Wendy Lovell, Ian Ellis, (back) Gaelle Broad, Kevin Finn. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

THE week before polling opened saw another round of election promises from the major parties, including money for the north end of Bendigo and for Strathfieldsaye.

In two separate announcments, the Liberal National Party targetted recreation in Epsom and Huntly.

In promising $100,000 to Epsom Primary School to build a new undercover outdoor play area, the Liberals took aim at the Labor state government for failing to keep up with education infrastructure.

“The school is growing, as the local population increases community infrastructure needs to keep up with this growth,” candidate Ian Ellis said.

“Epsom Primary School has needed an undercover outdoor play area for some time, and now with the upgrade to the school facilities, the school council and principal list an undercover play area as a high priority.”

Last week Labor announced a successful grant to expand the Huntly kindergarten and has promised to build kindergartens on the sites of primary schools around Victoria in order to deliver 15 hours of three-year-old early learning by 2022.

This week, Labor candidate Jacinta Allan promised $250,000 of matched funding to upgrade facilities for the Strathfieldsaye Scout Group at its hall on Strathfieldsaye Road.

“It means young people and other community groups will be able to use these halls for activities and events,” Ms Allan said on her Facebook page.

The LNP also promised $150,000 towards upgrading lighting at the Huntly Football and Netball Club at Strauch Reserve.

Liberal member for the upper house Wendy Lovell attended both LNP announcements.