South Eastern Metro MP Inga Peulich says Casey residents are going to be much worse off as the result of the State Budget. Taxes have been ramped up and projects in Casey have been slashed or forgotten.
Vital projects which have been slashed or forgotten include:
- Thompsons Road Westernport Highway intersection downgraded from a freeway flyover to a set of traffic lights.
- $6.22 million has been cut from the Thompson Road duplication project and its completion delayed to 2019.
- No new primary or secondary schools for Casey despite record demand and growth.
- No funds allocated for a Hallam Road upgrade and a Monash Freeway upgrade being announced.
- Despite an election promise of a $106.3m upgrade for Casey Hospital, there is only $2m this year.
- Cranbourne Secondary College only receives $331,000 of its promised $9m.
- There is no extension of the Cranbourne train line to Clyde.
- Jude Perera has made no progress on his cinema for Cranbourne.
- The RACV said Casey needs $1.2 billion in roads just to meet today’s requirements and that number grows with each new family - this budget won’t match the growth, let alone the backlog.
- There is no money for the Cranbourne Bypass, Princes Hwy-South Gippsland Fwy intersection, the South Gippsland Fwy Dandenong Bypass link, Hall Road, the Heatherton Road Hallam North Road intersection (Labor promised in 1999), Princes Fwy Clyde Road intersection, and many more.
Several other election promises have been forgotten, and funding cuts not restored.
Daniel Andrews promised to address the needs generated by Casey’s population growth, but without funding, it is just wishful thinking.
This budget marks 18 months of the Andrews Government but we continue to see Casey residents struggling to find jobs, being hurt with ever increasing cost of living pressures, and soaring crime rates while police stations are closing.