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.
  • Vic Budget 21/22 Creating Jobs & Caring for Werribee

    The Victorian Budget 2021/22 is creating jobs and caring for the people of Werribee, investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.

  • Another Crossing Down at Cherry Street

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

  • 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.

  • Major Works Take Shape at Old Geelong Road

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

  • Duncans Road Interchange Upgrade Completed

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

  • New Riverbend Primary School

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

  • $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.

  • Vic Budget 21/22 Creating Jobs & Caring for Werribee

    The Victorian Budget 2021/22 is creating jobs and caring for the people of Werribee, investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.

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HELPING LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS STAY COMFY AND SAVE MONEY

The Andrews Labor Government will help thousands of low-income Victorians upgrade their inefficient heating and cooling systems – improving the comfort of their homes, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and saving households up to $300 per year on their energy bills. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that the Victorian Government will begin providing $1,000 rebates to support 250,000 low-income households to replace their old heaters with energy-efficient reverse-cycle systems that can warm their home in winter and cool it in summer. The rebates are open to owner-occupier households with an approved concession card or a combined household income of less than $90,000 and could cover more than half of the typical efficient reverse-cycle system. Additional rebates of $200 are available to cap old gas heaters, and $500 to upgrade electrical switchboards. The $335 million Home Heating and Cooling Upgrade program is just another way that the Andrews Labor Government is making energy fairer and more affordable for all Victorians. The HHCU Program follows the $250 Power Saving Bonus, which provides immediate bill relief for eligible concession card holders; the Victorian Default Offer, which sets a fair price for energy; and Victorian Energy Compare, an independent energy price comparison website that could save households $300 on their energy bill. By replacing outdated, unsafe or inefficient electric, gas and wood-fired heaters, the Labor Government is further improving access to energy, lowering the cost of living and building climate resilience. More information, including instructions on how to apply is available at heatingupgrades.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio “Everyone deserves a home where you can keep warm in winter or cool down in summer without breaking the bank.” “The Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program will not only help those who would otherwise struggle to afford a new heating and cooling system, it will also help Victoria reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and make our homes more resilient to climate change.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This program will help people replace their old heaters with new, energy efficient models that will save them money on their power bills and improve their comfort and wellbeing.”

HELPING LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS STAY COMFY AND SAVE MONEY

The Andrews Labor Government will help thousands of low-income Victorians upgrade their inefficient heating and cooling systems – improving the comfort of their homes, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and saving households up to $300 per year on their energy bills. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that the Victorian Government will begin providing $1,000 rebates to support 250,000 low-income households to replace their old heaters with energy-efficient reverse-cycle systems that can warm their home in winter and cool it in summer. The rebates are open to owner-occupier households with an approved concession card or a combined household income of less than $90,000 and could cover more than half of the typical efficient reverse-cycle system. Additional rebates of $200 are available to cap old gas heaters, and $500 to upgrade electrical switchboards. The $335 million Home Heating and Cooling Upgrade program is just another way that the Andrews Labor Government is making energy fairer and more affordable for all Victorians. The HHCU Program follows the $250 Power Saving Bonus, which provides immediate bill relief for eligible concession card holders; the Victorian Default Offer, which sets a fair price for energy; and Victorian Energy Compare, an independent energy price comparison website that could save households $300 on their energy bill. By replacing outdated, unsafe or inefficient electric, gas and wood-fired heaters, the Labor Government is further improving access to energy, lowering the cost of living and building climate resilience. More information, including instructions on how to apply is available at heatingupgrades.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio “Everyone deserves a home where you can keep warm in winter or cool down in summer without breaking the bank.” “The Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program will not only help those who would otherwise struggle to afford a new heating and cooling system, it will also help Victoria reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and make our homes more resilient to climate change.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This program will help people replace their old heaters with new, energy efficient models that will save them money on their power bills and improve their comfort and wellbeing.”

MORE SHADE TO PROTECT THE WERRIBEE COMMUNITY FROM SKIN CANCER

People in Werribee will be better protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, thanks to grants from the Andrews Labor Government to install more sunshades in schools, public areas and sports clubs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP urged schools, community organisations and sporting clubs in Werribee to apply for the sixth round of the School Shade Grants Program and the Community Shade Grants Program. The programs ensure more Victorians can access the shade they need to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors by building new shade, repairing existing shade or planting trees. Grants are also available to purchase sun protective items including hats and sunscreen. When used alongside other sun protection measures such as sunscreen and clothing, shade structures are the best defence and can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent. Through this program the Labor Government is supporting locals to keep active and enjoy the outdoors, while also helping them to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer. Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70. In 2019, melanoma was the fifth most common cancer in Victoria with 2,841 new cases diagnosed and sadly 270 deaths. The five-year survival rate for Victorians diagnosed with invasive melanoma was at 92 per cent in 2014-2018. The Government has invested $15.1 million towards the prevention and early detection of skin cancer. This includes $10 million for the Shade Grants Program – allowing around 1000 extra schools and community groups will be able to install much needed shade between 2019 and 2023. The program began in 2015 and has since awarded 1634 grants worth more than $14 million. The Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-24 has set an ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer by 2025. To apply for a grant visit health.vic.gov.au/public-health/preventive-health/skin-cancer-prevention  School Shade Grant Program applications close on 27 August and Community Shade Grant Program applications close on 10 September.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know how much Australians love the outdoors. These grants ensure locals can still enjoy Werribee’s great parks, sports fields and playgrounds while staying SunSmart.” “Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer in Australia. That’s why this program is so important to the Werribee community.” “More than ever, we want our kids to embrace the outdoors and stay active. These grants will help keep our kids safe in the sun and protect them from skin cancer later in life.”

MORE SHADE TO PROTECT THE WERRIBEE COMMUNITY FROM SKIN CANCER

People in Werribee will be better protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, thanks to grants from the Andrews Labor Government to install more sunshades in schools, public areas and sports clubs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP urged schools, community organisations and sporting clubs in Werribee to apply for the sixth round of the School Shade Grants Program and the Community Shade Grants Program. The programs ensure more Victorians can access the shade they need to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors by building new shade, repairing existing shade or planting trees. Grants are also available to purchase sun protective items including hats and sunscreen. When used alongside other sun protection measures such as sunscreen and clothing, shade structures are the best defence and can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent. Through this program the Labor Government is supporting locals to keep active and enjoy the outdoors, while also helping them to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer. Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70. In 2019, melanoma was the fifth most common cancer in Victoria with 2,841 new cases diagnosed and sadly 270 deaths. The five-year survival rate for Victorians diagnosed with invasive melanoma was at 92 per cent in 2014-2018. The Government has invested $15.1 million towards the prevention and early detection of skin cancer. This includes $10 million for the Shade Grants Program – allowing around 1000 extra schools and community groups will be able to install much needed shade between 2019 and 2023. The program began in 2015 and has since awarded 1634 grants worth more than $14 million. The Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-24 has set an ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer by 2025. To apply for a grant visit health.vic.gov.au/public-health/preventive-health/skin-cancer-prevention  School Shade Grant Program applications close on 27 August and Community Shade Grant Program applications close on 10 September.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know how much Australians love the outdoors. These grants ensure locals can still enjoy Werribee’s great parks, sports fields and playgrounds while staying SunSmart.” “Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer in Australia. That’s why this program is so important to the Werribee community.” “More than ever, we want our kids to embrace the outdoors and stay active. These grants will help keep our kids safe in the sun and protect them from skin cancer later in life.”

CONSTRUCTION TENDERS OUT FOR 10 NEW SCHOOLS

More Werribee students and their families will soon have access to a great education close to home thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, with 13 new schools on track to open across the state in 2023. Construction tenders have been put out as part of a $491.6 million investment to build 10 of the 13 new schools, contributing to the Labor Government’s commitment to opening 100 new schools across the state by 2026. Of these, two schools will be opening across Werribee. These schools, currently known by their interim name, include: Holyoake Primary School – Manor Lakes Lollypop Creek Primary School – Werribee Also included in the 13 schools for 2023 are: A new campus for North Melbourne Primary School, which has already had a builder appointed, being Hansen Yuncken. Construction on the Molesworth Street site is due to start this year. Wollert East Secondary School in Wollert, which has already gone to tender and had ADCO appointed the builder Mount Ridley Special School in Craigieburn, which will have a builder appointed later in the year. Camms Road and Wollert West primary schools, which will include early learning centres on site, have been designed as Supported Inclusion Schools, providing accessible and inclusive education for all students. These schools include a greater emphasis on supporting students with disabilities to access specialist infrastructure and teaching expertise to ensure all Victorian children have access to a great local school. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 has seen $1.6 billion invested to build new schools and improve existing schools to make sure our kids have the bright futures they deserve. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We look forward to securing builders for these exciting new schools so we can get on with the job of opening 100 new schools by 2026 and giving students in Werribee the bright futures they deserve.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We look forward to securing builders for these brand new schools so we can get on with the job of opening 100 new schools by 2026 and giving our students the great education they deserve.”

CONSTRUCTION TENDERS OUT FOR 10 NEW SCHOOLS

More Werribee students and their families will soon have access to a great education close to home thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, with 13 new schools on track to open across the state in 2023. Construction tenders have been put out as part of a $491.6 million investment to build 10 of the 13 new schools, contributing to the Labor Government’s commitment to opening 100 new schools across the state by 2026. Of these, two schools will be opening across Werribee. These schools, currently known by their interim name, include: Holyoake Primary School – Manor Lakes Lollypop Creek Primary School – Werribee Also included in the 13 schools for 2023 are: A new campus for North Melbourne Primary School, which has already had a builder appointed, being Hansen Yuncken. Construction on the Molesworth Street site is due to start this year. Wollert East Secondary School in Wollert, which has already gone to tender and had ADCO appointed the builder Mount Ridley Special School in Craigieburn, which will have a builder appointed later in the year. Camms Road and Wollert West primary schools, which will include early learning centres on site, have been designed as Supported Inclusion Schools, providing accessible and inclusive education for all students. These schools include a greater emphasis on supporting students with disabilities to access specialist infrastructure and teaching expertise to ensure all Victorian children have access to a great local school. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 has seen $1.6 billion invested to build new schools and improve existing schools to make sure our kids have the bright futures they deserve. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We look forward to securing builders for these exciting new schools so we can get on with the job of opening 100 new schools by 2026 and giving students in Werribee the bright futures they deserve.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We look forward to securing builders for these brand new schools so we can get on with the job of opening 100 new schools by 2026 and giving our students the great education they deserve.”

NEW INCLUSIVE AREAS FOR WERRIBEE STUDENTS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Victorian government schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and learning areas through the Inclusive Schools Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Searle x Waldron Architecture would design works to be undertaken at Warringa Park School to deliver an outdoor inclusive learning space, including new play equipment and synthetic turf. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 includes $10 million for the Inclusive Schools Fund to help make our schools more accessible and inclusive for young people with a disability and additional needs. Since its inception in 2015, the Fund has supported over 300 primary, secondary and specialist schools to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This new space will make a real difference to students at Warringa Park School, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.” “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.”

NEW INCLUSIVE AREAS FOR WERRIBEE STUDENTS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Victorian government schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and learning areas through the Inclusive Schools Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Searle x Waldron Architecture would design works to be undertaken at Warringa Park School to deliver an outdoor inclusive learning space, including new play equipment and synthetic turf. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 includes $10 million for the Inclusive Schools Fund to help make our schools more accessible and inclusive for young people with a disability and additional needs. Since its inception in 2015, the Fund has supported over 300 primary, secondary and specialist schools to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This new space will make a real difference to students at Warringa Park School, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.” “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.”

SUPPORTING WYNDHAM’S YOUNG PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM CRIME

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded $350,000 to Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) to help young people find pathways away from offending. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy, and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly announced CMY would receive funding for the extension of the Change It Up project to support young people and provide them with the help they need. The project aims to address offending and recidivism among young people aged 10 to 24 who have either had contact with, or have demonstrated risk of, being involved with the criminal justice system. The projects engage with young people through coaching, mentoring, employment and education opportunities to address the underlying causes of offending and steer them away from the justice system. CMY funding builds on its strong community involvement to respond to the needs of its local youth, and provides opportunities for them to be provided with a wraparound service that sets them on the right path. The funding is part of the state government’s Youth Crime Prevention Grants program, which received $4.4 million in the 2021-22 State Budget to extend projects across Victoria for an additional 12 months. These community-led projects for young people are run in partnership with councils, service providers, not-for-profit groups and police. Since 2016 the government has invested over $22 million, providing intensive support to more than 1000 young people. More than 2000 young people have participated in pro-social activities delivered by these projects. For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/grants/youth-crime-prevention-grants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “Our Youth Crime Prevention Grants have successfully helped community designed programs support vulnerable young people to keep their lives on track.” “By supporting young people we’re creating a better future for them, and a safer future for all Victorians” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Change It Up project will help make sure our local young people get the support they need to stay connected and engaged.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “I’m really pleased that funding has been allocated to extend the critical work of the Centre for Multicultural Youth to continue to give young people in Wyndham meaningful and individualised support.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “A sense of community with support to stay connected and engage can make all the difference in the lives of at-risk youth.”

SUPPORTING WYNDHAM’S YOUNG PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM CRIME

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded $350,000 to Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) to help young people find pathways away from offending. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy, and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly announced CMY would receive funding for the extension of the Change It Up project to support young people and provide them with the help they need. The project aims to address offending and recidivism among young people aged 10 to 24 who have either had contact with, or have demonstrated risk of, being involved with the criminal justice system. The projects engage with young people through coaching, mentoring, employment and education opportunities to address the underlying causes of offending and steer them away from the justice system. CMY funding builds on its strong community involvement to respond to the needs of its local youth, and provides opportunities for them to be provided with a wraparound service that sets them on the right path. The funding is part of the state government’s Youth Crime Prevention Grants program, which received $4.4 million in the 2021-22 State Budget to extend projects across Victoria for an additional 12 months. These community-led projects for young people are run in partnership with councils, service providers, not-for-profit groups and police. Since 2016 the government has invested over $22 million, providing intensive support to more than 1000 young people. More than 2000 young people have participated in pro-social activities delivered by these projects. For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/grants/youth-crime-prevention-grants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “Our Youth Crime Prevention Grants have successfully helped community designed programs support vulnerable young people to keep their lives on track.” “By supporting young people we’re creating a better future for them, and a safer future for all Victorians” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Change It Up project will help make sure our local young people get the support they need to stay connected and engaged.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “I’m really pleased that funding has been allocated to extend the critical work of the Centre for Multicultural Youth to continue to give young people in Wyndham meaningful and individualised support.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “A sense of community with support to stay connected and engage can make all the difference in the lives of at-risk youth.”

HAVE YOUR SAY ON EDUCATION REFORM

Victorians are being encouraged to have their say on the Andrews Labor Government’s major reforms of             school-based vocational education and senior secondary education. The reforms will see the integration of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) into the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). This will give Victorian students high-quality, practical skills that delivers a pathway to Victoria’s most in-demand jobs. A new foundation certificate will be established from 2023 to support students in all settings to successfully transition to entry level VET or employment after finishing school, particularly students with a disability and additional needs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is calling for Werribee locals to have their say on the new certificate designs, on what units students are going to do as part of their certificate and on what the certificates will be called. The Labor Government is keen for community feedback on how to best support all students to complete a two-year certificate, the impact of mandating a minimum number of units, and ensuring forms of assessment will best support student learning. The Government is keen to hear from students, parents, caregivers, schools, TAFEs, universities and other service providers, peak bodies, industry, employers and the wider community through the Engage Victoria website. The move to the new certificates follows a review by former Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority CEO John Firth. They will be complemented by broader reforms to the senior secondary system, which will improve the quality of, and access to, vocational and applied learning pathways for all students. The reforms are supported by a $38 million investment announced in the Victorian Budget 2020/21. To participate and give feedback on Senior Secondary Pathways Reform, go to engage.vic.gov.au/have-your-say-senior-secondary-pathways-reform. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want an education system that ensures our kids succeed. With a single VCE certificate that incorporates vocational and applied learning, we can ensure all kids gain the skills needed for the job they want.” “As we continue to invest in the economy of the future – we need a VET trained workforce. These changes will support more students to graduate with the skills they need for Victoria’s growing industries.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We look forward to hearing from students, families, employers and educators from Werribee on how to best support them as we make these crucial reforms.”  

HAVE YOUR SAY ON EDUCATION REFORM

Victorians are being encouraged to have their say on the Andrews Labor Government’s major reforms of             school-based vocational education and senior secondary education. The reforms will see the integration of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) into the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). This will give Victorian students high-quality, practical skills that delivers a pathway to Victoria’s most in-demand jobs. A new foundation certificate will be established from 2023 to support students in all settings to successfully transition to entry level VET or employment after finishing school, particularly students with a disability and additional needs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is calling for Werribee locals to have their say on the new certificate designs, on what units students are going to do as part of their certificate and on what the certificates will be called. The Labor Government is keen for community feedback on how to best support all students to complete a two-year certificate, the impact of mandating a minimum number of units, and ensuring forms of assessment will best support student learning. The Government is keen to hear from students, parents, caregivers, schools, TAFEs, universities and other service providers, peak bodies, industry, employers and the wider community through the Engage Victoria website. The move to the new certificates follows a review by former Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority CEO John Firth. They will be complemented by broader reforms to the senior secondary system, which will improve the quality of, and access to, vocational and applied learning pathways for all students. The reforms are supported by a $38 million investment announced in the Victorian Budget 2020/21. To participate and give feedback on Senior Secondary Pathways Reform, go to engage.vic.gov.au/have-your-say-senior-secondary-pathways-reform. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want an education system that ensures our kids succeed. With a single VCE certificate that incorporates vocational and applied learning, we can ensure all kids gain the skills needed for the job they want.” “As we continue to invest in the economy of the future – we need a VET trained workforce. These changes will support more students to graduate with the skills they need for Victoria’s growing industries.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We look forward to hearing from students, families, employers and educators from Werribee on how to best support them as we make these crucial reforms.”  

WERRIBEE VICTORIAN CLAY TARGET CLUB ON TARGET FOR FUNDING

Wyndham shooters are celebrating today, after securing funding to upgrade their facilities. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club is one of 28 clubs across the state to benefit from the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Shooting Sports Facilities Program. The Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club has a strong following in Werribee. The club has successfully applied for funding to modernise and upgrade various facilitates and advance programs, and has been given $308,981 to progress this project. Additional funding will be provided to clubs that shoot outdoors to develop an Environmental Management Plan to support them to manage their environmental obligations. The program works to improve the quality of facilities, the sustainability of Victoria’s shooting sports clubs and their environmental practices. It also enhances shooting sports activities and programs for participants that increases their access in an inclusive and friendly environment. Since 2014, 208 projects have benefitted from more than $13.48 million in funding that have gone on to improve the quality and sustainability of shooting sports facilities and activities across the state. The grants provide an opportunity for clubs to boost participation, better accommodate people of all abilities and provide real pathways from the grassroots to the elite level. From Olympic gold medallists Russell Mark and Catherine Skinner to Commonwealth Gold trap shooter Laetisha Scanlan, shooting clubs in Victoria have a strong history of nurturing local talents into world champions. Shooting sports clubs are also a great place for locals to get together and enjoy the benefits of outdoor recreation and learn about the safe and responsible use of firearms. For more information about the program visit https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/shooting-sports-facilities-program. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Victorian Government’s investment in the Shooting Sports Facilities Program is helping ensure the long-term sustainability of the sport and enabling shooters to hone their skills and excel with modern safe facilities.” “These grants will go a long way to helping clubs like Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club promote the sport, provide a safe and welcoming community space and encourage locals to learn some great skills and practical tips about safe and responsible use of firearms.” “Congratulations to Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club on securing this funding and I look forward to seeing its project progress.”

WERRIBEE VICTORIAN CLAY TARGET CLUB ON TARGET FOR FUNDING

Wyndham shooters are celebrating today, after securing funding to upgrade their facilities. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club is one of 28 clubs across the state to benefit from the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Shooting Sports Facilities Program. The Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club has a strong following in Werribee. The club has successfully applied for funding to modernise and upgrade various facilitates and advance programs, and has been given $308,981 to progress this project. Additional funding will be provided to clubs that shoot outdoors to develop an Environmental Management Plan to support them to manage their environmental obligations. The program works to improve the quality of facilities, the sustainability of Victoria’s shooting sports clubs and their environmental practices. It also enhances shooting sports activities and programs for participants that increases their access in an inclusive and friendly environment. Since 2014, 208 projects have benefitted from more than $13.48 million in funding that have gone on to improve the quality and sustainability of shooting sports facilities and activities across the state. The grants provide an opportunity for clubs to boost participation, better accommodate people of all abilities and provide real pathways from the grassroots to the elite level. From Olympic gold medallists Russell Mark and Catherine Skinner to Commonwealth Gold trap shooter Laetisha Scanlan, shooting clubs in Victoria have a strong history of nurturing local talents into world champions. Shooting sports clubs are also a great place for locals to get together and enjoy the benefits of outdoor recreation and learn about the safe and responsible use of firearms. For more information about the program visit https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/shooting-sports-facilities-program. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Victorian Government’s investment in the Shooting Sports Facilities Program is helping ensure the long-term sustainability of the sport and enabling shooters to hone their skills and excel with modern safe facilities.” “These grants will go a long way to helping clubs like Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club promote the sport, provide a safe and welcoming community space and encourage locals to learn some great skills and practical tips about safe and responsible use of firearms.” “Congratulations to Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club on securing this funding and I look forward to seeing its project progress.”

NEW WERRIBEE SCHOOL GETS OFF THE GROUND

Families in Melbourne’s growing south-western suburbs are a step closer to having an exciting new school close to home after a site was secured to build a future primary school in Werribee. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced land at Shipwright Parade, Werribee has been purchased. The new school will help meet the needs of the local growing population by providing a great education for students close to home. The school will have space for 525 local students when it opens in 2023. Lollypop Creek Primary School (interim name) shared in $491.565 million provided in the 2021-22 State Budget for new schools construction. The 2021-22 State Budget also provided $276.4 million to purchase land for 14 future schools to meet growing population needs. Over the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can receive a great education in their local area. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I’m excited that the community’s vision for a new primary school in Werribee is turning into a reality, and that students will get to attend a brand-new school with first-rate facilities.” “We’re ensuring every Victorian child can attend a great local school and receive a top-quality education.”

NEW WERRIBEE SCHOOL GETS OFF THE GROUND

Families in Melbourne’s growing south-western suburbs are a step closer to having an exciting new school close to home after a site was secured to build a future primary school in Werribee. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced land at Shipwright Parade, Werribee has been purchased. The new school will help meet the needs of the local growing population by providing a great education for students close to home. The school will have space for 525 local students when it opens in 2023. Lollypop Creek Primary School (interim name) shared in $491.565 million provided in the 2021-22 State Budget for new schools construction. The 2021-22 State Budget also provided $276.4 million to purchase land for 14 future schools to meet growing population needs. Over the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can receive a great education in their local area. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I’m excited that the community’s vision for a new primary school in Werribee is turning into a reality, and that students will get to attend a brand-new school with first-rate facilities.” “We’re ensuring every Victorian child can attend a great local school and receive a top-quality education.”

 

NEW MANOR LAKES SCHOOL GETS OFF THE GROUND

Families in Melbourne’s growing south-western suburbs are a step closer to having an exciting new school close to home after a site was secured to build a future primary school in Manor Lakes. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced land at Holyoake Parade, Manor Lakes has been purchased. The new school will help meet the needs of the local growing population by providing a great education for students close to home. The school will have space for 650 local students when it opens in 2023. Holyoake Parade Primary School (interim name) shared in $491.565 million provided in the 2021-22 State Budget for new schools construction. The 2021-22 State Budget also provided $276.4 million to purchase land for 14 future schools to meet growing population needs. Over the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can receive a great education in their local area. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I’m excited that the community’s vision for a new primary school in Manor Lakes is turning into a reality, and that students will get to attend a brand-new school with first-rate facilities.” “We’re ensuring every Victorian child can attend a great local school and receive a top-quality education.”

NEW MANOR LAKES SCHOOL GETS OFF THE GROUND

Families in Melbourne’s growing south-western suburbs are a step closer to having an exciting new school close to home after a site was secured to build a future primary school in Manor Lakes. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced land at Holyoake Parade, Manor Lakes has been purchased. The new school will help meet the needs of the local growing population by providing a great education for students close to home. The school will have space for 650 local students when it opens in 2023. Holyoake Parade Primary School (interim name) shared in $491.565 million provided in the 2021-22 State Budget for new schools construction. The 2021-22 State Budget also provided $276.4 million to purchase land for 14 future schools to meet growing population needs. Over the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can receive a great education in their local area. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I’m excited that the community’s vision for a new primary school in Manor Lakes is turning into a reality, and that students will get to attend a brand-new school with first-rate facilities.” “We’re ensuring every Victorian child can attend a great local school and receive a top-quality education.”

PARKING BOOST FOR WERRIBEE STATION

Rail commuters are finding it safer and easier to find a park at Werribee station, with 130 new and upgraded car spaces now open, relieving parking pressures in a fast-growing area in Melbourne’s west. Built by the Level Crossing Removal Project as part of the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Program, the 20 per cent boost from 582 spaces to 700 in marked spaces follows the removal of two dangerous and congested level crossings at Cherry Street and Werribee Street earlier this year. The existing commuter car park at Werribee Station is typically full by 7am on weekdays, and has long been a pain point for the nearly 4000 commuters who use the station daily. It’s anticipated the upgrade – which also includes lighting and CCTV cameras – will help ease pressure on local streets which have long borne the brunt of overflow parking from commuters unable to find a spot at the station. The extra marked spaces are located within an area close to Bunnings that occupies a parcel of land previously used by the level crossing removal project for a site compound.  Motorists can enter and exit the new parking area from Kelly Street and Griffiths Street. At the existing station car park, accessible spaces have been tripled, with 18 extra spaces added. More than 40 bicycle hoops have been added, meaning there will be room for around 150 bikes following these upgrades. Crews have also been busy applying final architectural touches to a pedestrian and cyclist underpass, part of the final stage of the Cherry Street level crossing removal project. Works to create finishes, connecting pathways and civic plazas on either side of the underpass are complete, with some landscaping still to be done. Providing a direct connection between homes to the north of the rail line and shops to the south, the underpass makes it easier for locals to access Werribee’s CBD without getting in the car. Original artwork by artist and designer Richard Briggs is a feature of the updated precinct, with a series of his trademark line drawings embedded into the pavement. The work, titled Community recordings, is inspired by conversations with Werribee locals. Last month, a ten-day construction blitz saw works ramp up on other level crossing removal projects along the Werribee line which will connect communities across the rail line and improve active transport for Melbourne’s west. At Hoppers Crossing Station stairs and canopy roofing was installed for a new pedestrian overpass, part of the Old Geelong Road level crossing removal. Crews working to build a pedestrian underpass at Aircraft Station also began major excavation beneath the rail line. Across Melbourne 75 level crossings are being removed, with more than 20 sites now under construction, and 46 crossings already gone for good. One crossing on average is being removed every four weeks this year. For more information visit: levelcrossings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “We’re improving transport connections across the west – whether you are walking, cycling or catching a train, it’s about getting people to where they need to go safer and sooner.  “Central Werribee is already level crossing free and it is exciting to see the huge pipeline of investment continue in Melbourne’s west.”

PARKING BOOST FOR WERRIBEE STATION

Rail commuters are finding it safer and easier to find a park at Werribee station, with 130 new and upgraded car spaces now open, relieving parking pressures in a fast-growing area in Melbourne’s west. Built by the Level Crossing Removal Project as part of the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Program, the 20 per cent boost from 582 spaces to 700 in marked spaces follows the removal of two dangerous and congested level crossings at Cherry Street and Werribee Street earlier this year. The existing commuter car park at Werribee Station is typically full by 7am on weekdays, and has long been a pain point for the nearly 4000 commuters who use the station daily. It’s anticipated the upgrade – which also includes lighting and CCTV cameras – will help ease pressure on local streets which have long borne the brunt of overflow parking from commuters unable to find a spot at the station. The extra marked spaces are located within an area close to Bunnings that occupies a parcel of land previously used by the level crossing removal project for a site compound.  Motorists can enter and exit the new parking area from Kelly Street and Griffiths Street. At the existing station car park, accessible spaces have been tripled, with 18 extra spaces added. More than 40 bicycle hoops have been added, meaning there will be room for around 150 bikes following these upgrades. Crews have also been busy applying final architectural touches to a pedestrian and cyclist underpass, part of the final stage of the Cherry Street level crossing removal project. Works to create finishes, connecting pathways and civic plazas on either side of the underpass are complete, with some landscaping still to be done. Providing a direct connection between homes to the north of the rail line and shops to the south, the underpass makes it easier for locals to access Werribee’s CBD without getting in the car. Original artwork by artist and designer Richard Briggs is a feature of the updated precinct, with a series of his trademark line drawings embedded into the pavement. The work, titled Community recordings, is inspired by conversations with Werribee locals. Last month, a ten-day construction blitz saw works ramp up on other level crossing removal projects along the Werribee line which will connect communities across the rail line and improve active transport for Melbourne’s west. At Hoppers Crossing Station stairs and canopy roofing was installed for a new pedestrian overpass, part of the Old Geelong Road level crossing removal. Crews working to build a pedestrian underpass at Aircraft Station also began major excavation beneath the rail line. Across Melbourne 75 level crossings are being removed, with more than 20 sites now under construction, and 46 crossings already gone for good. One crossing on average is being removed every four weeks this year. For more information visit: levelcrossings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “We’re improving transport connections across the west – whether you are walking, cycling or catching a train, it’s about getting people to where they need to go safer and sooner.  “Central Werribee is already level crossing free and it is exciting to see the huge pipeline of investment continue in Melbourne’s west.”

WERRIBEE SPORT CLUBS HIT BY RECENT RESTRICTIONS SCORE BOOST

The Victorian Government is getting right behind even more grassroots sporting clubs and organisations in Werribee that have been impacted by recent coronavirus lockdown actions. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced three clubs and organisations in Werribee had secured grants of $2,000 through the Sporting Club Grants Program including Category 5 - Community Sport and Recreation Event Costs Support, that’s providing support for clubs hit hard by the effects of the latest restrictions. The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving back to those clubs that took a financial hit during the recent lockdown in Victoria. Clubs that incurred costs that cannot be recouped after events or activities were cancelled or postponed can use the funding towards cancellation fees for facilities, coaches and officials, as well as loss of perishable goods. Grant recipients in Werribee include Werribee Auskick, Werribee Centrals Football Netball Club Inc, and Wyndham Track and Field Club. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Government’s commitment to more accessible and inclusive sport, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities, and increase local participation. Since 2014, the Government has provided more than 8,300 sporting club grants totalling more than $12 million to clubs across the state. The Government has also allocated more than $39 million to clubs, leagues, state associations and other organisations from the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-Term Survival Package. The next round of the Sporting Club Grants Program is due to open later this year with grants available for new uniforms and equipment; training coaches, officials and volunteers and improving club operational effectiveness. For more information on the grants program and a full list of recipients go to sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/ Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “We’re proud to provide this boost that’s helping clubs recoup lost revenue due to event cancellations and supporting them and their members.” “Congratulations to our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing them back on the field supporting a new generation of homegrown local champions.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need when they need it most. Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee.”

WERRIBEE SPORT CLUBS HIT BY RECENT RESTRICTIONS SCORE BOOST

The Victorian Government is getting right behind even more grassroots sporting clubs and organisations in Werribee that have been impacted by recent coronavirus lockdown actions. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced three clubs and organisations in Werribee had secured grants of $2,000 through the Sporting Club Grants Program including Category 5 - Community Sport and Recreation Event Costs Support, that’s providing support for clubs hit hard by the effects of the latest restrictions. The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving back to those clubs that took a financial hit during the recent lockdown in Victoria. Clubs that incurred costs that cannot be recouped after events or activities were cancelled or postponed can use the funding towards cancellation fees for facilities, coaches and officials, as well as loss of perishable goods. Grant recipients in Werribee include Werribee Auskick, Werribee Centrals Football Netball Club Inc, and Wyndham Track and Field Club. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Government’s commitment to more accessible and inclusive sport, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities, and increase local participation. Since 2014, the Government has provided more than 8,300 sporting club grants totalling more than $12 million to clubs across the state. The Government has also allocated more than $39 million to clubs, leagues, state associations and other organisations from the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-Term Survival Package. The next round of the Sporting Club Grants Program is due to open later this year with grants available for new uniforms and equipment; training coaches, officials and volunteers and improving club operational effectiveness. For more information on the grants program and a full list of recipients go to sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/ Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “We’re proud to provide this boost that’s helping clubs recoup lost revenue due to event cancellations and supporting them and their members.” “Congratulations to our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing them back on the field supporting a new generation of homegrown local champions.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need when they need it most. Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee.”

SUPPORTING FESTIVALS AND EVENTS HERE IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government is celebrating the diversity that makes our state great with grants to support multicultural community festivals and events, including the Karen Cultural Events 2021. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced $24,000 funding for the Karen Cultural Events. $12,000 funding will also go towards the Dreaming of a Wyndham Christmas 2021 event. These are two of 252 festivals and events of cultural significance to share in $1.45 million in funding. The Government announced an additional $1.1 million for the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to help meet increased program demand over the next 12 months. The grants will assist multicultural community organisations across the state to celebrate and share their culture with all Victorians, including here in Werribee. All events will adhere to COVIDSafe settings, with a majority of events taking place in person. Events will be held between July and the end of December 2021. A list of other events funded through this program in the Werribee District can be found at www.vic.gov.au/multicultural-festivals-and-events-program. Quote attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “The pandemic has shown just how important community is, and Victoria’s multicultural festivals offer a great opportunity for people to reconnect in a COVIDsafe way after a challenging year.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are proud to support local festivals and events such as the Karen Cultural Events for the community to enjoy.”  

SUPPORTING FESTIVALS AND EVENTS HERE IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government is celebrating the diversity that makes our state great with grants to support multicultural community festivals and events, including the Karen Cultural Events 2021. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced $24,000 funding for the Karen Cultural Events. $12,000 funding will also go towards the Dreaming of a Wyndham Christmas 2021 event. These are two of 252 festivals and events of cultural significance to share in $1.45 million in funding. The Government announced an additional $1.1 million for the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to help meet increased program demand over the next 12 months. The grants will assist multicultural community organisations across the state to celebrate and share their culture with all Victorians, including here in Werribee. All events will adhere to COVIDSafe settings, with a majority of events taking place in person. Events will be held between July and the end of December 2021. A list of other events funded through this program in the Werribee District can be found at www.vic.gov.au/multicultural-festivals-and-events-program. Quote attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “The pandemic has shown just how important community is, and Victoria’s multicultural festivals offer a great opportunity for people to reconnect in a COVIDsafe way after a challenging year.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are proud to support local festivals and events such as the Karen Cultural Events for the community to enjoy.”  

GETTING WERRIBEE READY FOR NEW FOUR BIN RECYCLING SYSTEM

The Victorian Government is one step closer to a comprehensive four bin recycling system, with $127 million available to support all 79 Victorian councils including Wyndham City Council to buy new bins, improve drop-off facilities, deliver education campaigns and ensure that they have the infrastructure in place to roll out these reforms. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio announced the funding to support Victorian councils to transition to the new statewide household waste and recycling system including delivering a new purple bin to households for separate glass recycling. Glass, when mixed with other recyclable materials, shatters and contaminates valuable, easy to recycle materials such as paper and cardboard. This reduces the quality of these materials and their ability to be recycled. By separating glass effectively, more materials from the comingled bin can also be recycled. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said Wyndham Council will share in more than $86 million to deliver the new four bin services with standardised bin-lid colours, making it easier for Victorians to recycle.  This funding will ensure that all Victorian households have access to a consistent four bin waste and recycling service. An additional $40.9 million will support councils, business and communities maximise recycling, creating new jobs and supporting local manufacturing. The recycling sector creates 9.2 jobs for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, compared to 2.8 jobs for the same volume sent to landfill. This funding will make sure the Werribee community is ready for these reforms, with improved drop off facilities at resource recovery centres to collect food organics, garden organics and glass. In partnership with councils the Victorian Government will deliver a reliable and consistent statewide recycling system through better household recycling, improved infrastructure, and stronger industry regulation. The Victorian Government has provided $515 million to deliver the biggest transformation and reform of Victoria’s waste and recycling system in our states history. For more information vic.gov.au/recycling. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham City Council is on the frontline of these reforms. The Victorian Government is working hand in hand with Wyndham Council to ensure they have the resources they need to roll out these reforms in every corner of the state.” “By collecting glass separately, we can make sure more of it is effectively recycled – with jars and bottles transformed multiple times into multiple products.” “We know the Werribee community wants to be able to do more to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and use resources wisely – this funding helps to do exactly that.”

GETTING WERRIBEE READY FOR NEW FOUR BIN RECYCLING SYSTEM

The Victorian Government is one step closer to a comprehensive four bin recycling system, with $127 million available to support all 79 Victorian councils including Wyndham City Council to buy new bins, improve drop-off facilities, deliver education campaigns and ensure that they have the infrastructure in place to roll out these reforms. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio announced the funding to support Victorian councils to transition to the new statewide household waste and recycling system including delivering a new purple bin to households for separate glass recycling. Glass, when mixed with other recyclable materials, shatters and contaminates valuable, easy to recycle materials such as paper and cardboard. This reduces the quality of these materials and their ability to be recycled. By separating glass effectively, more materials from the comingled bin can also be recycled. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said Wyndham Council will share in more than $86 million to deliver the new four bin services with standardised bin-lid colours, making it easier for Victorians to recycle.  This funding will ensure that all Victorian households have access to a consistent four bin waste and recycling service. An additional $40.9 million will support councils, business and communities maximise recycling, creating new jobs and supporting local manufacturing. The recycling sector creates 9.2 jobs for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, compared to 2.8 jobs for the same volume sent to landfill. This funding will make sure the Werribee community is ready for these reforms, with improved drop off facilities at resource recovery centres to collect food organics, garden organics and glass. In partnership with councils the Victorian Government will deliver a reliable and consistent statewide recycling system through better household recycling, improved infrastructure, and stronger industry regulation. The Victorian Government has provided $515 million to deliver the biggest transformation and reform of Victoria’s waste and recycling system in our states history. For more information vic.gov.au/recycling. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham City Council is on the frontline of these reforms. The Victorian Government is working hand in hand with Wyndham Council to ensure they have the resources they need to roll out these reforms in every corner of the state.” “By collecting glass separately, we can make sure more of it is effectively recycled – with jars and bottles transformed multiple times into multiple products.” “We know the Werribee community wants to be able to do more to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and use resources wisely – this funding helps to do exactly that.”

BACKING WERRIBEE ATHLETES TO GO NEXT LEVEL

Rising Victorian sports stars and teams in Werribee have been awarded pathway grants enabling them to compete at the top level. Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced five grants have been approved in the electorate from the Government’s Athlete Pathway Grants Program. The grants announced will benefit Equestrian Victoria Incorporated, MEDA Diving Inc., and Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club, helping them take their skills and compete at the next level. The program benefits athletes and teams from a wide range of sport and recreation activities; from surfing to goalball and archery to ten pin bowls and helps address the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on many of our athletes’ travel plans. Since the grants were introduced by the Victorian Government in 2015, 1630 grants have been awarded, totalling more than $2.9 million helping teams and individual athletes reach their goal. The grants are part of the Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Since 2014, the Victorian Government has invested more than $1 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure. For further information on the Athlete Pathway Grant Program, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/athlete-pathway-grants-program. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence  “With athletes slowly returning to competition, the Victorian Government is helping our athletes and future champions by removing the barriers associated with travel and accommodation costs so they can focus on realising their sporting dreams.” “The Athlete Pathway Grant Program lets our rising athletes take the step from community to national competition.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Athlete Pathway Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to keep their rising athletes on their sporting pathway.” “I congratulate Equestrian Victoria Inc, MEDA Driving Inc, and Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club on their successful applications.”  

BACKING WERRIBEE ATHLETES TO GO NEXT LEVEL

Rising Victorian sports stars and teams in Werribee have been awarded pathway grants enabling them to compete at the top level. Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced five grants have been approved in the electorate from the Government’s Athlete Pathway Grants Program. The grants announced will benefit Equestrian Victoria Incorporated, MEDA Diving Inc., and Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club, helping them take their skills and compete at the next level. The program benefits athletes and teams from a wide range of sport and recreation activities; from surfing to goalball and archery to ten pin bowls and helps address the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on many of our athletes’ travel plans. Since the grants were introduced by the Victorian Government in 2015, 1630 grants have been awarded, totalling more than $2.9 million helping teams and individual athletes reach their goal. The grants are part of the Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Since 2014, the Victorian Government has invested more than $1 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure. For further information on the Athlete Pathway Grant Program, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/athlete-pathway-grants-program. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence  “With athletes slowly returning to competition, the Victorian Government is helping our athletes and future champions by removing the barriers associated with travel and accommodation costs so they can focus on realising their sporting dreams.” “The Athlete Pathway Grant Program lets our rising athletes take the step from community to national competition.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Athlete Pathway Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to keep their rising athletes on their sporting pathway.” “I congratulate Equestrian Victoria Inc, MEDA Driving Inc, and Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club on their successful applications.”  

GRANTS TO IMPROVE ACCESS AND SAFETY ON THE VICTORIAN COAST

Applications for the Victorian Government’s $1 million Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program are now open. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced a doubling of funding for the program, which seeks to improve access and safety along Victoria’s coast. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the grants are a great opportunity to make it easier and safer for everyone who visits the Werribee coast. Grants of up to $150,000 are available to coastal Crown land managers, including volunteer committees of management and local governments to implement projects that improve access and identify, monitor and mitigate risks. Eligible projects include assessments to identify and evaluate risks, projects that treat risks and risk monitoring. Grants have previously supported new boardwalks and all-abilities beach access ramps, staircase replacements, new foreshore paths and trails, erosion management planning and coastal stability assessments. The $1 million grants program is part of the $15.8 million Safeguarding Marine and Coastal Environments in the Face of Climate Change program. Applications close at 4pm on Thursday 29 July 2021. For more information and to apply for the Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants, visit: marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/grants/coastal-public-access-and-risk-grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s so important we make sure it is as safe and accessible as possible for everyone.”  “The grants recognise the dynamic nature of our coastal environment and seek to help land managers identify, manage and monitor risks along the Victorian coast.”

GRANTS TO IMPROVE ACCESS AND SAFETY ON THE VICTORIAN COAST

Applications for the Victorian Government’s $1 million Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants program are now open. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced a doubling of funding for the program, which seeks to improve access and safety along Victoria’s coast. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the grants are a great opportunity to make it easier and safer for everyone who visits the Werribee coast. Grants of up to $150,000 are available to coastal Crown land managers, including volunteer committees of management and local governments to implement projects that improve access and identify, monitor and mitigate risks. Eligible projects include assessments to identify and evaluate risks, projects that treat risks and risk monitoring. Grants have previously supported new boardwalks and all-abilities beach access ramps, staircase replacements, new foreshore paths and trails, erosion management planning and coastal stability assessments. The $1 million grants program is part of the $15.8 million Safeguarding Marine and Coastal Environments in the Face of Climate Change program. Applications close at 4pm on Thursday 29 July 2021. For more information and to apply for the Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants, visit: marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/grants/coastal-public-access-and-risk-grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s so important we make sure it is as safe and accessible as possible for everyone.”  “The grants recognise the dynamic nature of our coastal environment and seek to help land managers identify, manage and monitor risks along the Victorian coast.”

SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY IN WERRIBEE

More students with disability in Werribee will receive the support they need to learn, contribute and participate in their schools and classrooms, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that Riverwalk Primary School and Riverbend Primary School in Werribee, along with all government schools across the Barwon, Loddon Campaspe and Bayside Peninsula areas, and the five supported inclusion schools across Victoria, will receive further funding support to make their school more inclusive for all students, as part of the Disability Inclusion package. Schools in Werribee are in Year 1 of the five-year Disability Inclusion roll-out, and will all receive a base level of funding from Term 3 this year, with additional funding provided depending on the individual school’s characteristics. This new funding support is ongoing and is in addition to support already provided through the current Program for Students with Disabilities. Schools will use this funding to implement whole-school practices that support the inclusive education of students with diverse learning needs such as autism and learning difficulties. This may include undertaking professional development for staff, employing new disability and inclusion staff, and purchasing programs, interventions or specific equipment and technology – depending on the needs of their students and the school. For example, a school may choose to use this funding to employ a new inclusive practices leader to work in classrooms with teachers or an occupational therapist to develop sensory profiles. Other schools may choose to use the funding to invest in the services of external professionals or coaches who can provide advice and training on equipment and technology to support learning for students with diverse learning needs, and implement consistent inclusive supports throughout the school. Disability Inclusion will be rolled out progressively over the next five years, reaching all Victorian government schools by 2025. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invested an unprecedented almost $1.6 billion to make sure Victorian students with disability are supported at school through the Disability Inclusion package. The record investment will transform support for students with disability in Victorian government schools – doubling the number of students receiving extra support in the classroom to 55,000 – and is expected to create up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025. Disability Inclusion will transform funding and support for students with a disability in Victorian government schools, to ensure every student at every ability can thrive at school and in life as we continue to build the Education State. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is the biggest change in disability support in our schools Victoria has ever seen, and it will make a difference in classrooms and to kids across the state.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This funding will enable schools in Werribee to support more students with disability, so that they can get the great education they deserve.”

SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY IN WERRIBEE

More students with disability in Werribee will receive the support they need to learn, contribute and participate in their schools and classrooms, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that Riverwalk Primary School and Riverbend Primary School in Werribee, along with all government schools across the Barwon, Loddon Campaspe and Bayside Peninsula areas, and the five supported inclusion schools across Victoria, will receive further funding support to make their school more inclusive for all students, as part of the Disability Inclusion package. Schools in Werribee are in Year 1 of the five-year Disability Inclusion roll-out, and will all receive a base level of funding from Term 3 this year, with additional funding provided depending on the individual school’s characteristics. This new funding support is ongoing and is in addition to support already provided through the current Program for Students with Disabilities. Schools will use this funding to implement whole-school practices that support the inclusive education of students with diverse learning needs such as autism and learning difficulties. This may include undertaking professional development for staff, employing new disability and inclusion staff, and purchasing programs, interventions or specific equipment and technology – depending on the needs of their students and the school. For example, a school may choose to use this funding to employ a new inclusive practices leader to work in classrooms with teachers or an occupational therapist to develop sensory profiles. Other schools may choose to use the funding to invest in the services of external professionals or coaches who can provide advice and training on equipment and technology to support learning for students with diverse learning needs, and implement consistent inclusive supports throughout the school. Disability Inclusion will be rolled out progressively over the next five years, reaching all Victorian government schools by 2025. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invested an unprecedented almost $1.6 billion to make sure Victorian students with disability are supported at school through the Disability Inclusion package. The record investment will transform support for students with disability in Victorian government schools – doubling the number of students receiving extra support in the classroom to 55,000 – and is expected to create up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025. Disability Inclusion will transform funding and support for students with a disability in Victorian government schools, to ensure every student at every ability can thrive at school and in life as we continue to build the Education State. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is the biggest change in disability support in our schools Victoria has ever seen, and it will make a difference in classrooms and to kids across the state.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This funding will enable schools in Werribee to support more students with disability, so that they can get the great education they deserve.”