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  • West Gate Tunnel Project

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

  • More Train Services for the Werribee Line

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

  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

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

  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project

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

  • Werribee Electorate

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

  • West Gate Tunnel Project

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

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MINISTERS STATEMENTS: BUDGET 2019-20

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (11:10:11): It gives me great pleasure to stand up to advise the house on the response to the Andrews government’s fifth budget that keeps our promises and delivers for all Victorians. Yesterday both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s confirmed that Victoria will retain its AAA rating, just like we told you it would before the last election. This endorsement is not only about our budget but also a ringing endorsement of this government’s responsible economic management. But they are not the only ones that have been praising this budget this year. For example, from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia we have heard this budget being described as 'remarkable’ and an 'impressive infrastructure budget’—no surprise, given our record of investing and creating 115 000 jobs. Also, of course, we have heard from the Victorian Council of Social Service, who have described this budget as a 'progressive suite of social policies’ which 'make life better for Victorians’. On top of that we have got the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who have actually gone out and commended the 'positive incentive for business investment’ created by the new 50 per cent stamp duty concession. We are also building infrastructure that meets the community’s needs and we are reducing taxation in payroll. From the CEO of Environment Victoria: We are pleased to see the Andrews government honouring its commitment to ensuring all Victorians benefit from growing renewable energy investment and jobs in our state. The Public Transport Users Association said 'the government is delivering as they promised’. Even Terry McCrann—and a shout-out to all my friends at the Herald Sun—had this to say: On its merits, the latest Budget is a good Labor Budget and indeed a good Budget period.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: BUDGET 2019-20

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (11:10:11): It gives me great pleasure to stand up to advise the house on the response to the Andrews government’s fifth budget that keeps our promises and delivers for all Victorians. Yesterday both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s confirmed that Victoria will retain its AAA rating, just like we told you it would before the last election. This endorsement is not only about our budget but also a ringing endorsement of this government’s responsible economic management. But they are not the only ones that have been praising this budget this year. For example, from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia we have heard this budget being described as 'remarkable’ and an 'impressive infrastructure budget’—no surprise, given our record of investing and creating 115 000 jobs. Also, of course, we have heard from the Victorian Council of Social Service, who have described this budget as a 'progressive suite of social policies’ which 'make life better for Victorians’. On top of that we have got the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who have actually gone out and commended the 'positive incentive for business investment’ created by the new 50 per cent stamp duty concession. We are also building infrastructure that meets the community’s needs and we are reducing taxation in payroll. From the CEO of Environment Victoria: We are pleased to see the Andrews government honouring its commitment to ensuring all Victorians benefit from growing renewable energy investment and jobs in our state. The Public Transport Users Association said 'the government is delivering as they promised’. Even Terry McCrann—and a shout-out to all my friends at the Herald Sun—had this to say: On its merits, the latest Budget is a good Labor Budget and indeed a good Budget period.

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR VICTORIA’S VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Volunteers who selflessly give up their time to help others will be recognised across the state, with nominations now open for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is inviting everyone in Wyndham to nominate volunteers who are making a real impact in the community, so they can be rewarded for all their hard work and dedication. The awards will recognise up to 60 volunteers across the state in the categories of Leadership, Impact, Service, and Teamwork. The Andrews Labor Government invested $500,000 over two years in the 2018-19 Victorian State Budget to support volunteering initiatives, including innovative technological applications and leadership training programs. In 2016-17, the Labor Government also made a 20 per cent increase to ongoing funding for peak body, Volunteering Victoria. At the awards ceremony later this year, one worthy recipient will receive the 2019 Premier's Volunteer of the Year, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award and $10,000 to donate to a not-for-profit organisation of their choice. The Labor Government is committed to supporting and enhancing volunteerism in Victoria through the development and implementation of a Victorian Volunteer Strategy. Nominations for the Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards 2019 are open until 28 June. For more information, visit https://volunteer.vic.gov.au/awards   Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “I encourage all Victorians to nominate a volunteer who makes a positive impact in the local community and is a role model to others.” “This government is supporting volunteers who work across almost every aspect of life, and make vast contributions to our state economy.”29

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR VICTORIA’S VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Volunteers who selflessly give up their time to help others will be recognised across the state, with nominations now open for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is inviting everyone in Wyndham to nominate volunteers who are making a real impact in the community, so they can be rewarded for all their hard work and dedication. The awards will recognise up to 60 volunteers across the state in the categories of Leadership, Impact, Service, and Teamwork. The Andrews Labor Government invested $500,000 over two years in the 2018-19 Victorian State Budget to support volunteering initiatives, including innovative technological applications and leadership training programs. In 2016-17, the Labor Government also made a 20 per cent increase to ongoing funding for peak body, Volunteering Victoria. At the awards ceremony later this year, one worthy recipient will receive the 2019 Premier's Volunteer of the Year, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award and $10,000 to donate to a not-for-profit organisation of their choice. The Labor Government is committed to supporting and enhancing volunteerism in Victoria through the development and implementation of a Victorian Volunteer Strategy. Nominations for the Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards 2019 are open until 28 June. For more information, visit https://volunteer.vic.gov.au/awards   Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “I encourage all Victorians to nominate a volunteer who makes a positive impact in the local community and is a role model to others.” “This government is supporting volunteers who work across almost every aspect of life, and make vast contributions to our state economy.”29

JUNIOR LANDCARE AND BIODIVERSITY GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering young people in Wyndham to care for and protect the environment with the latest round of the Junior Landcare and Biodiversity grants now open. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced applications are now open with a total of $410,000 available for grassroots programs. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP said schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Guides and youth groups in Wyndham can apply for grants of up to $5,000 for projects that boost biodiversity through the development, improvement or restoration of habitat for Victoria’s native plants and animals. Grants will also be available for programs that engage or educate young people to value and actively care for Victoria’s natural environment. The grants will encourage young people to connect with nature and learn more about the environment through outdoor, hands-on activities, while creating better places for plants and animals to flourish. Now in its second year, the pilot program is part of an $18 million investment over four years to increase support for Landcare and implement recommendations of the Victorian Landcare Program Review. The grants will be administered by Landcare Australia as part of their Junior Landcare program, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037 is the Victorian Government’s plan to protect our biodiversity and encourage people to connect with the natural environment through local volunteerism. For more information about how to apply for a grant, visit landcareaustralia.org.au/Victorian-junior-landcare-biodiversity-grants Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This program is creating volunteering opportunities that encourage and inspire young people to participate in caring for our natural environment and biodiversity.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants are an important tool for protecting our natural environment at a grassroots level, while providing health and social benefits for local youth.”

JUNIOR LANDCARE AND BIODIVERSITY GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering young people in Wyndham to care for and protect the environment with the latest round of the Junior Landcare and Biodiversity grants now open. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced applications are now open with a total of $410,000 available for grassroots programs. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP said schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Guides and youth groups in Wyndham can apply for grants of up to $5,000 for projects that boost biodiversity through the development, improvement or restoration of habitat for Victoria’s native plants and animals. Grants will also be available for programs that engage or educate young people to value and actively care for Victoria’s natural environment. The grants will encourage young people to connect with nature and learn more about the environment through outdoor, hands-on activities, while creating better places for plants and animals to flourish. Now in its second year, the pilot program is part of an $18 million investment over four years to increase support for Landcare and implement recommendations of the Victorian Landcare Program Review. The grants will be administered by Landcare Australia as part of their Junior Landcare program, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037 is the Victorian Government’s plan to protect our biodiversity and encourage people to connect with the natural environment through local volunteerism. For more information about how to apply for a grant, visit landcareaustralia.org.au/Victorian-junior-landcare-biodiversity-grants Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This program is creating volunteering opportunities that encourage and inspire young people to participate in caring for our natural environment and biodiversity.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants are an important tool for protecting our natural environment at a grassroots level, while providing health and social benefits for local youth.”

WYNDHAM RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED, DON’T FORGET YOUR FLU SHOT

Wyndham residents are being urged to protect themselves against the flu this winter and get their flu shot. The flu isn’t like the common cold, it can hit quickly and last for weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP wants to help ensure all residents know what steps they can take to help prevent getting and spreading the flu. For vulnerable Victorians, like children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases or a weakened immune system, the flu can have serious and devastating outcomes. That’s why Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP’s message is simple - you never forget the flu, so don’t forget your flu shot. Everyone should get their annual flu shot anytime from mid-April onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally June to September. However, it’s never too late to be vaccinated as the flu can spread all year round. The flu shot is now available from general practitioners, community immunisation sessions and many pharmacies. Some of our most vulnerable Victorians will be protected with a free flu shot. All Victorians over 65, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people six months and over and anyone with a chronic condition or weakened immune system are all eligible for a free flu vaccine. In addition, the Andrews Labor Government is making the vaccination free for all kids aged six months to less than five, going it alone because Scott Morrison and the Federal Liberals refuse to fund the vital vaccination for young children. There are some other easy steps everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading the flu, such as coughing or sneezing into your elbow and washing your hands thoroughly. If you’re sick, stay away from work and other places where you’ll spread the flu. If you’ve got the flu, speak to your doctor or pharmacist, or phone Nurse-On-Call. For more information visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/flu   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The flu is a highly contagious viral infection, spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes.” “The flu doesn’t discriminate, and anyone can be affected, that’s why it is so important that everyone in the Wyndham protects themselves against the flu this season”.  “When more people are vaccinated, fewer people become ill or suffer life-threatening complications from influenza. That’s why it’s vital to get your yearly flu shot today.”

WYNDHAM RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED, DON’T FORGET YOUR FLU SHOT

Wyndham residents are being urged to protect themselves against the flu this winter and get their flu shot. The flu isn’t like the common cold, it can hit quickly and last for weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP wants to help ensure all residents know what steps they can take to help prevent getting and spreading the flu. For vulnerable Victorians, like children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases or a weakened immune system, the flu can have serious and devastating outcomes. That’s why Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP’s message is simple - you never forget the flu, so don’t forget your flu shot. Everyone should get their annual flu shot anytime from mid-April onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally June to September. However, it’s never too late to be vaccinated as the flu can spread all year round. The flu shot is now available from general practitioners, community immunisation sessions and many pharmacies. Some of our most vulnerable Victorians will be protected with a free flu shot. All Victorians over 65, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people six months and over and anyone with a chronic condition or weakened immune system are all eligible for a free flu vaccine. In addition, the Andrews Labor Government is making the vaccination free for all kids aged six months to less than five, going it alone because Scott Morrison and the Federal Liberals refuse to fund the vital vaccination for young children. There are some other easy steps everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading the flu, such as coughing or sneezing into your elbow and washing your hands thoroughly. If you’re sick, stay away from work and other places where you’ll spread the flu. If you’ve got the flu, speak to your doctor or pharmacist, or phone Nurse-On-Call. For more information visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/flu   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The flu is a highly contagious viral infection, spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes.” “The flu doesn’t discriminate, and anyone can be affected, that’s why it is so important that everyone in the Wyndham protects themselves against the flu this season”.  “When more people are vaccinated, fewer people become ill or suffer life-threatening complications from influenza. That’s why it’s vital to get your yearly flu shot today.”

 

COMMUNITY-LED ROAD SAFETY INITITIATIVES FUNDED

The Andrews Labor Government is working with local communities across Victoria to boost road safety awareness through the $1.3 million VicRoads Community Road Safety Grants Program. Across Victoria, 57 councils, schools and not-for-profit organisations will deliver 190 programs to provide local solutions to local road safety concerns. The projects focus on a range of initiatives including cyclist safety such as bike education at schools, pedestrian safety including ‘safer to school’ programs, motorcyclist skills training, road safety awareness and skills for newly arrived migrants. Grants will also fund road side banners, speed advisory signs, and mobile billboards to communicate specific messages to road users at sites identified by local communities. In the Wyndham region, the South Sudanese Community Wyndham received grants to boost safety in the area. The annual community road safety grants program helps communities prevent and reduce serious harm or injury on our roads. The Labor Government’s $1.4 billion ‘Towards Zero’ strategy aims to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads to 200 or fewer and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020.   Quotes Attributable to Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Everyone has a role to play in reducing the number of lives lost and serious injuries on our roads and that’s why these grants at a grass roots level are so important. “These targeted road safety projects will help make communities like Wyndham a safer place to live.”

COMMUNITY-LED ROAD SAFETY INITITIATIVES FUNDED

The Andrews Labor Government is working with local communities across Victoria to boost road safety awareness through the $1.3 million VicRoads Community Road Safety Grants Program. Across Victoria, 57 councils, schools and not-for-profit organisations will deliver 190 programs to provide local solutions to local road safety concerns. The projects focus on a range of initiatives including cyclist safety such as bike education at schools, pedestrian safety including ‘safer to school’ programs, motorcyclist skills training, road safety awareness and skills for newly arrived migrants. Grants will also fund road side banners, speed advisory signs, and mobile billboards to communicate specific messages to road users at sites identified by local communities. In the Wyndham region, the South Sudanese Community Wyndham received grants to boost safety in the area. The annual community road safety grants program helps communities prevent and reduce serious harm or injury on our roads. The Labor Government’s $1.4 billion ‘Towards Zero’ strategy aims to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads to 200 or fewer and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020.   Quotes Attributable to Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Everyone has a role to play in reducing the number of lives lost and serious injuries on our roads and that’s why these grants at a grass roots level are so important. “These targeted road safety projects will help make communities like Wyndham a safer place to live.”

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: EMPLOYMENT

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (11:15:35): I rise to update the house on the jobs boom happening right now in the great state of Victoria. Since the government was elected in 2014 we have created over 455 000 new jobs. That is because we have invested in skills, we have invested in jobs and in the projects that matter. This budget continues that work, investing in Victoria’s Big Build. Government infrastructure investment will reach $14.2 billion in the 2019–20 budget year and average $13.4 billion over the budget and forward estimates, nearly tripling the long-run average. There are now $107 billion of state capital projects commencing or currently underway—that is more than the commonwealth plans to spend across the entire nation over the entire decade. This budget funds a $27.4 billion suburban transport blitz, delivering the North East Link and more level crossing removals and upgrading train lines. The budget will get Victorians where they need to go sooner and safer. More than that, these investments will create jobs—115 000 of them. Remarkably, one in 10 Victorians are now employed in the construction industry in this state. We have also delivered once again for regional Victoria. Just last week Victoria recorded not only the lowest regional unemployment rate in the country but the lowest rate on record, at 4.2 per cent. This budget establishes our Delivering for Regional and Rural Victoria program—$2.6 billion of it. That will create 4500 jobs in our regions. There is also a further cut to the regional payroll tax rate and new stamp duty rate concessions. These investments have been possible because of our strong economic management. We are getting on with the job and setting the standard for economic management.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: EMPLOYMENT

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (11:15:35): I rise to update the house on the jobs boom happening right now in the great state of Victoria. Since the government was elected in 2014 we have created over 455 000 new jobs. That is because we have invested in skills, we have invested in jobs and in the projects that matter. This budget continues that work, investing in Victoria’s Big Build. Government infrastructure investment will reach $14.2 billion in the 2019–20 budget year and average $13.4 billion over the budget and forward estimates, nearly tripling the long-run average. There are now $107 billion of state capital projects commencing or currently underway—that is more than the commonwealth plans to spend across the entire nation over the entire decade. This budget funds a $27.4 billion suburban transport blitz, delivering the North East Link and more level crossing removals and upgrading train lines. The budget will get Victorians where they need to go sooner and safer. More than that, these investments will create jobs—115 000 of them. Remarkably, one in 10 Victorians are now employed in the construction industry in this state. We have also delivered once again for regional Victoria. Just last week Victoria recorded not only the lowest regional unemployment rate in the country but the lowest rate on record, at 4.2 per cent. This budget establishes our Delivering for Regional and Rural Victoria program—$2.6 billion of it. That will create 4500 jobs in our regions. There is also a further cut to the regional payroll tax rate and new stamp duty rate concessions. These investments have been possible because of our strong economic management. We are getting on with the job and setting the standard for economic management.

DELIVERING FOR WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Werribee. As part of a $1.8 billion investment in education, the Victorian Budget 2019/20 includes funding to build two brand-new schools for kids in Werribee, Wollahra Primary School and Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School. The new schools will give local families peace of mind about their children’s future, while helping to meet the needs of our growing community. Students and teachers at Warringa Park School are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $12.4 million to transform old classrooms and facilities with an upgrade of the school’s Administration Building and construction of new classrooms and a multipurpose room. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to an $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. A further $28.5 million will see early childhood added to the list of Free TAFE courses, reducing financial barriers for students, encouraging enrolment and supporting the Labor Government’s rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. With funding provided to local councils and eligible providers, this investment will make sure our kids are getting the best start in life. The Labor Government will establish a new parenting centre in Wyndham, part of a $213.7 million Budget investment. One of nine across the state, the brand-new Wyndham parenting centre will help make sure new mums and dads can get the advice they need, including support with sleeping, feeding and extra care for babies with additional needs. From upgrading the roundabout at the end of your local street to building our state’s biggest transport projects, this Budget will get you where you need to go, with a massive Suburban Transport Blitz. Before being elected, we promised to remove 50 level crossings by 2022, with 20 gone by 2018. With 29 crossings already gone for good, this year’s Budget delivers on the Labor Government’s commitment to remove even more dangerous and congested level crossings. With a $6.6 billion investment, this Budget ensures a total of 75 level crossings will be gone by 2025 – including Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing, cutting congestion and making our community safer. Local commuters can also look forwards to an easier time finding a car park, with $150 million over four years as part of the Labor Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund to improve parking at some of our state’s busiest stations, including at Werribee Station and Wyndham Vale Station. This investment will help make life just that little bit less stressful for local commuters, while also unclogging neighbouring streets. With our state’s biggest transport build underway, now we’re turning our attention to the next big projects, investing $75 million to begin work on the Western Rail Plan to begin planning for the full separation of regional and metro rail services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines – helping to meet the needs of our growing western suburbs. Our young athletes will be one step closer to becoming the next basketball legends, thanks to a brand-new high-performance basketball hub in Werribee. This year’s Budget includes $5 million to establish seven basketball hubs across Victoria, including one in Werribee. This hub will give local kids access to the very best training programs with a clear pathway to playing elite level basketball. Giving local families a place to enjoy and unwind, the Labor Government also is delivering on its promise with new parks for Werribee. This year’s Budget provides a major investment of $154 million to create more than 6,500 hectares of parkland across our suburbs, including planning for Werribee River Park and planning and design Werribee Township Regional Park for local residents. The Greening the Pipeline project in Melbourne’s west will also be extended, with the Labor Government dedicating $8 million to build new open space between Lawrie Emmins Reserve and Skeleton Creek. The Labor Government is delivering $5.1 million to facilitate the next steps in developing a Waterways of the West plan, a project including Werribee River, Moonee Ponds Creek and the Maribyrnong. Local families and their four-legged friends will also have a new place to stretch their legs, with the Labor Government delivering on its promise with a brand-new dog park for Wyndham, part of a $5 million statewide investment. We’re giving local families peace of mind, with this year’s Budget investing in land for a brand-new Indian aged care facility in Melbourne’s west. Part of our promised $27.2 million package for multicultural aged care facilities across the state, this investment will ensure that elderly culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians are getting the care, compassion and understanding they need later in life. This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This Budget builds on the Labor Government’s record of delivering for Werribee families, with investments in schools, parks and our community.” “The community called for the removal of Old Geelong Road level crossing. We listened and now we’re acting, getting rid of this outdated relic alongside removing the Werribee Street and Cherry Street level crossings.”

DELIVERING FOR WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Werribee. As part of a $1.8 billion investment in education, the Victorian Budget 2019/20 includes funding to build two brand-new schools for kids in Werribee, Wollahra Primary School and Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School. The new schools will give local families peace of mind about their children’s future, while helping to meet the needs of our growing community. Students and teachers at Warringa Park School are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $12.4 million to transform old classrooms and facilities with an upgrade of the school’s Administration Building and construction of new classrooms and a multipurpose room. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to an $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. A further $28.5 million will see early childhood added to the list of Free TAFE courses, reducing financial barriers for students, encouraging enrolment and supporting the Labor Government’s rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. With funding provided to local councils and eligible providers, this investment will make sure our kids are getting the best start in life. The Labor Government will establish a new parenting centre in Wyndham, part of a $213.7 million Budget investment. One of nine across the state, the brand-new Wyndham parenting centre will help make sure new mums and dads can get the advice they need, including support with sleeping, feeding and extra care for babies with additional needs. From upgrading the roundabout at the end of your local street to building our state’s biggest transport projects, this Budget will get you where you need to go, with a massive Suburban Transport Blitz. Before being elected, we promised to remove 50 level crossings by 2022, with 20 gone by 2018. With 29 crossings already gone for good, this year’s Budget delivers on the Labor Government’s commitment to remove even more dangerous and congested level crossings. With a $6.6 billion investment, this Budget ensures a total of 75 level crossings will be gone by 2025 – including Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing, cutting congestion and making our community safer. Local commuters can also look forwards to an easier time finding a car park, with $150 million over four years as part of the Labor Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund to improve parking at some of our state’s busiest stations, including at Werribee Station and Wyndham Vale Station. This investment will help make life just that little bit less stressful for local commuters, while also unclogging neighbouring streets. With our state’s biggest transport build underway, now we’re turning our attention to the next big projects, investing $75 million to begin work on the Western Rail Plan to begin planning for the full separation of regional and metro rail services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines – helping to meet the needs of our growing western suburbs. Our young athletes will be one step closer to becoming the next basketball legends, thanks to a brand-new high-performance basketball hub in Werribee. This year’s Budget includes $5 million to establish seven basketball hubs across Victoria, including one in Werribee. This hub will give local kids access to the very best training programs with a clear pathway to playing elite level basketball. Giving local families a place to enjoy and unwind, the Labor Government also is delivering on its promise with new parks for Werribee. This year’s Budget provides a major investment of $154 million to create more than 6,500 hectares of parkland across our suburbs, including planning for Werribee River Park and planning and design Werribee Township Regional Park for local residents. The Greening the Pipeline project in Melbourne’s west will also be extended, with the Labor Government dedicating $8 million to build new open space between Lawrie Emmins Reserve and Skeleton Creek. The Labor Government is delivering $5.1 million to facilitate the next steps in developing a Waterways of the West plan, a project including Werribee River, Moonee Ponds Creek and the Maribyrnong. Local families and their four-legged friends will also have a new place to stretch their legs, with the Labor Government delivering on its promise with a brand-new dog park for Wyndham, part of a $5 million statewide investment. We’re giving local families peace of mind, with this year’s Budget investing in land for a brand-new Indian aged care facility in Melbourne’s west. Part of our promised $27.2 million package for multicultural aged care facilities across the state, this investment will ensure that elderly culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians are getting the care, compassion and understanding they need later in life. This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This Budget builds on the Labor Government’s record of delivering for Werribee families, with investments in schools, parks and our community.” “The community called for the removal of Old Geelong Road level crossing. We listened and now we’re acting, getting rid of this outdated relic alongside removing the Werribee Street and Cherry Street level crossings.”

WYNDHAM CLUBS TO BENEFIT FROM SPORTING GRANTS

The Wyndham City Sharks, Corpus Christi Basketball Club, Werribee Bushwalking & Outdoor Club and the Werribee Centrals Sports & Youth Club in Wyndham are among 386 grassroots sports clubs across Victoria who will share in more than $530,000 in grants to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP today announced the four clubs that had successfully applied for funding in the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s 2018-19 Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $2,000 to train coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5,000 to improve operational effectiveness. The grants include 31 initiatives to boost Aboriginal participation in sport with funding for uniforms, equipment and skill development, as well as travel for athletes, coaches, officials or teams that are required to travel to train or compete – whether it’s a local competition or an interstate festival. In Wyndham, the Wyndham City Sharks and Corpus Christi Basketball Club will use their grant for uniform and equipment. The Werribee Bushwalking & Outdoor Club will utilise their grant for First Aid Training and the Werribee Centrals Sports & Youth Club will utilise their grant for their website and to develop their business model. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities. Since coming to office, including this latest round of funding, the Government has provided more than 3,600 Sporting Club Grants across the state, totalling more than $4.9 million.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Sporting clubs are the lifeblood of local communities, that’s why we’re proud to support their development and open up a range of opportunities on and off the field for their members.” “We’re working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthier lifestyle so that people have every chance to realise their potential.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Wyndham the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.”

WYNDHAM CLUBS TO BENEFIT FROM SPORTING GRANTS

The Wyndham City Sharks, Corpus Christi Basketball Club, Werribee Bushwalking & Outdoor Club and the Werribee Centrals Sports & Youth Club in Wyndham are among 386 grassroots sports clubs across Victoria who will share in more than $530,000 in grants to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP today announced the four clubs that had successfully applied for funding in the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s 2018-19 Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $2,000 to train coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5,000 to improve operational effectiveness. The grants include 31 initiatives to boost Aboriginal participation in sport with funding for uniforms, equipment and skill development, as well as travel for athletes, coaches, officials or teams that are required to travel to train or compete – whether it’s a local competition or an interstate festival. In Wyndham, the Wyndham City Sharks and Corpus Christi Basketball Club will use their grant for uniform and equipment. The Werribee Bushwalking & Outdoor Club will utilise their grant for First Aid Training and the Werribee Centrals Sports & Youth Club will utilise their grant for their website and to develop their business model. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities. Since coming to office, including this latest round of funding, the Government has provided more than 3,600 Sporting Club Grants across the state, totalling more than $4.9 million.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Sporting clubs are the lifeblood of local communities, that’s why we’re proud to support their development and open up a range of opportunities on and off the field for their members.” “We’re working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthier lifestyle so that people have every chance to realise their potential.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Wyndham the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.”