THE Wonthaggi Life Saving Club will receive $4.5 million from the state government to build a new clubhouse.

The funding, part of the state budget 2021-22, was announced this afternoon by Bass MP Jordan Crugnale.

“Wonthaggi Lifesaving Club has a wonderful history with people at its heart,” Ms Crugnale said.

“I am really proud we are investing in a new clubhouse they deserve so they can continue to provide an invaluable service and water safety programs for our local and visitor community.”

Ms Crugnale said the budget would plan for vital safety upgrades to Bunurong Road at Cape Paterson, “ensuring this coastal route will be used by locals and visitors for years to come”.

“We are caring for our community and creating jobs by investing in future schools, funding the next stages of our community hospitals, supporting our student’s wellbeing and mental health with programs in schools, building a dedicated new emergency department for children at Casey Hospital, training and recruiting critical workforces and continuing our Free TAFE courses and so much more,” Ms Crugnale said.

“[I] absolutely welcome our investment in Clyde North for two future primary schools and a secondary school, which gives confidence for our growing community that they will have a school close by and also builds on the services and projects already happening in this wonderful area like ambulance, fire and police stations.”




See Ms Crugnale’s full statement below.


The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Bass.

The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years while investing in the care, services and infrastructure Bass needs.

Koo Wee Rup Primary School is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year’s Budget. This $6.87 million investment will deliver a new competition-grade gymnasium, giving our students a new space to play – and creating good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs.

The Labor Government is also delivering the schools we need for today and tomorrow. The Budget will secure land in Clyde North for two future primary schools as well as a secondary school, giving local families confidence their kids will have a great local school.

Recognising the key role of schools in supporting the wellbeing of our students, this Budget also invests in a new School Mental Health Fund. This investment will support schools to implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will also be expanded to include 90 government schools and ten non-government schools.

Our local buses connect locals to work, to school and each other. This Budget invests $74.3 million to improve our state’s bus services, including extensions to routes 897 and 898 to growth areas in Clyde and Clyde North.

The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to the people of Pakenham and Phillip Island, delivering a brand-new community hospital in Pakenham and an upgraded community hospital in Phillip Island. This investment will give locals the confidence that they can access the best possible care close to home – while also creating new jobs during construction.

We also want our youngest Victorians to get the very best care. It’s why this Budget delivers $100 million to build new emergency department zones dedicated to children, including at Casey Hospital. This investment will give local parents confidence their kids are being taken care of while also creating 300 Victorian jobs at the peak of construction.

In addition, this Budget will also begin planning to expand the adult Emergency Department at Casey Hospital. As well as supporting local jobs, this investment will make sure our EDs are there for local patients when they need it most.

Our Surf Life Saving Clubs keep our community safe. This year’s Budget includes $4.5 million to build a new clubhouse for the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club, giving our volunteers the facilities they need to continue their incredible work.

Better roads get us where we need to go sooner and safer – and building them creates new jobs for Victorians. It’s why this Budget will plan for vital safety upgrades to Bunurong Road at Cape Paterson, ensuring this coastal route will be used by locals and visitors for years to come.

This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to rebuild our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers.

That includes $954 million to deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges in their own communities.

Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs.

From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians. To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses.

With this Budget, we’re creating new jobs and caring for Victorians.