Delivering for Essendon

Better Local Public Transport

As a Member of the Andrews Government, improving our public transport infrastructure has been a state-wide priority. I’ve worked hard to ensure that the Essendon electorate receives our fair share of investment. The Melbourne Metro tunnel will help enable more frequent services along the Craigieburn Line, with some dedicated services originating from Essendon Station. Because they’ll be originating at Essendon Station, they’ll be arriving at stations with more space for passengers to board – making your morning and evening commutes that much easier. The level crossing removal at Buckley Street has made our public transport system safer, less disruptive, and faster for all road users. Additional services and improved timetables for the 460, 462, 476, 503 and the 505 bus lines have made it easier than ever to get around the electorate. I’m proud of what we have already achieved and will strive to further improve public transport in the area.

Better Local Public Transport

As a Member of the Andrews Government, improving our public transport infrastructure has been a state-wide priority. I’ve worked hard to ensure that the Essendon electorate receives our fair share of investment. The Melbourne Metro tunnel will help enable more frequent services along the Craigieburn Line, with some dedicated services originating from Essendon Station. Because they’ll be originating at Essendon Station, they’ll be arriving at stations with more space for passengers to board – making your morning and evening commutes that much easier. The level crossing removal at Buckley Street has made our public transport system safer, less disruptive, and faster for all road users. Additional services and improved timetables for the 460, 462, 476, 503 and the 505 bus lines have made it easier than ever to get around the electorate. I’m proud of what we have already achieved and will strive to further improve public transport in the area.

Improving Public Housing

Public housing is an essential component of creating a liveable city for all members of the community. I’m proud to be supporting recent developments that will both increase the number of public housing units while also improving the quality of housing available. Recent renewal efforts at the Flemington Estate will help make our housing more accessible and hospitable to residents. The 1960’s “walk-ups,” which were inaccessible to those with mobility issues, are being replaced with a cost-minimising blend of public and private housing. The original 198 dwellings in the Flemington Estate will be replaced with at least 218 new public housing homes. Further investment into public housing renewal is planned for the Ascot Vale Estate, which will include new homes and a new facility for the Wingate Avenue Community Centre. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of these ongoing efforts and look forward to seeing these developments rolled out successfully.

Improving Public Housing

Public housing is an essential component of creating a liveable city for all members of the community. I’m proud to be supporting recent developments that will both increase the number of public housing units while also improving the quality of housing available. Recent renewal efforts at the Flemington Estate will help make our housing more accessible and hospitable to residents. The 1960’s “walk-ups,” which were inaccessible to those with mobility issues, are being replaced with a cost-minimising blend of public and private housing. The original 198 dwellings in the Flemington Estate will be replaced with at least 218 new public housing homes. Further investment into public housing renewal is planned for the Ascot Vale Estate, which will include new homes and a new facility for the Wingate Avenue Community Centre. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of these ongoing efforts and look forward to seeing these developments rolled out successfully.

Making Solar Panels Cheaper

We all share a responsibility to look after our environment and to support our rapidly growing renewable energy industry. That’s why we’ve rolled out solar panels across the state, with our rebate scheme giving up to $2,225 to eligible families. Effectively, this works out to be 50% off your average 4kW solar panel system. Additionally, through our implementation of the Power Saving Bonus, we’ve given $50 to over 5,600 households in the Essendon electorate in order to encourage downward pressure on electricity prices. I’m proud to be working towards making Victoria a more renewable friendly place to live.

Making Solar Panels Cheaper

We all share a responsibility to look after our environment and to support our rapidly growing renewable energy industry. That’s why we’ve rolled out solar panels across the state, with our rebate scheme giving up to $2,225 to eligible families. Effectively, this works out to be 50% off your average 4kW solar panel system. Additionally, through our implementation of the Power Saving Bonus, we’ve given $50 to over 5,600 households in the Essendon electorate in order to encourage downward pressure on electricity prices. I’m proud to be working towards making Victoria a more renewable friendly place to live.

Taking Care of Our Waterways

The Moonee Ponds Creek and the Maribyrnong River are the heart and soul of the Essendon electorate. In my time in Parliament, I have worked hard to protect their natural beauty and the health of their ecosystems. In particular, both of the waterways are included as part of the broader Waterways of the West plan, a $5.1 million investment to improve and protect Melbourne’s iconic waterways. In 2020, I secured an additional $5 million to improve the health of the creek, protecting its biodiversity and water quality for years to come. I have also worked to deliver an $815,000 three-year project that will improve access for recreational anglers and increase the native fish population in the Maribyrnong River. The project is a terrific partnership between anglers, local councils, and the State Government as part of the Target One Million plan. Our rivers are important to me, and I will always fight to help them thrive.

Taking Care of Our Waterways

The Moonee Ponds Creek and the Maribyrnong River are the heart and soul of the Essendon electorate. In my time in Parliament, I have worked hard to protect their natural beauty and the health of their ecosystems. In particular, both of the waterways are included as part of the broader Waterways of the West plan, a $5.1 million investment to improve and protect Melbourne’s iconic waterways. In 2020, I secured an additional $5 million to improve the health of the creek, protecting its biodiversity and water quality for years to come. I have also worked to deliver an $815,000 three-year project that will improve access for recreational anglers and increase the native fish population in the Maribyrnong River. The project is a terrific partnership between anglers, local councils, and the State Government as part of the Target One Million plan. Our rivers are important to me, and I will always fight to help them thrive.

Growing Mount Alexander College

I am very proud to have been heavily involved in the transformation and growth of Mount Alexander College. We delivered to Mount Alexander College nearly half a million dollars in funding for renovations, including the construction of new outdoors learning facilities. This initiative is an important part of breaking the cycle of disadvantage by creating quality public schools in the Essendon electorate. I am determined to make Mount Alexander College one of the premier schools of the inner North-West. This investment will help make this dream become a reality, and I look forward to further advocating on behalf of MAC in Parliament and in our community.

Growing Mount Alexander College

I am very proud to have been heavily involved in the transformation and growth of Mount Alexander College. We delivered to Mount Alexander College nearly half a million dollars in funding for renovations, including the construction of new outdoors learning facilities. This initiative is an important part of breaking the cycle of disadvantage by creating quality public schools in the Essendon electorate. I am determined to make Mount Alexander College one of the premier schools of the inner North-West. This investment will help make this dream become a reality, and I look forward to further advocating on behalf of MAC in Parliament and in our community.

Developing the Buckley Street Level Crossing

The Buckley Street Level Crossing has helped reduce commute times for workers across the electorate. I’m proud to have been able to help reduce the burden on commuters in Essendon by successfully delivering the level crossing removal on Buckley Street. Prior to the removal of the level crossing, the boom gates were down for about 78 minutes during the morning peak, slowing down the 11,000 vehicles which use the road each and every day. By building a road underpass, alongside constructing additional local service roads, this obstacle to daily life has been removed entirely. I will continue to advocate on behalf of the community to get the best outcome for our roads and transport systems.

Developing the Buckley Street Level Crossing

The Buckley Street Level Crossing has helped reduce commute times for workers across the electorate. I’m proud to have been able to help reduce the burden on commuters in Essendon by successfully delivering the level crossing removal on Buckley Street. Prior to the removal of the level crossing, the boom gates were down for about 78 minutes during the morning peak, slowing down the 11,000 vehicles which use the road each and every day. By building a road underpass, alongside constructing additional local service roads, this obstacle to daily life has been removed entirely. I will continue to advocate on behalf of the community to get the best outcome for our roads and transport systems.

Supporting Local Primary Schools

As your local Member in State Parliament, ensuring your kids have access to high quality education is one of my top priorities. We’re extremely proud to have been able to deliver real improvements to primary schools in the local area. We’ve made available $6.3 million to Strathmore Primary School in order to rebuild administration facilities and refurbish classrooms and staff areas. We’re delivering $450,000 to Flemington Primary School for safety improvements in the school pick up and drop off zone. In addition, we’ve also provided nearly $2 million Ascot Vale Primary School, over half a million dollars to Moonee Ponds West, and $411,000 to Essendon North Primary School. And to top it all off, with our $882 million Budget commitment, every three-year-old in the electorate will have access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – an amount that’s set to ramp up to 15 hours per week by 2029. Our local schools are important to me, and I’m proud to be supporting them in Parliament.

Supporting Local Primary Schools

As your local Member in State Parliament, ensuring your kids have access to high quality education is one of my top priorities. We’re extremely proud to have been able to deliver real improvements to primary schools in the local area. We’ve made available $6.3 million to Strathmore Primary School in order to rebuild administration facilities and refurbish classrooms and staff areas. We’re delivering $450,000 to Flemington Primary School for safety improvements in the school pick up and drop off zone. In addition, we’ve also provided nearly $2 million Ascot Vale Primary School, over half a million dollars to Moonee Ponds West, and $411,000 to Essendon North Primary School. And to top it all off, with our $882 million Budget commitment, every three-year-old in the electorate will have access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – an amount that’s set to ramp up to 15 hours per week by 2029. Our local schools are important to me, and I’m proud to be supporting them in Parliament.

Expanding Strathmore Secondary College

I am very proud to have been able to deliver $21.1m in funding to Strathmore Secondary College towards the construction of two new buildings, which includes a new arts, science and physics hub. Students at Strathmore Secondary College will now have access to the specialty science and food tech facilities which are necessary to stay relevant as a modern school. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 64 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. We have now invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. Strathmore Secondary College is a brilliant place to learn, and as part of the Andrews Government I’m proud to be supporting our local public schools.

Expanding Strathmore Secondary College

I am very proud to have been able to deliver $21.1m in funding to Strathmore Secondary College towards the construction of two new buildings, which includes a new arts, science and physics hub. Students at Strathmore Secondary College will now have access to the specialty science and food tech facilities which are necessary to stay relevant as a modern school. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 64 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. We have now invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. Strathmore Secondary College is a brilliant place to learn, and as part of the Andrews Government I’m proud to be supporting our local public schools.