Graham Watt was elected in the 2010 State Election as the Member for the Victorian Seat of Burwood.
In his time in office Graham has accomplished a significant number of achievements for the people of his electorate including being part of the Baillieu and Napthine Liberal Coalition Governments.
As part of the Liberal Coalition team Graham was responsible for ushering in a number of important pieces of Victorian legislation including, but not limited to:
– the introduction of IBAC Victoria’s first independent corruption agency;
– planning reforms that gave greater planning powers back to councils;
– abolishing suspended sentences for all serious crimes in higher courts, and;
– the introduction of a fairer, more equitable property based Fire Services Levy – at a lower cost for most Victorian families and businesses.
In his task towards improving local services, Graham has worked tirelessly towards gaining the necessary facilities and services that his constituents need, including but not limited to:
– the $447.5 million redevelopment of the Box Hill Hospital – opened in August 2014;
– the new $260 million Monash Children’s Hospital – construction began in 2014;
– $16.7 million of railway upgrades to the Alamein and Glen Waverley Lines – completed in 2012;
– the removal of the Burke Road level crossing at Glen Iris – funded in May 2014;
– the redevelopment of a number of schools including; Ashwood College ($15.5 million) – first stage completed in October 2014 with the second stage funded in May 2014;
– Ashburton Primary ($6 million) – opened in June 2014;
– Wattle Park Primary ($2.8 million) – completed in 2012, as well as a new safety fence for the school;
– Solway Primary School (2.6 million) – funded in May 2014;
– $3.1 million for the redevelopment of local sporting facilities including; the Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre;
– redevelopments for Eric Raven Reserve in Glen Iris and Watson Park in Ashburton;
– long overdue improvements to local roads including; upgrading the intersection at Canterbury and Union Roads, Surrey Hills, and;
– the installation of new traffic lights at Through Road and Riversdale Road, Camberwell;
– the refurbishment of the Ashburton Police Station and increasing its hours of operation from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week, downgraded to a 2 day a week station by the Andrews Labor Government in September 2015.