My adjournment matter is for the Treasurer. The action that I seek is that the Treasurer allocate funding in this year’s state budget for each item listed within the Sandringham district budget submission that I have directly sent to him. I wish to remind the Treasurer that for the benefit of school communities in that submission I have requested $2 million for the construction of a school hall at Beaumaris North Primary School, $1 million for the redevelopment of Black Rock Primary School’s sport oval, stage 2 funding for the redevelopment of Sandringham College and $7.5 million for stage 1 funding for urgent maintenance and a rebuild master plan at Mentone Girls Secondary College.
For the preservation of community spaces I have requested $1 million for the restoration of Hampton Pier—and I note the minister at the table, the Minister for Fishing and Boating, would be interested in that particular item; $50 000 for the beautification of traffic light boxes across the Sandringham district; $200 000 for the building of female change room facilities at Trevor Barker Oval; the preservation of the vast majority of the former Gas and Fuel land on the Nepean Highway, Highett, for community use; and $10 million towards a regional sporting precinct within the Kingston green wedge.
For our community’s health and wellbeing I have requested $5 million for the upgrade of the Sandringham Hospital outpatient clinic, for the immediate reopening of eight hospital beds and for the return of 7.5 effective full-time displaced nursing staff positions at our local Sandringham Hospital.
To keep motorists and pedestrians safe I requested $500 000 for the installation of a pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Childers Street and Warrigal Road in Mentone and $1.5 million for the installation of traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing at two intersections, the first being George Street and Bay Road in Sandringham and the second intersection being Tulip Street and Bluff Road in Black Rock.
To efficiently get people from A to B I have requested the removal of the Warrigal Road level crossing in Mentone and both the Highett Road and the Wickham Road level crossings in Highett, with all to be replaced by rail underpasses; more frequent bus services to and from Sandringham train station, including on bus routes 822, 600, 922 and 923; approval for the federal government’s fully funded construction of commuter car parking at Sandringham station; and an additional protective services officer presence at Mentone railway station from 3.00 pm until 6.00 pm on school days.
For too long Victorian Labor has simply forgotten my community. Whilst cost overruns on major projects have become the norm for this government, a fraction of those wasted billions could simply set up my community’s future infrastructure for future generations. I look forward to the Treasurer funding each of these important community projects for the benefit of my local community.