Victoria Public Transport to Get $3.9b Boost

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Monday, November 10th, 2014
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Victoria will get new trains and trams under a $3.9 billion plan that will create 3,500 jobs if the Liberals are re-elected.

Launching the campaign to the party faithful in Ballarat, Dr Napthine said the government’s public transport plan would move more people, more often, more comfortably.

The plan includes 75 more suburban trains, 75 new trams and 24 rail cars.

Dr Napthine said it was the biggest order of rolling stock for more than 30 years and would create 3,500 jobs in the rail manufacturing, supply and construction industries.

“A re-elected government will buy one train a month, each month for the next 10 years,” he said.

The $100 fee rebate for parents of kindergarten children will apply for the next four years, with more than 200,000 families expected to benefit.

The number of primary school welfare officers would also be boosted to cover all state schools.

A re-elected coalition government will also spend $75 million on a youth jobs strategy to help those aged under 24 get into the workforce by providing vouchers of up to $2000 to help small businesses with recruitment costs.

It’s aimed at helping those who’ve been unemployed for more than six months and aren’t studying full time or training.

A $100 million regional cities infrastructure fund would also be established to benefit the 10 largest regional cities.

Dr Napthine, who was introduced to the stage by his 24-year-old son Tom, said families came first and only a coalition government could be trusted to deliver a strong, stable economy to fund services.

Dr Napthine earlier managed to avoid a confrontation with protesting paramedics and nurses who heckled government ministers making their way inside the launch, and accused them of breaking health promises.

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