Today’s Victorian State Budget recorded the biggest direct investment in the City of Casey, with more than $1.4 billion in transport and education funding.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide over $1 billion in Casey road funding for the next five years, as part of a $2.2 billion public-private partnership.
These investments include:
- Hallam North Road, from Heatherton Road to James Cook Drive, Endeavour Hills
- Thompsons Road intersection works, Cranbourne
- Widening Pound Road West/Remington Drive, Hampton Park from two to four lanes between Abbott’s Road and South Gippsland Highway, including a new bridge over the Cranbourne Line
- Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, from Thompsons Road to South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne
- Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road, from Princes Freeway to Manks Road, Pakenham
This investment comes alongside $572 million to upgrade power and signals on the Cranbourne line to accommodate for high capacity metro trains, as well as planning for future duplication.
The budget will also provide an additional $66 million in education funding for new schools in Botanic Ridge, Cranbourne East and Clyde North as well as upgrades to existing schools.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said today’s investment recognised the demand to cater for the increasing number of families who are choosing to call Casey home.
“We are pleased that the Victorian Government has responded to our Commit to Casey campaign to address rapid population growth, as well as calls for our fair share in road and rail funding,” said the Mayor.
“Planning for our current and future resident’s education is vital, and so too is ensuring students can get to school safely and promptly.
“As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia we will continue to advocate for improved roads and rail to create jobs, improve access to essential services, ease cost of living pressures and help the local community and economy thrive.”
For more information visit the Commit to Casey website.