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The Andrews Labor Government’s achievements in Essendon  – 2014 / 2018

* Not a complete list


  • Chronic Condition Support Grants 2017: Essendon & Distrcit Diabetes Peer Support Group ($2,200) and Prostate Melbourne Support Group ($3,300)
  • Set to receive a new and upgraded 24-hour ambulance station that will feature 14 full-time paramedics, new ambulance vehicles, drive in-and-out garage bays for vehicles, rest and recline areas, training rooms, bedrooms, modern amenities and a fully-fitted out kitchen
  • School Shade Grants Program Round 2: Ascot Vale Special School ($8,000.30)
  • Funding for a Royal Melbourne Hospital ED Crisis Hub to ease pressure on our hospitals. The hub will ensure people with mental health issues get the right support, sooner


  • Project in tender: Buckley Street level crossing removal
  • Buckley Street pedestrian crossing between Lincoln Road and Lorraine Street to receive lights to accommodate the pedestrian crossing to improve safety
  • $1 million to increase pedestrian safety on Raleigh Rd at Maribyrong River


  • Doctors in Secondary Schools program: Mount Alexander 7-12 College
  • Moonee Ponds West Primary School to be upgraded
  • Essendon Keilor College will receive $10 million to completely rebuild the Niddrie junior campus with new classrooms, specialist areas and administration areas, as well as new science rooms at the Keilor East junior campus and a new performing arts space at the Essendon senior campus.
  • School capital funding: Ascot Vale ($210,300), Debney Meadows Primary School ($24,000), Essendon East Keilor District College ($10 million), Mount Alexander College ($250,000), Strathmore Primary School ($5.7 million), Strathmore Secondary College ($12 million),
  • School maintenance: Essendon Primary School ($62,000)
  • Glasses for Kids program delivered: Debney Meadows Primary School
  • School Breakfast Clubs Program participating schools: Ascot Vale West Primary School, Debney Meadows Primary School
  • Camps, Uniforms and Excursions Fund 2015-2016: Parents supported (1,953), students supported (2,704), total amount paid ($415,800)
  • Funding has been provided to undertake an Education Plan in the inner north west. The plan will focus on the distribution of enrollments, school structures and student excellence. Funding will also be provided to Mount Alexander College to identify options to provide additional capacity
  • $13.8 million to deliver Stage 1 of Strathmore Secondary College’s master plan
  • $1.4 million to upgrade and modernise facilities at Aberfeldie Primary School, including refurbishing classrooms and facilities and new lighting for the netball court


  • Community Cricket Program: Strathmore Cricket Club awarded a $5000 grant for the installation of a second cricket pitch at Strathnaver Reserve, Strathmore.
  • Defibrillators Grants Program: Essendon United Soccer Club
  • Sporting Club Grants 2016: Essendon Cricket Club ($1,000), Essendon Hockey Club ($1,000), Essendon Rowing Club ($990), Maribyrnong Greens Soccer Club ($1,000), Maribyrnong Swifts Football Club Inc ($884), North West Wolves Rugby League Club Inc ($1,000), St Johns Uniting Netball Club ($558), Strathmore Cricket Club ($1,000), Essendon Cricket Club ($2,000), Essendon Rowing Club ($1,100), St Johns Uniting Netball Club ($2,000), Metro West District Swimming ($5,000), Newmarket Phoenix FC ($4,000)
  • Sporting Club Grants 2017: Essendon Bowls Club Inc ($1,000)
  • VicHealth Active Club grants 2017: Essendon Bowls Club Inc ($3,000), St Johns Uniting Netball Club ($1,313), Moonee Valley Sporting Club ($9,500), Maribyrnong Park Sports Club ($2,427), Maribyrnong Swifts Football Club Inc. ($2,998)
  • $1.5 million to upgrade the netball facilities at Riverside Park (Fairbairn Park), Ascot Vale

Early Childhood:

  • Funded the Hopetoun Early Years Centre redevelopment


  • Children’s Week 2017 grants: Moonee Valley City Council – The Power of Education ($500)
  • Freeza Grants 2016-18: Moonee Valley City Council – The Avenue ($72,000)

Public Transport:

  • Night Network: expansion of the Craigieburn line to now service Ascot Vale, Moonee Ponds, Essendon and Strathmore.
  • Essendon Station disability upgrade, funding has been provided to make Essendon station more accessible


  • $30 million to kick-start the Flemington public housing estate’s redevelopment and a regeneration of Flemington’s 22 walk up buildings.
  • $10 million substantial upgrade of two existing rooming houses in Ascot Vale and Flemington to improve safety and welfare for residents
  • $22.4 million for public housing fire prevention upgrades, including smoke detectors, sprinklers and smoke separation barriers (funding is statewide)

Family Violence:

  • Men’s family violence funding: Lifeworks Relationship Counselling and Education Services ($359,875)


  • Provided $950,000 in funding to the Caroline Chisholm Society to build a brand new community services hub in partnership with the Moonee Valley Council.
  • Community Grants Program: Inner North West Blue Light Inc ($800) and Somali Community Inc ($2,000)
  • Community Shade Grants round 1: Essendon District Aquatic ($1,816.37)
  • Community Shade Grants round 2: Essendon Rowing Club ($2,272.73)
  • Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre Inc & Chinese Social Centre of North Melbourne eligible for 5 additional hours funding per week / 260 hours per year through the Neighbourhood House Coordination Program


  • Boost to the Jobs Victoria Employment Network: Whitelion and Wingate Avenue Community Centre approved to receive a share of $6.4 million in funding
  • Established the Jobs Victoria Employment Network which provides intensive support to those unable to get a job
  • Back to Work Scheme providing financial incentives of up to $11,000 per worker for businesses that hire ex-automotive workers


  • Established the Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program, offering support to supply chain companies to develop new business plans
  • Established the Local Industry Fund for Transition which has funded 33 projects, generated over $160 million in investments and created 864 jobs

Emergency Services

  • $1.2 million to upgrade the buidling at Essendon SES Unit