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  • Coronavirus in Victoria

    A State of Emergency was declared in Victoria on 16 March 2020 to combat COVID-19. The best way people can protect themselves and others is to wash their hands with soap and water regularly and practice cough etiquette. If you are unwell stay at home and avoid contact with others. We are all in this together – and as we saw during the bushfires – in the worst of times, we are confident that we will see the best of Victorians.

  • Level Crossing Removal at Cherry Street

    Construction officially begins to build a new bridge connecting Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway. The $113.8 million Level Crossing Removal will slash travel times for drivers and build better, safer connections for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • New Riverwalk Primary School

    The students in Werribee have a brand-new school to learn in. This school is a $23.7 million investment that delivers a performing arts and physical education building, along with state-of-the-art learning spaces and administration areas.

  • Level Crossing Removal Designs Confirmed

    Designs have been confirmed to remove level crossings at Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing and Werribee Street in Werribee, with work set to get underway by mid-year. The combined $355.5 million package to deliver these works, will further ease congestion and improve safety in the area.

  • $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 upgrades, 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.

  • Werribee Mercy Hospital Expansion

    The $85 million Werribee Mercy Hospital expansion opened in 2018 will provide staff with more of the modern facilities they need to take care of our community. This includes 64 inpatient beds, 8 critical care beds and 6 additional operating theatres.

  • $45 Million Police Complex

    Construction begins for the new $45 million station in Werribee. The new facility delivers a state-of-the-art police station that will be able to house more than 460 staff and officers, including uniformed, crime investigation, transit safety officers and administration staff, amongst others.

  • Coronavirus in Victoria

    A State of Emergency was declared in Victoria on 16 March 2020 to combat COVID-19. The best way people can protect themselves and others is to wash their hands with soap and water regularly and practice cough etiquette. If you are unwell stay at home and avoid contact with others. We are all in this together – and as we saw during the bushfires – in the worst of times, we are confident that we will see the best of Victorians.

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PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST IN WERRIBEE

When the Andrews Labor Government was elected, we promised to put people first. As our state begins its recovery from the global pandemic, people will continue to be our priority. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 delivers on the investments that will see our community recover – and come back even stronger. As kids get back into the classroom, this Budget delivers the single biggest investment ever in our schools – making sure students have the classrooms, libraries and learning spaces they deserve. This includes a $10.66 million upgrade for Woodville Primary School, with students to benefit from modernisation of Block A and Block B. As we recover, we want our state to come back stronger than ever, delivering the biggest investment in inclusive education in our state's history. This includes a $7.97 million upgrade for Warringa Park School, supporting students by delivering the next stage of the school's masterplan. The Government's investment will also support local jobs, with our school infrastructure build expected to create more than 6,400 jobs. A further $1.6 billion will transform support for students with disability, doubling the number of students receiving extra support to 55,000, and creating up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025. The Labor Government is continuing to build the schools local families need. Land will be acquired for new local schools Holyoake Parade Primary School (interim name) and Lollypop Creek Primary School (interim name), giving families confidence about their kids’ future. This Budget creates new morning and afternoon bus connections for students living in Wyndham Harbour at Werribee South to attend Alamanda College in Point Cook. This will make it easier for kids to get to and from school, while also making it easier for parents juggling work and care. This Budget will also deliver $84 million to transform Werribee Zoo into Australia’s leading open range zoo – including building a new home for the city’s much-loved Asian elephant herd, currently housed at Melbourne Zoo. The expansion will create almost 350 local jobs – including 90 direct jobs looking after animals and visitors once the exhibits are up and running. Our hospitals have been on the frontline of our response to the pandemic. This Budget helps keep them strong into the future with $4.8 million to plan for the future expansion of the Werribee Mercy Hospital, helping to meet the needs of our community. This investment is on top of the Labor Government’s $87 million Werribee Mercy Hospital critical care expansion completed in 2018. The Budget also includes $272 million to build new law courts in Wyndham, including a new headquarter court with 13 courtrooms, four hearing rooms, three mediation suites, and a Specialist Family Violence Court. The Budget will also deliver $2 billion towards Geelong Fast Rail, reducing travel times and supporting more passengers on our state’s busiest regional rail line. Once complete, it will mean fewer stops, faster trips and less crowded trains for locals. Most importantly, it’ll mean less time commuting – and more time spent with the people you love. The project will create 2,800 new jobs, while supporting thousands more with increased connections between Melbourne and Geelong. This Budget recognises that as we grow, our infrastructure needs to grow too – that's why we're extending our Growing Suburbs Fund. On top of the $25 million boost earlier this year, an additional $50 million will help build new local facilities – from playgrounds to sporting pavilions – bringing communities together while also supporting local jobs. As we recover from the pandemic, we're committed to building back stronger and fairer, which is why the Budget includes funding to transform vacant rail buildings into a space for our community. Little River locals will benefit from the restoration of spaces at the Little River Station, building local connection and community. To help get more Victorians back into work, the Labor Government is setting itself an ambitious target – creating 400,000 new jobs by 2025, half of them by 2022. Our new Jobs for Victoria initiative will help locals find a new job – and with it, security, stability and certainty. This includes $250 million to partner with employers to cover the wages of at least 10,000 new workers. These positions will be for Victorians hardest hit by this pandemic, including women, young people, retrenched workers and people who have been long-term unemployed. This investment will also deliver targeted and tailored support for those who need it – such as mentoring, career counselling or more intensive support. And because we know too many Victorians are having to choose between going to work sick and losing wages, the Labor Government will invest $5 million to develop a new Secure Work Pilot Scheme. Once in place, the two-year pilot will provide up to five days of sick and carer’s pay at the national minimum wage for casual or insecure workers in priority industries. This year’s Budget will help nearly one million families save hundreds on their power bill. Concession card holders, such as Victorians receiving JobSeeker payments, will be eligible for a one-off $250 payment to help cover the cost of their energy bills. An extra 250,000 low-income households will benefit from new more efficient heating and cooling, while heating, cooling or hot water systems will be upgraded across an extra 35,000 social housing homes – reducing bills for tenants and making winter and summer more comfortable. The Labor Government’s Solar Homes will also be expanded to an extra 42,000 rooftop solar rebates plus 14,500 solar batteries, cutting power bills for local families. And for the very first time, small businesses will also be eligible. We’re also delivering the biggest investment in public and community housing in Australia, ever. This investment will build more than 12,000 new homes – making sure thousands of Victorians have a place to call home, and thousands more Victorians have a job. The City of Wyndham is a priority area for investment, with procurement starting straight away to build new homes. Even with kids back at school, the balancing act that many families know all too well isn’t easy. That’s why this Budget will make kinder free in 2021 and deliver outside school hours care at up to 400 extra schools, saving parents money and giving them greater flexibility when it comes to work and care. This Budget will ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system. That includes nearly $870 million for mental health, including to implement the Royal Commission into Mental Health’s interim report findings and recommendations and deliver care for local families. This is a Budget to repair, recover and make us stronger than before. This is a Budget, and a Government, that puts people first. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This Budget delivers for our local community, now and into the future. We’re investing in local schools and planning for an even better Werribee Mercy Hospital for local families.” “As a Government we understand, a secure, decent job provides financial security for you and the people you love. That's why we're making big investments to create new jobs and new opportunity for local families.”

PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST IN WERRIBEE

When the Andrews Labor Government was elected, we promised to put people first. As our state begins its recovery from the global pandemic, people will continue to be our priority. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 delivers on the investments that will see our community recover – and come back even stronger. As kids get back into the classroom, this Budget delivers the single biggest investment ever in our schools – making sure students have the classrooms, libraries and learning spaces they deserve. This includes a $10.66 million upgrade for Woodville Primary School, with students to benefit from modernisation of Block A and Block B. As we recover, we want our state to come back stronger than ever, delivering the biggest investment in inclusive education in our state's history. This includes a $7.97 million upgrade for Warringa Park School, supporting students by delivering the next stage of the school's masterplan. The Government's investment will also support local jobs, with our school infrastructure build expected to create more than 6,400 jobs. A further $1.6 billion will transform support for students with disability, doubling the number of students receiving extra support to 55,000, and creating up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025. The Labor Government is continuing to build the schools local families need. Land will be acquired for new local schools Holyoake Parade Primary School (interim name) and Lollypop Creek Primary School (interim name), giving families confidence about their kids’ future. This Budget creates new morning and afternoon bus connections for students living in Wyndham Harbour at Werribee South to attend Alamanda College in Point Cook. This will make it easier for kids to get to and from school, while also making it easier for parents juggling work and care. This Budget will also deliver $84 million to transform Werribee Zoo into Australia’s leading open range zoo – including building a new home for the city’s much-loved Asian elephant herd, currently housed at Melbourne Zoo. The expansion will create almost 350 local jobs – including 90 direct jobs looking after animals and visitors once the exhibits are up and running. Our hospitals have been on the frontline of our response to the pandemic. This Budget helps keep them strong into the future with $4.8 million to plan for the future expansion of the Werribee Mercy Hospital, helping to meet the needs of our community. This investment is on top of the Labor Government’s $87 million Werribee Mercy Hospital critical care expansion completed in 2018. The Budget also includes $272 million to build new law courts in Wyndham, including a new headquarter court with 13 courtrooms, four hearing rooms, three mediation suites, and a Specialist Family Violence Court. The Budget will also deliver $2 billion towards Geelong Fast Rail, reducing travel times and supporting more passengers on our state’s busiest regional rail line. Once complete, it will mean fewer stops, faster trips and less crowded trains for locals. Most importantly, it’ll mean less time commuting – and more time spent with the people you love. The project will create 2,800 new jobs, while supporting thousands more with increased connections between Melbourne and Geelong. This Budget recognises that as we grow, our infrastructure needs to grow too – that's why we're extending our Growing Suburbs Fund. On top of the $25 million boost earlier this year, an additional $50 million will help build new local facilities – from playgrounds to sporting pavilions – bringing communities together while also supporting local jobs. As we recover from the pandemic, we're committed to building back stronger and fairer, which is why the Budget includes funding to transform vacant rail buildings into a space for our community. Little River locals will benefit from the restoration of spaces at the Little River Station, building local connection and community. To help get more Victorians back into work, the Labor Government is setting itself an ambitious target – creating 400,000 new jobs by 2025, half of them by 2022. Our new Jobs for Victoria initiative will help locals find a new job – and with it, security, stability and certainty. This includes $250 million to partner with employers to cover the wages of at least 10,000 new workers. These positions will be for Victorians hardest hit by this pandemic, including women, young people, retrenched workers and people who have been long-term unemployed. This investment will also deliver targeted and tailored support for those who need it – such as mentoring, career counselling or more intensive support. And because we know too many Victorians are having to choose between going to work sick and losing wages, the Labor Government will invest $5 million to develop a new Secure Work Pilot Scheme. Once in place, the two-year pilot will provide up to five days of sick and carer’s pay at the national minimum wage for casual or insecure workers in priority industries. This year’s Budget will help nearly one million families save hundreds on their power bill. Concession card holders, such as Victorians receiving JobSeeker payments, will be eligible for a one-off $250 payment to help cover the cost of their energy bills. An extra 250,000 low-income households will benefit from new more efficient heating and cooling, while heating, cooling or hot water systems will be upgraded across an extra 35,000 social housing homes – reducing bills for tenants and making winter and summer more comfortable. The Labor Government’s Solar Homes will also be expanded to an extra 42,000 rooftop solar rebates plus 14,500 solar batteries, cutting power bills for local families. And for the very first time, small businesses will also be eligible. We’re also delivering the biggest investment in public and community housing in Australia, ever. This investment will build more than 12,000 new homes – making sure thousands of Victorians have a place to call home, and thousands more Victorians have a job. The City of Wyndham is a priority area for investment, with procurement starting straight away to build new homes. Even with kids back at school, the balancing act that many families know all too well isn’t easy. That’s why this Budget will make kinder free in 2021 and deliver outside school hours care at up to 400 extra schools, saving parents money and giving them greater flexibility when it comes to work and care. This Budget will ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system. That includes nearly $870 million for mental health, including to implement the Royal Commission into Mental Health’s interim report findings and recommendations and deliver care for local families. This is a Budget to repair, recover and make us stronger than before. This is a Budget, and a Government, that puts people first. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This Budget delivers for our local community, now and into the future. We’re investing in local schools and planning for an even better Werribee Mercy Hospital for local families.” “As a Government we understand, a secure, decent job provides financial security for you and the people you love. That's why we're making big investments to create new jobs and new opportunity for local families.”

UPGRADING WARRINGA PARK SCHOOL BRICK BY BRICK

This year, Wyndham families have done an incredible job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the fantastic new learning spaces they deserve. The Andrews Labor Government has built and upgraded more schools than any government in our state’s history, and the Victorian Budget 2020/21 continues that record of investment. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Warringa Park School will receive a $7.966 million to deliver the next stage of the school's master plan. This investment builds on the $1.18 billion as part of the Building Works Package announced earlier this year, which is creating space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and creating around 1,600 local construction jobs. Across Victoria, the Labor Government is delivering 1,460 school upgrades – investing in new classrooms, fixing old buildings and delivering the learning spaces our kids deserve. The Labor Government’s unprecedented $7.2 billion investment in Victorian school infrastructure is not only creating 7,500 jobs – it is ensuring that every child has a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an investment in our kids and their future. Because every child, no matter where they go to school, deserves access to state-of-the-art facilities.” “Schools are the heart of our communities, so it makes sense that we’re investing in upgrades to support local jobs to drive our economic recovery.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas "Families in Wyndham have done a phenomenal job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids return to their classrooms, we want to make Warringa Park School better than before.” “Not only will this make sure our kids are getting a great education – it’ll create new local jobs.”

UPGRADING WARRINGA PARK SCHOOL BRICK BY BRICK

This year, Wyndham families have done an incredible job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the fantastic new learning spaces they deserve. The Andrews Labor Government has built and upgraded more schools than any government in our state’s history, and the Victorian Budget 2020/21 continues that record of investment. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Warringa Park School will receive a $7.966 million to deliver the next stage of the school's master plan. This investment builds on the $1.18 billion as part of the Building Works Package announced earlier this year, which is creating space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and creating around 1,600 local construction jobs. Across Victoria, the Labor Government is delivering 1,460 school upgrades – investing in new classrooms, fixing old buildings and delivering the learning spaces our kids deserve. The Labor Government’s unprecedented $7.2 billion investment in Victorian school infrastructure is not only creating 7,500 jobs – it is ensuring that every child has a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an investment in our kids and their future. Because every child, no matter where they go to school, deserves access to state-of-the-art facilities.” “Schools are the heart of our communities, so it makes sense that we’re investing in upgrades to support local jobs to drive our economic recovery.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas "Families in Wyndham have done a phenomenal job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids return to their classrooms, we want to make Warringa Park School better than before.” “Not only will this make sure our kids are getting a great education – it’ll create new local jobs.”

WYNDHAM BUSINESSES GOING DIGITAL FOR COVID NORMAL

Wyndham businesses are being called on to build their digital capabilities as restrictions are eased with the launch of the Victorian Government’s Small Business Digital Adaptation Program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas welcomed the launch of the program which will help eligible Wyndham sole traders and micro and small businesses in all sectors to build digital capability and support their day-to-day business operations. The program will allow businesses to trial selected digital products including online website, e-commerce, finance and business management products from digital providers including MYOB, Square, Xero, Shopify, Squarespace and Mr Yum. After completing their trials, businesses will be able to sign up for and purchase one of the available products and can then apply for a rebate to cover 12 months’ free access to the product of their choice. The providers will give businesses access to product-specific support and training during the trial period and once the product is purchased under the program. Businesses will also be able to participate in free digital adaptation workshops offered through Small Business Victoria and in face-to-face workshops once it is safe to do so. The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program is part of the $3 billion Business Resilience Package which aims to help businesses impacted by ongoing restrictions and prepare for COVID Normal operations. Additional programs in the package include the $822 million third round of the Business Support Fund, the $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund and the $87.5 million to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal reopening across Victoria. For more information about the Small Business Digital Adaptation Program, go to: business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-assistance/business-resilience-package Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “Helping businesses become digitally enabled will be key to Victoria’s economic recovery and through Victorian Government-led initiatives like the Small Business Digital Adaptation Program, we’re doing that.” “The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program is just one way we’re helping Victorian small businesses adapt their day-to-day operations to become safer and more efficient in COVID Normal.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Victorian Government is committed to assisting small businesses throughout Wyndham recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and this program will provide business owners with the confidence to utilise modern digital services.”

WYNDHAM BUSINESSES GOING DIGITAL FOR COVID NORMAL

Wyndham businesses are being called on to build their digital capabilities as restrictions are eased with the launch of the Victorian Government’s Small Business Digital Adaptation Program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas welcomed the launch of the program which will help eligible Wyndham sole traders and micro and small businesses in all sectors to build digital capability and support their day-to-day business operations. The program will allow businesses to trial selected digital products including online website, e-commerce, finance and business management products from digital providers including MYOB, Square, Xero, Shopify, Squarespace and Mr Yum. After completing their trials, businesses will be able to sign up for and purchase one of the available products and can then apply for a rebate to cover 12 months’ free access to the product of their choice. The providers will give businesses access to product-specific support and training during the trial period and once the product is purchased under the program. Businesses will also be able to participate in free digital adaptation workshops offered through Small Business Victoria and in face-to-face workshops once it is safe to do so. The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program is part of the $3 billion Business Resilience Package which aims to help businesses impacted by ongoing restrictions and prepare for COVID Normal operations. Additional programs in the package include the $822 million third round of the Business Support Fund, the $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund and the $87.5 million to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal reopening across Victoria. For more information about the Small Business Digital Adaptation Program, go to: business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-assistance/business-resilience-package Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “Helping businesses become digitally enabled will be key to Victoria’s economic recovery and through Victorian Government-led initiatives like the Small Business Digital Adaptation Program, we’re doing that.” “The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program is just one way we’re helping Victorian small businesses adapt their day-to-day operations to become safer and more efficient in COVID Normal.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Victorian Government is committed to assisting small businesses throughout Wyndham recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and this program will provide business owners with the confidence to utilise modern digital services.”

WERRIBEE CHILDREN EMBRACE READING AT HOME

Children across Wyndham have been exploring far off lands and going on countless adventures as part of this year’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today congratulated the students who had taken part in the challenge and experienced the joy and wonder of reading. Signed certificates from Premier Daniel Andrews and former premiers are now being sent out to those who completed the challenge, centred around the theme ‘Reading: Everybody. Everyday.’. In its 16th year, the Premiers’ Reading Challenge was established to inspire more children to read, helping to build essential literacy skills that support their education. More than 3 million students have read more than 51 million books since it began. To complete the challenge, students in Years 3-10 needed to read at least 15 books in the six months from March to September. For prep-Year 2 students, the challenge was to read or experience 30 books. Children who have not yet started school were challenged to read or experience 40 books with the help of their families as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge for the Early Years. More than 12,000 books featured on this year’s list and included novels, picture books, short stories, poems and non-fiction titles. Books could be read in any language. This year’s theme artwork for the certificates and challenge was designed by Jess McGeachin, whose debut picture book ‘Fly’, published in 2019, was shortlisted for the World Illustration awards. Looking for Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta was this year’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge author. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Congratulations to all who took part in this year’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge, and thanks to the many parents and teachers that supported children in this challenge.” “Helping children find a love of reading and literacy early is critical to developing skills that will set them up for life.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Premiers’ Reading Challenge encourages students to discover the joys of reading and explore new concepts and ideas.” “It’s great to see that so many keen readers in Werribee took up the Premiers’ Reading Challenge in 2020.”

WERRIBEE CHILDREN EMBRACE READING AT HOME

Children across Wyndham have been exploring far off lands and going on countless adventures as part of this year’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today congratulated the students who had taken part in the challenge and experienced the joy and wonder of reading. Signed certificates from Premier Daniel Andrews and former premiers are now being sent out to those who completed the challenge, centred around the theme ‘Reading: Everybody. Everyday.’. In its 16th year, the Premiers’ Reading Challenge was established to inspire more children to read, helping to build essential literacy skills that support their education. More than 3 million students have read more than 51 million books since it began. To complete the challenge, students in Years 3-10 needed to read at least 15 books in the six months from March to September. For prep-Year 2 students, the challenge was to read or experience 30 books. Children who have not yet started school were challenged to read or experience 40 books with the help of their families as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge for the Early Years. More than 12,000 books featured on this year’s list and included novels, picture books, short stories, poems and non-fiction titles. Books could be read in any language. This year’s theme artwork for the certificates and challenge was designed by Jess McGeachin, whose debut picture book ‘Fly’, published in 2019, was shortlisted for the World Illustration awards. Looking for Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta was this year’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge author. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Congratulations to all who took part in this year’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge, and thanks to the many parents and teachers that supported children in this challenge.” “Helping children find a love of reading and literacy early is critical to developing skills that will set them up for life.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Premiers’ Reading Challenge encourages students to discover the joys of reading and explore new concepts and ideas.” “It’s great to see that so many keen readers in Werribee took up the Premiers’ Reading Challenge in 2020.”

PUTTING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF VICTORIANS FIRST IN WERRIBEE

Today Member for Werribee Tim Pallas welcomed the announcement from the Premier and Deputy Premier that the Victorian Budget 2020/21 will include $868.6 million to ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system. This includes funding the rollout of the interim recommendations from the Royal Commission into Mental Health, including $492 million to deliver 120 mental health beds in Geelong, Epping, Sunshine and Melbourne. This is an addition to the 24 Hospital in the Home beds announced earlier this year bringing the total to 144. An additional $18.9 million is provided for 35 acute treatments beds for public mental health patients in private health services. The Budget invests $21.4 million to support the statewide expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service, with individual, intensive and one-on-one support for Victorians as they rebuild their lives. Completion of the statewide rollout will deliver services in Albury-Wodonga, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Broadmeadows, Box Hill, Clayton, Epping, Heidelberg, Mildura, Parkville, Shepparton and Warrnambool. As we begin the work to rebuild our system, learning from the lived experiences of Victorians is vital. It’s why $2.2 million will help design the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, a new centre dedicated to bringing together the experts on our mental health system – researchers, academics and those who’ve experienced it firsthand. A further $16 million will help those same Victorians use their own very real and personal experience to support and champion for others in need – with new training positions, education and opportunities for employment. This includes $7.3 million for a service designed and delivered by people with lived experience. The Budget also includes $8.7 million to establish a residential mental health service, specifically designed and delivered by those with lived experience. This service will deliver short-term care and support in a residential community setting, designed as a true alternative to acute hospital-based care. The Budget includes additional training opportunities to support students and job seekers looking to pursue a career in the mental health sector. It includes $1.9 million for allied health, nursing and medical undergraduates to work part-time in community mental health settings while completing their studies. A further $3.1 million will support experienced general nurses to retrain as mental health nurses; and $7.7 million for specialist training roles in child and adolescent psychiatry to to address the shortage of trained psychiatrists in these roles, including in regional areas. A further $7.7 million in funding is provided to begin to address workforce shortages in the mental health sector, to support future expansion of the workforce. This includes funding to increase the annual number of junior medical officer psychiatrist rotations, graduate nurses and postgraduate mental health nurse scholarships. The Budget also delivers $20 million towards upgrading state-owned facilities across Victoria. The Budget will also deliver an extra 19,000 hours for community mental health support Supporting the mental health of our young people will remain critical as we begin our recovery, with this year’s Budget investing $47.8 million dedicated to early intervention support for young people – recognising that sometimes the most important help is the earliest help, as well as $7 million to support critical research into youth mental health and operations at the Orygen centre. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Today it was great to welcome the investment in mental health that will be in this year’s Victorian State Budget, which will undoubtedly impact on Werribee.” “As we recover from this pandemic in the Werribee electorate, we can’t lose sight of what matters most – the health and wellbeing of our families, friends and communities.”

PUTTING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF VICTORIANS FIRST IN WERRIBEE

Today Member for Werribee Tim Pallas welcomed the announcement from the Premier and Deputy Premier that the Victorian Budget 2020/21 will include $868.6 million to ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system. This includes funding the rollout of the interim recommendations from the Royal Commission into Mental Health, including $492 million to deliver 120 mental health beds in Geelong, Epping, Sunshine and Melbourne. This is an addition to the 24 Hospital in the Home beds announced earlier this year bringing the total to 144. An additional $18.9 million is provided for 35 acute treatments beds for public mental health patients in private health services. The Budget invests $21.4 million to support the statewide expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service, with individual, intensive and one-on-one support for Victorians as they rebuild their lives. Completion of the statewide rollout will deliver services in Albury-Wodonga, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Broadmeadows, Box Hill, Clayton, Epping, Heidelberg, Mildura, Parkville, Shepparton and Warrnambool. As we begin the work to rebuild our system, learning from the lived experiences of Victorians is vital. It’s why $2.2 million will help design the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, a new centre dedicated to bringing together the experts on our mental health system – researchers, academics and those who’ve experienced it firsthand. A further $16 million will help those same Victorians use their own very real and personal experience to support and champion for others in need – with new training positions, education and opportunities for employment. This includes $7.3 million for a service designed and delivered by people with lived experience. The Budget also includes $8.7 million to establish a residential mental health service, specifically designed and delivered by those with lived experience. This service will deliver short-term care and support in a residential community setting, designed as a true alternative to acute hospital-based care. The Budget includes additional training opportunities to support students and job seekers looking to pursue a career in the mental health sector. It includes $1.9 million for allied health, nursing and medical undergraduates to work part-time in community mental health settings while completing their studies. A further $3.1 million will support experienced general nurses to retrain as mental health nurses; and $7.7 million for specialist training roles in child and adolescent psychiatry to to address the shortage of trained psychiatrists in these roles, including in regional areas. A further $7.7 million in funding is provided to begin to address workforce shortages in the mental health sector, to support future expansion of the workforce. This includes funding to increase the annual number of junior medical officer psychiatrist rotations, graduate nurses and postgraduate mental health nurse scholarships. The Budget also delivers $20 million towards upgrading state-owned facilities across Victoria. The Budget will also deliver an extra 19,000 hours for community mental health support Supporting the mental health of our young people will remain critical as we begin our recovery, with this year’s Budget investing $47.8 million dedicated to early intervention support for young people – recognising that sometimes the most important help is the earliest help, as well as $7 million to support critical research into youth mental health and operations at the Orygen centre. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Today it was great to welcome the investment in mental health that will be in this year’s Victorian State Budget, which will undoubtedly impact on Werribee.” “As we recover from this pandemic in the Werribee electorate, we can’t lose sight of what matters most – the health and wellbeing of our families, friends and communities.”

HELPING WERRIBEE KIDS GET THE MOST OUT OF KINDER

Every Victorian child attending a funded kindergarten program in Werribee will get the most out of their learning and development with the final stage of the $160 million Australian-first School Readiness Funding rolling out. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas has announced 32 early childhood services offering funded kinder in 2021 in the Werribee District will share in $893,364.46 of early childhood School Readiness Funding. The total funding allocated to each service is dependent on the number of children enrolled who face educational disadvantage. This is the first time the funding will be made available to all funded kindergartens in Victoria, with the program now a permanent feature of Victoria’s early childhood education system. About 1,700 kindergartens in 47 local government areas will automatically receive this funding for the first time in 2021. Services delivering funded kindergarten programs for three-year-old children in 2021 will also receive this funding. Services that are receiving School Readiness Funding for the first time are located across Victoria, from the Alpine Shire, Greater Geelong, Port Phillip to Yarra Ranges in 2021. Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. This needs-based funding aims to reduce the impact of educational disadvantage on children’s learning and development and improve outcomes in communication, wellbeing, and access and participation. School readiness funding will allow Victorian kindergarten providers to tap into the expertise of speech and occupational therapists, language and literacy professionals and child psychologists, who can then boost the capability of both parents and teachers. Victoria’s success as the Education State starts in the early years – so that’s why the Victorian Government has also invested $5 billion over a decade to deliver 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten to all children. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We are providing funding to kinders across the state to ensure they have the supports they need so every Victorian child gets the most out of early childhood education.” “We’re helping them early, so they can get the most out of kinder and start at school on track and on par with their peers.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This needs-based funding will improve outcomes in communication, social and emotional wellbeing, access and participation for children in Werribee.”

HELPING WERRIBEE KIDS GET THE MOST OUT OF KINDER

Every Victorian child attending a funded kindergarten program in Werribee will get the most out of their learning and development with the final stage of the $160 million Australian-first School Readiness Funding rolling out. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas has announced 32 early childhood services offering funded kinder in 2021 in the Werribee District will share in $893,364.46 of early childhood School Readiness Funding. The total funding allocated to each service is dependent on the number of children enrolled who face educational disadvantage. This is the first time the funding will be made available to all funded kindergartens in Victoria, with the program now a permanent feature of Victoria’s early childhood education system. About 1,700 kindergartens in 47 local government areas will automatically receive this funding for the first time in 2021. Services delivering funded kindergarten programs for three-year-old children in 2021 will also receive this funding. Services that are receiving School Readiness Funding for the first time are located across Victoria, from the Alpine Shire, Greater Geelong, Port Phillip to Yarra Ranges in 2021. Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. This needs-based funding aims to reduce the impact of educational disadvantage on children’s learning and development and improve outcomes in communication, wellbeing, and access and participation. School readiness funding will allow Victorian kindergarten providers to tap into the expertise of speech and occupational therapists, language and literacy professionals and child psychologists, who can then boost the capability of both parents and teachers. Victoria’s success as the Education State starts in the early years – so that’s why the Victorian Government has also invested $5 billion over a decade to deliver 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten to all children. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We are providing funding to kinders across the state to ensure they have the supports they need so every Victorian child gets the most out of early childhood education.” “We’re helping them early, so they can get the most out of kinder and start at school on track and on par with their peers.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This needs-based funding will improve outcomes in communication, social and emotional wellbeing, access and participation for children in Werribee.”

DELIVERING SUPPORT FOR VICTORIA’S VETERANS IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government is continuing to support veterans and their families in Werribee, with the latest round of support grants. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the successful recipients from three separate veterans’ grants programs, delivering 62 projects to support the ex-service community. It includes $6,713 for B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund Inc to purchase three museum display cabinets to display RAAF World War II uniforms in a dust-free environment. Another will display World War II silk maps and the third will house items from our heritage collection: medals, photographs, pilots logbooks and other Liberator crew memorabilia. Other projects includes those that will preserve their legacy for future generations, as well as ongoing support to assist ex-service organisations impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic. Through a $150,000 ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund grant, Carry On (Victoria) will deliver welfare, financial and education support to more than 300 ex-service men and women. Melbourne Legacy has received more than $145,000 for three projects, including one supporting elderly widows in their care, through safe travel options to social activities and health care. More than $46,000 has also been provided to the Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch to deliver preventative mental health programs, reconnecting veterans and supporting their transition back into the local community. Through the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program and in partnership with the Victorian Veterans Council, Yeungroon Country Fire Authority has received almost $14,000 to construct an obelisk as a tribute to the local community members who served their country. More than $16,000 has been provided to The Australian Commando Association of Victorian to create a digital oral history program, recording the experiences of Victorian veterans for the future. Ten memorials and avenues of honour around the state will also be restored and improved as part of the Restoring Community War Memorials Program, including $26,000 to recognise the Tintaldra Avenue of Honour destroyed in the January bushfires and more than $24,000 to restore the 1918 Wallan Avenue of Honour. For a full list of successful recipients in your area and information on other veteran grant opportunities, visit: vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Just as our veterans have served our country, it is our duty now to support them. The Victorian Government is proud to preserve their legacy for future generations.” “Victoria’s veterans have faced a different kind of battle this year. This funding will provide critical health and welfare support to our ex-service men and women and their families during these challenging times.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Veterans have a very special place in the hearts and minds of Victorians – and their service must never be forgotten.” “It is fantastic to see B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund recognised for their good work in the local community.” Quote attributable to Victorian Veterans Council Chair Roger Clifton “This support is particularly important this year, as are the continued opportunities for commemoration and remembrance that these grants provide.”

DELIVERING SUPPORT FOR VICTORIA’S VETERANS IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government is continuing to support veterans and their families in Werribee, with the latest round of support grants. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the successful recipients from three separate veterans’ grants programs, delivering 62 projects to support the ex-service community. It includes $6,713 for B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund Inc to purchase three museum display cabinets to display RAAF World War II uniforms in a dust-free environment. Another will display World War II silk maps and the third will house items from our heritage collection: medals, photographs, pilots logbooks and other Liberator crew memorabilia. Other projects includes those that will preserve their legacy for future generations, as well as ongoing support to assist ex-service organisations impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic. Through a $150,000 ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund grant, Carry On (Victoria) will deliver welfare, financial and education support to more than 300 ex-service men and women. Melbourne Legacy has received more than $145,000 for three projects, including one supporting elderly widows in their care, through safe travel options to social activities and health care. More than $46,000 has also been provided to the Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch to deliver preventative mental health programs, reconnecting veterans and supporting their transition back into the local community. Through the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program and in partnership with the Victorian Veterans Council, Yeungroon Country Fire Authority has received almost $14,000 to construct an obelisk as a tribute to the local community members who served their country. More than $16,000 has been provided to The Australian Commando Association of Victorian to create a digital oral history program, recording the experiences of Victorian veterans for the future. Ten memorials and avenues of honour around the state will also be restored and improved as part of the Restoring Community War Memorials Program, including $26,000 to recognise the Tintaldra Avenue of Honour destroyed in the January bushfires and more than $24,000 to restore the 1918 Wallan Avenue of Honour. For a full list of successful recipients in your area and information on other veteran grant opportunities, visit: vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Just as our veterans have served our country, it is our duty now to support them. The Victorian Government is proud to preserve their legacy for future generations.” “Victoria’s veterans have faced a different kind of battle this year. This funding will provide critical health and welfare support to our ex-service men and women and their families during these challenging times.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Veterans have a very special place in the hearts and minds of Victorians – and their service must never be forgotten.” “It is fantastic to see B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund recognised for their good work in the local community.” Quote attributable to Victorian Veterans Council Chair Roger Clifton “This support is particularly important this year, as are the continued opportunities for commemoration and remembrance that these grants provide.”

MORE SUPPORT FOR WERRIBEE KINDER KIDS THIS TERM

Early childhood services in Werribee will get a funding boost to support children participate in kinder during Term 4 and get ready for school. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced 32 kinders in Werribee are part of the more than 1700 state-wide that will share in more than $3.7 million for early childhood services in Term 4. Grants of up to $5,000 will be available for kindergarten services to support children who have returned to on-site learning by getting the most out of kinder and on making positive transitions to school. This will allow services to fund more kindergarten program hours, additional educator hours so existing staff can undertake transition activities or provide more one-on-one time with children, and to access allied health support such as speech pathologist and occupational therapists. This funding will be available to services that are not yet receiving funding through the Victorian Government’s $160 million School Readiness Funding initiative who are already able to access these supports. In an Australian-first, the final stage of the roll-out of School Readiness Funding will be completed in 2021 and all kindergarten services in Victoria will be provided with needs-based funding to support their children. Early childhood education and care services across Victoria have reopened with a COVIDSafe Plan and appropriate health and safety measures in place. The Victorian Government announced $26.7 million in extra funding in Term 4 to support early childhood services through the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring sessional kindergarten remained free in eligible services and supporting children in their transition to school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Early childhood staff across Victoria have done an outstanding job at supporting children and families during this challenging year.” “We’re making sure Victorian children get the most out of their last term at kinder and have a great start to school.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This support will mean all children in Wyndham will be able to make a smooth transition to school after what has been a challenging year.”

MORE SUPPORT FOR WERRIBEE KINDER KIDS THIS TERM

Early childhood services in Werribee will get a funding boost to support children participate in kinder during Term 4 and get ready for school. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced 32 kinders in Werribee are part of the more than 1700 state-wide that will share in more than $3.7 million for early childhood services in Term 4. Grants of up to $5,000 will be available for kindergarten services to support children who have returned to on-site learning by getting the most out of kinder and on making positive transitions to school. This will allow services to fund more kindergarten program hours, additional educator hours so existing staff can undertake transition activities or provide more one-on-one time with children, and to access allied health support such as speech pathologist and occupational therapists. This funding will be available to services that are not yet receiving funding through the Victorian Government’s $160 million School Readiness Funding initiative who are already able to access these supports. In an Australian-first, the final stage of the roll-out of School Readiness Funding will be completed in 2021 and all kindergarten services in Victoria will be provided with needs-based funding to support their children. Early childhood education and care services across Victoria have reopened with a COVIDSafe Plan and appropriate health and safety measures in place. The Victorian Government announced $26.7 million in extra funding in Term 4 to support early childhood services through the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring sessional kindergarten remained free in eligible services and supporting children in their transition to school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Early childhood staff across Victoria have done an outstanding job at supporting children and families during this challenging year.” “We’re making sure Victorian children get the most out of their last term at kinder and have a great start to school.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This support will mean all children in Wyndham will be able to make a smooth transition to school after what has been a challenging year.”

 

EXPANSION TO MAKE WERRIBEE THE PREMIER OPEN RANGE ZOO

The $84 million expansion of Werribee Zoo into Australia’s Premier Open Range Zoo will provide a significant boost for the local economy including the creation of 350 jobs, including 90 direct jobs. The funding announced today will be used to expand the zoo over the next five years and will increase the number of visitors and tourists coming through the gates each year from more than 680,000 in 2018/19 to one million visitors. The funding, part of the upcoming State Budget, will also see Werribee become the new home of the city’s much loved Asian elephant herd currently at Melbourne Zoo. Once completed the Werribee Zoo redevelopment is expected to contribute over $17.8 million annually to Victoria’s economy. The redevelopment will deliver a world-class experience, with a new elephant sanctuary to house six Asian elephants, a tree top Sky Safari gondola, a new specially designed site for rhinos and bison, and a brand-new waterhole precinct. The new elephant sanctuary will benefits the animals, with the herd able to roam freely over 22 hectares of natural landscapes. The relocation of the elephant herd from Melbourne Zoo is stage one of Zoos Victoria's 2030 strategy making space available for further development opportunities at Melbourne Zoo, which is already one of Victoria’s premier attractions. For those Victorians worried about the expense of a day out with the family, we will also extend our “Kids Free” Policy until June 2021. That means free admission to Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary for young Victorians aged under 16 years on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays. The Werribee Open Range is currently open to visitors who live within 25km of the Zoo and bookings must be made online at: zoos.org.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The expansion of Werribee Open Range Zoo will create jobs in Melbourne’s west boosting the local economy and attracting more people to our great community.” “The local community is already proud of the Werribee Open Range Zoo but this expansion will make it an even more important part of what we love about this area.” “Bringing the Asian elephant herd from Melbourne out to Werribee is a win for animal welfare that will create a great new attraction for locals and tourists alike.”

EXPANSION TO MAKE WERRIBEE THE PREMIER OPEN RANGE ZOO

The $84 million expansion of Werribee Zoo into Australia’s Premier Open Range Zoo will provide a significant boost for the local economy including the creation of 350 jobs, including 90 direct jobs. The funding announced today will be used to expand the zoo over the next five years and will increase the number of visitors and tourists coming through the gates each year from more than 680,000 in 2018/19 to one million visitors. The funding, part of the upcoming State Budget, will also see Werribee become the new home of the city’s much loved Asian elephant herd currently at Melbourne Zoo. Once completed the Werribee Zoo redevelopment is expected to contribute over $17.8 million annually to Victoria’s economy. The redevelopment will deliver a world-class experience, with a new elephant sanctuary to house six Asian elephants, a tree top Sky Safari gondola, a new specially designed site for rhinos and bison, and a brand-new waterhole precinct. The new elephant sanctuary will benefits the animals, with the herd able to roam freely over 22 hectares of natural landscapes. The relocation of the elephant herd from Melbourne Zoo is stage one of Zoos Victoria's 2030 strategy making space available for further development opportunities at Melbourne Zoo, which is already one of Victoria’s premier attractions. For those Victorians worried about the expense of a day out with the family, we will also extend our “Kids Free” Policy until June 2021. That means free admission to Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary for young Victorians aged under 16 years on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays. The Werribee Open Range is currently open to visitors who live within 25km of the Zoo and bookings must be made online at: zoos.org.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The expansion of Werribee Open Range Zoo will create jobs in Melbourne’s west boosting the local economy and attracting more people to our great community.” “The local community is already proud of the Werribee Open Range Zoo but this expansion will make it an even more important part of what we love about this area.” “Bringing the Asian elephant herd from Melbourne out to Werribee is a win for animal welfare that will create a great new attraction for locals and tourists alike.”

HAVE YOUR SAY ON VICTORIA‘S NEW CONTAINER DEPOSIT SCHEME

With growing volumes of beverage containers Victorians can continue to dispose of their bottles knowing that soon there will be a 10 cent refund for aluminium, glass and plastic drink containers returned for recycling. Before the scheme rolls out, Victorians are encouraged have their say on how a container deposit scheme (CDS) could work best for them. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the plan to introduce a CDS is part of the Victorian Government’s $300 million Recycling Victoria policy. This record investment is transforming our recycling sector and driving investment in world class infrastructure and technology, create cutting-edge local industries and supporting new jobs. A CDS will create hundreds of new jobs in Victoria, in collection centres, in transport and logistics, and through support services like technology management, community education, auditing and reporting. Similar schemes in Queensland and New South Wales have created between 600 and 700 jobs. Community organisations, charities and small businesses will have options for gettting invloved in the Victorian scheme, including operating refund collection points and fundraising opportunities. These opportunities will create new jobs, provide new income streams for existing businesses and strengthen the Victorian economy. A CDS will create new clean material streams for plastic, aluminium and glass, boosting Victoria’s recycling system and the re-manufacture of these resources into new products. The proposed CDS model for Victoria proposes a ‘split responsibility’ model, where the scheme coordinator function and the network operator function are separated. This model will maximise the number of bottles collected and ensure strong transparency and accountability throughout the scheme. The CDS network will include a variety of collection points such as automated reverse vending machines in public places, drive through depots, pop up collection points at events and community festivals, and over the counter at local shops. We’re consulting on the proposed model to make sure it’s right for the Victorian community. Have your say via the Engage Victoria website to ensure Victoria’s container deposit scheme works for you. The consultation will be open on the Engage Victoria website from Monday 2 November 2020 to Monday 30 November 2020. To find out more go to engage.vic.gov.au/container-deposit-scheme. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We want to help communities look after our local environment by being better equipped to tackle litter and increase recycling and now they have the chance to help shape how it works. “Victoria’s container deposit scheme will be an exciting opportunity for all Victorians to play a role in improving recycling, cutting waste and tackling litter and importantly, it’ll create jobs across the state”

HAVE YOUR SAY ON VICTORIA‘S NEW CONTAINER DEPOSIT SCHEME

With growing volumes of beverage containers Victorians can continue to dispose of their bottles knowing that soon there will be a 10 cent refund for aluminium, glass and plastic drink containers returned for recycling. Before the scheme rolls out, Victorians are encouraged have their say on how a container deposit scheme (CDS) could work best for them. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the plan to introduce a CDS is part of the Victorian Government’s $300 million Recycling Victoria policy. This record investment is transforming our recycling sector and driving investment in world class infrastructure and technology, create cutting-edge local industries and supporting new jobs. A CDS will create hundreds of new jobs in Victoria, in collection centres, in transport and logistics, and through support services like technology management, community education, auditing and reporting. Similar schemes in Queensland and New South Wales have created between 600 and 700 jobs. Community organisations, charities and small businesses will have options for gettting invloved in the Victorian scheme, including operating refund collection points and fundraising opportunities. These opportunities will create new jobs, provide new income streams for existing businesses and strengthen the Victorian economy. A CDS will create new clean material streams for plastic, aluminium and glass, boosting Victoria’s recycling system and the re-manufacture of these resources into new products. The proposed CDS model for Victoria proposes a ‘split responsibility’ model, where the scheme coordinator function and the network operator function are separated. This model will maximise the number of bottles collected and ensure strong transparency and accountability throughout the scheme. The CDS network will include a variety of collection points such as automated reverse vending machines in public places, drive through depots, pop up collection points at events and community festivals, and over the counter at local shops. We’re consulting on the proposed model to make sure it’s right for the Victorian community. Have your say via the Engage Victoria website to ensure Victoria’s container deposit scheme works for you. The consultation will be open on the Engage Victoria website from Monday 2 November 2020 to Monday 30 November 2020. To find out more go to engage.vic.gov.au/container-deposit-scheme. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We want to help communities look after our local environment by being better equipped to tackle litter and increase recycling and now they have the chance to help shape how it works. “Victoria’s container deposit scheme will be an exciting opportunity for all Victorians to play a role in improving recycling, cutting waste and tackling litter and importantly, it’ll create jobs across the state”

WYNDHAM COMMUNITY & EDUCATION CENTRE FINALIST IN 2020 LEARN LOCAL AWARDS

Wyndham Community & Education Centre in Werribee been nominated for their outstanding work in supporting learners to establish pathways for themselves into further education, employment or volunteer roles. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today congratulated the Wyndham Community & Education Centre for being nominated for the Creating Local Solutions Award at the 2020 Learn Local Awards. There are 20 finalists across seven award categories: The Ro Allen Award - Recognising Pre-accredited Learner Excellence Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award Victorian Learn Local Volunteer Team Award Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Pathway Program Award Victorian Learn Local Creating Local Solutions Award Victorian Learn Local Collaboration Award This year’s Learn Local Awards will be hosted in an innovative virtual format later this year. The awards are presented by the Adult Community and Further Education Board. Award winners have the chance to share in $70,000 in prize money. The three organisation award category winners will each receive $10,000, while individual category winners will be awarded $5,000 and category finalists will receive $1,000. A new People’s Choice Awards has also been created for Program finalists, with winners to receive an Apple MacBook laptop. Learn Local providers offer a unique, community-based learning option, with a focus on the individual needs of learners. Learn Local is particularly suited to adult learners of all ages looking to develop their digital, literacy, numeracy and employability skills for study, work and life. There are 270 not-for-profit community organisations registered as Learn Locals across Victoria, which deliver training and programs to nearly 30,000 people each year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney: “Although 2020 has been a challenging year for many Learn Local providers across the state, these awards recognise the work Learn Locals are doing transforming lives through community education.” “Victoria leads Australia in providing accessible and tailored lifelong learning opportunities for adult learners seeking to develop the skills they need for work, further study, and to participate fully in the Victorian community.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Congratulations to Wyndham Community & Education Centre who do so much great work in the Wyndham community.” 2020 LEARN LOCAL AWARDS FINALISTS The Ro Allen Award - Recognising Pre-accredited Learner Excellence Haylee Mackintosh, Cire Services Jason Barbour, Bridge Darebin Colleen Forbes, Community College Gippsland   Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award Georgia Benham, Zoe Support Australia Rebecca Cupitt, Zoe Support Australia Bryanna Paynter-Harvie, Noweyung   Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award Vivian Della Valle, Centre for Adult Education (CAE) Susan West, Cire Services Michelle Harrison, Phillip Island Community & Learning Centre   Victorian Learn Local Volunteer Team Award Rosewall Learning and Creative Team, Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre Zoe Support Australia - Childcare Volunteer Team, Zoe Support Australia   Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Pathway Program Award Getting There, The Centre for Continuing Education Carpentry Trade Taster, Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) Mentoring - A step towards mainstream volunteering or work experience, Sandybeach Centre   Victorian Learn Local Creating Local Solutions Award Wyndham Neighbourhood Hubs - meeting diverse needs, Wyndham Community & Education Centre Kick Start Your Career in the Health Industry program, Heyfield Community Resource Centre Cultural Cuisines, Wellsprings for Women   Victorian Learn Local Collaboration Award Cloverdale Community Centre-The Gordon TAFE Collaboration, Cloverdale Community Centre & The Gordon TAFE Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre and Burke and Beyond, Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre Inc & Burke and Beyond Pathways 2 Possibilities, The Centre for Continuing Education & Open Door Neighbourhood House

WYNDHAM COMMUNITY & EDUCATION CENTRE FINALIST IN 2020 LEARN LOCAL AWARDS

Wyndham Community & Education Centre in Werribee been nominated for their outstanding work in supporting learners to establish pathways for themselves into further education, employment or volunteer roles. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today congratulated the Wyndham Community & Education Centre for being nominated for the Creating Local Solutions Award at the 2020 Learn Local Awards. There are 20 finalists across seven award categories: The Ro Allen Award - Recognising Pre-accredited Learner Excellence Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award Victorian Learn Local Volunteer Team Award Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Pathway Program Award Victorian Learn Local Creating Local Solutions Award Victorian Learn Local Collaboration Award This year’s Learn Local Awards will be hosted in an innovative virtual format later this year. The awards are presented by the Adult Community and Further Education Board. Award winners have the chance to share in $70,000 in prize money. The three organisation award category winners will each receive $10,000, while individual category winners will be awarded $5,000 and category finalists will receive $1,000. A new People’s Choice Awards has also been created for Program finalists, with winners to receive an Apple MacBook laptop. Learn Local providers offer a unique, community-based learning option, with a focus on the individual needs of learners. Learn Local is particularly suited to adult learners of all ages looking to develop their digital, literacy, numeracy and employability skills for study, work and life. There are 270 not-for-profit community organisations registered as Learn Locals across Victoria, which deliver training and programs to nearly 30,000 people each year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney: “Although 2020 has been a challenging year for many Learn Local providers across the state, these awards recognise the work Learn Locals are doing transforming lives through community education.” “Victoria leads Australia in providing accessible and tailored lifelong learning opportunities for adult learners seeking to develop the skills they need for work, further study, and to participate fully in the Victorian community.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Congratulations to Wyndham Community & Education Centre who do so much great work in the Wyndham community.” 2020 LEARN LOCAL AWARDS FINALISTS The Ro Allen Award - Recognising Pre-accredited Learner Excellence Haylee Mackintosh, Cire Services Jason Barbour, Bridge Darebin Colleen Forbes, Community College Gippsland   Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award Georgia Benham, Zoe Support Australia Rebecca Cupitt, Zoe Support Australia Bryanna Paynter-Harvie, Noweyung   Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award Vivian Della Valle, Centre for Adult Education (CAE) Susan West, Cire Services Michelle Harrison, Phillip Island Community & Learning Centre   Victorian Learn Local Volunteer Team Award Rosewall Learning and Creative Team, Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre Zoe Support Australia - Childcare Volunteer Team, Zoe Support Australia   Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Pathway Program Award Getting There, The Centre for Continuing Education Carpentry Trade Taster, Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) Mentoring - A step towards mainstream volunteering or work experience, Sandybeach Centre   Victorian Learn Local Creating Local Solutions Award Wyndham Neighbourhood Hubs - meeting diverse needs, Wyndham Community & Education Centre Kick Start Your Career in the Health Industry program, Heyfield Community Resource Centre Cultural Cuisines, Wellsprings for Women   Victorian Learn Local Collaboration Award Cloverdale Community Centre-The Gordon TAFE Collaboration, Cloverdale Community Centre & The Gordon TAFE Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre and Burke and Beyond, Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre Inc & Burke and Beyond Pathways 2 Possibilities, The Centre for Continuing Education & Open Door Neighbourhood House

SAFELY CONNECTING MULTICULTURAL SENIORS IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government’s CALD Communities Taskforce is supporting Victoria’s multicultural seniors in Werribee to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence has announced that $2.1 million will be made available to multicultural seniors’ groups through the Coronavirus Support for Multicultural Seniors program. It’s good news for the following multicultural seniors’ organisations in the Werribee District which are amongst the 900 organisations set to automatically receive funding as a previous recipient of a Victorian Government multicultural seniors grant. Associazione Nazionale Combattenti Reduci Italiani Bhartiya Seniors Association Inc Circolo Pensionati Italiani di Wyndham Le Petrel Mauritian Seniors Club Western Karen Elder Group Inc. Funding of up to $2,000 will be available to purchase IT equipment, run programs to support multicultural seniors and provide the timely distribution of coronavirus information. All seniors groups that receive funding will also receive public liability insurance and personal accident cover for 2021, saving organisations up to $5,000 each. Almost 900 organisations will automatically receive a direct offer of funding as previous recipients of a Victorian Government multicultural seniors grant, including the Taiwan Ladies Association in Oakleigh, Bendigo’s German Friendship Society and the Geelong Dutch Fifty Plus Club. The Taskforce is inviting newly formed multicultural seniors’ groups to submit an online application by Thursday, 19 November 2020. For more information or to apply, visit vic.gov.au/coronavirus-support-for-multicultural-seniors-2020-21. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “We are fortunate to be home to so many multicultural seniors’ groups dedicated to supporting their communities and we want to help them deliver immediate assistance to their members.” “Older generations have made an immense contribution to our multiculturalism – Victoria has become such a multicultural success story and this is our way of giving back.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is going to make a real difference to these organisations that do an amazing work supporting their members in Werribee.” “I also encourage all newly formed multicultural seniors’ groups to apply – the application process is simple and support is available to help guide you through the process.”

SAFELY CONNECTING MULTICULTURAL SENIORS IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government’s CALD Communities Taskforce is supporting Victoria’s multicultural seniors in Werribee to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence has announced that $2.1 million will be made available to multicultural seniors’ groups through the Coronavirus Support for Multicultural Seniors program. It’s good news for the following multicultural seniors’ organisations in the Werribee District which are amongst the 900 organisations set to automatically receive funding as a previous recipient of a Victorian Government multicultural seniors grant. Associazione Nazionale Combattenti Reduci Italiani Bhartiya Seniors Association Inc Circolo Pensionati Italiani di Wyndham Le Petrel Mauritian Seniors Club Western Karen Elder Group Inc. Funding of up to $2,000 will be available to purchase IT equipment, run programs to support multicultural seniors and provide the timely distribution of coronavirus information. All seniors groups that receive funding will also receive public liability insurance and personal accident cover for 2021, saving organisations up to $5,000 each. Almost 900 organisations will automatically receive a direct offer of funding as previous recipients of a Victorian Government multicultural seniors grant, including the Taiwan Ladies Association in Oakleigh, Bendigo’s German Friendship Society and the Geelong Dutch Fifty Plus Club. The Taskforce is inviting newly formed multicultural seniors’ groups to submit an online application by Thursday, 19 November 2020. For more information or to apply, visit vic.gov.au/coronavirus-support-for-multicultural-seniors-2020-21. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “We are fortunate to be home to so many multicultural seniors’ groups dedicated to supporting their communities and we want to help them deliver immediate assistance to their members.” “Older generations have made an immense contribution to our multiculturalism – Victoria has become such a multicultural success story and this is our way of giving back.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is going to make a real difference to these organisations that do an amazing work supporting their members in Werribee.” “I also encourage all newly formed multicultural seniors’ groups to apply – the application process is simple and support is available to help guide you through the process.”

HELPING WYNDHAM’S SPORT AND ACTIVE RECREATION ORGANISATIONS SURVIVE AND THRIVE

The Victorian Government is delivering on its promise to reinvest boating fees directly back into the industry, with a new dedicated fund set to invest millions of dollars back into boating each year. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced four additional grants have been approved for Werribee sporting clubs under the second round of the Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Shortterm Survival Package, bringing the total number of successful grants in Werribee District to fourty-six. The latest successful organisations are Wyndham Basketball Limited, Werribee Basketball Association, the 1st Werribee Scout Group, and Werribee Adventure Guides. These are the second round of grants from the Andrews Labor Government’s $40 million community sport survival package that will make it that little bit easier for clubs to support players and volunteers during this time. Victorians have been hit hard by the necessary restrictions, and sport and active recreation clubs and associations are no exception. The Victorian Government will continue to work with the sport and recreation sector to explore recovery options and help clubs return to play when it is safe to do so. With more than three million Victorians involved in community sport and recreation, we know that getting back on the field or court is important to Victorians – that’s why we are getting behind 12,000 clubs and associations across the state. The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package has two streams: grants for state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies; and grants of up to $2,000 for associations and leagues and up to $1,000 for individual clubs. Applications under Stream 2 are open until 16 October 2020. For further information and other grant opportunities visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding. The Government also recently announced its roadmap to COVID normal. This directive signals the first major steps in the return of community sport in Victoria. For all the latest roadmap information including an outline of the roadmap Step process visit https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictionsroadmaps Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These clubs are an integral part of our community and this support will help them pay the bills and make an eventual return to play that little bit easier.” “Ensuring community sport and active recreation organisations survive this pandemic and come back stronger than ever is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to our community’s physical and mental wellbeing.” “We know that people in Wyndham want to get out on the park and represent their local club more than ever – we’re working hard to make that happen and give local clubs the support they need.”

HELPING WYNDHAM’S SPORT AND ACTIVE RECREATION ORGANISATIONS SURVIVE AND THRIVE

The Victorian Government is delivering on its promise to reinvest boating fees directly back into the industry, with a new dedicated fund set to invest millions of dollars back into boating each year. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced four additional grants have been approved for Werribee sporting clubs under the second round of the Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Shortterm Survival Package, bringing the total number of successful grants in Werribee District to fourty-six. The latest successful organisations are Wyndham Basketball Limited, Werribee Basketball Association, the 1st Werribee Scout Group, and Werribee Adventure Guides. These are the second round of grants from the Andrews Labor Government’s $40 million community sport survival package that will make it that little bit easier for clubs to support players and volunteers during this time. Victorians have been hit hard by the necessary restrictions, and sport and active recreation clubs and associations are no exception. The Victorian Government will continue to work with the sport and recreation sector to explore recovery options and help clubs return to play when it is safe to do so. With more than three million Victorians involved in community sport and recreation, we know that getting back on the field or court is important to Victorians – that’s why we are getting behind 12,000 clubs and associations across the state. The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package has two streams: grants for state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies; and grants of up to $2,000 for associations and leagues and up to $1,000 for individual clubs. Applications under Stream 2 are open until 16 October 2020. For further information and other grant opportunities visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding. The Government also recently announced its roadmap to COVID normal. This directive signals the first major steps in the return of community sport in Victoria. For all the latest roadmap information including an outline of the roadmap Step process visit https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictionsroadmaps Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These clubs are an integral part of our community and this support will help them pay the bills and make an eventual return to play that little bit easier.” “Ensuring community sport and active recreation organisations survive this pandemic and come back stronger than ever is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to our community’s physical and mental wellbeing.” “We know that people in Wyndham want to get out on the park and represent their local club more than ever – we’re working hard to make that happen and give local clubs the support they need.”

FUNDING A BETTER BOATING FUTURE FOR ALL VICTORIANS

The Better Boating Fund will ensure every cent of the approximately $30 million of boat licensing and registration fees collected each year goes towards improving boating for all Victorians. Legislation introduced into Parliament will create the Fund, which will be dedicated to priorities including recreational boating facilities and boating safety and education across the state. It will mean boaters who enjoy getting on the water from places like Werribee South Boat Ramp will know that their registration and licencing fees are going back into upgrading local facilities and improving safety. It will be a far more transparent system, allowing boaters to see exactly how much is collected in fees each year and where the money goes. The Government will work directly with boat owners and stakeholders, who will be invited to help co-design a new strategy for investment. There will be extensive opportunities for public engagement and feedback during the fund’s development on where money would be best spent. The Government has already abolished all boat ramp parking and launching fees, saving families up to $315 a year on annual parking permits. A major $40 million investment is also going towards upgrading six priority boat ramps across the state. Work is underway at the Hastings boat ramp and Cowes Jetty, and planning for the upgrades of Mordialloc, Queenscliff, Point Richards and Rhyll boating facilities is progressing. Recreational boating supports more than 20,000 jobs and is worth almost $8 billion a year to the Victorian economy, with the number of boating registrations increasing by 2.5 per cent on average each year over the past eight years. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re reinvesting the registration and licencing fees of boat owners back into local boat infrastructure, which will mean places like Wyndham Harbour and Werribee South aren’t left behind.” “This is landmark legislation which will transform the way the boating industry is managed in Victoria, and will create more transparency for boat owners, who will see exactly how much money has gone into which projects.”

FUNDING A BETTER BOATING FUTURE FOR ALL VICTORIANS

The Better Boating Fund will ensure every cent of the approximately $30 million of boat licensing and registration fees collected each year goes towards improving boating for all Victorians. Legislation introduced into Parliament will create the Fund, which will be dedicated to priorities including recreational boating facilities and boating safety and education across the state. It will mean boaters who enjoy getting on the water from places like Werribee South Boat Ramp will know that their registration and licencing fees are going back into upgrading local facilities and improving safety. It will be a far more transparent system, allowing boaters to see exactly how much is collected in fees each year and where the money goes. The Government will work directly with boat owners and stakeholders, who will be invited to help co-design a new strategy for investment. There will be extensive opportunities for public engagement and feedback during the fund’s development on where money would be best spent. The Government has already abolished all boat ramp parking and launching fees, saving families up to $315 a year on annual parking permits. A major $40 million investment is also going towards upgrading six priority boat ramps across the state. Work is underway at the Hastings boat ramp and Cowes Jetty, and planning for the upgrades of Mordialloc, Queenscliff, Point Richards and Rhyll boating facilities is progressing. Recreational boating supports more than 20,000 jobs and is worth almost $8 billion a year to the Victorian economy, with the number of boating registrations increasing by 2.5 per cent on average each year over the past eight years. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re reinvesting the registration and licencing fees of boat owners back into local boat infrastructure, which will mean places like Wyndham Harbour and Werribee South aren’t left behind.” “This is landmark legislation which will transform the way the boating industry is managed in Victoria, and will create more transparency for boat owners, who will see exactly how much money has gone into which projects.”

TRANSITION SUPPORT FUNDING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY

Victorian students with disability will receive extra support to transition from their final year of education into post-schooling pathways, thanks to a Victorian Government investment into their future. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that specialist schools will receive $750 for each final year student with disability to support their transition to post-school options in 2021. Mainstream schools will also be eligible for the payment to provide extra support for final year students with disability to transition from school. Schools can use the Post-Secondary Transition Funding Grant to allow school staff to provide transition outreach support for school leavers until the end of Term 1, 2021. This extra support will give these students opportunities to familiarise themselves with their new settings, learn new skills, and transition confidently with help from teachers and staff from their school. Schools will be provided with a suite of resources to communicate essential guidance to their school community, such as transition support guides and a parent factsheet. Transition planning for students with disability involves a holistic and collaborative approach to find the most appropriate opportunities tailored to each student. This is part of the Victorian Government’s $250 million package, which is the single biggest boost to individual learning support in the state’s history, to support more than 200,000 students across the state to stay engaged in their education. While 2020 has been a year like no other, students, schools and families have remained steadfast in finding a post-school destination for 2021, while also finishing this year with achievements. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “We are investing in the future of every Victorian student to ensure they have the individual support they need to successfully transition into other opportunities outside of school next year.” “Transitioning to a new stage in life can be challenging. That’s why we are giving students with disability extra support to feel confident as they take the next step.”  “This fixed payment will allow schools to free up teachers to do this vital work and assist these learners to reach their full potential.”

TRANSITION SUPPORT FUNDING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY

Victorian students with disability will receive extra support to transition from their final year of education into post-schooling pathways, thanks to a Victorian Government investment into their future. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that specialist schools will receive $750 for each final year student with disability to support their transition to post-school options in 2021. Mainstream schools will also be eligible for the payment to provide extra support for final year students with disability to transition from school. Schools can use the Post-Secondary Transition Funding Grant to allow school staff to provide transition outreach support for school leavers until the end of Term 1, 2021. This extra support will give these students opportunities to familiarise themselves with their new settings, learn new skills, and transition confidently with help from teachers and staff from their school. Schools will be provided with a suite of resources to communicate essential guidance to their school community, such as transition support guides and a parent factsheet. Transition planning for students with disability involves a holistic and collaborative approach to find the most appropriate opportunities tailored to each student. This is part of the Victorian Government’s $250 million package, which is the single biggest boost to individual learning support in the state’s history, to support more than 200,000 students across the state to stay engaged in their education. While 2020 has been a year like no other, students, schools and families have remained steadfast in finding a post-school destination for 2021, while also finishing this year with achievements. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “We are investing in the future of every Victorian student to ensure they have the individual support they need to successfully transition into other opportunities outside of school next year.” “Transitioning to a new stage in life can be challenging. That’s why we are giving students with disability extra support to feel confident as they take the next step.”  “This fixed payment will allow schools to free up teachers to do this vital work and assist these learners to reach their full potential.”

LITTLE RIVER BORDER CHANGE TO UNITE COMMUNITY

Little River residents will be reunited under the same set of restrictions, with the border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria adjusted to go around the community instead of through it. A change would be made to the Chief Health Officer’s directions from 11:59pm on Thursday 22 October so that the entire town of Little River would be removed from the metropolitan Melbourne restricted area. Little River is the only town on the metropolitan border which is divided by the current border. The border will be updated to follow boundaries around the northern side of Little River, rather than Local Government Area (LGA) boundaries – which saw the town divided in two. The metropolitan border will now end at Wests Road, Bulban Road, Edgars Road and Argoona Road, before connecting again with neighbouring LGA boundaries. The current Victoria Police checkpoint at Princes Highway turnoff into Little River will remain in place due to physical infrastructure requirements and police will continue to enforce the new border. Little River residents who were previously on the metropolitan side of the border can now move into the same Step 3 restrictions as the rest of regional Victoria. This may mean some residents will need to apply for a work permit if their work is located in metropolitan Melbourne. For more information about current restriction levels visit: coronavirus.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria has been vital to containing the spread of coronavirus, but we know that this measure has had wider impacts for the Little River community.” “Adjusting the ring of steel to go around Little River instead of through it will alleviate any confusion and unify this community under the same set of restrictions.” Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren “Changing the border will make life a little easier for people in Little River – but residents will still need to make sure they are following the restrictions that apply to regional Victoria.”

LITTLE RIVER BORDER CHANGE TO UNITE COMMUNITY

Little River residents will be reunited under the same set of restrictions, with the border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria adjusted to go around the community instead of through it. A change would be made to the Chief Health Officer’s directions from 11:59pm on Thursday 22 October so that the entire town of Little River would be removed from the metropolitan Melbourne restricted area. Little River is the only town on the metropolitan border which is divided by the current border. The border will be updated to follow boundaries around the northern side of Little River, rather than Local Government Area (LGA) boundaries – which saw the town divided in two. The metropolitan border will now end at Wests Road, Bulban Road, Edgars Road and Argoona Road, before connecting again with neighbouring LGA boundaries. The current Victoria Police checkpoint at Princes Highway turnoff into Little River will remain in place due to physical infrastructure requirements and police will continue to enforce the new border. Little River residents who were previously on the metropolitan side of the border can now move into the same Step 3 restrictions as the rest of regional Victoria. This may mean some residents will need to apply for a work permit if their work is located in metropolitan Melbourne. For more information about current restriction levels visit: coronavirus.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria has been vital to containing the spread of coronavirus, but we know that this measure has had wider impacts for the Little River community.” “Adjusting the ring of steel to go around Little River instead of through it will alleviate any confusion and unify this community under the same set of restrictions.” Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren “Changing the border will make life a little easier for people in Little River – but residents will still need to make sure they are following the restrictions that apply to regional Victoria.”