Sports Clubs Win

LABOR’S return to the State Government has been welcomed by five local sporting clubs, , to which re-elected Brunswick state Labor MP Jane Garrett pledged a share of $1.4 million among a swathe of pre-election promises. MORELAND sports clubs are jumping for joy after Labor’s Jane Garrett held on to her marginal Brunswick seat, ensuring her party’s pre-election commitments must be met.

Five sporting grounds have been promised a share of $1.4 million, some of which Ms Garrett said should proceed next year.

“In Brunswick, we have made clear and achievable commitments and we will be getting on to them,” she said.

“With how happy everybody is and how much this investment is needed, I feel really delighted about it.”

Premier Daniel Andrews last week announced Ms Garrett as his Minister for Emergency Services, and for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, responsibilities she said wouldn’t divert her attention from local issues.

Ms Garrett said Moreland’s proposed residential zones would likely be the first promise honoured.

She said Brunswick Secondary College’s masterplan was complete, so with a bit of consultation the promised $10 million makeover should begin soon.

Ms Garrett also vowed to reinstate the Hope St bus route, a pilot School Safety Panel to improve traffic flows at school collection points and an independent review of the Brunswick Terminal Station upgrade. Labor has also committed to removing the Moreland Rd level crossing in Coburg within eight years.

Greens candidate Tim Read attracted almost 47 per cent of the vote and said he was “very proud of our efforts and our campaign”.

“And we’re thrilled to finally get a voice in the lower house (having won Melbourne),” Dr Read said.

“It gives us a little bit more ability to do things like bring private member bills and put through our own lowerhouse agenda.”