Media Release: Delivering for Kororoit

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

As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in education, the Victorian Budget 2019/20 includes funding to build a brand-new school for kids in Rockbank North set to open in 2021. The new school 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 Victoria University Secondary College are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $23.9 million towards the construction of the Science Tech Engineering Arts Maths (STEAM) Building, the Learning Village Building, and the Performing Arts and Food building.

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 a $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 enrolments and supporting the Labor Government’s rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. This year’s Budget also includes $33.6 million to build, expand and improve local kindergarten facilities.

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

Students right across the state will have a brighter smile, thanks to the Labor Government’s rollout of free dental care at all public primary and secondary schools.

This year’s Budget begins that rollout, investing $321.9 million and delivering on our promise to bring back dental vans. This investment will save families around $400 a year per child in dental costs, as well as saving parents the inconvenience of taking time off work for appointments.

Once fully rolled out, this initiative will also free up more than 100,000 places in the public dental care system each year.

Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s budget includes $2.4 million to begin planning and complete a business case for a new Melton hospital, which will improve access to high-quality health care in this fast-growing area.

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.

Local commuters can look forward to an easier time finding a car park, with $150 million over four years to improve parking at some of our state’s busiest stations, including at Caroline Springs and Deer Park Station.

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

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 Robinsons Road and Mount Derrimut Road level crossings in Deer Park, cutting congestion and making our community safer.

With our state’s biggest transport build underway, now we’re turning our attention to the next big projects, investing $100 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 – the first step in delivering real fast rail to these cities.

Additional train services will be introduced across both regional and metropolitan rail networks following the completion of major projects including the Ballarat Line Upgrade.

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

This year’s Budget provides a major investment of $154 million to create more than 6,500 hectares of parkland across our suburbs, including completing Kororoit Creek Park, providing thousands of families with access to a great local park. The 260 hectare park, to be designed in consultation with the Melton City Council, will give families in Caroline Springs, Rockbank, Truganina and beyond a fantastic new space to enjoy the great outdoors.

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 Brimbank municipality, part of a $5 million statewide investment.

Recognising our community’s proud diversity, this Budget is investing in upgrading infrastructure for our multicultural communities, to support the community to preserve and share their culture and traditions in a space that they can improve and make their own. This will deliver:

  • $600,000 to upgrade facilities for Sri Durga Temple in Rockbank
  • $100,000 to Gurdwara Sahib Temple in Plumpton

Once complete, these investments will provide a dedicated space for Hindu and Sikh Victorians to come together and celebrate their culture and traditions with pride.

This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz

“Families in Kororoit should get the best local community and education infrastructure for their children, and this Budget delivers just that.”

“Commuters across Kororoit will benefit from the Labor Government removing frustrating and dangerous level crossings at Robinsons Road and Mount Derrimut Road.”

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