Planning for the Future Growth of Altona District

The 2016 Victorian Budget is investing more than ever before in the outer suburbs to ensure these growing areas have the services families need, and the roads and transport they rely on.

Education & Schools

The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State, and kids in Melbourne’s west will benefit from the continued investment in education in the Victorian Budget 2016-17.

Students in Altona District will soon have a new school, with the Andrews Labor Government providing funds to purchase land for a new Sanctuary Lakes South P-9 school, as part of $287 million allocated to buy land and construct new schools in the Victorian Budget 2016-17.

The Budget also delivers funding for the Tech School initiative, part of the Andrews Labor Government’s vision to inspire and train students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, so they have the skills needed for future jobs.

$92 million has been allocated to establish ten Tech Schools, including one in Wyndham. To be located at the Victoria University Werribee Campus, this school will focus on areas of future job growth such as health, transport and logistics and scientific and technical skills.

Roads and Transport

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 delivers over $7 billion in upgrades to congested, busy roads to reduce travel time and improve safety, including:

 $1.46 billion towards the full funding of the Western Distributor Project, which will provide Melbourne with a second river crossing that will cut travel times by 20 minutes from the western suburbs.

 Dohertys Road in Laverton North that will also increase from two to four lanes between Fitzgerald Road and Grieve Parade, with a $50.1 million upgrade.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 also delivers for local public transport users, with funding towards more trains, tracks, better stations and more car parks, contributing to the biggest overhaul to our public transport system in Victorian history. The centrepiece public transport project in the Budget – a fully funded $10.9 billion new Metro Tunnel – will make trains more reliable and frequent across every line. Melbourne is growing, particularly in the west, but we can’t run more trains in and out of the city because the City Loop is full. Combined with the removal of 50 of Victoria’s worst level crossings, including at Kororoit Creek Road, the new Metro tunnel will drastically increase the capacity of public transport in the west and reduce traffic congestion.

Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2016/17 includes more than $12.4 billion to build the jobcreating infrastructure projects our growing state needs, and provides major investments to help workers gain new skills and enter new industries with confidence. The Budget provides:

 $53 million to establish Jobs Victoria, which will consolidate all Victorian employment services into one system, for the first time, so it’s more accessible for employers and prospective employees.

 An expansion of the Future Industries Fund, which received $200 million in the 2015/16 Budget, with $111 million in additional funding to turbocharge the six fast-growing sectors where Victoria is poised to lead the word: medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, international education, professional services, new energy technologies, food and fibre, and new technology in construction, transport and defence.

 A new dedicated Investment Attraction and Assistance Fund, with a $116 million investment to attract investors and seize upon business opportunities  A $10 million expansion of the Victorian Automotive Transition Plan will support businesses to hire retrenched workers.

 A further $12 million investment in the Victorian Industry Participation Policy, which helps ensure that Victorian companies benefit from Victorian projects.

Community Safety

The Andrews Labor Government believes the most effective way to address crime in growth areas such as Altona district is to give police the support and resources they need to do their job. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 boosts the strength and capacity of Victoria Police, with an additional $596 million towards:

 Enhanced police response, including 406 additional police and resources to respond to gang-related crime, gun crime, terrorist threats and family violence.

 A major investment in police equipment and technology so that Victoria Police have the best technology to fight crime, including mobile technology and body-worn cameras.

 $19.4 million to continue and expand the Community Crime Prevention program, which has already provided grants to important programs that promote safety and prevent crime in Altona district. Community Facilities Victoria’s booming outer suburbs and growing regional communities will get the parks, playgrounds, community centres and libraries they need, with the Victorian Budget 2016/17 providing $75.4 million to build much needed community facilities and spaces in growth areas such as Wyndham.

 A $50 million investment in the Growing Suburbs Fund, formerly the Interface Growth Fund, underpins the Andrews Labor Government’s effort to get on with important infrastructure projects to cater for population growth. This fund supports the building of community facilities in Melbourne’s fastest-growing suburbs, including community centres, parks and playgrounds.

 $22.2 million to upgrade and improve libraries. Councils and regional library services will receive funding for upgrades and new books under the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program (LLIP) and the Premiers’ Reading Challenge

Quotes attributable to Jill Hennessy MP, Member for Altona District

“The Andrews Labor Government is delivering for Melbourne’s west, because the residents of our fastest growing suburbs need access to quality roads, transport, education and community facilities.”

“As Melbourne’s west grows locals need infrastructure and services they can rely on. These investments will ensure that Altona district residents are not left behind.”

“We’re doing the work now to reduce congestion for the West’s growing community. This project will benefit existing and future residents of our region, and mean we can continue to grow and prosper.”

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