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 Monbulk.

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 $8.7
million for upgrades at Emerald Secondary College – completing the remaining stages of the school’s

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.

Every Victorian should be able to get the healthcare they need, when they need it, close to home.
That’s why we’re starting works to redevelop and expand Maroondah Hospital at Ringwood and rename it in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.

We’re also ensuring women and their health are given the focus, funding, and respect they deserve.
New comprehensive women’s health clinics at Maroondah Hospital and 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.

We’re building our mental health system from the ground up. We’ll deliver new Mental Health and
Wellbeing Locals in Narre Warren, Lilydale and Officer to ensure more Victorians can get the help they
need, close to home.

Everyone should be able to travel around their suburb in a safe way, but pedestrians and cyclists are
some of our most vulnerable road users.

A $1.4 million upgrade will deliver electronic variable speed signs outside Gembrook Primary School,
making it safer for the whole community.

Sport is such a big part of our community, helping families in Ferntree Gully to stay active and get
engaged. We’ll invest $2 million towards pavilion upgrades at Wally Tew Reserve, giving locals more
opportunities to come together while supporting the next generation of sporting greats.

Local families and their four-legged friends will have improved places to stretch their legs, with the
Labor Government delivering on its promise to upgrade the dog park at Alma Treloar Reserve in

We’re backing the community organisations that provide care, support and services to help Victorians
when they need it the most.

Everyone in the outer east knows what a massive contribution community support groups make to
locals, that’s why we’ll back their work with:
• Treasuring our trees: $200,000
• Knox Infolink: $100,000
• Philanthropic Collective: $60,000
• Foothills Community Care: $50,000
• Connecting Cockatoo Communities: $50,000

We promised to put power back in the hands of Victorians – and through our investment in 100
neighbourhood batteries, including in Cardinia, Yarra Ranges and Knox, that’s exactly what we’re doing.

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

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk Daniela De Martino

“This Budget is delivering on the promises we made to Monbulk – whether it’s local sporting clubs,
schools or hospitals, the Andrews Labor Government is doing what matters.”

“Emerald Secondary College is an outstanding school with great students and hardworking teachers –
we’re investing in them and supporting their futures by delivering the final stages of the school’s