MEMBERS STATEMENT | BUDGET 2018/19

Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan): The budget was handed down by the Andrews Labor government last Tuesday. As part of this budget my Western Metropolitan Region has greatly benefited from the partnership agreements, which are a process the state government has put in place so that areas or regions can put in some ideas and get some funding.

There is $29.3 million for stage 2 of the Seddon secondary campus in Footscray; $55.7 million for new and upgraded bus services in Melbourne, including improved bus services in Wyndham; and $22.7 million to upgrade and maintain active transport infrastructure, including at Raleigh Road, Maribyrnong. There is $353.2 million for 12 new schools, early works for three schools and additional stages for seven schools, as well as planning for a number of new schools including, in my electorate, Davis Creek primary school and additional stages of Burnside primary school, Truganina East P–9 school and Sanctuary Lakes P–9 school. There is $43 million for a range of statewide initiatives, including for building and upgrading kindergartens. The Victorian government has recently delivered relocatable kindergartens in Tarneit and Wyndham.

Sometime in the next few months the government will consider waste proposals for Western Metropolitan Region, which is the subject of a major report I have put together for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. I am looking forward to her announcement in relation to waste-to-energy options in the western region of Melbourne.

There is also $16.3 million to improve accessibility at train stations, including at Watergardens and Essendon stations. The Andrews Labor government is getting on with it and getting things done.

8 May 2018