Promises aplenty

Casey MP Tony Smith.

By Casey Neill

Casey MP Tony Smith has plenty of promises to keep following his party’s federal election success.

The latest two-candidate preferred results put Liberal Mr Smith 9.38 per cent ahead of Australian Labor Party rival Bill Brindle following the 18 May poll, with almost 80 per cent of votes counted.

The Liberal-National Government holds the majority of seats in the House of Representatives.

Mr Smith committed more than $6.3 million to his electorate during the election campaign.

This was in addition to $300 million to seal 500 kilometres of dirt roads across the Dandenong Ranges and surrounding areas over 10 years, and a $250,000 boost to allow Sport and Life Training (SALT) to expand in the Yarra Valley.

Also in the valley, Mr Smith promised $92,174 for CCTV security cameras in Seville, $125,000 to finish the Warburton CCTV project, and $74,721 for cameras in Millgrove.

Wandin North Reserve will receive $1 million to help build a new pavilion and a new netball court, and the Seville Recreation Reserve will receive a $900,000 surface upgrade.

The Healesville Indoor Swimming Pool will receive $1.5 million for a new roof with solar panels linked to battery storage, a pool filtration system, a pool deck, a reconfigured entrance with automated doors, refurbishment of the plant room and windows.

Mr Smith pledged $70,000 to install solar panels and battery storage at the Yarra Glen Memorial Hall, and two grants of $50,000 for solar battery storage at Healesville Memo Hall and the Yarra Centre Yarra Junction.

The government will provide $75,000 to complete the remaining three panels of the Seville War Memorial, and $20,000 to building an electronic scoreboard at Yarra Junction Recreation Reserve.

Healesville Community Renewable Energy (CoRE) will receive $90,000 for solar panels, inverters and an Ubi monitoring system for the Robyn Jane Childcare Centre, the Healesville Living and Learning Centre and homes owned by the indigenous community.

In the hills, Montrose will receive a $113,532 CCTV system and $125,000 will extend the Monbulk CCTV security camera network to provide greater coverage of the Monbulk Recreation Reserve.

The reserve will also receive $250,000 for a new car park and play area.

Mount Evelyn Football Ground will receive $1 million to help build a new pavilion, Dandenong Ranges RSL will receive $45,000 for a new verandah and $272,000 will upgrade Upwey-Tecoma Bowls Club’s front green, replace existing lights and install new lighting.

Another $500,000 will go towards a new netball court with lighting at the Belgrave Recreation Reserve, and $40,000 will help build a new shed at the Ferny Creek Scout Hall.

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