expanded surgical theatres, the emergency department, mental health facilities and a women and children’s hub. We will also expand the chronic pain management clinic and the mother and baby unit.

This will mean people won’t have to travel to Melbourne for specialist care, they can stay close to home with their families and support networks.

We are giving parents real choice about the type of education they want for their children by investing in local government schools like Alfredton Primary School, which will receive $1 million in desperately needed upgrades, and building new schools at Miners Rest and Lucas.

We are also investing in independent and Catholic schools including St Francis Xavier Primary and St Aloysius Parish School.

This is on top of the Liberal Nationals’ state wide commitment to offer free school books for government secondary school students. Over the course of secondary school, families stand to benefit up to $2,856 or on average around $476 per year.

We will invest in jobs growth in regional Victoria, by relocating VicRoads to Ballarat, giving people more options about where they want to live and lifestyle choices, not forced to move to Melbourne for a job.

Under our Cost of Living Relief Package, families will be around $1,700 a year better off with lower electricity and gas prices, and up to $100 a year off water bills.

The Liberal Nationals will get back in control of crime and urgently pass laws to make our communities safer like fixing bail laws so that if you breach bail you go to jail, smashing gangs with tough new anti-consorting laws as well as mandatory minimum jail sentences for repeat violent criminals because we believe jail means jail.

We will invest in community safety in Ballarat by putting lights around Lake Wendouree and PSOs at the Ballarat Bus interchange so people can feel safe in their community, especially at night.

And we will get to work straight away on our infrastructure plan for plan for Ballarat, unclogging arterial roads by building the Buninyong bypass and building 1,500 car spaces across the Ballarat CBD.

Our ‘First 100 Days’ will be the groundwork for our plan to get back in control of population growth.  We will govern for the next generation, not the next media cycle or election.

Population, crime, congestion and cost of living are out of control following Labor being in government for 15 of the last 19 years. Labor are part of the problem, not the solution.

Victorians will have a choice at this election. Victorians can choose more of the same failed policies and excuses from Daniel Andrews and Labor or a Liberal Nationals Government that will get back in control of crime, congestion and cost of living.

You can read our 100 Day Plan here.