Not much for St Kilda to smile about in State budget

A quick look at the Victorian State budget and St Kilda

TWiSK asked all our local State MPs to comment on last weeks State budget.
Only Sam Hibbins (MLA Prahran Greens) replied with a thumbs up for additional funding for Stonnington Community Assist and Uniting Prahran ($100K & $50K) respectively to support providing food relief to people in need, but a sad face for St Kilda primary because they missed out on funding for their much needed Community Hub.
Nina Taylor (MLA Albert Park – Labor), who is very active on Facebook, highlighted the $400 grant for families with kids in government schools (and concession card holders in non-government schools) and $8.8M for works at Middle Park Primary.
James Newbury (MLA Brighton – Liberal) was concerned about debt and the $0 for education upgrades in his electorate including Elwood College and Elwood Primary School.
Missing almost without trace …
A previously promised mental health and wellbeing hub in St Kilda is one of 35 pushed out into the never never; rollout of more low floor trams didnt rate a mention; nor did additional accessible tram stops, and there wasn’t any news about State funding for tram connections to Fishermans Bend.
But some joy for bus connections between Elsternwick Station – Fishermans Bend
From 19 May, Route 606 Elsternwick Station – Fishermans Bend via St Kilda will have an improved timetable with 111 more services and longer operating hours (every 30 mins on weekdays, and running until 9pm).
It’s a pretty nifty service providing direct links through bay side burbs linking North-South destinations.