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.”