Labor on track with some promises one year on from election win

Labor on track with some promises one year on from election win

SUNDAY marked one year since Labor came to power with promises of funding for schools, sporting clubs and other projects, some of which have been completed or are on track.

Schools were promised a funding boost, with $7 million for a performing arts centre at Belmont City College (BCC) and $430,000 pledged for upgrades at local primary schools.

A spokeswoman for Education Minister Sue Ellery confirmed that funding for the performing arts centre was allocated in the last year’s Budget and the project should be completed in 2021, while another project for changerooms and toilet upgrades has been completed.

Projects at Belmont, Kewdale, Carlisle and Rivervale primary schools have been completed, while others at Cloverdale and Redcliffe primary schools are in progress. One upgrade at Belmay Primary School is complete and another will be completed by Term 2.

Labor promised the removal of the Oats Street level crossing as part of Stage 1 of its Metronet plan, which is on track for construction in 2020, with the Metronet team working on the business case assessment.

A total of $100,000 was pledged for Higgins Park Tennis Club for the installation of four new floodlit hard courts.

A State Government spokesman said the tennis club was working with the Town of Victoria Park on the possibility of co-locating the Victoria Park Croquet Club on site.

“The parties need to resolve this prior to confirming the project,” he said.

The Government held its first Community Cabinet meeting in Belmont and Victoria Park on the weekend, with a town hall meeting at Belmont Sports and Recreation Club on Sunday and a formal meeting on Monday at the Town of Victoria Park’s Civic Centre.

About 200 people attended the town hall meeting, where residents asked questions about issues such as the closure of Brearley Avenue, star ratings on food products, getting children into sports and the National Broadband Network.

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