AN announcement by Liberal leader Matthew Guy that he would like to see V/Line move to Ballarat has been met with skepticism by the state government.
Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford said Mr Guy’s comments at a Committee for Ballarat round table discussion last week were merely a thought bubble, but could not be backed by anything substantive.
“Last time the Liberals were in government they said they would be moving VicRoads to Ballarat and after four years nothing happened,” Ms Pulford said.
“We’re going to be starting construction of GovHub in the next couple of months where we have 1000 public sector jobs coming, including 600 new positions.
“So we’re happy to be judged by our actions and personally, I judge the Liberal party by their’s, and to be honest, they’re not much good at delivering.”
In his discussion last week, Mr Guy said it was time for major services to be relocated to regional areas.
“VicRoads is relevant for Ballarat, V/Line is a natural fit next,” he said.
The comments did not come with details of how many jobs would be created or how quickly the relocation could happen. However, one commitment the opposition leader did declare was $80 million in funding commitment to Stage two of Ballarat Link Road.
Ms Pulford said the state government expected to make more announcements in the lead up to the state election in November.
The first stage of the Link Road project I was personally very proud to be involved in securing the first $2.5 million to get that started back in 2010,” she said.
“Being able to prepare for Ballarat’s growth in a whole lot of different ways, including making the economy strong is essential. We’ll have much more to say between now and the end of the year.”