Budget 2019 – DELIVERING FOR BENTLEIGH

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Bentleigh, with major investments in local schools, health and local amenities 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 $70 million to make sure the students at McKinnon Secondary College have the learning spaces they deserve, delivering the new campus to be opened in 2022.

The new campus will be a state-of-the-art new vertical school that will increase McKinnon Secondary College’s capacity, allowing between 650 and 1,100 extra students, helping to meet the needs of our growing community.

Funding of $740,000 will go towards detailed planning and preliminary works ahead of upgrades at Southern Autistic School and $452,000 will go towards planning and early work ahead of upgrades at Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School. $1 million will go towards an upgrade of St Peter’s Primary School.  

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.

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.

Families in Bentleigh can be confident that in an emergency, they will continue to get the fast, life-saving care they need, with the Budget including a new ambulance station to be built in East Bentleigh. Part of a $108.8 million investment, the new station will support the life-saving work of paramedics and make sure patients experiencing life threatening emergencies get the care they need sooner. 

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. 

This Budget begins planning on key suburban road upgrades, including upgrades to South Road, including a reconfiguration of intersections at Nepean Highway and East Boundary Road.

The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to invest in two new pocket parks for Bentleigh, giving local residents a place to escape into the outdoors to relax and unwind.

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 Glen Eira and Kingston, part of a $5 million statewide investment.

Our sporting clubs are the heart and soul of our community. With this Budget, the Labor Government is ensuring local sporting stars have the facilities they deserve, with $3 million towards upgrading the pavilion at GR Bricker Reserve in Moorabbin.

The Bentleigh Football and Netball Club and Bentleigh Cricket Clubs will receive a $60,000 boost for their scoreboard at Bentleigh Recreation Reserve to help provide more modern facilities and $60,000 will be provided to upgrade sports lighting at Coatesville Tennis Club in Bentleigh East, to help increase participation at this important local sporting club. 

This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos 

“We promised local families we would deliver a second campus of McKinnon Secondary College, and that is exactly what this Budget delivers.” 

“A new ambulance station in East Bentleigh will support the life-saving work of our paramedics and make sure local patients experiencing emergencies get the care they need.”