Local Wins - Victorian State Budget 2022/23

03 May 2022

Budgets are about taking bold steps to improve Victoria for years to come.

Our 2022/23 Victorian State Budget does just that – it puts Victoria on track for a bright future with strong investments in health, education, transport and jobs.

And that starts right here at home, in Burwood.

All Victorians deserve a world class education, which is why we are investing $9.74m in Ashwood School to build a brand new school building and upgrade its sports facilities.

It’s all part of our broader commitment to build 13 new schools, and upgrade 65 more across the State, announced in this budget alone.

Alongside this terrific investment, we’re getting on and putting Victorian patients first, with our $12bn Pandemic Repair Plan.

We know our healthcare workers have given their all over the course of the pandemic, which is why the Andrews Government is giving them the helping hand they need.

That’s why we’re investing in training and hiring up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses, 400 new Triple Zero operators and 90 new paramedics.

We also know the critical role the local environment plays in the wellbeing of our community, which is why the 2022/23 Budget makes significant investments across the Burwood electorate.

We’re providing $250k to establish the Koyoongkoot-Gardiners Creek Masterplan, which will bring together over twenty stakeholders to improve the long-term health and amenity of Gardiners Creek.

It’s great news for Burwood – and every community from Blackburn to Hawthorn through which this waterway runs.

Community sport is a critical part of our social fabric, which is why I’m proud we’re investing in local facilities at Bennettswood Reserve, with $250k secured for lighting upgrades, increasing the amenity and utility of this important facility.

Because the more capacity we have for local sports clubs to bring people together, the better.

The Andrews Government also knows the importance of quality public transport for the East – which is why the 2022/23 Budget includes important upgrades to local trains, trams and buses.

We’re investing $250k to plan for more accessible local train stations on the Belgrave, Lilydale, Alamein and Glen Waverley lines – to keep everyone in our community moving, regardless of their ability.

We’re also making bold investments to improve local bus connectivity across the Burwood electorate and beyond, with significantly improved services between Deakin University and Box Hill, plus upgrades on the popular 737 and 767 routes. This marks a great step forward for local residents and university students who have been passionately advocating for these excellent reforms.

The 2022/23 Victorian Budget truly sets us up for a brighter future, with quality investments right across our community.

With this budget, the Andrews Labor Government is Putting Patients First and Delivering for the East.