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Wyndham Welcomes State Government Budget

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Range of economic, social and environmental benefits for the region

The Wyndham City Council has welcomed the State Government’s budget for the 22/23 financial year.

With investment in new jobs, schools and community-wide health announced the state budget is certainty a step in the right the direction.

Wyndham City Mayor Cr Peter Maynard said while the Council was awaiting further detail, the move would lead to a range of economic, social and environmental benefits for the region.

“It’s fantastic to see this item in the Budget,” Cr Maynard said. “We know just how important this parcel of land is – not only to us here in Wyndham – but across the State. It’s important that the site’s potential is realised, and this could very well be the first steps towards that happening.”

Positive steps towards surrounding the East Werribee Employment Precinct are now in sight, with funding allocated for the development of a roadmap as well as a fast-tracked review of the area’s Precinct Structure Plan.

According to the 22/23 finical years Budget papers, funding has been allocated for the construction of six new schools across Wyndham, including:

  • Riverdale Secondary School (Tarneit)
  • Tarneit North Primary School
  • Black Forest East Primary School (Mambourin)
  • Lollypop Creek Secondary School (Werribee)
  • Lollypop Creek Specialist School (Werribee)
  • Truganina North Primary School

“We’re particularly pleased to see that of the 13 new schools allocated funding for construction in Victoria, six are here in Wyndham. This is most definitely welcome news, and we thank the State Government for their investment. We are pleased to see funding for our existing schools too.” Cr Maynard said.

“With more than 120 babies born each week in Wyndham – we need to keep pace with this ongoing boom. We look forward to continuing to work with the Government in this space.”

The Werribee Mercy Hospital will also receive $110 million for an expansion of the emergency department with a goal of improving access to health services for our fast-growing community.

“The funding for the Werribee Mercy Hospital is also welcome news. We know this hospital does an outstanding job of servicing our residents – but as our community grows – so too does the pressure on the Mercy,” said Cr Maynard

“This investment will help to alleviate some of that pressure.” he said.

Funding for road upgrades, a new police station in Point Cook and the arts sector was also received.

“This funding, right across the board, is extremely welcome and was urgently needed to meet demand in our fast-growing suburbs.” Cr Maynard added

“Wyndham is one of the fastest growing Cities in Victoria and we need continued investment to make us a more liveable City.”

“We thank the State Government for their investment in our local community and look forward to continuing to work with all sides of politics across both tiers of government to ensure our community sees the investment we deserve.” said Cr Maynard

In January and February this year, Wyndham City Council heard more than 430 key local ideas from residents during it’s first round of budget engagement. Councilors also held pop-up talking events in Point Cook, Little River, Tarneit and Werribee to engage with the community.

You can find out more in the Community Engagement Report. The insights and ideas have been used to inform the Draft Annual Plan and Budget 2022/23.

Overall, Victoria has many problems is needs to fix. The operating deficit is significantly higher than the $11.6 billion figure predicted in last year’s budget, but less than what was forecast in the budget update in December.

State Government treasure Tim Pallas is expected to announce the state will return to surplus in 2025/26.

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