23 May 2023 Media Release

Doing what matters for the North-Eastern Metro Region

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering on its election promises for our community investing – in what matters for the people of the North-Eastern Metropolitan Region.    

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. That’s why as part of a more than $2 billion investment in schools across Victoria the Labor Government will invest to begin planning the next stage of the upgrade to Melba Secondary College in Croydon. 

With 90 per cent of a child’s brain developing before the age of five, early education has the most profound impact on how our kids develop.  

That’s why we’re delivering Free Kinder for three and four-year-olds, establishing Pre-Prep, and upgrading or providing new equipment to kinders across the state to make sure Victorian kids can get the best start for the best life. 

We’ll give more families across Victoria access to local, affordable childcare – investing to establish the first of 50 government-owned and operated, affordable integrated childcare centres, which will open in 2025. 

All Victorians should be able to get the healthcare they need, when they need it, close to home. We’re investing in planning, development and early works to redevelop and expand Maroondah Hospital at Ringwood and re-name it in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.  

We’re also beginning work on an expanded emergency department at the Austin Hospital at Heidelberg as part of our Hospital Plan for the North – giving patients access to emergency treatment when they need it, close to home.  

New comprehensive Women’s Health Clinics at the Maroondah Hospital in Croydon and the Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg 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. 

We’re getting on with building our mental health system from the ground up. We’ll begin planning work for new Mental Health and Wellbeing Locals, including one in Heidelberg and one in Diamond Creek, to ensure more Victorians can get the help they need when they need it.   

Dogs are part of many Victorian families, and we know they need open space for exercise and play.  

Local families and their four-legged friends will soon have more places to stretch their legs, with the Labor Government delivering on our promise to upgrade the dog parks in Lawford Reserve, Doncaster and Stiggants Reserve, Warrandyte. 

Sport is such a big part of our community, helping families to stay active and engaged. With $300,000 towards the upgrade of Warrandyte Cricket Club’s nets, we’ll give local cricketers more opportunities to come together while supporting the next generation of sporting greats. 

We’ll keep backing the community organisations that provide support and services to help Victorians when they need it the most. The Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre makes a huge contribution to our local area, and we’re supporting them with a $60,000 grant. 

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 North-Eastern Metropolitan Sonja Terpstra  

“With this Budget, we’re giving women’s health the funding, focus and respect it deserves.”  

“We know how important the early years are for children, that’s why we’re delivering Free Kinder for three and four-year-olds and investing in kinders across the state – to make sure our kids can get the best start for the best life.” 

Quotes attributable to Member for North-Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane 

“We’re doing what we promised Victorians we would – from rebuilding hospitals through to upgrades at local sporting facilities and support for our community organisations, we’re doing what matters.” 

“We know how important it is to have mental health care close to home. That’s why we’re getting started on Mental Health and Wellbeing Locals, including in Heidelberg and Diamond Creek.”