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TRIBUTE TO WERRIBEE’S WAR HEROES SET IN STONE

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled a new permanent memorial to commemorate the brave local diggers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today officially opened the new memorial which includes a monument with the names of the 60 fallen soldiers from the Werribee district who lost their lives during the four-year conflict. The names have been etched into individual bluestone blocks stacked together to form two walls shaped in the form of a poppy, a flower which commemorates those who have died at war. The centre of the monument includes a tall granite structure with the Australian Rising Sun badge and the Sword of Sacrifice. A gravel path leading to the memorial is lined with red Anzac roses and rosemary, a plant found throughout the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey where Australian troops landed in 1915. Located at the corner of Princes Highway and Cherry Street, the memorial marks the start of Werribee’s Avenue of Honour, established on the Princes Highway in 1918. The $184,000 Government project also included a plaque to mark The Governor’s Tree, a large Sugar Gum planted in 1928, at the corner of Princes Highway and Sneydes Road. A new plaque on local basalt rock has been placed under the tree which celebrates William Calder, a former Country Roads Board chairman credited with developing Victoria’s arterial road network.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas   “The contributions made by our brave veterans will never be forgotten and this memorial provides current and future generations with a space to reflect and pay their respect.”  “The Governor’s Tree is a local landmark and celebrates William Calder, whose vision inspired the road network Victorians rely on every day.”

TRIBUTE TO WERRIBEE’S WAR HEROES SET IN STONE

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled a new permanent memorial to commemorate the brave local diggers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today officially opened the new memorial which includes a monument with the names of the 60 fallen soldiers from the Werribee district who lost their lives during the four-year conflict. The names have been etched into individual bluestone blocks stacked together to form two walls shaped in the form of a poppy, a flower which commemorates those who have died at war. The centre of the monument includes a tall granite structure with the Australian Rising Sun badge and the Sword of Sacrifice. A gravel path leading to the memorial is lined with red Anzac roses and rosemary, a plant found throughout the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey where Australian troops landed in 1915. Located at the corner of Princes Highway and Cherry Street, the memorial marks the start of Werribee’s Avenue of Honour, established on the Princes Highway in 1918. The $184,000 Government project also included a plaque to mark The Governor’s Tree, a large Sugar Gum planted in 1928, at the corner of Princes Highway and Sneydes Road. A new plaque on local basalt rock has been placed under the tree which celebrates William Calder, a former Country Roads Board chairman credited with developing Victoria’s arterial road network.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas   “The contributions made by our brave veterans will never be forgotten and this memorial provides current and future generations with a space to reflect and pay their respect.”  “The Governor’s Tree is a local landmark and celebrates William Calder, whose vision inspired the road network Victorians rely on every day.”

WYNDHAM BOOST TO EMERGENCY AMBULANCE ARRIVALS

Ambulances arrived at the scene of emergencies on average more than two minutes quicker in the March quarter than at the height of the ambulance crisis under the former Liberal Government, new data shows. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jenny Mikakos today released the March quarter of the Victorian Health and Human Services and Ambulance Victoria Performance Data, which show Code 1 ambulances arrived two minutes and 50 seconds quicker than the Liberals’ final March quarter. State-wide results show 84.2 per cent of ambulances arrived within the benchmark 15 minutes – an improvement on 83 per cent a year prior. In 2014 when the Liberals were in power, only 73.2 per cent arrived within 15 minutes – and ambulance response times blew out to the worst on the mainland. The City of Wyndham’s times continue to improve, with ambulances arriving in 10 minutes and two seconds, an improvement on the 10:44 arrival time a year prior, and 90.2 per cent of Wyndham’s Code 1 ambulances arrived within 15 minutes, more than the 85.5 per cent a year prior. Ambulances are also turning out to more emergencies. Some 72,318 Code 1 callouts were made for the quarter – 5705 more compared with the same period 12 months prior, and the third highest recorded since Ambulance Victoria’s clinical response model reforms, which free up ambulances for emergencies. Ambulances arrived at emergencies within an average 11:04 minutes in the three months to the end of March, up from 11:23 a year prior. In Wyndham, ambulances responded to 2040 Code 1 calls, up on the 1831 call-outs in the March quarter 2018. The improvements are thanks to the Labor Government’s $500 million investment in ambulance services, including an additional 450 paramedics, extra vehicles, new resources and new and upgraded ambulance branches. Our dedicated paramedics provide life-saving treatment to those who need it most when an emergency strikes. They deserve our support so they can do what they do best. The quarterly data also shows our public health services are providing world-class care, despite Canberra’s $305 million claw back from Victoria’s hospitals – cuts that are hurting patients, nurses and doctors across the state. Our hospitals did 689 more elective surgeries in the March quarter than they did a year prior and treated 89.6 per cent of all elective surgery patients within their benchmark times – up by 1.2 per cent and the best March quarter result on record. Werribee Mercy Hospital did 156 more elective surgeries in the March quarter than a year prior and treated 90.7 per cent of elective patients within their benchmark times.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We can thank our local hard-working paramedics, doctors, nurses and other health professionals for continuing to improve our health and emergency services.” “Our local ambulance services are transporting more urgent cases and our hospitals are treating more patients despite Canberra’s cuts – cuts that are hurting patients, nurses and doctors across the state.”

WYNDHAM BOOST TO EMERGENCY AMBULANCE ARRIVALS

Ambulances arrived at the scene of emergencies on average more than two minutes quicker in the March quarter than at the height of the ambulance crisis under the former Liberal Government, new data shows. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jenny Mikakos today released the March quarter of the Victorian Health and Human Services and Ambulance Victoria Performance Data, which show Code 1 ambulances arrived two minutes and 50 seconds quicker than the Liberals’ final March quarter. State-wide results show 84.2 per cent of ambulances arrived within the benchmark 15 minutes – an improvement on 83 per cent a year prior. In 2014 when the Liberals were in power, only 73.2 per cent arrived within 15 minutes – and ambulance response times blew out to the worst on the mainland. The City of Wyndham’s times continue to improve, with ambulances arriving in 10 minutes and two seconds, an improvement on the 10:44 arrival time a year prior, and 90.2 per cent of Wyndham’s Code 1 ambulances arrived within 15 minutes, more than the 85.5 per cent a year prior. Ambulances are also turning out to more emergencies. Some 72,318 Code 1 callouts were made for the quarter – 5705 more compared with the same period 12 months prior, and the third highest recorded since Ambulance Victoria’s clinical response model reforms, which free up ambulances for emergencies. Ambulances arrived at emergencies within an average 11:04 minutes in the three months to the end of March, up from 11:23 a year prior. In Wyndham, ambulances responded to 2040 Code 1 calls, up on the 1831 call-outs in the March quarter 2018. The improvements are thanks to the Labor Government’s $500 million investment in ambulance services, including an additional 450 paramedics, extra vehicles, new resources and new and upgraded ambulance branches. Our dedicated paramedics provide life-saving treatment to those who need it most when an emergency strikes. They deserve our support so they can do what they do best. The quarterly data also shows our public health services are providing world-class care, despite Canberra’s $305 million claw back from Victoria’s hospitals – cuts that are hurting patients, nurses and doctors across the state. Our hospitals did 689 more elective surgeries in the March quarter than they did a year prior and treated 89.6 per cent of all elective surgery patients within their benchmark times – up by 1.2 per cent and the best March quarter result on record. Werribee Mercy Hospital did 156 more elective surgeries in the March quarter than a year prior and treated 90.7 per cent of elective patients within their benchmark times.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We can thank our local hard-working paramedics, doctors, nurses and other health professionals for continuing to improve our health and emergency services.” “Our local ambulance services are transporting more urgent cases and our hospitals are treating more patients despite Canberra’s cuts – cuts that are hurting patients, nurses and doctors across the state.”

BUILDING BETTER SCHOOLS FOR WERRIBEE

Students in Wyndham will soon benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their school, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Little River Primary School is among 180 schools across Victoria to share in $2.85 million of 2019-20 Planned Maintenance Program funding to help address their various maintenance needs. The Planned Maintenance Program provides funding for vital maintenance activities based on need. A new evaluation system was put in place last year to provide more up-to-date information of the condition of school infrastructure to create a more timely and targeted allocation of Planned Maintenance Program funding. The Andrews Labor Government has already invested more than $3.8 billion to deliver new schools and more than 1,300 school upgrades, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. The Victorian School Building Authority will now start working with Little River Primary School to determine the scope of their maintenance needs and how they can best be delivered with the $5,000 funding.     Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “All Victorian students, including those in Werribee, should have access to a great school no matter where they live – so we are investing in important maintenance to schools so students have the first-rate facilities they deserve.” “A high-quality education system must be matched by high-quality learning environments so students have every opportunity to reach their full potential.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham schools do everything possible to get the most out of their students, so it is wonderful news that they are among the schools set to share in this maintenance funding.”

BUILDING BETTER SCHOOLS FOR WERRIBEE

Students in Wyndham will soon benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their school, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Little River Primary School is among 180 schools across Victoria to share in $2.85 million of 2019-20 Planned Maintenance Program funding to help address their various maintenance needs. The Planned Maintenance Program provides funding for vital maintenance activities based on need. A new evaluation system was put in place last year to provide more up-to-date information of the condition of school infrastructure to create a more timely and targeted allocation of Planned Maintenance Program funding. The Andrews Labor Government has already invested more than $3.8 billion to deliver new schools and more than 1,300 school upgrades, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. The Victorian School Building Authority will now start working with Little River Primary School to determine the scope of their maintenance needs and how they can best be delivered with the $5,000 funding.     Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “All Victorian students, including those in Werribee, should have access to a great school no matter where they live – so we are investing in important maintenance to schools so students have the first-rate facilities they deserve.” “A high-quality education system must be matched by high-quality learning environments so students have every opportunity to reach their full potential.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham schools do everything possible to get the most out of their students, so it is wonderful news that they are among the schools set to share in this maintenance funding.”

PEOPLE IN WERRIBEE ENCOURAGED TO ENTER SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

Victorian businesses, schools, government and community groups who are leading the way in sustainability can now apply to enter the 2019 Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today urged leaders in sustainability in the region to enter the 2019 Premier’s Sustainability Awards to promote their work helping to improve and protect the environment. For the first time community groups or individuals can enter a new category that celebrates the positive impact of environmental volunteering. Schools, businesses and community groups across Wyndham have a lot to be proud of when it comes to sustainability - this new category acknowledges and celebrates our volunteer sustainability trailblazers. The categories for this year’s awards are: Built Environment Community Education Environmental Justice Environmental Protection Environmental Volunteering Government Health Innovative Products or Services Small to Medium Sized Businesses Large Business The Awards highlight the leading-edge sustainability work that many Victorians undertake every day, helping to inspire greater action and reduce the effects of climate change in innovative and practical ways. Entries in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards close on Thursday 13 June, 2019. Visit the website sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au for further information. Quote attributable Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “The Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise Victoria’s commitment to championing practical sustainability action and inspiring others to do more to care for our environment.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “ Wyndham is home to a great range of local sustainability projects – our communities deserve recognition for their hard work and passion.” “This year’s awards have a category for everyone and I encourage groups and volunteers across Wyndham to apply.”

PEOPLE IN WERRIBEE ENCOURAGED TO ENTER SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

Victorian businesses, schools, government and community groups who are leading the way in sustainability can now apply to enter the 2019 Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today urged leaders in sustainability in the region to enter the 2019 Premier’s Sustainability Awards to promote their work helping to improve and protect the environment. For the first time community groups or individuals can enter a new category that celebrates the positive impact of environmental volunteering. Schools, businesses and community groups across Wyndham have a lot to be proud of when it comes to sustainability - this new category acknowledges and celebrates our volunteer sustainability trailblazers. The categories for this year’s awards are: Built Environment Community Education Environmental Justice Environmental Protection Environmental Volunteering Government Health Innovative Products or Services Small to Medium Sized Businesses Large Business The Awards highlight the leading-edge sustainability work that many Victorians undertake every day, helping to inspire greater action and reduce the effects of climate change in innovative and practical ways. Entries in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards close on Thursday 13 June, 2019. Visit the website sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au for further information. Quote attributable Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “The Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise Victoria’s commitment to championing practical sustainability action and inspiring others to do more to care for our environment.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “ Wyndham is home to a great range of local sustainability projects – our communities deserve recognition for their hard work and passion.” “This year’s awards have a category for everyone and I encourage groups and volunteers across Wyndham to apply.”

 

ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR TAFE JOBS IN WERRIBEE

Industry experts in Wyndham can now find jobs in Victoria’s booming TAFE sector in one place, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today called on local job seekers to visit the Jobs at TAFE website, which brings together all TAFE teaching and administrative jobs from across Victoria to a single location. People interested in working at TAFE can register to become part of the Jobs at TAFE community and receive job alerts, search for jobs in the industries they work in, and apply for advertised roles. Thousands of Victorians are on the way to getting the skills they need to secure jobs in high-demand industries, with more than 19,000 students commenced in Free TAFE courses so far this year, driving a doubling of commencements in these courses compared to the same time last year. Students can save up to $2,500 for some pre-apprenticeship courses and up to $5,000 for Certificate IV courses. For higher-level courses such as a Diploma in Nursing or a Diploma in Building and Construction, students will save more than $10,000 through Labor’s Free TAFE initiative. To access Jobs at TAFE visit jobs.tafe.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making it easier for those in Wyndham to work in our growing TAFE sector with our new one-stop-shop for jobs.” "Not only is our Free TAFE initiative making it easier for thousands of Victorians to get the training they need, it’s also generating job opportunities for industry experts and teachers.”  

ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR TAFE JOBS IN WERRIBEE

Industry experts in Wyndham can now find jobs in Victoria’s booming TAFE sector in one place, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today called on local job seekers to visit the Jobs at TAFE website, which brings together all TAFE teaching and administrative jobs from across Victoria to a single location. People interested in working at TAFE can register to become part of the Jobs at TAFE community and receive job alerts, search for jobs in the industries they work in, and apply for advertised roles. Thousands of Victorians are on the way to getting the skills they need to secure jobs in high-demand industries, with more than 19,000 students commenced in Free TAFE courses so far this year, driving a doubling of commencements in these courses compared to the same time last year. Students can save up to $2,500 for some pre-apprenticeship courses and up to $5,000 for Certificate IV courses. For higher-level courses such as a Diploma in Nursing or a Diploma in Building and Construction, students will save more than $10,000 through Labor’s Free TAFE initiative. To access Jobs at TAFE visit jobs.tafe.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making it easier for those in Wyndham to work in our growing TAFE sector with our new one-stop-shop for jobs.” "Not only is our Free TAFE initiative making it easier for thousands of Victorians to get the training they need, it’s also generating job opportunities for industry experts and teachers.”  

TELLING THE STORIES OF WERRIBEE VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is keeping the legacy of veterans alive for future generations in Werribee. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and Victorian Veterans Council have welcomed the announcement of $10,390 for the Werribee Half Battery to encourage the involvement of more young people and extend the number of participants in events that depict military history. The grant was awarded as part of the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program which funds educational and commemorative activities that honour Australia’s war and service history. The Werribee Half Battery will use the grant for the purchase of new uniforms in a variety of sizes, making the program more accessible and allowing them to continue depicting the Victorian Horse Artillery through re-enactment. It is one of 19 grants funded through the Program, sharing more than $165,000. Along with the Major Grants and Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant programs, it is part of almost $420,000 that will go to support veterans’ initiatives. Remembering the stories of our veterans is an important mark of respect and it reminds us of our shared values. For a full list of successful recipients or for more information about grants, visit veterans.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Robin Scott “We’re working hard to protect the legacy of our veterans, so it can be passed onto future generations.” “Our veterans fought for our shared values and remembering their stories reminds us of the importance of a diverse and inclusive Victoria.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Werribee has many veterans who have made us proud and we’re helping to ensure their stories are never forgotten.” “The Werribee Half Battery is an important part of the community and it is great to see them maintaining their activities as a living history group.”

TELLING THE STORIES OF WERRIBEE VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is keeping the legacy of veterans alive for future generations in Werribee. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and Victorian Veterans Council have welcomed the announcement of $10,390 for the Werribee Half Battery to encourage the involvement of more young people and extend the number of participants in events that depict military history. The grant was awarded as part of the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program which funds educational and commemorative activities that honour Australia’s war and service history. The Werribee Half Battery will use the grant for the purchase of new uniforms in a variety of sizes, making the program more accessible and allowing them to continue depicting the Victorian Horse Artillery through re-enactment. It is one of 19 grants funded through the Program, sharing more than $165,000. Along with the Major Grants and Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant programs, it is part of almost $420,000 that will go to support veterans’ initiatives. Remembering the stories of our veterans is an important mark of respect and it reminds us of our shared values. For a full list of successful recipients or for more information about grants, visit veterans.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Robin Scott “We’re working hard to protect the legacy of our veterans, so it can be passed onto future generations.” “Our veterans fought for our shared values and remembering their stories reminds us of the importance of a diverse and inclusive Victoria.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Werribee has many veterans who have made us proud and we’re helping to ensure their stories are never forgotten.” “The Werribee Half Battery is an important part of the community and it is great to see them maintaining their activities as a living history group.”

GIVING WERRIBEE LOCALS A VOICE AT THE MENTAL HEALTH ROYAL COMMISSION

Wyndham locals will have a chance to share their lived experiences and be a part of a once-in-a-generation reform of our mental health system. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encourages locals to access the new online portal, share their experiences and tell the Commissioners what matters to them. Submissions will close on 5 July. Too often, our mental health system fails people. The Royal Commission will help us understand the shortcomings in the current system and provide practical recommendations so Victorians can get the services they need. The new Royal Commission portal allows people to share their views through a written submission, an audio submission or a video recording. Submissions can be short, or more formal, longer pieces. The Mental Health Royal Commission has already held community consultation in various locations across the state, and will hold many more over the coming weeks. The Government appointed public policy expert Penny Armytage as Chair of the Royal Commission. Ms Armytage is joined by Associate Professor Alex Cockram, Professor Allan Fels AO and Professor Bernadette McSherry. The Labor Government will accept the Royal Commission’s recommendations. To access the portal or stay up to date with the Royal Commission’s activities, visit rcvmhs.vic.gov.au. If you or someone you know is in crisis or requires support, call Lifelife on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “This is a great chance for Werribee locals to help us create a new system that gives Victorians the help and support that they deserve.” “Submissions can be long and detailed, or simply just an account of the personal experiences. Each and every one will help shape the Royal Commission into Mental Health.” “One in five Victorians will experience mental illness this year, and too many of those will lose their lives to suicide. We need a new approach to mental health.”

GIVING WERRIBEE LOCALS A VOICE AT THE MENTAL HEALTH ROYAL COMMISSION

Wyndham locals will have a chance to share their lived experiences and be a part of a once-in-a-generation reform of our mental health system. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encourages locals to access the new online portal, share their experiences and tell the Commissioners what matters to them. Submissions will close on 5 July. Too often, our mental health system fails people. The Royal Commission will help us understand the shortcomings in the current system and provide practical recommendations so Victorians can get the services they need. The new Royal Commission portal allows people to share their views through a written submission, an audio submission or a video recording. Submissions can be short, or more formal, longer pieces. The Mental Health Royal Commission has already held community consultation in various locations across the state, and will hold many more over the coming weeks. The Government appointed public policy expert Penny Armytage as Chair of the Royal Commission. Ms Armytage is joined by Associate Professor Alex Cockram, Professor Allan Fels AO and Professor Bernadette McSherry. The Labor Government will accept the Royal Commission’s recommendations. To access the portal or stay up to date with the Royal Commission’s activities, visit rcvmhs.vic.gov.au. If you or someone you know is in crisis or requires support, call Lifelife on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “This is a great chance for Werribee locals to help us create a new system that gives Victorians the help and support that they deserve.” “Submissions can be long and detailed, or simply just an account of the personal experiences. Each and every one will help shape the Royal Commission into Mental Health.” “One in five Victorians will experience mental illness this year, and too many of those will lose their lives to suicide. We need a new approach to mental health.”

GIVING WERRIBEE LOCALS A VOICE AT THE MENTAL HEALTH ROYAL COMMISSION

Wyndham locals will have a chance to share their lived experiences and be a part of a once-in-a-generation reform of our mental health system. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encourages locals to access the new online portal, share their experiences and tell the Commissioners what matters to them. Submissions will close on 5 July. Too often, our mental health system fails people. The Royal Commission will help us understand the shortcomings in the current system and provide practical recommendations so Victorians can get the services they need. The new Royal Commission portal allows people to share their views through a written submission, an audio submission or a video recording. Submissions can be short, or more formal, longer pieces. The Mental Health Royal Commission has already held community consultation in various locations across the state, and will hold many more over the coming weeks. The Government appointed public policy expert Penny Armytage as Chair of the Royal Commission. Ms Armytage is joined by Associate Professor Alex Cockram, Professor Allan Fels AO and Professor Bernadette McSherry. The Labor Government will accept the Royal Commission’s recommendations. To access the portal or stay up to date with the Royal Commission’s activities, visit rcvmhs.vic.gov.au. If you or someone you know is in crisis or requires support, call Lifelife on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “This is a great chance for Werribee locals to help us create a new system that gives Victorians the help and support that they deserve.” “Submissions can be long and detailed, or simply just an account of the personal experiences. Each and every one will help shape the Royal Commission into Mental Health.” “One in five Victorians will experience mental illness this year, and too many of those will lose their lives to suicide. We need a new approach to mental health.”

GIVING WERRIBEE LOCALS A VOICE AT THE MENTAL HEALTH ROYAL COMMISSION

Wyndham locals will have a chance to share their lived experiences and be a part of a once-in-a-generation reform of our mental health system. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encourages locals to access the new online portal, share their experiences and tell the Commissioners what matters to them. Submissions will close on 5 July. Too often, our mental health system fails people. The Royal Commission will help us understand the shortcomings in the current system and provide practical recommendations so Victorians can get the services they need. The new Royal Commission portal allows people to share their views through a written submission, an audio submission or a video recording. Submissions can be short, or more formal, longer pieces. The Mental Health Royal Commission has already held community consultation in various locations across the state, and will hold many more over the coming weeks. The Government appointed public policy expert Penny Armytage as Chair of the Royal Commission. Ms Armytage is joined by Associate Professor Alex Cockram, Professor Allan Fels AO and Professor Bernadette McSherry. The Labor Government will accept the Royal Commission’s recommendations. To access the portal or stay up to date with the Royal Commission’s activities, visit rcvmhs.vic.gov.au. If you or someone you know is in crisis or requires support, call Lifelife on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “This is a great chance for Werribee locals to help us create a new system that gives Victorians the help and support that they deserve.” “Submissions can be long and detailed, or simply just an account of the personal experiences. Each and every one will help shape the Royal Commission into Mental Health.” “One in five Victorians will experience mental illness this year, and too many of those will lose their lives to suicide. We need a new approach to mental health.”