DELIVERING FOR MONBULK

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Monbulk, with major investments in local schools, roads, health and public 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 $7.1 million to make sure students at Monbulk Primary School have the learning spaces they deserve. This upgrade will deliver a brand-new library, a new Grade 5 and 6 building and two new competition-grade outdoor netball courts, which will also be used by the Monbulk Football Netball Club after school hours.

Students and teachers at Upwey High School are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $2.7 million to transform the school’s tired facilities into the modern learning environments students and staff need to achieve their best. This builds on the $24 million already provided by the Labor Government to upgrade the school.

Funding of $935,000 will go towards planning and early work ahead of upgrades at Monbulk College. This investment is the first step in delivering the final major stage of their masterplan, which includes a new STEM and trades building and a new home economics building, making sure our next generation have the next generation of skills.

Students and their families in Monbulk will also benefit from a $3.45 million investment which will allow the Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School to refurbish and modernise facilities at the school, including new administration facilities. This builds on the $500,000 already provided by the Labor Government for upgrades at the school.

As part of our transformation of training, we are making local TAFE facilities better than they have ever been, with a $10.2 million investment to deliver a new integrated and sustainable construction centre at the Box Hill Institute’s Lilydale campus, focusing on carpentry, plumbing and electrical training. This investment builds on the Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative, which is giving thousands of Victorians the opportunity to learn the skills they need building our state and caring for our community.

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 an $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. With funding provided to local councils and eligible providers, this investment will make sure our kids are getting the best start in life.

Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s Budget includes $81.6 million for delivery of a new 120-bed aged care facility at Wantirna Health, including 60 high-care beds and 60 aged care mental health beds. It will complement the existing geriatric medicine hospital and palliative care services already offered at the site, creating a healthcare hub for older residents in Melbourne’s East.

We have also allocated $4.6 million to begin planning the next stage of the Angliss Hospital expansion at Upper Ferntree Gully, which will provide additional hospital beds, upgrade infrastructure and support the re-accommodation of clinical functions.

Delivering on our commitment to create five new children’s emergency departments, a share of $5.9 million will kick start planning on the dedicated new space at Maroondah Hospital, giving local parents peace of mind that their kids will get the calm and compassionate care in the moments that matter most.

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.

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