The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Ivanhoe, with major investments in local schools, roads, health and public transport 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 $3.82 million to make sure students at Viewbank Primary School have the learning spaces they deserve, removing the older northern classrooms and delivering a brand-new permanent building.

Students and teachers at Macleod College are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $493,000 to plan for the upgrade of Block A which houses science and counselling rooms.

Funding of $1.08 million will go towards planning and early work ahead of upgrades at Kew High School. This investment is the first step in delivering an upgrade including construction of a new two-level STEM 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.

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.

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.

The Labor Government’s Budget invests $15.8 billion, delivering on our promise to fully fund North East Link – the missing link – finally making this much-needed road project a reality.

Connecting the M80 Ring Road at Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road, the North East Link will take around 15,000 trucks off our roads and cut travel times by up to 35 minutes. Just as importantly, this project will give local roads back to local people – taking 32,000 vehicles per day off Greensborough Road, and 9,000 off Rosanna Road, while creating 10,300 jobs during construction.

With more locals cycling than ever before, the Labor Government will also provide $5 million for planning and construction of a path connecting Heidelberg and Rosanna stations, offering an alternative travel route to allow more locals to get around in Melbourne’s north east by bike.

To improve pedestrian safety on our local roads, the Labor Government is delivering $700,000 to upgrade the existing pedestrian and bicycle crossing points in Livingstone Street, Ivanhoe, making to easier and safer to get around. Additionally, the speed limit in Rosanna Shopping Village will be reduced to 40km/h, with electronic flashing speed signs installed to encourage driver compliance.

The Labor Government has kickstarted detailed planning and pre-construction works on the Suburban Rail Loop, the biggest transformation of public transport in Victoria. With 12 new underground stations, including one at Heidelberg, this new 90-kilometre rail line will circle Melbourne’s suburbs and connecting every major rail line from the Frankston line to the Werribee line.

Our sporting clubs are the heart and soul of our community. With this Budget, the Labor Government is ensuring local sporting stars in Ivanhoe have the facilities they deserve, with $1.5 million for Olympic Park in West Heidelberg. Improvements will include new sports fields with lighting, upgraded playgrounds, shared paths and fitness circuits, car parking, and installation of lighting and CCTV.

In order to ensure local golfers can enjoy the very best facilities, this year’s Budget also includes $130,000 for the Ivanhoe Golf Course to make improvements to the clubhouse. The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to invest in a new pocket park for Ivanhoe, giving local residents a place to escape into the outdoors, relax and unwind.

Giving our kids great life skills and further connecting our community, this year’s Budget also includes $100,000 in funding for the upgrade of the ageing hall belonging to the 1st Ivanhoe Sea Scouts, including improved disability access, and access to the local park. Scouts Victoria will manage and maintain the hall, which will also be available for use by the broader community.

We’re also giving local families peace of mind, with this year’s Budget delivering upgrades for Assisi Aged Care, a not-for-profit provider of aged care and community services in Rosanna, predominately serving the Italian community. The $625,000 grant will assist Assisi Aged Care towards the re-purposing of Laveter House into a dedicated respite service.

Part of our promised $27.2 million package for multicultural aged care facilities across the state, this investment will ensure that elderly culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians are getting the care, compassion and understanding they need later in life. This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP

“I’m excited to be delivering these vital education and transport projects the Ivanhoe community needs.”

“Only a Labor Government will ensure Ivanhoe residents have the high quality community facilities and services they deserve.”