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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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BUILDING & IMPROVING KINDERGARTENS IN WERRIBEE FOR THE FUTURE

The Andrews Labor Government is building and upgrading kindergartens across Victoria including in Wyndham – creating thousands of new kinder places and hundreds of jobs as Victoria rolls out funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Goodstart Early Learning Werribee will receive a $242,126 grant to improve their learning environments. This Andrews Government grant will help Goodstart Early Learning Werribee upgrade internal flooring and LED lighting throughout the service. It’ll also support a playground upgrade including new sandpits, play equipment, activity areas and sensory experiences to latest guidelines and standards along with extensive drainage works and concrete removal. It is one of 127 successful grant recipients to share in $46.9 million through the Building Blocks capacity building and improvement grant streams, which provide new kindergarten places and improve learning environments. Seven new early learning facilities, five new integrated children’s centres, three modular buildings and 20 building expansions are among the projects funded. These projects will create an almost 2,200 funded kindergarten places across 32 local government areas. More than 90 grants will share in almost $8 million under the Building Blocks improvement stream. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will invest a further $38.5 million into the Building Blocks grants program, which offers early childhood providers funding towards building, expanding, improving and creating more inclusive early learning facilities. Applications are also now open for the next round of Building Blocks including major works grants of up to $500,000 – minor works of up to $50,000 – and including grants of up to $200,000 to make kidners more accessible for all children of all abilities. Applications are open until 28 February 2021 via www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au In an Australian-first, the Labor Government is investing $5 billion this decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children, with the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten underway this year.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Creating more places for children to attend kindergarten and ensuring they can access the best facilities across Victoria is vital to ensuring a world-class education in the early years.” “The evidence is clear that two years are better than one when it comes to early learning, which is why we are investing millions across Victoria to ensure every child has a place.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This investment will mean Werribee children can access high quality kinder close to home.” “Investing in the early years is vital to encouraging a strong educational future and fostering a lifelong love of learning.”

BUILDING & IMPROVING KINDERGARTENS IN WERRIBEE FOR THE FUTURE

The Andrews Labor Government is building and upgrading kindergartens across Victoria including in Wyndham – creating thousands of new kinder places and hundreds of jobs as Victoria rolls out funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Goodstart Early Learning Werribee will receive a $242,126 grant to improve their learning environments. This Andrews Government grant will help Goodstart Early Learning Werribee upgrade internal flooring and LED lighting throughout the service. It’ll also support a playground upgrade including new sandpits, play equipment, activity areas and sensory experiences to latest guidelines and standards along with extensive drainage works and concrete removal. It is one of 127 successful grant recipients to share in $46.9 million through the Building Blocks capacity building and improvement grant streams, which provide new kindergarten places and improve learning environments. Seven new early learning facilities, five new integrated children’s centres, three modular buildings and 20 building expansions are among the projects funded. These projects will create an almost 2,200 funded kindergarten places across 32 local government areas. More than 90 grants will share in almost $8 million under the Building Blocks improvement stream. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will invest a further $38.5 million into the Building Blocks grants program, which offers early childhood providers funding towards building, expanding, improving and creating more inclusive early learning facilities. Applications are also now open for the next round of Building Blocks including major works grants of up to $500,000 – minor works of up to $50,000 – and including grants of up to $200,000 to make kidners more accessible for all children of all abilities. Applications are open until 28 February 2021 via www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au In an Australian-first, the Labor Government is investing $5 billion this decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children, with the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten underway this year.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Creating more places for children to attend kindergarten and ensuring they can access the best facilities across Victoria is vital to ensuring a world-class education in the early years.” “The evidence is clear that two years are better than one when it comes to early learning, which is why we are investing millions across Victoria to ensure every child has a place.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This investment will mean Werribee children can access high quality kinder close to home.” “Investing in the early years is vital to encouraging a strong educational future and fostering a lifelong love of learning.”

WILDLFE CARERS RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THEIR VITAL WORK

The Andrews Labor Government has announced almost $200,000 in Wildlife Rehabilitator Grant funding for 75 of the state’s authorised wildlife shelters and foster carers. The grants provide wildlife rehabilitators with financial assistance to support and enhance their vital caring efforts for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. In Werribee, grants totalling $2,636 have been awarded to local carers who will use the funding for a range of upgrades and supports including new heating and cooling devices for wildlife care, and raw materials for the construction of more shelter for rescued wildlife. In 2020-21, individual grants of up to $3,000 have been awarded, an increase of $500 on last year. Since 2014 the program has provided almost $1.5 million in individual grants through an annual competitive grant process, and organisation grants to key wildlife institutions. This also includes more than $40,000 awarded to 42 authorised shelters and carers through the Wildlife Rehabilitator Bushfire Grants program following the 2019-2020 Victorian bushfires. The government is also continuing its support for the important services provided by the Victorian Wildlife Hotline operated by Wildlife Victoria, with $494,000 allocated in the 2020/21 State Budget. Anyone who finds sick, injured or orphaned wildlife can use the Victorian Government’s Help for Injured Wildlife online tool to find a registered shelter or carer anywhere in Victoria. To report a sick or injured animal, contact Wildlife Victoria’s hotline on 8400 7300 or visit www.wildlifevictoria.org.au for information and advice. Or got to https://www.wildlife.vic.gov.au/injured-native-wildlife/help-for-injured-wildlife Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Individual wildlife carers play an important role in sustainable management and conservation of wildlife here in Wyndham.” “This funding will help local wildlife carers and shelters continue their important work.”  

WILDLFE CARERS RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THEIR VITAL WORK

The Andrews Labor Government has announced almost $200,000 in Wildlife Rehabilitator Grant funding for 75 of the state’s authorised wildlife shelters and foster carers. The grants provide wildlife rehabilitators with financial assistance to support and enhance their vital caring efforts for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. In Werribee, grants totalling $2,636 have been awarded to local carers who will use the funding for a range of upgrades and supports including new heating and cooling devices for wildlife care, and raw materials for the construction of more shelter for rescued wildlife. In 2020-21, individual grants of up to $3,000 have been awarded, an increase of $500 on last year. Since 2014 the program has provided almost $1.5 million in individual grants through an annual competitive grant process, and organisation grants to key wildlife institutions. This also includes more than $40,000 awarded to 42 authorised shelters and carers through the Wildlife Rehabilitator Bushfire Grants program following the 2019-2020 Victorian bushfires. The government is also continuing its support for the important services provided by the Victorian Wildlife Hotline operated by Wildlife Victoria, with $494,000 allocated in the 2020/21 State Budget. Anyone who finds sick, injured or orphaned wildlife can use the Victorian Government’s Help for Injured Wildlife online tool to find a registered shelter or carer anywhere in Victoria. To report a sick or injured animal, contact Wildlife Victoria’s hotline on 8400 7300 or visit www.wildlifevictoria.org.au for information and advice. Or got to https://www.wildlife.vic.gov.au/injured-native-wildlife/help-for-injured-wildlife Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Individual wildlife carers play an important role in sustainable management and conservation of wildlife here in Wyndham.” “This funding will help local wildlife carers and shelters continue their important work.”  

WERRIBEE SCHOOLS SHARE IN OVER $8.6M MAINTENANCE FUNDS BOOST

The Andrews Labor Government is powering on with its expansion of the Orange Door Network so Thomas Chirnside Primary School and Werribee Primary School students will be among those at 90 schools across the state to benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that schools in Werribee will share in more than $8.6 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and stairs. This includes $50,000 for high priority works at Werribee Primary School, identified in the school’s specialist assessment, addressing roof plumbing issues. A further $20,000 will be provided to Thomas Chirnside Primary School for high priority works including downpipe repair identified in the school’s Rolling Facilities Evaluation. The Planned Maintenance Program provides funding for vital maintenance works based on need. Works are determined via an evaluation system designed to provide up-to-date information on the condition of school infrastructure and create a more timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding. The system also allows for the timely scheduling of works to be completed. Last year, every Victorian school shared in $515 million as part of the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken. This funding is ensuring existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This investment will ensure that Wyndham principals, teachers and staff have access to modern and safe spaces to foster the minds of our next generation and help them achieve their best.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This program is about ensuring that every Victorian school is well maintained and safe to provide the best possible environment for students to learn in.”  

WERRIBEE SCHOOLS SHARE IN OVER $8.6M MAINTENANCE FUNDS BOOST

The Andrews Labor Government is powering on with its expansion of the Orange Door Network so Thomas Chirnside Primary School and Werribee Primary School students will be among those at 90 schools across the state to benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that schools in Werribee will share in more than $8.6 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and stairs. This includes $50,000 for high priority works at Werribee Primary School, identified in the school’s specialist assessment, addressing roof plumbing issues. A further $20,000 will be provided to Thomas Chirnside Primary School for high priority works including downpipe repair identified in the school’s Rolling Facilities Evaluation. The Planned Maintenance Program provides funding for vital maintenance works based on need. Works are determined via an evaluation system designed to provide up-to-date information on the condition of school infrastructure and create a more timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding. The system also allows for the timely scheduling of works to be completed. Last year, every Victorian school shared in $515 million as part of the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken. This funding is ensuring existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This investment will ensure that Wyndham principals, teachers and staff have access to modern and safe spaces to foster the minds of our next generation and help them achieve their best.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This program is about ensuring that every Victorian school is well maintained and safe to provide the best possible environment for students to learn in.”  

VICTORIA TAKES NEXT STEP TO END FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government is powering on with its expansion of the Orange Door Network so that Victorians impacted by family violence can get the help they need and be supported closer to home, including here in Wyndham. Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Western Melbourne Orange Door Network as one of the four Orange Door sites that will complete the statewide rollout, along with Hume Moreland, Brimbank Melton, and Outer East Melbourne. The $448 million Orange Door Network is an Australian-first initiative and a free service that brings immediate and ongoing support services under the one roof. Workers from across family violence, child and family, Aboriginal and men’s services can provide a range of support, from risk assessments, safety planning and crisis assistance, as well as vital connections to services for ongoing help. Each Orange Door has a primary site which is then complemented by additional access points and outposts, making it even easier for people to get in-person support wherever they live. The Network is currently operating in seven areas in Victoria – with more than 100,000 people having been referred to or directly supported since 2018 – and the remaining ten Orange Doors to be established within the next two years. The announcement of the final four sites comes as the Labor Government released the Family Violence Reform Rolling Action Plan 2020-2023 – the next step in our 10-year agenda to build a Victoria free from family violence. The plan is accessible to all Victorians online and details the Government’s work to date and the activities we’ll continue to implement over the next three years. We’ve invested more than $3 billion to the fight against family violence and to progress gender equality so far, which has led the establishment of the Orange Door Network, Respect Victoria and the passing of the Gender Equality Act 2020. To read the plan, go to vic.gov.au/familyviolencereform or for more information about the Orange Door Network, visit orangedoor.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “To feel safe at home is what every Victorian deserves – and it is what we are determined to deliver.” “Our Rolling Action Plan highlights our journey so far – and the steps still to take – so we can build a Victoria free from family violence, with a key part of this being the delivery of the Orange Door Network.” “This Australian-first initiative will make it easier than ever for those impacted to get the help they need, wherever they may be.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re pleased to announce that The Orange Door is coming to Western Melbourne.” “Preventing and responding to family violence continues to be a key priority of the Andrews Labor Government and this Orange Door will mean it will be even easier for people in Wyndham to seek help in a safe and welcoming place.”

VICTORIA TAKES NEXT STEP TO END FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government is powering on with its expansion of the Orange Door Network so that Victorians impacted by family violence can get the help they need and be supported closer to home, including here in Wyndham. Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Western Melbourne Orange Door Network as one of the four Orange Door sites that will complete the statewide rollout, along with Hume Moreland, Brimbank Melton, and Outer East Melbourne. The $448 million Orange Door Network is an Australian-first initiative and a free service that brings immediate and ongoing support services under the one roof. Workers from across family violence, child and family, Aboriginal and men’s services can provide a range of support, from risk assessments, safety planning and crisis assistance, as well as vital connections to services for ongoing help. Each Orange Door has a primary site which is then complemented by additional access points and outposts, making it even easier for people to get in-person support wherever they live. The Network is currently operating in seven areas in Victoria – with more than 100,000 people having been referred to or directly supported since 2018 – and the remaining ten Orange Doors to be established within the next two years. The announcement of the final four sites comes as the Labor Government released the Family Violence Reform Rolling Action Plan 2020-2023 – the next step in our 10-year agenda to build a Victoria free from family violence. The plan is accessible to all Victorians online and details the Government’s work to date and the activities we’ll continue to implement over the next three years. We’ve invested more than $3 billion to the fight against family violence and to progress gender equality so far, which has led the establishment of the Orange Door Network, Respect Victoria and the passing of the Gender Equality Act 2020. To read the plan, go to vic.gov.au/familyviolencereform or for more information about the Orange Door Network, visit orangedoor.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “To feel safe at home is what every Victorian deserves – and it is what we are determined to deliver.” “Our Rolling Action Plan highlights our journey so far – and the steps still to take – so we can build a Victoria free from family violence, with a key part of this being the delivery of the Orange Door Network.” “This Australian-first initiative will make it easier than ever for those impacted to get the help they need, wherever they may be.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re pleased to announce that The Orange Door is coming to Western Melbourne.” “Preventing and responding to family violence continues to be a key priority of the Andrews Labor Government and this Orange Door will mean it will be even easier for people in Wyndham to seek help in a safe and welcoming place.”

PROGRAM TO RECONNECT WYNDHAM WITH JOBS

Wyndham people will get the help they need to re-join the workforce as part of a $47 million expansion of the Reconnect program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Wyndham Community & Education Centre (WCEC) will be one of 34 providers across the state to offer the Reconnect program next. The Reconnect program helps early school leavers, long-term unemployed, asylum seekers and those on Youth Justice Orders re-enter the workforce or connect with further education opportunities. The program has been expanded in 2021 to offer assistance to those whose jobs has been affected by either the pandemic or bushfires, offering WCEC funding of $295,850 for 40 local participants to re-enter the workforce and boosting local jobs. Providers include a mix of TAFEs, Learn Local Organisations and Community Service Organisations, with the program to delivered state-wide. There will be places for 1700 people in the program in 2021. The program supports people to complete Learn Local and TAFE courses while providing a range of support services to learners who may face multiple barriers to learning and transitioning to the workforce. These include access to counselling and mentoring, housing and accommodation, and health and wellbeing services. Since 2016 the program has worked with 7430 people across Victoria and seen thousands of participants transition into accredited training. New funding terms for providers will be offered on an initial two-year basis, with the opportunity to extend it on a year by year basis until the end of 2024. Reconnect Program funding had previously been provided over three-year periods. More details on the program can be found here https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/Pages/reconnect-program.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “WCEC’s delivery of the Reconnect program will help break down the barriers for people in Werribee to reconnect with training and employment through the delivery of vital support mechanisms and links to services.” Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney “This expansion of the Reconnect program is ensuring that more people across Victoria will be connected to real pathways for further education and job opportunities essential to Victoria’s economic recovery.”

PROGRAM TO RECONNECT WYNDHAM WITH JOBS

Wyndham people will get the help they need to re-join the workforce as part of a $47 million expansion of the Reconnect program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Wyndham Community & Education Centre (WCEC) will be one of 34 providers across the state to offer the Reconnect program next. The Reconnect program helps early school leavers, long-term unemployed, asylum seekers and those on Youth Justice Orders re-enter the workforce or connect with further education opportunities. The program has been expanded in 2021 to offer assistance to those whose jobs has been affected by either the pandemic or bushfires, offering WCEC funding of $295,850 for 40 local participants to re-enter the workforce and boosting local jobs. Providers include a mix of TAFEs, Learn Local Organisations and Community Service Organisations, with the program to delivered state-wide. There will be places for 1700 people in the program in 2021. The program supports people to complete Learn Local and TAFE courses while providing a range of support services to learners who may face multiple barriers to learning and transitioning to the workforce. These include access to counselling and mentoring, housing and accommodation, and health and wellbeing services. Since 2016 the program has worked with 7430 people across Victoria and seen thousands of participants transition into accredited training. New funding terms for providers will be offered on an initial two-year basis, with the opportunity to extend it on a year by year basis until the end of 2024. Reconnect Program funding had previously been provided over three-year periods. More details on the program can be found here https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/Pages/reconnect-program.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “WCEC’s delivery of the Reconnect program will help break down the barriers for people in Werribee to reconnect with training and employment through the delivery of vital support mechanisms and links to services.” Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney “This expansion of the Reconnect program is ensuring that more people across Victoria will be connected to real pathways for further education and job opportunities essential to Victoria’s economic recovery.”

NEW FUNDING RESPONDS TO HEALTH NEEDS IN WERRIBEE

Four local organisations in Werribee will share in over $30,000 of VicHealth funding to support residents hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic to improve their health and wellbeing. Wyndham United Soccer Club and Werribee Junior Cricket Club are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to provide greater opportunities for physical activity to young people in Werribee, overcoming financial barriers associated with uniform, fees and sporting equipment costs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the funding will support those in the community who need it most. “This much-needed funding from VicHealth will ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to build back better from the impact of coronavirus,” Mr Pallas said. “Grass-roots organisations are the heart and soul of Werribee and their efforts are key to helping us recover from this pandemic.” VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role, now more than ever, in helping people connect and take care of their wellbeing. “As we embrace the new COVID-normal, we’re committed to supporting Victorians to be more physically active, access healthy, affordable food and to socially connect,” Dr Demaio said. “These grants will help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.” Grant recipients in the Werribee District include: Auspicious Arts, which will use their funding to run a new program to engage more youth of African Australian background in musical theatre through the production of a musical for presentation to an audience. This program will invite participants from across Wyndham to take part in auditions, rehearsals and presentation for audience of a musical. Werribee Junior Cricket Club, which use this grant for discounted fees and uniforms for families under financial pressure. COVID-19 restrictions mean sharing equipment is not possible and this will remove barriers to children in Wyndham connecting socially through cricket. Wyndham City Council will use this grant to develop Junior Active Travel Leaders at two primary schools, a network of grade 5 and 6 students who promote active travel to their peers. The funding will be used for 6 bikes or scooters (1 for each leader), plus helmets, locks, safety vests and stencils to help the leaders advocate and provide incentives for more children to travel actively to and from school. Wyndham United Soccer Club will use this grant to sponsor 15 junior/senior players from the local Karenni population from Myanmar to remove the financial barrier to their participation. The aim to replicate the success of a similar project that subsidised registration costs for local South Sudanese players leading to a boom in South Sudanese participants at the club. For further information, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/reimagining-health-grants.

NEW FUNDING RESPONDS TO HEALTH NEEDS IN WERRIBEE

Four local organisations in Werribee will share in over $30,000 of VicHealth funding to support residents hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic to improve their health and wellbeing. Wyndham United Soccer Club and Werribee Junior Cricket Club are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to provide greater opportunities for physical activity to young people in Werribee, overcoming financial barriers associated with uniform, fees and sporting equipment costs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the funding will support those in the community who need it most. “This much-needed funding from VicHealth will ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to build back better from the impact of coronavirus,” Mr Pallas said. “Grass-roots organisations are the heart and soul of Werribee and their efforts are key to helping us recover from this pandemic.” VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role, now more than ever, in helping people connect and take care of their wellbeing. “As we embrace the new COVID-normal, we’re committed to supporting Victorians to be more physically active, access healthy, affordable food and to socially connect,” Dr Demaio said. “These grants will help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.” Grant recipients in the Werribee District include: Auspicious Arts, which will use their funding to run a new program to engage more youth of African Australian background in musical theatre through the production of a musical for presentation to an audience. This program will invite participants from across Wyndham to take part in auditions, rehearsals and presentation for audience of a musical. Werribee Junior Cricket Club, which use this grant for discounted fees and uniforms for families under financial pressure. COVID-19 restrictions mean sharing equipment is not possible and this will remove barriers to children in Wyndham connecting socially through cricket. Wyndham City Council will use this grant to develop Junior Active Travel Leaders at two primary schools, a network of grade 5 and 6 students who promote active travel to their peers. The funding will be used for 6 bikes or scooters (1 for each leader), plus helmets, locks, safety vests and stencils to help the leaders advocate and provide incentives for more children to travel actively to and from school. Wyndham United Soccer Club will use this grant to sponsor 15 junior/senior players from the local Karenni population from Myanmar to remove the financial barrier to their participation. The aim to replicate the success of a similar project that subsidised registration costs for local South Sudanese players leading to a boom in South Sudanese participants at the club. For further information, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/reimagining-health-grants.

BOOSTING FOOD RELIEF FOR THE WYNDHAM COMMUNITY

The Victorian Government is strengthening food relief services across Wyndham, ensuring healthy food reaches Victorians in need. Wyndham City Salvation Army will receive a grant of $22,000 as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensuring all Victorians have access to fresh, healthy food. The $5 million Community Food Relief Fund is part of the recently announced $11.3 million investment to boost food relief activities for vulnerable Victorians. The package builds on $7.4 million already announced earlier this year to expand food relief operations and deliver more free and nutritious meals, which is creating 119 new food relief jobs. Wyndham City Salvation Army will use the money for the Wyndham City Outdoor Cafe Agape so that Wyndham community members can get access to the food they need. Re-opening Wyndham City Salvation Army’s face to face food based activities in a Covid Safe manner from November 2020 will require a shift to the outdoor delivery of services on the Corps property in Werribee. Funding is sought for the provision of appropriate outdoor furniture and equipment to allow the Café and Market’s operation in a Covid Safe manner. Outdoor service delivery will also require the relocation/reconfiguration of current waste disposal and outdoor storage areas and the construction of a ramp for safe service at the rear of the property and a large awning to provide for wet-weather service as necessary. The local project receiving funding is one of 93 organisations across the state that are being supported thanks to the Community Food Relief Fund. The 93 projects will enable food relief organisations to provide an additional 2,000,000 meals and 180,000 food hampers to Victorians in need. In addition to the Community Food Relief Fund, the Victorian Government is also investing in the network of food distribution hubs in regional areas, with $3.5 million to strengthen the link between suppliers and those experiencing food insecurity. A Food Relief Taskforce is also being established to bring together key industry leaders and representatives from all tiers of government to ensure food supply and distribution is coordinated and targeted to areas most in need. For more information on the Community Food Relief Fund and to see all recipients, please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-inclusion-and-food-relief-coronavirus-covid-19. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants willl make a real difference for local community members who are struggling to put food on the table.” “We’re making sure our local food relief system is be able to support people when and where they need it.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Every Victorian deserves access to fresh and healthy food – wihich is why we’re boosting resources for communitybased food relief services.” “We’re working with the food relief sector to enhance coordination and ensure that food relief is targeted to locations in need.”

BOOSTING FOOD RELIEF FOR THE WYNDHAM COMMUNITY

The Victorian Government is strengthening food relief services across Wyndham, ensuring healthy food reaches Victorians in need. Wyndham City Salvation Army will receive a grant of $22,000 as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensuring all Victorians have access to fresh, healthy food. The $5 million Community Food Relief Fund is part of the recently announced $11.3 million investment to boost food relief activities for vulnerable Victorians. The package builds on $7.4 million already announced earlier this year to expand food relief operations and deliver more free and nutritious meals, which is creating 119 new food relief jobs. Wyndham City Salvation Army will use the money for the Wyndham City Outdoor Cafe Agape so that Wyndham community members can get access to the food they need. Re-opening Wyndham City Salvation Army’s face to face food based activities in a Covid Safe manner from November 2020 will require a shift to the outdoor delivery of services on the Corps property in Werribee. Funding is sought for the provision of appropriate outdoor furniture and equipment to allow the Café and Market’s operation in a Covid Safe manner. Outdoor service delivery will also require the relocation/reconfiguration of current waste disposal and outdoor storage areas and the construction of a ramp for safe service at the rear of the property and a large awning to provide for wet-weather service as necessary. The local project receiving funding is one of 93 organisations across the state that are being supported thanks to the Community Food Relief Fund. The 93 projects will enable food relief organisations to provide an additional 2,000,000 meals and 180,000 food hampers to Victorians in need. In addition to the Community Food Relief Fund, the Victorian Government is also investing in the network of food distribution hubs in regional areas, with $3.5 million to strengthen the link between suppliers and those experiencing food insecurity. A Food Relief Taskforce is also being established to bring together key industry leaders and representatives from all tiers of government to ensure food supply and distribution is coordinated and targeted to areas most in need. For more information on the Community Food Relief Fund and to see all recipients, please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-inclusion-and-food-relief-coronavirus-covid-19. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants willl make a real difference for local community members who are struggling to put food on the table.” “We’re making sure our local food relief system is be able to support people when and where they need it.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Every Victorian deserves access to fresh and healthy food – wihich is why we’re boosting resources for communitybased food relief services.” “We’re working with the food relief sector to enhance coordination and ensure that food relief is targeted to locations in need.”

NEW EQUIPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR MERCY HEALTH A WIN FOR WYNDHAM PATIENTS

More Wyndham patients will get the world-class care they deserve with the Andrews Labor Government giving hospitals across the state the latest life-saving medical equipment and upgrading vital infrastructure. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Mercy Health was one of 27 Victorian health services that will share in $60 million from the latest funding round of the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program and Medical Equipment Replacement Program. Mercy Health will receive a total of $1,160,767.89 between Werribee Mercy Hospital and Mercy Hospital for Women through these two programs. Cutting-edge equipment funded as part of the Medical Equipment Replacement Program include CT scanners, digital x-ray units, ultrasounds and heart imaging equipment such as transesophageal echocardiogram units. Health services will also receive funding through the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program to upgrade or replace important equipment including generators, chillers, emergency lighting, patient lifts and water and fire service upgrades. A further $100 million will deliver 76 infrastructure improvement projects at 54 regional health services, funded through the fourth round of the Labor Government’s landmark Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF). This latest RHIF investment includes operating theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, accessible paths and ramps, additional consulting rooms and expansion projects and equipment upgrades. The RHIF received a further boost in the Victorian Budget 2020-21 with an additional $120 million bringing total funding to $470 million and is the largest program of its type in Victoria. The Budget also provided a $50 million boost to the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program and $35 million boost to the Medical Equipment Replacement Program. Submissions for the next round of Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program and Medical Equipment Replacement Program open on 16 December 2020 and close on 8 February 2021. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “We’re giving our dedicated doctors and nurses the equipment they need to do their job and save lives.” “This funding will help hospitals across the state deliver the high-quality care Victorians deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Andrews Labor Government is investing in hospitals right across the state and our dedicated doctors, nurses, and patients are all set to benefit – including right here in the Wyndham community.” “This funding means Werribee Mercy Health can continue to deliver world-class care for Wyndham families.”

NEW EQUIPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR MERCY HEALTH A WIN FOR WYNDHAM PATIENTS

More Wyndham patients will get the world-class care they deserve with the Andrews Labor Government giving hospitals across the state the latest life-saving medical equipment and upgrading vital infrastructure. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Mercy Health was one of 27 Victorian health services that will share in $60 million from the latest funding round of the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program and Medical Equipment Replacement Program. Mercy Health will receive a total of $1,160,767.89 between Werribee Mercy Hospital and Mercy Hospital for Women through these two programs. Cutting-edge equipment funded as part of the Medical Equipment Replacement Program include CT scanners, digital x-ray units, ultrasounds and heart imaging equipment such as transesophageal echocardiogram units. Health services will also receive funding through the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program to upgrade or replace important equipment including generators, chillers, emergency lighting, patient lifts and water and fire service upgrades. A further $100 million will deliver 76 infrastructure improvement projects at 54 regional health services, funded through the fourth round of the Labor Government’s landmark Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF). This latest RHIF investment includes operating theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, accessible paths and ramps, additional consulting rooms and expansion projects and equipment upgrades. The RHIF received a further boost in the Victorian Budget 2020-21 with an additional $120 million bringing total funding to $470 million and is the largest program of its type in Victoria. The Budget also provided a $50 million boost to the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program and $35 million boost to the Medical Equipment Replacement Program. Submissions for the next round of Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program and Medical Equipment Replacement Program open on 16 December 2020 and close on 8 February 2021. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “We’re giving our dedicated doctors and nurses the equipment they need to do their job and save lives.” “This funding will help hospitals across the state deliver the high-quality care Victorians deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Andrews Labor Government is investing in hospitals right across the state and our dedicated doctors, nurses, and patients are all set to benefit – including right here in the Wyndham community.” “This funding means Werribee Mercy Health can continue to deliver world-class care for Wyndham families.”

 

GRANTS OPEN TO HELP WERRIBEE SCHOOLS BUILD INCLUSION

Wyndham schools will be able to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds to support students with disabilities and additional needs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said Round 6 applications of the Inclusive Schools Fund were now open for Wyndham schools to create inclusive spaces. An additional $20 million was allocated for Round 6 and 7 of the Inclusive Schools Fund in the 2020/21 Victorian Budget, bringing the Andrews Labor Government’s total investment in the Fund to $60 million. The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better cater for the social and educational needs of young people with a disability and additional needs. A total of 53 projects were funded in Round 5, including $200,000 to Mt Waverly North Primary School to create an inclusive outdoor accessible play space. Other successful projects included accessible kitchen gardens, wheelchair-friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, a bush playground and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces. Since its inception in 2015, the Fund has supported 234 creative projects to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds have been announced. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Applications for Round 6 of the program open on Tuesday, 8 December and close Friday, 19 February. For more details, go to https://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Inclusive-Schools-Fund.aspx Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This fund is helping Wyndham schools make a real difference to students through new inclusive spaces that cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are supporting projects that are making a real difference to students, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.”

GRANTS OPEN TO HELP WERRIBEE SCHOOLS BUILD INCLUSION

Wyndham schools will be able to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds to support students with disabilities and additional needs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said Round 6 applications of the Inclusive Schools Fund were now open for Wyndham schools to create inclusive spaces. An additional $20 million was allocated for Round 6 and 7 of the Inclusive Schools Fund in the 2020/21 Victorian Budget, bringing the Andrews Labor Government’s total investment in the Fund to $60 million. The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better cater for the social and educational needs of young people with a disability and additional needs. A total of 53 projects were funded in Round 5, including $200,000 to Mt Waverly North Primary School to create an inclusive outdoor accessible play space. Other successful projects included accessible kitchen gardens, wheelchair-friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, a bush playground and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces. Since its inception in 2015, the Fund has supported 234 creative projects to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds have been announced. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Applications for Round 6 of the program open on Tuesday, 8 December and close Friday, 19 February. For more details, go to https://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Inclusive-Schools-Fund.aspx Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This fund is helping Wyndham schools make a real difference to students through new inclusive spaces that cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are supporting projects that are making a real difference to students, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.”

SUPPORTING SMALL-SCALE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS

Victorian schools will receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $70 million Minor Capital Works Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced two schools in Werribee have been allocated thousands of dollars as part of the fund to fast-track a priority project, supporting local jobs through Victoria’s economic recovery. $66,120 will go to Thomas Chirnside Primary School in Werribee as part of the Andrews Government’s Minor Capital Works Fund for the upgrade of their senior playground. Wyndham Park Primary School will be the recipient of $262,165 for the upgrade of playground equipment through this Andrews Government fund. Last month, the Labor Government invested more than $3 billion in school upgrades through the Victorian Budget 2020/21. While much of this funding went towards new schools and major upgrades to existing schools, this fund is delivering smaller projects that also make a big difference to local schools. Projects will commence from early 2021. Victoria’s school building boom is the biggest in the country. More importantly, it’ll mean our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.” “Whether it is upgrading toilets or building a new fence – this is all about making sure our students have the facilities they need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are making sure that students in Werribee have access to the best school facilities and a great education.” “This investment is vital to Wyndham’s economic recovery and creating jobs in the Education State.”

SUPPORTING SMALL-SCALE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS

Victorian schools will receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $70 million Minor Capital Works Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced two schools in Werribee have been allocated thousands of dollars as part of the fund to fast-track a priority project, supporting local jobs through Victoria’s economic recovery. $66,120 will go to Thomas Chirnside Primary School in Werribee as part of the Andrews Government’s Minor Capital Works Fund for the upgrade of their senior playground. Wyndham Park Primary School will be the recipient of $262,165 for the upgrade of playground equipment through this Andrews Government fund. Last month, the Labor Government invested more than $3 billion in school upgrades through the Victorian Budget 2020/21. While much of this funding went towards new schools and major upgrades to existing schools, this fund is delivering smaller projects that also make a big difference to local schools. Projects will commence from early 2021. Victoria’s school building boom is the biggest in the country. More importantly, it’ll mean our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.” “Whether it is upgrading toilets or building a new fence – this is all about making sure our students have the facilities they need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are making sure that students in Werribee have access to the best school facilities and a great education.” “This investment is vital to Wyndham’s economic recovery and creating jobs in the Education State.”

MASSIVE INCREASE IN TRAINS FOR THE GROWING WEST

Passengers along the Werribee line will soon see 60 extra services each week, with a redesigned timetable to take effect from early next year as Victorians get back onto the public transport network. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced details of the Victorian Government’s new train timetables, which will see 20 extra services a week added during the busy morning period and 40 new offpeak services from 31 January 2021 – which means passengers can expect trains at least every 10 minutes during the busiest times of day. These extra train services for the line come on top of the 10 extra services the Government added in July to help people stagger their travel – giving passengers more space on trains and platforms, making it easier to practise good physical distancing. 50 of the new services will originate or terminate at Laverton – providing more consistency across the day, while the remaining 10 services will start or end in Werribee. Most Werribee line trains will continue to the Frankston line after arriving at Flinders Street Station, providing better access to destinations across the city. To reduce overcrowding, only two early services will stop at South Kensington in the mornings – and trains from Williamstown and Laverton will stop at South Kensington every 10 minutes during the morning peak instead. Further up the line, passengers boarding between Newport and Footscray will receive a huge boost to their services with the extra Werribee services and boosts to Williamstown line frequency – delivering a 10-minute frequency between Newport and Flinders Street on weekends. All weekend trains on the Werribee line will run direct to and from Flinders Street Station and not via the City Loop, giving passengers a more predictable journey all day, every day. To make it easier for metropolitan passengers to travel during quieter times and physically distance as Victoria recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, off-peak fares will be discounted for three months. From 31 January 2021, anyone using myki money between 9.30am and 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays will receive a 30 per cent discount. The Government is delivering the upgrades both train passengers and motorists on the Werribee line need, with the Werribee Street level crossing to be removed by the end of summer, construction well underway on the Cherry Street crossing removal in Werribee, and work ramping up on the crossing at Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing. By 2022, the six level crossings across the Werribee and Williamstown lines will be gone for good – and combined with the Metro Tunnel, which will be delivered in 2025, these projects will make room for 63,000 extra peak passengers every week on the Werribee and Williamstown lines. To make sure Victorians can better access their local train stations, local bus services will gradually be brought in line with the new trains in February and April next year – with new timetables for 320 bus routes across the city. To keep passengers safe, extra cleaning of all public transport facilities will continue across the network and hand sanitising facilities will stay at key stations and stops. Victorians are reminded to play their part in keeping our state safe by always wearing a mask on public transport, practising good hygiene and never travelling when unwell. The new timetables will be available at ptv.vic.gov.au from 8 January 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “As Victorians get back out doing the things they love, extra services on the Werribee line will give passengers more options on their travelling times and help them practise better physical distancing.” “Our new train timetable will improve reliability and flexibility – delivering a train at least every 10 minutes for Werribee line passengers during peak times.” “To add to the improvements 60 new services will bring, we’re upgrading travel for both train passengers and motorists in the west – removing six dangerous and congested level crossings on the Werribee and Williamstown lines.”

MASSIVE INCREASE IN TRAINS FOR THE GROWING WEST

Passengers along the Werribee line will soon see 60 extra services each week, with a redesigned timetable to take effect from early next year as Victorians get back onto the public transport network. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced details of the Victorian Government’s new train timetables, which will see 20 extra services a week added during the busy morning period and 40 new offpeak services from 31 January 2021 – which means passengers can expect trains at least every 10 minutes during the busiest times of day. These extra train services for the line come on top of the 10 extra services the Government added in July to help people stagger their travel – giving passengers more space on trains and platforms, making it easier to practise good physical distancing. 50 of the new services will originate or terminate at Laverton – providing more consistency across the day, while the remaining 10 services will start or end in Werribee. Most Werribee line trains will continue to the Frankston line after arriving at Flinders Street Station, providing better access to destinations across the city. To reduce overcrowding, only two early services will stop at South Kensington in the mornings – and trains from Williamstown and Laverton will stop at South Kensington every 10 minutes during the morning peak instead. Further up the line, passengers boarding between Newport and Footscray will receive a huge boost to their services with the extra Werribee services and boosts to Williamstown line frequency – delivering a 10-minute frequency between Newport and Flinders Street on weekends. All weekend trains on the Werribee line will run direct to and from Flinders Street Station and not via the City Loop, giving passengers a more predictable journey all day, every day. To make it easier for metropolitan passengers to travel during quieter times and physically distance as Victoria recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, off-peak fares will be discounted for three months. From 31 January 2021, anyone using myki money between 9.30am and 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays will receive a 30 per cent discount. The Government is delivering the upgrades both train passengers and motorists on the Werribee line need, with the Werribee Street level crossing to be removed by the end of summer, construction well underway on the Cherry Street crossing removal in Werribee, and work ramping up on the crossing at Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing. By 2022, the six level crossings across the Werribee and Williamstown lines will be gone for good – and combined with the Metro Tunnel, which will be delivered in 2025, these projects will make room for 63,000 extra peak passengers every week on the Werribee and Williamstown lines. To make sure Victorians can better access their local train stations, local bus services will gradually be brought in line with the new trains in February and April next year – with new timetables for 320 bus routes across the city. To keep passengers safe, extra cleaning of all public transport facilities will continue across the network and hand sanitising facilities will stay at key stations and stops. Victorians are reminded to play their part in keeping our state safe by always wearing a mask on public transport, practising good hygiene and never travelling when unwell. The new timetables will be available at ptv.vic.gov.au from 8 January 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “As Victorians get back out doing the things they love, extra services on the Werribee line will give passengers more options on their travelling times and help them practise better physical distancing.” “Our new train timetable will improve reliability and flexibility – delivering a train at least every 10 minutes for Werribee line passengers during peak times.” “To add to the improvements 60 new services will bring, we’re upgrading travel for both train passengers and motorists in the west – removing six dangerous and congested level crossings on the Werribee and Williamstown lines.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORT GRANTS

Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence today announced that 4 grassroots sport clubs and organisations in the Werribee District are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $900K from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the successful applicants from Werribee of the latest round of the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Sporting Club Grants Program. Due to the unprecedented amount of applications, the Victorian Government is proud to support our clubs during the pandemic and beyond by boosting the funding available from $450,000 to $900,000 worth of grants available this round. The grants provide clubs up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. They help people of all ages and abilities take part in grassroots sport, no matter where they live and are a great boost for clubs who are looking to get back on track following coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. Grant recipients include Lightning Netball Club who scored $2000 for netball coaching, and Werribee Giants Baseball Club, which is receiving almost $1000 for tee ball equipment. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities and increase local participation as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Since coming to office, the Victorian Government has provided 4952 Sporting Club Grants to clubs across the state, totalling more than $6.8 million. For more information on the grants and a full list of recipients http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “Recent coronavirus restrictions have had a heavy impact on community sport, that’s why we’re proud to provide this funding lifeline that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members. The Victorian Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport can provide.” “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to a whole new level.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee District."

WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORT GRANTS

Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence today announced that 4 grassroots sport clubs and organisations in the Werribee District are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $900K from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the successful applicants from Werribee of the latest round of the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Sporting Club Grants Program. Due to the unprecedented amount of applications, the Victorian Government is proud to support our clubs during the pandemic and beyond by boosting the funding available from $450,000 to $900,000 worth of grants available this round. The grants provide clubs up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. They help people of all ages and abilities take part in grassroots sport, no matter where they live and are a great boost for clubs who are looking to get back on track following coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. Grant recipients include Lightning Netball Club who scored $2000 for netball coaching, and Werribee Giants Baseball Club, which is receiving almost $1000 for tee ball equipment. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities and increase local participation as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Since coming to office, the Victorian Government has provided 4952 Sporting Club Grants to clubs across the state, totalling more than $6.8 million. For more information on the grants and a full list of recipients http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “Recent coronavirus restrictions have had a heavy impact on community sport, that’s why we’re proud to provide this funding lifeline that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members. The Victorian Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport can provide.” “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to a whole new level.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee District."

$54,500 TO GO TOWARDS REFURBISHING WERRIBEE COAST GUARD

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $54,500 in the Werribee Coast Guard to improve infrastructure and facilities, backing the important work that our volunteers do. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that the Werribee Coast Guard would receive funding to deliver building and site works. The Werribee project is one of 125 projects sharing in $20 million in funding under the Emergency Services Refurbishment Fund, as part of the government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package. The investment enables volunteer emergency services agencies to carry out urgent maintenance, repairs and upgrades to extend the life and improve safety of their existing facility and asset portfolios, and provide support to Victorian businesses and workers affected by the downturn in the Victorian economy caused by the pandemic. Projects will commence in the coming weeks at local Country Fire Authority brigades, Victoria State Emergency Service units, Life Saving Victoria clubs and Marine Search and Rescue flotillas across Victoria. Agencies are engaging businesses from their local communities to undertake the work and to supply equipment and materials. The funding will be administered by the Community Safety Building Authority, which oversees infrastructure projects on behalf of the Department of Justice and Community Safety.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This vital project will improve the condition of critical infrastructure and ensure that the Werribee Coast Guard will be able to continue their incredible work keeping the community safe.” “The Emergency Services Refurbishment Fund will extend the life of existing facilities and resources, while developing job opportunities within the local community.”

$54,500 TO GO TOWARDS REFURBISHING WERRIBEE COAST GUARD

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $54,500 in the Werribee Coast Guard to improve infrastructure and facilities, backing the important work that our volunteers do. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that the Werribee Coast Guard would receive funding to deliver building and site works. The Werribee project is one of 125 projects sharing in $20 million in funding under the Emergency Services Refurbishment Fund, as part of the government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package. The investment enables volunteer emergency services agencies to carry out urgent maintenance, repairs and upgrades to extend the life and improve safety of their existing facility and asset portfolios, and provide support to Victorian businesses and workers affected by the downturn in the Victorian economy caused by the pandemic. Projects will commence in the coming weeks at local Country Fire Authority brigades, Victoria State Emergency Service units, Life Saving Victoria clubs and Marine Search and Rescue flotillas across Victoria. Agencies are engaging businesses from their local communities to undertake the work and to supply equipment and materials. The funding will be administered by the Community Safety Building Authority, which oversees infrastructure projects on behalf of the Department of Justice and Community Safety.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This vital project will improve the condition of critical infrastructure and ensure that the Werribee Coast Guard will be able to continue their incredible work keeping the community safe.” “The Emergency Services Refurbishment Fund will extend the life of existing facilities and resources, while developing job opportunities within the local community.”

COMMITTEE FOR WYNDHAM & WERRIBEE BUSINESS AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION RECEIVE VITAL FUNDING

Members of the Committee for Wyndham and the Werribee Business and Tourism Association (WBTA) will benefit from $10,000 awarded to each trader group through the Andrews Labor Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the funding will help Wyndham business leaders to provide critical advice, connections and resources to businesses in Werribee, supporting their members’ transition to COVID Normal. The program has provided $4.15 million in support through grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to support their local business community’s recovery and restart. Grant recipients will use the funding for business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, ‘buy local’ campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery. Committee for Wyndham and WBTA were among 182 Victorian organisations that have so far received grant funding through the initiative. The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of more than $7 billion in direct economic support provided by the Labor Government to Victorian businesses and workers to help them weather the storm of the pandemic. Some $2.6 billion in funding has supported more than 130,000 small and medium businesses to date through the Business Support Fund while $87.5 million has been provided to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal. For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to business.vic.gov.au/businesschambers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “Committee for Wyndham and WBTA are fantastic advocate for the business community in Wyndham, and this funding will help local business recover and prepare for COVID Normal.” “We appreciate the leading role Victorian business chambers and trader groups play in helping local businesses rebound and recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re committed to assisting businesses throughout Wyndham recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Committee for Wyndham and WBTA will be a key part of this recovery.”

COMMITTEE FOR WYNDHAM & WERRIBEE BUSINESS AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION RECEIVE VITAL FUNDING

Members of the Committee for Wyndham and the Werribee Business and Tourism Association (WBTA) will benefit from $10,000 awarded to each trader group through the Andrews Labor Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the funding will help Wyndham business leaders to provide critical advice, connections and resources to businesses in Werribee, supporting their members’ transition to COVID Normal. The program has provided $4.15 million in support through grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to support their local business community’s recovery and restart. Grant recipients will use the funding for business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, ‘buy local’ campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery. Committee for Wyndham and WBTA were among 182 Victorian organisations that have so far received grant funding through the initiative. The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of more than $7 billion in direct economic support provided by the Labor Government to Victorian businesses and workers to help them weather the storm of the pandemic. Some $2.6 billion in funding has supported more than 130,000 small and medium businesses to date through the Business Support Fund while $87.5 million has been provided to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal. For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to business.vic.gov.au/businesschambers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “Committee for Wyndham and WBTA are fantastic advocate for the business community in Wyndham, and this funding will help local business recover and prepare for COVID Normal.” “We appreciate the leading role Victorian business chambers and trader groups play in helping local businesses rebound and recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re committed to assisting businesses throughout Wyndham recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Committee for Wyndham and WBTA will be a key part of this recovery.”

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.”