By Nathan Johnston
IT’S BRILLIANT the State Government announced significant funding for two major projects in the region last Thursday worth a combined $78.2 million ($48.2m for the penguin parade and $30m for water connections).
The importance of the penguins to the local economy is plainly obvious, and Korumburra’s had water security issues for years.
Tourists will continue to come to the Bass Coast, while Korumburra will become a more attractive option for big industries and residential growth.
But without wanting to sound greedy, let’s hope there are one or two more significant announcements still to come for local projects that are of equal importance.
Wonthaggi and the whole of Bass Coast is screaming for the education precinct funding that will finally allow the old, cramped McBride (Senior) Campus of the Wonthaggi Secondary College to move onto the greenfield site along with the specialist school and proposed tertiary institutions.
The opportunities that move would create for the town are endless.
The needs of health services, both at the Wonthaggi Hospital and at Phillip Island, are also well documented, and every bit as important as the needs of penguins.
Eastern Region MP Harriet Shing hinted on Thursday that there could further announcements and with the Andrews Government set to post a big fat surplus, let’s keep the good news flowing!