VICTORIAN FAMILIES THE BIG WINNERS IN 2010 STATE BUDGET

Posted on 04. May, 2010 in Victoria

Member for Clayton Hong Lim has welcomed a 2010 State Budget that invests heavily in services for Victorian families, cuts taxes and builds for the future – including a record $4 billion boost to Victoria’s hospitals and health system.

Mr Lim said the Brumby Labor Government’s 2010 State Budget was delivering in a range of vital service areas for local families.

“The Brumby Labor Government is standing up for Victorian families by investing in our suburbs, our towns and our regions,” Mr Lim said.

“Clayton is a great beneficiary of the 2010 State Budget, with local families getting funding for

  • Monash Children’s: $11 million will expand existing paediatric services at the Monash Medical Centre, Clayton. The initiative provides 10 extra paediatric beds, four neonatal intensive care beds, five paediatric intensive care beds and the construction of additional amenities. This also includes $250,000 funding for the refurbishment of Ronald McDonald House Family Room; and

 

  • Westall Railway Station will be included in the $83.7 million package for 20 metropolitan train stations to be upgraded to Premium status. This includes funding for 100 staff to be at Premium Stations from first to last train seven days a week, making the system safer and easier for approximately 250,000 passengers per week.

 

  • $1 million to investigate road / rail separation options along the Dandenong Rail Corridor as part of the Victorian Transport Plan commitment to the Separating Roads and Rail Lines Program.

“This Budget is a great result for our local communities as this Government continues to invest heavily in healthcare, education, community safety and world-class events that underpin family life in Victoria.”

Treasurer John Lenders said the 2010 State Budget was a budget for families across the whole of Victoria.

“The Brumby Labor Government’s AAA-rated economic management means Victoria is leading the worldwide recovery from the Global Financial Crisis, and the Government is able to invest heavily in the services that support local families,” Mr Lenders said.  

“Our Budget builds for the future as this Government sets about the hard work of delivering on our plans to give Victorians job security, the best hospitals and schools, a safer State and a secure water supply, as well as transforming our transport network.”

Other highlights of the Brumby Labor Government’s 2010 State Budget include:

  • Health and Hospitals: a record $4 billion boost to Victoria’s health and hospital system, including $1.1 billion for world-class cancer treatment and research, in partnership with the Commonwealth;
  • A Safer State: 1,966 more police on the front line – the biggest one-off boost to frontline police in the State’s history. The Brumby Labor Government is investing $561.3 million for 1,700 additional frontline police, as well as $112.3 million to redeploy 266 desk-bound and call-taking police to the front line;
  • Regional Victoria: investing in regional Victoria to deliver a fair share of the State’s economic success, including the biggest regional hospital project ever announced for regional Victoria – a new $473 million hospital for Bendigo;
  • Tax Reform: $461 million worth of tax cuts, cuts to WorkCover premiums and tax incentives to create aged care and disability facilities;
  • Leading the Recovery: Revised forecasts over the forward estimates revealing tens of thousands of jobs saved, borrowings coming down and economic output growing;
  • Building for the Future: a $9.5 billion infrastructure program that will secure an additional 30,000 Victorian jobs next financial year, with key projects brought to book such as the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link; and
  • The Best Start for Victorian Children: $271.3 million invested to exceed by 53 schools the pledge to fund the rebuild, renovation or extension of 500 government schools by 2011.

View the Treasurer’s statement : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3zsu5ZyeIQ&feature=player_embedded

Full budget information can be found at: http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/budget-10.html

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