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  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

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

  • More Train Services for the Werribee Line

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

  • West Gate Tunnel Project

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

  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project

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

  • Werribee Electorate

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

  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

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

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NEW FUND TO SHAPE VICTORIA’S CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

The Andrews Labor Government is funding new and improved cultural precincts to strengthen communities, attract visitors and support jobs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas welcomed the opening of the 2017 Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts (CICP) program, which will help build, restore and enhance cultural spaces across Victoria. The program promotes a greater use of community facilities and precincts by culturally-diverse communities, and encourages more people to participate in local activities. The grants will improve access to services and ensure community precincts support a range of cultural and tourism activities. The Labor Government will continue to promote an inclusive society where every Victorian is able to share their culture and traditions. Community groups, organisations and associations are encouraged to apply for funding to support projects in the 2017/18 financial year. For more information, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Every day, we’re making Victoria a state where everyone belongs. These grants will help more people share their culture, contribute to the community and feel accepted.” “The grants will promote diversity by building and improving cultural precincts, ensuring all Victorians can enjoy our rich multicultural heritage.” “I encourage organisations in Werribee to apply for funding and look at how they can make a difference in their community.”

NEW FUND TO SHAPE VICTORIA’S CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

The Andrews Labor Government is funding new and improved cultural precincts to strengthen communities, attract visitors and support jobs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas welcomed the opening of the 2017 Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts (CICP) program, which will help build, restore and enhance cultural spaces across Victoria. The program promotes a greater use of community facilities and precincts by culturally-diverse communities, and encourages more people to participate in local activities. The grants will improve access to services and ensure community precincts support a range of cultural and tourism activities. The Labor Government will continue to promote an inclusive society where every Victorian is able to share their culture and traditions. Community groups, organisations and associations are encouraged to apply for funding to support projects in the 2017/18 financial year. For more information, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Every day, we’re making Victoria a state where everyone belongs. These grants will help more people share their culture, contribute to the community and feel accepted.” “The grants will promote diversity by building and improving cultural precincts, ensuring all Victorians can enjoy our rich multicultural heritage.” “I encourage organisations in Werribee to apply for funding and look at how they can make a difference in their community.”

NEW PROGRAM TO BRING CREATIVITY TO CLASSROOMS IN WERRIBEE

Classrooms in the Werribee electorate will gain access to the state’s leading creative practitioners with the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s new program, designed to inject creativity right across the curriculum. Creative Learning Partnerships is a program which will provide more opportunities for Victorian schools to tap into the strength of the state’s creative industries. The program is an expansion of the Artists in Schools program which saw Victorian artists work with students on projects ranging from theatre and dance performances to public sculpture projects. While the new program still offers opportunities for schools to pair up with individual artists, it will also allow schools to engage with Victorian arts and creative organisations, which rank among the best in the world. In addition to the residencies, the program will support the roll-out of partnerships using conferencing technology that will allow creative practitioners to be beamed live into the classroom, making creative opportunities more accessible to students in remote and regional schools. This concept and technology was successfully piloted earlier this year with a series of highly successful virtual creative residencies in schools including Tempy Primary School, a remote school in the Mallee with just 18 students. Creative Learning Partnerships can involve professionals or organisations in any field of the creative industries, from the visual and performing arts through to design and digital games development. Schools can apply for grants of $10,000 to work with a creative professional or $35,000 to partner with a creative organisation. Projects will take place over a period of approximately 20 days, and can be aimed at students ranging from foundation through to Year Ten. Creative education is one of 40 action areas of the Labor Government’s $115m Creative State strategy which aims to put creativity at the heart of Victoria’s future. A series of information sessions will take place across the Victoria in July. To find out more about the Creative Learning Partnerships program, or to register for an information session visit www.creative.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley  “The Creative Learning Partnerships program expands on the programs of the past and will provide students with more opportunities to learn from, and work alongside, some of the state’s most dynamic creative minds.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino "We need to teach our children to think critically and creatively to ensure they are ready for the jobs of the future. That is why programs like this are so important." Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a fantastic opportunity for students in the Werribee electorate to work with some of Victoria’s most talented creative professionals, and to take a more creative approach to all their education.”

NEW PROGRAM TO BRING CREATIVITY TO CLASSROOMS IN WERRIBEE

Classrooms in the Werribee electorate will gain access to the state’s leading creative practitioners with the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s new program, designed to inject creativity right across the curriculum. Creative Learning Partnerships is a program which will provide more opportunities for Victorian schools to tap into the strength of the state’s creative industries. The program is an expansion of the Artists in Schools program which saw Victorian artists work with students on projects ranging from theatre and dance performances to public sculpture projects. While the new program still offers opportunities for schools to pair up with individual artists, it will also allow schools to engage with Victorian arts and creative organisations, which rank among the best in the world. In addition to the residencies, the program will support the roll-out of partnerships using conferencing technology that will allow creative practitioners to be beamed live into the classroom, making creative opportunities more accessible to students in remote and regional schools. This concept and technology was successfully piloted earlier this year with a series of highly successful virtual creative residencies in schools including Tempy Primary School, a remote school in the Mallee with just 18 students. Creative Learning Partnerships can involve professionals or organisations in any field of the creative industries, from the visual and performing arts through to design and digital games development. Schools can apply for grants of $10,000 to work with a creative professional or $35,000 to partner with a creative organisation. Projects will take place over a period of approximately 20 days, and can be aimed at students ranging from foundation through to Year Ten. Creative education is one of 40 action areas of the Labor Government’s $115m Creative State strategy which aims to put creativity at the heart of Victoria’s future. A series of information sessions will take place across the Victoria in July. To find out more about the Creative Learning Partnerships program, or to register for an information session visit www.creative.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley  “The Creative Learning Partnerships program expands on the programs of the past and will provide students with more opportunities to learn from, and work alongside, some of the state’s most dynamic creative minds.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino "We need to teach our children to think critically and creatively to ensure they are ready for the jobs of the future. That is why programs like this are so important." Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a fantastic opportunity for students in the Werribee electorate to work with some of Victoria’s most talented creative professionals, and to take a more creative approach to all their education.”

NEW PROGRAM TO BRING CREATIVITY TO CLASSROOMS IN WERRIBEE

Classrooms in the Werribee electorate will gain access to the state’s leading creative practitioners with the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s new program, designed to inject creativity right across the curriculum. Creative Learning Partnerships is a program which will provide more opportunities for Victorian schools to tap into the strength of the state’s creative industries. The program is an expansion of the Artists in Schools program which saw Victorian artists work with students on projects ranging from theatre and dance performances to public sculpture projects. While the new program still offers opportunities for schools to pair up with individual artists, it will also allow schools to engage with Victorian arts and creative organisations, which rank among the best in the world. In addition to the residencies, the program will support the roll-out of partnerships using conferencing technology that will allow creative practitioners to be beamed live into the classroom, making creative opportunities more accessible to students in remote and regional schools. This concept and technology was successfully piloted earlier this year with a series of highly successful virtual creative residencies in schools including Tempy Primary School, a remote school in the Mallee with just 18 students. Creative Learning Partnerships can involve professionals or organisations in any field of the creative industries, from the visual and performing arts through to design and digital games development. Schools can apply for grants of $10,000 to work with a creative professional or $35,000 to partner with a creative organisation. Projects will take place over a period of approximately 20 days, and can be aimed at students ranging from foundation through to Year Ten. Creative education is one of 40 action areas of the Labor Government’s $115m Creative State strategy which aims to put creativity at the heart of Victoria’s future. A series of information sessions will take place across the Victoria in July. To find out more about the Creative Learning Partnerships program, or to register for an information session visit www.creative.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley  “The Creative Learning Partnerships program expands on the programs of the past and will provide students with more opportunities to learn from, and work alongside, some of the state’s most dynamic creative minds.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino "We need to teach our children to think critically and creatively to ensure they are ready for the jobs of the future. That is why programs like this are so important." Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a fantastic opportunity for students in the Werribee electorate to work with some of Victoria’s most talented creative professionals, and to take a more creative approach to all their education.”  

NEW PROGRAM TO BRING CREATIVITY TO CLASSROOMS IN WERRIBEE

Classrooms in the Werribee electorate will gain access to the state’s leading creative practitioners with the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s new program, designed to inject creativity right across the curriculum. Creative Learning Partnerships is a program which will provide more opportunities for Victorian schools to tap into the strength of the state’s creative industries. The program is an expansion of the Artists in Schools program which saw Victorian artists work with students on projects ranging from theatre and dance performances to public sculpture projects. While the new program still offers opportunities for schools to pair up with individual artists, it will also allow schools to engage with Victorian arts and creative organisations, which rank among the best in the world. In addition to the residencies, the program will support the roll-out of partnerships using conferencing technology that will allow creative practitioners to be beamed live into the classroom, making creative opportunities more accessible to students in remote and regional schools. This concept and technology was successfully piloted earlier this year with a series of highly successful virtual creative residencies in schools including Tempy Primary School, a remote school in the Mallee with just 18 students. Creative Learning Partnerships can involve professionals or organisations in any field of the creative industries, from the visual and performing arts through to design and digital games development. Schools can apply for grants of $10,000 to work with a creative professional or $35,000 to partner with a creative organisation. Projects will take place over a period of approximately 20 days, and can be aimed at students ranging from foundation through to Year Ten. Creative education is one of 40 action areas of the Labor Government’s $115m Creative State strategy which aims to put creativity at the heart of Victoria’s future. A series of information sessions will take place across the Victoria in July. To find out more about the Creative Learning Partnerships program, or to register for an information session visit www.creative.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley  “The Creative Learning Partnerships program expands on the programs of the past and will provide students with more opportunities to learn from, and work alongside, some of the state’s most dynamic creative minds.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino "We need to teach our children to think critically and creatively to ensure they are ready for the jobs of the future. That is why programs like this are so important." Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a fantastic opportunity for students in the Werribee electorate to work with some of Victoria’s most talented creative professionals, and to take a more creative approach to all their education.”  

BANG ON TARGET FOR MORE JOBS IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Jobs and opportunities in Melbourne’s west continue to grow, with construction underway on an exciting new Target Australia development in Melbourne’s west. Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and the Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller today broke ground on Target’s new national headquarters in Williams Landing, which will accommodate 850 employees. Target’s move reflects the flourishing economy in Melbourne's western growth corridor and the development of the Williams Landing commercial centre. The building will take up prime position adjacent to the Williams Landing Train Station and is a convenient proximity to Melbourne’s CBD, Geelong and the western suburbs, providing an easy commute for employees. The area will support Melbourne’s future population growth. According to economists MacroPlan Dimasi, around 400,000 people expected to call the region home, and employment growth is set to exceed 13,000 jobs, by 2031. Construction of the $37 million project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Quote attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Target’s relocation to Williams Landing will bolster economic growth in Melbourne’s west – boosting job creation, complementing housing development and benefiting local businesses.” “We know that success breeds success and I’m sure that Target’s move will help attract even more businesses, jobs and opportunities to Werribee.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “More and more businesses are choosing to set up shop in Melbourne’s west, which is great news for local jobs. We look forward to watching Target's operations grow.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “I commend Target for choosing such a great location in Williams Landing for their headquarters. This new site will see a great boost for Tarneit with hundreds of jobs for the West.”

BANG ON TARGET FOR MORE JOBS IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Jobs and opportunities in Melbourne’s west continue to grow, with construction underway on an exciting new Target Australia development in Melbourne’s west. Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and the Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller today broke ground on Target’s new national headquarters in Williams Landing, which will accommodate 850 employees. Target’s move reflects the flourishing economy in Melbourne's western growth corridor and the development of the Williams Landing commercial centre. The building will take up prime position adjacent to the Williams Landing Train Station and is a convenient proximity to Melbourne’s CBD, Geelong and the western suburbs, providing an easy commute for employees. The area will support Melbourne’s future population growth. According to economists MacroPlan Dimasi, around 400,000 people expected to call the region home, and employment growth is set to exceed 13,000 jobs, by 2031. Construction of the $37 million project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Quote attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Target’s relocation to Williams Landing will bolster economic growth in Melbourne’s west – boosting job creation, complementing housing development and benefiting local businesses.” “We know that success breeds success and I’m sure that Target’s move will help attract even more businesses, jobs and opportunities to Werribee.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “More and more businesses are choosing to set up shop in Melbourne’s west, which is great news for local jobs. We look forward to watching Target's operations grow.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “I commend Target for choosing such a great location in Williams Landing for their headquarters. This new site will see a great boost for Tarneit with hundreds of jobs for the West.”

 

HELPING KOORIE KIDS SHINE IN WERRIBEE ELECTORATE

The Andrews Labor Government is increasing the number of Koorie children attending kindergartens in the Werribee electorate by expanding a successful campaign. The campaign reinforces to Koorie families in the Werribee electorate that it is never too late to enrol their children and ensure they benefit from free, high quality learning programs in the two years before school. Koorie kindergarten participation rates reached record levels last year, following the campaign’s launch in 2015 and a number of initiatives supporting Koorie education through Marrung - Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026. Koorie kindergarten participation rates in four-year-old kindergarten reached 90.5 per cent in 2016, up from 79.6 per cent in 2014. Three-year-old participation rates increased to 48.8 per cent in 2016, up from 37.1 per cent in 2014. But there is still work to do and this year’s campaign will include new improved promotional materials and a new focus on targeting key events like the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day and NAIDOC Week, all developed in consultation with Victoria’s Aboriginal community. Research shows that children who have a stimulating, supportive and healthy start to life are more likely to do well later in life, and children who attend kinder score between 10 and 20 points higher on NAPLAN tests. The awareness campaign supports the $202.1 million Early Childhood Reform Plan launched earlier this year, which includes $55.3 million to help kindergartens make sure all children start school ready, and $5.4 million to support the Koorie Parents as First Educators and Koorie Supported Playgroups initiatives. The ground-breaking Reform Plan was announced in this year’s Victorian Budget 2017/18, and recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder and ready for school. The 10-year Marrung - Aboriginal Education Plan will help Koorie families access the early childhood, school, and vocational education and training services they need for a strong start in life. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee “This is about closing the gap and ensuring more Koorie kids in the Werribee electorate can access kindergarten so they can get the best possible start in life.” “We’re seeing real progress on improving the participation of Koorie kids in kindergarten, and programs like Koorie Kids Shine are helping deliver more inclusive and quality services.”

HELPING KOORIE KIDS SHINE IN WERRIBEE ELECTORATE

The Andrews Labor Government is increasing the number of Koorie children attending kindergartens in the Werribee electorate by expanding a successful campaign. The campaign reinforces to Koorie families in the Werribee electorate that it is never too late to enrol their children and ensure they benefit from free, high quality learning programs in the two years before school. Koorie kindergarten participation rates reached record levels last year, following the campaign’s launch in 2015 and a number of initiatives supporting Koorie education through Marrung - Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026. Koorie kindergarten participation rates in four-year-old kindergarten reached 90.5 per cent in 2016, up from 79.6 per cent in 2014. Three-year-old participation rates increased to 48.8 per cent in 2016, up from 37.1 per cent in 2014. But there is still work to do and this year’s campaign will include new improved promotional materials and a new focus on targeting key events like the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day and NAIDOC Week, all developed in consultation with Victoria’s Aboriginal community. Research shows that children who have a stimulating, supportive and healthy start to life are more likely to do well later in life, and children who attend kinder score between 10 and 20 points higher on NAPLAN tests. The awareness campaign supports the $202.1 million Early Childhood Reform Plan launched earlier this year, which includes $55.3 million to help kindergartens make sure all children start school ready, and $5.4 million to support the Koorie Parents as First Educators and Koorie Supported Playgroups initiatives. The ground-breaking Reform Plan was announced in this year’s Victorian Budget 2017/18, and recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder and ready for school. The 10-year Marrung - Aboriginal Education Plan will help Koorie families access the early childhood, school, and vocational education and training services they need for a strong start in life. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee “This is about closing the gap and ensuring more Koorie kids in the Werribee electorate can access kindergarten so they can get the best possible start in life.” “We’re seeing real progress on improving the participation of Koorie kids in kindergarten, and programs like Koorie Kids Shine are helping deliver more inclusive and quality services.”

RECORD LIBRARY FUNDING FOR WYNDHAM

  The Andrews Labor Government is spending more money than ever before on Victoria’s public libraries. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller today announced library funding for Wyndham City Council to buy books, update computers and deliver programs for school kids. Wyndham City Council received a total of $1,352,154 to continue to deliver the important library services the community needs. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $42.5 million for the Public Libraries Funding Program -- a 2.5% increase from last year. The funding comes on top of the $4.5 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to build, redevelop or refurbish libraries across the state. The Labor Government is also providing $4.4 million over four years for the Premiers' Reading Challenge Book Fund, so public libraries can purchase materials to get more kids reading. Victoria is home to 275 permanent library branches and 30 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state. On average, just under one in five Victorians visit their local library in Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “The Andrews Labor Government is giving our councils and public libraries the resources they need to continue delivering these important services for Victorian communities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This record funding for Wyndham’s libraries will continue to provide wonderful programs and much-needed resources for the local community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “We understand the importance of libraries to Wyndham’s residents and that’s why we’re continuing to support them with record funding.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “Our community relies on our public libraries, that’s why this government is doing more than ever to help continue the many wonderful programs and services they provide.”

RECORD LIBRARY FUNDING FOR WYNDHAM

  The Andrews Labor Government is spending more money than ever before on Victoria’s public libraries. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller today announced library funding for Wyndham City Council to buy books, update computers and deliver programs for school kids. Wyndham City Council received a total of $1,352,154 to continue to deliver the important library services the community needs. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $42.5 million for the Public Libraries Funding Program -- a 2.5% increase from last year. The funding comes on top of the $4.5 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to build, redevelop or refurbish libraries across the state. The Labor Government is also providing $4.4 million over four years for the Premiers' Reading Challenge Book Fund, so public libraries can purchase materials to get more kids reading. Victoria is home to 275 permanent library branches and 30 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state. On average, just under one in five Victorians visit their local library in Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “The Andrews Labor Government is giving our councils and public libraries the resources they need to continue delivering these important services for Victorian communities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This record funding for Wyndham’s libraries will continue to provide wonderful programs and much-needed resources for the local community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “We understand the importance of libraries to Wyndham’s residents and that’s why we’re continuing to support them with record funding.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “Our community relies on our public libraries, that’s why this government is doing more than ever to help continue the many wonderful programs and services they provide.”

KEEPING MULTICULTURAL SENIORS ACTIVE IN WYNDHAM

Victorian seniors in Wyndham will be further encouraged to get involved and stay active in their communities, as the recipients of a $4,890 grant from the Andrews Labor Government. This funding will support a local community organisation, Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities, to promote and facilitate socialisation amongst participants, alleviating social isolation, as well as broadening their horizons in expanding their knowledge of the leisure activities available to them. This grant will assist the organisation in running monthly workshops of 12 participants that will focus on building the capacity of participants to positively influence their personal mental and physical health. The Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) seniors grants, with 54 grants worth $304,000, have been awarded to local community and multicultural organisations across the state to support people at risk of isolation. There are grants of up to $5000 for single organisations to run an initiative, or up to $10,000 for more complex projects that may involve several organisations. The one-year grants are going to organisations representing 50 different cultural groups across the state, ranging from the Cook Islands to India, Serbia and the Horn of Africa. The funded organisations will be supported by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria to get their projects up and running. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley  “The grants play a valuable role in raising awareness of the community supports that are available to senior Victorians in Wyndham.” “Older people from multicultural backgrounds can become quite isolated in terms of their ability to communicate and participate in the community – these grants are a great way to help them establish a link to their community and celebrate their culture.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas  “These grants will provide multicultural seniors in Wyndham with the confidence they need to thrive and be involved in their local community.”

KEEPING MULTICULTURAL SENIORS ACTIVE IN WYNDHAM

Victorian seniors in Wyndham will be further encouraged to get involved and stay active in their communities, as the recipients of a $4,890 grant from the Andrews Labor Government. This funding will support a local community organisation, Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities, to promote and facilitate socialisation amongst participants, alleviating social isolation, as well as broadening their horizons in expanding their knowledge of the leisure activities available to them. This grant will assist the organisation in running monthly workshops of 12 participants that will focus on building the capacity of participants to positively influence their personal mental and physical health. The Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) seniors grants, with 54 grants worth $304,000, have been awarded to local community and multicultural organisations across the state to support people at risk of isolation. There are grants of up to $5000 for single organisations to run an initiative, or up to $10,000 for more complex projects that may involve several organisations. The one-year grants are going to organisations representing 50 different cultural groups across the state, ranging from the Cook Islands to India, Serbia and the Horn of Africa. The funded organisations will be supported by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria to get their projects up and running. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley  “The grants play a valuable role in raising awareness of the community supports that are available to senior Victorians in Wyndham.” “Older people from multicultural backgrounds can become quite isolated in terms of their ability to communicate and participate in the community – these grants are a great way to help them establish a link to their community and celebrate their culture.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas  “These grants will provide multicultural seniors in Wyndham with the confidence they need to thrive and be involved in their local community.”

MINISTERS STATEMENT: EMPLOYMENT

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — ...Since taking office we have created nearly a quarter of a million jobs for Victorians. We have created around 50 000 jobs in regional Victoria. That is nearly 10 times more than those opposite created. But of course we cannot compare ourselves to the mediocrity of those opposite. It is a good thing too, because if we were comparing ourselves to their efforts in job creation, we would have stopped early last year. But I do occasionally have a look at what we are up against. Of course they appear to have benched the member for Malvern, which is a good start. Much like a one-ended straw, he sucks but he never delivers. The task of delivering some credible economic policy has been given to the member for Kew and his mates from the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)... It shows how far they have gone that they have actually had to resort to calling on the member for Kew and his IPA interns to provide policy advice to the opposition. Of course, I hear he is quite an accomplished oarsman, but pull the other one. The Andrews government has an actual plan to support jobs growth in regional Victoria. It is delivering the lowest regional tax rate in the country, an upgrade to every single regional train line through our regional rail revival plan, and of course the largest investment in regional Victoria ever through the 2017–18 budget. But there is still more to come. We still have another year and a half of our term, and we will continue to try and exceed our own efforts, because if we compared ourselves to those opposite, we would have stopped a long time ago.

MINISTERS STATEMENT: EMPLOYMENT

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — ...Since taking office we have created nearly a quarter of a million jobs for Victorians. We have created around 50 000 jobs in regional Victoria. That is nearly 10 times more than those opposite created. But of course we cannot compare ourselves to the mediocrity of those opposite. It is a good thing too, because if we were comparing ourselves to their efforts in job creation, we would have stopped early last year. But I do occasionally have a look at what we are up against. Of course they appear to have benched the member for Malvern, which is a good start. Much like a one-ended straw, he sucks but he never delivers. The task of delivering some credible economic policy has been given to the member for Kew and his mates from the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)... It shows how far they have gone that they have actually had to resort to calling on the member for Kew and his IPA interns to provide policy advice to the opposition. Of course, I hear he is quite an accomplished oarsman, but pull the other one. The Andrews government has an actual plan to support jobs growth in regional Victoria. It is delivering the lowest regional tax rate in the country, an upgrade to every single regional train line through our regional rail revival plan, and of course the largest investment in regional Victoria ever through the 2017–18 budget. But there is still more to come. We still have another year and a half of our term, and we will continue to try and exceed our own efforts, because if we compared ourselves to those opposite, we would have stopped a long time ago.