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  • West Gate Tunnel Project

    The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide a second river crossing, 4 additional lanes on the West Gate Freeway and more reliable trips into the city. It will slash congestion and reduce travel times - getting you home sooner and safer. It will also create 5,600 new jobs and provide an $11 billion boost to our economy.

  • More Train Services for the Werribee Line

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

  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

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

  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project

    The Melbourne Metro Rail Project will deliver nine-kilometres worth of tunnel, five new underground railway stations and the rail the best city in the world deserves. This will revolutionise the way we use Melbourne's rail network.

  • Werribee Electorate

    Information about the local electorate of Werribee which takes in a diverse range of communities and locales.

  • West Gate Tunnel Project

    The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide a second river crossing, 4 additional lanes on the West Gate Freeway and more reliable trips into the city. It will slash congestion and reduce travel times - getting you home sooner and safer. It will also create 5,600 new jobs and provide an $11 billion boost to our economy.

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NEW PUBLIC PARK FOR WYNDHAM

Victorians can have their say on the location of three new metropolitan parks in Wyndham, Melton and Casey, to be funded with over $20 million from the Andrews Labor Government. The proposed parks will provide a total o06 700 hectares of new open space for residents living in some of Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs and new habitats for threatened species, such as the Growling Grass Frog. The proposed park will be located in Wyndham Vale and will be approximately 340 hectares. The new park will allow for greater community enjoyment of the Werribee River and old growth River Red Gums on the river banks. The new park will also significantly improve the liveability of the surrounding emerging suburbs by providing recreation spaces and natural surroundings for local and regional communities. The community can now have its say to decide precise locations and boundaries. Overseen by the independent Regional Parks Standing Advisory Committee, the proposal will be considered through public submissions, three public information sessions and public hearings. The Advisory Committee will then present their recommendations to Government. Information about the proposal and the Advisory Committee process can be found at planning.vic.gov.au/regional-parks Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Growing suburbs need more than just new homes, they need places where friends and families can come together and this park will provide that space.” Quote attributable to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These new parks will help protect Victoria’s biodiversity and boost the amount of green open space in some of Melbourne’s fastest growing urban areas.” “Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city and these new parks will help keep it that way.”

NEW PUBLIC PARK FOR WYNDHAM

Victorians can have their say on the location of three new metropolitan parks in Wyndham, Melton and Casey, to be funded with over $20 million from the Andrews Labor Government. The proposed parks will provide a total o06 700 hectares of new open space for residents living in some of Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs and new habitats for threatened species, such as the Growling Grass Frog. The proposed park will be located in Wyndham Vale and will be approximately 340 hectares. The new park will allow for greater community enjoyment of the Werribee River and old growth River Red Gums on the river banks. The new park will also significantly improve the liveability of the surrounding emerging suburbs by providing recreation spaces and natural surroundings for local and regional communities. The community can now have its say to decide precise locations and boundaries. Overseen by the independent Regional Parks Standing Advisory Committee, the proposal will be considered through public submissions, three public information sessions and public hearings. The Advisory Committee will then present their recommendations to Government. Information about the proposal and the Advisory Committee process can be found at planning.vic.gov.au/regional-parks Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Growing suburbs need more than just new homes, they need places where friends and families can come together and this park will provide that space.” Quote attributable to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These new parks will help protect Victoria’s biodiversity and boost the amount of green open space in some of Melbourne’s fastest growing urban areas.” “Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city and these new parks will help keep it that way.”

WYNDHAM STUDENTS RECOGNISED AT PREMIER’S VCE AWARDS

Students from Wyndham were among Victoria’s top performing VCE students recognised with Premier’s VCE Awards during a special ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Minister for Education James Merlino presented the awards to the high-achieving students and congratulated them on their hard work. Wyndham students from Werribee Secondary College, Heathdale Christian College and Suzanne Cory High School were among those who received a Premier’s VCE Award. A total of 274 Victorian students received 302 awards across 85 subjects, including 276 Study Awards, 23 Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Awards and three Top International Student Awards. The Top All-Round VCE High Achiever awards recognise those students who achieved study scores of 46 or higher out of 50 in at least five VCE subjects, while Study Awards recognise the very best performers in individual VCE subjects. A full list of the Premier’s VCE Awards recipients is available at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/vceawards The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is why we are building the Education State, so that every Victorian gets the opportunity to reach their potential and every community can have access to a great school with outstanding teachers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I congratulate these local top-performing students who have worked hard and excelled in their studies. Our local community is proud of their achievements.’

WYNDHAM STUDENTS RECOGNISED AT PREMIER’S VCE AWARDS

Students from Wyndham were among Victoria’s top performing VCE students recognised with Premier’s VCE Awards during a special ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Minister for Education James Merlino presented the awards to the high-achieving students and congratulated them on their hard work. Wyndham students from Werribee Secondary College, Heathdale Christian College and Suzanne Cory High School were among those who received a Premier’s VCE Award. A total of 274 Victorian students received 302 awards across 85 subjects, including 276 Study Awards, 23 Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Awards and three Top International Student Awards. The Top All-Round VCE High Achiever awards recognise those students who achieved study scores of 46 or higher out of 50 in at least five VCE subjects, while Study Awards recognise the very best performers in individual VCE subjects. A full list of the Premier’s VCE Awards recipients is available at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/vceawards The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is why we are building the Education State, so that every Victorian gets the opportunity to reach their potential and every community can have access to a great school with outstanding teachers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I congratulate these local top-performing students who have worked hard and excelled in their studies. Our local community is proud of their achievements.’

Pick My Project

All change begins with an idea and people dedicated enough to make it happen. The Werribee community is testament to this. As the local member, it has been my privilege to meet some incredible volunteers; individuals who make it their life mission to help others, and to strengthen our community. Werribee may no longer be the country suburb it once was, but what it will never lose is that unmistakable country spirit. That is what makes Pick My Project -  a Victorian first community grants initiative with $30 million available to fund local projects – such a special opportunity for the Werribee community. Residents aged 16 and over can submit an idea for consideration under the program and vote for the projects they think are most  important. All they’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger community and the backing of a local organisation to help deliver the project. This initiative recognises that sometimes great ideas are grassroots ideas. Ideas thought of by the community, and voted by the community. I encourage locals to put forward their ideas, talk to their community, and submit a project for consideration. I look forward to seeing some great local ideas. Applications close Sunday 24 June 2018. For information visit  pickmyproject.vic.gov.au.

Pick My Project

All change begins with an idea and people dedicated enough to make it happen. The Werribee community is testament to this. As the local member, it has been my privilege to meet some incredible volunteers; individuals who make it their life mission to help others, and to strengthen our community. Werribee may no longer be the country suburb it once was, but what it will never lose is that unmistakable country spirit. That is what makes Pick My Project -  a Victorian first community grants initiative with $30 million available to fund local projects – such a special opportunity for the Werribee community. Residents aged 16 and over can submit an idea for consideration under the program and vote for the projects they think are most  important. All they’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger community and the backing of a local organisation to help deliver the project. This initiative recognises that sometimes great ideas are grassroots ideas. Ideas thought of by the community, and voted by the community. I encourage locals to put forward their ideas, talk to their community, and submit a project for consideration. I look forward to seeing some great local ideas. Applications close Sunday 24 June 2018. For information visit  pickmyproject.vic.gov.au.

CRIME DOWN IN WYNDHAM

New figures released today by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show the six-year crime trend that started in 2011 has been turned around, with people in Wyndham experiencing a decline in crime rates for the past 12 months. Wyndham Members of Parliament Tim Pallas, Jill Hennessy and Telmo Languiller said the investment in 3135 new police - the biggest police recruitment drive in Victoria’s history and funded by the Andrews Labor Government - is having an impact on the ground. Crime in the Wyndham local government area is down by 10.3 per cent. In the year to March 2018, break and enter/burglaries offence rate is down by 30 per cent in Wyndham. In the year to March 2018, drug dealing and trafficking offence rate is down by 21.4 per cent. In fact, crime has dropped across Victoria, with 68 of Victoria’s 79 local government areas experiencing decreases in recorded offence rates from the previous 12 months – with a 9.5 per cent decrease in the crime rate. Despite these community safety gains, family violence remains one of the most significant issues facing the Victorian community with demand for services and support continuing to increase. That’s why the Labor Government is deploying family violence police specialists to communities across Victoria to help tackle family violence. Following the unprecedented $2 billion in Victoria Police to deliver the biggest recruitment drive in its history - the Westgate Division will receive 83 new police as part of the 825 scheduled to graduate from the academy over the next 12 months. This year’s Community Safety Statement builds on the record police investment with new laws, more specialist police, equipment and technology to crack down on serious and organised crime. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville  “While these are promising figures there is always more to be done to drive down crime further – that’s why we’re making record investments to give police the resources, powers and equipment they need to keep us safe.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The independent crime statistics released today highlight the relentless work police are doing – day in, day out – to keep people in Wyndham safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “Local police in Wyndham are working hard to tackle criminal offences, which we can see reflected in these latest statistics.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “More police in our community means more police patrolling the streets and more police employed in specialist roles to prevent crime and prosecute offenders – with more to come over the coming years.”

CRIME DOWN IN WYNDHAM

New figures released today by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show the six-year crime trend that started in 2011 has been turned around, with people in Wyndham experiencing a decline in crime rates for the past 12 months. Wyndham Members of Parliament Tim Pallas, Jill Hennessy and Telmo Languiller said the investment in 3135 new police - the biggest police recruitment drive in Victoria’s history and funded by the Andrews Labor Government - is having an impact on the ground. Crime in the Wyndham local government area is down by 10.3 per cent. In the year to March 2018, break and enter/burglaries offence rate is down by 30 per cent in Wyndham. In the year to March 2018, drug dealing and trafficking offence rate is down by 21.4 per cent. In fact, crime has dropped across Victoria, with 68 of Victoria’s 79 local government areas experiencing decreases in recorded offence rates from the previous 12 months – with a 9.5 per cent decrease in the crime rate. Despite these community safety gains, family violence remains one of the most significant issues facing the Victorian community with demand for services and support continuing to increase. That’s why the Labor Government is deploying family violence police specialists to communities across Victoria to help tackle family violence. Following the unprecedented $2 billion in Victoria Police to deliver the biggest recruitment drive in its history - the Westgate Division will receive 83 new police as part of the 825 scheduled to graduate from the academy over the next 12 months. This year’s Community Safety Statement builds on the record police investment with new laws, more specialist police, equipment and technology to crack down on serious and organised crime. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville  “While these are promising figures there is always more to be done to drive down crime further – that’s why we’re making record investments to give police the resources, powers and equipment they need to keep us safe.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The independent crime statistics released today highlight the relentless work police are doing – day in, day out – to keep people in Wyndham safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “Local police in Wyndham are working hard to tackle criminal offences, which we can see reflected in these latest statistics.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “More police in our community means more police patrolling the streets and more police employed in specialist roles to prevent crime and prosecute offenders – with more to come over the coming years.”

 

Members Statement: SkyBus Werribee service

Mr PALLAS — I would like to note that Werribee residents are also very excited to hear that they will soon have access to a SkyBus Werribee–Melbourne Airport service. This will offer Werribee residents a frequent and direct connection to Melbourne Airport once more, replacing the Gull bus service which ceased operations in 2015. This is great for local residents but equally a strong result for local tourism operators, who will benefit from increased visitation to Werribee.

Members Statement: SkyBus Werribee service

Mr PALLAS — I would like to note that Werribee residents are also very excited to hear that they will soon have access to a SkyBus Werribee–Melbourne Airport service. This will offer Werribee residents a frequent and direct connection to Melbourne Airport once more, replacing the Gull bus service which ceased operations in 2015. This is great for local residents but equally a strong result for local tourism operators, who will benefit from increased visitation to Werribee.

Victoria University Werribee East campus

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to inform the house of the exciting plans to reopen Victoria University's Werribee East campus. This is what happens when governments invest in the big projects that Victoria needs and in the people we need to make them happen. The Victoria University TAFE division will train hundreds of workers in the skills that they need to take up jobs on the West Gate tunnel, an outstanding project that will serve the growing western suburbs of Melbourne and will ensure that not only skills and economic opportunity are provided for but travel times are substantially improved. This includes through the TAFE a certificate III in civil construction, identified as a free priority TAFE course by the Andrews Labor government so that cost is never a barrier to finding meaningful work.

Victoria University Werribee East campus

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to inform the house of the exciting plans to reopen Victoria University's Werribee East campus. This is what happens when governments invest in the big projects that Victoria needs and in the people we need to make them happen. The Victoria University TAFE division will train hundreds of workers in the skills that they need to take up jobs on the West Gate tunnel, an outstanding project that will serve the growing western suburbs of Melbourne and will ensure that not only skills and economic opportunity are provided for but travel times are substantially improved. This includes through the TAFE a certificate III in civil construction, identified as a free priority TAFE course by the Andrews Labor government so that cost is never a barrier to finding meaningful work.

Ministers statements: Metro Tunnel

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to advise the house on the delivery of the Metro Tunnel and the transformative effect it will have upon the Victorian economy. The idea of the Metro Tunnel has been around for quite some time; in fact about a decade. Ten years ago it was identified by Sir Rod Eddington as a vital project, but now it is well underway. This morning the Minister for Public Transport and the Premier were out there at what will be Anzac station, where construction has already commenced ... This is a fantastic milestone, and it demonstrates that as a government we are about epitomising our approach to delivering infrastructure. Firstly, set your priorities by listening to the experts; secondly, make sure those priorities are clear to Victorians when you ask for their support; and thirdly, of course get on and do what you promised that you would do. There was a time of course when those opposite spruiked an alternative project, the Melbourne rail link. And just as the Metro Tunnel is a symbol of a government that goes out and does what it says it would do, for those opposite the Melbourne rail link was a project that they just made up as they went along. It was a cut-price, shonky imitation of a rail project. Contrast that to Melbourne Metro, which will save commuters up to 50 minutes ... Well, Speaker, as I was saying, this project will save commuters up to 50 minutes, and it will boost the Victorian economy and it will create jobs. Unlike those opposite, who had no plan for where the stations were going to go and had no idea about an airport rail link or when it would be built ... Under our plans to enhance the network this government intends to replace thousands of useless wooden sleepers, unlike those opposite.

Ministers statements: Metro Tunnel

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to advise the house on the delivery of the Metro Tunnel and the transformative effect it will have upon the Victorian economy. The idea of the Metro Tunnel has been around for quite some time; in fact about a decade. Ten years ago it was identified by Sir Rod Eddington as a vital project, but now it is well underway. This morning the Minister for Public Transport and the Premier were out there at what will be Anzac station, where construction has already commenced ... This is a fantastic milestone, and it demonstrates that as a government we are about epitomising our approach to delivering infrastructure. Firstly, set your priorities by listening to the experts; secondly, make sure those priorities are clear to Victorians when you ask for their support; and thirdly, of course get on and do what you promised that you would do. There was a time of course when those opposite spruiked an alternative project, the Melbourne rail link. And just as the Metro Tunnel is a symbol of a government that goes out and does what it says it would do, for those opposite the Melbourne rail link was a project that they just made up as they went along. It was a cut-price, shonky imitation of a rail project. Contrast that to Melbourne Metro, which will save commuters up to 50 minutes ... Well, Speaker, as I was saying, this project will save commuters up to 50 minutes, and it will boost the Victorian economy and it will create jobs. Unlike those opposite, who had no plan for where the stations were going to go and had no idea about an airport rail link or when it would be built ... Under our plans to enhance the network this government intends to replace thousands of useless wooden sleepers, unlike those opposite.

35 NEW SERVICES FOR WERRIBEE LINE PASSENGERS

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering 35 extra services every week on the Werribee Line to boost capacity and provide passengers with more travel options in the afternoon and evenings. The 2018 metropolitan timetable change will coincide with the completion of the long-awaited Mernda Rail extension. Under the timetable change, Werribee will have access to seven new off-peak services each weekday, creating room for an extra 1,000 passengers on each service. The new services, which build on the 10 extra services delivered in August 2017, will run before and after the evening peak to give passengers more options to get in and out of the city on weekdays. For the first time, passengers at South Kensington, Seddon, Yarraville and Spotswood stations will have access to a turn-up-and-go frequency in the evenings, meaning a turn up and go service until 8.20pm. Werribee Line passengers will also benefit from the Kororoit Creek level crossing removal project, including partial duplication of the Altona Loop track, which is expected to be completed towards the end of the year. When introduced later this year, the new timetable will deliver 190 new and 957 extended services across the Mernda, South Morang, Werribee, Hurstbridge and Dandenong lines. The new timetable will help make public transport a convenient and attractive transport option in the lead up to the opening of the Metro Tunnel, which will create space to run more trains, more often, right across Melbourne. The Labor Government is also making space for more passengers with 14 of its order of 24 Ballarat-made X’Trapolis trains now in service and the first new High Capacity Metro Trains rolling out on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines in mid-2019. Bus connections to trains will be maintained, with adjustments made to bus times when the new train timetable begins. Timetables will be available at ptv.vic.gov.au before the changes are introduced later this year. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This new timetable will improve capacity on some of our busiest train lines, while we get on with building Metro Tunnel, which will free up space to run even more services on the Werribee Line.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “We’re also getting on with duplicating part of the Altona Loop track to make services more reliable.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “We’re introducing 35 extra services each week to provide Werribee Line passengers with more travel options to and from the city.

35 NEW SERVICES FOR WERRIBEE LINE PASSENGERS

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering 35 extra services every week on the Werribee Line to boost capacity and provide passengers with more travel options in the afternoon and evenings. The 2018 metropolitan timetable change will coincide with the completion of the long-awaited Mernda Rail extension. Under the timetable change, Werribee will have access to seven new off-peak services each weekday, creating room for an extra 1,000 passengers on each service. The new services, which build on the 10 extra services delivered in August 2017, will run before and after the evening peak to give passengers more options to get in and out of the city on weekdays. For the first time, passengers at South Kensington, Seddon, Yarraville and Spotswood stations will have access to a turn-up-and-go frequency in the evenings, meaning a turn up and go service until 8.20pm. Werribee Line passengers will also benefit from the Kororoit Creek level crossing removal project, including partial duplication of the Altona Loop track, which is expected to be completed towards the end of the year. When introduced later this year, the new timetable will deliver 190 new and 957 extended services across the Mernda, South Morang, Werribee, Hurstbridge and Dandenong lines. The new timetable will help make public transport a convenient and attractive transport option in the lead up to the opening of the Metro Tunnel, which will create space to run more trains, more often, right across Melbourne. The Labor Government is also making space for more passengers with 14 of its order of 24 Ballarat-made X’Trapolis trains now in service and the first new High Capacity Metro Trains rolling out on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines in mid-2019. Bus connections to trains will be maintained, with adjustments made to bus times when the new train timetable begins. Timetables will be available at ptv.vic.gov.au before the changes are introduced later this year. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This new timetable will improve capacity on some of our busiest train lines, while we get on with building Metro Tunnel, which will free up space to run even more services on the Werribee Line.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “We’re also getting on with duplicating part of the Altona Loop track to make services more reliable.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “We’re introducing 35 extra services each week to provide Werribee Line passengers with more travel options to and from the city.