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If elected, a Coalition Government will provide $15,000 to the Yarra Ranges Council towards the cost of constructing shelters and resurfacing at the Monbulk Reserve Netball Courts. This funding package would see the Council prioritise this project in its sporting infrastructure budget by providing an additional $15,000 to complete the $30,000 project. This funding for an important local sporting facility is an investment, not only in our young people, but in the broader Monbulk community. An incoming Coalition Government will provide this $15,000 contribution to the Yarra Ranges Council, which will manage this project in conjunction with the local club.
Joint Media Release TONY SMITH MP - Federal Member For Casey & BRUCE BILLSON MP - Shadow Minister For Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs ONLY A FEDERAL COALITION GOVERNMENT WILL FUND YARRA VALLEY RAILWAY IN-FULL AND ON-TIME If elected, the Coalition will deliver $3.56 million in federal funding for the restoration of Yarra Valley Railway. Under a Coalition government this project will be completed in 2016, in full and on time. This commitment comes in the wake of yet another broken promise by the Rudd/Gillard Government. On 7 June 2013, Federal Labor Minister for Regional Australia, Catherine King, visited the historic Yarra Glen railway station to announce funding for the Yarra Valley Railway. But Ms King failed to ensure that the formal authorisation for this funding was finalised before the 2013 election was called and the caretaker conventions prevented the signing of any new government contracts.
An incoming Coalition Government will contribute $45,000 towards the construction of netball change facilities at the Mt Evelyn Football/Netball Club. Together with the $41,000 from the Yarra Ranges Council, this will enable the project to proceed next year. Netballers suffer from a chronic lack of facilities. I am well aware that this is a problem across our region. This is a big step for one club, which has worked very hard to develop an innovative plan to reduce construction costs by utilizing the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE who will build the facility as an educational project.
A Coalition Government will make our streets safer by funding the upgrade and extension of the existing Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) security camera network in Lilydale. The $100,000 in funding announced today will allow the conversion of the current analogue system to digital and enable the installation of at least 8 new CCTV cameras. The best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it occurring in the first place. And the existing security camera network that was first established by the Howard Government has made Lilydale a safer place.
TONY SMITH MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR CASEY & GREG HUNT MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR CLIMATE ACTION, ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE MEDIA STATEMENT COALITION GREEN ARMY PLEDGE TO MT EVELYN Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP and Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage Greg Hunt MP are pleased to announce that Mt Evelyn will be one of the first sites to benefit under the Coalition’s Green Army. If elected, a Coalition Government will undertake restoration work on the Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Walk as part of its commitment to build a 15,000 strong Green Army nationwide. Beginning in July 2014, the Green Army will initially deploy 250 teams to locations throughout Australia, ramping up to 1,500 projects nation-wide by 2018-19. If the Coalition wins the election, the Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Walk will be one of those first 250 Green Army projects.
LABOR’S EDUCATION FALSEHOODS The Gillard Government is running a monumentally dishonest campaign on education, promising rivers of gold flowing to schools in six years and three federal elections’ time. But at the same time it won’t release how much schools will receive over the next three years. Labor’s promises of money over the far horizon are about as believable as their solemn pledge of a budget surplus or “there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead.” And the reason Labor won’t say how much schools will receive in the next three years is because many schools would have their funding reduced.
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