2016/17 Victorian Budget Getting It Done: Overview
Building the Education State in Werribee
Health in the west
Securing Werribee's Water Supply
Community Resilience Grants
Community Sports Infrastructure Fund
VICTORIA BUDGET 2016/17- GETTING IT DONE
The 2016-17 Victorian Budget is all about Getting It Done.
It builds on the strength of the Victorian economy, growing at 2.5 per cent annually- the fastest in the country.
Victoria’s economy is growing – and it’s in safe hands.
Our triple-A credit rating will be maintained and 3 per cent growth is forecast. Unemployment is falling, and infrastructure investment will rise to an average $7.4 billion a year. The Budget confirms an operating surplus of $2.9 billion.
Importantly, it funds the projects Victorians need:
Full Funding of the $11 billion Melbourne Metro rail Project- which will revolutionise our public transport capabilities
$1.46 billion to provide certainty to the Western Distributor- with or without Federal money we'll create the vital second river crossing from the west
$1.1 billion to build and upgrade Victorian schools
$2.45 billion for health with a $335 million boost marks Australia’s largest-ever one-off investment to tackle the elective surgery waiting list
$572 million investment as a first step to tacke to address family violence by implementing the most urgent recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Work will also start on a 10-year Victorian Family Violence Plan.
This Budget honours our commitments and delivers for Victorians.
As part of the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, the Andrews Government is providing $1.46 billion over the forward estimates to provide certainty to the Western Distributor, which will provide a vital second river crossing from the west.
With or without Federal support, Victorians will get the infrastructure they deserve and an alternative to the West Gate Bridge.
The $5.5 billion project will deliver travel time savings from the west of up to 20 minutes, create 5,600 new jobs and provide an $11 billion boost to the Victorian economy.
This means less traffic and more jobs.
BUILDING THE EDUCATON STATE IN WERRIBEE
A cornerstone of the Budget is our vision to make Victoria the Education State.
That’s why the Budget invests over $924 million to build new schools and upgrade classrooms – the largest ever single investment by a Victorian government in school infrastructure.
Here in Werribee, the final stage of Manor Lakes College will be completed, with the Andrews Labor Government providing $10.9 million funding.
The completed college will give our local parents and families the certainty they need, and make sure their kids have the facilities they deserve.
A completed Manor Lakes College will help meet the needs of the rapidly growing community, and give local families greater peace of mind about their children’s future.
Additionally, Warringa Park School is one of twenty specialist schools across Victoria that will undergo planning and there will be more support for its students. A $68.5 million fund will be used for and acquisition at the Cayley’s Road Campus to alter the campus due to the growth it has experienced
This funding is part of a $155.8 million budget boost to ensure special needs students get the opportunities they deserve.
We've committed $1.1 billion for education in Victoria because we understand that you can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom.
HEALTH IN THE WEST
The 2016/17 Budget has delivered an additional $63.1 million for upgrades at Western Health.
The funds include the $17 million for urgent maintenance at Footscray Hospital and the next stage of planning for an eventual rebuild of the south block on that site.
The funding will also enable Western Health to establish an additional 64 beds at Sunshine Hospital.
Additionally, a further $12.9 million has been allocated to Mercy Health in Werribee for upgrades. This is on top of the $85 million allocated to Werribee Mercy in last year's budget.
Here in Werribee our investment will mean local patients can get the surgeries and treatment they need, close to home and as soon possible.
Over the last decade more than half of Melbourne’s population growth has occurred in the seven outer suburban growth councils including Wyndham City, and over 60 per cent of the city’s total population is now living in middle and outer areas.
The Budget includes a $6.2 billion package of works to ease congestion on suburban and outer-suburban roads and reduce travel times, increase safety and improve efficiency.
This includes investing $52 million to upgrade Dohertys Road, between Fitzgerald Road and Grieve Parade, Laverton North.
The upgrade will involve duplication of Dohertys Road, increasing the number of lanes two to four, for more than 3.6 kilometres between Fitzgerald Road and Grieve Parade.
The upgrade will also include a new bridge over the Princes Freeway, two new signalised intersections, three new roundabouts and a 2.3 kilometre pedestrian and bicycle path along the south side of Dohertys Road connecting Federation Trail to Grieve Parade.
Additionally, the Andrews Labor Government has also announced a $10 million package of planning works to upgrade outer suburban arterial roads. Of that package, over 50 per cent of the roads listed are within Wyndham City Council.
Minister for Water, Lisa Neville meeting with farmers in Werribee South
SECURING WATER FOR WERRIBEE SOUTH
With Victoria the fastest growing state in the country- securing our water supply is more important than ever.
The Budget provides $468 million in new investments in water infrastructure, to extend the water grid, improve waterway health and secure water supplies for homes and businesses.
This includes investing $11.4 million to upgrade Werribee's Irrigation District with a modernisation of current pipelines.
The Werribee Irrigation District upgrade will see 39km of open channels replaced with pipelines, saving five billion litres of water a year. This will underpin 660 existing jobs as well as help to create 18 new on-farm positions.
The Werribee Irrigation District covers an area of 3000ha of which 2350ha is used for intensive horticulture, chiefly broccoli, lettuce and cauliflowers, with a farm gate value of more than $187 million a year.
This investment provides greater water security for farmers in Werribee, which is a pivotal hub of agriculture and employment.
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE GRANTS
The Victorian Government is committed to preventing violent extremism by providing an effective, accessible and targeted grants programs to build social cohesion and resilience within communities across Victoria.
The Community Resilience Grants are now open and provide an opportunity for eligible community, not-for-profit and peak body organisations to deliver innovative projects to address the underlying conditions of violent extremism.
A key priority of these grants is to work with communities and young people to develop confidence and skills to voice concerns and grievances through constructive means.
There is $600,000 available under these grants. Organisations can apply for small grants for between $20,000 and $50,000, and major grants for between $50,001 and $100,000. All projects will be delivered within 12 months of signing funding agreements.
Victoria is renowned for its rich cultural diversity, its accessible and open public spaces, and its welcoming and inclusive communities.
The Community Resilience Grants are an important tool to maintaining a socially cohesive Victoria and I encourage eligible groups to apply.
COMMUNITY SPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE FUND
The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund aims to support the development of high quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria with a focus on increasing participation of all Victorians.
The funding categories available include:
Better Pools category – grants of up to $3 million;
Major Facilities category – grants of up to $650,000 for project with a total project cost over $500,000;
Small Aquatic Projects category – grants of up to $200,000;
Minor Facilities category – grants of up to $100,000 for projects with a total project cost up to $1 million;
Female Friendly Facilities category – grants of up to $100,000;
Cricket Facilities category – grants of up to $100,000;
Planning category - grants of up to $30,000 for recreation planning or facility feasibility or up to $50,000 for regional planning initiatives.
While only Local Government Authorities can make formal applications to the program (which are open now), community organisations and sporting clubs can seek support for their project through their council.