Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu
Victoria Shadow Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
Non-Govt Schools, Jobs To Benefit From Coalition’s GAIC Changes
Victor P Taffa
A Baillieu Government will exempt Victorian Non-Government Schools from paying the Growth Areas Infrastructure Charge (GAIC) when building a school in a growth area, and work towards the removal of GAIC charged on land zoned for employment in growth areas.
Visiting the site of the future St. Francis Xavier College Pakenham Campus with Shadow Planning Minister Matthew Guy today, Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu said Non-Government schools in growth areas would be treated more fairly under a Coalition Government.
“The Coalition will end Premier John Brumby’s attacks on Non-Government Schools in growth areas, because charging Non-Government schools developer contributions for building a school where Labor has failed to build a government school is unfair and discriminatory.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“A Coalition Government will ensure that Non-Government schools seeking to build an educational facility on their land within a growth corridor are exempt from developer taxes and treated in the same way as Government schools.”
“We will also work in Government to make land zoned for employment in growth areas GAIC free, so locals can work in their area, strengthening the local economy and creating job growth hubs, rather than forcing locals to travel into the inner city.”
Mr. Baillieu also reiterated the Coalition’s commitment to charge the GAIC fully at the end of the planning process, to help landholders and businesses and make housing more affordable.
“Moving the impact of the GAIC from upfront to the end of the planning process will remove the disincentives for businesses to invest in Victoria, remove developer holding costs and put downward pressure on the cost of a home in a growth area.” Mr. Baillieu said.
Mr. Guy said the Coalition had always opposed the upfront nature of Labor’s GAIC and had raised concerns about the impact of an upfront tax on housing affordability and on the landholders who would incur GAIC as a factor in the sale price of their land.
“The Coalition will introduce a fairer GAIC system that improves affordability and is fairer on landowners.” Mr. Guy said.