Billions for building unveiled
Victoria has launched a $2.7 billion construction blitz.
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the measures to stimulate the Victorian economy and create thousands of jobs.
“The Government will invest that money to deliver hundreds of projects to secure thousands of jobs in maintenance, upgrades to public housing, through to road maintenance, upgrading train stations and a very significant boost, more than $1 billion to schools,” Mr Andrews said this week.
The state’s Building Works package includes both new projects and others that have been brought forward.
Mr Andrews said work to refurbish 23,000 public housing units will begin immediately, while more will be underway within three to six months.
“We're ready to go with this and it will be a great boost to carpenters, to bricklayers, to concreters, to people who do carpet laying, to plumbers across the board,” Mr Andrews said
“Small firms particularly will benefit. Hundreds and hundreds of projects supporting thousands of families.”
At the centre of the Building Works package is $1.18 billion in education infrastructure projects including ten new schools, a further four stages of new school projects, upgrading or modernising 57 schools, purchasing and refurbishing relocatable school buildings, making modifications for students with disability and general maintenance.
The tourism sector should benefit from $382 million in upgrades, maintenance and new experiences at tourism destinations across the state, including 50 kilometres of mountain bike trails in the Ararat Hills and major upgrades at the Gippsland Lakes.
The transport network is in line for $328 million for resurfacing and patching roads, around 300 kilometres of regional track improvements, repairs at more than 15 train stations, more maintenance on trains and trams, and local pier upgrades along the coast.
The Government also says it will invest over $100 million for upgrades of CFA and SES stations, disability accommodation, mental health and aged care facilities across Victoria.
Additionally, it will establish a $180 million planning and acceleration fund to maintain momentum as the state begins to recover.