A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver more support for Victorian families, with two new policy initiatives to reduce cost of living expenses announced today by Premier Denis Napthine.
The new measures unveiled today by the Coalition include:
- Delivering a $100 rebate on kindergarten fees for every Victorian child attending kindergarten in the year before school; and
- increasing the number of primary welfare officers to cover all state schools.
Dr Napthine said the Fairer Kinder rebate will apply each year for the next four years, with more than 200,000 families expected to benefit from the measure.
“The Coalition Government recognises that young families are feeling cost-of-living pressures and this is a simple, effective and financially responsible way to help ease those pressures,” Dr Napthine said.
“While the government already provides substantial per capita funding to kindergartens to ensure Victorian children have access to 15 hours of kinder per week, this rebate will cut costs by directly reducing the fees paid by parents.”
Dr Napthine said that having delivered on its commitment to provide an additional 150 Primary Welfare Officers in its first term, a re-elected Coalition Government will increase the number of welfare officers to cover all state primary schools.
“This initiative will help all government primary schools to better manage challenges such as bullying and will support students with behavioural, mental health and welfare issues,” Dr Napthine said.
The Coalition Government’s Supporting Families package also contains a range of other measures to help ease cost-of-living pressures and secure a better future for Victorian families including:
- Free trams in the Melbourne CBD and Docklands precinct;
- reduced Metro train fares for travel across Zones 1 and 2;
- extending free zoo entry for children;
- tougher restrictions on energy companies to avoid ‘bill shock’; and
- more mental health services for school-aged children.
Dr Napthine said that the Coalition Government is committed to supporting Victorians who are raising a family.
“In our first term of Government, we introduced a number of initiatives that have significantly reduced the cost of living for Victorian families,” Dr Napthine said.
“These included cutting the cost of public transport, reducing the cost of utilities and rates for concession card holders, delivering $100 savings on water bills through the Fairer Water Bills initiative, and reducing the cost of the fire services levy.
“Our Plan is about securing a better future for Victorian families,” Dr Napthine said.
- A re-elected Liberal Nationals Government to fund Go Goldfields
- Funding to be delivered over the next three years
- Coalition Government is committed to building a better regional Victoria
Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan visited Maryborough today to announce a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Government will invest $2 million to continue the successful Go Goldfields Program.
Mr Ryan who was joined by The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner and Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley, said the Central Goldfields Shire Council had sought a funding commitment of $2 million over three years and the Coalition Government was more than willing to assist.
The Coalition Government has been a proud supporter of Go Goldfields since 2011, investing $2.5 million to develop and fund the successful local initiative.
Go Goldfields is delivering community driven approaches to improve social, education and health outcomes for children, teenagers and families in Maryborough and surrounding communities.
“The program has been a great success with literacy levels improving among local primary school aged children, school absenteeism is down, teenagers are better engaged at school and incidences of family violence have fallen,” Mr Ryan said.
“With so many positive outcomes being achieved, it is important that we continue to support this program and that is what a re-elected Coalition Government will do.
“The Nationals, working in a Coalition Government, are committed to delivering for regional and rural communities including the Central Goldfields and we continue to be strong supporters of initiatives such as Go Goldfields.”
Mr Turner who campaigned strongly for the funding said he was thrilled the Coalition Government had listened to the community and made this significant commitment.
“This commitment is great news for Maryborough and communities right across the Central Goldfields,” Mr Turner said.
“It has been made off the back of a lot of hard work from our local community and I thank the many locals who signed my petition calling for this funding.
“Go Goldfields helps our community become a better version of itself and I applaud the Coalition Government for supporting us for another three years.”
Ms Staley joined Mr Turner in welcoming this investment, saying the program was delivering positive outcomes for the region.
“Healthier and more engaged communities benefit us all,” Ms Staley said.
“School absenteeism and family violence are a problem in this region and by investing in Go Goldfields we can help reduce these issues.
“I applaud the Coalition Government for committing to this successful program if re-elected on 29 November,” Ms Staley said.