Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:53):

I am pleased to update the house on my recent visit to the Warringa Park School in my electorate to congratulate this wonderful community on their funding allocation of $14.6 million through the 2022–23 state budget. A group of delightful and excited students led me on a tour, and I could see firsthand how this funding will assist the school community. Thanks to the students in the cafe for their fantastic coffee, and congratulations to principal Sharma and your team for the programs in place that help build essential life and work skills for your students.

As a government we are committed to our special schools, such as Warringa Park, and believe every child should be provided with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in their studies. This investment builds on previous funding of $7.97 million and $12.4 million for the school’s Cayleys Road campus. And we are catering for our growing community across Werribee by funding the construction of three new schools and creating the jobs required to build them.

This budget also provides a significant boost to our health services in Werribee. We will redevelop and expand the emergency department of Werribee Mercy Hospital with a $109.6 million investment, backing the incredible hard work of our healthcare workers so that they can keep looking after their local families. With this budget I am pleased that the Andrews Labor government is getting on with delivering for the people of Werribee.