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

  • More Train Services for the Werribee Line

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

  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

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

  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project

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

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

  • West Gate Tunnel Project

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

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Wyndham Super Station To Fight Crime In The West

The state-of-the-art Wyndham police hub is a step closer after police appointed a consultant project team to spearhead design and construction of the new facility. The $45 million Wyndham Police Complex will be one of the largest Victoria Police facilities outside the Melbourne’s CBD, with accommodation for approximately 550 police members, support staff and partnering agency staff. A strong consultant team, Architectus, has been appointed by Victoria Police to lead design, Meinhardt to deliver engineering services and Donald Cant Watts Corke as project managers. The complex will replace the existing Werribee station, given the growth of numbers in frontline police and specialist officers being rolled out in the area in the next few years, following record investment into police resourcing by the Andrews Labor Government. Detailed planning for the new station is now underway. Construction is expected to start in mid-2019 and completed by the end of 2020. The complex is part of the broader Wyndham Justice Precinct being developed as part of the Werribee National Employment and Innovation Cluster. The Precinct, once complete, will provide integrated justice services for the Wyndham community aligning policing, court services, corrections, health, and council services. The police station is funded through the Labor Government’s massive police station infrastructure program, which is replacing and upgrading dozens of police stations and residences across Victoria. The Labor Government has also invested more than $2 billion to deliver 3,135 police, technology and facilities to give crime fighters the tools they need to keep Victorians safe and reduce the harm caused by crime. This record investment has already seen 41 new police allocated to the Westgate Division, including 27 frontline police for Wyndham. A further 42 police will be on the beat in the Division, including another 12 frontline police for Wyndham and additional specialist family violence and criminal investigation officers, by June 2019. This massive boost to police resources is already having an impact, with the crime rate in Wyndham for the year to March 2018 decreasing more than 10 per cent compared to the previous 12 months. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “Our police deserve the best facilities and we are delivering a state-of-the art police station for our officers and the residents of Wyndham.” “The new station will be critical to support our record boost to police numbers to keep our community safe.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re giving our police the resources they need, and this police station – one of the biggest outside the city – will help deliver even better services for Melbourne’s west.” 

Wyndham Super Station To Fight Crime In The West

The state-of-the-art Wyndham police hub is a step closer after police appointed a consultant project team to spearhead design and construction of the new facility. The $45 million Wyndham Police Complex will be one of the largest Victoria Police facilities outside the Melbourne’s CBD, with accommodation for approximately 550 police members, support staff and partnering agency staff. A strong consultant team, Architectus, has been appointed by Victoria Police to lead design, Meinhardt to deliver engineering services and Donald Cant Watts Corke as project managers. The complex will replace the existing Werribee station, given the growth of numbers in frontline police and specialist officers being rolled out in the area in the next few years, following record investment into police resourcing by the Andrews Labor Government. Detailed planning for the new station is now underway. Construction is expected to start in mid-2019 and completed by the end of 2020. The complex is part of the broader Wyndham Justice Precinct being developed as part of the Werribee National Employment and Innovation Cluster. The Precinct, once complete, will provide integrated justice services for the Wyndham community aligning policing, court services, corrections, health, and council services. The police station is funded through the Labor Government’s massive police station infrastructure program, which is replacing and upgrading dozens of police stations and residences across Victoria. The Labor Government has also invested more than $2 billion to deliver 3,135 police, technology and facilities to give crime fighters the tools they need to keep Victorians safe and reduce the harm caused by crime. This record investment has already seen 41 new police allocated to the Westgate Division, including 27 frontline police for Wyndham. A further 42 police will be on the beat in the Division, including another 12 frontline police for Wyndham and additional specialist family violence and criminal investigation officers, by June 2019. This massive boost to police resources is already having an impact, with the crime rate in Wyndham for the year to March 2018 decreasing more than 10 per cent compared to the previous 12 months. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “Our police deserve the best facilities and we are delivering a state-of-the art police station for our officers and the residents of Wyndham.” “The new station will be critical to support our record boost to police numbers to keep our community safe.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re giving our police the resources they need, and this police station – one of the biggest outside the city – will help deliver even better services for Melbourne’s west.” 

NEW DEFIB BREATHES LIFE INTO WERRIBEE GOLF CLUB

Werribee Golf Club is set to take its game up a notch when it comes to dealing with an emergency on and off the park with a new defibrillator and training package from the Andrews Labor Government. Tim Pallas Member for Werribee today announced that the Werribee Golf Club was one of 301 successful applicants across the state to receive the package from the third round of the new Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program. The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the roll out of over 1,000 life-saving defibrillators to clubs and facilities Victoria. Defibrillators at local sports clubs keep players safe, spectators protected, and are a vital tool for the community. In a life threatening sudden cardiac arrest – every second counts, and bystanders play a critical role. Without a defibrillator close by, the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest is somewhere between two and five per cent. When a defibrillator is used within the first few minutes, the rate of survival can rise to 70 per cent.    The use of public defibrillators for cardiac arrests has soared four-fold from 2.8 per cent in 2006/07 to 11 per cent in 2015/16. The new devices will appear on Ambulance Victoria’s database, so that triple zero operators will be able to direct callers to the new devices available when emergency strikes. For more information about the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program or how to apply online for future rounds, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas   “We here in the Werribee electorate are proud of our local sports clubs like Werribee Golf Club and their efforts to make their environment more safe and enjoyable for all.” “This funding will help more clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.” Quote attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “My cardiac arrest changed my life. I know only too well just how important it is to have a defibrillator nearby.”

NEW DEFIB BREATHES LIFE INTO WERRIBEE GOLF CLUB

Werribee Golf Club is set to take its game up a notch when it comes to dealing with an emergency on and off the park with a new defibrillator and training package from the Andrews Labor Government. Tim Pallas Member for Werribee today announced that the Werribee Golf Club was one of 301 successful applicants across the state to receive the package from the third round of the new Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program. The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the roll out of over 1,000 life-saving defibrillators to clubs and facilities Victoria. Defibrillators at local sports clubs keep players safe, spectators protected, and are a vital tool for the community. In a life threatening sudden cardiac arrest – every second counts, and bystanders play a critical role. Without a defibrillator close by, the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest is somewhere between two and five per cent. When a defibrillator is used within the first few minutes, the rate of survival can rise to 70 per cent.    The use of public defibrillators for cardiac arrests has soared four-fold from 2.8 per cent in 2006/07 to 11 per cent in 2015/16. The new devices will appear on Ambulance Victoria’s database, so that triple zero operators will be able to direct callers to the new devices available when emergency strikes. For more information about the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program or how to apply online for future rounds, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas   “We here in the Werribee electorate are proud of our local sports clubs like Werribee Golf Club and their efforts to make their environment more safe and enjoyable for all.” “This funding will help more clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.” Quote attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “My cardiac arrest changed my life. I know only too well just how important it is to have a defibrillator nearby.”

NEW GRANTS TO IMPROVE MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN WERRIBEE ELECTORATE

Werribee electorate’s multicultural communities will be able to build new community facilities and improve existing spaces thanks to a new round of grants from the Andrews Labor Government. The 2018-19 Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund will provide $9.5 million towards improving and establishing facilities that support culturally diverse Victorians to participate and contribute to society while remaining connected to their cultural heritage and traditions. Applications are open and communities are invited to apply for projects that build new facilities, improve or restore existing infrastructure, or increase security or accessibility for communities. Community groups, organisations and associations in the Werribee electorate are encouraged to apply for funding that support projects commencing in the 2018-19 financial year. Applications and expressions of interest can be submitted at any time allowing organisations to undertake sufficient planning of their projects. For more information on the 2018-19 Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund, go to www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/grants, contact community.grants@dpc.vic.gov.au or call the Department of Premier and Cabinet on 1300 366 356. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund fosters diversity in Werribee electorate by providing and improving community spaces and increasing access for local residents.” “We’re promoting an inclusive society in Werribee for diverse communities to preserve and share their culture, and have spaces that they can make their own.”

NEW GRANTS TO IMPROVE MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN WERRIBEE ELECTORATE

Werribee electorate’s multicultural communities will be able to build new community facilities and improve existing spaces thanks to a new round of grants from the Andrews Labor Government. The 2018-19 Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund will provide $9.5 million towards improving and establishing facilities that support culturally diverse Victorians to participate and contribute to society while remaining connected to their cultural heritage and traditions. Applications are open and communities are invited to apply for projects that build new facilities, improve or restore existing infrastructure, or increase security or accessibility for communities. Community groups, organisations and associations in the Werribee electorate are encouraged to apply for funding that support projects commencing in the 2018-19 financial year. Applications and expressions of interest can be submitted at any time allowing organisations to undertake sufficient planning of their projects. For more information on the 2018-19 Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund, go to www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/grants, contact community.grants@dpc.vic.gov.au or call the Department of Premier and Cabinet on 1300 366 356. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund fosters diversity in Werribee electorate by providing and improving community spaces and increasing access for local residents.” “We’re promoting an inclusive society in Werribee for diverse communities to preserve and share their culture, and have spaces that they can make their own.”

NEW WYNDHAM TECH SCHOOL OPENS

Students from 18 secondary schools in Wyndham will now have access to the latest technology and innovative learning programs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller to officially open the brand new Wyndham Tech School – the fifth of 10 Tech Schools to open under the Andrews Labor Government’s $128 million Tech School initiative. Students will be able to use audio visual and virtual reality facilities and high-tech STEM equipment to experiment and develop projects, and design wearable technology in the purpose-built lab. Pilot programs are developed in consultation with schools and industry partners and the school will open to students from Term 3. Designed by Gray Puksand Architects and built by Harris HMC, the Tech School is located at Victoria University’s Werribee Campus. The high-tech hands-on programs will be offered free to more than 13,000 students from the 18 government, catholic and independent schools across Wyndham and are aligned with industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth – helping kids secure the jobs they need in the future. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We need students to be ready for the jobs of the future and that’s why we’re investing in Tech Schools so they can get the hands-on learning with technology they need.” “The Wyndham Tech School will form an important link between our schools, TAFEs, universities and industry.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Tech School will be a vibrant new education hub that gives local students the opportunity to solve real-world problems in a real-world context while they are still at secondary school.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “Tech Schools will make STEM accessible and exciting, giving students the practical experience and confidence they need for the jobs of the future.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller                                                                                 “The new Tech School is a true community achievement that will focus on delivering cutting-edge high-tech learning to students from 18 secondary schools in Wyndham.”

NEW WYNDHAM TECH SCHOOL OPENS

Students from 18 secondary schools in Wyndham will now have access to the latest technology and innovative learning programs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller to officially open the brand new Wyndham Tech School – the fifth of 10 Tech Schools to open under the Andrews Labor Government’s $128 million Tech School initiative. Students will be able to use audio visual and virtual reality facilities and high-tech STEM equipment to experiment and develop projects, and design wearable technology in the purpose-built lab. Pilot programs are developed in consultation with schools and industry partners and the school will open to students from Term 3. Designed by Gray Puksand Architects and built by Harris HMC, the Tech School is located at Victoria University’s Werribee Campus. The high-tech hands-on programs will be offered free to more than 13,000 students from the 18 government, catholic and independent schools across Wyndham and are aligned with industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth – helping kids secure the jobs they need in the future. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We need students to be ready for the jobs of the future and that’s why we’re investing in Tech Schools so they can get the hands-on learning with technology they need.” “The Wyndham Tech School will form an important link between our schools, TAFEs, universities and industry.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Tech School will be a vibrant new education hub that gives local students the opportunity to solve real-world problems in a real-world context while they are still at secondary school.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “Tech Schools will make STEM accessible and exciting, giving students the practical experience and confidence they need for the jobs of the future.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller                                                                                 “The new Tech School is a true community achievement that will focus on delivering cutting-edge high-tech learning to students from 18 secondary schools in Wyndham.”

 

Ministers statements: Economy

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:30:28) — It gives me great pleasure to rise to update the house about the Victorian economy and a number of facts relevant to it. Since we were elected in November 2014, promising to get Victorians back to work, we have created almost 350 000 jobs — fact. That means that more than one in 10 jobs that currently exist in the Victorian economy has been created under the watch of this government — fact. More than 200 000 of the jobs we have created have been full‑time jobs, five times more than those opposite managed to create in four years of nothing — fact. While business confidence is strong, a sure way of undermining it is dodgy dealings and of course meetings with developers, where politicians dine at the expense of mobsters — fact. Anyone knows that when you are eating lobster, you always go with white wine — fact. Infrastructure spending under this government is more than double the long — Infrastructure spending under this government is more than double the long‑term average, which means that after four years of dithering by those opposite, we have invested more in schools, public transport, hospitals and roads than ever before — fact. Anyone whose political idols include Richard Nixon and Joh Bjelke‑Petersen has got to be short on morals and taste and of course cannot be trusted — fact. The Victorian economy is growing faster than any other state’s — fact. We have the highest wages growth, the highest consumer confidence and the strongest retail trade in the nation — fact. And the biggest threat to the Victorian economy is the bloke sitting right there — fact.

Ministers statements: Economy

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:30:28) — It gives me great pleasure to rise to update the house about the Victorian economy and a number of facts relevant to it. Since we were elected in November 2014, promising to get Victorians back to work, we have created almost 350 000 jobs — fact. That means that more than one in 10 jobs that currently exist in the Victorian economy has been created under the watch of this government — fact. More than 200 000 of the jobs we have created have been full‑time jobs, five times more than those opposite managed to create in four years of nothing — fact. While business confidence is strong, a sure way of undermining it is dodgy dealings and of course meetings with developers, where politicians dine at the expense of mobsters — fact. Anyone knows that when you are eating lobster, you always go with white wine — fact. Infrastructure spending under this government is more than double the long — Infrastructure spending under this government is more than double the long‑term average, which means that after four years of dithering by those opposite, we have invested more in schools, public transport, hospitals and roads than ever before — fact. Anyone whose political idols include Richard Nixon and Joh Bjelke‑Petersen has got to be short on morals and taste and of course cannot be trusted — fact. The Victorian economy is growing faster than any other state’s — fact. We have the highest wages growth, the highest consumer confidence and the strongest retail trade in the nation — fact. And the biggest threat to the Victorian economy is the bloke sitting right there — fact.

EQUIPPING KINDERS IN WERRIBEE ELECTORATE FOR KIDS OF ALL ABILITIES

Thousands of little Victorians - including here in the Werribee electorate will benefit from new equipment, toys, learning kits and more to ensure they get the most of their early years’ education – regardless of ability. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos has announced 219 kinders across Victoria have been successful in securing grants for new equipment, such as wheelchair ramps, moveable change tables, sensory playkits, adjustable chairs and Braille books. It includes Woodville Park Kindergarten in Hoppers Crossing that has been granted $2,249.20 for 15 padded verandah covers The Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program provides up to $10,000 per kinder for one or more items that promote inclusiveness and diversity. These grants are the first to be provided through the new $6.4 million Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program - a Victorian-first initiative. The program will also provide kinders with up to $200,000 to upgrade buildings and playgrounds to make them more inclusive through the buildings and playgrounds stream. The Labor Government has invested a record $123.6 million to build, expand and improve early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens. It builds on the Labor Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of giving families support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “Building the Education State begins with the early years – and all kids deserve the very best start to their education, regardless of their ability.” “These grants are about ensuring our littlest Victorians get the support they need to thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s wonderful to know kids at Woodville Park Kindergarten will benefit from even more inclusive, welcoming environments when at kinder.” “Whether it’s wheelchair access ramps or safer outdoor spaces – we’re helping delivering world-class and welcoming environments for all Victorian children.”

EQUIPPING KINDERS IN WERRIBEE ELECTORATE FOR KIDS OF ALL ABILITIES

Thousands of little Victorians - including here in the Werribee electorate will benefit from new equipment, toys, learning kits and more to ensure they get the most of their early years’ education – regardless of ability. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos has announced 219 kinders across Victoria have been successful in securing grants for new equipment, such as wheelchair ramps, moveable change tables, sensory playkits, adjustable chairs and Braille books. It includes Woodville Park Kindergarten in Hoppers Crossing that has been granted $2,249.20 for 15 padded verandah covers The Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program provides up to $10,000 per kinder for one or more items that promote inclusiveness and diversity. These grants are the first to be provided through the new $6.4 million Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program - a Victorian-first initiative. The program will also provide kinders with up to $200,000 to upgrade buildings and playgrounds to make them more inclusive through the buildings and playgrounds stream. The Labor Government has invested a record $123.6 million to build, expand and improve early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens. It builds on the Labor Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of giving families support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “Building the Education State begins with the early years – and all kids deserve the very best start to their education, regardless of their ability.” “These grants are about ensuring our littlest Victorians get the support they need to thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s wonderful to know kids at Woodville Park Kindergarten will benefit from even more inclusive, welcoming environments when at kinder.” “Whether it’s wheelchair access ramps or safer outdoor spaces – we’re helping delivering world-class and welcoming environments for all Victorian children.”

KEEPING WERRIBEE ELECTORATE’S WATER BILLS AFFORDABLE

Werribee electorate’s families will continue to have some of the lowest water bills in the country, with flat or falling water prices for the next five years. The Essential Services Commission (ESC) today released its finalised pricing decision for 12 of the state’s 17 water corporations – building on the results for four fast-tracked decisions released last month. What this means is that around 95 per cent of Victorians and 100 per cent of Melburnians are serviced by water corporations that are proposing stable or falling average bills. For City West Water users in the Melbourne CBD and western suburbs, the average typical household bill will fall by $26 in 2018/19, with increases limited to inflation in the following four years. Since last year, Melbourne’s water bills have remained lower than Sydney (by $82), Canberra (by $133), Adelaide (by $162) and Darwin (by $743) each year. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering key infrastructure projects worth around $1.8 billion to increase water security, improve water quality and deal with growing demand. Despite being the fastest growing state in the country, the Labor Government has worked with water corporations to keep water prices low by boosting efficiencies in their businesses. All increases are thoroughly assessed by the ESC to ensure they are fair and tied to new services or infrastructure as the sector adapts to the challenges of population growth and increased demand. The Labor Government has invested $690 million over the last four years to protect Victoria’s water supply and support a healthy environment, including $215 million for water and irrigation infrastructure. This ongoing investment for water and sewerage services not only provides water security, but drives regional economic growth and provides environmental and recreational benefits – to protect communities and jobs. The Labor Government’s investment is in stark contrast to the former Liberal Government, who set up the scandal-prone Office of Living Victoria and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on projects that offered no benefit to our water system, while failing to invest in water infrastructure. Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “This is great news for families right across Victoria, with prices steady or down.” “We’ve worked with water corporations to achieve lower prices, while also delivering major projects and upgrades across Victoria.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know how important it is for people in the local area to keep their utility prices manageable. I’m happy that the recent decision means that local families will continue to benefit from lower water bills.”

KEEPING WERRIBEE ELECTORATE’S WATER BILLS AFFORDABLE

Werribee electorate’s families will continue to have some of the lowest water bills in the country, with flat or falling water prices for the next five years. The Essential Services Commission (ESC) today released its finalised pricing decision for 12 of the state’s 17 water corporations – building on the results for four fast-tracked decisions released last month. What this means is that around 95 per cent of Victorians and 100 per cent of Melburnians are serviced by water corporations that are proposing stable or falling average bills. For City West Water users in the Melbourne CBD and western suburbs, the average typical household bill will fall by $26 in 2018/19, with increases limited to inflation in the following four years. Since last year, Melbourne’s water bills have remained lower than Sydney (by $82), Canberra (by $133), Adelaide (by $162) and Darwin (by $743) each year. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering key infrastructure projects worth around $1.8 billion to increase water security, improve water quality and deal with growing demand. Despite being the fastest growing state in the country, the Labor Government has worked with water corporations to keep water prices low by boosting efficiencies in their businesses. All increases are thoroughly assessed by the ESC to ensure they are fair and tied to new services or infrastructure as the sector adapts to the challenges of population growth and increased demand. The Labor Government has invested $690 million over the last four years to protect Victoria’s water supply and support a healthy environment, including $215 million for water and irrigation infrastructure. This ongoing investment for water and sewerage services not only provides water security, but drives regional economic growth and provides environmental and recreational benefits – to protect communities and jobs. The Labor Government’s investment is in stark contrast to the former Liberal Government, who set up the scandal-prone Office of Living Victoria and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on projects that offered no benefit to our water system, while failing to invest in water infrastructure. Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “This is great news for families right across Victoria, with prices steady or down.” “We’ve worked with water corporations to achieve lower prices, while also delivering major projects and upgrades across Victoria.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know how important it is for people in the local area to keep their utility prices manageable. I’m happy that the recent decision means that local families will continue to benefit from lower water bills.”

Ministers statements: Extractive Resources Strategy

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:27:06) — It gives me great pleasure to talk about the launch of our extractives strategy at the Arden precinct last week. This government knows that we need a stable and affordable supply of rock, gravel and sand so that we can keep building the vital infrastructure and the housing projects that the state needs. It is emblematic of this government: we plan ahead and we get things done. Melbourne is growing and we are planning for the raw material supply, we are planning for the roads and the rail projects and of course we are planning for new schools and hospitals. Now just to be clear: our policy is an extractive industries policy, not an extraction of funds from industry policy. Whilst the only things that some have planned are donations from developers and dodgy dinners at the Lobster Cave, the Arden precinct will be a great example of urban renewal planning done properly and with integrity. It will be everything that Fishermans Bend should have been before the shady Leader of the Opposition got his sinister plans underway. Melbourne’s demand for extractive resources is expected to double by 2050. It is crucial that we plan to ensure access to these resources is not compromised. This government understands that when we are about the business of ensuring that industry has a very clear appreciation of extractive policies it helps move sand, gravel and rock rather than brown paper bags. It is our intention to make sure that integrity underpins everything we do. When it comes to vision and courage, they are in low supply from those opposite. They are small‑minded and reactionary, with a leader who always has his hand out, whether it is Ventnor, Madafferi or Fishermans Bend.

Ministers statements: Extractive Resources Strategy

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:27:06) — It gives me great pleasure to talk about the launch of our extractives strategy at the Arden precinct last week. This government knows that we need a stable and affordable supply of rock, gravel and sand so that we can keep building the vital infrastructure and the housing projects that the state needs. It is emblematic of this government: we plan ahead and we get things done. Melbourne is growing and we are planning for the raw material supply, we are planning for the roads and the rail projects and of course we are planning for new schools and hospitals. Now just to be clear: our policy is an extractive industries policy, not an extraction of funds from industry policy. Whilst the only things that some have planned are donations from developers and dodgy dinners at the Lobster Cave, the Arden precinct will be a great example of urban renewal planning done properly and with integrity. It will be everything that Fishermans Bend should have been before the shady Leader of the Opposition got his sinister plans underway. Melbourne’s demand for extractive resources is expected to double by 2050. It is crucial that we plan to ensure access to these resources is not compromised. This government understands that when we are about the business of ensuring that industry has a very clear appreciation of extractive policies it helps move sand, gravel and rock rather than brown paper bags. It is our intention to make sure that integrity underpins everything we do. When it comes to vision and courage, they are in low supply from those opposite. They are small‑minded and reactionary, with a leader who always has his hand out, whether it is Ventnor, Madafferi or Fishermans Bend.