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WHITTLESEA SCHOOLS TO SHARE IN $515M MAINTENANCE BLITZ

Schools across the Whittlesea municipality will share in a $515 million in the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken, thanks to an unprecedented investment by the Andrews Labor Government. The investment will more than double funding for maintenance at Victoria’s state schools over the next two financial years, with more than $300 million to be invested in 2019/20 and $290 million in 2020/21. State Members of Parliament Bronwyn Halfpenny, Colin Brooks, Danielle Green and Lily D’Ambrosio welcomed $3.73 million in funding to support 31 schools across the municipality. The funding will enable local state schools to do essential works such as painting, replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance of infrastructure like septic systems and water services. This increased investment will assist principals to get on with the job of leading Victoria’s schools, by providing more funds to maintain the state’s 36,000 school buildings, while supporting schools to cater to the 115,000 additional students who are expected to enter the education system over the next five years. The package complements the Labor Government’s recent initiatives to support schools to manage and maintain their facilities, including the Rolling Facilities Evaluation and the rollout of maintenance plans for each school. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $170.5 million in emergency and incident response over five years, including an extra $57.8 million to address issues such as septic system failure, termite damage, mould, roof and floor damage, and $76.4 million to respond to unforeseen incidents and events such as storms, fire or flooding. Schools in some of the state’s highest-risk bushfire areas will also have access to more funds to ensure they are ‘bushfire ready’, thanks to $44.2 million over five years for fire preparedness activities like vegetation removal.   Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Following on from recent maintenance evaluations, we’re investing in schools to fix those niggly repairs and make our schools safer for students.”    Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Sometimes the little things can make a big difference. Whether it’s a new coat of paint or replacing carpets – this investment will help local students get the most out of their education in a safe, maintained and modern school.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The Victorian Government is investing $515 million in our state schools to ensure students can attend a great local school and get a great education.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks  “The Andrews Labor Government is investing this funding to ensure that every student can attend a great local primary, secondary or specialist public school by tackling maintenance issues proactively.”    The following schools will receive funding: * Ashley Park Primary School ($40,993) * Edgars Creek Secondary College ($129,380) * Epping Primary School ($97,328) * Epping Secondary College ($203,456) * Epping Views Primary School ($133,208) * Findon Primary School ($72,952) * Hazel Glen College ($291,885) * Lalor East Primary School ($70,500) * Lalor Gardens Primary School ($48,665) * Lalor North Primary School ($58,114) * Lalor North Secondary College ($116,968) * Lalor Primary School ($70,589) * Lalor Secondary College ($193,913) * Laurimar Primary School ($130,418) * Meadowglen Primary School ($83,440) * Merriang Special Developmental School ($115,454) * Mill Park Heights Primary School ($133,096) * Mill Park Primary School ($72,632) * Mill Park Secondary College ($398,818) * Morang South Primary School ($84,998) * Norris Bank Primary School ($55,874) * Peter Lalor Secondary College ($153,801) * Plenty Parklands Primary School ($118,723) * The Lakes South Morang P-9 School ($234,378) * Thomastown East Primary School ($74,835) * Thomastown Meadows Primary School ($57,089) * Thomastown Primary School ($52,204) * Thomastown Secondary College ($135,281) * Thomastown West Primary School ($49,416) * Whittlesea Primary School ($70,371) * Whittlesea Secondary College ($224,273)

WHITTLESEA SCHOOLS TO SHARE IN $515M MAINTENANCE BLITZ

Schools across the Whittlesea municipality will share in a $515 million in the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken, thanks to an unprecedented investment by the Andrews Labor Government. The investment will more than double funding for maintenance at Victoria’s state schools over the next two financial years, with more than $300 million to be invested in 2019/20 and $290 million in 2020/21. State Members of Parliament Bronwyn Halfpenny, Colin Brooks, Danielle Green and Lily D’Ambrosio welcomed $3.73 million in funding to support 31 schools across the municipality. The funding will enable local state schools to do essential works such as painting, replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance of infrastructure like septic systems and water services. This increased investment will assist principals to get on with the job of leading Victoria’s schools, by providing more funds to maintain the state’s 36,000 school buildings, while supporting schools to cater to the 115,000 additional students who are expected to enter the education system over the next five years. The package complements the Labor Government’s recent initiatives to support schools to manage and maintain their facilities, including the Rolling Facilities Evaluation and the rollout of maintenance plans for each school. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $170.5 million in emergency and incident response over five years, including an extra $57.8 million to address issues such as septic system failure, termite damage, mould, roof and floor damage, and $76.4 million to respond to unforeseen incidents and events such as storms, fire or flooding. Schools in some of the state’s highest-risk bushfire areas will also have access to more funds to ensure they are ‘bushfire ready’, thanks to $44.2 million over five years for fire preparedness activities like vegetation removal.   Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Following on from recent maintenance evaluations, we’re investing in schools to fix those niggly repairs and make our schools safer for students.”    Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Sometimes the little things can make a big difference. Whether it’s a new coat of paint or replacing carpets – this investment will help local students get the most out of their education in a safe, maintained and modern school.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The Victorian Government is investing $515 million in our state schools to ensure students can attend a great local school and get a great education.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks  “The Andrews Labor Government is investing this funding to ensure that every student can attend a great local primary, secondary or specialist public school by tackling maintenance issues proactively.”    The following schools will receive funding: * Ashley Park Primary School ($40,993) * Edgars Creek Secondary College ($129,380) * Epping Primary School ($97,328) * Epping Secondary College ($203,456) * Epping Views Primary School ($133,208) * Findon Primary School ($72,952) * Hazel Glen College ($291,885) * Lalor East Primary School ($70,500) * Lalor Gardens Primary School ($48,665) * Lalor North Primary School ($58,114) * Lalor North Secondary College ($116,968) * Lalor Primary School ($70,589) * Lalor Secondary College ($193,913) * Laurimar Primary School ($130,418) * Meadowglen Primary School ($83,440) * Merriang Special Developmental School ($115,454) * Mill Park Heights Primary School ($133,096) * Mill Park Primary School ($72,632) * Mill Park Secondary College ($398,818) * Morang South Primary School ($84,998) * Norris Bank Primary School ($55,874) * Peter Lalor Secondary College ($153,801) * Plenty Parklands Primary School ($118,723) * The Lakes South Morang P-9 School ($234,378) * Thomastown East Primary School ($74,835) * Thomastown Meadows Primary School ($57,089) * Thomastown Primary School ($52,204) * Thomastown Secondary College ($135,281) * Thomastown West Primary School ($49,416) * Whittlesea Primary School ($70,371) * Whittlesea Secondary College ($224,273)

NEW BUILDINGS FOR DOREEN AND EPPING SCHOOLS

Local students will soon be learning in new first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. State Members of Parliament, Danielle Green and Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary will receive new architecturally designed double storey relocatable buildings, which will further help the schools deliver a 21st century education. The total cost of the 12 new classrooms in three new buildings is approximately $2.9 million. From day 1 of Term 1 in 2020, Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary students will be learning in brand new buildings, which incorporate the latest innovative and sustainable design. Each new building includes four new classrooms with double glazed windows and external shades, as well as special wall and ceiling acoustic treatments to improve classroom sound clarity – providing a comfortable learning space for students. The buildings will be manufactured off-site then assembled at the school. This innovative process of building manufacture and delivery means that Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary students will be learning in these first-class facilities more quickly. The double storey design reserves more student play space at each school. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, which supports over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Danielle Green MP, Member for Yan Yean. “The two new buildings at Hazel Glen College will give students access to eight new classrooms that better match the quality of the teaching and learning that’s done at this great school.” Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny, Member for Thomastown. “The school community wanted a two storey relocatable and our State Labor Government has listened.  Congratulations to Harvest Home Primary for securing these new learning spaces.”

NEW BUILDINGS FOR DOREEN AND EPPING SCHOOLS

Local students will soon be learning in new first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. State Members of Parliament, Danielle Green and Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary will receive new architecturally designed double storey relocatable buildings, which will further help the schools deliver a 21st century education. The total cost of the 12 new classrooms in three new buildings is approximately $2.9 million. From day 1 of Term 1 in 2020, Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary students will be learning in brand new buildings, which incorporate the latest innovative and sustainable design. Each new building includes four new classrooms with double glazed windows and external shades, as well as special wall and ceiling acoustic treatments to improve classroom sound clarity – providing a comfortable learning space for students. The buildings will be manufactured off-site then assembled at the school. This innovative process of building manufacture and delivery means that Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary students will be learning in these first-class facilities more quickly. The double storey design reserves more student play space at each school. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, which supports over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Danielle Green MP, Member for Yan Yean. “The two new buildings at Hazel Glen College will give students access to eight new classrooms that better match the quality of the teaching and learning that’s done at this great school.” Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny, Member for Thomastown. “The school community wanted a two storey relocatable and our State Labor Government has listened.  Congratulations to Harvest Home Primary for securing these new learning spaces.”

BUS BOOST FOR WOLLERT FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for families to get around Wollert with a brand-new school special bus service and an extension to a current route. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Route 357 will be extended to run closer to Edgars Creek Secondary College from January 2020 – making it easier for more families and students to get to school. A new school special bus also began on the 19th of August, giving students at Edgars Creek Secondary College a direct connection via bus for the first time. Currently the closest bus route to the school is Route 385, which stops over 900 metres from the school gate. These new and extended bus routes will give students living in the local area easier and more reliable journeys to and from school. The school special bus will run one morning and one afternoon service each day, with the service beginning at the intersection of Pine Park Drive and Saltlake Boulevard in Wollert and arrive at Edgars Creek Secondary College, doing the trip in reverse after the school bell in the afternoon. The buses used will have low floors, which will allow students with specific mobility requirements to easily use the service. School special bus service timetables will be made available for students by the school and Dysons buses by request. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re extending bus routes and creating a new school special bus service to make it easier for locals to get around Wollert.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Students from Edgars Creek Secondary College can now catch the bus to and from school for the very first time.” “This is the first step in delivering a long-term solution for these students, giving them and their families more options to get to school.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “This school bus will make a world of difference for kids getting to school on public transport.”  

BUS BOOST FOR WOLLERT FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for families to get around Wollert with a brand-new school special bus service and an extension to a current route. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Route 357 will be extended to run closer to Edgars Creek Secondary College from January 2020 – making it easier for more families and students to get to school. A new school special bus also began on the 19th of August, giving students at Edgars Creek Secondary College a direct connection via bus for the first time. Currently the closest bus route to the school is Route 385, which stops over 900 metres from the school gate. These new and extended bus routes will give students living in the local area easier and more reliable journeys to and from school. The school special bus will run one morning and one afternoon service each day, with the service beginning at the intersection of Pine Park Drive and Saltlake Boulevard in Wollert and arrive at Edgars Creek Secondary College, doing the trip in reverse after the school bell in the afternoon. The buses used will have low floors, which will allow students with specific mobility requirements to easily use the service. School special bus service timetables will be made available for students by the school and Dysons buses by request. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re extending bus routes and creating a new school special bus service to make it easier for locals to get around Wollert.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Students from Edgars Creek Secondary College can now catch the bus to and from school for the very first time.” “This is the first step in delivering a long-term solution for these students, giving them and their families more options to get to school.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “This school bus will make a world of difference for kids getting to school on public transport.”  

DITCHING THE DREADED DOUBLE-DROP OFF IN WOLLERT

Thursday, 05 August, 2019 Families living in Wollert will soon be able to ditch the dreaded ‘double-drop off’ as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with building kindergartens at all new primary schools. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today visited the site of the new Edgars Creek Community Centre to turn the first sod on the $6.8 million facility. The new centre includes three rooms for three and four-year-old kindergarten, two maternal and child health service rooms, and meeting spaces for community use. The Andrews Labor Government provided $1.6 million to City of Whittlesea towards the new centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant. The new centre is located next door to the new Edgars Creek Primary School (interim name).  The new school and kinder are both set to open in 2021 Every new Victorian primary school being built from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, reducing the burden on parents and helping to build the Education State. All 10 primary schools set to open in 2021, including Edgars Creek Primary School and all six opening in 2022, will have a kindergarten either on site or next door. The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with the Labor Government investing more than $1.68 billion over the next decade to support the construction and expansion of almost 1,000 kindergartens across the state to ensure three-year-old kids have the infrastructure they need to attend kinder. This is part of the Labor Government’s $5 billion commitment to provide access to a full 15 hours of subsidised three-year-old kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the rollout beginning in 2020. Under the education building boom, Labor Government is also investing $5.6 billion to open 100 new schools by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why every new primary school being built from 2021 will feature a kindergarten on-site or next door, to ensure children can get continuity of education.” “We’re already making sure Victorian kids get an extra year of kinder – and now we’re taking action so that the school drop-off is just that little bit easier for parents” “This means children living in Wollert will not only get the best start to life at kinder, they’ll also get the most out of their primary education at a great new local school.”

DITCHING THE DREADED DOUBLE-DROP OFF IN WOLLERT

Thursday, 05 August, 2019 Families living in Wollert will soon be able to ditch the dreaded ‘double-drop off’ as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with building kindergartens at all new primary schools. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today visited the site of the new Edgars Creek Community Centre to turn the first sod on the $6.8 million facility. The new centre includes three rooms for three and four-year-old kindergarten, two maternal and child health service rooms, and meeting spaces for community use. The Andrews Labor Government provided $1.6 million to City of Whittlesea towards the new centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant. The new centre is located next door to the new Edgars Creek Primary School (interim name).  The new school and kinder are both set to open in 2021 Every new Victorian primary school being built from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, reducing the burden on parents and helping to build the Education State. All 10 primary schools set to open in 2021, including Edgars Creek Primary School and all six opening in 2022, will have a kindergarten either on site or next door. The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with the Labor Government investing more than $1.68 billion over the next decade to support the construction and expansion of almost 1,000 kindergartens across the state to ensure three-year-old kids have the infrastructure they need to attend kinder. This is part of the Labor Government’s $5 billion commitment to provide access to a full 15 hours of subsidised three-year-old kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the rollout beginning in 2020. Under the education building boom, Labor Government is also investing $5.6 billion to open 100 new schools by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why every new primary school being built from 2021 will feature a kindergarten on-site or next door, to ensure children can get continuity of education.” “We’re already making sure Victorian kids get an extra year of kinder – and now we’re taking action so that the school drop-off is just that little bit easier for parents” “This means children living in Wollert will not only get the best start to life at kinder, they’ll also get the most out of their primary education at a great new local school.”

 

LIGHTING UP EPPING’S NEWEST INTERSECTION

Drivers travelling through the upgraded O’Herns Road and High Street intersection in Epping will now benefit from new overhead street lights which have been switched on today. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny visited the site of the new intersection to switch on the street lighting on one of the final pieces of the first stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade. Major construction on the new intersection was completed in February - replacing the roundabout with traffic lights.  These lights can also be controlled by the neighbouring CFA branch in times of emergency. The new intersection has eased congestion and boosted traffic flow for the 30,000 drivers travelling through here every day, while also improving access to dozens of businesses in the area. More drivers can now safely pass through the intersection during green lights, reducing queue lengths and giving drivers better access to the Hume Freeway. Minor works are continuing at the new intersection with the traffic lights soon to be connected to mains power, as well as minor landscaping works to beautify the area. Planning is well advanced for the second stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade which is set to begin in mid-2019 subject to environmental approvals. The second stage of the upgrade will add new lanes in each direction between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise, and create a full diamond interchange to provide drivers direct access from O’Herns Road to the Hume Freeway. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Melbourne’s north is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, and the completion of the first stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade is a vital improvement this government has delivered.” “These new overhead lights will ensure that drivers making their way through the new intersection of O’Herns Road and High Street can do so safely at all times of the day and in any weather conditions.”

LIGHTING UP EPPING’S NEWEST INTERSECTION

Drivers travelling through the upgraded O’Herns Road and High Street intersection in Epping will now benefit from new overhead street lights which have been switched on today. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny visited the site of the new intersection to switch on the street lighting on one of the final pieces of the first stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade. Major construction on the new intersection was completed in February - replacing the roundabout with traffic lights.  These lights can also be controlled by the neighbouring CFA branch in times of emergency. The new intersection has eased congestion and boosted traffic flow for the 30,000 drivers travelling through here every day, while also improving access to dozens of businesses in the area. More drivers can now safely pass through the intersection during green lights, reducing queue lengths and giving drivers better access to the Hume Freeway. Minor works are continuing at the new intersection with the traffic lights soon to be connected to mains power, as well as minor landscaping works to beautify the area. Planning is well advanced for the second stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade which is set to begin in mid-2019 subject to environmental approvals. The second stage of the upgrade will add new lanes in each direction between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise, and create a full diamond interchange to provide drivers direct access from O’Herns Road to the Hume Freeway. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Melbourne’s north is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, and the completion of the first stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade is a vital improvement this government has delivered.” “These new overhead lights will ensure that drivers making their way through the new intersection of O’Herns Road and High Street can do so safely at all times of the day and in any weather conditions.”

MORE FUNDING TO PREVENT FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government will provide $470,000 in funding for 15 community organisations working to prevent family violence within Victoria’s African communities. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne today announced funding from the Capacity Building and Participation Program to help communities recognise family violence when it occurs and provide the tools to safely respond. The funding will support a new partnership between 15 community organisations and Whittlesea Community Connections, which has a proven track record in preventing family violence. The funded organisations will deliver activities such as training, education workshops and youth forums. The Labor Government is funding community-led family violence early intervention and prevention programs across Victoria and is investing more than $14 million over four years to support the implementation of a multicultural family violence package. The package will build the capacity of culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities to address family violence through innovative and tailored family violence prevention initiatives. An integral part of this is the development of links between mainstream family violence services and diverse communities through stronger partnerships and sharing knowledge of best practice. The Labor Government established an Australian-first Royal Commission into Family Violence in 2014 and has since invested more than $2.7 billion to implement all 227 recommendations made. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne “By supporting the leadership of African community organisations to prevent family violence, we’re building a Victoria where families can thrive and be safe.” “This is about helping Victoria’s diverse communities keep women and children safe from the scourge of family violence.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “We’re delivering landmark reforms to stamp out family violence and this community funding will help bolster those efforts.” “Family violence effects all communities and it’s critical to not only have government programs but to support community led prevention work to achieve change.”

MORE FUNDING TO PREVENT FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government will provide $470,000 in funding for 15 community organisations working to prevent family violence within Victoria’s African communities. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne today announced funding from the Capacity Building and Participation Program to help communities recognise family violence when it occurs and provide the tools to safely respond. The funding will support a new partnership between 15 community organisations and Whittlesea Community Connections, which has a proven track record in preventing family violence. The funded organisations will deliver activities such as training, education workshops and youth forums. The Labor Government is funding community-led family violence early intervention and prevention programs across Victoria and is investing more than $14 million over four years to support the implementation of a multicultural family violence package. The package will build the capacity of culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities to address family violence through innovative and tailored family violence prevention initiatives. An integral part of this is the development of links between mainstream family violence services and diverse communities through stronger partnerships and sharing knowledge of best practice. The Labor Government established an Australian-first Royal Commission into Family Violence in 2014 and has since invested more than $2.7 billion to implement all 227 recommendations made. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne “By supporting the leadership of African community organisations to prevent family violence, we’re building a Victoria where families can thrive and be safe.” “This is about helping Victoria’s diverse communities keep women and children safe from the scourge of family violence.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “We’re delivering landmark reforms to stamp out family violence and this community funding will help bolster those efforts.” “Family violence effects all communities and it’s critical to not only have government programs but to support community led prevention work to achieve change.”

DELIVERING FOR WHITTLESEA

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the City of Whittlesea with major investments in local schools and health in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes $22.8 million to deliver Stage 2 of Edgars Creek Secondary College to make sure local students have the learning spaces they deserve. This year’s Budget will also deliver funding to build the brand-new Edgars Creek Primary School for local kids, set to open in 2021. The new school will give local families peace of mind about their children’s future, while helping to meet the needs of our growing community. The Budget is also delivering additional funding for additional works required for schools under construction and scheduled to be delivered in 2020, including the new campus of Beveridge Primary School. Students and teachers at Lalor East Primary School are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $8.9 million to replace older buildings with new architecturally-designed permanent modular buildings. Students right across the state will have a brighter smile, thanks to the Labor Government’s rollout of free dental care at all public primary and secondary schools. This year’s Budget begins that rollout, investing $321.9 million and delivering on our promise to bring back dental vans. This investment will save families around $400 a year per child in dental costs, as well as saving parents the inconvenience of taking time off work for appointments. Once fully rolled out, this initiative will also free up more than 100,000 places in the public dental care system each year. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to a $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. A further $28.5 million will see early childhood added to the list of Free TAFE courses, reducing financial barriers for students, encouraging enrolment and supporting the Labor Government’s rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s Budget supports a massive package of investments in local health services with a new parenting centre in Whittlesea and planning for a new emergency department devoted to children at the Northern Hospital. The Labor Government will establish a new parenting centre for Whittlesea, part of a $213.7 million Budget investment to provide extra support to new mums and dads. One of nine across the state, the brand-new parenting centre will help make sure new mums and dads can get the advice they need, including support with sleeping, feeding and extra care for babies with additional needs. Planning for the construction, land acquisition and expansion of 10 community hospitals across our state will begin, including four in Melbourne’s north for Whittlesea, Craigieburn, Eltham and Sunbury, with a $2 million Budget investment. These are the first steps to establishing community hospitals, which once complete, will give northern families confidence that the very best care is just around the corner. Commuters in new estates will have more options to get where they need to go with funding for a new bus service linking Mernda and Craigieburn Stations via Wollert. There will also be a new bus service connecting Donnybrook residents to Craigieburn station and shopping centre, providing better connections to local schools. The $19.3 million Plenty River Trail extension will also connect the new Mernda and Hawkestowe train stations and providing an important link for cyclists to the Yarra River Trail. When complete, the Plenty River Trail will be a 21km route connecting local cyclists to hundreds of kilometres of off-road bike paths across Melbourne. Giving local families special places to enjoy and unwind, the Labor Government is also delivering on its promise by creating a ring of new parkland in our growing suburbs, with the existing Quarry Hills Parkland to be expanded to 1,088 hectares. Delivering on our promise to build a massive new park in the growing northern suburbs, this Budget provides funding for the Upper Merri Parklands stretching from Broadmeadows to Wallan, making sure that thousands of families have access to a great local park. Giving our kids great life skills and further connecting our community, this year’s Budget also includes $600,000 to support Scouts Victoria to construct a new Scout hall in Epping North, providing a dedicated home for the Epping North Scout Group which is rapidly outgrowing its current facilities. We promised to put power back in the hands of Victorians. And through our landmark Solar Homes program that’s exactly what we’re doing. This year’s Budget delivers on the Labor Government’s positive plan for solar, investing $1.3 billion to make sure more Victorians can take control and cut their power bills. This includes rolling out solar panels, solar hot water or solar batteries to 770,000 homes over the next decade, expanding the program to renters and ensuring the safety and sustainability of the rollout, with funding for training, safety and quality audits. This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green “This year’s Budget delivers on our promises to continue to support growing communities across the north with the services and infrastructure they deserve.” “From great local schools and new health services to transport and parks, this Budget is all about the investments our community needs to thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny. “I am proud that this Budget delivers the new schools and health care we need to support our growing community.” “The Labor Government delivers the infrastructure and services that support and build strong communities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “With Solar Homes, we’re putting power back in the hands of local families – just as we promised.” “This year’s Budget is delivering the services our community needs, including new parklands, building on the projects already being delivered, including the Plenty Road upgrade.”  

DELIVERING FOR WHITTLESEA

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the City of Whittlesea with major investments in local schools and health in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes $22.8 million to deliver Stage 2 of Edgars Creek Secondary College to make sure local students have the learning spaces they deserve. This year’s Budget will also deliver funding to build the brand-new Edgars Creek Primary School for local kids, set to open in 2021. The new school will give local families peace of mind about their children’s future, while helping to meet the needs of our growing community. The Budget is also delivering additional funding for additional works required for schools under construction and scheduled to be delivered in 2020, including the new campus of Beveridge Primary School. Students and teachers at Lalor East Primary School are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $8.9 million to replace older buildings with new architecturally-designed permanent modular buildings. Students right across the state will have a brighter smile, thanks to the Labor Government’s rollout of free dental care at all public primary and secondary schools. This year’s Budget begins that rollout, investing $321.9 million and delivering on our promise to bring back dental vans. This investment will save families around $400 a year per child in dental costs, as well as saving parents the inconvenience of taking time off work for appointments. Once fully rolled out, this initiative will also free up more than 100,000 places in the public dental care system each year. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to a $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. A further $28.5 million will see early childhood added to the list of Free TAFE courses, reducing financial barriers for students, encouraging enrolment and supporting the Labor Government’s rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s Budget supports a massive package of investments in local health services with a new parenting centre in Whittlesea and planning for a new emergency department devoted to children at the Northern Hospital. The Labor Government will establish a new parenting centre for Whittlesea, part of a $213.7 million Budget investment to provide extra support to new mums and dads. One of nine across the state, the brand-new parenting centre will help make sure new mums and dads can get the advice they need, including support with sleeping, feeding and extra care for babies with additional needs. Planning for the construction, land acquisition and expansion of 10 community hospitals across our state will begin, including four in Melbourne’s north for Whittlesea, Craigieburn, Eltham and Sunbury, with a $2 million Budget investment. These are the first steps to establishing community hospitals, which once complete, will give northern families confidence that the very best care is just around the corner. Commuters in new estates will have more options to get where they need to go with funding for a new bus service linking Mernda and Craigieburn Stations via Wollert. There will also be a new bus service connecting Donnybrook residents to Craigieburn station and shopping centre, providing better connections to local schools. The $19.3 million Plenty River Trail extension will also connect the new Mernda and Hawkestowe train stations and providing an important link for cyclists to the Yarra River Trail. When complete, the Plenty River Trail will be a 21km route connecting local cyclists to hundreds of kilometres of off-road bike paths across Melbourne. Giving local families special places to enjoy and unwind, the Labor Government is also delivering on its promise by creating a ring of new parkland in our growing suburbs, with the existing Quarry Hills Parkland to be expanded to 1,088 hectares. Delivering on our promise to build a massive new park in the growing northern suburbs, this Budget provides funding for the Upper Merri Parklands stretching from Broadmeadows to Wallan, making sure that thousands of families have access to a great local park. Giving our kids great life skills and further connecting our community, this year’s Budget also includes $600,000 to support Scouts Victoria to construct a new Scout hall in Epping North, providing a dedicated home for the Epping North Scout Group which is rapidly outgrowing its current facilities. We promised to put power back in the hands of Victorians. And through our landmark Solar Homes program that’s exactly what we’re doing. This year’s Budget delivers on the Labor Government’s positive plan for solar, investing $1.3 billion to make sure more Victorians can take control and cut their power bills. This includes rolling out solar panels, solar hot water or solar batteries to 770,000 homes over the next decade, expanding the program to renters and ensuring the safety and sustainability of the rollout, with funding for training, safety and quality audits. This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green “This year’s Budget delivers on our promises to continue to support growing communities across the north with the services and infrastructure they deserve.” “From great local schools and new health services to transport and parks, this Budget is all about the investments our community needs to thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny. “I am proud that this Budget delivers the new schools and health care we need to support our growing community.” “The Labor Government delivers the infrastructure and services that support and build strong communities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “With Solar Homes, we’re putting power back in the hands of local families – just as we promised.” “This year’s Budget is delivering the services our community needs, including new parklands, building on the projects already being delivered, including the Plenty Road upgrade.”  

FIGHTING FOR THE NORTH’S FAIR SHARE

The Andrews Labor Government is standing up for patients in the North who are being hit hard by Canberra’s cuts to Victoria’s hospitals. Canberra has clawed back $305 million from Victoria’s hospitals – cuts that are hurting patients, nurses and doctors across the state. Locally, Canberra’s $13,120,363 cut to Northern Health will hit locals hard. It’s the equivalent of 25,511 dialysis sessions, 11,815 chemotherapy treatments or 794 hip replacements. That’s why the Labor Government has launched a new campaign for a fair share of funding from the Commonwealth – no matter who wins next month’s Federal Election. The Our Fair Share campaign is running across TV, radio, print and online. Canberra is also proposing a dud national funding deal that would see public schools get less funding than private schools, with government schools short-changed $500 million in funding every single year. That’s the equivalent of 1,250 full-time teachers that can’t be funded simply because Canberra want to boost the bottom line. The Labor Government has invested more in Victoria’s schools and hospitals than any government in Victoria’s history – to ensure every child has the best education and every Victorian has access to world-class healthcare. As the Federal Election gets closer, now is the time for Victoria to fight for its fair share. Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP   “We are fighting for residents in the North to get their fair share of commonwealth funding for our hospital and schools” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos: “We’re the fastest growing state in the country – our hospitals can’t survive more cuts from Canberra.” “We’re giving our nurses and doctors what they need to provide the very best care for all Victorians. Imagine how much more we could do if we got a fair deal from Canberra.” Quotes attributable to Danielle Green MP   “It’s the Andrews Labor Government who plans and builds new hospitals like the Community Hospital proposed for Whittlesea. Sadly Canberra undermines this effort by their cuts - local patients, nurses and doctors deserve better.” Quotes attributable to Lily D’Ambrosio MP   “We’re fighting to make sure Northern Health receives its fair share of Commonwealth Funds for patients and kids in the North.”

FIGHTING FOR THE NORTH’S FAIR SHARE

The Andrews Labor Government is standing up for patients in the North who are being hit hard by Canberra’s cuts to Victoria’s hospitals. Canberra has clawed back $305 million from Victoria’s hospitals – cuts that are hurting patients, nurses and doctors across the state. Locally, Canberra’s $13,120,363 cut to Northern Health will hit locals hard. It’s the equivalent of 25,511 dialysis sessions, 11,815 chemotherapy treatments or 794 hip replacements. That’s why the Labor Government has launched a new campaign for a fair share of funding from the Commonwealth – no matter who wins next month’s Federal Election. The Our Fair Share campaign is running across TV, radio, print and online. Canberra is also proposing a dud national funding deal that would see public schools get less funding than private schools, with government schools short-changed $500 million in funding every single year. That’s the equivalent of 1,250 full-time teachers that can’t be funded simply because Canberra want to boost the bottom line. The Labor Government has invested more in Victoria’s schools and hospitals than any government in Victoria’s history – to ensure every child has the best education and every Victorian has access to world-class healthcare. As the Federal Election gets closer, now is the time for Victoria to fight for its fair share. Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP   “We are fighting for residents in the North to get their fair share of commonwealth funding for our hospital and schools” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos: “We’re the fastest growing state in the country – our hospitals can’t survive more cuts from Canberra.” “We’re giving our nurses and doctors what they need to provide the very best care for all Victorians. Imagine how much more we could do if we got a fair deal from Canberra.” Quotes attributable to Danielle Green MP   “It’s the Andrews Labor Government who plans and builds new hospitals like the Community Hospital proposed for Whittlesea. Sadly Canberra undermines this effort by their cuts - local patients, nurses and doctors deserve better.” Quotes attributable to Lily D’Ambrosio MP   “We’re fighting to make sure Northern Health receives its fair share of Commonwealth Funds for patients and kids in the North.”