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.

  • Cherry Street Level Crossing Gone By Easter

    At Werribee’s nearby Cherry Street, the level crossing is on track to be removed by Easter, well ahead of its original 2022 target date – with a new road bridge separating cars from trains, connecting Tarneit Road to Princess Highway.

  • Major Works Kick Off at Old Geelong Road

    Major construction has now begun to remove the level crossing at Old Geelong Road. Crews started work to lift huge retaining wall panels into place and continue working in the median and on both sides on Princes Highway – the first 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.

  • 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.

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MAKING KINDER ENROLMENTS EASIER FOR WYNDHAM FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for Wyndham families to secure a kinder place. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt today announced Wyndham is one of 41 local government areas that will share in $720,000 and receive a Central Enrolment Development Grants. Wyndham will receive $10,000 to update policies, websites and materials to ensure that Three-Year-Old Kindergarten information is accessible to all families, and to engage and consult with culturally and linguistically diverse communities throughout Wyndham ‒ all in time for the roll-out of funded ThreeYear-Old Kindergarten across Victoria. Central enrolment makes it easier for parents to secure a kinder place by allowing parents to register their interest in enrolling their child in more than one service, without having to contact multiple centres. The Kindergarten Central Enrolment program provides grants to councils to establish, expand or enhance central enrolment schemes in their community. Councils can apply for up to $60,000 to implement a scheme or up to $10,000 to expand or enhance an existing scheme to support the statewide roll-out of universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten in 2022. In an Australian first, the Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion to deliver 15 hours of funded three-year-old kindergarten programs to children in Victoria by 2029. Three-Year-Old Kindergarten has now been rolled out across 21 local government areas and will expand across the rest of the state in 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know that two years are better than one when it comes to kinder, which is why we’re investing nearly $5 billion to roll out funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten across Victoria over the next ten years.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “I know that for many parents, securing a spot for your kids at a local kinder can be a stressful and timeconsuming experience. This program will help to ease some of that stress and I’m so pleased that Wyndham parents will be able to make use of this service.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Wyndham is one of the fastest growing areas in Victoria. This investment is helping to streamline enrolments and will make the task of finding the right kindergarten easier for many young families in our community.”

MAKING KINDER ENROLMENTS EASIER FOR WYNDHAM FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for Wyndham families to secure a kinder place. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt today announced Wyndham is one of 41 local government areas that will share in $720,000 and receive a Central Enrolment Development Grants. Wyndham will receive $10,000 to update policies, websites and materials to ensure that Three-Year-Old Kindergarten information is accessible to all families, and to engage and consult with culturally and linguistically diverse communities throughout Wyndham ‒ all in time for the roll-out of funded ThreeYear-Old Kindergarten across Victoria. Central enrolment makes it easier for parents to secure a kinder place by allowing parents to register their interest in enrolling their child in more than one service, without having to contact multiple centres. The Kindergarten Central Enrolment program provides grants to councils to establish, expand or enhance central enrolment schemes in their community. Councils can apply for up to $60,000 to implement a scheme or up to $10,000 to expand or enhance an existing scheme to support the statewide roll-out of universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten in 2022. In an Australian first, the Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion to deliver 15 hours of funded three-year-old kindergarten programs to children in Victoria by 2029. Three-Year-Old Kindergarten has now been rolled out across 21 local government areas and will expand across the rest of the state in 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know that two years are better than one when it comes to kinder, which is why we’re investing nearly $5 billion to roll out funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten across Victoria over the next ten years.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “I know that for many parents, securing a spot for your kids at a local kinder can be a stressful and timeconsuming experience. This program will help to ease some of that stress and I’m so pleased that Wyndham parents will be able to make use of this service.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Wyndham is one of the fastest growing areas in Victoria. This investment is helping to streamline enrolments and will make the task of finding the right kindergarten easier for many young families in our community.”

MORE WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORT GRANTS

More grassroots sport clubs and organisations in the Werribee district are set score new sports equipment thanks to a share in an additional $1,980.00 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced two more successful applicants from Werribee of the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. This is the third group of successful funding recipients to be announced. 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 Wyndham Dragons Netball Club who scored $1,000 to purchase new equipment, and BeeJays Calisthenics Club, which is receiving $980.00 to purchase new uniforms. 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. The Sporting Club Grants program is accepting applications until 19 April or when the fund allocation runs out so grassroots clubs and organisations are encouraged to get in quick. 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 and how to apply go to http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-andfunding/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.” “The Victorian Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport can provide.” “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 [insert electorate] 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.”

MORE WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORT GRANTS

More grassroots sport clubs and organisations in the Werribee district are set score new sports equipment thanks to a share in an additional $1,980.00 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced two more successful applicants from Werribee of the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. This is the third group of successful funding recipients to be announced. 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 Wyndham Dragons Netball Club who scored $1,000 to purchase new equipment, and BeeJays Calisthenics Club, which is receiving $980.00 to purchase new uniforms. 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. The Sporting Club Grants program is accepting applications until 19 April or when the fund allocation runs out so grassroots clubs and organisations are encouraged to get in quick. 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 and how to apply go to http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-andfunding/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.” “The Victorian Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport can provide.” “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 [insert electorate] 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.”

WORK STARTS ON WOODVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADES

Students at Woodville Primary School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that architecture firm Thomson Adsett has been appointed to design the school’s $10.7 million upgrade. The works will see upgrade and modernisation of Woodville Primary School, including modernising the school’s Block A and Block B. 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 – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Werribee and Hoppers Crossing families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

WORK STARTS ON WOODVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADES

Students at Woodville Primary School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that architecture firm Thomson Adsett has been appointed to design the school’s $10.7 million upgrade. The works will see upgrade and modernisation of Woodville Primary School, including modernising the school’s Block A and Block B. 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 – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Werribee and Hoppers Crossing families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

RECOGNITION FOR WERRIBEE SCHOOL INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS

Local businesses across Victoria that are giving students vital on-the-job experience have been honoured by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today celebrated an employer in Werribee who is providing valuable workplace education for students through programs such as Head Start, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, Structured Workplace Learning and work experience opportunities. The importance of school and industry partnerships were recognised at the Championing Victorian Industry within Schools event, which honoured businesses and their outstanding achievements in supporting students in 2020. The businesses recognised included Multiskills Training in Werribee, which has developed Construction Induction card packages to fill the need in local schools at a heavily discounted price, allowing integration aids to accompany students to Construction Induction card training. The event aims to strengthen relationships between schools and industry to provide further opportunities for students across Victoria. Industry provides an essential and valued contribution to applied learning outcomes for students across VCE, VCAL and VET programs and this event highlights how integral these industry relationships are. Schools and school partners nominated businesses and employers who supported students and schoolbased programs in 2020. The Victorian Government is investing in creating the education and training pathways for students to get the skills they need for the jobs they want. This includes a current investment of $49.8 million to deliver Head Start Apprentices and Traineeships – a program that supports students to complete their VCE or VCAL over three years alongside paid onthe-job training that leads to a qualification. The government is also investing $38.1 million to transform vocational and applied learning in senior secondary schooling, which includes the development of a new single integrated senior secondary certificate, following a review by former Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority CEO John Firth. These reforms include a focus on strengthening partnerships between schools and industry, to give every student a high quality and meaningful experience that benefits both students and industry and contributes to Victoria’s economic recovery roadmap. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re delighted to have an opportunity to thank these businesses and highlight their achievements in supporting students.” “The support of local businesses in providing hands-on experience and training for Victorian students has never been more important and we thank and celebrate those employers that support school programs” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are investing in the future of all Victorians through a wide range of vocational programs which are connecting industry with the workforce of tomorrow.”

RECOGNITION FOR WERRIBEE SCHOOL INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS

Local businesses across Victoria that are giving students vital on-the-job experience have been honoured by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today celebrated an employer in Werribee who is providing valuable workplace education for students through programs such as Head Start, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, Structured Workplace Learning and work experience opportunities. The importance of school and industry partnerships were recognised at the Championing Victorian Industry within Schools event, which honoured businesses and their outstanding achievements in supporting students in 2020. The businesses recognised included Multiskills Training in Werribee, which has developed Construction Induction card packages to fill the need in local schools at a heavily discounted price, allowing integration aids to accompany students to Construction Induction card training. The event aims to strengthen relationships between schools and industry to provide further opportunities for students across Victoria. Industry provides an essential and valued contribution to applied learning outcomes for students across VCE, VCAL and VET programs and this event highlights how integral these industry relationships are. Schools and school partners nominated businesses and employers who supported students and schoolbased programs in 2020. The Victorian Government is investing in creating the education and training pathways for students to get the skills they need for the jobs they want. This includes a current investment of $49.8 million to deliver Head Start Apprentices and Traineeships – a program that supports students to complete their VCE or VCAL over three years alongside paid onthe-job training that leads to a qualification. The government is also investing $38.1 million to transform vocational and applied learning in senior secondary schooling, which includes the development of a new single integrated senior secondary certificate, following a review by former Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority CEO John Firth. These reforms include a focus on strengthening partnerships between schools and industry, to give every student a high quality and meaningful experience that benefits both students and industry and contributes to Victoria’s economic recovery roadmap. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re delighted to have an opportunity to thank these businesses and highlight their achievements in supporting students.” “The support of local businesses in providing hands-on experience and training for Victorian students has never been more important and we thank and celebrate those employers that support school programs” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are investing in the future of all Victorians through a wide range of vocational programs which are connecting industry with the workforce of tomorrow.”

VOLUNTEERING INNOVATION FUND ROUND TWO OPEN

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is encouraging volunteer groups in Wyndham to apply for round two of the Volunteering Innovation Fund. The Fund is now open with grants of up to $50,000 available for projects that create change and inspire more people to volunteer in parks and forests. The $2 million investment is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program, to encourage innovation, and attract a greater diversity of people volunteering in parks and forests. A host of passionate volunteers work to support and conserve our parks in Wyndham. The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on this incredible work and inviting everyone to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering. More than $300,000 was awarded as part of Round One of the Fund, which provided up to $20,000 per successful project. Round two applications closes at 5pm on Thursday 22 April 2021. Short-listed applications will be put to public vote on Engage Victoria mid-year to decide the funding recipients. The Volunteering Innovation Fund aims to include people from all walks of life to volunteer in our parks and forests, benefiting the environment, volunteers and the community. For more information: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/volunteering/volunteering-innovationfund. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Local volunteers in Wyndham are passionate about our environment and I look forward to seeing all the applications to the Volunteering Innovation Fund to support, expand and diversify environmental volunteering in our local area.” “Volunteering in parks and forests is a great way to contribute to conserving Victoria’s special places and we want to connect more people with the benefits of being in nature across the Werribee district.”

VOLUNTEERING INNOVATION FUND ROUND TWO OPEN

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is encouraging volunteer groups in Wyndham to apply for round two of the Volunteering Innovation Fund. The Fund is now open with grants of up to $50,000 available for projects that create change and inspire more people to volunteer in parks and forests. The $2 million investment is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program, to encourage innovation, and attract a greater diversity of people volunteering in parks and forests. A host of passionate volunteers work to support and conserve our parks in Wyndham. The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on this incredible work and inviting everyone to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering. More than $300,000 was awarded as part of Round One of the Fund, which provided up to $20,000 per successful project. Round two applications closes at 5pm on Thursday 22 April 2021. Short-listed applications will be put to public vote on Engage Victoria mid-year to decide the funding recipients. The Volunteering Innovation Fund aims to include people from all walks of life to volunteer in our parks and forests, benefiting the environment, volunteers and the community. For more information: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/volunteering/volunteering-innovationfund. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Local volunteers in Wyndham are passionate about our environment and I look forward to seeing all the applications to the Volunteering Innovation Fund to support, expand and diversify environmental volunteering in our local area.” “Volunteering in parks and forests is a great way to contribute to conserving Victoria’s special places and we want to connect more people with the benefits of being in nature across the Werribee district.”

WYNDHAM SCHOOLS SHARE IN MAINTENANCE BOOST

Students at more than 200 schools across Victoria are set to benefit from an essential maintenance boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced two additional schools in Wyndham are among the Victorian schools that will share in $10.4 million of Planned Maintenance Program (PMP) funding. PMP funding ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. Through the PMP, Wyndham Vale Primary School and Wyndham Park Primary School will share in $50,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks, which will include cladding repairs, external floor revarnishing, skylight repairs, wall repainting, and roof plumbing and structural issues. More than $2.4 million will go towards maintenance to Shelter-in-Place buildings at 11 schools, which provides emergency accommodation to staff and students in the case of a bushfire. The funding is on top of over $27 million of PMP funding already provided to 357 schools in the 2020 school year. This funding ensures existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. Works are determined by an evaluation system which uses up-to-date information on the condition of schools to create a faster and more targeted allocation of PMP funding. 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 – and is now ahead of schedule on 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 “Our record investment in school infrastructure is delivering high quality classrooms for our hard-working principals, teachers and staff, as well as students and families.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our Planned Maintenance Program is about ensuring that every Wyndham school is well maintained and safe to provide the best possible environment for students to learn in.”

WYNDHAM SCHOOLS SHARE IN MAINTENANCE BOOST

Students at more than 200 schools across Victoria are set to benefit from an essential maintenance boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced two additional schools in Wyndham are among the Victorian schools that will share in $10.4 million of Planned Maintenance Program (PMP) funding. PMP funding ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. Through the PMP, Wyndham Vale Primary School and Wyndham Park Primary School will share in $50,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks, which will include cladding repairs, external floor revarnishing, skylight repairs, wall repainting, and roof plumbing and structural issues. More than $2.4 million will go towards maintenance to Shelter-in-Place buildings at 11 schools, which provides emergency accommodation to staff and students in the case of a bushfire. The funding is on top of over $27 million of PMP funding already provided to 357 schools in the 2020 school year. This funding ensures existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. Works are determined by an evaluation system which uses up-to-date information on the condition of schools to create a faster and more targeted allocation of PMP funding. 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 – and is now ahead of schedule on 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 “Our record investment in school infrastructure is delivering high quality classrooms for our hard-working principals, teachers and staff, as well as students and families.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our Planned Maintenance Program is about ensuring that every Wyndham school is well maintained and safe to provide the best possible environment for students to learn in.”

GRANTS OPEN TO SUPPORT WERRIBEE’S DEDICATED CARERS

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Werribee carers have the supports they need to stay heathy as they care for some of our most vulnerable community members. The second round of the $572,000 Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program are now open increasing support of carer health and wellbeing. Grants of $20,000 to $40,000 are available for local community organisations to increase opportunities for carers to be physically and mentally healthy and boost social connectivity for carers with family, friends, other carers and their local community. Across Victoria, more than 736,000 carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them. Unpaid carers support people with different care needs including people with chronic disease, mental illness, people with a disability, older people with care needs and those receiving end-of-life or palliative care. The recent Mental Health Royal Commission final report identified the importance of supporting the mental health of carers as a key focus. The final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System identified the importance of the role of carers and of involving and supporting them. Giving carers the support they need is a key priority of the Labor Government through the Victorian Carer Strategy 2018-22 – the first whole-of-government strategy recognising carers. The grants program is part of a nearly $50 million Government investment for extra respite, transport concessions and grants for local carer groups. Applications close on Saturday 24 April. For more information visit vic.gov.au/dffh/supporting-carers-locally-grants-program-2021-22-round-2.

GRANTS OPEN TO SUPPORT WERRIBEE’S DEDICATED CARERS

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Werribee carers have the supports they need to stay heathy as they care for some of our most vulnerable community members. The second round of the $572,000 Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program are now open increasing support of carer health and wellbeing. Grants of $20,000 to $40,000 are available for local community organisations to increase opportunities for carers to be physically and mentally healthy and boost social connectivity for carers with family, friends, other carers and their local community. Across Victoria, more than 736,000 carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them. Unpaid carers support people with different care needs including people with chronic disease, mental illness, people with a disability, older people with care needs and those receiving end-of-life or palliative care. The recent Mental Health Royal Commission final report identified the importance of supporting the mental health of carers as a key focus. The final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System identified the importance of the role of carers and of involving and supporting them. Giving carers the support they need is a key priority of the Labor Government through the Victorian Carer Strategy 2018-22 – the first whole-of-government strategy recognising carers. The grants program is part of a nearly $50 million Government investment for extra respite, transport concessions and grants for local carer groups. Applications close on Saturday 24 April. For more information visit vic.gov.au/dffh/supporting-carers-locally-grants-program-2021-22-round-2.

2021 VICTORIAN JUNIOR LANDCARE AND BIODIVERSITY GRANTS

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP is encouraging schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides, and youth groups in Wyndham to apply for grants up to $5,000 for biodiversity projects in our local community. Tim Pallas said up to $450,000 in funding for the 2021 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants is available to help young people in Wyndham protect our precious environment. These grants will fund projects that boost biodiversity through the development, improvement, or restoration of habitat for Victoria’s native plants and animals. Grants are also available for programs that engage or educate young people to value and actively care for Victoria’s natural environment. Now in its fourth year, the Andrews Labor Government has provided over $1.2 million for 350 projects across the state in that time. Past projects in the Werribee electorate include Wyndham Central College’s Environmental Student Engagement in 2018 and ‘Bush Kinder’ at Aussie Kindies Early Learning Centre in 2019. The grants are delivered by Landcare Australia as part of their Junior Landcare program, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. For more information about how to apply, visit juniorlandcare.org.au/grant/2021-victorian-junior-landcareand-biodiversity-grants Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I encourage local schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, scouts, guides, and youth groups in Werribee to apply for a grant.” “Young people in Werribee will get hands-on experience and learn about the world beyond the classroom.”

2021 VICTORIAN JUNIOR LANDCARE AND BIODIVERSITY GRANTS

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP is encouraging schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides, and youth groups in Wyndham to apply for grants up to $5,000 for biodiversity projects in our local community. Tim Pallas said up to $450,000 in funding for the 2021 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants is available to help young people in Wyndham protect our precious environment. These grants will fund projects that boost biodiversity through the development, improvement, or restoration of habitat for Victoria’s native plants and animals. Grants are also available for programs that engage or educate young people to value and actively care for Victoria’s natural environment. Now in its fourth year, the Andrews Labor Government has provided over $1.2 million for 350 projects across the state in that time. Past projects in the Werribee electorate include Wyndham Central College’s Environmental Student Engagement in 2018 and ‘Bush Kinder’ at Aussie Kindies Early Learning Centre in 2019. The grants are delivered by Landcare Australia as part of their Junior Landcare program, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. For more information about how to apply, visit juniorlandcare.org.au/grant/2021-victorian-junior-landcareand-biodiversity-grants Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I encourage local schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, scouts, guides, and youth groups in Werribee to apply for a grant.” “Young people in Werribee will get hands-on experience and learn about the world beyond the classroom.”

 

NEW APPRENTICESHIPS BODY TO BUILD SKILLS FOR VICTORIANS

Thousands of apprentices and trainees will be better connected with real learning and job opportunities through the Andrews Labor Government’s new Apprenticeships Victoria. Apprenticeships Victoria (AV) will coordinate and oversee all aspects of the delivery of apprenticeships, and forms a key part of the Labor Government’s unprecedented investment in the training and skills sector. It will provide a point of contact for Victorians as they complete their apprenticeship and provide support by removing barriers for students and workers looking to upskill, creating better pathways to the workforce, fostering connections for employers and industry, and overseeing programs like Big Build Apprenticeships. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is encouraging people from Werribee who are interested in participating to visit apprenticeships.vic.gov.au or call 131 823. A walk-in AV hub will open mid-2021 in the CBD with dedicated staff to help foster the next generation of highly skilled workers. The $33 million Big Build Apprenticeships will provide 1,500 opportunities to Victorian apprentices and trainees each year for four years to kickstart their careers on some of the state’s largest projects, including the new Footscray Hospital, North East Link and Warrnambool Learning and Library Hub. At least 10 per cent of the construction hours on these projects will be completed by apprentices and trainees, strengthening pathways from the classroom to the workforce and supporting employers by increasing the pool of highly skilled workers in Victoria. School leavers and young people are encouraged to get involved, with priority given to workers who were affected by the coronavirus pandemic, disadvantaged Victorians and those under-represented in the construction industry. Since 2015, the Labor Government has invested to rebuild TAFE, refurbish campuses, launch Free TAFE for Priority Courses and support disadvantaged students into training and jobs. A record $1 billion investment was made in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to make sure the state has the training and skills system it needs to emerge stronger from the coronavirus pandemic. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier James Merlino “This new body, and our unprecedented investment in major projects, will deliver a pipeline of opportunities for workers starting their career, or reskilling from another industry.” “A strong skills and training sector is vital to our economy and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – that’s why we’re backing it with initiatives like this.” Quotes attributable to Minster for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney “These projects are about giving Victorian apprentices and trainees real-life learning opportunities – so if you are interested in working in the construction industry, I encourage you to sign-up today.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a chance for people from Wyndham to gain great training while working on some of the state’s most exciting Big Build projects – and to contribute to the local community.”

NEW APPRENTICESHIPS BODY TO BUILD SKILLS FOR VICTORIANS

Thousands of apprentices and trainees will be better connected with real learning and job opportunities through the Andrews Labor Government’s new Apprenticeships Victoria. Apprenticeships Victoria (AV) will coordinate and oversee all aspects of the delivery of apprenticeships, and forms a key part of the Labor Government’s unprecedented investment in the training and skills sector. It will provide a point of contact for Victorians as they complete their apprenticeship and provide support by removing barriers for students and workers looking to upskill, creating better pathways to the workforce, fostering connections for employers and industry, and overseeing programs like Big Build Apprenticeships. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is encouraging people from Werribee who are interested in participating to visit apprenticeships.vic.gov.au or call 131 823. A walk-in AV hub will open mid-2021 in the CBD with dedicated staff to help foster the next generation of highly skilled workers. The $33 million Big Build Apprenticeships will provide 1,500 opportunities to Victorian apprentices and trainees each year for four years to kickstart their careers on some of the state’s largest projects, including the new Footscray Hospital, North East Link and Warrnambool Learning and Library Hub. At least 10 per cent of the construction hours on these projects will be completed by apprentices and trainees, strengthening pathways from the classroom to the workforce and supporting employers by increasing the pool of highly skilled workers in Victoria. School leavers and young people are encouraged to get involved, with priority given to workers who were affected by the coronavirus pandemic, disadvantaged Victorians and those under-represented in the construction industry. Since 2015, the Labor Government has invested to rebuild TAFE, refurbish campuses, launch Free TAFE for Priority Courses and support disadvantaged students into training and jobs. A record $1 billion investment was made in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to make sure the state has the training and skills system it needs to emerge stronger from the coronavirus pandemic. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier James Merlino “This new body, and our unprecedented investment in major projects, will deliver a pipeline of opportunities for workers starting their career, or reskilling from another industry.” “A strong skills and training sector is vital to our economy and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – that’s why we’re backing it with initiatives like this.” Quotes attributable to Minster for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney “These projects are about giving Victorian apprentices and trainees real-life learning opportunities – so if you are interested in working in the construction industry, I encourage you to sign-up today.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a chance for people from Wyndham to gain great training while working on some of the state’s most exciting Big Build projects – and to contribute to the local community.”

WERRIBEE LANDMARK NOW AN ART EXHIBIT

A partnership between the Andrews Labor Government, Arts Assist and Southern Rural Water has turned a disused historical concrete water tower into an engaging exhibition of art in the Werribee CBD. Thanks to funding of $146,055 from the Labor Government provided in 2018, a giant mural has been painted on the surface of the tower. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas joined local artist Hayden Dewar and Arts Assist today to acknowledge the marvellous artwork that celebrates the heritage and local significance of the water tower for Wyndham. The water tower dates back to 1913 and played an important role in the growth of the local township. The theme of the artwork highlights that significance to the development of Werribee and surrounds. Situated at the gateway to the Werribee CBD, the tower has great public visibility and is now a drawcard for tourists and a celebrated work of art. This community art project contributes to the image of Wyndham as a great place to live, work and visit, increasing tourism to Werribee and has the potential for recognition alongside the widely celebrated large-scale art works featured on silos and open-air galleries. The initiative was funded from the Community Support Fund that supports a range of programs, which in turn support a wide variety of projects in the community. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The water tower is well known to everyone in Werribee and this exciting artwork completed by Hayden Dewar and Arts Assist, have made it a tourist landmark that locals can be even more proud of.” “Congratulations to the project management team and to Hayden for sharing his talents with the local community by creating the mural for all to enjoy.”

WERRIBEE LANDMARK NOW AN ART EXHIBIT

A partnership between the Andrews Labor Government, Arts Assist and Southern Rural Water has turned a disused historical concrete water tower into an engaging exhibition of art in the Werribee CBD. Thanks to funding of $146,055 from the Labor Government provided in 2018, a giant mural has been painted on the surface of the tower. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas joined local artist Hayden Dewar and Arts Assist today to acknowledge the marvellous artwork that celebrates the heritage and local significance of the water tower for Wyndham. The water tower dates back to 1913 and played an important role in the growth of the local township. The theme of the artwork highlights that significance to the development of Werribee and surrounds. Situated at the gateway to the Werribee CBD, the tower has great public visibility and is now a drawcard for tourists and a celebrated work of art. This community art project contributes to the image of Wyndham as a great place to live, work and visit, increasing tourism to Werribee and has the potential for recognition alongside the widely celebrated large-scale art works featured on silos and open-air galleries. The initiative was funded from the Community Support Fund that supports a range of programs, which in turn support a wide variety of projects in the community. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The water tower is well known to everyone in Werribee and this exciting artwork completed by Hayden Dewar and Arts Assist, have made it a tourist landmark that locals can be even more proud of.” “Congratulations to the project management team and to Hayden for sharing his talents with the local community by creating the mural for all to enjoy.”

NEW PLAYSPACE FOR WERRIBEE WEST KINDER FAMILIES

Werribee West families will soon have access to the new and modern first-rate facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP today visited Werribee West Kindergarten to turn the sod on the next phase of construction of its $350,000 outdoor upgrade project. The Labor Government is investing $350,000 for an upgraded outdoor learning space through the previous Children’s Facilities Capital Program, which is now known as Building Blocks. The upgraded outdoor learning space when completed will include two playgrounds, natural features such as a sandpit, a mud pit, vegetable patches and boulders for climbing, as well as new outdoor decking areas for students. The Building Blocks program supports early childhood providers to create infrastructure capacity for three-year and four-year-old funded kindergarten services, improves early learning facilities and creates inclusive settings. In an Australian-first, the Labor Government has committed nearly $5 billion to deliver a full 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the roll-out beginning in 2020. As part of this roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion coinvestment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. The Labor Government is also ensuring that every new Victorian primary school set to open from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, reducing the burden on parents and helping to build the Education State. This includes all 10 new primary schools which opened in 2021 and all six new primary schools opening in 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Building the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why we are delivering a record investment into early childhood services.” “Giving local families access to high-quality kindergarten close to home is vital to ensuring children have a world-class education in the early years.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “This exciting project will give families in Werribee West access to a first-rate early learning centre and help their children get the most out of kinder before transitioning to school.”

NEW PLAYSPACE FOR WERRIBEE WEST KINDER FAMILIES

Werribee West families will soon have access to the new and modern first-rate facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP today visited Werribee West Kindergarten to turn the sod on the next phase of construction of its $350,000 outdoor upgrade project. The Labor Government is investing $350,000 for an upgraded outdoor learning space through the previous Children’s Facilities Capital Program, which is now known as Building Blocks. The upgraded outdoor learning space when completed will include two playgrounds, natural features such as a sandpit, a mud pit, vegetable patches and boulders for climbing, as well as new outdoor decking areas for students. The Building Blocks program supports early childhood providers to create infrastructure capacity for three-year and four-year-old funded kindergarten services, improves early learning facilities and creates inclusive settings. In an Australian-first, the Labor Government has committed nearly $5 billion to deliver a full 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the roll-out beginning in 2020. As part of this roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion coinvestment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. The Labor Government is also ensuring that every new Victorian primary school set to open from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, reducing the burden on parents and helping to build the Education State. This includes all 10 new primary schools which opened in 2021 and all six new primary schools opening in 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Building the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why we are delivering a record investment into early childhood services.” “Giving local families access to high-quality kindergarten close to home is vital to ensuring children have a world-class education in the early years.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “This exciting project will give families in Werribee West access to a first-rate early learning centre and help their children get the most out of kinder before transitioning to school.”

ARCHITECT APPOINTED FOR WYNDHAM PARK SCHOOL

Better facilities are on their way for students at Wyndham Park Primary School with the appointment of an architect to design the school’s important upgrade thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced James Dean & Assoc Pty Ltd would design works to be undertaken at Wyndham Park Primary School to deliver upgrade of school playground equipment. The Labor Government has provided $262,165.00 to go towards these works at Wyndham Park Primary School, providing students with new equipment to keep active and making sure local schools have the best facilities. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests $70 million in the new Minor Capital Works Fund, which includes $20 million as previously announced as part of the Building Works Package. Schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and 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 “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Wyndham families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive with the appointment of James Dean & Assoc Pty Ltd.

ARCHITECT APPOINTED FOR WYNDHAM PARK SCHOOL

Better facilities are on their way for students at Wyndham Park Primary School with the appointment of an architect to design the school’s important upgrade thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced James Dean & Assoc Pty Ltd would design works to be undertaken at Wyndham Park Primary School to deliver upgrade of school playground equipment. The Labor Government has provided $262,165.00 to go towards these works at Wyndham Park Primary School, providing students with new equipment to keep active and making sure local schools have the best facilities. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests $70 million in the new Minor Capital Works Fund, which includes $20 million as previously announced as part of the Building Works Package. Schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and 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 “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Wyndham families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive with the appointment of James Dean & Assoc Pty Ltd.

MINISTERS STATEMENT: EMPLOYMENT

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (11:21): After a very challenging 2020 the Victorian economy is roaring back. Business confidence is back, economic growth is back and there are new jobs being created in every corner of the state, in no small part due to this government’s ambitious Big Build and jobs plan. While the economic news is positive, there was some sad news yesterday when we heard that the member for Bulleen has ruled out contesting the Liberal leadership. We know that he is a man of his word, with the possible exception of parliamentary pairing agreements. Members interjecting. Ms Staley: On a point of order, Speaker, I seek your clarification. As you have ruled many times, question time is not an opportunity to attack the opposition. That is certainly for answers to questions. Is it also the case that ministers statements are not an opportunity for ministers to attack the opposition? Mr Pakula: On the point of order, Speaker, I was listening intently to the Treasurer. I did not think he was attacking anyone. I thought he was praising the member for Bulleen. The SPEAKER: Order! I warn the Treasurer against attacking the opposition as part of a ministers statement. Mr PALLAS: While those opposite play counting games, we remain focused on delivering our jobs plan. Of course the numbers are quite inspiring. We set an ambitious jobs target. We said 400 000 new jobs by 2025, and we are already on our way, with over 210 000 jobs created to date. Our plan is to get Victorians back to work, to deliver more apprentices, more teachers and more nurses. This stands in sharp contrast to those opposite and the actions of the previous government that was all about cuts, closures and crustaceans. We are delivering the things that matter: jobs for Victorians, support for Victorian businesses and an unprecedented infrastructure pipeline. As we deliver that infrastructure, we will ensure that taxpayers get value for money every step of the way. Of course there are alternative approaches—you could rezone Fishermans Bend or do a dodgy deal around Ventnor. Thanks to our approach, business confidence is up—it is up plus 12. That is higher than at any time when the member for Bulleen was in government. While those opposite might be lining up for round 2, those on this side of the house are intent on the interests and the welfare of the Victorian people.

MINISTERS STATEMENT: EMPLOYMENT

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (11:21): After a very challenging 2020 the Victorian economy is roaring back. Business confidence is back, economic growth is back and there are new jobs being created in every corner of the state, in no small part due to this government’s ambitious Big Build and jobs plan. While the economic news is positive, there was some sad news yesterday when we heard that the member for Bulleen has ruled out contesting the Liberal leadership. We know that he is a man of his word, with the possible exception of parliamentary pairing agreements. Members interjecting. Ms Staley: On a point of order, Speaker, I seek your clarification. As you have ruled many times, question time is not an opportunity to attack the opposition. That is certainly for answers to questions. Is it also the case that ministers statements are not an opportunity for ministers to attack the opposition? Mr Pakula: On the point of order, Speaker, I was listening intently to the Treasurer. I did not think he was attacking anyone. I thought he was praising the member for Bulleen. The SPEAKER: Order! I warn the Treasurer against attacking the opposition as part of a ministers statement. Mr PALLAS: While those opposite play counting games, we remain focused on delivering our jobs plan. Of course the numbers are quite inspiring. We set an ambitious jobs target. We said 400 000 new jobs by 2025, and we are already on our way, with over 210 000 jobs created to date. Our plan is to get Victorians back to work, to deliver more apprentices, more teachers and more nurses. This stands in sharp contrast to those opposite and the actions of the previous government that was all about cuts, closures and crustaceans. We are delivering the things that matter: jobs for Victorians, support for Victorian businesses and an unprecedented infrastructure pipeline. As we deliver that infrastructure, we will ensure that taxpayers get value for money every step of the way. Of course there are alternative approaches—you could rezone Fishermans Bend or do a dodgy deal around Ventnor. Thanks to our approach, business confidence is up—it is up plus 12. That is higher than at any time when the member for Bulleen was in government. While those opposite might be lining up for round 2, those on this side of the house are intent on the interests and the welfare of the Victorian people.

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WERRIBEE ELECTORATE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:38): I was recently joined by the Acting Premier and the Minister for Transport Infrastructure at the new Tarneit Road bridge in Werribee. This outstanding new bridge removes the dangerous and congested Cherry Street level crossing by providing motorists with a new route to travel around the Werribee CBD. A new pedestrian and cycling underpass is currently under construction, and I thank the Werribee community for their continued patience as essential roadworks progress to get the job done. The Andrews Labor government is committed to removing 75 level crossings before 2025. Works are progressing rapidly, and the Cherry Street crossing, being the 46th level crossing on this list, is now gone. It was removed almost a year ahead of schedule and just weeks after the removal of the Werribee Street level crossing down the track, and with works well underway at Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing, Werribee CBD will soon be level crossing free. But rail is not the only transport upgrade in Werribee, with the western roads upgrade now complete. The $1.8 billion investment provided for the upgrade of eight key arterial roads, including the Duncans Road interchange in Werribee, and it guarantees the ongoing maintenance of 260 kilometres of road from Footscray to Werribee. With these important investments in our level crossings and roads, the Andrews Labor government continues to deliver for Werribee and Melbourne’s west, easing congestion on our roads and providing safer, easier and more reliable travel.

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WERRIBEE ELECTORATE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:38): I was recently joined by the Acting Premier and the Minister for Transport Infrastructure at the new Tarneit Road bridge in Werribee. This outstanding new bridge removes the dangerous and congested Cherry Street level crossing by providing motorists with a new route to travel around the Werribee CBD. A new pedestrian and cycling underpass is currently under construction, and I thank the Werribee community for their continued patience as essential roadworks progress to get the job done. The Andrews Labor government is committed to removing 75 level crossings before 2025. Works are progressing rapidly, and the Cherry Street crossing, being the 46th level crossing on this list, is now gone. It was removed almost a year ahead of schedule and just weeks after the removal of the Werribee Street level crossing down the track, and with works well underway at Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing, Werribee CBD will soon be level crossing free. But rail is not the only transport upgrade in Werribee, with the western roads upgrade now complete. The $1.8 billion investment provided for the upgrade of eight key arterial roads, including the Duncans Road interchange in Werribee, and it guarantees the ongoing maintenance of 260 kilometres of road from Footscray to Werribee. With these important investments in our level crossings and roads, the Andrews Labor government continues to deliver for Werribee and Melbourne’s west, easing congestion on our roads and providing safer, easier and more reliable travel.

WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORT GRANTS

Five grassroots sports 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 $5,800 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the successful applicants from Werribee of the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. This is the second group of successful funding recipients to be announced. 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 Glen Order Sports Club, Werribee Masters Football Club, Werribee Centrals Sports & Youth Club Inc and Werribee Junior Cricket CLub who scored $1,000 each to purchase new uniforms and equipment, and Werribee Centrals Football Netball Club Inc who received $1,807.00 for their COVID-19 recovery and to meet COVIDSafe plan requirements. 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. The Sporting Club Grants program is accepting applications until 19 April or when the fund allocation runs out so grassroots clubs and organisations are encouraged to get in quick. 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 and how to apply go to http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-andfunding/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.” “The Victorian Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport can provide.” “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 [insert electorate] 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 Wyndham.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORT GRANTS

Five grassroots sports 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 $5,800 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the successful applicants from Werribee of the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. This is the second group of successful funding recipients to be announced. 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 Glen Order Sports Club, Werribee Masters Football Club, Werribee Centrals Sports & Youth Club Inc and Werribee Junior Cricket CLub who scored $1,000 each to purchase new uniforms and equipment, and Werribee Centrals Football Netball Club Inc who received $1,807.00 for their COVID-19 recovery and to meet COVIDSafe plan requirements. 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. The Sporting Club Grants program is accepting applications until 19 April or when the fund allocation runs out so grassroots clubs and organisations are encouraged to get in quick. 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 and how to apply go to http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-andfunding/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.” “The Victorian Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport can provide.” “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 [insert electorate] 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 Wyndham.”

JOBS ADVOCATES IN WERRIBEE TO SUPPORT LOCAL JOBSEEKERS

The Andrews Labor Government’s new Jobs Victoria is helping more Victorians get back to work and businesses to find the right workers. As part of the initiative, the Government is investing a record $619.4 million to help people looking for work to access the information, advice and support they need to find the right job for them. This includes funding for 112 new Jobs Advocates, who will connect with jobseekers around the state to tell them about the services available to get them back to work, such as local training, counselling or mentoring support. Two local Working for Victoria Jobs Advocates will be hitting the streets in Werribee to offer jobseekers face-to-face support and direct them to local employment and training opportunities and support services. Jobs Victoria has partnered with more than 40 organisations to host Advocates, including local government, community sector organisations, organisations focused on supporting women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Traditional Owner groups. Additionally, Jobs Victoria Careers Counsellors will help people understand their career options and plan a path back to employment, while Jobs Victoria Mentors will work closely with jobseekers who need extra support to get them ready for work and placed into jobs. About 460 new Advocates, Mentors and Careers Counsellors will create a Jobs Victoria workforce of more than 600 workers to support Victorians who are looking for work. Victorian small and medium businesses, sole traders, local governments, social enterprises, universities and charitable and not-for-profit organisations will be able to apply for more than $250 million worth of wage supplements to create new jobs for at least 10,000 people. This investment will support employers to grow and recover while helping Victorians into steady jobs, with a focus on those most impacted by the pandemic, including mature-aged women. Other initiatives by Jobs Victoria include the Jobs Victoria online hub – an easy way for jobseekers who are ready to work to be matched with employers seeking a local, job-ready workforce. The Jobs Victoria telephone hotline also provides advice, employment information and referrals to jobseekers to support them to be work-ready and gain employment. Employers looking for staff should call the hotline too. For more information or to register go to www.jobs.vic.gov.au/ or call 1300 208 575. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Jobs Advocates will be on the ground in Wyndham to help people who are struggling to find employment find the information, advice and support they need.” “Advocates will provide one-on-one support to jobseekers so that no one is left behind.”

JOBS ADVOCATES IN WERRIBEE TO SUPPORT LOCAL JOBSEEKERS

The Andrews Labor Government’s new Jobs Victoria is helping more Victorians get back to work and businesses to find the right workers. As part of the initiative, the Government is investing a record $619.4 million to help people looking for work to access the information, advice and support they need to find the right job for them. This includes funding for 112 new Jobs Advocates, who will connect with jobseekers around the state to tell them about the services available to get them back to work, such as local training, counselling or mentoring support. Two local Working for Victoria Jobs Advocates will be hitting the streets in Werribee to offer jobseekers face-to-face support and direct them to local employment and training opportunities and support services. Jobs Victoria has partnered with more than 40 organisations to host Advocates, including local government, community sector organisations, organisations focused on supporting women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Traditional Owner groups. Additionally, Jobs Victoria Careers Counsellors will help people understand their career options and plan a path back to employment, while Jobs Victoria Mentors will work closely with jobseekers who need extra support to get them ready for work and placed into jobs. About 460 new Advocates, Mentors and Careers Counsellors will create a Jobs Victoria workforce of more than 600 workers to support Victorians who are looking for work. Victorian small and medium businesses, sole traders, local governments, social enterprises, universities and charitable and not-for-profit organisations will be able to apply for more than $250 million worth of wage supplements to create new jobs for at least 10,000 people. This investment will support employers to grow and recover while helping Victorians into steady jobs, with a focus on those most impacted by the pandemic, including mature-aged women. Other initiatives by Jobs Victoria include the Jobs Victoria online hub – an easy way for jobseekers who are ready to work to be matched with employers seeking a local, job-ready workforce. The Jobs Victoria telephone hotline also provides advice, employment information and referrals to jobseekers to support them to be work-ready and gain employment. Employers looking for staff should call the hotline too. For more information or to register go to www.jobs.vic.gov.au/ or call 1300 208 575. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Jobs Advocates will be on the ground in Wyndham to help people who are struggling to find employment find the information, advice and support they need.” “Advocates will provide one-on-one support to jobseekers so that no one is left behind.”