The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Burwood.
The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.
Ashburton Primary School is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year's Budget. This $676,000 investment will deliver a resurfaced netball court at the school. Not only will this give our students a better outdoor space to play, it'll also support good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs.
Recognising the key role of schools in supporting the wellbeing of our students, this Budget also invests in a new School Mental Health Fund. This investment will allow schools to choose and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will also be expanded to include 90 government schools and 10 non-government schools.
Building bike and walking paths makes cycling safer, eases congestion and supports construction jobs for Victorians. The Budget will fund the planning works required to build a new bridge as part of the Anniversary Trail at Toorak Road, with walkers and cyclists in Burwood benefitting from new shared bike and walking lanes, thanks to this year's Budget.
And in a further win for local open spaces in our community, the Budget also provides funding for consultation and development of a master plan for our much-loved Wattle Park. The master plan will consider how to enhance and upgrade this popular park for the local community.
We will also continue our support for the recovery and growth of Victoria’s international education sector, an important economic driver for Victoria. This includes continuing the Study Melbourne brand, Study Melbourne Student Centre and delivery of the Global Education Network and Study Melbourne Hubs.
This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to build our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers.
An investment of $954 million will deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges, in their own communities.
Young Victorians are at the heart of our reform, with $842 million in mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. This investment will see two separate streams of care created – one devoted to infants and children and one devoted to young people. This investment will deliver more early intervention, more intensive support for those who need acute care, and more help for families.
Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs. From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians. To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses.
With this Budget, we’re creating jobs and caring for Victorians.
Quotes attributable to Member for Burwood Will Fowles
“I am proud that the Andrews Labor Government is delivering the local projects that Burwood needs, including investing in a new netball court for Ashburton Primary School.”
“The Labor Government is getting on with building a bridge for the Anniversary Trail at Toorak Road and planning for the future of our much-loved Wattle Park – giving our local community the recreation spaces we need, while creating jobs.”
“This Budget will also fundamentally transform the way mental health care is offered in our community. At the same time, it’ll also support the creation of new local jobs.”