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    The Andrews Labor Government will add 10 new Werribee line train services in the peak, every week – to get people in Melbourne’s west home safer and sooner. The 10 new Werribee peak services build on the 10 new peak services added in 2015, and this year’s budget funded eight new off-peak services which will start next year.

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    Local residents and commuters in Wyndham will benefit from a huge package of 8 key road upgrade, including work on the Duncans Road Interchange, and 750 lane-kilometres of maintenance works that will cut travel times, improve road safety and better connect communities in this key growth corridor.

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RECOGNISING WERRIBEE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS

Residents in the Wyndham region are being encouraged by Member for Werribee to nominate an outstanding early childhood teacher or organisation for a Victorian Early Years Award. Now in their 14th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards recognise the crucial work early childhood professionals do towards improving the lives of young children. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP today encouraged families, early childhood professionals and early years support organisations to nominate themselves or others who are dedicated to helping young children to learn and thrive. Award winners in each category will receive up to $15,000 to continue their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. The awards celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including supporting parents, transition to school and the early childhood teacher of the year. Early childhood is the foundation for lifelong wellbeing and learning, which is why the Victorian Government is committed to strengthening the services delivered to children and their families. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. This is why, in an Australian first, the Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over the next decade to deliver a full 15 hours per week of three-year-old kindergarten, to be progressively rolled out from 2020. Nominations close at midnight on 24 May 2019. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the National Gallery of Victoria in October. For more information or to submit a nomination, see: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham is home to many passionate and caring early childhood teachers and educators, and exceptional early years services.” “The Victorian Early Years Awards are a well-deserved opportunity to celebrate the people, organisations and services that help Victorian children to get the best start in life.”

RECOGNISING WERRIBEE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS

Residents in the Wyndham region are being encouraged by Member for Werribee to nominate an outstanding early childhood teacher or organisation for a Victorian Early Years Award. Now in their 14th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards recognise the crucial work early childhood professionals do towards improving the lives of young children. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP today encouraged families, early childhood professionals and early years support organisations to nominate themselves or others who are dedicated to helping young children to learn and thrive. Award winners in each category will receive up to $15,000 to continue their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. The awards celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including supporting parents, transition to school and the early childhood teacher of the year. Early childhood is the foundation for lifelong wellbeing and learning, which is why the Victorian Government is committed to strengthening the services delivered to children and their families. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. This is why, in an Australian first, the Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over the next decade to deliver a full 15 hours per week of three-year-old kindergarten, to be progressively rolled out from 2020. Nominations close at midnight on 24 May 2019. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the National Gallery of Victoria in October. For more information or to submit a nomination, see: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham is home to many passionate and caring early childhood teachers and educators, and exceptional early years services.” “The Victorian Early Years Awards are a well-deserved opportunity to celebrate the people, organisations and services that help Victorian children to get the best start in life.”

SUPPORTING RENTERS IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is making life easier for caravan and residential park residents, who now may be eligible to receive compensation in the event of a park closure, under new reforms coming into effect today. There has been a spate of park closures in the past few years, often leaving the state’s most vulnerable people facing homelessness. Under the changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, if a park is due to be closed, park owners must apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to determine the compensation payable to residents who own fixed dwellings in the park. The amount of compensation an eligible resident is to receive will cover reasonable relocation costs if their dwelling is going to be moved, or compensation for loss of residency if the dwelling is not going to be relocated. Previously, operators did not have to provide compensation to residents of caravan parks, who were often left vulnerable by a closure because they had invested their savings into fixed dwellings that are very costly or impossible to relocate. Park operators who lease the land on which the caravan or residential park is located will not be required to apply to VCAT or be liable to pay compensation if the park closure is due to the head lease ending. Other reforms include laws enabling the suppression of addresses of certain crisis accommodation from the public Rooming House Register, which will improve protection and support for family violence victims living in residential rental housing. A new tenancy agreement for long-term leases will also commence today, providing additional benefits for tenants and landlords renting for more than five years. A package of more than 130 rental reforms passed the Parliament in September 2018, with the changes to come into force progressively by 1 July 2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz  “This is about ensuring some of the state’s most vulnerable aren’t left homeless and out of pocket because of changes outside their control.” “If a park is closing, owners will now have to provide compensation to eligible residents for the loss of residency or relocation costs.”   “We’re also supporting family violence victims by restricting details of crisis accommodation so their addresses are not publicly available.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are making sure vulnerable people are able to access the compensation they deserve when caravan parks close”

SUPPORTING RENTERS IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is making life easier for caravan and residential park residents, who now may be eligible to receive compensation in the event of a park closure, under new reforms coming into effect today. There has been a spate of park closures in the past few years, often leaving the state’s most vulnerable people facing homelessness. Under the changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, if a park is due to be closed, park owners must apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to determine the compensation payable to residents who own fixed dwellings in the park. The amount of compensation an eligible resident is to receive will cover reasonable relocation costs if their dwelling is going to be moved, or compensation for loss of residency if the dwelling is not going to be relocated. Previously, operators did not have to provide compensation to residents of caravan parks, who were often left vulnerable by a closure because they had invested their savings into fixed dwellings that are very costly or impossible to relocate. Park operators who lease the land on which the caravan or residential park is located will not be required to apply to VCAT or be liable to pay compensation if the park closure is due to the head lease ending. Other reforms include laws enabling the suppression of addresses of certain crisis accommodation from the public Rooming House Register, which will improve protection and support for family violence victims living in residential rental housing. A new tenancy agreement for long-term leases will also commence today, providing additional benefits for tenants and landlords renting for more than five years. A package of more than 130 rental reforms passed the Parliament in September 2018, with the changes to come into force progressively by 1 July 2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz  “This is about ensuring some of the state’s most vulnerable aren’t left homeless and out of pocket because of changes outside their control.” “If a park is closing, owners will now have to provide compensation to eligible residents for the loss of residency or relocation costs.”   “We’re also supporting family violence victims by restricting details of crisis accommodation so their addresses are not publicly available.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are making sure vulnerable people are able to access the compensation they deserve when caravan parks close”

MORE SUPPORT FOR THOUSANDS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS

Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault Inc will receive counselling and support for an extra 192 survivors of sexual abuse over two years, under a $340,000 funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. The funds are part of a state-wide package set to reach an extra 2,800 survivors of sexual assault across Victoria, providing crisis support including counselling to respond to recent increased demand. Nineteen services state-wide, including 14 Centres Against Sexual Assault, will receive funds to better support children, young people and adults who have experienced sexual assault. Recent figures released by the Crime Statistics Agency show that reports to police of sex offences against children have almost tripled between 2009 and 2018, while recent media coverage of the Pell case has raised awareness of sexual assault and triggered a spike in demand from support services. The $5 million funding boost will help services meet a surge in demand from: New referrals disclosing institutional abuse for the first time New referrals disclosing familial abuse for the first time Previous clients who are re-referring Increased referrals by other support services New referrals from individuals who have lost family members to suicide.   Sexual Assault Support Services provide crisis intervention, information, counselling, advocacy and coordination of support with child protection, police, forensic and healthcare workers. Anyone impacted by sexual assault can access information on specialist support services at services.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sexual-assault-support-services. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These are abhorrent crimes and what has happened to these people can never be taken back.” “For too long, victim survivors of abuse have not been heard – we are changing that by providing them with the extra support and help that they so strongly need and deserve.”

MORE SUPPORT FOR THOUSANDS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS

Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault Inc will receive counselling and support for an extra 192 survivors of sexual abuse over two years, under a $340,000 funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. The funds are part of a state-wide package set to reach an extra 2,800 survivors of sexual assault across Victoria, providing crisis support including counselling to respond to recent increased demand. Nineteen services state-wide, including 14 Centres Against Sexual Assault, will receive funds to better support children, young people and adults who have experienced sexual assault. Recent figures released by the Crime Statistics Agency show that reports to police of sex offences against children have almost tripled between 2009 and 2018, while recent media coverage of the Pell case has raised awareness of sexual assault and triggered a spike in demand from support services. The $5 million funding boost will help services meet a surge in demand from: New referrals disclosing institutional abuse for the first time New referrals disclosing familial abuse for the first time Previous clients who are re-referring Increased referrals by other support services New referrals from individuals who have lost family members to suicide.   Sexual Assault Support Services provide crisis intervention, information, counselling, advocacy and coordination of support with child protection, police, forensic and healthcare workers. Anyone impacted by sexual assault can access information on specialist support services at services.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sexual-assault-support-services. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These are abhorrent crimes and what has happened to these people can never be taken back.” “For too long, victim survivors of abuse have not been heard – we are changing that by providing them with the extra support and help that they so strongly need and deserve.”

ENCOURAGING WERRIBEE PEOPLE INTO KINDERGARTEN TEACHING

The Andrews Labor Government is offering an additional 300 scholarships to aspiring kinder teachers, as well as $9,000 incentives to support early childhood teachers to move to areas where three-year-old kinder is rolling out. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today encouraged Werribee residents to consider pursuing careers in early childhood education, with an additional $3.82 million available in scholarships and incentives to start supporting those pursuing careers in this rewarding field. Early childhood education is one of Victoria’s fastest growing professions, with more teachers and support staff needed as the Labor Government delivers universal three-year-old kindergarten for all children. The roll-out of nearly $5 billion for this program begins in 2020. Over the next decade, every Victorian child will have access to a full 15 hours of three-year-old kinder. This investment stands in stark contrast to the budget delivered by the Morrison minority government, which fails parents and kids by not including funding for three-year-old kinder, and continuing the uncertainty for four-year-old kinder. To address the increased demand for kinder teachers, incentive payments of up to $9,000 will be available for early childhood teachers who move to areas where subsidised three-year-old kinder programs will be rolled out first. This package is part of a $7.2 million investment in workforce initiatives to attract aspiring early childhood teachers and retain them, which includes establishing a pool of mentors to support new teachers and holding four early childhood teacher conferences to support graduate teachers at the start of their careers. This will build on the Labor Government’s existing $8 million Early Childhood Scholarship Program, which opened in October 2018 and has already offered more than 200 scholarships to eligible students. The new funding to commence 300 scholarships will mean approximately 700 scholarships are on offer. Coupled with the employment incentives, this money will help cover costs including course fees, study materials and financial support in the early years of their career. The roll out of three-year-old kinder is expected to create almost 7,000 jobs. More than 4,000 additional kinder teachers and more than 2,000 additional early childhood educators are needed as the program expands state-wide. To apply, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/profdev/Pages/scholarships.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Introducing universal three-year-old kindergarten is one of the biggest social reforms in Victoria’s history. There’s never been a better time to be an early childhood teacher, and change children’s lives for the better.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “For Werribee residents considering a career change into kindergarten teaching, now is the time. These scholarships will help to cover the costs of study and provide incentives to get started in a new career.”

ENCOURAGING WERRIBEE PEOPLE INTO KINDERGARTEN TEACHING

The Andrews Labor Government is offering an additional 300 scholarships to aspiring kinder teachers, as well as $9,000 incentives to support early childhood teachers to move to areas where three-year-old kinder is rolling out. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today encouraged Werribee residents to consider pursuing careers in early childhood education, with an additional $3.82 million available in scholarships and incentives to start supporting those pursuing careers in this rewarding field. Early childhood education is one of Victoria’s fastest growing professions, with more teachers and support staff needed as the Labor Government delivers universal three-year-old kindergarten for all children. The roll-out of nearly $5 billion for this program begins in 2020. Over the next decade, every Victorian child will have access to a full 15 hours of three-year-old kinder. This investment stands in stark contrast to the budget delivered by the Morrison minority government, which fails parents and kids by not including funding for three-year-old kinder, and continuing the uncertainty for four-year-old kinder. To address the increased demand for kinder teachers, incentive payments of up to $9,000 will be available for early childhood teachers who move to areas where subsidised three-year-old kinder programs will be rolled out first. This package is part of a $7.2 million investment in workforce initiatives to attract aspiring early childhood teachers and retain them, which includes establishing a pool of mentors to support new teachers and holding four early childhood teacher conferences to support graduate teachers at the start of their careers. This will build on the Labor Government’s existing $8 million Early Childhood Scholarship Program, which opened in October 2018 and has already offered more than 200 scholarships to eligible students. The new funding to commence 300 scholarships will mean approximately 700 scholarships are on offer. Coupled with the employment incentives, this money will help cover costs including course fees, study materials and financial support in the early years of their career. The roll out of three-year-old kinder is expected to create almost 7,000 jobs. More than 4,000 additional kinder teachers and more than 2,000 additional early childhood educators are needed as the program expands state-wide. To apply, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/profdev/Pages/scholarships.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Introducing universal three-year-old kindergarten is one of the biggest social reforms in Victoria’s history. There’s never been a better time to be an early childhood teacher, and change children’s lives for the better.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “For Werribee residents considering a career change into kindergarten teaching, now is the time. These scholarships will help to cover the costs of study and provide incentives to get started in a new career.”

 

CELEBRATING YOUNG PEOPLE IN WYNDHAM

Young people in Wyndham will participate in a range of events to recognise and celebrate the contribution they make to their local community. Victorian Youth Week runs from 5 to 14 April 2019 and highlights the important role young people play in in our state – giving them a chance to plan, deliver and attend events in their local area. The Andrews Labor Government has provided more than $220,000 to local community organisations, schools and councils across metropolitan and regional Victoria to support over 130 events during Victorian Youth Week. Events include art exhibitions, musical performances, cultural celebrations and sporting competitions. All events are delivered in a safe and inclusive environment that is alcohol, drug and smoke-free. The following events will be funded for Wyndham: Tarneit Senior College’s Cultural Diversity Week Wyndham City Council Youth Services’ Pop Up Park Wellbeing Festival Liberian Youth Association-Victorian Inc’s Liberian Youth Awards Gala Dinner Victorian Youth Week was created after the Turnbull Government scrapped funding for Australia’s largest celebration of young people – National Youth Week – forcing states and territories to do it alone. In just its second year, Victorian Youth Week is bigger and better than ever, with 69 events planned in metropolitan Melbourne and 62 events in regional Victoria. Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams will officially launch Victorian Youth Week on Friday at the Labor Government’s annual Youth Summit. An interactive map of events is available at www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/vyw Quote attributable to Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams “Victorian Youth Week is an important way to acknowledge the achievements of young Victorians and the positive contribution they make to our state every day.” Quote attributable to Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “Young people in Wyndham can be proud of their creativity, drive and commitment to making our community an even better place to live.

CELEBRATING YOUNG PEOPLE IN WYNDHAM

Young people in Wyndham will participate in a range of events to recognise and celebrate the contribution they make to their local community. Victorian Youth Week runs from 5 to 14 April 2019 and highlights the important role young people play in in our state – giving them a chance to plan, deliver and attend events in their local area. The Andrews Labor Government has provided more than $220,000 to local community organisations, schools and councils across metropolitan and regional Victoria to support over 130 events during Victorian Youth Week. Events include art exhibitions, musical performances, cultural celebrations and sporting competitions. All events are delivered in a safe and inclusive environment that is alcohol, drug and smoke-free. The following events will be funded for Wyndham: Tarneit Senior College’s Cultural Diversity Week Wyndham City Council Youth Services’ Pop Up Park Wellbeing Festival Liberian Youth Association-Victorian Inc’s Liberian Youth Awards Gala Dinner Victorian Youth Week was created after the Turnbull Government scrapped funding for Australia’s largest celebration of young people – National Youth Week – forcing states and territories to do it alone. In just its second year, Victorian Youth Week is bigger and better than ever, with 69 events planned in metropolitan Melbourne and 62 events in regional Victoria. Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams will officially launch Victorian Youth Week on Friday at the Labor Government’s annual Youth Summit. An interactive map of events is available at www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/vyw Quote attributable to Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams “Victorian Youth Week is an important way to acknowledge the achievements of young Victorians and the positive contribution they make to our state every day.” Quote attributable to Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “Young people in Wyndham can be proud of their creativity, drive and commitment to making our community an even better place to live.

HONOURING WERRIBEE’S INSPIRING SENIORS

Werribee locals are being encouraged to recognise the contributions made to our community by seniors and organisations by nominating people for the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced nominations are open for the awards that highlight the role of seniors who inspire others as mentors, educators, role models, leaders or others who make a great contribution. Categories include the Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year, the Promotion of Multiculturalism Award, the Healthy and Active Living Award, the Veteran Community Award, the Council on the Ageing Victoria Senior Achiever Award and the Age-Friendly Victoria Award. Last year’s awards honoured a long volunteer contribution in the Yarra Ranges and Cardinia communities, a Peek Whurrong Elder and a tireless advocate for the LBGTI community. The University of the Third Age Network Victoria received the Age-Friendly Victoria award for its efforts to support older people at all levels of the organisation. The 2019 award recipients will be honoured at a ceremony at Government House as part of the 37th Victorian Seniors Festival this October. Nominations are open until 5 July. To nominate or find out more visit Seniors Online www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/awards Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee  “Senior Victorians make such a valuable contribution to our community, so it’s important they are celebrated.” “The Victorian Senior of the Year Awards are a great way to recognise seniors and organisations who contribute to our community for their whole lives.” “Nominees could be a volunteer in your organisation, a friend, neighbour or family member, or just someone you see doing good work around your community.”  

HONOURING WERRIBEE’S INSPIRING SENIORS

Werribee locals are being encouraged to recognise the contributions made to our community by seniors and organisations by nominating people for the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced nominations are open for the awards that highlight the role of seniors who inspire others as mentors, educators, role models, leaders or others who make a great contribution. Categories include the Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year, the Promotion of Multiculturalism Award, the Healthy and Active Living Award, the Veteran Community Award, the Council on the Ageing Victoria Senior Achiever Award and the Age-Friendly Victoria Award. Last year’s awards honoured a long volunteer contribution in the Yarra Ranges and Cardinia communities, a Peek Whurrong Elder and a tireless advocate for the LBGTI community. The University of the Third Age Network Victoria received the Age-Friendly Victoria award for its efforts to support older people at all levels of the organisation. The 2019 award recipients will be honoured at a ceremony at Government House as part of the 37th Victorian Seniors Festival this October. Nominations are open until 5 July. To nominate or find out more visit Seniors Online www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/awards Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee  “Senior Victorians make such a valuable contribution to our community, so it’s important they are celebrated.” “The Victorian Senior of the Year Awards are a great way to recognise seniors and organisations who contribute to our community for their whole lives.” “Nominees could be a volunteer in your organisation, a friend, neighbour or family member, or just someone you see doing good work around your community.”  

NEW NAME FOR SCHOOL OPENING IN WYNDHAM IN 2020

The Andrews Labor Government is giving the Wyndham community the chance to have their say on the name of a new government school opening next year. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP said the Victorian School Building Authority would consult with local communities on naming new schools currently under construction and set to open in 2020. This will include a name for the new primary school opening in Werribee, which has been currently known as Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School. Community engagement will begin in Term 2, 2019, and people will be able to provide feedback across multiple channels such as online and social media. New schools will open next year in Ballarat, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong, Hume, Mitchell and Wyndham.  A new school campus for Beveridge Primary School is also under construction and will open next year. These new schools are part of the Labor Government’s school building boom that will see 100 new government schools open over the next eight years. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to deliver new schools and more than 1,300 school upgrades, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP “We’re giving the Wyndham community the opportunity to shape the character of this brand-new school.” “This is your chance to put forward a school name that reflects the unique character of our area.”

NEW NAME FOR SCHOOL OPENING IN WYNDHAM IN 2020

The Andrews Labor Government is giving the Wyndham community the chance to have their say on the name of a new government school opening next year. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP said the Victorian School Building Authority would consult with local communities on naming new schools currently under construction and set to open in 2020. This will include a name for the new primary school opening in Werribee, which has been currently known as Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School. Community engagement will begin in Term 2, 2019, and people will be able to provide feedback across multiple channels such as online and social media. New schools will open next year in Ballarat, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong, Hume, Mitchell and Wyndham.  A new school campus for Beveridge Primary School is also under construction and will open next year. These new schools are part of the Labor Government’s school building boom that will see 100 new government schools open over the next eight years. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to deliver new schools and more than 1,300 school upgrades, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP “We’re giving the Wyndham community the opportunity to shape the character of this brand-new school.” “This is your chance to put forward a school name that reflects the unique character of our area.”

Ending Gym Intimidation in Werribee

Victorian women are feeling unwelcome and intimated by gyms resulting in them shunning their local fitness centres and missing out on the chance to get healthy and active, new data shows. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos recently joined VicHealth Acting chief executive Dr Lyn Roberts to launch $500,000 in Innovation Challenge: Physical Activity Program grants. VicHealth’s research shows gyms are particularly daunting for mums and women who are new to health and fitness, with more than 70 per cent of mums and 65 per cent of women new to health and fitness finding them intimidating places to workout. Other barriers include costs of gym memberships and time pressures. Some 71 per cent of inactive women shunned the gym because of costs, while 62 per cent of mums wished they had more time to get active. That’s why the Andrews Labor Government and VicHealth are partnering to roll out the Innovation Challenge: Physical Activity Program grants for clever initiatives or programs that offer women more options than just everyday gym memberships and classes. Grants will be made available for things like exercise programs aimed at culturally diverse women, training for gym staff to provide a more welcoming environment, or initiatives such as women’s-only classes or workout spaces. The latest grants will help make council owned facilities like pools, gyms and parks more inclusive and welcoming for women. In addition, grants are also available to make traditional sport more inclusive for less active, disadvantaged and culturally diverse Victorians.   Applications for the VicHealth Innovation Challenge: Physical Activity grants open today and close on 18 April. For more information visit: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/innovation-challenge-physical-activity-grants Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “While our local gyms can be great places to get active, too many women and girls find them too intimidating and horribly daunting. We’re changing that, and I encourage our local councils, gyms and sporting organisations to get involved.”   Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos   “We want as many women as possible to get active and enjoy the physical and social benefits it brings. You don’t have to be an elite athlete or AFLW star. “Everyone can take small steps towards a healthier life.” Quotes attributable to VicHealth Acting CEO Dr Lyn Roberts “We’ve heard so many stories through our This Girl Can Victoria campaign of women who’ve worked up the courage to try a sport or go to the gym only to never go back because they don’t feel welcomed and included.”   “We know this isn’t what sports organisations and councils want, which is why we’re encouraging them to apply for this funding – we want your clever ideas to help more people to give physical activity a go.”

Ending Gym Intimidation in Werribee

Victorian women are feeling unwelcome and intimated by gyms resulting in them shunning their local fitness centres and missing out on the chance to get healthy and active, new data shows. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos recently joined VicHealth Acting chief executive Dr Lyn Roberts to launch $500,000 in Innovation Challenge: Physical Activity Program grants. VicHealth’s research shows gyms are particularly daunting for mums and women who are new to health and fitness, with more than 70 per cent of mums and 65 per cent of women new to health and fitness finding them intimidating places to workout. Other barriers include costs of gym memberships and time pressures. Some 71 per cent of inactive women shunned the gym because of costs, while 62 per cent of mums wished they had more time to get active. That’s why the Andrews Labor Government and VicHealth are partnering to roll out the Innovation Challenge: Physical Activity Program grants for clever initiatives or programs that offer women more options than just everyday gym memberships and classes. Grants will be made available for things like exercise programs aimed at culturally diverse women, training for gym staff to provide a more welcoming environment, or initiatives such as women’s-only classes or workout spaces. The latest grants will help make council owned facilities like pools, gyms and parks more inclusive and welcoming for women. In addition, grants are also available to make traditional sport more inclusive for less active, disadvantaged and culturally diverse Victorians.   Applications for the VicHealth Innovation Challenge: Physical Activity grants open today and close on 18 April. For more information visit: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/innovation-challenge-physical-activity-grants Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “While our local gyms can be great places to get active, too many women and girls find them too intimidating and horribly daunting. We’re changing that, and I encourage our local councils, gyms and sporting organisations to get involved.”   Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos   “We want as many women as possible to get active and enjoy the physical and social benefits it brings. You don’t have to be an elite athlete or AFLW star. “Everyone can take small steps towards a healthier life.” Quotes attributable to VicHealth Acting CEO Dr Lyn Roberts “We’ve heard so many stories through our This Girl Can Victoria campaign of women who’ve worked up the courage to try a sport or go to the gym only to never go back because they don’t feel welcomed and included.”   “We know this isn’t what sports organisations and councils want, which is why we’re encouraging them to apply for this funding – we want your clever ideas to help more people to give physical activity a go.”