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  • Coronavirus in Victoria

    A State of Emergency was declared in Victoria on 16 March 2020 to combat COVID-19. The best way people can protect themselves and others is to wash their hands with soap and water regularly and practice cough etiquette. If you are unwell stay at home and avoid contact with others. We are all in this together – and as we saw during the bushfires – in the worst of times, we are confident that we will see the best of Victorians.

  • Level Crossing Removal at Cherry Street

    Construction officially begins to build a new bridge connecting Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway. The $113.8 million Level Crossing Removal will slash travel times for drivers and build better, safer connections for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • New Riverwalk Primary School

    The students in Werribee have a brand-new school to learn in. This school is a $23.7 million investment that delivers a performing arts and physical education building, along with state-of-the-art learning spaces and administration areas.

  • Level Crossing Removal Designs Confirmed

    Designs have been confirmed to remove level crossings at Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing and Werribee Street in Werribee, with work set to get underway by mid-year. The combined $355.5 million package to deliver these works, will further ease congestion and improve safety in the area.

  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

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

  • Werribee Mercy Hospital Expansion

    The $85 million Werribee Mercy Hospital expansion opened in 2018 will provide staff with more of the modern facilities they need to take care of our community. This includes 64 inpatient beds, 8 critical care beds and 6 additional operating theatres.

  • $45 Million Police Complex

    Construction begins for the new $45 million station in Werribee. The new facility delivers a state-of-the-art police station that will be able to house more than 460 staff and officers, including uniformed, crime investigation, transit safety officers and administration staff, amongst others.

  • Coronavirus in Victoria

    A State of Emergency was declared in Victoria on 16 March 2020 to combat COVID-19. The best way people can protect themselves and others is to wash their hands with soap and water regularly and practice cough etiquette. If you are unwell stay at home and avoid contact with others. We are all in this together – and as we saw during the bushfires – in the worst of times, we are confident that we will see the best of Victorians.

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MEMBERS STATEMENT: FAMILY VIOLENCE

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) I update the house about important progress to tackle the issue of family violence in my electorate of Werribee. I joined Ingrid Stitt, a member for Western Metropolitan Region, and Paula Piccinini of Safe Futures Foundation at the new Wyndham Family Violence refuge, an important facility for victim survivors of family violence. Safe Futures is the largest provider of crisis refuge responses in Victoria and responds to the needs of approximately 1200 women and children who have experienced family violence each year across the state. As a government we are committed to tackling the devastating issue of family violence and want to ensure that victim survivors have access to meaningful support services and accommodation facilities. A crucial part of this commitment is the adoption of key recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence, including phasing out older-style communal refuges and moving to a ‘core and cluster’ style. This style addresses a number of barriers that many women face when seeking crisis refuge, and this is what the Wyndham family violence refuge is modelled on. It features onsite support services in a ‘core’ building as well as self-contained units all on the one parcel of land, with a communal gathering area. Whilst victim survivors often feel isolated in their circumstances, the core and cluster model provides an opportunity for socialising for the survivors and their children. It was an honour to tour this important facility, one which will provide a level of independent living that accommodates victim survivors with disabilities and other needs. In the 2019–20 budget Safe Futures Foundation received approximately $4.6 million to deliver a wide range of services for vulnerable Victorians, including funding for the new Wyndham refuge. I commend the Andrews Labor government’s ongoing commitment to the issue of family violence and thank Safe Futures Foundation for their continued work in providing vital refuge and services for victim survivors of family violence.

MEMBERS STATEMENT: FAMILY VIOLENCE

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) I update the house about important progress to tackle the issue of family violence in my electorate of Werribee. I joined Ingrid Stitt, a member for Western Metropolitan Region, and Paula Piccinini of Safe Futures Foundation at the new Wyndham Family Violence refuge, an important facility for victim survivors of family violence. Safe Futures is the largest provider of crisis refuge responses in Victoria and responds to the needs of approximately 1200 women and children who have experienced family violence each year across the state. As a government we are committed to tackling the devastating issue of family violence and want to ensure that victim survivors have access to meaningful support services and accommodation facilities. A crucial part of this commitment is the adoption of key recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence, including phasing out older-style communal refuges and moving to a ‘core and cluster’ style. This style addresses a number of barriers that many women face when seeking crisis refuge, and this is what the Wyndham family violence refuge is modelled on. It features onsite support services in a ‘core’ building as well as self-contained units all on the one parcel of land, with a communal gathering area. Whilst victim survivors often feel isolated in their circumstances, the core and cluster model provides an opportunity for socialising for the survivors and their children. It was an honour to tour this important facility, one which will provide a level of independent living that accommodates victim survivors with disabilities and other needs. In the 2019–20 budget Safe Futures Foundation received approximately $4.6 million to deliver a wide range of services for vulnerable Victorians, including funding for the new Wyndham refuge. I commend the Andrews Labor government’s ongoing commitment to the issue of family violence and thank Safe Futures Foundation for their continued work in providing vital refuge and services for victim survivors of family violence.

SUPPORTING LOCAL DISABILITY SELF HELP GROUPS

Wyndham disability self-help groups will be able to provide extra support for people with disability, their families and carers thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that two groups in the Werribee district will share in grants of up to $10,000 over two years as part of the Labor Government’s Disability Self Help Grants Program. A total of 61 groups across the state will receive grants as part of the program. This includes 19 self help groups from rural and regional Victoria and 10 groups representing diverse communities. Self help groups bring together people with lived experience of disability who are dealing with similar challenges to share their experiences, support each other and connect with the community. Grant recipients in Wyndham include the Multicultural Mutual Support/Self-Help Parents’ Group, and the Wyndham Disability Action Group Inc. (WYNDAG). The Labor Government’s $378,000 grant funding will strengthen groups by assisting with general expenses, minor works and equipment. The Government will also evaluate the grants program to better understand how people engage in self help activities, address any gaps and identify improvements for the future. To find out more visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/disability-self-help-grants-program Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re very proud to support the Multicultural Mutual Support and Self-Help Parents’ Group, the Wyndham Disability Action Group, and other fantastic local groups that do an incredible job helping people with disability, their families and carers.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “These grants are just one example of how we’re giving people with disability, their families and carers the support they need at a grassroots level.” “Disability self-help groups give people valuable emotional and practical support and help connect them with others dealing with similar challenges – we’re proud to support them.”

SUPPORTING LOCAL DISABILITY SELF HELP GROUPS

Wyndham disability self-help groups will be able to provide extra support for people with disability, their families and carers thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that two groups in the Werribee district will share in grants of up to $10,000 over two years as part of the Labor Government’s Disability Self Help Grants Program. A total of 61 groups across the state will receive grants as part of the program. This includes 19 self help groups from rural and regional Victoria and 10 groups representing diverse communities. Self help groups bring together people with lived experience of disability who are dealing with similar challenges to share their experiences, support each other and connect with the community. Grant recipients in Wyndham include the Multicultural Mutual Support/Self-Help Parents’ Group, and the Wyndham Disability Action Group Inc. (WYNDAG). The Labor Government’s $378,000 grant funding will strengthen groups by assisting with general expenses, minor works and equipment. The Government will also evaluate the grants program to better understand how people engage in self help activities, address any gaps and identify improvements for the future. To find out more visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/disability-self-help-grants-program Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re very proud to support the Multicultural Mutual Support and Self-Help Parents’ Group, the Wyndham Disability Action Group, and other fantastic local groups that do an incredible job helping people with disability, their families and carers.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “These grants are just one example of how we’re giving people with disability, their families and carers the support they need at a grassroots level.” “Disability self-help groups give people valuable emotional and practical support and help connect them with others dealing with similar challenges – we’re proud to support them.”

ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government has reaffirmed its commitment to fix Victoria’s mental health system, with new figures confirming the impact on our local community. These figures, included in the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System’s interim report, highlight the acute strain placed on mental health services in Wyndham. The interim report demonstrates the current impact on our system, with occupancy of public acute adult mental health beds at Mercy Health at 95 per cent. The recommended average is 85 per cent. The Commission also highlighted the expected growth in mental health presentations. Right now, per 100,000 people, Mercy Health has only 24.9– a rate expected to decline to 18.0 by 2031 if no additional action is taken. Our local providers are keenly aware of the pressures on Victoria’s mental health system. And yet, the issue of mental health hasn’t been taken seriously enough, with mental illness costing Victoria $14.2 billion annually and costing our community in lives. In handing down its interim report, the Royal Commission also provided key reforms that can be addressed immediately, including: Expand the consumer and family-carer lived experience workforces and enhance workplace supports for their practice, including continuing learning and development pathways, new educational and training opportunities, and a training program for senior leaders Expand follow-up care and support for people after a suicide attempt through the Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) program, with broader referral pathways, new clinical outreach services in regional areas and a new assertive outreach service for children and young people The Royal Commission is about building a coordinated, quality mental health system from the ground up – a system that will support Victorians and their families when they need it most. The Commission will hold further public hearings later this year before delivering its final report in October.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Whether we've experienced it ourselves or watched a loved one suffer – everyone in our community has felt the impact of mental health.” “Locally, we’ve seen people left on waiting lists, when the last thing they can afford to do is wait.” “It's why we’re giving mental health the attention it deserves – building a proper system from the ground up. Make no mistake, this will save lives.”

ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government has reaffirmed its commitment to fix Victoria’s mental health system, with new figures confirming the impact on our local community. These figures, included in the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System’s interim report, highlight the acute strain placed on mental health services in Wyndham. The interim report demonstrates the current impact on our system, with occupancy of public acute adult mental health beds at Mercy Health at 95 per cent. The recommended average is 85 per cent. The Commission also highlighted the expected growth in mental health presentations. Right now, per 100,000 people, Mercy Health has only 24.9– a rate expected to decline to 18.0 by 2031 if no additional action is taken. Our local providers are keenly aware of the pressures on Victoria’s mental health system. And yet, the issue of mental health hasn’t been taken seriously enough, with mental illness costing Victoria $14.2 billion annually and costing our community in lives. In handing down its interim report, the Royal Commission also provided key reforms that can be addressed immediately, including: Expand the consumer and family-carer lived experience workforces and enhance workplace supports for their practice, including continuing learning and development pathways, new educational and training opportunities, and a training program for senior leaders Expand follow-up care and support for people after a suicide attempt through the Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) program, with broader referral pathways, new clinical outreach services in regional areas and a new assertive outreach service for children and young people The Royal Commission is about building a coordinated, quality mental health system from the ground up – a system that will support Victorians and their families when they need it most. The Commission will hold further public hearings later this year before delivering its final report in October.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Whether we've experienced it ourselves or watched a loved one suffer – everyone in our community has felt the impact of mental health.” “Locally, we’ve seen people left on waiting lists, when the last thing they can afford to do is wait.” “It's why we’re giving mental health the attention it deserves – building a proper system from the ground up. Make no mistake, this will save lives.”

VICTORIAN HOSPITALS RECEIVE NEW EQUIPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

More Wyndham patients will get the high quality and safe care they deserve with the Andrews Labor Government giving hospitals the latest life-saving medical equipment and upgrading vital infrastructure so they can continue doing what they do best – saving lives. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Mercy Health was one of 26 health services around the state to share in $60 million from the latest funding round of the Medical Equipment Replacement Program and the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program. Cutting-edge equipment funded as part of the programs includes CT units, digital x-ray units, ultrasounds, operating room microscopes and heart imaging equipment such as transesophageal echocardiogram units. Mercy Health will receive more than $1.16 million for hospital medical equipment and engineering infrastructure replacements and upgrades. It’s part of the Labor Government’s $7 billion pipeline of health infrastructure projects - the largest health building program in the state’s history. A record $2.5 billion investment in our health system will help meet the needs of our growing state, meaning that more patients will receive care, treatment and surgeries sooner. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham patients deserve the very best and safest care possible. That means giving our dedicated doctors and nurses the latest, cutting edge tools they need to do their job keeping us healthy and saving lives.” “New state-of-the-art medical equipment and better hospital infrastructure will ensure more Victorians can get the world class care they need, when they need it most, closer to home.” “This funding boost for Mercy Health will help maintain a high standard of care and provide a safe environment for their patients.”

VICTORIAN HOSPITALS RECEIVE NEW EQUIPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

More Wyndham patients will get the high quality and safe care they deserve with the Andrews Labor Government giving hospitals the latest life-saving medical equipment and upgrading vital infrastructure so they can continue doing what they do best – saving lives. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Mercy Health was one of 26 health services around the state to share in $60 million from the latest funding round of the Medical Equipment Replacement Program and the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program. Cutting-edge equipment funded as part of the programs includes CT units, digital x-ray units, ultrasounds, operating room microscopes and heart imaging equipment such as transesophageal echocardiogram units. Mercy Health will receive more than $1.16 million for hospital medical equipment and engineering infrastructure replacements and upgrades. It’s part of the Labor Government’s $7 billion pipeline of health infrastructure projects - the largest health building program in the state’s history. A record $2.5 billion investment in our health system will help meet the needs of our growing state, meaning that more patients will receive care, treatment and surgeries sooner. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham patients deserve the very best and safest care possible. That means giving our dedicated doctors and nurses the latest, cutting edge tools they need to do their job keeping us healthy and saving lives.” “New state-of-the-art medical equipment and better hospital infrastructure will ensure more Victorians can get the world class care they need, when they need it most, closer to home.” “This funding boost for Mercy Health will help maintain a high standard of care and provide a safe environment for their patients.”

SOLAR BATTERIES TO POWER MORE VICTORIAN POSTCODES

More Victorian households will be able to store cleaner, cheaper rooftop energy, with the Andrews Labor Government adding an extra 143 postcodes to its Solar Homes battery rebate scheme. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said this meant households in Wyndham are now eligible to apply for a Solar Homes battery rebate of up to $4,838. Households with an average 11kwH battery around can expect to save around $650 a year on their electricity bills, in addition to savings they are already making with solar panels. More than 70 per cent of the new postcodes are in regional Victoria, including in the Goulburn Valley, North East Victoria, Gippsland and Barwon South West regions. The expansion will include regional centres such as Bendigo, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Yarrawonga, Mildura, Port Fairy, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale, and reach approximately 50 per cent of households that have a pre-existing solar panel system of at least 5kW. There have been more than 359 approved applications for solar batteries since they became available in July 2019, with 219 of those systems already installed. The top suburbs in Victoria for solar batteries applications so far are Torquay, Sunbury, Lara, Craigieburn, Werribee, Mount Duneed, Tarneit, Armstrong Creek, Templestowe and Ocean Grove. To be eligible for a rebate, householders must obtain approval to install a battery from their distribution network service, have an existing rooftop solar system of 5kW or more, and meet other eligibility criteria. Full eligibility details can be found at: solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate.   Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Solar batteries will help local families store energy from the sun, reduce their reliance on the grid, and save money.” “This is a fantastic opportunity for households in the Werribee region that already have solar panels to capitalise on their solar systems and take greater control of their energy bills.”  “Solar batteries are a huge money saver, so it’s great news for Wyndham families that they are now eligible to apply for a rebate and get a battery installed with their solar system.”

SOLAR BATTERIES TO POWER MORE VICTORIAN POSTCODES

More Victorian households will be able to store cleaner, cheaper rooftop energy, with the Andrews Labor Government adding an extra 143 postcodes to its Solar Homes battery rebate scheme. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said this meant households in Wyndham are now eligible to apply for a Solar Homes battery rebate of up to $4,838. Households with an average 11kwH battery around can expect to save around $650 a year on their electricity bills, in addition to savings they are already making with solar panels. More than 70 per cent of the new postcodes are in regional Victoria, including in the Goulburn Valley, North East Victoria, Gippsland and Barwon South West regions. The expansion will include regional centres such as Bendigo, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Yarrawonga, Mildura, Port Fairy, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale, and reach approximately 50 per cent of households that have a pre-existing solar panel system of at least 5kW. There have been more than 359 approved applications for solar batteries since they became available in July 2019, with 219 of those systems already installed. The top suburbs in Victoria for solar batteries applications so far are Torquay, Sunbury, Lara, Craigieburn, Werribee, Mount Duneed, Tarneit, Armstrong Creek, Templestowe and Ocean Grove. To be eligible for a rebate, householders must obtain approval to install a battery from their distribution network service, have an existing rooftop solar system of 5kW or more, and meet other eligibility criteria. Full eligibility details can be found at: solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate.   Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Solar batteries will help local families store energy from the sun, reduce their reliance on the grid, and save money.” “This is a fantastic opportunity for households in the Werribee region that already have solar panels to capitalise on their solar systems and take greater control of their energy bills.”  “Solar batteries are a huge money saver, so it’s great news for Wyndham families that they are now eligible to apply for a rebate and get a battery installed with their solar system.”

HELPING HUNDREDS OF VICTORIANS TO BUY THEIR FIRST HOME

The Andrews Labor Government is providing a vital helping hand to first home buyers struggling to enter the property market, with more than 250 properties purchased since the launch of the HomesVic shared equity scheme. Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas highlighted the success of the scheme, which allows participants to purchase homes with a smaller deposit of at least five per cent. More than 250 properties have been purchased so far, with another 40 people currently looking to buy through the program. The scheme is targeted at first home buyers on a low to moderate income and allows the Victorian Government to support the purchase by contributing up to 25 per cent of the purchase price. When the properties are sold, participating buyers will pay off the Government’s share, which is then reinvested in other homes. Eligible participants are provided with a broad range of metropolitan and regional options when searching for their first home, including 85 Melbourne suburbs, 130 regional areas and seven peri-urban towns. Approximately 40 shared equity properties have been reserved for Aboriginal Victorians, who can receive a state contribution of up to 35 per cent of the property’s purchase price. There are still places available for applicants who qualify for the scheme. For more information or to apply, visit homesvic.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “This is helping people, who far too often are being locked out of the housing market, buy a home.” “It’s an unfortunate reality that many people with good jobs and steady incomes still can’t save enough to get on that first rung of the housing ladder – HomesVic is changing all that.” “Whether it’s through HomesVic or our slashing of stamp duty for people buying their first home, we are seeing more and more Victorians realise their dream of home ownership.” “This initiative has already helped so many people, but there’s still room for more.” “I urge anyone in my electorate who is dreaming of owning their own home but needs a little help to check out the scheme and see if they’re eligible.”

HELPING HUNDREDS OF VICTORIANS TO BUY THEIR FIRST HOME

The Andrews Labor Government is providing a vital helping hand to first home buyers struggling to enter the property market, with more than 250 properties purchased since the launch of the HomesVic shared equity scheme. Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas highlighted the success of the scheme, which allows participants to purchase homes with a smaller deposit of at least five per cent. More than 250 properties have been purchased so far, with another 40 people currently looking to buy through the program. The scheme is targeted at first home buyers on a low to moderate income and allows the Victorian Government to support the purchase by contributing up to 25 per cent of the purchase price. When the properties are sold, participating buyers will pay off the Government’s share, which is then reinvested in other homes. Eligible participants are provided with a broad range of metropolitan and regional options when searching for their first home, including 85 Melbourne suburbs, 130 regional areas and seven peri-urban towns. Approximately 40 shared equity properties have been reserved for Aboriginal Victorians, who can receive a state contribution of up to 35 per cent of the property’s purchase price. There are still places available for applicants who qualify for the scheme. For more information or to apply, visit homesvic.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “This is helping people, who far too often are being locked out of the housing market, buy a home.” “It’s an unfortunate reality that many people with good jobs and steady incomes still can’t save enough to get on that first rung of the housing ladder – HomesVic is changing all that.” “Whether it’s through HomesVic or our slashing of stamp duty for people buying their first home, we are seeing more and more Victorians realise their dream of home ownership.” “This initiative has already helped so many people, but there’s still room for more.” “I urge anyone in my electorate who is dreaming of owning their own home but needs a little help to check out the scheme and see if they’re eligible.”

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2020 VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

Apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers in Wyndham can now nominate for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP urged people in Wyndham to nominate individuals and organisations who have made outstanding achievements in the Victorian TAFE and training sector. There are 16 award categories, comprising six for individuals, four for employers, and four for training organisations and community providers, as well as an Industry Collaboration Award and the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement. Last year, the Royal Children’s Hospital and Holmesglen Institute were the successful recipients of the Industry Collaboration Award in both the Victorian Training Awards and the Australian National Awards. Their collaboration created a pathway to employment for young people with disability and demonstrates how barriers can be overcome through the effective partnering of education with industry. Winners will be announced at the 66th Victorian Training Awards gala ceremony on 18 September with winners receiving $5000 in prize money. Some winners will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Melbourne in November. To nominate for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards visit vta.awardsplatform.com Applications close at midnight on 5 June. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “These prestigious awards celebrate the key role our training sector plays in delivering real workplace skills that meet the needs of both workers and employers in the Werribee area” “The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in TAFE and training is ensuring that apprentices and trainees can get the skills they need for the jobs they want.”

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2020 VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

Apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers in Wyndham can now nominate for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP urged people in Wyndham to nominate individuals and organisations who have made outstanding achievements in the Victorian TAFE and training sector. There are 16 award categories, comprising six for individuals, four for employers, and four for training organisations and community providers, as well as an Industry Collaboration Award and the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement. Last year, the Royal Children’s Hospital and Holmesglen Institute were the successful recipients of the Industry Collaboration Award in both the Victorian Training Awards and the Australian National Awards. Their collaboration created a pathway to employment for young people with disability and demonstrates how barriers can be overcome through the effective partnering of education with industry. Winners will be announced at the 66th Victorian Training Awards gala ceremony on 18 September with winners receiving $5000 in prize money. Some winners will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Melbourne in November. To nominate for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards visit vta.awardsplatform.com Applications close at midnight on 5 June. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “These prestigious awards celebrate the key role our training sector plays in delivering real workplace skills that meet the needs of both workers and employers in the Werribee area” “The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in TAFE and training is ensuring that apprentices and trainees can get the skills they need for the jobs they want.”

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WERRIBEE ELECTORATE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): I rise today to update the house on some fantastic news regarding significant infrastructure upgrades in my electorate of Werribee. The Andrews Labor government is getting on with the job of removing 75 dangerous and congested level crossings right across Melbourne, and works remove the Cherry Street level crossing are now well underway in Werribee. The Cherry Street level crossing removal project will involve the construction of a new bridge to connect Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway, as well as 130 new and upgraded car parking spaces built near Werribee station, thanks to the government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund. I am also pleased to say that the designs for the removal of the Old Geelong Road and Werribee Street crossings have also been announced. When completed these removals will provide for less congestion, improved safety and reduced travel times without the dreaded boom gate delays. I am also delighted to see that major works are progressing at the Duncans Road interchange in Werribee as part of the Andrews Labor government’s $1.8 billion investment in western roads upgrades for Wyndham. And in the spirit of the upcoming International Women’s Day, I want to take the opportunity to acknowledge that these road upgrades have seen more than 300 women working on the project, from communications managers to engineers and labourers. So level crossing removals, upgraded parking and better roads: these are some of the important investments made by our government to accommodate the growing electorate in Werribee.

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WERRIBEE ELECTORATE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): I rise today to update the house on some fantastic news regarding significant infrastructure upgrades in my electorate of Werribee. The Andrews Labor government is getting on with the job of removing 75 dangerous and congested level crossings right across Melbourne, and works remove the Cherry Street level crossing are now well underway in Werribee. The Cherry Street level crossing removal project will involve the construction of a new bridge to connect Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway, as well as 130 new and upgraded car parking spaces built near Werribee station, thanks to the government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund. I am also pleased to say that the designs for the removal of the Old Geelong Road and Werribee Street crossings have also been announced. When completed these removals will provide for less congestion, improved safety and reduced travel times without the dreaded boom gate delays. I am also delighted to see that major works are progressing at the Duncans Road interchange in Werribee as part of the Andrews Labor government’s $1.8 billion investment in western roads upgrades for Wyndham. And in the spirit of the upcoming International Women’s Day, I want to take the opportunity to acknowledge that these road upgrades have seen more than 300 women working on the project, from communications managers to engineers and labourers. So level crossing removals, upgraded parking and better roads: these are some of the important investments made by our government to accommodate the growing electorate in Werribee.

 

COMMUNITY ROAD SAFETY GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for community groups and councils from across Victoria to apply for grants to boost road safety awareness in their local area. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said that applications for this year’s $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program are now open. The grants program will support a range of road safety education programs and initiatives that target cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and passengers, and motorcyclists. Funding is also available to support electronic speed signs, road safety banners and mobile billboards that communicate specific messages to road users at locations identified by local communities. Last year grants were provided to 57 recipients including councils, schools and not-for-profit organisations to deliver 190 projects promoting road safety. As a successful recipient last year, St Anthony’s School in Noble Park delivered one of VicRoads’ most sought-after programs – Road Safety for New Arrivals which gave 75 per cent of participants a newfound confidence in road safety and driving laws. Other successful applications include Bike Ed programs and programs to boost pedestrian safety around schools. Applications for the grants are now open and will close on Wednesday 11 March. For more information go to vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-safety-programs. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Everyone has a part to play when it comes to road safety – which is why we’re giving communities the resources they need to take the lead on road safety in their area.” “We’re encouraging councils, schools and community groups to apply for this grant program because we know just how effective a grassroot safety campaign can be.”

COMMUNITY ROAD SAFETY GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for community groups and councils from across Victoria to apply for grants to boost road safety awareness in their local area. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said that applications for this year’s $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program are now open. The grants program will support a range of road safety education programs and initiatives that target cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and passengers, and motorcyclists. Funding is also available to support electronic speed signs, road safety banners and mobile billboards that communicate specific messages to road users at locations identified by local communities. Last year grants were provided to 57 recipients including councils, schools and not-for-profit organisations to deliver 190 projects promoting road safety. As a successful recipient last year, St Anthony’s School in Noble Park delivered one of VicRoads’ most sought-after programs – Road Safety for New Arrivals which gave 75 per cent of participants a newfound confidence in road safety and driving laws. Other successful applications include Bike Ed programs and programs to boost pedestrian safety around schools. Applications for the grants are now open and will close on Wednesday 11 March. For more information go to vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-safety-programs. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Everyone has a part to play when it comes to road safety – which is why we’re giving communities the resources they need to take the lead on road safety in their area.” “We’re encouraging councils, schools and community groups to apply for this grant program because we know just how effective a grassroot safety campaign can be.”

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS EXPANSION TO HELP WYNDHAM STUDENTS THRIVE

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students living in Wyndham have the support they need to thrive at school, by investing in providing healthy breakfasts, lunches and school holiday supplies to children who need them. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Wyndham Vale Primary School, Werribee Secondary School, and Little River Primary school in Wyndham are three of 250 schools that have been invited to participate in the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program from Term 3, 2020. Under the expansion, 125 schools will be added to the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program each term this year, ensuring more students from families that are experiencing disadvantage have the support they need to succeed at school. The program will also provide lunches and school holiday supplies to students who need it on top of breakfast. The Andrews Labor Government announced an additional 500 schools will join the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program, thanks to a $58 million boost through the 2019-20 State Budget. A total of 1000 government primary, secondary, P-12 and special schools are set to benefit by the end of 2020. It’s part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring children from disadvantaged families can fully participate in their learning at school, and build happy and healthy lives. Where possible, School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program products are sourced locally from Victorian producers and manufacturers, and this commitment to using locally sourced products will continue as the program expands. The breakfast and lunch menu offerings include a range of healthy options such as muesli, Vita Brits, milk, baked beans, fruit cups, fresh apples, Vegemite and honey, and lunch bowls. More than 8.8 million breakfasts have been delivered to Victorian students since the program started in 2016. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Access to healthy meals shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a good education.” “The school breakfast clubs program has served up more than 8 million breakfasts to Victorian students, and teachers around the state are seeing the enormous difference it makes in class.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know that students need proper meals every day to help them concentrate, learn and be their best while at school.” “The expansion the School Breakfast Clubs to local kids in Wyndham will mean students have the fuel they need to get the most out of their education.”

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS EXPANSION TO HELP WYNDHAM STUDENTS THRIVE

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students living in Wyndham have the support they need to thrive at school, by investing in providing healthy breakfasts, lunches and school holiday supplies to children who need them. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Wyndham Vale Primary School, Werribee Secondary School, and Little River Primary school in Wyndham are three of 250 schools that have been invited to participate in the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program from Term 3, 2020. Under the expansion, 125 schools will be added to the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program each term this year, ensuring more students from families that are experiencing disadvantage have the support they need to succeed at school. The program will also provide lunches and school holiday supplies to students who need it on top of breakfast. The Andrews Labor Government announced an additional 500 schools will join the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program, thanks to a $58 million boost through the 2019-20 State Budget. A total of 1000 government primary, secondary, P-12 and special schools are set to benefit by the end of 2020. It’s part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring children from disadvantaged families can fully participate in their learning at school, and build happy and healthy lives. Where possible, School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program products are sourced locally from Victorian producers and manufacturers, and this commitment to using locally sourced products will continue as the program expands. The breakfast and lunch menu offerings include a range of healthy options such as muesli, Vita Brits, milk, baked beans, fruit cups, fresh apples, Vegemite and honey, and lunch bowls. More than 8.8 million breakfasts have been delivered to Victorian students since the program started in 2016. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Access to healthy meals shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a good education.” “The school breakfast clubs program has served up more than 8 million breakfasts to Victorian students, and teachers around the state are seeing the enormous difference it makes in class.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know that students need proper meals every day to help them concentrate, learn and be their best while at school.” “The expansion the School Breakfast Clubs to local kids in Wyndham will mean students have the fuel they need to get the most out of their education.”

LEVEL CROSSING A WIN FOR WYNDHAM AS MORE DESIGNS CONFIRMED

Designs have been confirmed to remove level crossings at Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing and Werribee Street in Werribee, with work set to get underway by mid-year. The Andrews Labor Government today announced a combined $355.5 million package to deliver these works, that will further ease congestion and improve safety in the area. Designs have been completed on a new road bridge to remove the Old Geelong Road level crossing and a rail bridge to remove the Werribee Street level crossing. At Hoppers Crossing, the new road bridge will be built closer to the city, creating a direct link to the Princes Freeway. The existing Old Geelong Road crossing will be closed to traffic, with a new overpass and forecourt built near Hoppers Crossing Station to create a safe, pedestrian-friendly public transport and shopping precinct. At Werribee Street, a rail bridge will cater to the existing tracks and allow for future growth, like the planned Suburban Rail Loop network improvements which will connect Wyndham Vale and Werribee. Raising the rail line between the Werribee Racecourse and Werribee River will create new open space – while a temporary track will be built to ensure important freight services can continue to run during construction. The project team will continue to provide updates on the revised designs to the community in the coming weeks, ahead of construction getting underway by mid-2020. In partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Project, McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne have been awarded the contract to deliver the work. This alliance has removed three level crossings across Melbourne, most recently completing a new road bridge in Laverton to remove the Aviation Road crossing. These designs follow the announcement of the new road bridge that will remove the Cherry Street level crossing in Werribee, to be constructed between Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway. All three designs in the area minimise road and rail disruptions during construction, and all three level crossings will be gone for good in 2022. For more information and to sign up for email updates, please visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re removing all three level crossings in Wyndham to create benefits now and into the future – incorporating community areas into the designs to keep Wyndham people connected.” “We’re keeping the west moving while we do these important works – including temporary tracks so vital freight services can keep running during construction.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “We know how important good access is to Hoppers Crossing Station and local businesses, which is why we’re building a new pedestrian overpass to make the precinct safer and more accessible for those on foot or on their bike.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Kaushaliya Vaghela “Commuters using Old Geelong Road and Werribee Street are often stuck in long queues while the boom gates are down. These works will make those dangerous bottlenecks a thing of the past.” [gallery link="file" ids="5636,5637,5638,5639,5640,5641,5642,5643,5644,5646"]

LEVEL CROSSING A WIN FOR WYNDHAM AS MORE DESIGNS CONFIRMED

Designs have been confirmed to remove level crossings at Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing and Werribee Street in Werribee, with work set to get underway by mid-year. The Andrews Labor Government today announced a combined $355.5 million package to deliver these works, that will further ease congestion and improve safety in the area. Designs have been completed on a new road bridge to remove the Old Geelong Road level crossing and a rail bridge to remove the Werribee Street level crossing. At Hoppers Crossing, the new road bridge will be built closer to the city, creating a direct link to the Princes Freeway. The existing Old Geelong Road crossing will be closed to traffic, with a new overpass and forecourt built near Hoppers Crossing Station to create a safe, pedestrian-friendly public transport and shopping precinct. At Werribee Street, a rail bridge will cater to the existing tracks and allow for future growth, like the planned Suburban Rail Loop network improvements which will connect Wyndham Vale and Werribee. Raising the rail line between the Werribee Racecourse and Werribee River will create new open space – while a temporary track will be built to ensure important freight services can continue to run during construction. The project team will continue to provide updates on the revised designs to the community in the coming weeks, ahead of construction getting underway by mid-2020. In partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Project, McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne have been awarded the contract to deliver the work. This alliance has removed three level crossings across Melbourne, most recently completing a new road bridge in Laverton to remove the Aviation Road crossing. These designs follow the announcement of the new road bridge that will remove the Cherry Street level crossing in Werribee, to be constructed between Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway. All three designs in the area minimise road and rail disruptions during construction, and all three level crossings will be gone for good in 2022. For more information and to sign up for email updates, please visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re removing all three level crossings in Wyndham to create benefits now and into the future – incorporating community areas into the designs to keep Wyndham people connected.” “We’re keeping the west moving while we do these important works – including temporary tracks so vital freight services can keep running during construction.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “We know how important good access is to Hoppers Crossing Station and local businesses, which is why we’re building a new pedestrian overpass to make the precinct safer and more accessible for those on foot or on their bike.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Kaushaliya Vaghela “Commuters using Old Geelong Road and Werribee Street are often stuck in long queues while the boom gates are down. These works will make those dangerous bottlenecks a thing of the past.” [gallery link="file" ids="5636,5637,5638,5639,5640,5641,5642,5643,5644,5646"]

WERRIBEE REINVIGORATED WITH TRANSFORMATION OF WYNDHAM PARK

Residents of the fast-growing Werribee community are set to benefit from the major transformation of Wyndham Park, made possible through support from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today declared the redeveloped Wyndham Park open to the public. This major redevelopment has transformed Wyndham Park into a recreation and events space of regional significance, facilitating community events, exercise, relaxation and play opportunities - delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to the local community. Completed works include a river trail with walking and cycling paths, event lawn, activity spine, river terraces, tables, seating, drinking fountains, new pathways and boardwalks, viewing areas, improved lighting and revegetation works. The redevelopment will improve connections between the park, river and Werribee City Centre, making it a place for the entire community to enjoy. The Andrews Labor Government committed $3.2 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund towards the $13.6 million redevelopment. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $250 million investment over five years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. Since 2015, Wyndham City Council has received more than $25 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund to support the delivery of 19 priority projects across the municipality. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Adem Somyurek “The Growing Suburbs Fund continues to deliver exceptional and critical local community facilities to meet the needs of our growing communities” “We’re helping some of Melbourne’s fastest growing municipalities, like Wyndham, support their growing population and to build thriving communities” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “This redevelopment will energize the city centre and provide quality open space at a time when Werribee’s population is booming.” “Wyndham Park will provide many new opportunities to enjoy the outdoors for our local community and visitors alike”

WERRIBEE REINVIGORATED WITH TRANSFORMATION OF WYNDHAM PARK

Residents of the fast-growing Werribee community are set to benefit from the major transformation of Wyndham Park, made possible through support from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today declared the redeveloped Wyndham Park open to the public. This major redevelopment has transformed Wyndham Park into a recreation and events space of regional significance, facilitating community events, exercise, relaxation and play opportunities - delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to the local community. Completed works include a river trail with walking and cycling paths, event lawn, activity spine, river terraces, tables, seating, drinking fountains, new pathways and boardwalks, viewing areas, improved lighting and revegetation works. The redevelopment will improve connections between the park, river and Werribee City Centre, making it a place for the entire community to enjoy. The Andrews Labor Government committed $3.2 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund towards the $13.6 million redevelopment. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $250 million investment over five years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. Since 2015, Wyndham City Council has received more than $25 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund to support the delivery of 19 priority projects across the municipality. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Adem Somyurek “The Growing Suburbs Fund continues to deliver exceptional and critical local community facilities to meet the needs of our growing communities” “We’re helping some of Melbourne’s fastest growing municipalities, like Wyndham, support their growing population and to build thriving communities” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “This redevelopment will energize the city centre and provide quality open space at a time when Werribee’s population is booming.” “Wyndham Park will provide many new opportunities to enjoy the outdoors for our local community and visitors alike”

MEMBERS STATEMENT: RIVERWALK PRIMARY SCHOOL

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): I am delighted to update the house on my recent visit to officially open Riverwalk Primary School in my electorate of Werribee, a $23.7 million investment by the Andrews Labor government. Last year I visited the construction site, and I have got to say I am beyond thrilled with the final result—a fantastic school, great architectural design, great learning spaces, a state-of-the-art facility. Principal Paris Spencer and the student school leaders proudly showed me around their new school, which includes a fantastic performing arts and physical education building along with impressive learning spaces and administration areas. Riverwalk Primary School’s motto is ‘Achieving excellence’, and this encapsulates perfectly what the school will provide for its students—an inclusive, safe and supportive environment where they can strive to do their best. Investing in education is one of the most valuable things we can do for the next generation of Victorians, whether it is to build new schools such as Riverwalk Primary or to provide funding for necessary infrastructure for upgrades in our existing schools. We want to ensure that every Victorian child has access to a world-class education regardless of their background. We want every child in Victoria to be empowered through their education so that they can all achieve excellence. I want to thank Principal Spencer, student leaders and staff for their tour of Riverwalk Primary and congratulate all those involved in its design and construction. I am proud to say that with important investments such as these the Andrews government in ensuring Victoria continues to be the Education— (Time expired)

MEMBERS STATEMENT: RIVERWALK PRIMARY SCHOOL

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): I am delighted to update the house on my recent visit to officially open Riverwalk Primary School in my electorate of Werribee, a $23.7 million investment by the Andrews Labor government. Last year I visited the construction site, and I have got to say I am beyond thrilled with the final result—a fantastic school, great architectural design, great learning spaces, a state-of-the-art facility. Principal Paris Spencer and the student school leaders proudly showed me around their new school, which includes a fantastic performing arts and physical education building along with impressive learning spaces and administration areas. Riverwalk Primary School’s motto is ‘Achieving excellence’, and this encapsulates perfectly what the school will provide for its students—an inclusive, safe and supportive environment where they can strive to do their best. Investing in education is one of the most valuable things we can do for the next generation of Victorians, whether it is to build new schools such as Riverwalk Primary or to provide funding for necessary infrastructure for upgrades in our existing schools. We want to ensure that every Victorian child has access to a world-class education regardless of their background. We want every child in Victoria to be empowered through their education so that they can all achieve excellence. I want to thank Principal Spencer, student leaders and staff for their tour of Riverwalk Primary and congratulate all those involved in its design and construction. I am proud to say that with important investments such as these the Andrews government in ensuring Victoria continues to be the Education— (Time expired)

LIFESAVING PROJECTS NOW UNDERWAY AROUND WERRIBEE

Some of the most dangerous roads and intersections around Werribee are being made safer as the Andrews Labor Government continues its unprecedented investment in lifesaving road safety infrastructure. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said works to deliver safer intersections at Werribee Street and Watton Street are now underway here in Werribee. This is part of the Andrew Labor Government’s $226 million investment into safety upgrades, with hundreds of new projects reaching more communities than ever before. Through 2020, this will include more than 340 kilometres of new safety barriers installed across the state to prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes. Drivers and pedestrians in Werribee will be safer with the introduction of fully controlled right turns on both approaches of Werribee Street, to prevent risky turns across traffic or while pedestrians are still crossing. Additionally, partial control right turn movements being implemented on Watton Street along with traffic signal improvements for pedestrians will create a safer system for both drivers and pedestrians. All these upgrades are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero Strategy. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re continuing our strong investment into road safety infrastructure with works underway across Wyndham, including the removal of the dangerous and congested level crossing at Cherry Street, and now the implementation of controlled right turn movements on Werribee Street and Watton Street.”

LIFESAVING PROJECTS NOW UNDERWAY AROUND WERRIBEE

Some of the most dangerous roads and intersections around Werribee are being made safer as the Andrews Labor Government continues its unprecedented investment in lifesaving road safety infrastructure. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said works to deliver safer intersections at Werribee Street and Watton Street are now underway here in Werribee. This is part of the Andrew Labor Government’s $226 million investment into safety upgrades, with hundreds of new projects reaching more communities than ever before. Through 2020, this will include more than 340 kilometres of new safety barriers installed across the state to prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes. Drivers and pedestrians in Werribee will be safer with the introduction of fully controlled right turns on both approaches of Werribee Street, to prevent risky turns across traffic or while pedestrians are still crossing. Additionally, partial control right turn movements being implemented on Watton Street along with traffic signal improvements for pedestrians will create a safer system for both drivers and pedestrians. All these upgrades are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero Strategy. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re continuing our strong investment into road safety infrastructure with works underway across Wyndham, including the removal of the dangerous and congested level crossing at Cherry Street, and now the implementation of controlled right turn movements on Werribee Street and Watton Street.”

2020 LEARN LOCAL AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

Learners, teachers and community education providers in Wyndham can now nominate for the 2020 Victorian Learn Local Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement among the state’s Learn Local organisations. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today urged people in Wyndham to nominate the inspirational learners and practitioners whose stories show how adult and community education continues to transform lives. Learn Local providers make a huge difference in Wyndham by delivering adult community education programs. They help people who need extra support to turn their lives around with programs for people of all ages and from all walks of life. The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Learn Local sector by introducing 20 per cent regional loading for pre-accredited training delivery, which equates to a $2.6 million commitment over three years. The Labor Government has also increased the subsidy rate for pre-accredited training delivered by Learn Locals by 26 per cent since January 2015. The Learn Local Awards, established by the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, are held annually to recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of individual programs and training providers within the Learn Local education and training sector. There are seven award categories available for nomination, including the Ro Allen Award, the Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award, and the Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award. Introduced this year are the People’s Choice Awards for finalists from Program categories, with the winners decided by online public voting. Awards participants have the chance to share in $70,000. Nominations close at midnight on 29 June. The awards will be held at a presentation dinner in Melbourne on 4 September. To find out more about the Learn Local Awards or to nominate, visit education.vic.gov.au/learnlocalawards. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Learn Local Awards are the perfect opportunity to acknowledge learners and the providers who support them, as well as the contribution the Learn Local network makes to the Victorian community. “The Andrews Labor Government is funding Learn Locals in Wyndham to transform lives and support the incredible programs they deliver.”

2020 LEARN LOCAL AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

Learners, teachers and community education providers in Wyndham can now nominate for the 2020 Victorian Learn Local Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement among the state’s Learn Local organisations. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today urged people in Wyndham to nominate the inspirational learners and practitioners whose stories show how adult and community education continues to transform lives. Learn Local providers make a huge difference in Wyndham by delivering adult community education programs. They help people who need extra support to turn their lives around with programs for people of all ages and from all walks of life. The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Learn Local sector by introducing 20 per cent regional loading for pre-accredited training delivery, which equates to a $2.6 million commitment over three years. The Labor Government has also increased the subsidy rate for pre-accredited training delivered by Learn Locals by 26 per cent since January 2015. The Learn Local Awards, established by the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, are held annually to recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of individual programs and training providers within the Learn Local education and training sector. There are seven award categories available for nomination, including the Ro Allen Award, the Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award, and the Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award. Introduced this year are the People’s Choice Awards for finalists from Program categories, with the winners decided by online public voting. Awards participants have the chance to share in $70,000. Nominations close at midnight on 29 June. The awards will be held at a presentation dinner in Melbourne on 4 September. To find out more about the Learn Local Awards or to nominate, visit education.vic.gov.au/learnlocalawards. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Learn Local Awards are the perfect opportunity to acknowledge learners and the providers who support them, as well as the contribution the Learn Local network makes to the Victorian community. “The Andrews Labor Government is funding Learn Locals in Wyndham to transform lives and support the incredible programs they deliver.”

LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD IN WYNDHAM

Applications are now open for the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s 2019-20 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program. The program, now in its third year, supports the delivery of sector initiatives that bring together communities to showcase and celebrate the role of women and girls and further gender equality through sport and active recreation. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said that local sport and active recreation clubs are encouraged to identify events and initiatives that promote gender equality and apply. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible clubs and community groups across Victoria to establish more opportunities for women and girls at a grassroots level to participate and lead both on and off the field. The Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program highlights the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to gender equality across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector. To date, the program has enabled more than 95 community sport and recreation organisations to host events ranging from come-and-try days to community forums and educational sessions. The grants are part of the broader $7.2 million Change Our Game initiative aimed at levelling the playing field for women and girls in sport and recreation. For more information about the Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program visit www.changeourame.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We’re getting on with levelling the playing field for women and girls across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector.” “Women and girls continue to lead from the front, and we want to see even more in Wyndham apply for these grants to take their initiatives to the next level.” Quote attributable to Director, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell “The Change Our Game Community Activation Grant program has been very popular since its introduction in 2018. I encourage community level organisations across the state to create opportunities and positive experiences for women and girls wanting to get involved in sport and recreation both on and off the pitch.”

LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD IN WYNDHAM

Applications are now open for the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s 2019-20 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program. The program, now in its third year, supports the delivery of sector initiatives that bring together communities to showcase and celebrate the role of women and girls and further gender equality through sport and active recreation. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said that local sport and active recreation clubs are encouraged to identify events and initiatives that promote gender equality and apply. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible clubs and community groups across Victoria to establish more opportunities for women and girls at a grassroots level to participate and lead both on and off the field. The Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program highlights the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to gender equality across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector. To date, the program has enabled more than 95 community sport and recreation organisations to host events ranging from come-and-try days to community forums and educational sessions. The grants are part of the broader $7.2 million Change Our Game initiative aimed at levelling the playing field for women and girls in sport and recreation. For more information about the Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program visit www.changeourame.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We’re getting on with levelling the playing field for women and girls across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector.” “Women and girls continue to lead from the front, and we want to see even more in Wyndham apply for these grants to take their initiatives to the next level.” Quote attributable to Director, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell “The Change Our Game Community Activation Grant program has been very popular since its introduction in 2018. I encourage community level organisations across the state to create opportunities and positive experiences for women and girls wanting to get involved in sport and recreation both on and off the pitch.”