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MORE SUPPORT FOR NEW PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN IN WERRIBEE

  New parents and their babies in Werribee will receive even more support under an expansion of the Maternal Child Health Service. Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee today announced that 37,000 families will now be able to rely on expanded Enhanced Maternal and Child Health services until their child turns three. Announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the $81.1 million package will provide extra support for new parents, including those with babies born prematurely, twins and triplets, or families facing particular disadvantage. Previously, this intensive support cut out after just one year, leaving many parents without much-needed advice as they prepared their children for kinder. As well as providing information on feeding and sleeping, our Maternal Child Health nurses also give vital advice on a child’s development and help ensure our kids get the best start in life. The funding will also expand of supported playgroups across the state, connecting new parents to share their experiences and help each other. For the first time, those at risk of family violence will receive additional outreach visits by Maternal Child Health nurses. As part of the package, Maternal Child Health nurses will also get training in the latest techniques and practices to support families, including those struggling with trauma. The Maternal and Child Health Line will get additional funding to respond to parent’s concerns over the phone. The funding follows the Andrews Labor Government’s historic $133 million investment in last year’s Budget. It is a key part of the Education State early childhood reforms and supports the Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “As well as being one of the most special times in your life, becoming a new parent is also one of the most daunting and the support of our Maternal Child Health nurses is so valuable during that time.” “We know the early years can shape a child’s entire life – that’s why extending our Maternal Child Health support is so critical for first time parents.” “This is about giving more families the vital support they need to raise healthy, happy kids and to make sure they’re ready for kinder and ready for school.”

MORE SUPPORT FOR NEW PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN IN WERRIBEE

  New parents and their babies in Werribee will receive even more support under an expansion of the Maternal Child Health Service. Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee today announced that 37,000 families will now be able to rely on expanded Enhanced Maternal and Child Health services until their child turns three. Announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the $81.1 million package will provide extra support for new parents, including those with babies born prematurely, twins and triplets, or families facing particular disadvantage. Previously, this intensive support cut out after just one year, leaving many parents without much-needed advice as they prepared their children for kinder. As well as providing information on feeding and sleeping, our Maternal Child Health nurses also give vital advice on a child’s development and help ensure our kids get the best start in life. The funding will also expand of supported playgroups across the state, connecting new parents to share their experiences and help each other. For the first time, those at risk of family violence will receive additional outreach visits by Maternal Child Health nurses. As part of the package, Maternal Child Health nurses will also get training in the latest techniques and practices to support families, including those struggling with trauma. The Maternal and Child Health Line will get additional funding to respond to parent’s concerns over the phone. The funding follows the Andrews Labor Government’s historic $133 million investment in last year’s Budget. It is a key part of the Education State early childhood reforms and supports the Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “As well as being one of the most special times in your life, becoming a new parent is also one of the most daunting and the support of our Maternal Child Health nurses is so valuable during that time.” “We know the early years can shape a child’s entire life – that’s why extending our Maternal Child Health support is so critical for first time parents.” “This is about giving more families the vital support they need to raise healthy, happy kids and to make sure they’re ready for kinder and ready for school.”

VISIT REGIONAL VICTORIA

What’s on in Wangaratta over Easter: Brown Brothers Easter Festival,15 to 16 April 2017 Relaxing day in the gardens of the Brown Brothers Winery at Milawa.  Heaps of activities and fun for the whole family.  Including jumping castles, four course lunch at Patricia’s Table and Easter Scavenger Hunt.  www.brownbrothers.com.au What’s on in Mornington Peninsula over Easter Lights by Dreamworks – The Experience, Rosebud Village Green, Rosebud, 3939 25 March to 30 April Lights by DreamWorks is an interactive, walkthrough experience for all ages which will attract local and international visitors to marvel at more than 100 of DreamWorks characters brought to life. Modelled on the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival, Lights by DreamWorks features huge illuminated figures familiar to fans of the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar movies. Visitors to the exhibition will also meet the stars and be treated to a variety of scenography pieces, LED furnishings, themed technology and learning zones, children's rides and an animatronic dragon. http://www.dreamworkslights.com.au/ Markets: Point Nepean on Easter Saturday - http://www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org/ThingsToDo/Events/FindWhatsOn/tabid/208/View/4785/Point-Nepean-Portsea-Craft-Market/Default.aspx Flinders on Easter Sunday - http://www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org/ThingsToDo/Events/FindWhatsOn/tabid/208/View/4302/Flinders-Market/Default.aspx Sand sculpting at Frankston continues… (for social) http://www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org/ThingsToDo/Events/FindWhatsOn/tabid/208/View/4945/Sand-Sculpting-Australia-Presents-Lands-of-Imagination/Default.aspx   What’s on in Beechworth/Rutherglen/Kirbys Flat over Easter Golden Horseshoes Festival. 14-17 April With a Bollywood theme in 2017, the program will include all the festival favourites including the Grand Parade on Easter Saturday, Bollywood dance performances & workshops and, of course, the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday. For a full list of activities, go to www.beechworthgoldenhorseshoes.com.au Beechworth Honey and Beechworth Bakery are the major sponsors of the event and management from each of those organisations would be available for media opportunities.   In 2017, John Dermer is celebrating 50 years as a potter. John Dermer’s Easter Exhibition runs from 15-18 April, 9am -5pm. 225 Kirby’s Flat Rd, Yackandandah. www.johndermer.com.au John Dermer has been producing fine pots since 1967 and has to his credit many works in private and public collections both in Australia and overseas. Amongst those of note are works in the new Parliament House (Cabinet Entry) Canberra, (Federal) High Court Building, Australia National Gallery, State and regional galleries and museums as well as important private collections. John has held one person exhibitions both in Australia and Japan since 1971 and appears in many publications on ceramics and art in Australia. John would be happy to field media requests to discuss his work. To round out the weekend, various Rutherglen wineries have special activities going on over Easter. explorerutherglen.com.au What’s on in the Grampians over Easter For all the latest and greatest, visit www.visitgrampians.com.au Easter is a spectacular time of the year in the Grampians – crisp Autumn mornings give way to beautiful clear days, vintage is in nearing completion and there’s plenty of events to entertain. Nitro Circus Horsham What’s on in Gippsland over Easter The Tarra Festival. 13 – 18 April Now in its 45th year, the Tarra Festival has grown in popularity and size each year. For 2017, the theme of the festival will be “Dreamtime”, featuring the stories of the GunaiKurnai people. Highlights include a Street Parade on Easter Saturday, featuring floats from local schools and community groups, horses, penny farthings, vintage cars, trucks and more. There are street entertainers, sausage sizzles, cake stalls and fun for everyone. http://tarrafestival.com.au/   What’s on in Falls Creek over Easter Fun for the whole family in Falls Creek over the Easter holiday period, Fri 14th – Sun, 16th April Family Fun return to Falls Creek this Easter with the Falls Creek Easter Festival.  Enjoy a weekend away packed with chairlift rides, mountain biking, big breakfast, Easter egg hunt, eggs-traordinary egg toss, kids’ club, cinema, yoga and lots more. http://www.fallscreek.com.au/events/falls-creek-easter-festival?s=16/03/2017&t=18/03/2017 Check out for yourself what Falls Creek can offer outside of the snow season.  Falls Creek Resort Management is keen to hear from suitable media and can offer complimentary accommodation for a visit during the Easter holidays. What’s on in Bendigo over Easter Hazeldene’s Bendigo Easter Festival, April 14 – 17. Australia’s oldest running cultural festival, featuring Sun Loong, the world’s longest imperial Chinese dragon. The festival is a spectacular celebration of Chinese heritage and the Bendigo community offering days filled with fun, excitement, parades and interactive activities for people of all ages. http://www.bendigotourism.com/whats-on/next-7-days/event/2618-hazeldene-s-bendigo-easter-festival and http://www.bendigoeasterfestival.org.au   House of Mirrors, April 7 – 30 Take a fascinating walk through exclusive Victorian installations composed of a labyrinth of seemingly endless mirrors, a play on the 19th Century mirror mazes. Presented by Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Arts Institute. Getting out is an art… bendigoartgallery.com.au This is a Victoria first in the beautiful Rosalind Park.   Collective vision: 130 years, March 4 – May 28 Bendigo Art Gallery celebrates 130 years in operation this year with an exhibition showcasing its amazing permanent collection. It includes a wide range of works from historic to contemporary, the favourites and the undiscovered. bendigoartgallery.com.au   Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt, April 14 On Good Friday, over 85,000 Cadbury Easter Eggs are hidden in straw at Bendigo Rosalind Park for over 3,000 children to find. This is one of the all-time favourite of the Bendigo Easter Festival. http://www.bendigotourism.com/whats-on/whats-on-this-month/event/7587-vision-australia-easter-egg-hunt You can see all events on in Bendigo over Easter at http://www.bendigotourism.com/whats-on/whats-on-this-month/04/2017   What’s on in the Alpine Shire Region over Easter  14 April to 5 May - Wandiligong Public Hall's Autumn Craft and Produce Market, Wandiligong Taste new seasons apples, and marvel at the abundance of homemade preserves. Fill up your basket with cakes, biscuits and other indulgent treats.  For the keen gardener there are rare plants and bulbs to choose. A wide selection of handmade cards, jewellery, hand dyed scarfs, and other knitted goods for all ages. Colourful blankets, cushions, and other novelty gifts. http://www.visitmelbourne.com/regions/High-Country/Events/Markets-and-vintage/Makers-markets/Wandiligong-Public-Hall-Autumn-Craft-and-Produce-Market.aspx 14 to 17 April - Pick Your Own Chestnuts, Wandiligong Venue: Wandiful Produce, 795 Morses Creek Rd, Wandiligong Time: 10am to 4pm Would you like to know when the chestnuts start to fall? It’s an exciting time for those who know chestnuts, love to roast fresh ones and enjoy them with family and a glass of red wine. We also offer a peeling service, so you can pick your chestnuts and have them peeled (only takes 5 mins) ready to use straight away or store in the freezer for when you want to use them, perhaps at Christmas time. http://wandifulproduce.com.au/ 15 April - Rotary Easter Markets, Centenary Park Bright Contact: brightrotary.org.au/markets Cost: Free entry Enjoy a “Magical Easter in Beautiful Bright” at the annual Bright Rotary Easter Saturday Markets from 9am to 2pm. 15 April - Bright Make It Bake It Grow It Markets, Howitt Park Bright Venue: Howitt Park, Bright Contact: Bright Chamber of Commerce 0457 953 586 Cost: Free Time: 9.00am-1.00pm A visit to the Bright markets is shopping heaven if you’re looking for something original, something handmade, something special, something organic, something recycled, something ethical. You’ll find artworks, woodwork, homewares, gifts and skincare as well as gorgeous fashion and jewelry by local designers. 15 April - Picnic in the Vineyard - Live music and wine, Ringer Reef Winery Contact: ringerreef.com.au Cost: Free Come and enjoy the beautiful setting with live music and picnic in the vineyard on Saturday afternoon. From 12pm onwards, guests are welcome to BYO chairs, rugs, balls, games etc. and sit out on the terrace & lawn and enjoy the tunes, wine & views! With local produce nibbles and Annie's seasonal platters available from the Cellar Door, you're sure to have a ball relaxing or grooving on the lawn. Enjoy some chilled out tunes from local musos from 6pm until 9pm. No BYO alcohol. 16 April - Harrietville Duck Race and Market, Harrietville Venue: Tavare Park, Harrietville Contact: historic@gmail.com Cost: Free entry A friendly, colourful market on the banks of the beautiful Ovens River in Harrietville. There will be an exciting variety of stalls including jewellery, clothes, garden sculptures and plants, produce, camping and sporting equipment, BBQ, coffee and live Alpine Radio broadcast. Don’t miss the annual Duck Race, raising funds for the Harrietville Primary School.   What’s on at Phillip Island over Easter Churchill Island Heritage Farm will host its 9th annual Easter Fun Festival over the Easter weekend. This traditional festival promises to entertain the whole family with old fashioned farming activities and demonstrations, live music on the festival lawn, entertainment and an exclusive kids’ workshop and games area on Fiddlers’ Green, working draught horses and vintage caravans. The exciting Easter Egg Hunt returns on Sunday between 10am and 1pm. Price: Free entry with a 4 Parks Pass*Adult (16+) $58.00; Children (4 – 15) $28.90; Family (2A + 2C) $144.90, or a Churchill Island entry ticketAdult (16+) $12.80; Children (4 – 15) $6.40; Family (2A + 2C) $32.00. https://www.penguins.org.au/news/events/new-news-page-32/ What’s on along the Surf Coast this Easter Rip Curl Pro, 12th to 24th April, 2017 The Rip Curl Pro is the second event on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) World Tour. The event holds a very special place in surfing folklore, as the longest running world championship level contest on the World Tour. https://www.ripcurl.com.au/events/international/rip-curl-pro-bells-beach.html The Rip Curl Pro is celebrating 56 years and the world's best male and female surfers are in town to compete for professional surfing's most treasured trophy - the Rip Curl Pro Bell.   Day on the Hill, Sunday 16th April 2017 Flagstaff Hill in Warrnambool plays host to the 'Day on the Hill' festival on Easter Sunday. The festival includes Australian music acts, activities and events for the entire family that will entertain crowds across the day. http://visitwarrnambool.com.au/events/day-on-the-hill/  

VISIT REGIONAL VICTORIA

What’s on in Wangaratta over Easter: Brown Brothers Easter Festival,15 to 16 April 2017 Relaxing day in the gardens of the Brown Brothers Winery at Milawa.  Heaps of activities and fun for the whole family.  Including jumping castles, four course lunch at Patricia’s Table and Easter Scavenger Hunt.  www.brownbrothers.com.au What’s on in Mornington Peninsula over Easter Lights by Dreamworks – The Experience, Rosebud Village Green, Rosebud, 3939 25 March to 30 April Lights by DreamWorks is an interactive, walkthrough experience for all ages which will attract local and international visitors to marvel at more than 100 of DreamWorks characters brought to life. Modelled on the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival, Lights by DreamWorks features huge illuminated figures familiar to fans of the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar movies. Visitors to the exhibition will also meet the stars and be treated to a variety of scenography pieces, LED furnishings, themed technology and learning zones, children's rides and an animatronic dragon. http://www.dreamworkslights.com.au/ Markets: Point Nepean on Easter Saturday - http://www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org/ThingsToDo/Events/FindWhatsOn/tabid/208/View/4785/Point-Nepean-Portsea-Craft-Market/Default.aspx Flinders on Easter Sunday - http://www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org/ThingsToDo/Events/FindWhatsOn/tabid/208/View/4302/Flinders-Market/Default.aspx Sand sculpting at Frankston continues… (for social) http://www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org/ThingsToDo/Events/FindWhatsOn/tabid/208/View/4945/Sand-Sculpting-Australia-Presents-Lands-of-Imagination/Default.aspx   What’s on in Beechworth/Rutherglen/Kirbys Flat over Easter Golden Horseshoes Festival. 14-17 April With a Bollywood theme in 2017, the program will include all the festival favourites including the Grand Parade on Easter Saturday, Bollywood dance performances & workshops and, of course, the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday. For a full list of activities, go to www.beechworthgoldenhorseshoes.com.au Beechworth Honey and Beechworth Bakery are the major sponsors of the event and management from each of those organisations would be available for media opportunities.   In 2017, John Dermer is celebrating 50 years as a potter. John Dermer’s Easter Exhibition runs from 15-18 April, 9am -5pm. 225 Kirby’s Flat Rd, Yackandandah. www.johndermer.com.au John Dermer has been producing fine pots since 1967 and has to his credit many works in private and public collections both in Australia and overseas. Amongst those of note are works in the new Parliament House (Cabinet Entry) Canberra, (Federal) High Court Building, Australia National Gallery, State and regional galleries and museums as well as important private collections. John has held one person exhibitions both in Australia and Japan since 1971 and appears in many publications on ceramics and art in Australia. John would be happy to field media requests to discuss his work. To round out the weekend, various Rutherglen wineries have special activities going on over Easter. explorerutherglen.com.au What’s on in the Grampians over Easter For all the latest and greatest, visit www.visitgrampians.com.au Easter is a spectacular time of the year in the Grampians – crisp Autumn mornings give way to beautiful clear days, vintage is in nearing completion and there’s plenty of events to entertain. Nitro Circus Horsham What’s on in Gippsland over Easter The Tarra Festival. 13 – 18 April Now in its 45th year, the Tarra Festival has grown in popularity and size each year. For 2017, the theme of the festival will be “Dreamtime”, featuring the stories of the GunaiKurnai people. Highlights include a Street Parade on Easter Saturday, featuring floats from local schools and community groups, horses, penny farthings, vintage cars, trucks and more. There are street entertainers, sausage sizzles, cake stalls and fun for everyone. http://tarrafestival.com.au/   What’s on in Falls Creek over Easter Fun for the whole family in Falls Creek over the Easter holiday period, Fri 14th – Sun, 16th April Family Fun return to Falls Creek this Easter with the Falls Creek Easter Festival.  Enjoy a weekend away packed with chairlift rides, mountain biking, big breakfast, Easter egg hunt, eggs-traordinary egg toss, kids’ club, cinema, yoga and lots more. http://www.fallscreek.com.au/events/falls-creek-easter-festival?s=16/03/2017&t=18/03/2017 Check out for yourself what Falls Creek can offer outside of the snow season.  Falls Creek Resort Management is keen to hear from suitable media and can offer complimentary accommodation for a visit during the Easter holidays. What’s on in Bendigo over Easter Hazeldene’s Bendigo Easter Festival, April 14 – 17. Australia’s oldest running cultural festival, featuring Sun Loong, the world’s longest imperial Chinese dragon. The festival is a spectacular celebration of Chinese heritage and the Bendigo community offering days filled with fun, excitement, parades and interactive activities for people of all ages. http://www.bendigotourism.com/whats-on/next-7-days/event/2618-hazeldene-s-bendigo-easter-festival and http://www.bendigoeasterfestival.org.au   House of Mirrors, April 7 – 30 Take a fascinating walk through exclusive Victorian installations composed of a labyrinth of seemingly endless mirrors, a play on the 19th Century mirror mazes. Presented by Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Arts Institute. Getting out is an art… bendigoartgallery.com.au This is a Victoria first in the beautiful Rosalind Park.   Collective vision: 130 years, March 4 – May 28 Bendigo Art Gallery celebrates 130 years in operation this year with an exhibition showcasing its amazing permanent collection. It includes a wide range of works from historic to contemporary, the favourites and the undiscovered. bendigoartgallery.com.au   Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt, April 14 On Good Friday, over 85,000 Cadbury Easter Eggs are hidden in straw at Bendigo Rosalind Park for over 3,000 children to find. This is one of the all-time favourite of the Bendigo Easter Festival. http://www.bendigotourism.com/whats-on/whats-on-this-month/event/7587-vision-australia-easter-egg-hunt You can see all events on in Bendigo over Easter at http://www.bendigotourism.com/whats-on/whats-on-this-month/04/2017   What’s on in the Alpine Shire Region over Easter  14 April to 5 May - Wandiligong Public Hall's Autumn Craft and Produce Market, Wandiligong Taste new seasons apples, and marvel at the abundance of homemade preserves. Fill up your basket with cakes, biscuits and other indulgent treats.  For the keen gardener there are rare plants and bulbs to choose. A wide selection of handmade cards, jewellery, hand dyed scarfs, and other knitted goods for all ages. Colourful blankets, cushions, and other novelty gifts. http://www.visitmelbourne.com/regions/High-Country/Events/Markets-and-vintage/Makers-markets/Wandiligong-Public-Hall-Autumn-Craft-and-Produce-Market.aspx 14 to 17 April - Pick Your Own Chestnuts, Wandiligong Venue: Wandiful Produce, 795 Morses Creek Rd, Wandiligong Time: 10am to 4pm Would you like to know when the chestnuts start to fall? It’s an exciting time for those who know chestnuts, love to roast fresh ones and enjoy them with family and a glass of red wine. We also offer a peeling service, so you can pick your chestnuts and have them peeled (only takes 5 mins) ready to use straight away or store in the freezer for when you want to use them, perhaps at Christmas time. http://wandifulproduce.com.au/ 15 April - Rotary Easter Markets, Centenary Park Bright Contact: brightrotary.org.au/markets Cost: Free entry Enjoy a “Magical Easter in Beautiful Bright” at the annual Bright Rotary Easter Saturday Markets from 9am to 2pm. 15 April - Bright Make It Bake It Grow It Markets, Howitt Park Bright Venue: Howitt Park, Bright Contact: Bright Chamber of Commerce 0457 953 586 Cost: Free Time: 9.00am-1.00pm A visit to the Bright markets is shopping heaven if you’re looking for something original, something handmade, something special, something organic, something recycled, something ethical. You’ll find artworks, woodwork, homewares, gifts and skincare as well as gorgeous fashion and jewelry by local designers. 15 April - Picnic in the Vineyard - Live music and wine, Ringer Reef Winery Contact: ringerreef.com.au Cost: Free Come and enjoy the beautiful setting with live music and picnic in the vineyard on Saturday afternoon. From 12pm onwards, guests are welcome to BYO chairs, rugs, balls, games etc. and sit out on the terrace & lawn and enjoy the tunes, wine & views! With local produce nibbles and Annie's seasonal platters available from the Cellar Door, you're sure to have a ball relaxing or grooving on the lawn. Enjoy some chilled out tunes from local musos from 6pm until 9pm. No BYO alcohol. 16 April - Harrietville Duck Race and Market, Harrietville Venue: Tavare Park, Harrietville Contact: historic@gmail.com Cost: Free entry A friendly, colourful market on the banks of the beautiful Ovens River in Harrietville. There will be an exciting variety of stalls including jewellery, clothes, garden sculptures and plants, produce, camping and sporting equipment, BBQ, coffee and live Alpine Radio broadcast. Don’t miss the annual Duck Race, raising funds for the Harrietville Primary School.   What’s on at Phillip Island over Easter Churchill Island Heritage Farm will host its 9th annual Easter Fun Festival over the Easter weekend. This traditional festival promises to entertain the whole family with old fashioned farming activities and demonstrations, live music on the festival lawn, entertainment and an exclusive kids’ workshop and games area on Fiddlers’ Green, working draught horses and vintage caravans. The exciting Easter Egg Hunt returns on Sunday between 10am and 1pm. Price: Free entry with a 4 Parks Pass*Adult (16+) $58.00; Children (4 – 15) $28.90; Family (2A + 2C) $144.90, or a Churchill Island entry ticketAdult (16+) $12.80; Children (4 – 15) $6.40; Family (2A + 2C) $32.00. https://www.penguins.org.au/news/events/new-news-page-32/ What’s on along the Surf Coast this Easter Rip Curl Pro, 12th to 24th April, 2017 The Rip Curl Pro is the second event on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) World Tour. The event holds a very special place in surfing folklore, as the longest running world championship level contest on the World Tour. https://www.ripcurl.com.au/events/international/rip-curl-pro-bells-beach.html The Rip Curl Pro is celebrating 56 years and the world's best male and female surfers are in town to compete for professional surfing's most treasured trophy - the Rip Curl Pro Bell.   Day on the Hill, Sunday 16th April 2017 Flagstaff Hill in Warrnambool plays host to the 'Day on the Hill' festival on Easter Sunday. The festival includes Australian music acts, activities and events for the entire family that will entertain crowds across the day. http://visitwarrnambool.com.au/events/day-on-the-hill/  

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR VICTORIAN DISABILITY AWARDS

The Andrews Labor Government is searching for outstanding people who empower and support Victorians with a disability. Nominations are now open for this year’s Victorian Disability Awards and called for people to help recognise those leading the way in creating a fairer, more inclusive community. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said the Awards were in their seventh year, and recognised the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that provide support, leadership, advocacy, services and education to improve the lives of people with disabilities living in Victoria. Members of the public and organisations can make nominations across seven different categories, including some new categories being introduced in 2017. You can nominate a person, team or organisation for a Victorian Disability Award. People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply and nominate. Visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/disabilityawards for more information, or to nominate someone. Nominations close on Thursday, 27 April 2017. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Victoria has some exceptional people and organisations who are delivering innovative ideas and solutions for those in our community who are living with a disability.” “Help us say thank you to those who are dedicated in their efforts to make a real difference in the lives of people with a disability.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We’re working to build an inclusive Victoria by implementing our state disability plan and supporting the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.”

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR VICTORIAN DISABILITY AWARDS

The Andrews Labor Government is searching for outstanding people who empower and support Victorians with a disability. Nominations are now open for this year’s Victorian Disability Awards and called for people to help recognise those leading the way in creating a fairer, more inclusive community. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said the Awards were in their seventh year, and recognised the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that provide support, leadership, advocacy, services and education to improve the lives of people with disabilities living in Victoria. Members of the public and organisations can make nominations across seven different categories, including some new categories being introduced in 2017. You can nominate a person, team or organisation for a Victorian Disability Award. People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply and nominate. Visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/disabilityawards for more information, or to nominate someone. Nominations close on Thursday, 27 April 2017. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Victoria has some exceptional people and organisations who are delivering innovative ideas and solutions for those in our community who are living with a disability.” “Help us say thank you to those who are dedicated in their efforts to make a real difference in the lives of people with a disability.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We’re working to build an inclusive Victoria by implementing our state disability plan and supporting the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.”

WEST GATE TUNNEL: VITAL ALTERNATIVE FOR THE WEST

  The Andrews Labor Government today announced that a consortium headlined by John Holland and CPB Contractors has been selected to build the West Gate Tunnel Project. The selection of a design and builder follows an extensive competitive process with the world’s most experienced constructors. The design now includes Victoria’s longest road tunnel – at 4.1 kilometres –  which will become the vital new alternative to the West Gate Bridge, slashing travel times from the western suburbs. Currently, an incident on the West Gate Bridge can triple travel times for motorists. By building the new twin tunnels and a second river crossing, the West Gate Tunnel will deliver a long overdue alternative to the West Gate Bridge – giving trucks and cars direct access to Melbourne’s North. The project also includes four more lanes on the West Gate Freeway from the M80 interchange to the West Gate Bridge, as well three express lanes in each direction to reduce merging and weaving. The project will also create 6,000 new jobs, including 500 apprentices, up to 150 jobs for former auto workers, and around 400 jobs in Melbourne’s west. The project will give the western suburbs the first-class freeway they deserve, with world-leading architecture and urban design that celebrates the aboriginal heritage and maritime history of Melbourne’s west. The updated design further responds to community feedback with the best quality noise walls in Victoria, a 1 km-longer tunnel that moves the exit and ventilation structure away from homes, and the creation of 9 hectares – nearly 4 MCGs – of new open space and wetlands. The project will now be assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES), which will be publicly exhibited mid-year before final contractual close at the end of the year, and construction in early 2018. Quote attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The West Gate Tunnel project will slash congestion and take thousands of trucks off the West Gate Bridge. For people coming from the western suburbs this means less time in traffic and more time where they want to be.” Quote attributable to the Member for Altona Jill Hennessey “Drivers from Altona, Werribee, Point Cook, Hoppers Crossing and Laverton will now have a choice – the Tunnel or the Bridge.”

WEST GATE TUNNEL: VITAL ALTERNATIVE FOR THE WEST

  The Andrews Labor Government today announced that a consortium headlined by John Holland and CPB Contractors has been selected to build the West Gate Tunnel Project. The selection of a design and builder follows an extensive competitive process with the world’s most experienced constructors. The design now includes Victoria’s longest road tunnel – at 4.1 kilometres –  which will become the vital new alternative to the West Gate Bridge, slashing travel times from the western suburbs. Currently, an incident on the West Gate Bridge can triple travel times for motorists. By building the new twin tunnels and a second river crossing, the West Gate Tunnel will deliver a long overdue alternative to the West Gate Bridge – giving trucks and cars direct access to Melbourne’s North. The project also includes four more lanes on the West Gate Freeway from the M80 interchange to the West Gate Bridge, as well three express lanes in each direction to reduce merging and weaving. The project will also create 6,000 new jobs, including 500 apprentices, up to 150 jobs for former auto workers, and around 400 jobs in Melbourne’s west. The project will give the western suburbs the first-class freeway they deserve, with world-leading architecture and urban design that celebrates the aboriginal heritage and maritime history of Melbourne’s west. The updated design further responds to community feedback with the best quality noise walls in Victoria, a 1 km-longer tunnel that moves the exit and ventilation structure away from homes, and the creation of 9 hectares – nearly 4 MCGs – of new open space and wetlands. The project will now be assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES), which will be publicly exhibited mid-year before final contractual close at the end of the year, and construction in early 2018. Quote attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The West Gate Tunnel project will slash congestion and take thousands of trucks off the West Gate Bridge. For people coming from the western suburbs this means less time in traffic and more time where they want to be.” Quote attributable to the Member for Altona Jill Hennessey “Drivers from Altona, Werribee, Point Cook, Hoppers Crossing and Laverton will now have a choice – the Tunnel or the Bridge.”

 

WERRIBEE LOCALS URGED TO KICK START ACTIVE APRIL

Everyone in the Werribee electorate – no matter their age or ability – are being challenged to improve their fitness and health and commit to 30 minutes of physical activity a day in April. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today called on all Victorians to sign up for this year’s Premier’s Active April challenge that kicks off on Saturday. Getting involved in Active April can be as simple as taking a regular walk, riding to school or work, exercising during your lunch break, getting out in the garden or joining your local sports club. You don’t have to be an elite athlete – anyone can sign up and make the change. By taking the first step, you can work your way up to an exercise or a sport that you love. In 2016, 2252 people in the City of Wyndham signed up to Active April. Women and girls are being urged to continue the charge and out-do the men and boys. People can sign up to Active April as an individual or you can get your friends, family or work colleagues together to form a team. Last year more than 104,000 people made a pledge to do 30 minutes of exercise each day in April. In 2016, nearly 11,000 teams joined and motivated each other to stay active. In 2017, there is a new mobile app that gives participants the chance to log their physical activity, the time they spend exercising, and allows groups to track and compare their progress. The Wyndham City Council will be coordinating a range of local events and activities where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can join in and at the same time do their 30 minutes of activity. Sign up today at www.activeapril.vic.gov.au or join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Registrations are open until April 30. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Active April is a fun and free way to get more active and healthy, and there are  some great special offers and prizes along the way.” “It’s amazing how exercise can turn things around for people – Active April is a great place to start.” “I urge everyone in the Werribee electorate to get involved. Sign up today, join in the fun and have a go.”

WERRIBEE LOCALS URGED TO KICK START ACTIVE APRIL

Everyone in the Werribee electorate – no matter their age or ability – are being challenged to improve their fitness and health and commit to 30 minutes of physical activity a day in April. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today called on all Victorians to sign up for this year’s Premier’s Active April challenge that kicks off on Saturday. Getting involved in Active April can be as simple as taking a regular walk, riding to school or work, exercising during your lunch break, getting out in the garden or joining your local sports club. You don’t have to be an elite athlete – anyone can sign up and make the change. By taking the first step, you can work your way up to an exercise or a sport that you love. In 2016, 2252 people in the City of Wyndham signed up to Active April. Women and girls are being urged to continue the charge and out-do the men and boys. People can sign up to Active April as an individual or you can get your friends, family or work colleagues together to form a team. Last year more than 104,000 people made a pledge to do 30 minutes of exercise each day in April. In 2016, nearly 11,000 teams joined and motivated each other to stay active. In 2017, there is a new mobile app that gives participants the chance to log their physical activity, the time they spend exercising, and allows groups to track and compare their progress. The Wyndham City Council will be coordinating a range of local events and activities where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can join in and at the same time do their 30 minutes of activity. Sign up today at www.activeapril.vic.gov.au or join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Registrations are open until April 30. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Active April is a fun and free way to get more active and healthy, and there are  some great special offers and prizes along the way.” “It’s amazing how exercise can turn things around for people – Active April is a great place to start.” “I urge everyone in the Werribee electorate to get involved. Sign up today, join in the fun and have a go.”

Statement on the new location for the Youth Justice Facility

  On 15 March I joined the Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Wyndham Mayor Henry Barlow to announce a new location for a youth justice facility. The new location is west of Werribee, in the vicinity of CherryCreek. Last month, the Government committed to examining alternative sites with Wyndham City Council for the new facility within Wyndham, as long as they met the strict selection criteria and statutory obligations. Community representatives acknowledged the need for a new youth justice facility in Wyndham but had concerns about the location of the Hoppers Lane South site and its proximity to the Werribee tourism precinct. The Government has worked closely with Wyndham City Council to identify an alternative site that meets the needs of the community and the selection criteria in the business case and legislation. The Cherry Creek site, which is owned by Melbourne Water, was not considered surplus and so was not considered as part of the original examination of available government land. The Cherry Creek site meets the requirements, including the size and shape of the land, its proximity to the CBD including court facilities, its accessibility for staff and families, its distance from residential areas and the ability to acquire the land from Melbourne Water promptly and get started on construction. You may have seen advertisements calling for nominations for the local Community Advisory Group for this project. I strongly encourage those wanting to participate and be involved in this project to put forward a nomination by visiting: engage.vic.gov.au/youthjusticecentre Similarly, the Government is holding information sessions for this project and we hope that you will attend and learn more about the planned facility and the Cherry Creek location. These sessions will be at the following dates and times: Friday 7 April, 4pm-7pm Saturday 8 April, 9am-12pm Jamieson Way Community Centre 59 Jamieson Way Point Cook 3030 This $288 million youth justice facility is part of comprehensive changes to the youth justice system in Victoria to make it more secure and to provide greater protections for staff, young people in contact with the system, and the wider community. The project will still be delivered within the existing timeframes and budget. It will be of significant boost to locals and the local economy, generating more than 2000 jobs during construction and providing 450 ongoing employment opportunities. Many of you took the time to write to my office and I thank you and all of the Wyndham community for the passion and care that you have demonstrated. I thank the Wyndham City Council and representatives of community groups who worked with the Government to find a suitable alternative location. Again I encourage you to attend community information sessions to find out more about the facility. Further information is available from the dedicated youth justice centre information line on 1800 630 738 or at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Statement on the new location for the Youth Justice Facility

  On 15 March I joined the Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Wyndham Mayor Henry Barlow to announce a new location for a youth justice facility. The new location is west of Werribee, in the vicinity of CherryCreek. Last month, the Government committed to examining alternative sites with Wyndham City Council for the new facility within Wyndham, as long as they met the strict selection criteria and statutory obligations. Community representatives acknowledged the need for a new youth justice facility in Wyndham but had concerns about the location of the Hoppers Lane South site and its proximity to the Werribee tourism precinct. The Government has worked closely with Wyndham City Council to identify an alternative site that meets the needs of the community and the selection criteria in the business case and legislation. The Cherry Creek site, which is owned by Melbourne Water, was not considered surplus and so was not considered as part of the original examination of available government land. The Cherry Creek site meets the requirements, including the size and shape of the land, its proximity to the CBD including court facilities, its accessibility for staff and families, its distance from residential areas and the ability to acquire the land from Melbourne Water promptly and get started on construction. You may have seen advertisements calling for nominations for the local Community Advisory Group for this project. I strongly encourage those wanting to participate and be involved in this project to put forward a nomination by visiting: engage.vic.gov.au/youthjusticecentre Similarly, the Government is holding information sessions for this project and we hope that you will attend and learn more about the planned facility and the Cherry Creek location. These sessions will be at the following dates and times: Friday 7 April, 4pm-7pm Saturday 8 April, 9am-12pm Jamieson Way Community Centre 59 Jamieson Way Point Cook 3030 This $288 million youth justice facility is part of comprehensive changes to the youth justice system in Victoria to make it more secure and to provide greater protections for staff, young people in contact with the system, and the wider community. The project will still be delivered within the existing timeframes and budget. It will be of significant boost to locals and the local economy, generating more than 2000 jobs during construction and providing 450 ongoing employment opportunities. Many of you took the time to write to my office and I thank you and all of the Wyndham community for the passion and care that you have demonstrated. I thank the Wyndham City Council and representatives of community groups who worked with the Government to find a suitable alternative location. Again I encourage you to attend community information sessions to find out more about the facility. Further information is available from the dedicated youth justice centre information line on 1800 630 738 or at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.

YOUNG PEOPLE IN WERRIBEE GIVING BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES

New funding by the Andrews Labor Government will give secondary students in the Werribee electorate the chance to volunteer and get involved in their local communities in 2017. A total of four schools, including Manor Lakes P-12 College, three campuses of Warringa Park School, Werribee Secondary College, and Western English Language School, will each receive up to $9,725 in funding to connect students to local volunteering opportunities. The $4.46 million in Advance funding will go towards secondary schools in areas of high socio-economic disadvantage, for young people to engage in volunteering projects with local community partners. It provides young people with an opportunity to develop practical teamwork, communication and project management skills. More than 24,000 young people participated in the program last year, helping them to engage with their local communities, develop important life skills and gain valuable experience to assist in future job or education pursuits. The funding helps schools connect young people to a range of projects including conservation programs, helping with their local Surf Life Saving Association, running a community radio program and getting involved with emergency services and animal welfare projects. The Government announced last year a new Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria, which focusses on strengthening the relationship between government and young people. Key actions from the policy include a Youth Summit on 31 March 2017, bringing together young people and their ideas from across Victoria and a new Victorian Youth Congress to meet regularly and advise government on key matters affecting young people. For more information on the Advance program go to: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Young people in the Werribee electorate have so much to offer and the Advance program is giving them the opportunity to get involved in local initiatives and connect with their communities.” “Programs like Advance help young people in Werribee establish life skills and valuable experience and give back to the community.”

YOUNG PEOPLE IN WERRIBEE GIVING BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES

New funding by the Andrews Labor Government will give secondary students in the Werribee electorate the chance to volunteer and get involved in their local communities in 2017. A total of four schools, including Manor Lakes P-12 College, three campuses of Warringa Park School, Werribee Secondary College, and Western English Language School, will each receive up to $9,725 in funding to connect students to local volunteering opportunities. The $4.46 million in Advance funding will go towards secondary schools in areas of high socio-economic disadvantage, for young people to engage in volunteering projects with local community partners. It provides young people with an opportunity to develop practical teamwork, communication and project management skills. More than 24,000 young people participated in the program last year, helping them to engage with their local communities, develop important life skills and gain valuable experience to assist in future job or education pursuits. The funding helps schools connect young people to a range of projects including conservation programs, helping with their local Surf Life Saving Association, running a community radio program and getting involved with emergency services and animal welfare projects. The Government announced last year a new Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria, which focusses on strengthening the relationship between government and young people. Key actions from the policy include a Youth Summit on 31 March 2017, bringing together young people and their ideas from across Victoria and a new Victorian Youth Congress to meet regularly and advise government on key matters affecting young people. For more information on the Advance program go to: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Young people in the Werribee electorate have so much to offer and the Advance program is giving them the opportunity to get involved in local initiatives and connect with their communities.” “Programs like Advance help young people in Werribee establish life skills and valuable experience and give back to the community.”

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN WERRIBEE

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds  of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee today congratulated the emergency service organisations in Werribee on their successful grant application. Beneficiaries of the grant included: Wyndham and Hobsons Bay SES Units - $39,900 for operational equipment, training and development. Werribee VF10 Coast Guards - $26,264 for operational equipment. Flotilla 10, Werribee - $7,000 for training. Wyndham West SES - $19,990 for operational equipment and facility improvements and $10,909 for new facilities. This is a total contribution of $104,000 for emergency volunteers in the Werribee community. These grants will assist emergency volunteers in the Werribee electorate in the crucial work they do in keeping the community safe. Applications for the ESVS Grants Program are still open and I would encourage all eligible emergency volunteers to apply. Organisations are eligible to apply for multiple grants. To find out more about the ESVS Grants Program and to download the application form visit https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee "This is an exciting day for the Werribee electorate and I congratulate all our grant recipients and hope that it assist them the outstanding job they do in keeping the community safe.” “I encourage all volunteer brigades and units in the Werribee electorate to visit the Emergency Management Victoria website and apply for a grant.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino    “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the significant contribution of the more than 100,000 emergency management volunteers, investing in equipment, training and facilities to keep our communities safe.” “The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work, protecting Victorian properties and lives.”  

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN WERRIBEE

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds  of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee today congratulated the emergency service organisations in Werribee on their successful grant application. Beneficiaries of the grant included: Wyndham and Hobsons Bay SES Units - $39,900 for operational equipment, training and development. Werribee VF10 Coast Guards - $26,264 for operational equipment. Flotilla 10, Werribee - $7,000 for training. Wyndham West SES - $19,990 for operational equipment and facility improvements and $10,909 for new facilities. This is a total contribution of $104,000 for emergency volunteers in the Werribee community. These grants will assist emergency volunteers in the Werribee electorate in the crucial work they do in keeping the community safe. Applications for the ESVS Grants Program are still open and I would encourage all eligible emergency volunteers to apply. Organisations are eligible to apply for multiple grants. To find out more about the ESVS Grants Program and to download the application form visit https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee "This is an exciting day for the Werribee electorate and I congratulate all our grant recipients and hope that it assist them the outstanding job they do in keeping the community safe.” “I encourage all volunteer brigades and units in the Werribee electorate to visit the Emergency Management Victoria website and apply for a grant.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino    “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the significant contribution of the more than 100,000 emergency management volunteers, investing in equipment, training and facilities to keep our communities safe.” “The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work, protecting Victorian properties and lives.”