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CARING FOR VICTORIA’S INJURED WILDLIFE

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring injured, sick and orphaned wildlife get the help they need, with a funding boost to support wildlife rescue volunteers. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that applications for the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants are open, with $230,000 available to support wildlife rehabilitators in Victoria. Wildlife shelter operators and foster carers can apply for grants of up to $3,000 for equipment, infrastructure, consumables, education and training. There are more than 700 registered volunteer wildlife rehabilitators in Victoria, playing an important role in rescuing and caring for injured, sick or displaced wildlife and releasing them back into the wild. Last year the grants were provided to 120 wildlife carers and shelters, funding a range of expenses from new enclosures, nesting boxes and temperature control systems to medication, feed and rescue equipment. The funding is part of the Labor Government’s Biodiversity 2037 plan – to stop the decline of native plants and animals and improve the state’s natural environment. The Government has invested more than $560 million in protecting biodiversity and the environment since 2014, more than any in Victoria’s history. Applications close on Tuesday 6 September 2022, to apply for a grant go to: wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildlife-rehabilitator-grants/. Quote attributable to Minister for Environment and Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio “This is about giving a helping hand to many of Victoria’s dedicated volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife – part of our record investment into protecting the state’s precious biodiversity.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The work that wildlife shelters and foster carers do is critically important to help rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife so animals can be released back to the wild – and that’s why we’re continuing to provide support to them.”

CARING FOR VICTORIA’S INJURED WILDLIFE

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring injured, sick and orphaned wildlife get the help they need, with a funding boost to support wildlife rescue volunteers. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that applications for the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants are open, with $230,000 available to support wildlife rehabilitators in Victoria. Wildlife shelter operators and foster carers can apply for grants of up to $3,000 for equipment, infrastructure, consumables, education and training. There are more than 700 registered volunteer wildlife rehabilitators in Victoria, playing an important role in rescuing and caring for injured, sick or displaced wildlife and releasing them back into the wild. Last year the grants were provided to 120 wildlife carers and shelters, funding a range of expenses from new enclosures, nesting boxes and temperature control systems to medication, feed and rescue equipment. The funding is part of the Labor Government’s Biodiversity 2037 plan – to stop the decline of native plants and animals and improve the state’s natural environment. The Government has invested more than $560 million in protecting biodiversity and the environment since 2014, more than any in Victoria’s history. Applications close on Tuesday 6 September 2022, to apply for a grant go to: wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildlife-rehabilitator-grants/. Quote attributable to Minister for Environment and Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio “This is about giving a helping hand to many of Victoria’s dedicated volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife – part of our record investment into protecting the state’s precious biodiversity.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The work that wildlife shelters and foster carers do is critically important to help rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife so animals can be released back to the wild – and that’s why we’re continuing to provide support to them.”

NEW FUNDING PROGRAM FOR WERRIBEE CREATIVES

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in the people and ideas at the heart of the state’s creative industries, with a new fund to help bring projects from Werribee to life. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today invited Werribee independent creatives to apply for the new Creative Projects Fund, which will support them to develop, present or launch new creative content, products and experiences. Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 are available to individual creatives, and creative collectives or micro-businesses at all stages of their careers. The Creative Projects Fund is open to a wide range of creative disciplines – from visual art, writing, theatre, designing, dancing, game development, music or crafts. Eligible projects could include presenting a performance or exhibition to new audiences, launching a new video game or fashion label to international markets, writing a manuscript, developing virtual reality experiences or new creative products, and much more. Designed to ensure what is seen on Victoria’s stages, screens and gallery walls reflects the diversity of the community, the fund includes dedicated streams for First Peoples and Deaf and Disabled creatives. Applications are also encouraged from culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ+ and regionally based creatives. The Creative Projects Fund is part of Labor Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy. It replaces the previous VicArts grants program, extending opportunities to those working in all parts of the state’s creative industries, and offering a more streamlined, flexible and responsive application process. Applications for the Creative Projects Fund close at 3pm on Thursday, 11 August. The Deaf and Disabled stream will remain open until 3pm on 18 August. For more information or to apply, visit creative.vic.gov.au/grants-and-support. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Independent creatives and small collectives drive our creative industries – across Victoria and here in Werribee. We’re proud to support our local creatives to do what they do best and take their work to the next level.” “If you are a professional artist or creative and have a project to bring to life, the Creative Projects Fund is here to back you.”

NEW FUNDING PROGRAM FOR WERRIBEE CREATIVES

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in the people and ideas at the heart of the state’s creative industries, with a new fund to help bring projects from Werribee to life. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today invited Werribee independent creatives to apply for the new Creative Projects Fund, which will support them to develop, present or launch new creative content, products and experiences. Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 are available to individual creatives, and creative collectives or micro-businesses at all stages of their careers. The Creative Projects Fund is open to a wide range of creative disciplines – from visual art, writing, theatre, designing, dancing, game development, music or crafts. Eligible projects could include presenting a performance or exhibition to new audiences, launching a new video game or fashion label to international markets, writing a manuscript, developing virtual reality experiences or new creative products, and much more. Designed to ensure what is seen on Victoria’s stages, screens and gallery walls reflects the diversity of the community, the fund includes dedicated streams for First Peoples and Deaf and Disabled creatives. Applications are also encouraged from culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ+ and regionally based creatives. The Creative Projects Fund is part of Labor Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy. It replaces the previous VicArts grants program, extending opportunities to those working in all parts of the state’s creative industries, and offering a more streamlined, flexible and responsive application process. Applications for the Creative Projects Fund close at 3pm on Thursday, 11 August. The Deaf and Disabled stream will remain open until 3pm on 18 August. For more information or to apply, visit creative.vic.gov.au/grants-and-support. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Independent creatives and small collectives drive our creative industries – across Victoria and here in Werribee. We’re proud to support our local creatives to do what they do best and take their work to the next level.” “If you are a professional artist or creative and have a project to bring to life, the Creative Projects Fund is here to back you.”

GROWING WERRIBEE’S PARAMEDIC WORKFORCE

The Andrews Labor Government has recruited hundreds of new paramedics this year – delivering another boost to our health system and helping our ambulance services meet the record levels of demand being seen Australia-wide. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that three paramedics have joined the Werribee crew – with more on the way. A current batch of 64 recruits started their training this week. These new recruits will hit the road on 22 August, heading off to stations across Melbourne and regional Victoria. It brings the total number of new paramedics recruited so far this year to 404 – with 157 joining crews in regional Victoria. The Werribee community has greatly benefited from this with three recruits joining the Werribee Station. Beginning with a four-week induction program which gives them the vital skills they need before they hit the road, recruits learn how to safely move and load patients to prevent injuries, aggression and assault prevention training, and driving ambulance vehicles to ‘lights and sirens’ cases. Graduate paramedics become fully credentialed after one year, after which they continue professional development and education for their entire careers to help them provide the best care and stay safe while they’re doing so. The Labor Government’s $35 million boost earlier this year fast-tracked the recruitment of 120 paramedics, who started in May. As part of the Victorian Budget 2022/23, a further $124 million has been invested to put even more paramedics on the road and build on record recruitment levels. Ambulance Victoria recruited 700 paramedics in 2021 – its single largest annual recruitment ever – and is on track to recruit the same number this year. This will be critical in responding to increasing demand, with the organisation recently experiencing its busiest two quarters on record. The Government has increased paramedic ranks by more than 66 per cent since 2014 – an increase of almost 2,200. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These three new paramedics are a huge win for Werribee – ensuring locals get the emergency care they need, when they need it.” “Despite the challenges health systems across Australia are facing, we’ll keep delivering the resources and infrastructure our paramedics need, so they can keep delivering the best possible care to Victorians.”

GROWING WERRIBEE’S PARAMEDIC WORKFORCE

The Andrews Labor Government has recruited hundreds of new paramedics this year – delivering another boost to our health system and helping our ambulance services meet the record levels of demand being seen Australia-wide. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that three paramedics have joined the Werribee crew – with more on the way. A current batch of 64 recruits started their training this week. These new recruits will hit the road on 22 August, heading off to stations across Melbourne and regional Victoria. It brings the total number of new paramedics recruited so far this year to 404 – with 157 joining crews in regional Victoria. The Werribee community has greatly benefited from this with three recruits joining the Werribee Station. Beginning with a four-week induction program which gives them the vital skills they need before they hit the road, recruits learn how to safely move and load patients to prevent injuries, aggression and assault prevention training, and driving ambulance vehicles to ‘lights and sirens’ cases. Graduate paramedics become fully credentialed after one year, after which they continue professional development and education for their entire careers to help them provide the best care and stay safe while they’re doing so. The Labor Government’s $35 million boost earlier this year fast-tracked the recruitment of 120 paramedics, who started in May. As part of the Victorian Budget 2022/23, a further $124 million has been invested to put even more paramedics on the road and build on record recruitment levels. Ambulance Victoria recruited 700 paramedics in 2021 – its single largest annual recruitment ever – and is on track to recruit the same number this year. This will be critical in responding to increasing demand, with the organisation recently experiencing its busiest two quarters on record. The Government has increased paramedic ranks by more than 66 per cent since 2014 – an increase of almost 2,200. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These three new paramedics are a huge win for Werribee – ensuring locals get the emergency care they need, when they need it.” “Despite the challenges health systems across Australia are facing, we’ll keep delivering the resources and infrastructure our paramedics need, so they can keep delivering the best possible care to Victorians.”

WERRIBEE STUDENTS HONOURED AT PREMIER’S VCE AWARDS

Heathdale Christian College and Suzanne Cory High School students have been recognised alongside the state’s best performing VCE students in the Premier’s VCE Awards. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas congratulated Amy Birds, Hope Kaczynski, Jiayi Gu and Nidhi Anand, on their outstanding achievement. Amy Birds, of Heathdale Christian College was recognised with an award in Music Performance. Hope Kaczynski, of Suzanne Cory was recognised with an award in Ancient History. Jiayi Gu, of Suzanne Cory was recognised with an award in Specialist Mathematics. Nidhi Anand, of Suzanne Cory was recognised with an award in Health and Human Development. These students were among Victoria’s top performing VCE students who received their Premier’s VCE Awards during a special ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. A total of 298 Victorian students received 324 awards across 90 subjects, including 296 Study Awards, 25 Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Awards and three Top International Student Awards. The Top All-Round VCE High Achiever awards recognise those students who achieved study scores of 46 or higher out of 50 in at least five VCE subjects, while Study Awards recognise the best performers in individual VCE subjects. The Andrews Labor Government’s $60.2 million Student Excellence Program investment is equipping schools with the resources, tools and professional learning opportunities needed to support high-ability students and make sure they have the tools they need to follow their passions and talents. Every government school now has a high-ability practice leader to coordinate their school’s participation in these programs and to support their high-ability students. A full list of the Premier’s VCE Awards recipients is available at vic.gov.au/premiers-vce-awards. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins “Massive congratulations to our top-performing 2021 VCE students who worked incredibly hard to achieve these amazing results.” “These award winners are testament to how well Victorian students, with support from their school communities, families and friends, adapted to the challenges of a global pandemic and still produced outstanding results.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I congratulate the students from Heathdale Christian College and Suzanne Cory High School on these fantastic achievements. The success of these students is a credit to not only their hard work and abilities, but also to the support of their families, friends and school community.” 

WERRIBEE STUDENTS HONOURED AT PREMIER’S VCE AWARDS

Heathdale Christian College and Suzanne Cory High School students have been recognised alongside the state’s best performing VCE students in the Premier’s VCE Awards. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas congratulated Amy Birds, Hope Kaczynski, Jiayi Gu and Nidhi Anand, on their outstanding achievement. Amy Birds, of Heathdale Christian College was recognised with an award in Music Performance. Hope Kaczynski, of Suzanne Cory was recognised with an award in Ancient History. Jiayi Gu, of Suzanne Cory was recognised with an award in Specialist Mathematics. Nidhi Anand, of Suzanne Cory was recognised with an award in Health and Human Development. These students were among Victoria’s top performing VCE students who received their Premier’s VCE Awards during a special ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. A total of 298 Victorian students received 324 awards across 90 subjects, including 296 Study Awards, 25 Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Awards and three Top International Student Awards. The Top All-Round VCE High Achiever awards recognise those students who achieved study scores of 46 or higher out of 50 in at least five VCE subjects, while Study Awards recognise the best performers in individual VCE subjects. The Andrews Labor Government’s $60.2 million Student Excellence Program investment is equipping schools with the resources, tools and professional learning opportunities needed to support high-ability students and make sure they have the tools they need to follow their passions and talents. Every government school now has a high-ability practice leader to coordinate their school’s participation in these programs and to support their high-ability students. A full list of the Premier’s VCE Awards recipients is available at vic.gov.au/premiers-vce-awards. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins “Massive congratulations to our top-performing 2021 VCE students who worked incredibly hard to achieve these amazing results.” “These award winners are testament to how well Victorian students, with support from their school communities, families and friends, adapted to the challenges of a global pandemic and still produced outstanding results.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I congratulate the students from Heathdale Christian College and Suzanne Cory High School on these fantastic achievements. The success of these students is a credit to not only their hard work and abilities, but also to the support of their families, friends and school community.” 

VICTORIA TOPS NATION IN COMMSEC STATE OF THE STATES

Victoria's economy is the best performing in the nation overall, including leading all states and territories on relative unemployment and retail trade, according to the CommSec State of the States Report released today. Victoria has the strongest jobs market, the quarterly report found, following recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures revealing the state’s unemployment rate is at a near 50-year low of 3.2 per cent. Today’s report reinforces this month’s excellent ABS jobs results which confirmed Victoria delivered the biggest jobs growth of all the states in June, with more than 28,000 new jobs, boosting the total number of Victorians in work to a record high of more than 3.54 million. Victoria has led the nation in new jobs since September 2020 with nearly 350,000 jobs created – outstripping all other Australian states. Retail spending in Victoria was up by more than any other state in the March quarter relative to decade-average levels, the CommSec report found, driven by a solid job market, low interest rates and strong building activity. Victoria also led the nation for annual growth of retail trade – up 6.9 per cent. The finding is consistent with ABS figures released last month that showed Victorian State Final Demand soared by 2.4 per cent in the March quarter – the best performance of all the states on the key measure of economic activity and twice the level of New South Wales. Victoria scored highly in the CommSec report on construction work done and was the only state to record an increase in construction activity in the first three months of the year, with other states and territories posting falls in work done during this period. Victoria’s unprecedented infrastructure program under the Labor Government has supported more than 190,000 jobs and is forecast to average more than $21 billion annually over the next four years. The Government has fast-tracked shovel ready construction projects across the state, delivering investment and supporting continued economic growth. More than $9.2 billion in development investment was approved over the past two years to keep Victoria growing, with the Development Facilitation Program targeting priority projects. The Labor Government invested more than $44 billion to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians during the pandemic, including an unprecedented $13 billion in business support. Quotes attributable to Acting Treasurer Danny Pearson “We’re leading the nation with strong jobs growth, buoyant retail spending and construction activity that delivers benefits across the state.” “We backed businesses and workers during the pandemic and the result is an economy that has rebounded strongly and provides great confidence for the future.”

VICTORIA TOPS NATION IN COMMSEC STATE OF THE STATES

Victoria's economy is the best performing in the nation overall, including leading all states and territories on relative unemployment and retail trade, according to the CommSec State of the States Report released today. Victoria has the strongest jobs market, the quarterly report found, following recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures revealing the state’s unemployment rate is at a near 50-year low of 3.2 per cent. Today’s report reinforces this month’s excellent ABS jobs results which confirmed Victoria delivered the biggest jobs growth of all the states in June, with more than 28,000 new jobs, boosting the total number of Victorians in work to a record high of more than 3.54 million. Victoria has led the nation in new jobs since September 2020 with nearly 350,000 jobs created – outstripping all other Australian states. Retail spending in Victoria was up by more than any other state in the March quarter relative to decade-average levels, the CommSec report found, driven by a solid job market, low interest rates and strong building activity. Victoria also led the nation for annual growth of retail trade – up 6.9 per cent. The finding is consistent with ABS figures released last month that showed Victorian State Final Demand soared by 2.4 per cent in the March quarter – the best performance of all the states on the key measure of economic activity and twice the level of New South Wales. Victoria scored highly in the CommSec report on construction work done and was the only state to record an increase in construction activity in the first three months of the year, with other states and territories posting falls in work done during this period. Victoria’s unprecedented infrastructure program under the Labor Government has supported more than 190,000 jobs and is forecast to average more than $21 billion annually over the next four years. The Government has fast-tracked shovel ready construction projects across the state, delivering investment and supporting continued economic growth. More than $9.2 billion in development investment was approved over the past two years to keep Victoria growing, with the Development Facilitation Program targeting priority projects. The Labor Government invested more than $44 billion to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians during the pandemic, including an unprecedented $13 billion in business support. Quotes attributable to Acting Treasurer Danny Pearson “We’re leading the nation with strong jobs growth, buoyant retail spending and construction activity that delivers benefits across the state.” “We backed businesses and workers during the pandemic and the result is an economy that has rebounded strongly and provides great confidence for the future.”

VICTORIAN REGIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT LOWEST IN THE NATION

Victoria’s sustained economic recovery is providing new jobs across the state with regional unemployment now the lowest in the nation, new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures reveal. The regional unemployment rate dropped to 3.2 per cent in the three months to June, down 0.3 percentage points, as the number of regional Victorians in work grew by 3,400 to more than 746,000. The national regional unemployment rate stands at 3.9 per cent. The state’s regional unemployment rate is now less than half of the 6.6 per cent regional jobless figure presided over by the former Coalition state government at the end of its lamentable reign. The current unemployment rate in Warrnambool and the South West is just 0.9 per cent while in Geelong and Shepparton it has fallen to 2 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively. The regional unemployment figure matches the Victorian statewide unemployment rate, which is also the lowest in the country and the lowest seen in the state in almost 50 years. Like the regional figure, the overall jobless mark is less than half of what it was in November 2014 before the Labor Government was elected. The Government has created more than 620,000 new jobs since 2014 – one in six of the record 3.54 million Victorian jobs that exist today. Businesses that were battered by the effects of the global pandemic continue to rebound strongly, with more than $13 billion in business support provided by the Labor Government instrumental in providing a foundation for renewal. The flow-on benefits for jobs is clear in the ABS labour force figures - Victoria has led the nation in jobs growth since September 2020 with nearly 350,000 jobs created. The Government’s Jobs Plan set a target of creating 400,000 new jobs by 2025 and the recovery puts the state well ahead of schedule to achieve that target. ABS regional labour force figures are compiled as a three-month average to smooth out fluctuations. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “There are more Victorians in work than ever before – an incredible achievement that demonstrates the strength of our economic recovery.” “The fundamentals were in place for businesses to rebound strongly and we are seeing the benefits of that in new jobs across the state.”

VICTORIAN REGIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT LOWEST IN THE NATION

Victoria’s sustained economic recovery is providing new jobs across the state with regional unemployment now the lowest in the nation, new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures reveal. The regional unemployment rate dropped to 3.2 per cent in the three months to June, down 0.3 percentage points, as the number of regional Victorians in work grew by 3,400 to more than 746,000. The national regional unemployment rate stands at 3.9 per cent. The state’s regional unemployment rate is now less than half of the 6.6 per cent regional jobless figure presided over by the former Coalition state government at the end of its lamentable reign. The current unemployment rate in Warrnambool and the South West is just 0.9 per cent while in Geelong and Shepparton it has fallen to 2 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively. The regional unemployment figure matches the Victorian statewide unemployment rate, which is also the lowest in the country and the lowest seen in the state in almost 50 years. Like the regional figure, the overall jobless mark is less than half of what it was in November 2014 before the Labor Government was elected. The Government has created more than 620,000 new jobs since 2014 – one in six of the record 3.54 million Victorian jobs that exist today. Businesses that were battered by the effects of the global pandemic continue to rebound strongly, with more than $13 billion in business support provided by the Labor Government instrumental in providing a foundation for renewal. The flow-on benefits for jobs is clear in the ABS labour force figures - Victoria has led the nation in jobs growth since September 2020 with nearly 350,000 jobs created. The Government’s Jobs Plan set a target of creating 400,000 new jobs by 2025 and the recovery puts the state well ahead of schedule to achieve that target. ABS regional labour force figures are compiled as a three-month average to smooth out fluctuations. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “There are more Victorians in work than ever before – an incredible achievement that demonstrates the strength of our economic recovery.” “The fundamentals were in place for businesses to rebound strongly and we are seeing the benefits of that in new jobs across the state.”

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST SICK PAY GUARANTEE FOR CASUAL WORKERS

Victorians in Werribee who work in casual or other insecure jobs will no longer be forced to choose between a day’s pay and looking after their health, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee. An Australian-first, the $245.6 million scheme will transform casual and contract work in Victoria by providing vulnerable workers the safety net they need to take time off when they‘re sick or need to care for loved ones. Being a casual or contract worker means not knowing when your next shift is, or working three jobs just to earn enough, with around one in five casual and contract workers working more than one job – many without access to sick or carer's leave. It’s why the Andrews Labor Government introduced the Sick Pay Guarantee, giving casual and contact workers up to five days of sick and carer’s pay at the national minimum wage. So thousands of workers in industries such as hospitality, aged care, security and retail, can get the cover they need to recover. Workers are now able to register for the two-year pilot program, and it is anticipated that more than 150,000 workers will be eligible in this first phase. Occupations included in the first phase include hospitality workers, food trades workers and preparation assistants such as chefs and kitchen hands, supermarket and supply chain workers, retail and sales assistants, aged and disability care workers, cleaners and laundry workers and security guards. The Labor Government is fully funding the scheme over the first two years, which is expected to demonstrate a reduction in workplace injuries and illness, general productivity improvements from healthier workers, and lower staff turnover rates. The Government will also administer the program directly to workers, minimising the impost on businesses so they can focus on economic recovery. The Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee builds on the temporary measures implemented during the pandemic, including the COVID-19 Worker Support Payment (now the Australian Government’s Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment) and the COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment. To find out more visit vic.gov.au/sick-pay-guarantee and to apply for a payment if you’re eligible visit service.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “When people don’t have savings to fall back on, they’re forced to make the choice between the safety of their co-workers and paying their bills. No worker should be forced to make that decision, so we’re making sure they don’t have to.” “Insecure work is toxic – not just in Victoria but across Australia. We’re leading the way with this nation-first trial to improve the lives of hundreds of Werribee locals.”

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST SICK PAY GUARANTEE FOR CASUAL WORKERS

Victorians in Werribee who work in casual or other insecure jobs will no longer be forced to choose between a day’s pay and looking after their health, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee. An Australian-first, the $245.6 million scheme will transform casual and contract work in Victoria by providing vulnerable workers the safety net they need to take time off when they‘re sick or need to care for loved ones. Being a casual or contract worker means not knowing when your next shift is, or working three jobs just to earn enough, with around one in five casual and contract workers working more than one job – many without access to sick or carer's leave. It’s why the Andrews Labor Government introduced the Sick Pay Guarantee, giving casual and contact workers up to five days of sick and carer’s pay at the national minimum wage. So thousands of workers in industries such as hospitality, aged care, security and retail, can get the cover they need to recover. Workers are now able to register for the two-year pilot program, and it is anticipated that more than 150,000 workers will be eligible in this first phase. Occupations included in the first phase include hospitality workers, food trades workers and preparation assistants such as chefs and kitchen hands, supermarket and supply chain workers, retail and sales assistants, aged and disability care workers, cleaners and laundry workers and security guards. The Labor Government is fully funding the scheme over the first two years, which is expected to demonstrate a reduction in workplace injuries and illness, general productivity improvements from healthier workers, and lower staff turnover rates. The Government will also administer the program directly to workers, minimising the impost on businesses so they can focus on economic recovery. The Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee builds on the temporary measures implemented during the pandemic, including the COVID-19 Worker Support Payment (now the Australian Government’s Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment) and the COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment. To find out more visit vic.gov.au/sick-pay-guarantee and to apply for a payment if you’re eligible visit service.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “When people don’t have savings to fall back on, they’re forced to make the choice between the safety of their co-workers and paying their bills. No worker should be forced to make that decision, so we’re making sure they don’t have to.” “Insecure work is toxic – not just in Victoria but across Australia. We’re leading the way with this nation-first trial to improve the lives of hundreds of Werribee locals.”

INNOVATIVE GRANTS FUND SUPPORTS VICTORIAN CREATIVES

The Andrews Labor Government is backing the creative workers who power Victoria’s creative industries with the largest ever round of the ground-breaking Creators Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that Fatima Measham and John McCormick were successful recipients of the 2022 round of the fund. Fatima received a $45,305 grant to support her research into human interventions in nature to develop intertextual modes of storytelling. John received a $38,500 grant to his ‘Moving With Robots’, an investigation into creatively engaging with robots, researching movement as a method for collaboration. They are among 70 Victorian creatives and creative collectives supported through the largest ever grant pool of almost $2.7 million. Part of the Labor Government’s Creative State strategy, the Creators Fund provides local creatives with a stable income base of up to $50,000 for up to six months, enabling them to undertake research and development, explore new ideas and hone their craft. Since its launch in 2017, the Creators Fund has invested almost $6 million directly into the careers of Victorian creatives – from fashion designers, composers and game developers to writers, visual artists and theatre-makers. Supporting creatives for a sustained period of up to six months, the Creators Fund provides the time and funds required for the delivery of innovative and ground-breaking new research, methods and works. The Creators Fund was established as part of the Government’s first Creative State strategy and was extended in the Victorian Budget 2021/22. This latest round includes dedicated streams for First Peoples creatives and creatives who identify as deaf or disabled. To find out more about the Creators Fund, recipients and their exciting projects, visit creative.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Creators Fund enables local creatives to innovate, take their career to the next level, and make an even stronger contribution to our creative industries and cultural life – here in Werribee and beyond.” “We’re so proud of the creative talent in Werribee and through this program we are backing them to be ambitious and pursue new, potentially career-defining ideas.”

INNOVATIVE GRANTS FUND SUPPORTS VICTORIAN CREATIVES

The Andrews Labor Government is backing the creative workers who power Victoria’s creative industries with the largest ever round of the ground-breaking Creators Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that Fatima Measham and John McCormick were successful recipients of the 2022 round of the fund. Fatima received a $45,305 grant to support her research into human interventions in nature to develop intertextual modes of storytelling. John received a $38,500 grant to his ‘Moving With Robots’, an investigation into creatively engaging with robots, researching movement as a method for collaboration. They are among 70 Victorian creatives and creative collectives supported through the largest ever grant pool of almost $2.7 million. Part of the Labor Government’s Creative State strategy, the Creators Fund provides local creatives with a stable income base of up to $50,000 for up to six months, enabling them to undertake research and development, explore new ideas and hone their craft. Since its launch in 2017, the Creators Fund has invested almost $6 million directly into the careers of Victorian creatives – from fashion designers, composers and game developers to writers, visual artists and theatre-makers. Supporting creatives for a sustained period of up to six months, the Creators Fund provides the time and funds required for the delivery of innovative and ground-breaking new research, methods and works. The Creators Fund was established as part of the Government’s first Creative State strategy and was extended in the Victorian Budget 2021/22. This latest round includes dedicated streams for First Peoples creatives and creatives who identify as deaf or disabled. To find out more about the Creators Fund, recipients and their exciting projects, visit creative.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Creators Fund enables local creatives to innovate, take their career to the next level, and make an even stronger contribution to our creative industries and cultural life – here in Werribee and beyond.” “We’re so proud of the creative talent in Werribee and through this program we are backing them to be ambitious and pursue new, potentially career-defining ideas.”

 

TWO WYNDHAM BRIDGES OFFICIALLY NAMED

Two bridges in the City of Wyndham have been given official names to make it easier for them to be located by emergency services. The bridges have been named after community members – with Ballan Road bridge over the Geelong line now called George Scolaro Bridge and the bridge at Derrimut Road named Nino Arrigo Bridge. George Scolaro was a concreter and founding member of the Italian Social Club of Werribee and built many landmarks in the area – including the council offices Werribee Police Station, schools, industrial sites and hundreds of house slabs. He also constructed most of the bridges in Werribee, including the Werribee Street Bridge across the river and the ford in Cottrell Street. Nino Arrigo was an active member of the Werribee Rotary club for more than 40 years and rode a bicycle from Perth to Melbourne, raising $160,000 for cancer research. He went to school in the area, played football for Werribee and Hoppers Crossing, and operated Werribee Glass and Glazing for 42 years, a business that remains in his family today. The bridges names were chosen through VicTrack’s Bridge Naming Competition – with locals asked to nominate names for the bridges that commemorate a community member or event, and follow the criteria set out by the Office of Geographic Names. As well as the bridges at Derrimut Road and Ballan Road, the latest round of the Bridge Naming Competition asked people to name bridges at Doherty’s Road, Davis Road and Leakes Road. All five bridges were built as part of the Regional Rail Link Project and look very similar, which could make it hard to tell them apart in an emergency. Naming the bridges gives them unique identities, making them easier to locate. As the Leakes Road bridge only received one eligible nomination, VicTrack is seeking any further nominations before voting will occur for the final name. VicTrack is also continuing ask people to nominate names for the bridges at Davis Road and Dohertys Road. For more information and to nominate a name visit: victrack.com.au/bridge. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s great to see these bridges have been named after local people who gave so much to the Werribee community.” “I encourage people to continue to nominate names for the bridges at Leakes Road, Davis Road and Doherty’s Road, so all five bridges can get a unique identity.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “George Scolaro and Nino Arrigo’s contributions to the community will now be remembered for decades to come.” “There is still a chance for people to put forward names for three more bridges, so other local figures can be commemorated well into the future.”

TWO WYNDHAM BRIDGES OFFICIALLY NAMED

Two bridges in the City of Wyndham have been given official names to make it easier for them to be located by emergency services. The bridges have been named after community members – with Ballan Road bridge over the Geelong line now called George Scolaro Bridge and the bridge at Derrimut Road named Nino Arrigo Bridge. George Scolaro was a concreter and founding member of the Italian Social Club of Werribee and built many landmarks in the area – including the council offices Werribee Police Station, schools, industrial sites and hundreds of house slabs. He also constructed most of the bridges in Werribee, including the Werribee Street Bridge across the river and the ford in Cottrell Street. Nino Arrigo was an active member of the Werribee Rotary club for more than 40 years and rode a bicycle from Perth to Melbourne, raising $160,000 for cancer research. He went to school in the area, played football for Werribee and Hoppers Crossing, and operated Werribee Glass and Glazing for 42 years, a business that remains in his family today. The bridges names were chosen through VicTrack’s Bridge Naming Competition – with locals asked to nominate names for the bridges that commemorate a community member or event, and follow the criteria set out by the Office of Geographic Names. As well as the bridges at Derrimut Road and Ballan Road, the latest round of the Bridge Naming Competition asked people to name bridges at Doherty’s Road, Davis Road and Leakes Road. All five bridges were built as part of the Regional Rail Link Project and look very similar, which could make it hard to tell them apart in an emergency. Naming the bridges gives them unique identities, making them easier to locate. As the Leakes Road bridge only received one eligible nomination, VicTrack is seeking any further nominations before voting will occur for the final name. VicTrack is also continuing ask people to nominate names for the bridges at Davis Road and Dohertys Road. For more information and to nominate a name visit: victrack.com.au/bridge. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s great to see these bridges have been named after local people who gave so much to the Werribee community.” “I encourage people to continue to nominate names for the bridges at Leakes Road, Davis Road and Doherty’s Road, so all five bridges can get a unique identity.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “George Scolaro and Nino Arrigo’s contributions to the community will now be remembered for decades to come.” “There is still a chance for people to put forward names for three more bridges, so other local figures can be commemorated well into the future.”

$250 BILL-BUSTING PAYMENT AVAILABLE TO ALL VICTORIANS

All Victorian households can now claim the state’s flagship cost of living support measure, a $250 bill-busting Power Saving Bonus, just by visiting the Victorian Energy Compare price comparison website or engaging with a community outreach partner. The Victorian Government understands the cost of living is going up in Wyndham and is taking direct action to support all Victorians during the recent spike in energy prices. From Friday, 1 July, a new $250 Power Saving Bonus payment becomes available to all Victorians, including the more than 400,000 concession card holders who claimed under the program’s previous phase. The bonus is available to access at any time in the next 12 months and there are no limits or caps on the number of households that can receive the once-off payment. The quickest way to apply is through the Victorian Energy Compare website. Victorians can also call the VEC helpline on 1800 000 832 or receive support from community outreach partners Good Shepherd - Neighbourhood House, Consumer Action Law Centre, Ethnic Community Council, Brotherhood of St Laurence, and State Trustees. Households that previously claimed a $50 or $250 Power Saving Bonus are eligible for this new one-off payment. Other programs to slash energy bills include Victorian Energy Upgrades, which provides upfront incentives for low-cost-to-free energy efficient products such as door and window sealing, efficient hot water and heating systems, and in-home displays for real-time energy usage data. Separately, Solar Victoria offers households and businesses discounted solar panels, batteries and efficient heating and cooling. For more information, visit Victorian Energy Saver: www.victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “This new $250 bill busting payment will provide immediate relief to all Victorian households. This includes any of the more than 400,000 eligible concession card holders who claimed during a previous round – placing $500 directly into the pockets of some of the most vulnerable Victorians this year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “From the Power Saving Bonus to our leading energy efficiency programs – we are working to protect Victorians from external price rises, helping everyone be more energy efficient and find a better deal on their energy bill.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “People in Werribee are doing it tough, and I encourage all households to apply for this immediate cost of living relief.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “You don’t even need to change energy providers, just compare in a matter of minutes and claim your $250 bonus.”

$250 BILL-BUSTING PAYMENT AVAILABLE TO ALL VICTORIANS

All Victorian households can now claim the state’s flagship cost of living support measure, a $250 bill-busting Power Saving Bonus, just by visiting the Victorian Energy Compare price comparison website or engaging with a community outreach partner. The Victorian Government understands the cost of living is going up in Wyndham and is taking direct action to support all Victorians during the recent spike in energy prices. From Friday, 1 July, a new $250 Power Saving Bonus payment becomes available to all Victorians, including the more than 400,000 concession card holders who claimed under the program’s previous phase. The bonus is available to access at any time in the next 12 months and there are no limits or caps on the number of households that can receive the once-off payment. The quickest way to apply is through the Victorian Energy Compare website. Victorians can also call the VEC helpline on 1800 000 832 or receive support from community outreach partners Good Shepherd - Neighbourhood House, Consumer Action Law Centre, Ethnic Community Council, Brotherhood of St Laurence, and State Trustees. Households that previously claimed a $50 or $250 Power Saving Bonus are eligible for this new one-off payment. Other programs to slash energy bills include Victorian Energy Upgrades, which provides upfront incentives for low-cost-to-free energy efficient products such as door and window sealing, efficient hot water and heating systems, and in-home displays for real-time energy usage data. Separately, Solar Victoria offers households and businesses discounted solar panels, batteries and efficient heating and cooling. For more information, visit Victorian Energy Saver: www.victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “This new $250 bill busting payment will provide immediate relief to all Victorian households. This includes any of the more than 400,000 eligible concession card holders who claimed during a previous round – placing $500 directly into the pockets of some of the most vulnerable Victorians this year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “From the Power Saving Bonus to our leading energy efficiency programs – we are working to protect Victorians from external price rises, helping everyone be more energy efficient and find a better deal on their energy bill.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “People in Werribee are doing it tough, and I encourage all households to apply for this immediate cost of living relief.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “You don’t even need to change energy providers, just compare in a matter of minutes and claim your $250 bonus.”

HAVE YOUR SAY ON NEW SCHOOL NAMES

Communities across Victoria are encouraged to have their say in naming the new schools opening in their area in 2023, as consultation on the new names for 13 new schools the Andrews Labor Government is opening in 2023 gets underway. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged families in Werribee to have their say via an online survey on Engage Victoria on their preferred name for their new school. The Victorian Government is seeking the community’s input to help find a name for the school that reflects its unique identity, inspires local pride and makes the school easily locatable. Currently known by their interim names, Holyoake Parade Primary School and Lollypop Creek Primary School are two of 13 schools opening their doors in 2023. The others are: Camms Road Primary School Hayes Hill Primary School Merrifield West Secondary School Mount Ridley Special School North Melbourne Primary School Officer Rix Road Primary School Riverdale East Primary School Rockbank Murray Road Primary School Tarneit Missen House Primary School Wollert East Secondary School Wollert West Primary School This work is well ahead of schedule — 75 of these new schools have already been funded or opened, with 13 new schools opening in 2023 and a further 14 new schools opening in 2024. The shortlisted names for Holyoake Parade Primary School and Lollypop Creek Primary School were identified by Regional Advisory and Traditional Owners groups, based on factors including public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local Indigenous languages. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and receive a quality education. To have your say, visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/2023-new-schools-school-naming. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Right across the state we’re building new schools to make sure that no matter where they live, every child has the chance to get a great education.” “We want to give all communities the opportunity to play a meaningful role in shaping the identity and future of their local new school, and ensure each school reflects the unique character of its local community.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is an exciting step for the Werribee community and marks a milestone in establishing an identity for their new schools.”

HAVE YOUR SAY ON NEW SCHOOL NAMES

Communities across Victoria are encouraged to have their say in naming the new schools opening in their area in 2023, as consultation on the new names for 13 new schools the Andrews Labor Government is opening in 2023 gets underway. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged families in Werribee to have their say via an online survey on Engage Victoria on their preferred name for their new school. The Victorian Government is seeking the community’s input to help find a name for the school that reflects its unique identity, inspires local pride and makes the school easily locatable. Currently known by their interim names, Holyoake Parade Primary School and Lollypop Creek Primary School are two of 13 schools opening their doors in 2023. The others are: Camms Road Primary School Hayes Hill Primary School Merrifield West Secondary School Mount Ridley Special School North Melbourne Primary School Officer Rix Road Primary School Riverdale East Primary School Rockbank Murray Road Primary School Tarneit Missen House Primary School Wollert East Secondary School Wollert West Primary School This work is well ahead of schedule — 75 of these new schools have already been funded or opened, with 13 new schools opening in 2023 and a further 14 new schools opening in 2024. The shortlisted names for Holyoake Parade Primary School and Lollypop Creek Primary School were identified by Regional Advisory and Traditional Owners groups, based on factors including public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local Indigenous languages. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and receive a quality education. To have your say, visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/2023-new-schools-school-naming. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Right across the state we’re building new schools to make sure that no matter where they live, every child has the chance to get a great education.” “We want to give all communities the opportunity to play a meaningful role in shaping the identity and future of their local new school, and ensure each school reflects the unique character of its local community.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is an exciting step for the Werribee community and marks a milestone in establishing an identity for their new schools.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS URGED TO APPLY FOR SPORTING CLUB GRANTS

Grassroots sports and active recreation clubs and organisations across Werribee are being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications had opened for the Andrews Labor Government’s latest round of the Sporting Club Grants Program. The program provides payments of up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment (including defibrillators), up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. Grassroots clubs and organisations in Werribee are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to make community sport accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities, and increase local participation. The program has provided more than 9,100 grants totalling more than $13.8 million to clubs across the state since 2015. It is complemented by the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package that provided $50 million to more than 7,500 clubs, leagues, state associations and other organisations across the sport and active recreation sector. For more information and to apply for the Sporting Club Grants Program, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding. Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “Sport is the lifeblood of Victorian communities. That’s why we’re backing more clubs to help with uniforms and equipment, plus grants to investment in the future through training for coaches and volunteers.” “This is about helping clubs get back in the game so more Victorians can join in the fun and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport offers.” 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 come back better than ever from the recent restrictions, grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “I encourage all our local clubs in Werribee to grasp this opportunity and apply.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS URGED TO APPLY FOR SPORTING CLUB GRANTS

Grassroots sports and active recreation clubs and organisations across Werribee are being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications had opened for the Andrews Labor Government’s latest round of the Sporting Club Grants Program. The program provides payments of up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment (including defibrillators), up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. Grassroots clubs and organisations in Werribee are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to make community sport accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities, and increase local participation. The program has provided more than 9,100 grants totalling more than $13.8 million to clubs across the state since 2015. It is complemented by the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package that provided $50 million to more than 7,500 clubs, leagues, state associations and other organisations across the sport and active recreation sector. For more information and to apply for the Sporting Club Grants Program, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding. Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “Sport is the lifeblood of Victorian communities. That’s why we’re backing more clubs to help with uniforms and equipment, plus grants to investment in the future through training for coaches and volunteers.” “This is about helping clubs get back in the game so more Victorians can join in the fun and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport offers.” 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 come back better than ever from the recent restrictions, grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “I encourage all our local clubs in Werribee to grasp this opportunity and apply.”

VICTORIAN LANDCARE GRANTS AND JUNIOR GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Victorian Government is providing a major funding boost to volunteers and young people across the state, including in Werribee to help them protect and restore the natural environment in our area. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the 2022 Victorian Landcare Grants and the 2022 Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open and aim to help volunteers and kids across the state protect Victoria’s environment. As part of the Victorian Landcare Grants, $3.35 million is available for grants of up to $20,000 to fund on-ground projects that protect, enhance, and restore Werribee land and environment.  Support grants of up to $500 are also available to help with group administration and running costs. The grants are open to environmental volunteering groups, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. As part of the 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, $450,000 of funding will be provided to environmental projects at Werribee schools, kindergartens, preschools, childcare centres and other youth groups. Grants of up to $5000 will be available for projects that provide youth in Werribee with an opportunity to participate in hands-on biodiversity projects or educate them in valuing and actively caring for biodiversity the environment. Both grant programs support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s 20-year plan to protect Victoria’s environment and native species. For more information about how to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants will help volunteers and youth across Victoria restore and improve habitats for our native plants and animals.” “We know Victorians love being out in nature – and we are investing to ensure our precious and unique environment can be enjoyed by future generations.” “This funding will assist our hard-working volunteers, community groups and youth to continue caring for our local natural environment.”

VICTORIAN LANDCARE GRANTS AND JUNIOR GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Victorian Government is providing a major funding boost to volunteers and young people across the state, including in Werribee to help them protect and restore the natural environment in our area. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the 2022 Victorian Landcare Grants and the 2022 Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open and aim to help volunteers and kids across the state protect Victoria’s environment. As part of the Victorian Landcare Grants, $3.35 million is available for grants of up to $20,000 to fund on-ground projects that protect, enhance, and restore Werribee land and environment.  Support grants of up to $500 are also available to help with group administration and running costs. The grants are open to environmental volunteering groups, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. As part of the 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, $450,000 of funding will be provided to environmental projects at Werribee schools, kindergartens, preschools, childcare centres and other youth groups. Grants of up to $5000 will be available for projects that provide youth in Werribee with an opportunity to participate in hands-on biodiversity projects or educate them in valuing and actively caring for biodiversity the environment. Both grant programs support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s 20-year plan to protect Victoria’s environment and native species. For more information about how to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants will help volunteers and youth across Victoria restore and improve habitats for our native plants and animals.” “We know Victorians love being out in nature – and we are investing to ensure our precious and unique environment can be enjoyed by future generations.” “This funding will assist our hard-working volunteers, community groups and youth to continue caring for our local natural environment.”

CELEBRATING WYNDHAM’S LONGEST-SERVING PUBLIC EDUCATION STAFF

The Andrews Labor Government is paying tribute to 5 government school and education staff from Wyndham being recognised for their long-serving dedication to students and families through the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education program. Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee and Sarah Connolly, Member for Tarneit congratulated the government school and education staff members being honoured for 40, 45 and 50 years of service to education. Congratulations to: Margaret Forrester, Manorvale Primary School for 40 years Debra Glassford, Wyndham Vale Primary School for 40 years Ian O’Meara, Wyndham Central Secondary College for 45 years Greg Lentini, Werribee Secondary College for 50 years Julie Mason, Baden Powell P-9 College for 50 years The Recognition of Service program is a chance to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of teachers and other education staff who have given many decades of service to generations of Victorian families, with recipients will receiving a personalised Certificate of Recognition and commemorative booklet. A total of 219 teachers and staff are being recognised for 40 years of service, 104 staff for 45 years of service, 50 staff for 50 years of service, six staff for 55 years of service and five staff for 60 years of service. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian family has access to a great education, close to home. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Whether they work in the classroom or in an office supporting schools, everyone receiving recognition for their service to public education in our state has helped deliver a great education to generations of Victorian families.” “With this year marking 150 years of public education in Victoria, all those recognised should feel proud about contributing to such a great tradition.” Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee “Thank you to our wonderful public education staff here in Werribee who continue to provide such valuable support and service to local students over so many years.” Quotes attributable to Sarah Connolly, Member for Tarneit “Thank you to all the incredible public education staff- their hard work delivering knowledge and support changes lives and makes a profound difference for the next generation”

CELEBRATING WYNDHAM’S LONGEST-SERVING PUBLIC EDUCATION STAFF

The Andrews Labor Government is paying tribute to 5 government school and education staff from Wyndham being recognised for their long-serving dedication to students and families through the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education program. Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee and Sarah Connolly, Member for Tarneit congratulated the government school and education staff members being honoured for 40, 45 and 50 years of service to education. Congratulations to: Margaret Forrester, Manorvale Primary School for 40 years Debra Glassford, Wyndham Vale Primary School for 40 years Ian O’Meara, Wyndham Central Secondary College for 45 years Greg Lentini, Werribee Secondary College for 50 years Julie Mason, Baden Powell P-9 College for 50 years The Recognition of Service program is a chance to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of teachers and other education staff who have given many decades of service to generations of Victorian families, with recipients will receiving a personalised Certificate of Recognition and commemorative booklet. A total of 219 teachers and staff are being recognised for 40 years of service, 104 staff for 45 years of service, 50 staff for 50 years of service, six staff for 55 years of service and five staff for 60 years of service. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian family has access to a great education, close to home. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Whether they work in the classroom or in an office supporting schools, everyone receiving recognition for their service to public education in our state has helped deliver a great education to generations of Victorian families.” “With this year marking 150 years of public education in Victoria, all those recognised should feel proud about contributing to such a great tradition.” Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee “Thank you to our wonderful public education staff here in Werribee who continue to provide such valuable support and service to local students over so many years.” Quotes attributable to Sarah Connolly, Member for Tarneit “Thank you to all the incredible public education staff- their hard work delivering knowledge and support changes lives and makes a profound difference for the next generation”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR YOUNG VICTORIANS IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is today making the biggest single investment in student mental health in Australian history – delivering the support young Victorians need to grow up happy and healthy, and catching mental health concerns earlier so children aren’t slipping through the cracks of the system. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $200 million to expand the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools program to every single government and low-fee non-government primary school in Victoria – 1800 school campuses. Scaling up across the state from 2023, by 2026 every school will employ a Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader to implement a whole-school approach to wellbeing. This will support individual students, help teachers better identify and support at-risk students, and build relationships and referral pathways to local mental health services. The program builds on a successful pilot with 100 schools across Victoria in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne, where more than 95 per cent of Mental Health and Wellbeing Leaders said the model improved their school’s capacity to support students’ mental health and wellbeing needs. Since the start of the trials students have improved mental health and wellbeing, as well as improved social, academic and vocational outcomes. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlighted that schools play an important role in identifying children with mental health and wellbeing challenges who can then be referred to treatment, care and support if needed. The Labor Government has already delivered mental health workers in every government secondary and specialist school – and the Royal Commission encouraged us to build on the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools Pilot by expanding the program to more schools across the state. Half of all cases of anxiety, mood, impulse control and substance use disorders manifest by the age of 14. Research suggests students with mental health concerns are behind their peers in Grade 3, falling further behind throughout school. This investment comes as the Labor Government today introduces the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act – a historic milestone in Victoria’s work to build a mental health system that delivers tailored care to all Victorians, close to home. The Bill replaces the current Mental Health Act 2014, setting out rights-based objectives and principles for responsive services to make sure people seeking care are involved in decisions about their treatment and support, as well as incorporating a statement of recognition and acknowledgement of treaty process. Lived experience will be a central pillar of the new system and embedded in new entities, including regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Boards, and through a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. The Commission will provide statewide oversight of the mental health and wellbeing system, including through a new complaints resolution and investigation process, and will hold government to account for the performance of the system and the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations. The Bill establishes Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Victoria, a body to champion the voice of young people with lived experience on its governing board and advisory body. This youth body will also be able to commission specialist services, with Orygen announced as the inaugural partner for youth services in the North and West areas of metropolitan Melbourne. The new legislation is just the first step in building the foundations for a world-class mental health system, and just one part of the story. As soon as Parliament passes the new Act, the Independent Review of compulsory treatment criteria and alignment of decision-making laws will begin. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $1.3 billion in mental health and wellbeing, building on last year’s record investment of $3.8 billion – the largest single investment in mental health in Victoria’s history. These two historic investments mean work is underway on 90 per cent of Royal Commission recommendations. This includes $29.3 million for dedicated resources to support implementation of the new legislation, including through comprehensive workforce training and support for consumers, families, carers and supporters to understand their rights under the new legislation. The investment is also delivering the biggest expansion of the mental health workforce in our state’s history to match reform with a strong, well-supported workforce – with more than 2,500 roles already created since the Royal Commission’s final report was handed down. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know the earlier in life young Victorians get mental health support, the better their chances of staying happy and healthy throughout adulthood.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure every Victorian child in Werribee has access to safe, tailored care through their trusted school environment – giving them the care they need, when they need it, close to home.” “I am so proud to introduce today’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill to Parliament – this is a historic moment in building our new mental health system, and one that will make a profound change to the way we support Victorians for generations to come.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR YOUNG VICTORIANS IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is today making the biggest single investment in student mental health in Australian history – delivering the support young Victorians need to grow up happy and healthy, and catching mental health concerns earlier so children aren’t slipping through the cracks of the system. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $200 million to expand the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools program to every single government and low-fee non-government primary school in Victoria – 1800 school campuses. Scaling up across the state from 2023, by 2026 every school will employ a Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader to implement a whole-school approach to wellbeing. This will support individual students, help teachers better identify and support at-risk students, and build relationships and referral pathways to local mental health services. The program builds on a successful pilot with 100 schools across Victoria in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne, where more than 95 per cent of Mental Health and Wellbeing Leaders said the model improved their school’s capacity to support students’ mental health and wellbeing needs. Since the start of the trials students have improved mental health and wellbeing, as well as improved social, academic and vocational outcomes. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlighted that schools play an important role in identifying children with mental health and wellbeing challenges who can then be referred to treatment, care and support if needed. The Labor Government has already delivered mental health workers in every government secondary and specialist school – and the Royal Commission encouraged us to build on the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools Pilot by expanding the program to more schools across the state. Half of all cases of anxiety, mood, impulse control and substance use disorders manifest by the age of 14. Research suggests students with mental health concerns are behind their peers in Grade 3, falling further behind throughout school. This investment comes as the Labor Government today introduces the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act – a historic milestone in Victoria’s work to build a mental health system that delivers tailored care to all Victorians, close to home. The Bill replaces the current Mental Health Act 2014, setting out rights-based objectives and principles for responsive services to make sure people seeking care are involved in decisions about their treatment and support, as well as incorporating a statement of recognition and acknowledgement of treaty process. Lived experience will be a central pillar of the new system and embedded in new entities, including regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Boards, and through a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. The Commission will provide statewide oversight of the mental health and wellbeing system, including through a new complaints resolution and investigation process, and will hold government to account for the performance of the system and the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations. The Bill establishes Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Victoria, a body to champion the voice of young people with lived experience on its governing board and advisory body. This youth body will also be able to commission specialist services, with Orygen announced as the inaugural partner for youth services in the North and West areas of metropolitan Melbourne. The new legislation is just the first step in building the foundations for a world-class mental health system, and just one part of the story. As soon as Parliament passes the new Act, the Independent Review of compulsory treatment criteria and alignment of decision-making laws will begin. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $1.3 billion in mental health and wellbeing, building on last year’s record investment of $3.8 billion – the largest single investment in mental health in Victoria’s history. These two historic investments mean work is underway on 90 per cent of Royal Commission recommendations. This includes $29.3 million for dedicated resources to support implementation of the new legislation, including through comprehensive workforce training and support for consumers, families, carers and supporters to understand their rights under the new legislation. The investment is also delivering the biggest expansion of the mental health workforce in our state’s history to match reform with a strong, well-supported workforce – with more than 2,500 roles already created since the Royal Commission’s final report was handed down. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know the earlier in life young Victorians get mental health support, the better their chances of staying happy and healthy throughout adulthood.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure every Victorian child in Werribee has access to safe, tailored care through their trusted school environment – giving them the care they need, when they need it, close to home.” “I am so proud to introduce today’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill to Parliament – this is a historic moment in building our new mental health system, and one that will make a profound change to the way we support Victorians for generations to come.”

UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR WYNDHAM PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Werribee students now have the facilities they need for a great start in life with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Wyndham Park Primary School. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced works are now complete on Wyndham Park Primary School’s $262,165 upgrade to deliver new playground equipment, including a modular play system that caters for the older students. In the past eight years, the Victorian Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is ahead of schedule in its commitment to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $41.8 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local families can now enjoy great new facilities at Wyndham Park Primary School”

UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR WYNDHAM PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Werribee students now have the facilities they need for a great start in life with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Wyndham Park Primary School. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced works are now complete on Wyndham Park Primary School’s $262,165 upgrade to deliver new playground equipment, including a modular play system that caters for the older students. In the past eight years, the Victorian Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is ahead of schedule in its commitment to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $41.8 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local families can now enjoy great new facilities at Wyndham Park Primary School”