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State Budget 2017 - Items for Wyndham

Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Henry Barlow said this week’s State Budget will benefit Wyndham residents with funding for transport, health and education. 

"Key highlights include eight more trains on the Werribee line, a much needed tech school at Victoria University in Werribee and ongoing funding for the upgrades to the Werribee Mercy Hospital," Cr Barlow said.

"Wyndham City Council are disappointed to see the halving of the Growing Suburbs Fund as this is a key funding source for Council to continue to provide much need infrastructure for our growing community."

Please see below for a full list of Wyndham project being funded by the Victorian Government.

Community Health and Safety

Safety and Justice:

  • Replacement of 10 police stations across the State, including one in Wyndham

  • More than 100 police offers to Wyndham, Maribyrnong, Melton and Brimbank

  • $3.7 million for Court Services Victoria to develop plans to modernisation and expand the Werribee Law Court as part of the Wyndham Justice Precinct development

  • Youth Justice Centre has received funding of $288 million, with $27 million is to be spent 2017-18

  • State Emergency Service unit for Point Cook - undetermined percentage of state-wide investment of $34.3 million.

Health and Community Support:

  • $58 million upgrades at Werribee Mercy Hospital

  • Land for new ambulance stations at Wyndham Vale – funding not specified

  • $3.8 million of new funding for a Multi-Disciplinary Center in Wyndham. Multidisciplinary Centres involve multiple agencies working collaboratively to provide an integrated and holistic response to victims of sexual assault from a single location

  • $50 million to create community hubs in growth areas to enable greater use of school assets outside of school hours – specific sites yet to be identified

  • $18 million for up to 100 secondary schools in disadvantaged areas across Victoria to deliver purpose-built consultation rooms for general practitioner doctors services – specific sites yet to be identified

  • $152 million to commence a housing services for more victims of family violence – specific sites yet to be identified.

Infrastructure Funding:

  • The Growing Suburbs Fund, of which Wyndham was one of 10 Councils eligible to bid for funding for infrastructure projects, will have its funding cut from $50 million to $25 million.

Schools Provision

  • $92 million to establish tech schools in outer growth areas and regional areas, including Wyndham, at Victoria University, Werribee Campus. Students from 18 participating schools in Wyndham will access the Tech School throughout the year for specialised programs

  • $1 million Point Cook SSC – Planning: Point Cook Senior Secondary College has been provided with funds to plan their future upgrades and building works.

  • $13.8 million in total, with $2.6 million in 2017-18, for Sanctuary Lakes South Proposed P9 - New school construction: To meet the challenges of population growth, a new Prep to Year 9 school will be built at Sanctuary Lakes South.
  • $500,000 for the Grange P-12 College – Planning: The Grange P-12 College has been provided with funds to plan their future upgrades and building works.
  • $13.8 million in total, with $2.6 million in 2017-18 for Truganina East Proposed P9 - New school construction: To meet the challenges of population growth, a new Prep to Year 9 school will be built at Truganina.
  • Land acquisition for a new school: Funding has been provided in the 2017-18 State Budget to buy land in Wyndham (site unspecified)
  • Existing school projects with continued funding:
    • Manor Lakes College (stage five) - $981,000
    • Werribee Secondary College - $4.5 million
    • Tarneit Senior Secondary College - $10 million for stage two
    • Tarneit West Primary School - $8.8 million.


  • $67 million for additional metropolitan public transport services , including eight more trains on the Werribee line

  • $700 million over four years towards upgrades of the M80 Ring Road, between the Princes Freeway and Western Highway, Sydney Road and Edgars Road, and Plenty Road and Greensborough Highway

  • Western Suburbs Road Package of Significant upgrades to key arterial roads:

    • Derrimut Road upgrade, Sayers Road to Dohertys Road, Tarneit

    • Dohertys Road upgrade, Fitzgerald Road to Grieve Parade, Laverton North

    • Dohertys Road upgrade, Foundation Road to Palmers Road, Truganina

    • Duncans Road interchange, Werribee/Werribee South

    • Dunnings Road and Palmers Road

    • Princes Freeway/Forsyth Road interchange upgrade, Hoppers Crossing

    • Leakes Road upgrade, Fitzgerald Road to Derrimut Road, Truganina.

Environment and Recreation

  • $79.2 million to enhance water and irrigation infrastructure within the Macalister, Bacchus Marsh, and Werribee irrigation districts – Including $7 million for irrigation in Werribee South

  • Children under 16 years of age will continue to enjoy free access to Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays for a further two years.

Wyndham welcomes smart bins

Get ready to have your rubbish crushed! Wyndham City has become one of the first municipalities in Victoria to introduce an innovative new tool that will help to make our municipality more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Smart bins that can hold up to 600 litres of material – five times the capacity of the average bin – will be installed in the Werribee City Centre and Point Cook Town Centre.

Featuring solar panels on top, the bins automatically crush rubbish and recycling, compacting it so that they can hold much more than standard bins.

Wyndham City’s Environment and Sustainability portfolio holder, Cr Heather Marcus, said the smart bins were just one of the ways Wyndham was using innovation to tackle environmental issues.

“I’m very excited that Council is installing 32 smart street bins throughout Werribee and Point Cook and offering more recycling options for our residents. This just the beginning of what we’ll be doing to help our local environment and we’ll be working closely with the community to make a real difference,” Cr Marcus said.

“These self-compacting street bins can hold five times more rubbish than our existing bins. They can also notify Council staff when they are full and need to be emptied. This creates an environmental benefit because it means they can be emptied 80 per cent less often. Less trips by garbage trucks means less pollution in our local environment.”

“The bins are powered by solar panels on top of them, which are so energy efficient they can continue working even on cloudy days.”

“Wyndham City recently became the first Council in Victoria to introduce reverse vending machines that reward people with vouchers for recycling. Like the reverse vending machines, these new smart bins will have real benefits for our local environment and residents, while also helping to encourage residents to dispose of their rubbish correctly.”

The smart bins are expected to be installed by the end of May, 2017.

Wyndham News

The Australian Bureau of Statistics releases an Estimated Residential Population (ERP) figure each year. Wyndham’s 2015 ERP is 209,847 persons. Between 2014 and 2015, Wyndham had the largest growth in Victoria, adding 10,202 persons to its population. It also had the second largest percentage change in Victoria with 5.1%, behind Melbourne City with 5.6%.

Fast growth brings with it major infrastructure challenges that involve all levels of government.  Sanctuary Lakes Resort acknowledges the effort made by our Harrison Ward Councillors to have those issues addressed through both local efforts and lobbying the Australian and Victorian Governments.  This column highlights some of the projects impacting on Sanctuary Lakes that have been approved or are being constructed. 

At the October 2016 elections, the following were elected as councillors representing Harrison Ward:

  • Cr Tony Hooper
  • Cr Aaron An
  • Cr Intaj Khan
  • Cr Kim McAliney

At the meeting of Council on 16th November 2016, Councillor Henry Barlow was appointed Mayor for the current year and Harrison Ward's Councillor Kim McAliney was appointed Deputy Mayor.

Major Roads Upgrade

Major works set to transform outer-western roads

08 November 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has called for Expressions of Interest for the western package of the Outer Suburban Arterial Roads (OSARs) Program – an Australian first, $1.8 billion investment.

It combines eight high-priority road upgrades with maintenance on more than 700 kilometres of road stretching from Werribee to Footscray, ensuring motorists benefit from new high quality roads while the existing network is maintained to a high standard for years to come.   

The upgrades will involve a combination of duplication and widening works to western arterial roads including:

  • Dunnings Road and Palmers Road, from Point Cook Road to Princes Freeway, Point Cook
  • Palmers Road, from Princes Freeway to Western Freeway, Truganina
  • Derrimut Road, from Sayers Road to Dohertys Road, Tarneit
  • Leakes Road, from Fitzgerald Road to Derrimut Road, Truganina
  • Dohertys Road, from Fitzgerald Road to Grieve Parade, Laverton North
  • Dohertys Road, from Foundation Road to Palmers Road, Truganina
  • Princes Freeway/Forsyth Road interchange, Hoppers Crossing
  • Duncans Road interchange, Werribee/Werribee South

The package will transform the outer-western road network by boosting capacity and improving road pavement conditions with intersection upgrades, almost 30 kilometres of lane duplication, and road maintenance.     


The community can provide their feedback and help shape upgrade designs, with VicRoads also set to engage local councils, planning authorities, freight operators, and bus companies for local input. 

The eight high-priority road upgrades will be delivered within five years, and the maintenance and rehabilitation contract will continue for a further 20 years. 

The Request for Proposal is expected to go out in early 2017, with construction expected to begin 2018.

VicRoads will soon be asking for input from the community via our online engagement portal, engageVicRoads. We will be seeking feedback on the preliminary designs for these eight projects in the outer west, with a focus on understanding people’s experiences and needs. Stay tuned for more information.