23 May 2023
The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering on its election promises for our community - investing in what matters for the people of Narre Warren South.
We haven't wasted a day delivering the services and projects that matter to Victorians. With the Victorian Budget 2023/24, we're getting on with doing what we said we'd do.
Victorians remember the State Electricity Commission (SEC): it meant a fair deal on your power prices and good, stable jobs for workers.
That's why we're bringing it back - to drive down power bills and create thousands of jobs in renewable, government-owned energy.
An initial $1 billion investment in the SEC will help deliver 4.5 gigawatts of power - the equivalent replacement capacity of Loy Yang A - through renewable energy projects.
Bringing back the SEC won't just mean more renewable energy, lower power bills and reduced carbon emissions - it'll also help create 59,000 jobs.
Every family should have a great local school to send their kids to. With this Budget, we'll kickstart planning to upgrade Lyndhurst Secondary College - so students can get the world-class education they deserve.
Victorians deserve a reliable road network that gets them where they need to go safely. It's why we're getting on with fixing the local roads people in Casey use every day, with a $70 million upgrade to Thompsons Road in Clyde North.
This includes upgrading the intersection of Thompsons Road and Berwick-Cranbourne Road to get local drivers out of traffic and home to their families sooner and safer.
We're also ensuring women and their health are given the focus, funding, and respect they deserve.
A new comprehensive women's health clinic at Casey Hospital will change the way women's health issues are treated, providing care and support for conditions like endometriosis, pelvic pain, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), perimenopause and menopause.
Every Victorian should be able to get the mental healthcare they need, when they need it, close to home.
We're building our mental health system from the ground up. A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Local in Narre Warren will ensure that more Victorians can get the help they need, close to home.
We know many apprentices scrimp and save as they start out in their careers. But when you rely on your vehicle to do your job every day, costs can quickly add up. We'll ease the cost of living pressure for our hard-working apprentices, making rego free - saving eligible trade apprentices up to $865 every year.
Every community deserves great spaces to come together to celebrate and share in culture and tradition.
We promised to build, upgrade and renovate new community infrastructure for Indian Victorians, and we're doing just that with the $5 million for two community centres, one in the west and one in the south-east.
Supporting community events like the Tamil Festival will help Victoria's proud Tamil community to stay connected to their traditions and heritage - that's why we're backing the festival with $400,000 over the next four years.
We're backing the community organisations that provide care, support and services to help Victorians when they need it the most.
Everyone in Hampton Park knows what a massive contribution Hampton Park Uniting Church makes to improving local lives - that's why we're backing them with $50,000.
This Budget also delivers $50,000 to Casey Radio to help them continue their work in the South-East.
Sport is such a big part of our community, helping families in Clyde North and Hampton Park to stay active and get engaged. In this Budget we'll support pavilion upgrades at Grices Road Recreation Reserve with $1.2 million, and Hampton Park Tennis Club with $550,000.
These are the things that matter - and the things we promised to Victorians.
And with this Budget, we're getting on with delivering every election commitment we made at the last election.
Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas MP:
"Our local sporting clubs are the heart and soul of our community. The upgrades we're funding in this Budget will give the next generation of sporting greats the facilities they need to spark their sporting dreams."
"Narre Warren South is home to so many proud, diverse communities - who have given so much to our area for so long. We're pleased to keep backing them so they can keep sharing their culture and traditions with Victorians."