Keep­ing Gov­ern­ment hon­est

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Jes­sica War­riner and Aaron Cor­lett

A TO­TAL of $100,000 fund­ing for the Hig­gins Park Ten­nis Club for the in­stal­la­tion of four new flood­lit hard courts. How is it pro­gress­ing? Sport and Re­cre­ation Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray said the State Gov­ern­ment was pro­gress­ing its com­mit­ments, in­clud­ing the Hig­gins Park Ten­nis Club’s $100,000 com­mit­ment for the con­ver­sion of its courts through the Lo­cal Projects Lo­cal Jobs Pro­gram.

“The De­part­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation is ad­min­is­ter­ing the project on the State’s be­half and has con­tacted the club to progress the project,” he said.

LA­BOR promised the re­moval of the Oats Street level cross­ing as part of Stage 1 of its Metronet plan. Plan­ning was due to com­mence this year, with con­struc­tion to take place in 2019-20. How is it pro­gress­ing? Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said de­tailed time­frames for the com­mence­ment The Bel­mont po­lice sta­tion is now open un­til 7pm on week­days. and com­ple­tion of Metronet projects would be de­ter­mined as plan­ning ma­tured, how­ever the timetable of 201920 was achiev­able.

“Some level of plan­ning progress has been made on all Metronet projects, in­clud­ing the Oats Street level cross­ing, how­ever the level of de­tail varies from early or con­cep­tual de­sign work to full busi­ness cases,” she said.

“The newly formed Metronet team, work­ing under An­thony Kan­nis, will eval­u­ate work com­pleted on Metronet projects to date and en­sure that the de­sign also com­ple­ments or fa­cil­i­tates po­ten­tial land use op­por­tu­ni­ties in prox­im­ity.”

LA­BOR promised in­creased po­lice pres­ence in the Bel­mont area, with ex­tended hours for Bel­mont po­lice sta­tion and an in­crease in the vol­ume of ran­dom road­side drug and al­co­hol test­ing. How is it pro­gress­ing? Bel­mont po­lice sta­tion ex­tended its weekday open­ing hours on Mon­day, May 8.

The sta­tion is now open un­til 7pm Mon­days to Fri­days.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said the State Gov­ern­ment would meet its elec­tion prom­ise to in­crease the vol­ume of road­side al­co­hol and drug test­ing.

“An­nounce­ments will be made on im­ple­men­ta­tion of com­mit­ments when the Gov­ern­ment is able to do so,” Mrs Roberts said.

BEL­MONT schools were promised a fund­ing boost, with $7 mil­lion for a per­form­ing arts cen­tre at Bel­mont City Col­lege and $430,000 pledged for up­grades at eight pri­mary schools. How is it pro­gress­ing? The ‘Lo­cal Project Lo­cal Jobs’ works at pri­mary schools are be­ing un­der­taken by the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment, with all funds al­lo­cated by June 30.

Bel­may Pri­mary will re­ceive $50,000 for a new hard­cover area, Bel­mont Col­lege will re­ceive $80,000 for a chang­e­room and toi­lets up­grade in its gym, Bel­mont Pri­mary will re­ceive $50,000 for a net­ball courts up­grade, Carlisle Pri­mary School will re­ceive $50,000 for court up­grades, Cloverdale Pri­mary will re­ceive $50,000 for a na­ture play­ground, Kew­dale Pri­mary will re­ceive $50,000 for a small na­ture play area, Red­cliffe Pri­mary will re­ceive $50,000 for net­ball court cover, and River­vale Pri­mary will re­ceive $50,000 for play­ground up­grades.

The Bel­mont City Col­lege per­form­ing arts cen­tre project is set to com­mence in 2019-20.

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