GETTING ON WITH THE JOB IN MELBOURNE’S NORTH
Families across Melbourne’s north are getting the support they need from the Andrews Labor Government’s 2017-18 Victorian Budget, released this week. Major investments in roads, health, education and extra police resources are the hallmark of this year’s State Budget.
Investment in road improvements across Melbourne’s north will continue, including $100 million for North East Link – the missing link in our road network that will finally complete the Metropolitan Ring Road, and $700 million for the M80 Ring Road to be upgraded between the Princes Freeway and Western Highway, Sydney Road and Edgars Road, and Plenty Road and Greensborough Highway. Work on the 2.4 kilometre Plenty Road to Greensborough Highway section will include an extra lane in each direction and upgrades to interchanges at Greensborough Highway and Plenty Road. $96 million has been allocated for stage 2 of the Yan Yean road upgrade ensuring the road is widened beyond Kurrak Road and in a win for community activism the Whittlesea town-ship will have the dangerous Plenty Rd/Laurel St/Wallan Rd/Macmeikan St made safer with a $2 million allocation to allow for traffic lights to be installed.
Northern Hospital will be provided with $162.7 million to meet the health care needs of Melbourne’s rapidly growing outer northern suburbs. The expansion will see the completion of a seven storey tower that includes 96 new inpatient beds, 3 new operating theatres and more treatment rooms. Looking to the future, the project will also include space for the expansion of cardiology services, cath labs and medical imaging. This comes after this week’s ambulance performance data announcement that 80% of Code 1 incidents were responded to within the target of 15 minutes in the last quarter – the best figures in seven years. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes $26.5 million to continue the work of improving response times and rebuilding our ambulance services.
The Andrews Government continues to invest strongly in schools and education in the north with $13.8 million provided to build the proposed Yarrambat Park Primary school in Doreen South, $200,000 for Findon Primary school and funding for land acquisition for the primary school component at Edgars Creek P-12 school.
The Victorian Budget 2017-18 fully funds our Community Safety Statement, which provides a more than $2 billion boost to Victoria Police so they can put victims first and put criminals behind bars. Melbourne’s northern suburbs will receive its first allocation of 45 new frontline police to be deployed to the Whittlesea area next month. The Victorian Budget 2017-18 also provides an unprecedented $1.91 billion investment to tackle family violence and Melbourne’s north east will house a dedicated Support and Safety Hub – a place where victims can go to protect their family and start their recovery.