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MODERN, SAFER FACILITIES FOR POLICE IN WYNDHAM

Police stations across our state will be a hive of construction as the Andrews Labor Government runs an unprecedented program to build modern, safer facilities for police in every corner of Victoria. A new police station would be built at Wyndham to replace the outdated facility on the Princes Highway. As part of a record $2 billion investment in police, the Labor Government will also replace stations in metropolitan stations in Altona North, Reservoir and South Melbourne. These new facilities will be more accessible for the community, and safer for the Victoria Police personnel who work in them. In addition the Andrews Labor Government, Victoria Police, and the Police Association have agreed on a new model for the allocation of police. There are already 406 additional police that we funded in this year’s budget and who are being fastracked to hit the streets in the new year. Today we are announcing a pipeline for the next four years that will see hundreds of police recruited and deployed across the state. We have said the academy was going to be busy over the next year with over 1000 recruits. This will remain the case well into the future. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “This is fantastic news from the community of Wyndham. Upgrading the Werribee Police Complex will give police a safer base as they fight crime in the local community.” “We are funding thousands of additional frontline police for our growth areas to deal with on-going issues of family violence, ice and youth crime, as part of a $2 billion community safety package.” “As local member, I care about the safety of my community. We have to turn the recent crime trends around. That’s why these additional frontline police, and a replacement police station for Wyndham, are so important.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy: “This is great news for local police in Wyndham, with a brand new station to support a safer community.” “The Andrews Labor Government continues to invest in our paramedics, nurses, teachers and police officers to ensure they have the resources they need to get the job done.” “Right across Victoria –in our towns and suburbs –we are giving police the resources and facilities they need to fight crime.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller: “The previous Liberal government did not fund any new police officers in 2013 and 2014, which meant there were less police to meet the demands of our growing suburbs.” “This new allocation model will ensure the recruiting and deployment of police is consistent and meets the policing needs of our community.” “The Andrews Labor Government has listened and will continue to listen to the concerns of the community and ensure police have the resources to do their job.”  

MODERN, SAFER FACILITIES FOR POLICE IN WYNDHAM

Police stations across our state will be a hive of construction as the Andrews Labor Government runs an unprecedented program to build modern, safer facilities for police in every corner of Victoria. A new police station would be built at Wyndham to replace the outdated facility on the Princes Highway. As part of a record $2 billion investment in police, the Labor Government will also replace stations in metropolitan stations in Altona North, Reservoir and South Melbourne. These new facilities will be more accessible for the community, and safer for the Victoria Police personnel who work in them. In addition the Andrews Labor Government, Victoria Police, and the Police Association have agreed on a new model for the allocation of police. There are already 406 additional police that we funded in this year’s budget and who are being fastracked to hit the streets in the new year. Today we are announcing a pipeline for the next four years that will see hundreds of police recruited and deployed across the state. We have said the academy was going to be busy over the next year with over 1000 recruits. This will remain the case well into the future. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “This is fantastic news from the community of Wyndham. Upgrading the Werribee Police Complex will give police a safer base as they fight crime in the local community.” “We are funding thousands of additional frontline police for our growth areas to deal with on-going issues of family violence, ice and youth crime, as part of a $2 billion community safety package.” “As local member, I care about the safety of my community. We have to turn the recent crime trends around. That’s why these additional frontline police, and a replacement police station for Wyndham, are so important.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy: “This is great news for local police in Wyndham, with a brand new station to support a safer community.” “The Andrews Labor Government continues to invest in our paramedics, nurses, teachers and police officers to ensure they have the resources they need to get the job done.” “Right across Victoria –in our towns and suburbs –we are giving police the resources and facilities they need to fight crime.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller: “The previous Liberal government did not fund any new police officers in 2013 and 2014, which meant there were less police to meet the demands of our growing suburbs.” “This new allocation model will ensure the recruiting and deployment of police is consistent and meets the policing needs of our community.” “The Andrews Labor Government has listened and will continue to listen to the concerns of the community and ensure police have the resources to do their job.”  

LOCAL HISTORY GRANTS PROGRAM NOW OPEN FOR 2016-17

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas is encouraging local history groups across the Werribee electorate to apply for a grant from the Andrews Labor Government's $350,000 Local History Program to support projects that preserve our area's fascinating history. The Local History Grants Program, managed by Public Record Office Victoria, is now accepting applications of up to $15,000 for projects that collect and document local history for the benefit of all Victorians. Last year saw seventy-one community groups across Victoria share in the funding for historical projects and publications, including local historical societies. Victoria’s diverse history is a real drawcard for visitors, with a total of 6.5 million people visiting a museum, gallery, heritage site or monument within our state in 2015-16. This has grown by 18.7 per cent over the last financial year and has been growing at 7.6 per cent over the last five years. Applications can be submitted online via www.prov.vic.gov.au/community-programs/grants-awards/local-history-grants.  Information for applicants, including guidelines and eligibility criteria, are also available on this website. Applications close at 5pm on 31 January 2017.

LOCAL HISTORY GRANTS PROGRAM NOW OPEN FOR 2016-17

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas is encouraging local history groups across the Werribee electorate to apply for a grant from the Andrews Labor Government's $350,000 Local History Program to support projects that preserve our area's fascinating history. The Local History Grants Program, managed by Public Record Office Victoria, is now accepting applications of up to $15,000 for projects that collect and document local history for the benefit of all Victorians. Last year saw seventy-one community groups across Victoria share in the funding for historical projects and publications, including local historical societies. Victoria’s diverse history is a real drawcard for visitors, with a total of 6.5 million people visiting a museum, gallery, heritage site or monument within our state in 2015-16. This has grown by 18.7 per cent over the last financial year and has been growing at 7.6 per cent over the last five years. Applications can be submitted online via www.prov.vic.gov.au/community-programs/grants-awards/local-history-grants.  Information for applicants, including guidelines and eligibility criteria, are also available on this website. Applications close at 5pm on 31 January 2017.

PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST WITH FREE GLASSES IN SCHOOLS

  Students in the electorates of Werribee and Tarneit will receive free eye testing and glasses at school in a Victorian-first. The Andrews Labor Government today launched the Glasses for Kids program. More than 30,000 Prep to Year 3 students at 250 schools most in need will have their eyes tested and receive free glasses under the program. Children with undiagnosed vision problems often find it hard to concentrate at school, leading to poor results and bad behaviour - yet many struggling families avoid eye testing because of the cost. Glasses for Kids has been trialled in 24 schools across Gippsland and Melbourne, and will now be rolled out in a further 226 schools around the state. Eligible schools include: Iramoo Primary School Manorvale Primary School Warringa Park School Westgrove Primary School Wyndham Park Primary School Mossfiel Primary School The Grange P-12 College The Labor Government has also partnered with Melbourne University to deliver Glasses for Kids, with supervised final-year optometry students to carry out vision testing at 160 schools. Providing Glasses for Kids is about putting Victorian students and their families first to make sure every child has access to a great school and the opportunity to succeed in life. That’s why we are also: Giving 25,000 children a free breakfast at School Breakfast Clubs in 500 primary schools most in need, so kids can concentrate, learn and reach their full potential Giving more than 70,000 Victorian students regular access to the healthcare they need at school, with 100 schools across the state taking part in Australia’s first Doctors in Secondary Schools Program Helping 180,000 Victorian students take part in school camps and excursions, with $63.8 million already provided under the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund Giving 50,000 Victorian families more than 210,000 school uniform items under the Affordable School Uniforms Program over the past two years Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We are making sure that students get the most out of school and achieve their full potential, whether it’s free eye testing and glasses for kids, making sure they have a full stomach, and access to a GP at school – we’re putting Werribee’s students and families first.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Telmo Languiller “We are putting people first with free eye testing and glasses for kids at the Tarneit electorate’s schools most in need so that every child has the opportunity to thrive in the classroom.”

PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST WITH FREE GLASSES IN SCHOOLS

  Students in the electorates of Werribee and Tarneit will receive free eye testing and glasses at school in a Victorian-first. The Andrews Labor Government today launched the Glasses for Kids program. More than 30,000 Prep to Year 3 students at 250 schools most in need will have their eyes tested and receive free glasses under the program. Children with undiagnosed vision problems often find it hard to concentrate at school, leading to poor results and bad behaviour - yet many struggling families avoid eye testing because of the cost. Glasses for Kids has been trialled in 24 schools across Gippsland and Melbourne, and will now be rolled out in a further 226 schools around the state. Eligible schools include: Iramoo Primary School Manorvale Primary School Warringa Park School Westgrove Primary School Wyndham Park Primary School Mossfiel Primary School The Grange P-12 College The Labor Government has also partnered with Melbourne University to deliver Glasses for Kids, with supervised final-year optometry students to carry out vision testing at 160 schools. Providing Glasses for Kids is about putting Victorian students and their families first to make sure every child has access to a great school and the opportunity to succeed in life. That’s why we are also: Giving 25,000 children a free breakfast at School Breakfast Clubs in 500 primary schools most in need, so kids can concentrate, learn and reach their full potential Giving more than 70,000 Victorian students regular access to the healthcare they need at school, with 100 schools across the state taking part in Australia’s first Doctors in Secondary Schools Program Helping 180,000 Victorian students take part in school camps and excursions, with $63.8 million already provided under the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund Giving 50,000 Victorian families more than 210,000 school uniform items under the Affordable School Uniforms Program over the past two years Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We are making sure that students get the most out of school and achieve their full potential, whether it’s free eye testing and glasses for kids, making sure they have a full stomach, and access to a GP at school – we’re putting Werribee’s students and families first.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Telmo Languiller “We are putting people first with free eye testing and glasses for kids at the Tarneit electorate’s schools most in need so that every child has the opportunity to thrive in the classroom.”

NEW REGIONAL PARK FOR WERRIBEE

  Member for Werribee Tim Pallas has today announced a grant of $3.2 million for the Our Green Heart project, to transform and redevelop Wyndham Park in Werribee. The $11 million project will include a river trail with walking and cycling paths, an event lawn, river terraces, tables, seating and drinking fountains. The funding is part of the $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF), which provides crucial facilities to Melbourne’s fast growing outer suburbs This is in stark contrast to the Liberals’ thought bubble population plan to move Melburnians to the regions. We are putting our fast growing outer suburbs first providing them with the projects and facilities they need. Thirty-four community projects were funded across our growing outer suburbs as part of last year’s GSF, which included family and community centres, town centres, parks and reserves and playgrounds based on the needs identified by Councils. In 2015 the City of Wyndham received $4.15 million toward the delivery of three projects: The Chirnside Park Hub development, the Community Connections project and the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre – all key in what is one of Australia’s fastest growing corridors. The 10 interface councils eligible for funding are; Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “We were elected to put people first, and we’re doing that by giving our fast growing outer suburbs the facilities and local infrastructure they need.” “The Liberals ignored their needs for four years. In contrast, we’re supporting these growing communities with parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities and community centres.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Over the last two years we have shown we are getting on and building the projects our growing community needs, and providing the infrastructure to maintain the amenity that makes our state so liveable.” ”  

NEW REGIONAL PARK FOR WERRIBEE

  Member for Werribee Tim Pallas has today announced a grant of $3.2 million for the Our Green Heart project, to transform and redevelop Wyndham Park in Werribee. The $11 million project will include a river trail with walking and cycling paths, an event lawn, river terraces, tables, seating and drinking fountains. The funding is part of the $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF), which provides crucial facilities to Melbourne’s fast growing outer suburbs This is in stark contrast to the Liberals’ thought bubble population plan to move Melburnians to the regions. We are putting our fast growing outer suburbs first providing them with the projects and facilities they need. Thirty-four community projects were funded across our growing outer suburbs as part of last year’s GSF, which included family and community centres, town centres, parks and reserves and playgrounds based on the needs identified by Councils. In 2015 the City of Wyndham received $4.15 million toward the delivery of three projects: The Chirnside Park Hub development, the Community Connections project and the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre – all key in what is one of Australia’s fastest growing corridors. The 10 interface councils eligible for funding are; Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “We were elected to put people first, and we’re doing that by giving our fast growing outer suburbs the facilities and local infrastructure they need.” “The Liberals ignored their needs for four years. In contrast, we’re supporting these growing communities with parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities and community centres.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Over the last two years we have shown we are getting on and building the projects our growing community needs, and providing the infrastructure to maintain the amenity that makes our state so liveable.” ”  

 

NEW SERVICES FOR WYNDHAM VALE AND TARNEIT FROM JANUARY

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce more services for local passengers in January next year as part of a new timetable that will deliver 80 extra V/Line services. There will be a new train at 8:43am from Wyndham Vale to Melbourne, on top of 18 services on the Geelong line that will stop at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit. In addition, two more services to the city will stop at Tarneit in the morning peak and two more Sunday services to and from Waurn Ponds will stop at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, boosting frequency for local passengers. The 80 extra V/Line services each week are the first of more than 170 announced in 2016-17 Victorian Budget, which invests $1.3 billion in better public transport for regional Victoria. The Budget also delivered $280 million for new carriages, to boost capacity on the busiest regional services. Punctuality on the Geelong line is also now better than it’s been in 10 years, meaning more services, on time, that local passengers can rely on. The new train timetables will be available for download from 28 November at ptv.vic.gov.au. Timetable updates, including new bus and coach services, will be added to PTV’s Journey Planner and PTV App from 5 January 2017. Another timetable change is scheduled for mid-next year, which will introduce even more regional services. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Labor funded, started and delivered Regional Rail Link, which connected Wyndham Vale to the train network for the first time. Now we’re adding more services to create space for more passengers as Wyndham grows.” “The new services will make a real difference, giving passengers more choice about when they travel and how they get home.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languilller “We’re putting people in Tarneit first – delivering more frequent and punctual trains for local passengers.” “We’re not only delivering extra services, we’re also making more trains stop at Tarneit, which means more services for local commuters.”

NEW SERVICES FOR WYNDHAM VALE AND TARNEIT FROM JANUARY

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce more services for local passengers in January next year as part of a new timetable that will deliver 80 extra V/Line services. There will be a new train at 8:43am from Wyndham Vale to Melbourne, on top of 18 services on the Geelong line that will stop at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit. In addition, two more services to the city will stop at Tarneit in the morning peak and two more Sunday services to and from Waurn Ponds will stop at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, boosting frequency for local passengers. The 80 extra V/Line services each week are the first of more than 170 announced in 2016-17 Victorian Budget, which invests $1.3 billion in better public transport for regional Victoria. The Budget also delivered $280 million for new carriages, to boost capacity on the busiest regional services. Punctuality on the Geelong line is also now better than it’s been in 10 years, meaning more services, on time, that local passengers can rely on. The new train timetables will be available for download from 28 November at ptv.vic.gov.au. Timetable updates, including new bus and coach services, will be added to PTV’s Journey Planner and PTV App from 5 January 2017. Another timetable change is scheduled for mid-next year, which will introduce even more regional services. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Labor funded, started and delivered Regional Rail Link, which connected Wyndham Vale to the train network for the first time. Now we’re adding more services to create space for more passengers as Wyndham grows.” “The new services will make a real difference, giving passengers more choice about when they travel and how they get home.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languilller “We’re putting people in Tarneit first – delivering more frequent and punctual trains for local passengers.” “We’re not only delivering extra services, we’re also making more trains stop at Tarneit, which means more services for local commuters.”

THIRD NEW TRAIN FOR THE WERRIBEE LINE HITS THE TRACKS

  The second of more than 100 new trains ordered by Andrews Labor Government has hit the tracks and is running on the Frankston, Werribee and Williamstown lines. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas welcomed the introduction of the second new train today, which will make the daily commute more comfortable for thousands of passengers in Werribee. The new train is in addition to the X’Trapolis train that has operated on the bayside lines for a number of years, and a third from the existing fleet that was also deployed on those lines over the weekend. The three X’Trapolis trains – the biggest, safest and most modern on the metropolitan network – will operate 41 weekday services, 18 Saturday services and 16 Sunday services between Frankston, Werribee and Williamstown. The Labor Government has ordered 19 X’Trapolis trains from Alstom in Ballarat, supporting local jobs and creating space for more than 17,000 passengers once they are all delivered. They are part of the Government’s unprecedented investment in new metropolitan and regional rolling stock, which also includes 48 new regional carriages and 65 new High-Capacity Trains that will soon begin production. The Labor Government’s rolling stock strategy Trains, Trams, Jobs 2015-2025 sets out a ten year order-book for hundreds more trains for Melbourne and regional Victoria, as well as new high-capacity E-Class trams. The strategy will ensure there are enough trains on the network to meet growing demand for train services, and support local jobs in Victoria’s rolling stock industry, which employs up to 10,000 Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “These new trains will make the daily commute more comfortable for thousands of passengers in Wyndham. “There are now three X’Trapolis trains on the Werribee lines, and more to come as the new ones we have ordered roll off the production line and into service.” “These trains are built in Victoria, for Victoria – creating work for thousands of people, and getting thousands more home safer and sooner at night to their loved ones. We’re putting people first.”  

THIRD NEW TRAIN FOR THE WERRIBEE LINE HITS THE TRACKS

  The second of more than 100 new trains ordered by Andrews Labor Government has hit the tracks and is running on the Frankston, Werribee and Williamstown lines. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas welcomed the introduction of the second new train today, which will make the daily commute more comfortable for thousands of passengers in Werribee. The new train is in addition to the X’Trapolis train that has operated on the bayside lines for a number of years, and a third from the existing fleet that was also deployed on those lines over the weekend. The three X’Trapolis trains – the biggest, safest and most modern on the metropolitan network – will operate 41 weekday services, 18 Saturday services and 16 Sunday services between Frankston, Werribee and Williamstown. The Labor Government has ordered 19 X’Trapolis trains from Alstom in Ballarat, supporting local jobs and creating space for more than 17,000 passengers once they are all delivered. They are part of the Government’s unprecedented investment in new metropolitan and regional rolling stock, which also includes 48 new regional carriages and 65 new High-Capacity Trains that will soon begin production. The Labor Government’s rolling stock strategy Trains, Trams, Jobs 2015-2025 sets out a ten year order-book for hundreds more trains for Melbourne and regional Victoria, as well as new high-capacity E-Class trams. The strategy will ensure there are enough trains on the network to meet growing demand for train services, and support local jobs in Victoria’s rolling stock industry, which employs up to 10,000 Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “These new trains will make the daily commute more comfortable for thousands of passengers in Wyndham. “There are now three X’Trapolis trains on the Werribee lines, and more to come as the new ones we have ordered roll off the production line and into service.” “These trains are built in Victoria, for Victoria – creating work for thousands of people, and getting thousands more home safer and sooner at night to their loved ones. We’re putting people first.”  

HELPING WYNDHAM SPORTS CLUBS GROW

The Andrews Labor Government is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the help they need to put local communities first and attract more members than ever before. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced seven clubs in the electorate of Werribee would receive grants from the latest round of the Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. Successful clubs include: Lightning Netball Club – $1000 for Uniforms & $1775 for coach training. Wyndham Netball Association– $1000 for uniforms. Wyndham Victory Netball Club- $1000 for uniforms. Werribee Districts Football Club- $2000 for course attendance. Wyndham Vale Football Club- $3600 for planning and strategy. Manor Lakes Football Club- $999 for equipment including goal post padding. Wyndham Vale Cricket Club- $1000 contribution towards cricket balls for this summer season. Grassroots clubs are the heart of Victorian communities. They keep families connected, kids happy and healthy and communities safe. Our Sporting Club Grants Program is helping these important institutions grow. Grants will cover the costs of new equipment like bats or balls, modern uniforms or development programs for coaches, players and officials. Victoria is the sporting state, and it starts at the grassroots. Our $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping clubs all over Victoria update tired grounds and build the facilities they need. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP: “It is fantastic to see so many clubs in Wyndham apply for this round of Sporting Clubs Grants. I would highly encourage clubs to apply for the next round in 2017.” “Athletes in Wyndham deserve the best facilities and the best equipment. We were elected to put people first, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

HELPING WYNDHAM SPORTS CLUBS GROW

The Andrews Labor Government is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the help they need to put local communities first and attract more members than ever before. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced seven clubs in the electorate of Werribee would receive grants from the latest round of the Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. Successful clubs include: Lightning Netball Club – $1000 for Uniforms & $1775 for coach training. Wyndham Netball Association– $1000 for uniforms. Wyndham Victory Netball Club- $1000 for uniforms. Werribee Districts Football Club- $2000 for course attendance. Wyndham Vale Football Club- $3600 for planning and strategy. Manor Lakes Football Club- $999 for equipment including goal post padding. Wyndham Vale Cricket Club- $1000 contribution towards cricket balls for this summer season. Grassroots clubs are the heart of Victorian communities. They keep families connected, kids happy and healthy and communities safe. Our Sporting Club Grants Program is helping these important institutions grow. Grants will cover the costs of new equipment like bats or balls, modern uniforms or development programs for coaches, players and officials. Victoria is the sporting state, and it starts at the grassroots. Our $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping clubs all over Victoria update tired grounds and build the facilities they need. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP: “It is fantastic to see so many clubs in Wyndham apply for this round of Sporting Clubs Grants. I would highly encourage clubs to apply for the next round in 2017.” “Athletes in Wyndham deserve the best facilities and the best equipment. We were elected to put people first, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

KINDERGARTEN FOR CHILDREN WHO NEED IT MOST

  The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for more families in Wyndham to find a kindergarten place outside of the normal enrolment period. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas announced an extension of the pre-purchased places pilot program in Wyndham, securing at least 13 kindergarten places in 2017. The Government purchases and reserves places for children who may miss out on a kindergarten program. Pre-purchased places help disadvantaged children access kindergarten at no cost to families and carers. More than 445 kindergarten places at 170 services have been secured across Victoria. One in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children miss out on kindergarten in the year before school. Recently arrived migrants and refugees without stable employment and housing also face challenges in accessing kindergarten places. The program is changing people’s lives for the better by supporting more than 400 children and families find a kindergarten where they need it. It aims to help overcome barriers to participation in kindergarten such as enrolling late, moving into new areas, or being cared for out of home. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Early childhood services and kindergarten make a huge difference to children’s lives – they’re one of the most powerful ways to set up children to succeed.” “Victoria has a high kindergarten participation rate – but we can do more. We’ll keep working until all Victorian children are getting the benefits of a high-quality early education.” “The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on the things that matter most to people by giving Victorian children the best start in life.”

KINDERGARTEN FOR CHILDREN WHO NEED IT MOST

  The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for more families in Wyndham to find a kindergarten place outside of the normal enrolment period. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas announced an extension of the pre-purchased places pilot program in Wyndham, securing at least 13 kindergarten places in 2017. The Government purchases and reserves places for children who may miss out on a kindergarten program. Pre-purchased places help disadvantaged children access kindergarten at no cost to families and carers. More than 445 kindergarten places at 170 services have been secured across Victoria. One in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children miss out on kindergarten in the year before school. Recently arrived migrants and refugees without stable employment and housing also face challenges in accessing kindergarten places. The program is changing people’s lives for the better by supporting more than 400 children and families find a kindergarten where they need it. It aims to help overcome barriers to participation in kindergarten such as enrolling late, moving into new areas, or being cared for out of home. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Early childhood services and kindergarten make a huge difference to children’s lives – they’re one of the most powerful ways to set up children to succeed.” “Victoria has a high kindergarten participation rate – but we can do more. We’ll keep working until all Victorian children are getting the benefits of a high-quality early education.” “The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on the things that matter most to people by giving Victorian children the best start in life.”