The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the major investments in local schools, health and transport 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 $3.1 million for Diamond Valley College to make sure students have the learning spaces they deserve. Building on the $3.8 million already invested in upgrading the school, this will transform the College’s old classrooms and facilities into modern learning environments.

Planning will also begin at Diamond Creek East Primary School as part of the important first step in delivering the school’s $3.6 million upgrade.

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.

Delivering on our commitment to create five new dedicated children’s emergency departments, this year’s Budget will kickstart 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 establishing community hospitals, which once complete, will give northern families confidence that the very best care is just around the corner.

From upgrading the roundabout at the end of your local street to building our state’s biggest transport projects, this Budget will get you where you need to go, with a massive Suburban Transport Blitz.

A further $547 million will deliver the next stage of the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade, duplicating 4.5 kilometres of track and the construction of bigger, better stations at Greensborough and Montmorency.

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.

Just as importantly, this project will give local roads back to local people – taking 32,000 vehicles per day off Greensborough Road, 14 000 off Fitzsimons Lane, 9,000 off Rosanna Road and 8,000 off Manningham Road, while creating 10,300 jobs during construction.

Commuters will have even more options to get where they need to go with the $19.3 million Plenty River Trail extension connecting 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.

Families in the Diamond Valley love their sport and this year’s budget delivers a massive $8 million investment in the redevelopment of the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre. The funding will be used to construct three multi-sport indoor courts, including changerooms, office and amenities to help ensure the community has access to the local sporting facilities they deserve.

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.

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, parks and sport, this Budget is all about the investments our community needs to thrive.”