School upgrades in Budget

THREE Mitchell Shire schools came out on top of this year’s State Budget, with Beveridge, Wallan and Tooborac primary schools each receiving funding for upgrades.

As previously reported in the Review, the troublesome Kilmore intersection of the Northern Highway and Wandong Road will also be improved through a $12 million roundabout project.

There will also be a $25 million minimum investment into social housing in Mitchell Shire, as part of the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build, was also included in the budget.

Wallan Primary School will receive $6.738 million to upgrade its current gym to competition standard, while Beveridge Primary School will receive $1 million to install reticulated water and sewerage at its old campus and Tooborac Primary School will receive $1.117 million for upgrades and modernisation.

Across the state, kindergarten has been made free in 2021 and outside school hours care will be delivered to up to 400 additional schools.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said she knew the community would recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the budget would ensure it recovers stronger.

“With these investments we’ll help Yan Yean locals reskill, upskill and find new opportunity, giving them security and certainty about their future,” she said.

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan was less than enthused with the budget, with the Nationals deputy leader saying the government was ‘drip-feeding’ the electorate.

“Despite handing down the biggest borrowing budget in Victoria’s history, Labor still won’t fund projects which are vital to our region,” she said.

“The Nationals committed $162 million to build the Kilmore bypass at the last election, yet this budget has delivered a paltry $12 million to build a new roundabout as a first step in the long overdue project for which the Kilmore community has been desperately calling.

“This was also Labor’s chance to come good on the funding needed to complete the rebuild of both Seymour College and Benalla College – projects which The Nationals committed to completing at the last two elections.

“In light of the $50 billion Labor is spending, our communities and businesses deserved more than the drip of funding we received.”