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Coalition to strengthen Victoria’s economy and add more parkland

The Victorian Coalition Government today introduced a bill that boosts Victoria’s economy  through development in Bendigo, Ballarat and Werribee, and adds thousands of hectares in parkland.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the redevelopment and expansion of Bendigo Hospital required adjusting the land status.

“The Coalition Government is delivering on its $630 million commitment to build a bigger and better hospital in Bendigo and to do this requires redevelopment on the current site and construction of a new hospital on land to its west,” Mr Smith said.

The bill will also boost the Victorian economy, creating around 67,000 jobs in Ballarat West and East Werribee by opening reserved land for development.

“The East Werribee Employment Precinct will be used as a mixed employment precinct that will create over 58,000 new jobs and more than 7,000 new homes,” Mr Smith said.

“The amendment to land reservation in Ballarat West will also facilitate the development of Ballarat West Employment Zone that will create up to 9,000 jobs and generate $5 billion to the Victorian economy.

“This bill also increases parkland with around 470 hectares added to the public land estate in the Brisbane Ranges, Great Otway, Mount Eccles and Arthurs Seat State Park, and Point Nepean and Wyperfeld national parks.

“In addition, the bill includes measures to improve administration; the Coalition Government continues to cut red tape and use public resources more efficiently.

“This is an important bill for Victoria. These projects are critical for Victoria’s economic prosperity and the addition of more parks and reserves contributes to our state’s liveability.”

The Parks and Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 can be viewed at www.parliament.vic.gov.au/legislation