Happy New Year and welcome to 2021! Without getting ahead of myself, let’s hope it’s safe to assume that this year will be in most ways an improvement on the one that preceded it. I hope you all got a break in and some R&R with your loved ones – to those who worked through and to those helped keep us safe with very little break – thank you!

2021 also brings my 3rd year in proudly representing you in State Parliament. Over the last two years, I’m proud to say we’ve gotten on with delivering nearly $300 million in local projects and creating local jobs. And, importantly, I’ve heard from thousands of you on your doorsteps, the phone, at the shops and via my office about what matters to you and helping you with queries – because as your MP, I don’t take that responsibility lightly.

So, a friendly reminder that if I can help or you’ve got something you’d like to say please do reach out – my details are below.

Excitingly, I’m keen to report back on what last year’s State Budget handed down in November is delivering for locals:

– Free kinder for families in 2021 saving around $2,000 per child
– Nearly $30 million to upgrade local schools including $4.33 million for a major upgrade to Boronia West Primary and $8.07 million to modernise and upgrade Fairhills High
– Delivering a major upgrade to the intersection at Alchester Village to improve safety and access for locals

–  An extra $868 million to help fix our broken mental health system and continuing to deliver the Royal Commission
– Delivering around $2.5 million to revitalise Boronia’s CBD and bring it back to life
– A one-off $250 payment towards the energy bill of around 950,000 households – to check your eligibility visit compare.energy.vic.gov.au

– $5.3 billion for over 12,000 new social and affordable homes, creating tens of thousands of jobs

– A Jobs Plan with a plan to create 400,000 new jobs, with half by 2022

This was the biggest jobs creating budget in Victoria’s history and will help get us back on our feet and I’m stoked at the record investment coming into our part of the world in the outer east – you deserve nothing less.

On top of the budget, here’s a few other things you may have missed
– Nearly $600,000 to support our multicultural communities with an upgrade at the Chinese Association of Victoria to expand their community facility and The Basin Temple to allow them to provide more meals for those who need a hand
– $6,000 in local grants to back in Boronia Cricket and The Basin Cricket Clubs 

Before I finish up, just a few reminders that we are now in summer, which means fire danger is real so please take note and be prepared. Remember to slip, slop and slap and when you’re out for a swim to stay between the flags and always keep an eye on our loved ones.

That’s all for now, until next time – stay safe.

You can call my office on 9738 0577, email me at Jackson.Taylor@parliament.vic.gov.au or pop in to the office at Mountain High Centre, Bayswater.  And for any further you can search ‘Jackson Taylor MP’ for more and to follow me on Facebook.

New $250 Power Saving Bonus To Support Vulnerable Victorians

February 3, 2021

Victorians from low-income households can now access a one-off $250 payment to help with their energy bills, thanks to the Victorian Government’s new Power Saving Bonus.

 The new $250 Power Saving Bonus will be available to eligible concession cardholders in Monbulk between 1 February 2021 and 31 January 2022, providing immediate energy bill relief to those who need it most.

The bonus is available to all pensioner concession cardholders and some health care cardholders who visit the Victorian Energy Compare website.

This website is designed to help consumers take charge of their energy costs by finding the best energy deal available. Seven out of ten people save money by using the website, with typical annual household savings of $330 on energy bills in the first year alone.

Electricity bills are the top cost of living issue for consumers and about 20 per cent of Victorian households requested financial assistance with their energy bills last year due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

To ensure the bonus is accessible to those who need it most, including those from marginalised communities and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the Victorian Government has enlisted the support of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence and the Consumer Policy Research Centre.

The Power Saving Bonus is part of an unprecedented $797 million household energy affordability package that was announced in the recent State Budget.

Eligible cardholders can access the Power Saving Bonus at compare.energy.vic.gov.au or, if assistance is required, by calling 1800 000 832.