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13
Feb

Napthine Government delivered for the people of Frankston

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Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region, Gordon Rich-Phillips today welcomed the opening of the $81 million Frankston Hospital redevelopment, which fulfils the former Napthine government’s vision and promise to the people of Frankston.

“It’s great to see this project come to fruition.  Not only was this project delivered on time, it
was delivered 10 per cent under budget, which meant savings of over $8 million were able to be re-invested in new services for the hospital,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“The re-invested funds enabled Peninsula Health to increase the scope of construction works at Frankston Hospital to include additional cardiovascular diagnostic facilities and a major refurbishment of the hospital’s kitchen.

“The cost savings realised at Frankston Hospital was only one of a long list of health projects that the Coalition delivered under budget, including Box Hill Hospital, which now has an
additional floor thanks to substantial savings.

‘Unfortunately due to the Andrews Labor Government dumping the state’s building watchdog’s Construction Code Compliance Unit Victorians are unlikely to ever see projects like these being delivered within budget and on time under a Labor government.

 “The Construction Code Compliance Unit was one of the former Liberal government’s signature policies and was aimed at improving safety and reducing building costs, as well
as imposing tough rules on union conduct.

“Scrapping the Construction Code and Compliance Unit will see the Victorian building industry return to the days of rorts, delays and cost blowouts that characterised the construction industry under Labor.

“Premier Andrews knew his decision to axe the code would be unpopular so its announcement was buried in the last line of a 2 pages press release about whooping cough -and released on a Sunday.

“Premier Daniel Andrews is inextricably linked to the unions and the CFMEU and the scrapping of this unit is just part of his union payback. This means dodgy deals, weak compromises and more uncertainty for Victorian families.

“It has been four years since Labor was last in office and they are hoping Victorians have    short memories and have forgotten the myki mess and the desal plant debacle” said Mr    Rich-Phillips.

Media contacts – cathy.stanislawski@parliament.vic.gov.au, janet.cummings@parliament.vic.gov.au or 9794 7667

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