My question today is to the Minister for Sport and relates to the long-promised money for the redevelopment of the Eltham North Reserve in Eltham, which is in my electorate. My question is: can the minister advise exactly how and when this money will be handed over so that the redevelopment of this sporting reserve can proceed?
The member for Eltham in the Legislative Assembly has said the government is committed to delivering on this promise from 2014 to deliver $2 million for the reserve upgrade. This is well short of what the Liberals promised, at $3.6 million, and it left a $500 000 shortfall, which the Nillumbik Shire Council has now picked up so the project can proceed. But there has been absolute silence on exactly when and how this money is to be delivered. While the member for Eltham was quick to talk up the budget this month and highlight funds already announced, she has been silent over the money promised for the Eltham North Reserve. This government has a track record of short-changing Eltham residents, and they want to know when the money that has been promised will be delivered so this project can proceed without delay.
The failure to commit necessary funding by Daniel Andrews and Vicki Ward is significantly delaying the much needed redevelopment of the Eltham North Reserve.
While the Nillumbik Council, soccer and cricket clubs and the Scouts have contributed monies, the project is still short nearly $500,000.
Vicki Ward has promised only $2 million – considerably less than the $3.6 million the Liberal Government promised in 2014 to upgrade the Reserve.
Vicki Ward and the State Government need to commit the extra $500,000 so the facilities can be expanded as soon as possible.
This is not the first time the Andrews’ Government has shortchanged Eltham residents with only $10.5 million promised to upgrade Bolton Street while the Liberals promised $20.6 million to properly improve the road.