• $8 million to build a new police station and emergency services hub
• Alfredton’s population increased by 5.4 per cent
• Victorian Coalition Government providing increased funding to emergency services in the Ballarat region
Premier Denis Napthine today announced that the Victorian Coalition Government will provide $8 million to build a new police station and emergency services hub in the Ballarat West growth area.
Dr Napthine said the hub will be vital in serving the suburbs of Lucas, Alfredton, Delacombe and other areas of the rapidly growing Ballarat West region.
“This investment is part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to building a safer Victoria and meeting the needs of growing communities such as Ballarat West,” Dr Napthine said.
Last week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released data on Regional Population Growth which revealed Alfredton’s population grew by 5.4 per cent between 2012 and 2013.
The ABS also showed Ballarat is one of Victoria’s fastest growing regional cities with an additional 2,100 people calling Ballarat home in the same period.
Dr Napthine said construction of the new police station is expected to begin next year and be completed in 2017.
“Future development of the location could include Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Ambulance Victoria facilities, as well as incident control facilities,” Dr Napthine said.
“The purchase of the land for the hub is expected to be finalised within coming months.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said the Coalition Government had invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Victoria’s emergency services since coming to office.
“An extra 1,300 police are now on the job and by November 2014, 940 Protective Services Officers will be patrolling our railway stations, including Ballarat,” Mr Wells said.
“We are also investing more in both our metropolitan and country fire services than when we came to government in late 2010 including new and upgraded stations and vehicles.
Dr Napthine said the $8 million investment in the emergency services hub at Ballarat West will also help meet the needs Ballarat West Employment Zone, which is supported by the Coalition Government.
Key development projects in Ballarat include:
• The relocation of VicRoads’ headquarters to Ballarat, generating 400 jobs and more than $40 million per year in extra economic benefits for the region – to be delivered by a re-elected Napthine Governmnet;
• $1.25 million heritage refurbishment of the Ballarat Railway Station;
• Expressions of Interests (EOIs) to deliver free Public Wi-Fi in central Ballarat;
• $2.1 million redevelopment of Ballarat Technology Park to attract new and emerging technology-based enterprises, creating about 200 new jobs;
• $5.57 million upgrade of Ballarat Airport;
• $38 million investment for key road infrastructure to support the Ballarat West Employment Zone;
• $46.4 million for expansion works at the Ballarat Base Hospital including additional beds, ambulatory care services and the helipad;
• $505 million upgrade of the Western Highway, west of Ballarat;
• $4.5 million for the Ballarat-Buninyong Road upgrade;
• $18 million modernisation of the Phoenix P-12 Community College; and
• strong support for the further development of Ballarat’s racing and