GETTING THINGS DONE FOR BENTLEIGH

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will deliver new skills, good jobs, more schools and better roads for every Victorian.

Families in Bentleigh will have good schools close to home, with nearly $1.3 billion for schools around the state.

That includes funding from the Andrews Labor Government for a second campus of McKinnon Secondary College to help meet its growing student numbers.

Funding has also been allocated to develop a master plan for Southern Autistic School, while $5 million will upgrade facilities at East Bentleigh Primary School, including a performing arts centre that will provide a theatre, rehearsal and recording space.

$2.3 million will go to Ormond Primary School to modernise the school’s facilities, while $450,000 will also go to Bentleigh West Primary School to upgrade its art room.

This year’s Budget also includes $13 million to deliver Stage 2 of the Moorabbin Oval upgrade, including building new community spaces and delivering upgrades – including female changerooms –  that will enable the Saints’ AFLW team to play there from 2020.

A further $150,000 will upgrade lighting for night competition at Bentleigh Reserve, while an additional $150,000 will install extra lighting at McKinnon Reserve.

Locals will find it easier to get around, with a new bus route connecting Moorabbin Station to Chadstone Shopping Centre.

Because mental illness is hurting local families, this Budget includes $705 million to address mental illness and addiction.

This includes six dedicated crisis hubs in emergency departments, including Monash Health in Clayton, making sure people get the specialist treatment they need.

Cost should never stop someone from learning new skills, that’s why this year’s Budget includes $172 million to make priority TAFE courses free, giving more Bentleigh residents the chance to be able to train at TAFE and get the right skills they need for a good job.

30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses will be made free, while more than 30,000 new TAFE places will be funded across the state.

More local students will also be able to finish school qualified and ready to work, with the introduction of Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships in 100 secondary schools.

It means kids in our community will have the option to undertake an additional year of high school, and graduate with an apprenticeship or traineeship, ready to start work in a good job.

Bentleigh students will also get expert advice to help them make the right career choices, with career education in schools to be overhauled across the state and start from Year 9.

Bentleigh’s youngest residents will get the best start in life with new investments in our state’s kinders.

This year’s Budget delivers the single largest state investment in kinder infrastructure, with a record $42.9 million to build, upgrade and equip kinders across the state.

Starting next year, a $17.9 million roll-out will see specialist language teachers deliver language classes to 120 kinders across the state, with another 10 to have up to half of their daily curriculum delivered in another language. Local kinders are encouraged to apply for funding later this year.

This is a Labor Budget that delivers on the things that matter most to our state. This is a Budget that gets things done.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“From local buses to local sporting facilities, this is a Budget that gets things done for Bentleigh.”

“Upgrading schools is more than just an investment in bricks and mortar – it’s an investment in our kids’ future.”