Labor’s Budget Delivers Better Schools And Transport For Keysborough

Students, public transport and road users in the electorate of Keysborough are big
winners in the Andrews Labor Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget.

The Government’s Education State Budget injects a massive $730 million back into infrastructure to build and upgrade schools across the state, ensuring students are educated in the school environments they deserve. 

Under an extensive and revitalised building program, scores of Victorian Government
schools will be renovated, refurbished and rebuilt, new schools will be constructed and brand-new relocatable classrooms will be delivered to meet demand at growing schools.

Locally, Chandler Park Primary School will receive $500,000 for early design
work for new facilities.

Keysborough College will receive an initial instalment of $1.5 million to go
towards planning for refurbishment and new facilities. This initial allocation
will allow the school to do the critical planning and design work needed before
major construction can begin. The remaining funding of Labor’s $11.5 million
commitment will be provided during this term of government.

In another win for locals, public transport will also receive a huge boost along the
Cranbourne-Pakenham line.

The Andrews Labor Government has committed $1.3 billion to purchase 37 new high capacity metro trains for the Pakenham Cranbourne rail corridor, as well as constructing
a new maintenance depot and other related infrastructure upgrades. 

High-capacity trains, new stations and better signalling will boost capacity by up to 42 per
cent on the line every day, as well as easing congestion and reducing travel times for the one million people living in the south-east corridor.

In order to fully transform Melbourne’s busiest train line, every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong must be removed. As part of this project, the Heatherton Road,
Chandler Road and Corrigan Road level crossings in Noble Park will all be removed
by 2018.

Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough, Martin Pakula

“Before the election, I promised our local parents, students and teachers that under Labor, these two great schools would receive the funding they urgently need to upgrade and modernise their facilities – I’m pleased to deliver on that promise.”

“Keysborough College will use this year’s instalment for detailed planning works for Stage 3 of the school’s modernisation project, which was started under Labor and abandoned by the Liberals.”

I know how frustrating it is to be stuck in traffic when level crossing boom gates are down. The local community has put up with it long enough.”

“It’s time for the Heatherton Road, Chandler Road and Corrigan Road level crossings to go. We committed to this before the election and they’ll be removed during this term.”