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  • LIGHTS ON AT SNEYDES ROAD INTERCHANGE

    The $45 million Sneydes Road interchange is now open. It will provide direct access to the Princes Fwy and improve traffic flow in and around Point Cook. As part of a $71 million package it will support East Werribee into the future - an identified National Employment Cluster which will support over 58,000 jobs long-term.

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WERRIBEE PRESERVING THE LEGACY OF OUR VETERANS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Werribee community teach its young students about our Anzac story and World War I by supporting a new travelling roadshow. The Messenger Dogs - Tales of WWI puppet show follows the journey of Nell, Trick and Bullet - three dogs responsible for carrying messages between headquarters and the front line. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said the free puppet show is tailored to students from prep to grade six, telling tales of courage, determination and mateship that capture the hearts and minds of young Victorians. The 45 minute performance will come complete with an online education resource kit for primary schools to download. Each participating student will receive their own commemorative 1919 Children’s Peace Medal. All Victorians deserve an opportunity to connect with Australia’s wartime legacy, no matter their age or where they live. The Messenger Dogs - Tales of WWI puppet show follows the Anzac Centenary - Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance show, which has reached 35,000 Victorians in two years. Tim Pallas MP said programs like these ensure that the stories of World War I are kept alive for future generations. The roadshow will be ready to tour from 22 August 2016 and expressions of interest to host the roadshow at your school can now be submitted online by visiting anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au. Queries can be sent to messengerdogs@dpc.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The travelling roadshow is a unique take on World War I that will capture the hearts and minds of so many young Victorians.” “So many Victorians have a connection with war. This is a chance for tomorrow’s leaders to better connect with the moments that shaped our history.” “Australia has a proud wartime history, and it’s our duty to preserve our past for future generations to cherish.”

WERRIBEE PRESERVING THE LEGACY OF OUR VETERANS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Werribee community teach its young students about our Anzac story and World War I by supporting a new travelling roadshow. The Messenger Dogs - Tales of WWI puppet show follows the journey of Nell, Trick and Bullet - three dogs responsible for carrying messages between headquarters and the front line. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said the free puppet show is tailored to students from prep to grade six, telling tales of courage, determination and mateship that capture the hearts and minds of young Victorians. The 45 minute performance will come complete with an online education resource kit for primary schools to download. Each participating student will receive their own commemorative 1919 Children’s Peace Medal. All Victorians deserve an opportunity to connect with Australia’s wartime legacy, no matter their age or where they live. The Messenger Dogs - Tales of WWI puppet show follows the Anzac Centenary - Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance show, which has reached 35,000 Victorians in two years. Tim Pallas MP said programs like these ensure that the stories of World War I are kept alive for future generations. The roadshow will be ready to tour from 22 August 2016 and expressions of interest to host the roadshow at your school can now be submitted online by visiting anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au. Queries can be sent to messengerdogs@dpc.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The travelling roadshow is a unique take on World War I that will capture the hearts and minds of so many young Victorians.” “So many Victorians have a connection with war. This is a chance for tomorrow’s leaders to better connect with the moments that shaped our history.” “Australia has a proud wartime history, and it’s our duty to preserve our past for future generations to cherish.”

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government’s $60 million funding boost to buy the latest advances in medical equipment and modern engineering infrastructure for Victorian hospitals is now open for applications. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today urged health services in Werribee to apply for a share in the $35 million Medical Equipment Replacement Program and the $25 million Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program. The Labor Government is ensuring all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they deserve, no matter where they live, and this means funding the latest state-of-the-art medical equipment. The Medical Equipment Replacement Program supports hospitals to replace ageing life-saving pieces of medical equipment with the cutting edge technology to improve patient outcomes. These could include the latest model CT scanners, x-ray rooms, MRI units, gamma cameras and angiography units. Meanwhile, the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program will enable hospitals to replace ageing heating and air conditioning systems and nurse call communication systems, as well as upgrading electrical, water and fire services and lifts. All Victorian acute public hospitals are eligible to apply. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 delivered an extra $2.45 billion for health so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure, and keep Victorians healthy. The Labor Government’s record investment will enable hospitals will be able to admit an extra 79,000 patients, treat an extra 43,000 patients in emergency departments across the state. Further information is available at www.health.vic.gov.au/med-equip. Applications close on August 5. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We’re putting patients first and turning around our health system so more patients can be treated sooner, closer to home.” “Our dedicated doctors and nurses do a remarkable job. We’re supporting them by giving them the latest medical equipment they need to do what they do best – which is keeping us healthy and saving lives.”  “I urge health services in Werribee to apply now for these vital grant programs that ensure patients across Victoria can access safe and reliable health facilities and the very best care.”

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government’s $60 million funding boost to buy the latest advances in medical equipment and modern engineering infrastructure for Victorian hospitals is now open for applications. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today urged health services in Werribee to apply for a share in the $35 million Medical Equipment Replacement Program and the $25 million Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program. The Labor Government is ensuring all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they deserve, no matter where they live, and this means funding the latest state-of-the-art medical equipment. The Medical Equipment Replacement Program supports hospitals to replace ageing life-saving pieces of medical equipment with the cutting edge technology to improve patient outcomes. These could include the latest model CT scanners, x-ray rooms, MRI units, gamma cameras and angiography units. Meanwhile, the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program will enable hospitals to replace ageing heating and air conditioning systems and nurse call communication systems, as well as upgrading electrical, water and fire services and lifts. All Victorian acute public hospitals are eligible to apply. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 delivered an extra $2.45 billion for health so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure, and keep Victorians healthy. The Labor Government’s record investment will enable hospitals will be able to admit an extra 79,000 patients, treat an extra 43,000 patients in emergency departments across the state. Further information is available at www.health.vic.gov.au/med-equip. Applications close on August 5. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We’re putting patients first and turning around our health system so more patients can be treated sooner, closer to home.” “Our dedicated doctors and nurses do a remarkable job. We’re supporting them by giving them the latest medical equipment they need to do what they do best – which is keeping us healthy and saving lives.”  “I urge health services in Werribee to apply now for these vital grant programs that ensure patients across Victoria can access safe and reliable health facilities and the very best care.”

WERRIBEE REMEMBERS THE WESTERN FRONT

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Werribee community commemorate the centenary anniversary of the beginning of the Western Front campaign. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced help for local communities for projects or initiatives that commemorate the important chapter in our military history. Local Governments can apply for grants of $2000 for their own unique projects. Our veterans gave us a great gift, and it’s our duty to preserve their legacy for future generations to cherish. The touching commemorative events and activities help tomorrow’s leaders gain a better understanding of Australia’s wartime contribution. Almost 300,000 Australians served on the Western Front, and more than 46,000 died in action. Australian soldiers suffered through extreme conditions on the front line, while a nation was left grieving back home as the enormity of the war set in. The Labor Government recently unveiled the I Will Remember web app, as part of the new Victoria Remembers the Western Front microsite, which allows Werribee locals to share their personal connections with World War I. Photographic tributes will give brave Werribee servicemen and women the fitting commemoration they deserve. The web app will highlight the connection of those Victorians who served in World War I and Victorians today. Many Werribee residents have a connection to the War – a relative who served on the battleground, a nurse who cared for the wounded, or even someone who lived in their home. The Western Front microsite includes history, stories and the latest commemorative event information. To visit the microsite, go to www.anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au/westernfront Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The Western Front was one of the darkest periods of World War I. It touched so many thousands of Victorians.” “We’re proud of our wartime legacy in Werribee.  This is an opportunity for locals to share their own personal connections.” “Our servicemen and women gave us a great gift. It’s our duty to protect their legacy for future generations to cherish.”

WERRIBEE REMEMBERS THE WESTERN FRONT

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Werribee community commemorate the centenary anniversary of the beginning of the Western Front campaign. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced help for local communities for projects or initiatives that commemorate the important chapter in our military history. Local Governments can apply for grants of $2000 for their own unique projects. Our veterans gave us a great gift, and it’s our duty to preserve their legacy for future generations to cherish. The touching commemorative events and activities help tomorrow’s leaders gain a better understanding of Australia’s wartime contribution. Almost 300,000 Australians served on the Western Front, and more than 46,000 died in action. Australian soldiers suffered through extreme conditions on the front line, while a nation was left grieving back home as the enormity of the war set in. The Labor Government recently unveiled the I Will Remember web app, as part of the new Victoria Remembers the Western Front microsite, which allows Werribee locals to share their personal connections with World War I. Photographic tributes will give brave Werribee servicemen and women the fitting commemoration they deserve. The web app will highlight the connection of those Victorians who served in World War I and Victorians today. Many Werribee residents have a connection to the War – a relative who served on the battleground, a nurse who cared for the wounded, or even someone who lived in their home. The Western Front microsite includes history, stories and the latest commemorative event information. To visit the microsite, go to www.anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au/westernfront Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The Western Front was one of the darkest periods of World War I. It touched so many thousands of Victorians.” “We’re proud of our wartime legacy in Werribee.  This is an opportunity for locals to share their own personal connections.” “Our servicemen and women gave us a great gift. It’s our duty to protect their legacy for future generations to cherish.”

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS SUPPORT LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED

Children in Werribee will get a brighter and healthier start to the day, with three local schools starting School Breakfast Clubs in term three. One in seven children arrive at school with an empty stomach. Without breakfast, growing kids struggle to pay attention throughout the day, affecting their ability to learn and do their best. The Andrews Labor Government’s School Breakfast Clubs program will provide a free breakfast to up to 25,000 kids in 500 of Victoria’s primary schools most in need. The Labor Government is making sure every student, regardless of their circumstances, has the opportunity to reach their potential. Breakfast clubs help improve student learning and attendance while also building connections between families, schools and their local communities. The Government has partnered with Foodbank – the largest welfare food agency in Australia – to establish and lead the state-wide program, using their existing warehousing, storage and freight network. The $13.7 million program is another example of the Labor Government building the Education State to ensure every child, regardless of their postcode, has access to a first-rate education. For a full list of Clubs, visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/breakfastclubs.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Werribee Primary School, Thomas Chirnside Primary School and Manor Lakes P-12 College will all start School Breakfast Clubs in term three, which means students will start the day on a full stomach so they can concentrate in class and get the most out of school.” “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it sets our children up to concentrate, learn and be at their best but unfortunately not all kids are able to start the day with breakfast at home.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact School Breakfast Clubs can have on kids. I look forward to another 255 clubs opening this term, which will see the program fully up and running across 500 Victorian schools.”

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS SUPPORT LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED

Children in Werribee will get a brighter and healthier start to the day, with three local schools starting School Breakfast Clubs in term three. One in seven children arrive at school with an empty stomach. Without breakfast, growing kids struggle to pay attention throughout the day, affecting their ability to learn and do their best. The Andrews Labor Government’s School Breakfast Clubs program will provide a free breakfast to up to 25,000 kids in 500 of Victoria’s primary schools most in need. The Labor Government is making sure every student, regardless of their circumstances, has the opportunity to reach their potential. Breakfast clubs help improve student learning and attendance while also building connections between families, schools and their local communities. The Government has partnered with Foodbank – the largest welfare food agency in Australia – to establish and lead the state-wide program, using their existing warehousing, storage and freight network. The $13.7 million program is another example of the Labor Government building the Education State to ensure every child, regardless of their postcode, has access to a first-rate education. For a full list of Clubs, visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/breakfastclubs.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Werribee Primary School, Thomas Chirnside Primary School and Manor Lakes P-12 College will all start School Breakfast Clubs in term three, which means students will start the day on a full stomach so they can concentrate in class and get the most out of school.” “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it sets our children up to concentrate, learn and be at their best but unfortunately not all kids are able to start the day with breakfast at home.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact School Breakfast Clubs can have on kids. I look forward to another 255 clubs opening this term, which will see the program fully up and running across 500 Victorian schools.”

 

HAVE YOUR SAY ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT REVIEW

Community and stakeholder engagement sessions are now underway across Victoria as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s review of the Local Government Act. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said community workshops and listening posts would provide the Wyndham community the opportunity to get involved and have their say about how Local Government should look and function in the future. Ratepayers should keep an eye out for staff at listening posts, which will be set up in Werribee on Wednsday July 27 Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre. The sessions build on feedback already received about the review from 10 community forums held earlier this year and around 340 submissions that have been made. The upcoming sessions will seek feedback on the review’s Directions Paper launched last month, which included proposed changes to the length of mayoral terms, the number of councillors for each council, voting rules, governance and community engagement. Victorians are invited to participate in a number of ways: Submissions An online poll A wide range of stakeholder sessions including for councils, peak bodies, business, ratepayers Focus groups with ratepayers and residents Listening posts Through their local council The review – which responds to calls from the local government sector and the community for reform – is also examining the role and functions of councillors and CEOs, modernising council business operations, embedding sound financial management and strengthening how complaints are handled. To participate, visit the Local Government Act Review website: www.yourcouncilyourcommunity.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “The Victorian Government is keen to hear from Victorians about how we can reform local government to help make councils serve their communities more effectively and efficiently.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The review of Local Government Act will be benefit from the voice of the community. I want to encourage everyone to keep an eye out for the roving listening posts in Werribee and get involved.  “This is an important reform that will improve the way the Act functions for Victorians. It’s about bringing the Act into the 21s century so that it reflects community expectations.”

HAVE YOUR SAY ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT REVIEW

Community and stakeholder engagement sessions are now underway across Victoria as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s review of the Local Government Act. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said community workshops and listening posts would provide the Wyndham community the opportunity to get involved and have their say about how Local Government should look and function in the future. Ratepayers should keep an eye out for staff at listening posts, which will be set up in Werribee on Wednsday July 27 Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre. The sessions build on feedback already received about the review from 10 community forums held earlier this year and around 340 submissions that have been made. The upcoming sessions will seek feedback on the review’s Directions Paper launched last month, which included proposed changes to the length of mayoral terms, the number of councillors for each council, voting rules, governance and community engagement. Victorians are invited to participate in a number of ways: Submissions An online poll A wide range of stakeholder sessions including for councils, peak bodies, business, ratepayers Focus groups with ratepayers and residents Listening posts Through their local council The review – which responds to calls from the local government sector and the community for reform – is also examining the role and functions of councillors and CEOs, modernising council business operations, embedding sound financial management and strengthening how complaints are handled. To participate, visit the Local Government Act Review website: www.yourcouncilyourcommunity.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “The Victorian Government is keen to hear from Victorians about how we can reform local government to help make councils serve their communities more effectively and efficiently.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The review of Local Government Act will be benefit from the voice of the community. I want to encourage everyone to keep an eye out for the roving listening posts in Werribee and get involved.  “This is an important reform that will improve the way the Act functions for Victorians. It’s about bringing the Act into the 21s century so that it reflects community expectations.”

WYNDHAM RECEIVES $15,000 TO COMBAT ILLEGAL GRAFFITI

  A $15,000 Andrews Labor Government grant will help fight graffiti vandalism and increase community confidence and safety in Wyndham. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today announced funding for Wyndham under the latest round of the government’s Graffiti Prevention Grants Program. The $15,000 grant will fund the ‘Writing Is on the Wall Project which will include the delivery of public artworks in two identified graffiti hotspots in Werribee. This will include an Expression of Interest process open to artists with a connection to Wyndham.   Graffiti vandalism not only affects the appearance of neighbourhoods, it influences perceptions of public safety and is expensive to remove. Funded projects include anti-graffiti education and diversionary initiatives, public artwork such as murals at graffiti hotspots, and community engagement activities to encourage residents to take pride in local public spaces. These grants are another way that the government is supporting a safer Victoria by limiting the impacts of crime on the community through preventative rather than punitive measures. In the 2016/17 State Budget, the Andrews Labor Government invested $19.4 million in the Community Crime Prevention Program to help communities across Victoria tackle the root causes of crime.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Wyndham will receive funding through the Graffiti Prevention Grants Program to help prevent illegal tagging and vandalism”. “The Writing Is On The Wall project will help to brighten up and increase perceptions of safety in the Wyndham community.” “It’s great to see so many innovative graffiti prevention projects and the Andrews Labor Government will continue to support communities to build a cleaner, safer Victoria.”      

WYNDHAM RECEIVES $15,000 TO COMBAT ILLEGAL GRAFFITI

  A $15,000 Andrews Labor Government grant will help fight graffiti vandalism and increase community confidence and safety in Wyndham. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today announced funding for Wyndham under the latest round of the government’s Graffiti Prevention Grants Program. The $15,000 grant will fund the ‘Writing Is on the Wall Project which will include the delivery of public artworks in two identified graffiti hotspots in Werribee. This will include an Expression of Interest process open to artists with a connection to Wyndham.   Graffiti vandalism not only affects the appearance of neighbourhoods, it influences perceptions of public safety and is expensive to remove. Funded projects include anti-graffiti education and diversionary initiatives, public artwork such as murals at graffiti hotspots, and community engagement activities to encourage residents to take pride in local public spaces. These grants are another way that the government is supporting a safer Victoria by limiting the impacts of crime on the community through preventative rather than punitive measures. In the 2016/17 State Budget, the Andrews Labor Government invested $19.4 million in the Community Crime Prevention Program to help communities across Victoria tackle the root causes of crime.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Wyndham will receive funding through the Graffiti Prevention Grants Program to help prevent illegal tagging and vandalism”. “The Writing Is On The Wall project will help to brighten up and increase perceptions of safety in the Wyndham community.” “It’s great to see so many innovative graffiti prevention projects and the Andrews Labor Government will continue to support communities to build a cleaner, safer Victoria.”      

WYNDHAM CITY COUNCIL OPERATING UNDER THE CAP FROM TODAY

Wyndham City Council will operate under a rate cap for the first time today, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The Fair Go Rates system caps average increased general rates and municipal charges to 2.5 per cent for 2016-17. Tim Pallas MP said Wyndham City Council had an average rate increase of 5.40%] over the past decade, and that the new cap would ease the burden on local residents. Across Victoria, the average increase was almost 6 per cent every year, for the last ten years. Tim Pallas MP said that a result of the Labor Government’s action, average rate bills would increase at a lower rate than they had over the past decade. Fair Go Rates is part of the Labor Government’s agenda to reform the local government sector, including a review of the Local Government Act, an overhaul of council governance standards and an improved performance reporting framework. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins: “Everyone paying rates this year can be rest assured their bill won’t be as high as it could have been if we didn’t introduce the Fair Go Rates system.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “With an average increase of 5.40% over the past decade, Wyndham Council residents will finally get some rates relief.”  “The Andrews Labor Government is reforming local government, making it more transparent and ensuring councils are listening to their community.”

WYNDHAM CITY COUNCIL OPERATING UNDER THE CAP FROM TODAY

Wyndham City Council will operate under a rate cap for the first time today, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The Fair Go Rates system caps average increased general rates and municipal charges to 2.5 per cent for 2016-17. Tim Pallas MP said Wyndham City Council had an average rate increase of 5.40%] over the past decade, and that the new cap would ease the burden on local residents. Across Victoria, the average increase was almost 6 per cent every year, for the last ten years. Tim Pallas MP said that a result of the Labor Government’s action, average rate bills would increase at a lower rate than they had over the past decade. Fair Go Rates is part of the Labor Government’s agenda to reform the local government sector, including a review of the Local Government Act, an overhaul of council governance standards and an improved performance reporting framework. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins: “Everyone paying rates this year can be rest assured their bill won’t be as high as it could have been if we didn’t introduce the Fair Go Rates system.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “With an average increase of 5.40% over the past decade, Wyndham Council residents will finally get some rates relief.”  “The Andrews Labor Government is reforming local government, making it more transparent and ensuring councils are listening to their community.”

STRENGTHENING YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN WERRIBEE

Young people in Werribee will get more opportunities to have their say and participate in decision-making, with the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria today. Local member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP said that the policy will improve youth engagement, with new opportunities for government and young people to work together on new ideas and innovative solutions. Some of the initiatives include: a Youth Engagement Charter to guide government’s engagement with young people in policy and program design, and service delivery a youth summit bringing together over 100 young Victorians to identify and discuss issues that are important to them a youth congress of young Victorians, elected through the youth summit, to provide advice to government on emerging and priority issues for young people, with a cabinet minister attending key meetings an annual youth survey, to develop a robust evidence base to understand and address issues that are important to young Victorians The new policy and initiatives will be welcome news for young people in Werribee who already show their passion for participation and community in a number of ways. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos also announced funding almost $4 million for a new program that provides tailored support for vulnerable young people in Victoria. It will enable organisations and local government to engage youth workers to work with at-risk young people to support their health and well-being, engagement in education and training, community involvement and employment opportunities. The program will target areas experiencing high socio-economic disadvantage, including areas of high-unemployment, increased youth offending, low educational engagement and poor health or mental wellbeing indicators. For more information on the youth policy and to register your interest in taking part in future events and initiatives, go to www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “This initiative will ensure that we engage young Victorians who embody the future of public debate, progressive thinking and provide a vision for our great state”

STRENGTHENING YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN WERRIBEE

Young people in Werribee will get more opportunities to have their say and participate in decision-making, with the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria today. Local member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP said that the policy will improve youth engagement, with new opportunities for government and young people to work together on new ideas and innovative solutions. Some of the initiatives include: a Youth Engagement Charter to guide government’s engagement with young people in policy and program design, and service delivery a youth summit bringing together over 100 young Victorians to identify and discuss issues that are important to them a youth congress of young Victorians, elected through the youth summit, to provide advice to government on emerging and priority issues for young people, with a cabinet minister attending key meetings an annual youth survey, to develop a robust evidence base to understand and address issues that are important to young Victorians The new policy and initiatives will be welcome news for young people in Werribee who already show their passion for participation and community in a number of ways. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos also announced funding almost $4 million for a new program that provides tailored support for vulnerable young people in Victoria. It will enable organisations and local government to engage youth workers to work with at-risk young people to support their health and well-being, engagement in education and training, community involvement and employment opportunities. The program will target areas experiencing high socio-economic disadvantage, including areas of high-unemployment, increased youth offending, low educational engagement and poor health or mental wellbeing indicators. For more information on the youth policy and to register your interest in taking part in future events and initiatives, go to www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “This initiative will ensure that we engage young Victorians who embody the future of public debate, progressive thinking and provide a vision for our great state”