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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 South Barwon.

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.

As part of a more than $2 billion investment in schools across Victoria, this year's Budget includes $3.6 million to make sure students at Mount Duneed Regional Primary School have the learning spaces they deserve.

We'll also kickstart planning to upgrade Belmont High School and planning for a new secondary college in Mount Duneed, so local students can get a world-class education.

With huge demand for a skilled workforce, the Labor Government is making sure Victorians can get the skills they need for the job they want.

Students and workers in Geelong deserve access to the best training possible. A targeted investment of up to $36 million fort the Gordon TAFE Disability Services Hub will make sure they get it.

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.

We're fixing the local roads people in South Barwon use every day, with a $250 million upgrade to Barwon Heads Road.

This includes duplicating Barwon Heads Road between Reserve Road and Lower Duneed Road - and builds on the work already underway upgrading Barwon Heads Road between Settlement Road and Reserve Road.

Every Victorian should be able to get the healthcare they need, when they need it. That's why we're investing $30.4 million to build a new ambulance station in Armstrong Creek.

This will mean paramedics will be able to respond sooner to medical emergencies in Armstrong Creek and beyond, meeting increasing demand from a booming population.


Quotes attributable to Member for South Barwon, Darren Cheeseman MP:

"With this Budget, we're starting work on every election promise we mode to the people of our region - including a major upgrade to Barwon Heads Rood to get local drivers out of traffic and home to their families sooner and safer.''

"From a new ambulance station in Armstrong Creek to more mental health services in Torquay - we're doing what matters for the growing communities of South Barwon."