DELIVERING FOR WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Werribee.

As part of a $1.8 billion investment in education, the Victorian Budget 2019/20 includes funding to build two brand-new schools for kids in Werribee, Wollahra Primary School and Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School.

The new schools will give local families peace of mind about their children’s future, while helping to meet the needs of our growing community.

Students and teachers at Warringa Park School are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $12.4 million to transform old classrooms and facilities with an upgrade of the school’s Administration Building and construction of new classrooms and a multipurpose room.

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.

The Labor Government will establish a new parenting centre in Wyndham, part of a $213.7 million Budget investment. One of nine across the state, the brand-new Wyndham parenting centre will help make sure new mums and dads can get the advice they need, including support with sleeping, feeding and extra care for babies with additional needs.

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.

Before being elected, we promised to remove 50 level crossings by 2022, with 20 gone by 2018. With 29 crossings already gone for good, this year’s Budget delivers on the Labor Government’s commitment to remove even more dangerous and congested level crossings.

With a $6.6 billion investment, this Budget ensures a total of 75 level crossings will be gone by 2025 – including Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing, cutting congestion and making our community safer.

Local commuters can also look forwards to an easier time finding a car park, with $150 million over four years as part of the Labor Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund to improve parking at some of our state’s busiest stations, including at Werribee Station and Wyndham Vale Station.

This investment will help make life just that little bit less stressful for local commuters, while also unclogging neighbouring streets.

With our state’s biggest transport build underway, now we’re turning our attention to the next big projects, investing $75 million to begin work on the Western Rail Plan to begin planning for the full separation of regional and metro rail services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines – helping to meet the needs of our growing western suburbs.

Our young athletes will be one step closer to becoming the next basketball legends, thanks to a brand-new high-performance basketball hub in Werribee.

This year’s Budget includes $5 million to establish seven basketball hubs across Victoria, including one in Werribee. This hub will give local kids access to the very best training programs with a clear pathway to playing elite level basketball.

Giving local families a place to enjoy and unwind, the Labor Government also is delivering on its promise with new parks for Werribee.

This year’s Budget provides a major investment of $154 million to create more than 6,500 hectares of parkland across our suburbs, including planning for Werribee River Park and planning and design Werribee Township Regional Park for local residents. The Greening the Pipeline project in Melbourne’s west will also be extended, with the Labor Government dedicating $8 million to build new open space between Lawrie Emmins Reserve and Skeleton Creek.

The Labor Government is delivering $5.1 million to facilitate the next steps in developing a Waterways of the West plan, a project including Werribee River, Moonee Ponds Creek and the Maribyrnong.

Local families and their four-legged friends will also have a new place to stretch their legs, with the Labor Government delivering on its promise with a brand-new dog park for Wyndham, part of a $5 million statewide investment.

We’re giving local families peace of mind, with this year’s Budget investing in land for a brand-new Indian aged care facility in Melbourne’s west. Part of our promised $27.2 million package for multicultural aged care facilities across the state, this investment will ensure that elderly culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians are getting the care, compassion and understanding they need later in life.

This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians.

 

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“This Budget builds on the Labor Government’s record of delivering for Werribee families, with investments in schools, parks and our community.”

“The community called for the removal of Old Geelong Road level crossing. We listened and now we’re acting, getting rid of this outdated relic alongside removing the Werribee Street and Cherry Street level crossings.”