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By Tayla Kershaw
SEVERAL major projects in South
Gippsland missed out on funding in the
wake of the state budget announced last
The government invested $78.2 million into
the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island and the
Northern Towns water project to link Korum-
burra, Nyora, Poowong and Loch with the Lance
Creek Reservoir, and funding was allocated to
plan for a new senior campus of Wonthaggi Sec-
However other projects were pushed aside.
Stage two developments of Korumburra Sec-
ondary College, fire stations at Mirboo North and
Foster, and residential beds for drug rehabilita-
tion were just some of the initiatives overlooked
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien
described the state budget as good and disap-
“Labor had a big opportunity to show it cared
for Gippsland and not only did it let it slip, it ac-
tually went in reverse,” he said.
Premier Daniel Andrews said all Victorians
deserved funding no matter where they lived,
but Mr O’Brien said it appeared the further
away from Melbourne one lived, the less they
Bass MLA Brian Paynter commended the
State Government for allocating a cut of $12 mil-
lion to Wonthaggi Secondary College’s educa-
tion precinct planning stage, $3 million for the
Cowes Police Station and a cut of $5 million for
the Cape Paterson Surf Lift Saving Club to rede-
velop its clubrooms.
However, he did not believe it was enough.
“The State Government promised a lot and
there was a lot of fanfare made when the minis-
ters came down to Bass Coast, but it didn’t quite
deliver what we expected,” he said.
to new school
WONTHAGGI Secondary College (WSC) re-
ceived a green light to start planning its future in
a new education precinct in the state budget.
The school will share in $12 million for up-
grade planning across the state’s schools.
McBride campus principal Darren Parker said
it was an important step towards a new school.
“We are really happy. It’s good to see our
school officially recognised and though this fund-
ing is just for planning, it’s a logical first step to
set us up,” he said.
Bass MLA Brian Paynter said while the news
was welcomed, the school still had a long way
“Funding plans to relocate the senior campus
of Wonthaggi Secondary College are not a full
commitment on the table. I would have preferred
to see forward figures demonstrating a full com-
mitment to the project,” he said.
Korumburra Secondary College was left out
of the budget completely. The Star tried to con-
tact the school, but did not receive a response be-
fore going to print.
No luck for hospital
BASS Coast Health was left empty handed af-
ter the 2016-17 state budget revealed no money
would be allocated to boost the hospital to subre-
Developing the BCH into a subregional hos-
pital is a multimillion dollar project, which would
be a significant health win for local residents
forced to travel as far as Melbourne to receive
appropriate specialist care.
The news did not come as a shock to interim
CEO Jan Child, who said hospital staff was still
working alongside the Department of Health to
create a clinical service plan and a master plan.
“It would be highly unusual for the State Gov-
ernment to fund a project without a master plan,”
“We are still in the process of complet-
ing these plans and until they are complete, we
weren’t expecting to receive a funding announce-
ment in this budget.”
However, Bass MLA Brian Paynter believed
the State Government should have accommo-
dated BCH in its $200 million regional health
“A letter received from the Minister of Health
in March this year stated it was committed to in-
vesting in BCH. Where is the commitment?” he
Ms Child said the hospital was thrilled to re-
ceive $30,000 for clinical services prior to the
budget announcement and had been recently suc-
cessful in securing extra cardiology in Wonthaggi
and San Remo.
Ms Child there were several areas needing
improvement when funding becomes available.
“The emergency department has undergone
some upgrades and we’ve introduced short stay
beds and put in additional beds, but it is quite an
old site,” she said.
“We’d like to update our acute services and
we also have a high number of diabetics in our
catchment that we would like the means to be
able to treat properly. We’d also like to be able to
have more specialists and endocrinologists avail-
able to the hospital to cut down travel times for
Next step: from left, Wonthaggi Secondary College school leaders Casey Jordan-Lelliot,
Fergus McKittrick and Emily Semple were happy to hear their school would be able to plan
for its future following the state budget announcement.
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