Tim Pallas State Labor Member for Werribee

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Authorised by T. Pallas, 2/56-58 Watton St Werribee VIC 3030. Funded by Parliamentary Budget.
  • Werribee Street Level Crossing Gone for Good

    The Andrews Government has removed its 45th dangerous and congested level crossing – with trains now running on the new one-kilometre rail bridge at Werribee Street, safely separated from traffic.

  • Another Crossing Down at Cherry Street

    The Cherry Street level crossing in Werribee is gone months ahead of schedule, and an upgrade of eight major roads is complete as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s huge investment in better transport in Melbourne’s west.

  • Major Works Take Shape at Old Geelong Road

    Major construction has now begun to remove the level crossing at Old Geelong Road. Crews have lifted new bridge beams into place – the next steps in building a new road bridge that will remove the level crossing for good.

  • Duncans Road Interchange Upgrade Completed

    Drivers in Melbourne’s west can now enjoy safer and more reliable access to the Princes Freeway and Werribee tourism precinct, thanks to the completion of the Duncans Road Interchange Upgrade in Werribee.

  • New Riverbend Primary School

    Riverbend Primary School is officially open – catering for 575 students and includes three learning neighbourhoods, outdoor play courts, a performing arts and physical education building, and a sports field.

  • Werribee Mercy Hospital Expansion

    The $85 million Werribee Mercy Hospital expansion opened in 2018 will provide staff with more of the modern facilities they need to take care of our community. This includes 64 inpatient beds, 8 critical care beds and 6 additional operating theatres.

  • $45 Million Police Complex

    Construction begins for the new $45 million station in Werribee. The new facility delivers a state-of-the-art police station that will be able to house more than 460 staff and officers, including uniformed, crime investigation, transit safety officers and administration staff, amongst others.

  • Another Crossing Down at Cherry Street

    The Cherry Street level crossing in Werribee is gone months ahead of schedule, and an upgrade of eight major roads is complete as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s huge investment in better transport in Melbourne’s west.

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MORE SUPPORT TO MAKE SCHOOLS INCLUSIVE FOR ALL STUDENTS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs. In total there are 74 projects across the state that will share in over $12.5 million under Round 6 of the Labor Government’s Inclusive Schools Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that Warringa Park School would receive $200,000 for an inclusive outdoor learning space, including new play equipment and synthetic turf, as part of the fund. There are many innovative ideas included under the fund, which supports the construction of inclusive playgrounds, as well as indoor and outdoor inclusive learning spaces. This round will fund projects such as accessible wheelchair friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces. The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better cater for the social and educational needs of all young people, including those with a disability or additional needs. This is the sixth round of funding. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015, more than 300 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces and inclusive playgrounds have been announced. The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, are able to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. More information about these projects is available at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This funding is about giving every child the best chance to meet their potential – regardless of their background or circumstances.” “Disability shouldn’t be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education regardless of background or educational needs.”

MORE SUPPORT TO MAKE SCHOOLS INCLUSIVE FOR ALL STUDENTS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs. In total there are 74 projects across the state that will share in over $12.5 million under Round 6 of the Labor Government’s Inclusive Schools Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that Warringa Park School would receive $200,000 for an inclusive outdoor learning space, including new play equipment and synthetic turf, as part of the fund. There are many innovative ideas included under the fund, which supports the construction of inclusive playgrounds, as well as indoor and outdoor inclusive learning spaces. This round will fund projects such as accessible wheelchair friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces. The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better cater for the social and educational needs of all young people, including those with a disability or additional needs. This is the sixth round of funding. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015, more than 300 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces and inclusive playgrounds have been announced. The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, are able to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. More information about these projects is available at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This funding is about giving every child the best chance to meet their potential – regardless of their background or circumstances.” “Disability shouldn’t be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education regardless of background or educational needs.”

SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL OWNERS TO CARE FOR COUNTRY

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal Victorians to care for Country in Wyndham with a $22.6 million investment to reinvigorate Traditional Owner-led cultural land and fire management practices. As part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22, the funding will support Aboriginal Victorians to implement the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said this funding ensures access to Country and enabling Traditional Owners to practice cultural fire and other land management activities plays a key role in supporting self-determination. It’s also vital in helping to keep our state safe. Traditional Owners undertake cultural burning for a range of reasons associated with caring for Country – including promoting revegetation, producing food, game and maintaining spiritual connection with Country. This investment also acknowledges that First Peoples have been using fire as a tool to manage the land – and reduce the risks of bushfires – for tens of thousands of years. Not only can these practices help keep Country safe from extreme fires, it can also help to rejuvenate local flora, protect native animal habitats, and respond to weeds and pests. Under the strategy, an Aboriginal-led Cultural Fire Leadership group will be established, helping to bring together Traditional Owners and land managers in delivering local cultural fire plans. This investment will also support Traditional Owners in sharing cultural burning techniques with our state’s emergency services and conservation groups, including creating jobs that support First Peoples to participate on the ground with fire crews. The Budget also includes new support for Traditional Owners to share their expertise with their communities, ensuring this knowledge and practice is safeguarded for future generations. Building on $1.26 million in last year’s Budget, this further investment will deliver on the commitments made as part of the Labor Government’s Self-determination Reform Framework and the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2018-2023. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “For tens of thousands of years, Traditional Owners and their knowledge of Country has been protecting and making the most of our natural environment.” “With this investment, we’ll make sure Aboriginal culture and knowledge continues to inform the way the land is cared for in Victoria.” “We know outcomes for Aboriginal people are better when they’re led by Aboriginal people – and cultural fire practices reflect our Government’s commitment to achieving self-determination for Aboriginal Victorians.”

SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL OWNERS TO CARE FOR COUNTRY

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal Victorians to care for Country in Wyndham with a $22.6 million investment to reinvigorate Traditional Owner-led cultural land and fire management practices. As part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22, the funding will support Aboriginal Victorians to implement the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said this funding ensures access to Country and enabling Traditional Owners to practice cultural fire and other land management activities plays a key role in supporting self-determination. It’s also vital in helping to keep our state safe. Traditional Owners undertake cultural burning for a range of reasons associated with caring for Country – including promoting revegetation, producing food, game and maintaining spiritual connection with Country. This investment also acknowledges that First Peoples have been using fire as a tool to manage the land – and reduce the risks of bushfires – for tens of thousands of years. Not only can these practices help keep Country safe from extreme fires, it can also help to rejuvenate local flora, protect native animal habitats, and respond to weeds and pests. Under the strategy, an Aboriginal-led Cultural Fire Leadership group will be established, helping to bring together Traditional Owners and land managers in delivering local cultural fire plans. This investment will also support Traditional Owners in sharing cultural burning techniques with our state’s emergency services and conservation groups, including creating jobs that support First Peoples to participate on the ground with fire crews. The Budget also includes new support for Traditional Owners to share their expertise with their communities, ensuring this knowledge and practice is safeguarded for future generations. Building on $1.26 million in last year’s Budget, this further investment will deliver on the commitments made as part of the Labor Government’s Self-determination Reform Framework and the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2018-2023. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “For tens of thousands of years, Traditional Owners and their knowledge of Country has been protecting and making the most of our natural environment.” “With this investment, we’ll make sure Aboriginal culture and knowledge continues to inform the way the land is cared for in Victoria.” “We know outcomes for Aboriginal people are better when they’re led by Aboriginal people – and cultural fire practices reflect our Government’s commitment to achieving self-determination for Aboriginal Victorians.”

RECORD INVESTMENT TO PROTECT VICTORIA FROM BUSHFIRE RISK

The Andrews Labor Government recently unveiled a record funding package to protect local communities, including in Werribee, across the state – aimed at reducing bushfire risk for the longer, hotter fire seasons to come. As part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22, a $517 million investment will deliver important technology upgrades for firefighters and improved risk management across agencies to reduce the risk of bushfires in a changing climate. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the investment of $339.5 million will continue to fund our Forest Fire Management workers and firefighters - as well make sure our technology, fire towers and equipment stays up to scratch. A $133 million investment will deliver brand-new digital radios for Forest Fire Management Victoria staff – helping them avoid black spots and communicate better with other emergency services. Better communication on the ground and in remote areas will help detect fires earlier and improve efforts to contain them faster. Funding will also further deliver on recommendations of two inquiries into the devastating 2019 and 2020 bushfires by the Inspector General for Emergency Management and the Bushfires Royal Commission. In response to the Inspector General’s call for greater coordination and leadership, more than $21 million will be provided for a new Office of Bushfire Risk Management to bring together land and fire managers, so they can work more closely to reduce the risk of bushfires on public and private land. The Office will work with Forest Fire Management Victoria, the Country Fire Authority, Emergency Management Victoria, local government, landholders and the community. It will have a key role in delivering the improvements to land and fire management recommended by the Inspector-General. A Budget boost of $15.6 million will help keep our state safe, addressing long grasses and other highly flammable undergrowth across Victoria, including delivering fuel management along major arterial road and rail corridors, additional planned burns, new specialist skills and machinery, and advanced bushfire risk modelling. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our first responders and local communities band together to do an incredible job protecting Victorians throughout bushfire season.” “While we can’t ever thank them enough – we can invest in the equipment, technology and infrastructure they need to reduce the risk of the next bushfire season.”

RECORD INVESTMENT TO PROTECT VICTORIA FROM BUSHFIRE RISK

The Andrews Labor Government recently unveiled a record funding package to protect local communities, including in Werribee, across the state – aimed at reducing bushfire risk for the longer, hotter fire seasons to come. As part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22, a $517 million investment will deliver important technology upgrades for firefighters and improved risk management across agencies to reduce the risk of bushfires in a changing climate. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the investment of $339.5 million will continue to fund our Forest Fire Management workers and firefighters - as well make sure our technology, fire towers and equipment stays up to scratch. A $133 million investment will deliver brand-new digital radios for Forest Fire Management Victoria staff – helping them avoid black spots and communicate better with other emergency services. Better communication on the ground and in remote areas will help detect fires earlier and improve efforts to contain them faster. Funding will also further deliver on recommendations of two inquiries into the devastating 2019 and 2020 bushfires by the Inspector General for Emergency Management and the Bushfires Royal Commission. In response to the Inspector General’s call for greater coordination and leadership, more than $21 million will be provided for a new Office of Bushfire Risk Management to bring together land and fire managers, so they can work more closely to reduce the risk of bushfires on public and private land. The Office will work with Forest Fire Management Victoria, the Country Fire Authority, Emergency Management Victoria, local government, landholders and the community. It will have a key role in delivering the improvements to land and fire management recommended by the Inspector-General. A Budget boost of $15.6 million will help keep our state safe, addressing long grasses and other highly flammable undergrowth across Victoria, including delivering fuel management along major arterial road and rail corridors, additional planned burns, new specialist skills and machinery, and advanced bushfire risk modelling. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our first responders and local communities band together to do an incredible job protecting Victorians throughout bushfire season.” “While we can’t ever thank them enough – we can invest in the equipment, technology and infrastructure they need to reduce the risk of the next bushfire season.”

EVEN MORE WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORTS GRANTS

Five additional grassroots sport clubs and organisations in Werribee are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $4,200 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the latest successful applicants from Werribee of the current round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs with up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness and up to $5,000 to help sports get back on their feet after the pandemic. Grant recipients include Wyndhamvale Football Club who scored $1,000 to purchase new uniforms for the women’s teams, and Werribee Adventure Guides, which is receiving almost $500. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities and increase local participation as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Since 2014, the Victorian Government has provided more than 5150 sporting club grants totalling more than $7 million to clubs across the state. For more information on the grants, vsit http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “We’re proud to provide this boost that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.” “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to a whole new level.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee.”

EVEN MORE WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORTS GRANTS

Five additional grassroots sport clubs and organisations in Werribee are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $4,200 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the latest successful applicants from Werribee of the current round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs with up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness and up to $5,000 to help sports get back on their feet after the pandemic. Grant recipients include Wyndhamvale Football Club who scored $1,000 to purchase new uniforms for the women’s teams, and Werribee Adventure Guides, which is receiving almost $500. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities and increase local participation as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Since 2014, the Victorian Government has provided more than 5150 sporting club grants totalling more than $7 million to clubs across the state. For more information on the grants, vsit http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “We’re proud to provide this boost that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.” “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to a whole new level.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORTS GRANTS

An additional seven grassroots sport clubs and organisations in the Werribee District are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $16,000 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the latest successful applicants from Werribee of the current round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs with up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness and up to $5,000 to help sports get back on their feet after the pandemic. Applications are being assessed on a rolling basis and close later this month. Grant recipients include Wyndham City Sharks who scored over $2,500 for new uniforms and COVID-19 recovery, and Wyndham Netball Association who scored $10,000 in COVID-19 recovery funding and in skill development support. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities and increase local participation as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Since 2014, the Victorian Government has provided more than 5150 sporting club grants totalling more than $7 million to clubs across the state. For more information on the grants, vsit http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “We’re proud to provide this boost that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.” “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to a whole new level.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORTS GRANTS

An additional seven grassroots sport clubs and organisations in the Werribee District are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $16,000 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the latest successful applicants from Werribee of the current round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs with up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness and up to $5,000 to help sports get back on their feet after the pandemic. Applications are being assessed on a rolling basis and close later this month. Grant recipients include Wyndham City Sharks who scored over $2,500 for new uniforms and COVID-19 recovery, and Wyndham Netball Association who scored $10,000 in COVID-19 recovery funding and in skill development support. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities and increase local participation as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Since 2014, the Victorian Government has provided more than 5150 sporting club grants totalling more than $7 million to clubs across the state. For more information on the grants, vsit http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “We’re proud to provide this boost that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.” “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to a whole new level.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee.”

UPGRADING AND IMPROVING VICTORIAN KINDERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Wyndham kindergartens upgrade and improve their facilities and giving them access to the latest technology. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today encouraged local councils and not-for-profit organisations delivering funded kindergarten programs to apply for a grant as part of the Labor Government’s Building Blocks program. Applications under the Building Blocks Improvement Stream are now open, with grants available to upgrade or improve early learning facilities, and fund new IT devices. Grants of up to $300,000 are available towards an early learning facility upgrade project, providing services with funding to help them renovate and refurbish their centres. Organisations can apply for up to $50,000 for a minor improvement project for smaller scale works that will improve the quality of kindergarten services for their children and families. Grants of up to $1,500 are also available for IT devices such as laptops, tablets and televisions to support the delivery of kindergarten programs or administrative use. Launched last year, Building Blocks streamlines all pre-exisiting kindergarten infrastructure grants into one overarching program and provides increased state funding contributions for early childhood projects. The funding supports early childhood providers to undertake projects to improve the amenity of their services, and projects to increase the capacity of their service. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an Australian first, the Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion over this decade to deliver a full 15 hours per week of uni-versally funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, with the roll-out starting this year. Visit www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks to apply. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I encourage local councils and early childhood services across Wyndham to take advantage of these grants to help improve our kindergartens and set them up for the future.”

UPGRADING AND IMPROVING VICTORIAN KINDERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Wyndham kindergartens upgrade and improve their facilities and giving them access to the latest technology. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today encouraged local councils and not-for-profit organisations delivering funded kindergarten programs to apply for a grant as part of the Labor Government’s Building Blocks program. Applications under the Building Blocks Improvement Stream are now open, with grants available to upgrade or improve early learning facilities, and fund new IT devices. Grants of up to $300,000 are available towards an early learning facility upgrade project, providing services with funding to help them renovate and refurbish their centres. Organisations can apply for up to $50,000 for a minor improvement project for smaller scale works that will improve the quality of kindergarten services for their children and families. Grants of up to $1,500 are also available for IT devices such as laptops, tablets and televisions to support the delivery of kindergarten programs or administrative use. Launched last year, Building Blocks streamlines all pre-exisiting kindergarten infrastructure grants into one overarching program and provides increased state funding contributions for early childhood projects. The funding supports early childhood providers to undertake projects to improve the amenity of their services, and projects to increase the capacity of their service. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an Australian first, the Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion over this decade to deliver a full 15 hours per week of uni-versally funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, with the roll-out starting this year. Visit www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks to apply. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I encourage local councils and early childhood services across Wyndham to take advantage of these grants to help improve our kindergartens and set them up for the future.”

KICKING IN FOR COUNTRY FOOTY AND NETBALL IN WERRIBEE

With regional football and netball back bigger and better than ever, the Victorian Government is proud to be kicking in $5 million to support clubs in Werribee District grow and sustain participation and help communities thrive through the Country Football and Netball Program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced applications to the 2021-22 Country Football and Netball Program are now open to upgrade and develop facilities for football and netball clubs, so they can meet growing demand and welcome even more members. It’s a partnership with Netball Victoria, the AFL, and AFL Victoria to help netball and football clubs across the state, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live. Grants of up to $150,000 are available to deliver projects such as redeveloping and building new ovals and netball courts, installing sports lighting, and building new and redeveloped pavilions. There’s a focus on supporting communities who have recently experienced natural disasters or communities that are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, strong population growth or other economic challenges. Launched in 2005, the program has invested more than $30 million to more than 500 projects across the state. Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles. Applications from local Councils are now open and close on 22 June 2021. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding Round Two of the program will open in September 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Everyone deserves a fair go and that’s why we are supporting country football and netball clubs and the players, supporters and volunteers who make them strong.” “Regional clubs including those in Werribee are a breeding ground for some of nation’s greatest champions. They deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.” “Better facilities allow clubs to take on more players, host more events and draw bigger crowds, creating a real buzz in the community and boosting local economies.” “I urge clubs here in Werribee to talk to their local council to kick start projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives.”

KICKING IN FOR COUNTRY FOOTY AND NETBALL IN WERRIBEE

With regional football and netball back bigger and better than ever, the Victorian Government is proud to be kicking in $5 million to support clubs in Werribee District grow and sustain participation and help communities thrive through the Country Football and Netball Program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced applications to the 2021-22 Country Football and Netball Program are now open to upgrade and develop facilities for football and netball clubs, so they can meet growing demand and welcome even more members. It’s a partnership with Netball Victoria, the AFL, and AFL Victoria to help netball and football clubs across the state, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live. Grants of up to $150,000 are available to deliver projects such as redeveloping and building new ovals and netball courts, installing sports lighting, and building new and redeveloped pavilions. There’s a focus on supporting communities who have recently experienced natural disasters or communities that are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, strong population growth or other economic challenges. Launched in 2005, the program has invested more than $30 million to more than 500 projects across the state. Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles. Applications from local Councils are now open and close on 22 June 2021. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding Round Two of the program will open in September 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Everyone deserves a fair go and that’s why we are supporting country football and netball clubs and the players, supporters and volunteers who make them strong.” “Regional clubs including those in Werribee are a breeding ground for some of nation’s greatest champions. They deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.” “Better facilities allow clubs to take on more players, host more events and draw bigger crowds, creating a real buzz in the community and boosting local economies.” “I urge clubs here in Werribee to talk to their local council to kick start projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives.”

HELPING WYNDHAM STAY SAFE AND STAY OPEN

Wyndham businesses will soon get specialist advice on staying safe and staying open through 2021 thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced Wyndham will receive $170,000 to keep local businesses and local people safe. Wyndham can use $120,000 of funding to employ COVID Business Support Officers who will help high-risk locations like markets and shopping strips comply with COVIDSafe requirements, like checking in, physical distancing and cleaning. They will work with local hospitality businesses, community venues and small retailers – like hairdressers, butchers and milk bars – to ensure they can stay COVIDSafe, as well as delivering a wide range of information on COVIDSafe practices to the community. The funding is part of a $7.88 million commitment for councils across Victoria, establishing the Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support program and creating 236 positions to help businesses stay safe and stay open. Wyndham will also receive an additional $50,000 to provide assistance to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) businesses in the municipality, bringing Wyndham’s funding to $170,000 in total. The Victorian Government has invested more than $6 billion in direct economic support for businesses and workers to help them recover from the pandemic, including $2.6 billion paid to 134,000 businesses through the Business Support Fund. For more information on local government funding support visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The COVID support officers will be really important for making sure our Wyndham community stays COVIDSafe and open for business.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “The more we can help local businesses stay safe and open, the more we can continue to recover as a community from the impacts of COVID-19. I’m really pleased to see resources allocated to our Councils to aid in this essential recovery process.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Specialist officers will help businesses stay open and our community stay safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Councils are crucial to Victoria’s recovery from the pandemic and this funding enables them to support businesses and communities with COVIDSafe best practice and keep local economies open.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “This is about making sure Victorian business – and every community in our state – has the support and information they need to stay safe and open through 2021.”

HELPING WYNDHAM STAY SAFE AND STAY OPEN

Wyndham businesses will soon get specialist advice on staying safe and staying open through 2021 thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced Wyndham will receive $170,000 to keep local businesses and local people safe. Wyndham can use $120,000 of funding to employ COVID Business Support Officers who will help high-risk locations like markets and shopping strips comply with COVIDSafe requirements, like checking in, physical distancing and cleaning. They will work with local hospitality businesses, community venues and small retailers – like hairdressers, butchers and milk bars – to ensure they can stay COVIDSafe, as well as delivering a wide range of information on COVIDSafe practices to the community. The funding is part of a $7.88 million commitment for councils across Victoria, establishing the Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support program and creating 236 positions to help businesses stay safe and stay open. Wyndham will also receive an additional $50,000 to provide assistance to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) businesses in the municipality, bringing Wyndham’s funding to $170,000 in total. The Victorian Government has invested more than $6 billion in direct economic support for businesses and workers to help them recover from the pandemic, including $2.6 billion paid to 134,000 businesses through the Business Support Fund. For more information on local government funding support visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The COVID support officers will be really important for making sure our Wyndham community stays COVIDSafe and open for business.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “The more we can help local businesses stay safe and open, the more we can continue to recover as a community from the impacts of COVID-19. I’m really pleased to see resources allocated to our Councils to aid in this essential recovery process.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Specialist officers will help businesses stay open and our community stay safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Councils are crucial to Victoria’s recovery from the pandemic and this funding enables them to support businesses and communities with COVIDSafe best practice and keep local economies open.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “This is about making sure Victorian business – and every community in our state – has the support and information they need to stay safe and open through 2021.”

 

FURTHER BOOST FOR WERRIBEE CAMPING AND CARAVAN PARKS

Popular caravan and camping destinations in Werribee will share $2.04 million in Round 3 of the Andrews Labor Government’s Camping and Caravan Grants to upgrade and improve the visitor experience. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the third round of grants were open for projects to up-grade campgrounds and caravan parks and boost regional tourism across Werribee. The grants are part of Victoria’s Great Outdoors – a $105.6 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to build better walking trails, campgrounds and visitor facilities to make it easier for all Victorians to explore our parks and forests, experience nature and support regional tourism. Grants between $5,000 to $200,000 are available to support managers of campgrounds and caravan parks, including Crown land managers, committees of management, Traditional Owners and councils and, to improve the quality and amount of visitor facilities. Applications from, and partnerships with, Traditional Owners are encouraged. The grants will boost regional Victoria through employing local business and will create more and better campgrounds, caravan parks and recreational facilities for visitors looking to explore what Werribee has to offer. Applications for round three of the Camping and Caravan Grants opened on Thursday 29 April and re-main open until 4pm on Friday 11 June 2021. For more information visit https://www.forestsandreserves.vic.gov.au/grants/camping-and-caravan-grants Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This will be a welcome boost for caravan parks and campgrounds in Werribee and a great way to encourage more Victorians to visit and enjoy the beauty of everything our area has to offer.” “Victorians can enjoy improved facilities and all the benefits of camping in our beautiful region.”

FURTHER BOOST FOR WERRIBEE CAMPING AND CARAVAN PARKS

Popular caravan and camping destinations in Werribee will share $2.04 million in Round 3 of the Andrews Labor Government’s Camping and Caravan Grants to upgrade and improve the visitor experience. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the third round of grants were open for projects to up-grade campgrounds and caravan parks and boost regional tourism across Werribee. The grants are part of Victoria’s Great Outdoors – a $105.6 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to build better walking trails, campgrounds and visitor facilities to make it easier for all Victorians to explore our parks and forests, experience nature and support regional tourism. Grants between $5,000 to $200,000 are available to support managers of campgrounds and caravan parks, including Crown land managers, committees of management, Traditional Owners and councils and, to improve the quality and amount of visitor facilities. Applications from, and partnerships with, Traditional Owners are encouraged. The grants will boost regional Victoria through employing local business and will create more and better campgrounds, caravan parks and recreational facilities for visitors looking to explore what Werribee has to offer. Applications for round three of the Camping and Caravan Grants opened on Thursday 29 April and re-main open until 4pm on Friday 11 June 2021. For more information visit https://www.forestsandreserves.vic.gov.au/grants/camping-and-caravan-grants Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This will be a welcome boost for caravan parks and campgrounds in Werribee and a great way to encourage more Victorians to visit and enjoy the beauty of everything our area has to offer.” “Victorians can enjoy improved facilities and all the benefits of camping in our beautiful region.”

AWARDS RECOGNISE WYNDHAM EARLY YEARS PROFESSIONALS

Victorians can nominate an individual, early childhood service or organisation in for a Victorian Early Years Award to recognise the outstanding work of early years professionals to improve the lives of chil-dren and their families. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced nominations are open for this year’s awards, and called on families, early childhood professionals and early years organisations in Werribee to nominate themselves or others. In its 16th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards celebrate the nominees, finalists and winners, and the commitment, resilience and flexibility demonstrated by the entire sector. In 2021, the awards will celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including improving access and participation, supporting parents and promoting children’s health and wellbeing, as well as the prestigious Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Award winners in each category will receive up to $15,000 to further develop and share the lessons of their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. Nominations for the awards close on Monday, 14 June. Finalists will be announced in August ahead of the awards ceremony in November. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit: education.vic.gov.au/veya Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an Australian-first, the Andrews Labor Government is also investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to 15 hours of a funded kindergarten program. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “This year’s Victorian Early Years Awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the people, organisa-tions and services that help our children to get the best start in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Werribee is home to many passionate early years professionals and early years services delivering fan-tastic outcomes for children.”

AWARDS RECOGNISE WYNDHAM EARLY YEARS PROFESSIONALS

Victorians can nominate an individual, early childhood service or organisation in for a Victorian Early Years Award to recognise the outstanding work of early years professionals to improve the lives of chil-dren and their families. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced nominations are open for this year’s awards, and called on families, early childhood professionals and early years organisations in Werribee to nominate themselves or others. In its 16th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards celebrate the nominees, finalists and winners, and the commitment, resilience and flexibility demonstrated by the entire sector. In 2021, the awards will celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including improving access and participation, supporting parents and promoting children’s health and wellbeing, as well as the prestigious Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Award winners in each category will receive up to $15,000 to further develop and share the lessons of their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. Nominations for the awards close on Monday, 14 June. Finalists will be announced in August ahead of the awards ceremony in November. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit: education.vic.gov.au/veya Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an Australian-first, the Andrews Labor Government is also investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to 15 hours of a funded kindergarten program. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “This year’s Victorian Early Years Awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the people, organisa-tions and services that help our children to get the best start in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Werribee is home to many passionate early years professionals and early years services delivering fan-tastic outcomes for children.”

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST ACADEMY FOR OUR BEST TEACHERS

Teachers from Werribee will benefit from a brand-new multi-site academy of teaching and leadership excellence, as Victoria leads the way in raising the bar on teacher quality. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $148.2 million in establishing the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, a new statutory authority. Regional hubs for the academy will be established in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton. The authority will deliver a new Australian-first program of advanced professional learning for high-performing teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools. The Academy will begin operations and the delivery of new programs from January 2022. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will also be based in a purpose-designed CBD site, alongside the seven regional Academies – ensuring rural and regional teachers are able to access high-quality professional development regardless of their location. The CBD location is expected to be open early next year and the Geelong site by mid-2022 – with the rest of the locations operating by the end of 2022. Once established, the new Academy’s programs will provide an unprecedented opportunity for our best teachers to further develop their skills and become recognised as statewide leaders in teaching excellence. These teachers can then share their expertise and knowledge with their own school communities, ensuring every classroom and every child benefits from this investment. The Academy’s flagship offering will be the Teaching Excellence Program, a one-year intensive program for up to 500 teachers per year across all sectors, which will cover core curriculum areas including English, Mathematics, Science and the Arts. Other programs will focus on developing a pipeline of emerging leaders and aspiring principals. Through the Academy, our teachers will also have access to the latest research in the science of learning and discipline based content knowledge, giving them the skills to ensure our kids are growing up as creative and critical-thinkers. Not only will they benefit from emerging research and understanding, the Academy will also enable our best teachers to learn from one another – with a focus on sharing best practice, ideas, experience and resources. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership aims to build on the existing Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership with a new focus on professional learning for Victoria’s highly skilled teachers. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want Victorian kids to get the very best education – and we know the most important way to do that is by having the best teachers.” “The new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will develop our teachers, giving the very latest in understanding and skills, and enabling them to share that with their colleagues and school communities. Not only is this an investment in our teachers, it’s an investment in our kids – and their futures.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is about giving every one of our teachers the opportunity to excel and extend their skills even further. A great teacher makes such a big difference in the education of our children, so it is the right thing to do to make sure they are supported in every way.”

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST ACADEMY FOR OUR BEST TEACHERS

Teachers from Werribee will benefit from a brand-new multi-site academy of teaching and leadership excellence, as Victoria leads the way in raising the bar on teacher quality. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $148.2 million in establishing the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, a new statutory authority. Regional hubs for the academy will be established in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton. The authority will deliver a new Australian-first program of advanced professional learning for high-performing teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools. The Academy will begin operations and the delivery of new programs from January 2022. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will also be based in a purpose-designed CBD site, alongside the seven regional Academies – ensuring rural and regional teachers are able to access high-quality professional development regardless of their location. The CBD location is expected to be open early next year and the Geelong site by mid-2022 – with the rest of the locations operating by the end of 2022. Once established, the new Academy’s programs will provide an unprecedented opportunity for our best teachers to further develop their skills and become recognised as statewide leaders in teaching excellence. These teachers can then share their expertise and knowledge with their own school communities, ensuring every classroom and every child benefits from this investment. The Academy’s flagship offering will be the Teaching Excellence Program, a one-year intensive program for up to 500 teachers per year across all sectors, which will cover core curriculum areas including English, Mathematics, Science and the Arts. Other programs will focus on developing a pipeline of emerging leaders and aspiring principals. Through the Academy, our teachers will also have access to the latest research in the science of learning and discipline based content knowledge, giving them the skills to ensure our kids are growing up as creative and critical-thinkers. Not only will they benefit from emerging research and understanding, the Academy will also enable our best teachers to learn from one another – with a focus on sharing best practice, ideas, experience and resources. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership aims to build on the existing Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership with a new focus on professional learning for Victoria’s highly skilled teachers. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want Victorian kids to get the very best education – and we know the most important way to do that is by having the best teachers.” “The new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will develop our teachers, giving the very latest in understanding and skills, and enabling them to share that with their colleagues and school communities. Not only is this an investment in our teachers, it’s an investment in our kids – and their futures.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is about giving every one of our teachers the opportunity to excel and extend their skills even further. A great teacher makes such a big difference in the education of our children, so it is the right thing to do to make sure they are supported in every way.”

$2.55 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR VICTORIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERS

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is encouraging environmental volunteers in Werribee to apply for grants to support their work in protecting and restoring our land and natural environment. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio opened the latest round of the Victorian Landcare Grants, with $2.55 million in Victorian Government funding available to environmental volunteering groups. Tim Pallas MP said Landcare and other environmental volunteering groups in Werribee can now apply for project grants of up to $30,000 for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that help to improve the local environment for future generations. Support grants of up to $500 are also available for new and existing groups and networks to assist with operating costs for Landcare and environmental volunteering across the state. This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), demonstrating the important environmental outcomes that can be achieved through collaboration between CMAs, environmental groups, local communities, and the government. The grants are part of the Victorian Government’s $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package, which is delivering funding for small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Victoria’s biodiversity and waterways. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan. Applications close 5pm Wednesday 16 June 2021. For more information go to environment.vic.gov.au/grants/vlg Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham is home to some of Victoria’s best natural landscapes and habitat – I encourage all our dedicated volunteer groups and networks to apply for a grant.” “Werribee’s volunteers are invaluable, and these grants will allow them to continue to make a significant difference at a grassroots level.”

$2.55 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR VICTORIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERS

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is encouraging environmental volunteers in Werribee to apply for grants to support their work in protecting and restoring our land and natural environment. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio opened the latest round of the Victorian Landcare Grants, with $2.55 million in Victorian Government funding available to environmental volunteering groups. Tim Pallas MP said Landcare and other environmental volunteering groups in Werribee can now apply for project grants of up to $30,000 for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that help to improve the local environment for future generations. Support grants of up to $500 are also available for new and existing groups and networks to assist with operating costs for Landcare and environmental volunteering across the state. This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), demonstrating the important environmental outcomes that can be achieved through collaboration between CMAs, environmental groups, local communities, and the government. The grants are part of the Victorian Government’s $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package, which is delivering funding for small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Victoria’s biodiversity and waterways. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan. Applications close 5pm Wednesday 16 June 2021. For more information go to environment.vic.gov.au/grants/vlg Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham is home to some of Victoria’s best natural landscapes and habitat – I encourage all our dedicated volunteer groups and networks to apply for a grant.” “Werribee’s volunteers are invaluable, and these grants will allow them to continue to make a significant difference at a grassroots level.”

PLANS FOR UPGRADES TO WERRIBEE SOUTH BOAT RAMP

Boaters getting out on the water at Werribee South boat ramp will soon have better facilities with designs being drawn up to make improvements to the popular boat ramp and car park. Concept designs for Werribee South ramp have been commissioned as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented $47.2 million investment to improve recreational boating in Victoria and will be overseen by Better Boating Victoria (BBV). The Government has already made launching and parking at Victorian boat ramps free and established the Better Boating Fund and BBV is progressing upgrades to facilities and boating safety across the state. The Werribee South ramp is a short drive from one of Victoria’s fastest growing residential areas and provides boaters with access to the Werribee River and Port Phillip. It has been identified as a priority for upgrade due to the volume of boats being launched and retrieved at the ramp, and congestion in the adjoining carpark facility at peak times. Concept designs will address traffic flow and the potential for additional car and trailer parking, as well as maximising functionality of the popular six-lane boating facility. An accessible pontoon will be among the options considered as part of the design, to cater for for all-abilities access to vessels from the ramp. Nearby ramps at Kirk Point and Avalon Beach are also in line for upgrades with concept designs being progressed. BBV will work closely with local user groups, as well as Wyndham City Council, and plans will be shared more broadly for community feedback when finalised. Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “Werribee South is an extremely busy boat ramp in a growing area of Melbourne, providing boaters with access to great fishing in Port Phillip.” “Whether it’s snapper, King George whiting or calamari you’re chasing, or you’re just heading out for a cruise, this investment will make Werribee South an even better place to start your day on the water.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The boat ramp at Werribee South is a significant asset for the community and is extremely popular with boaters accessing Port Phillip.” “Getting out on the water is a big part of life for many locals so it’s important to continue to invest in better facilities to make that easier and safer.”

PLANS FOR UPGRADES TO WERRIBEE SOUTH BOAT RAMP

Boaters getting out on the water at Werribee South boat ramp will soon have better facilities with designs being drawn up to make improvements to the popular boat ramp and car park. Concept designs for Werribee South ramp have been commissioned as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented $47.2 million investment to improve recreational boating in Victoria and will be overseen by Better Boating Victoria (BBV). The Government has already made launching and parking at Victorian boat ramps free and established the Better Boating Fund and BBV is progressing upgrades to facilities and boating safety across the state. The Werribee South ramp is a short drive from one of Victoria’s fastest growing residential areas and provides boaters with access to the Werribee River and Port Phillip. It has been identified as a priority for upgrade due to the volume of boats being launched and retrieved at the ramp, and congestion in the adjoining carpark facility at peak times. Concept designs will address traffic flow and the potential for additional car and trailer parking, as well as maximising functionality of the popular six-lane boating facility. An accessible pontoon will be among the options considered as part of the design, to cater for for all-abilities access to vessels from the ramp. Nearby ramps at Kirk Point and Avalon Beach are also in line for upgrades with concept designs being progressed. BBV will work closely with local user groups, as well as Wyndham City Council, and plans will be shared more broadly for community feedback when finalised. Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “Werribee South is an extremely busy boat ramp in a growing area of Melbourne, providing boaters with access to great fishing in Port Phillip.” “Whether it’s snapper, King George whiting or calamari you’re chasing, or you’re just heading out for a cruise, this investment will make Werribee South an even better place to start your day on the water.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The boat ramp at Werribee South is a significant asset for the community and is extremely popular with boaters accessing Port Phillip.” “Getting out on the water is a big part of life for many locals so it’s important to continue to invest in better facilities to make that easier and safer.”

FREE GLASSES FOR KIDS IN WERRIBEE SCHOOLS

Primary school students in Werribee schools are receiving free vision screenings and if needed, further testing and glasses, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today presented students at Woodville Primary School with some of their first ever glasses to address vision impairment issues. Children with undiagnosed vision problems often find it hard to concentrate at school, which can affect their learning capabilities if left unaddressed. The Glasses for Kids program helps alleviate this problem by providing an onsite service to children at their school to address vision impairments in children who otherwise may have gone undiagnosed. More than 40,000 Prep to Year 3 students at 340 schools have been invited to participate in the program which is delivered by State Schools’ Relief. The Victorian Government has invested $1.3 million to extend the Glasses for Kids program. This builds on the $800,000 the Victorian Government has already provided for this program. The program has offered free vision screening, follow up eye testing and glasses for 21,821 students at 358 schools since the program started in 2015. During this time, 2,633 students have received free glasses. Providing the Glasses for Kids program 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. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure students in Werribee get the support they need to achieve their potential in school by providing free eye tests and glasses.” "We are providing free eye testing and glasses for kids at our schools – so every child has the opportunity to thrive in the classroom."

FREE GLASSES FOR KIDS IN WERRIBEE SCHOOLS

Primary school students in Werribee schools are receiving free vision screenings and if needed, further testing and glasses, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today presented students at Woodville Primary School with some of their first ever glasses to address vision impairment issues. Children with undiagnosed vision problems often find it hard to concentrate at school, which can affect their learning capabilities if left unaddressed. The Glasses for Kids program helps alleviate this problem by providing an onsite service to children at their school to address vision impairments in children who otherwise may have gone undiagnosed. More than 40,000 Prep to Year 3 students at 340 schools have been invited to participate in the program which is delivered by State Schools’ Relief. The Victorian Government has invested $1.3 million to extend the Glasses for Kids program. This builds on the $800,000 the Victorian Government has already provided for this program. The program has offered free vision screening, follow up eye testing and glasses for 21,821 students at 358 schools since the program started in 2015. During this time, 2,633 students have received free glasses. Providing the Glasses for Kids program 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. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure students in Werribee get the support they need to achieve their potential in school by providing free eye tests and glasses.” "We are providing free eye testing and glasses for kids at our schools – so every child has the opportunity to thrive in the classroom."

MAKING WERRIBEE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ENERGY EFFICIENT

Four Werribee schools are becoming greener and more environmentally sustainable while reducing their electricity costs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Greener Government School Buildings program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today visited Wyndham Vale Primary School to mark the installation of the school’s new 65.6KW solar power system, which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 90 tonnes each year. Solar power systems like these are a strategic investment that can pay for itself over several years. This program will remove the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage schools from pursuing this option, and will save Victorian schools over $1.8 million on energy per year. Wyndham Vale Primary School is among 171 government schools across Victoria receiving solar power systems under the Greener Government School Buildings program. Riverwalk Primary School, Wyndham Central Secondary College, Wyndham Park Primary School and Wyndham Vale Primary School are all benefitting from more than $330,000 of combined Greener Government School Buildings funding – keeping almost 350 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere every year. The $8.8 million program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and save them money by installing solar power systems. The program will contribute to the Labor Government’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The Greener Government School Buildings program is established from the success of the pilot program rolled out across 42 schools in 2019. The solar power systems installed as part of the 2020-21 Greener Government School Buildings program are expected to see 6,974 kW of solar installed, with an estimated saving of 10,200 tonnes of carbon emissions. By June 2022, in total the program is expected to see 8,200 kW of solar installed, with an estimated saving of $2 million per year and 11,500 tonnes of carbon emissions abated. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs. The Government is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to make these schools more sustainable and more energy efficient, so we can all do our bit for the environment.” “Not only will the environment benefit from this program, installing solar panel systems will help reduce power bills for our schools.” Quote attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a project that will make a big difference for our schools. It will cut emissions while at the same time cutting costs and that is good news for everyone.”

MAKING WERRIBEE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ENERGY EFFICIENT

Four Werribee schools are becoming greener and more environmentally sustainable while reducing their electricity costs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Greener Government School Buildings program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today visited Wyndham Vale Primary School to mark the installation of the school’s new 65.6KW solar power system, which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 90 tonnes each year. Solar power systems like these are a strategic investment that can pay for itself over several years. This program will remove the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage schools from pursuing this option, and will save Victorian schools over $1.8 million on energy per year. Wyndham Vale Primary School is among 171 government schools across Victoria receiving solar power systems under the Greener Government School Buildings program. Riverwalk Primary School, Wyndham Central Secondary College, Wyndham Park Primary School and Wyndham Vale Primary School are all benefitting from more than $330,000 of combined Greener Government School Buildings funding – keeping almost 350 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere every year. The $8.8 million program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and save them money by installing solar power systems. The program will contribute to the Labor Government’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The Greener Government School Buildings program is established from the success of the pilot program rolled out across 42 schools in 2019. The solar power systems installed as part of the 2020-21 Greener Government School Buildings program are expected to see 6,974 kW of solar installed, with an estimated saving of 10,200 tonnes of carbon emissions. By June 2022, in total the program is expected to see 8,200 kW of solar installed, with an estimated saving of $2 million per year and 11,500 tonnes of carbon emissions abated. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs. The Government is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to make these schools more sustainable and more energy efficient, so we can all do our bit for the environment.” “Not only will the environment benefit from this program, installing solar panel systems will help reduce power bills for our schools.” Quote attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a project that will make a big difference for our schools. It will cut emissions while at the same time cutting costs and that is good news for everyone.”

TUTOR TARGET EXCEEDED IN WERRIBEE SCHOOLS

More than 5,600 tutors are working across Victoria, including 124 tutors in Werribee District schools, to ensure no student is left behind in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. That includes schools such as Werribee District’s Manorvale Primary School – where 5 extra tutors are supporting students – and Wyndham Central Secondary College – with 8 additional tutors. The huge number is 1,500 more than the initial target of 4,100 set for the 2021 school year and includes more than 30 extra tutors in non-government schools – well above the 600 expected. Every school received at least $15,000 to ensure they could participate effectively, with the amount provided to each calculated on the number of enrolments and the number of social disadvantage-funded students in the school. Funding for each school was calculated on an evidence-based model of around 20 per cent of students receiving two or three 45 minute sessions each week, in small groups, for 26 weeks. Schools have employed tutors based on the needs of their students. Some work part-time and offer a range of experience and support levels, and some have deployed existing teaching staff to tutoring roles. Last October the Andrews Labor Government announced a $250 million package and called upon preservice teachers, teachers on leave, retired teachers and casual relief teachers to sign-up to be tutors – the single biggest boost to individual learning support in Victoria’s history. Tutors are available at every government school and work in small groups, providing extra support for more than 200,000 students across Victoria no matter their circumstances or background. While teachers did a remarkable job last year, having the extra support of onsite tutors in 2021 will ensure these teaching teams can provide dedicated and individualised support for students who need help. Evidence shows students who struggled most with online learning during the pandemic included those with low levels of English, those already at risk of disengaging from school, or those with home environments not conducive to remote learning. To help bring these students up to speed, the $250 million support package includes: • $209.6 million for every government school to attract and employ 3,500 tutors across the 2021 school year • $30 million to employ 600 tutors at non-government schools to support disadvantaged students. • $8.6 million in 2021 for Family Engagement Initiatives to support schools working with families to lift student outcomes and re-engage students with learning.This includes an additional 16 Koorie Engagement Support Officers and 60 additional multilingual and bicultural workers. Schools determine how tutoring support is best implemented in their school. The tutors are providing targeted teaching to students, with a focus on foundational skills of literacy and numeracy. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Education James Merlino “2020 was a year like no other and while we know some students thrived during remote learning, we also know some struggled. This year, we’re using our educators’ skills to help students catch up in the classroom.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are thrilled to have exceeded our initial target of tutors. This will ensure that students in Werribee are given the support they need to succeed at school, ensuring they aren’t left behind.”

TUTOR TARGET EXCEEDED IN WERRIBEE SCHOOLS

More than 5,600 tutors are working across Victoria, including 124 tutors in Werribee District schools, to ensure no student is left behind in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. That includes schools such as Werribee District’s Manorvale Primary School – where 5 extra tutors are supporting students – and Wyndham Central Secondary College – with 8 additional tutors. The huge number is 1,500 more than the initial target of 4,100 set for the 2021 school year and includes more than 30 extra tutors in non-government schools – well above the 600 expected. Every school received at least $15,000 to ensure they could participate effectively, with the amount provided to each calculated on the number of enrolments and the number of social disadvantage-funded students in the school. Funding for each school was calculated on an evidence-based model of around 20 per cent of students receiving two or three 45 minute sessions each week, in small groups, for 26 weeks. Schools have employed tutors based on the needs of their students. Some work part-time and offer a range of experience and support levels, and some have deployed existing teaching staff to tutoring roles. Last October the Andrews Labor Government announced a $250 million package and called upon preservice teachers, teachers on leave, retired teachers and casual relief teachers to sign-up to be tutors – the single biggest boost to individual learning support in Victoria’s history. Tutors are available at every government school and work in small groups, providing extra support for more than 200,000 students across Victoria no matter their circumstances or background. While teachers did a remarkable job last year, having the extra support of onsite tutors in 2021 will ensure these teaching teams can provide dedicated and individualised support for students who need help. Evidence shows students who struggled most with online learning during the pandemic included those with low levels of English, those already at risk of disengaging from school, or those with home environments not conducive to remote learning. To help bring these students up to speed, the $250 million support package includes: • $209.6 million for every government school to attract and employ 3,500 tutors across the 2021 school year • $30 million to employ 600 tutors at non-government schools to support disadvantaged students. • $8.6 million in 2021 for Family Engagement Initiatives to support schools working with families to lift student outcomes and re-engage students with learning.This includes an additional 16 Koorie Engagement Support Officers and 60 additional multilingual and bicultural workers. Schools determine how tutoring support is best implemented in their school. The tutors are providing targeted teaching to students, with a focus on foundational skills of literacy and numeracy. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Education James Merlino “2020 was a year like no other and while we know some students thrived during remote learning, we also know some struggled. This year, we’re using our educators’ skills to help students catch up in the classroom.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are thrilled to have exceeded our initial target of tutors. This will ensure that students in Werribee are given the support they need to succeed at school, ensuring they aren’t left behind.”