Delivering for Jobs
Since being elected in September 2013, I have been very proud as your local Federal MP to be standing up and delivering for Corangamite jobs, infrastructure and the environment – as well as for communities across this very large regional electorate. Locally, we have delivered a number of very important job creation initiatitives including:
- a $14m Advanced Manufacturing Industry Growth Centre to support advanced manufacturing
- $15m for the $29.5m Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF), creating to date almost 850 jobs. Recipients include Carbon Revolution, Quickstep, Pickering Joinery, Australian Lamb Company, AKD Softwoods, Cotton On and Farm Foods.
- $3.1m Geelong Region Job Connections program which funds a range of job creation initiatives such as the Geelong Jobs Fair, a Department of Employment Local Employment Facilitator and grassroots programs for retrenched manufacturing workers.
- the Australian Bureau of Statistics National Data Acquistion Centre in Geelong, creating upto 260 local jobs
- Growth Fund: $1.26m under Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Program to help HeiQ establish a commercial-scale manufacturing facility and $1m to MHG Glass for $3.92m architectural glass processing business, $995,000 for Backwell IXL under the Automotive Diversification Programme to diversify their manufacturing base.
Delivering for infrastructure
In order to secure jobs growth, transport and communications infrastructure is vital. I am very proud that the Turnbull Government is delivering a number of major infrastructure projects as well as community infrastructure across Corangamite and the broader region.
- the duplication of the Princes Highway – $30m to complete the Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea section and $185.5m for Winchelsea to Colac.
- $50m for the Great Ocean Road – 25m that’s currently being delivered and another $25m that’s been announced in the 2016 Budget. This is helping to fund important upgrades in Lorne, Anglesea, Wye River and Separation Creek.
As part of our $1.5b Victorian Infrastructure Package, Budbget 2016 also includes:
- $5m for safety upgrades for Forrest Apollo Bay Rd;
- $300,000 to plan Midland Highway duplication between Geelong and Bannockburn;
- $300,000 for planning to duplicate Grubb Rd, Ocean Grove; and
- $220m for the Murray Basin Freight Rail project to support farmers and the Geelong Port.
The Turnbull Government has also committed $3 billion to the first Victorian government which will build the East West Link. Investment in local roads is also a key focus with our government delivering $40m over four years to local councils for road upgrades under our Roads to Recovery program.
NBN fast broadband: NBN will be either active or under construction to 70,000 Corangamite premises by 2017. The NBN is currently under construction in many parts of Corangamite and will soon be available in Torquay, Jan Juc, Ocean Grove, Colac, Barwon Heads and across many regional communiites in Colac Otway. In early 2017, construction will begin in Belmont, Grovedale, Highton, Marshall, Wandana Heights and Waurn Ponds – Labor left these areas off its three year rollout along with Colac Otway. The full rollout is here.
Fixing mobile black spots: Corangamite has recieved funding for 10 new mobile base stations (see here for detail) with a base station at Carlisle River now switched on. A re-elected Turnbull Government will fix also black spots in Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Bellbrae and Birregurra. Details here.
Delivering for the environment
I am a strong environmentalist and a passionate supporter of renewable energy. Since being elected, I have been a very strong advocate for a strong, effective Renewable Energy Target. For many months, I have been calling for the Geelong Star to be banned.
I am vehemently opposed to unconventional gas exploration and production in Corangamite and have advocated for cleaner air for Anglesea as a result of the very high S02 emissions from Alcoa’s coal fired power plant. This resulted in the Environment Minister placing S02 on the national clean air agenda. After successfully advocating for the expansion of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s investment mandate to include wind and small scale solar, I am delighted we have recently announced a strong future for the CEFC, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a $1b Clean Energy Innovation Fund which will play a very important role in funding future clean energy projects.
Locally, I am proud to have delivered $490,000 in total for community solar, much of it under our Surf Coast Solar Towns program. We are delivering solar installations to 27 community organisations across Corangamite. Geelong manufacturer, IXL Solar, has received substantial support to assist its transition from traditional manufacturing into the manufacture of steel frames for large scale solar farms, and 13 Green Army projects across Corangamite are being delivered which are making a real difference in tackling local environment projects and in improving the environment.
Delivering for our community
Listening and acting with care and compassion is one of my core values. Recently I was delighted to announce a $5m election commitment for the Anam Cara community hospice; and in the 2016 Budget the Turnbull government announced $1.5m in funding for Foundation 61’s womens rehabilitation facility. After much advocacy these landmark projects will ensure that those in our community who need our help the most will receive the care that they need.
Our $150,000 Corangamite Stronger Communities Program is contributing to many small capital projects; at sporting clubs, community groups and surf life saving clubs.