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Local MPs say Mornington Peninsula and Frankston residents are set to benefit this financial year, following the release of the state budget last Tuesday.
Frankston MP Geoff Shaw says the government is investing heavily in Frankston.
Nepean MP Martin Dixon says the projects announced in the budget will be welcomed by locals.
GRAB MARTIN DIXON: I think there are specific projects in there that will certainly help local communities. And then there’s all-over changes, high level changes that will benefit the hip-pocket and the way of life of the residents of the area. END GRAB.
The Napthine government announced number of big-ticket items in the state budget for the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas.
The Port of Hastings development was highlighted as a key economic growth project, with $20 million committed in the next financial year as part of the previously announced $110 million for preliminary development plans.
Public transport is also set to be upgraded.
$700,000 was committed in the budget to upgrades in the Frankston transit interchange precinct.
The project is estimated to cost taxpayers $13.9 million over the four-year period to 2017.
An upgrade to rail infrastructure in the Bayside region has also been announced, including station and railway upgrades on the Frankston line.
Nepean MP Martin Dixon says this is a major win for the community.
GRAB MARTIN DIXON: The newer trains actually can’t run on the Frankston line because the design of signals and monitors at stations.
So modifications are going to be made to all the stations, plus improved safety, lighting, canopies, and a whole range of amenities to make the line safer but also the capacity to take more trains and therefore carry more people. END GRAB.
The government has committed $10 million for Bayside rail expansion in this budget, and promised a further $90 million over the following three years.
Other Peninsula and Frankston items in the Budget include $2.5 million for desilting in Kananook Creek and just over $3 million for environmental programs in Port Phillip Bay and Westernport Bay.
The government has also committed to building a new police station in Somerville, and increasing Carrum Downs police station operation hours from 16 to 24 hours a day.
Now to football news, for results of Round 6 the ‘Pink Round’, and a happy belated Mother’s Day to all those dedicated mothers and wives who spent yesterday washing the grass stains off dirty shorts and jerseys.
In the Nepean League, Sorrento Under 18s defeated Tyabb by 167 points to reclaim their place on top of the ladder following two weeks in second place. Red Hill continue to dominate the Nepean Reserves, this week defeating Pearcedale by 67 points. In the Seniors, Sorrento one again came out on top, this week with a 119-point victory over Tyabb.
In the Peninsula League, Frankston YCW top the Seniors and Under 18s ladders following their Pink Round clash with Seaford. YCW Seniors managed a 64-point victory, while the Under 18s came out just 12 points on top. Mt Eliza are leading the Reserves, winning by 30 points against Pines.
Back in politics, the Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston City Council could soon be recognised in the Commonwealth Constitution.
The Gillard government announced on Thursday that voters heading to the polls for the federal election in September will also vote on whether or not they want local government to remain an extension of the state, or be recognised as independent of it.
The Gillard government says Constitutional recognition would secure federal funding for local government because it would not need to be filtered through the state.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Lynne Bowden says the day-to-day operation of council would remain relatively unchanged whatever the outcome of the referendum.
GRAB LYNNE BOWDEN: On a day-to-day basis, local government operates the way it does. I can’t see any changes. But at this stage there’s not a lot of information and until the decision is made we just have to wait and see. END GRAB.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Lynne Bowden.
AND THAT’S RPP FM NEWS FOR THIS MONDAY, MAY 13.
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