DELIVERING FOR MITCHELL SHIRE

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the Mitchell Shire with major investments in health and local schools in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.

Giving local families peace of mind about their children’s future, this year’s Budget includes additional funding for the brand-new campus of Beveridge Primary School. The new campus will help meet the growing needs of our community.

An investment of $2.54 million will build a Health and Community Services Training Facility at GOTAFE’s Seymour Campus to enhance learning and increase the number of students studying the vital health and community services regional Victoria needs.

The Government is also delivering for independent schools, with $1.4 million to upgrade St Mary’s College in Seymour as part of a $402 million boost to non-government schools across the state.

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.

A further $58 million will expand our School Breakfast Clubs and make sure more kids are learning on a full stomach. Building on the existing program, which provides free breakfasts in 500 schools across our state, this investment will see free breakfasts and lunches served up to students at 100 primary schools and secondary schools every school day.

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.

Delivering on our commitment to create five new dedicated children’s emergency departments, this year’s Budget will kick-start planning on the dedicated new space at the Northern Hospital giving local parents peace of mind that their kids will get the calm and compassionate care in the moments that matter most.

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.

Under this year’s Budget, local patients will benefit from additional dedicated appointments with medical specialists.  Right now, many patients are required to travel to the city for appointments and treatment – or face big out-of-pocket costs for a local private appointment.

With a $136 million investment to deliver an extra 500,000 appointments across regional communities, this will help ensure patients don’t have to spend hours away from loved ones to access specialist care.

First-time parents will benefit under the Budget, with the rollout of new Baby Bundles.  These bundles will include all the essentials local mums and dads need to help guide them through the first few months and years of their child’s life, including a nappy bag, growsuit, safe sleeping bag, teething ring, muslin wrap, information on safety and parenting and picture books.

Commuters will have more options to get where they need to go with funding for a new bus service connecting Donnybrook residents to Craigieburn station and shopping centre, providing better connections to local schools.

This year’s Budget delivers $15.8 billion, delivering on our promise to fully fund the North East Link – the missing link – finally making this much-needed road project a reality.

Connecting the M80 Ring Road at Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road, the North East Link will take around 15,000 trucks off our roads and cut travel times by up to 35 minutes.

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.

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.

In last year’s Budget we cut payroll tax for regional business to 2.425 per cent, and as part of the Budget, we are going even further, reducing regional payroll tax to a quarter of the metro rate – down to 1.2125 per cent by 2022-23.

The Labor Government is also delivering for our furry family members, and as part of a $1 million program for animal shelters and foster carers to purchase equipment or expand their services, the Budget is providing $50,000 to refurbish the Greyhound Adoption Program’s adoption centre in Seymour.

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 Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“We’re making sure Northern Victoria continues to be a fantastic place to live, work and visit – and the Budget provides huge boosts to the healthcare and education facilities that our community relies on.”

“We’re proud to be investing in the big projects that regional Victoria needs, and the people we need to deliver them.”