The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will deliver new skills, good jobs, more schools and better roads for every Victorian.

Families in Richmond will have good schools close to home, with nearly $1.3 billion for schools around the state.

This year’s Budget includes funding to design a new senior campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School on the Fitzroy Gasworks site, as well as $8.28 million to upgrade facilities at Abbotsford Primary School.

The Budget also includes $200,000 for upgrades at Richmond Primary School, $1.08 million for landscaping works at Richmond West Primary School, and $550,000 to upgrade and modernise Spensley Street Primary School.

This also includes funds to purchase land to extend Clifton Hill Primary, making sure the school can keep meeting the needs of a growing community.

Across our state’s public housing high rise towers, $22.4 million will fund the installation of smoke detectors, sprinklers and smoke separation barriers in common areas to protect the safety of residents.

This Budget will also protect the future of the Yarra River, thanks to $1.25 million for the next steps of the Yarra River Action Plan.

Richmond’s residents will get the sporting facilities they deserve, as part of the biggest investment in women’s and community sport in the state’s history.

That includes $3 million for Ryan’s Reserve to upgrade four ageing courts and the old pavilion, $3 million for Yarra Bend Park to build a pavilion to allow for new netball courts, and $2 million to upgrade facilities for women’s footy at Victoria Park.

The funding will deliver female-friendly changerooms, upgraded seating and other improvements, so this famous old ground is better for players and fans.

Mental illness is hurting local families.

That’s why this year’s Budget includes $705 million to address mental illness and addiction.

This includes six dedicated crisis hubs in emergency departments, including at St Vincent’s Hospital, making sure people get the specialist treatment they need.

Cost should never stop someone from learning new skills, that’s why this year’s Budget includes $172 million to make priority TAFE courses free, giving more Richmond residents the chance to be able to train at TAFE and get the right skills they need for a good job.

30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses will be made free, while more than 30,000 new TAFE places will be funded across the state.

More local students will also be able to finish school qualified and ready to work, with the introduction of Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships in 100 secondary schools.

It means kids in our community will have the option to undertake an additional year of high school, and graduate with an apprenticeship or traineeship, ready to start work in a good job.

Richmond students will also get expert advice to help them make the right career choices, with career education in schools to be overhauled across the state and start from Year 9.

Richmond’s multicultural communities will also benefit from this year’s Budget, with a $17.1 million investment in the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Program to fix existing infrastructure and build new facilities for culturally diverse communities right across the state.

From new community halls to cultural precincts, the funds will go the projects that matter to our state’s multicultural communities.

This is a Labor Budget that delivers on the things that matter most to our state. This is a Budget that gets things done.

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“From better schools to better sport facilities, this is a Budget that gets things done for Richmond.”

“Upgrading schools is more than just an investment in bricks and mortar – it’s an investment in our kids’ future.”

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