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Letter to the editor

14 Feb 2012

The Baillieu Government has to snap out of its investment holiday it has been on for 15 months.  

Booming communities like Southbank cannot be allowed to grow without the social and community investment they need to make them a place with a heart.

That’s why the former Labor Government was committed to the building of a new primary school in the Port Melbourne/Southbank catchment. There are real options out there for a new school.

They need hard work and investment to turn them into schools. They do not need more consultant reports. The Southbank families facing being “zoned out” of a booming Port Melbourne Primary and unable to get entry into South Yarra, Albert Park or Middle Park Primaries need a new school now. Not more fine words.

The same can be said for the mysterious new Southbank police station that the Melbourne City Council is convinced is coming – and hence its dropping of its commitment to a “police pod” in Southbank.  

The pity is that there has not been one dollar allocated in the last budget or the next three years forward projections for such a police station. The promised new police headquarters in Docklands, due post-2016 at the earliest, will be further away than the Flinders St HQ and not much use to the community safety needs of Southbank.

Our children’s education and our community safety demands that Mr Baillieu funds these two important projects in the 2012 State Budget. To not do so will be to continue to ignore the growing community of Southbank by the Baillieu Government.

Martin Foley MP
State Member for Albert Park

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