Ovens & Murray Advertiser

Health, schools focus for Northern Victoria

- By STEVE KELLY

THE health sector was a large part of the State Government’s funding allocation when it delivered its 2022/23 budget yesterday.

More than $12 billion will be spent to put patients first, with a Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first-class care.

It will include direct funding for Wangaratta’s Kerferd Clinic and a refurbishm­ent of Mansfield’s Bindaree Retirement Centre.

Northern Victoria MP Jaclyn Symes said as part of a $146 million investment they’re investing in Mansfield District Hospital campus, replacing 30 beds at Buckland House and undertakin­g a refurbishm­ent of Bindaree Retirement Centre to create a 72-bed co-located facility.

An upgrade to Benalla P12 College will come from $14.2 million to deliver the next stage of the masterplan, including new food technology, canteen, staff and junior school buildings.

Belvoir Wodonga Special Developmen­tal School will receive $4 million to replace relocatabl­e buildings with new permanent ones

Yackandand­ah Golf Club will get $250,000, while Wodonga’s Birallee Park Oval will receive $100,000 for a new electronic scoreboard.

“Our healthcare workers are the backbone of our hospital system, and with this Budget, they will have the support they need to get sick Victorians back on their feet again,” Ms Symes said.

“There’s no better investment a government can make than in a child’s education.

“These new learning and teaching spaces at Benalla P-12 and Belvoir Wodonga Special Developmen­tal School will help our kids reach their full potential.”

State-wide, another 90 paramedics will be employed under budget funding and $333 million will fund almost 400 new staff to increase triple zero call-taking and dispatch capacity for triple zero services, including ambulances, and training more operators to allocate calls across the state.

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