CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR YAN YEAN

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Yan Yean.

The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.

Every day, our firefighters keep our state safe. This Budget backs their work, delivering $870,000 to refurbish Doreen CFA station, ensuring our CFA volunteers have the very best facilities and equipment.

Our Government wants to make sure local families have great local schools. That’s why this Budget will deliver a brand-new Hayes Hill Primary School (interim name) in Donnybrook to open Term 1, 2023. One of 13 new school builds across the state, this investment will give local kids the state-of-the-art school they deserve. Local workers will benefit too, with 3,500 jobs expected to be created by school builds and upgrades funded by this Budget.

The Labor Government is also delivering the schools we need for today, and tomorrow. That means building new schools as well as locking in land to build schools for the future. The Budget will secure land in Wallan for a future primary school, giving local families confidence their kids will have a great local school.

This Budget also provides $4.335 million to Kangaroo Ground Primary School to upgrade and modernise the school, including Block A.

Recognising the key role of schools in supporting the wellbeing of our students, this Budget also invests in a new School Mental Health Fund. This investment will allow schools to choose and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will also be expanded to include 90 government schools and 10 non-government schools.

The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to the people in Whittlesea and Nillumbik, investing in brand-new community hospitals in Mernda and the Eltham area. These investments will give locals the confidence that they have access to the best possible care, close to home – while also creating new jobs.

We want our youngest Victorians to get the very best care. It’s why this Budget delivers $100 million to build new emergency department zones dedicated to children, including at The Northern Hospital’s Emergency Department. This investment will give local parents confidence their kids are being taken care of, while also creating 300 jobs at the peak of construction.

This Budget will also begin planning to expand the adult Emergency Departments at both The Northern and Austin Hospitals. In addition to supporting local jobs, this investment will make sure our EDs are there for local patients when they need it most.

This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to build our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers.

An investment of $954 million will deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges, in their own communities, covering every corner of the State.

A further $263 million will deliver the first 20 of up to 60 new adult local mental health and wellbeing services, which will provide a ‘front door’ for mental health care when it’s needed. Whittlesea is one of six priority regions to have services delivered first.

Young Victorians are at the heart of our reform, with $842 million in mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. This investment will see two separate streams of care created – one devoted to infants and children and one devoted to young people. This investment will deliver more early intervention, more intensive support for those who need acute care, and more help for families.

Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs. From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians. To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses.

With this Budget, we’re creating new jobs and caring for Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“This Budget continues Labor’s strong track record of investing in the health services and schools that local families need. With this Budget we’re continuing to create new jobs and care for our community.”

“Our volunteer firefighters do an incredible job keeping us safe, and they deserve great facilities. I’m excited that we will be able to deliver a refurbished Doreen CFA station, including a Turnout Room and breathing apparatus cleaning facilities.”

“Right across the Yan Yean electorate, there’s investment in new hospital and health services, new schools and school upgrades which gives services where they’re needed and local jobs too.”