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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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MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS IN WERRIBEE

More Victorian secondary school students in Werribee will soon have access to the school-based mental health support they need, thanks to the Victorian Government. A timeline for the 2021 roll-out for Victorian government secondary schools across the state was released last week and included further support for Victorian schools under the Mental Health Practitioners initiative. In recognition of the increased mental health challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the roll-out has been brought forward to be completed by the end of 2021. Under the initiative, schools in Outer Eastern Melbourne (Term 1), Ovens Murray (Term 2), Mallee (Term 2), Inner Gippsland (Term 3), Inner Eastern Melbourne (Term 3), Goulburn (Term 4), Wimmera South West (Term 4) and Brimbank Melton (Term 4) will benefit from access to additional mental health support for their students in 2021. Under existing allocations, this includes 4 schools in the Werribee electorate where the program will be rolled-out for Term 4 2020; Manor Lakes P-12 College, Suzanne Cory High School, Werribee Secondary College and Wyndham Central Secondary College. The $51.2 million initiative, which began in July last year, provides funding to schools to recruit a mental health practitioner. It will see qualified mental health professionals in every government secondary school campus across the state, including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses. Mental health practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, and coordinate support for students with complex needs, linking them with broader allied and community health services. All government secondary schools will receive between one and five days a week of support from a mental health practitioner depending on its size and requirements. This builds on the $65.5 million investment in student health and wellbeing initiatives in schools, including the Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative, the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support program, as well as increased investment in allied health and nursing services. All Victorian government school students, whether they are learning remotely or attending school on-site, have been able to access mental health and wellbeing support during the pandemic. Secondary school students can access counselling via a voice call or video conference through the headspace counselling partnership or via their school-based mental health practitioner. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “So many of our young people are experiencing mental health challenges - this will make it easier for them to access the support they need at school. This is one of the biggest issues raised with me when I talk to students, parents and carers and schools.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know that when our kids are happy and well supported, they can focus on their learning and have the best opportunity to succeed in education and excel in life.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS IN WERRIBEE

More Victorian secondary school students in Werribee will soon have access to the school-based mental health support they need, thanks to the Victorian Government. A timeline for the 2021 roll-out for Victorian government secondary schools across the state was released last week and included further support for Victorian schools under the Mental Health Practitioners initiative. In recognition of the increased mental health challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the roll-out has been brought forward to be completed by the end of 2021. Under the initiative, schools in Outer Eastern Melbourne (Term 1), Ovens Murray (Term 2), Mallee (Term 2), Inner Gippsland (Term 3), Inner Eastern Melbourne (Term 3), Goulburn (Term 4), Wimmera South West (Term 4) and Brimbank Melton (Term 4) will benefit from access to additional mental health support for their students in 2021. Under existing allocations, this includes 4 schools in the Werribee electorate where the program will be rolled-out for Term 4 2020; Manor Lakes P-12 College, Suzanne Cory High School, Werribee Secondary College and Wyndham Central Secondary College. The $51.2 million initiative, which began in July last year, provides funding to schools to recruit a mental health practitioner. It will see qualified mental health professionals in every government secondary school campus across the state, including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses. Mental health practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, and coordinate support for students with complex needs, linking them with broader allied and community health services. All government secondary schools will receive between one and five days a week of support from a mental health practitioner depending on its size and requirements. This builds on the $65.5 million investment in student health and wellbeing initiatives in schools, including the Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative, the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support program, as well as increased investment in allied health and nursing services. All Victorian government school students, whether they are learning remotely or attending school on-site, have been able to access mental health and wellbeing support during the pandemic. Secondary school students can access counselling via a voice call or video conference through the headspace counselling partnership or via their school-based mental health practitioner. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “So many of our young people are experiencing mental health challenges - this will make it easier for them to access the support they need at school. This is one of the biggest issues raised with me when I talk to students, parents and carers and schools.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know that when our kids are happy and well supported, they can focus on their learning and have the best opportunity to succeed in education and excel in life.”

KINDERS IN WERRIBEE GET TECH SAVVY WITH NEW GEAR

The Victorian Government is investing in the future of children giving 784 kindergartens almost $1.1 million in technology grants to help give three and four-year-olds the skills they need. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that 15 kindergartens and early childhood centres in Werribee will receive funding through the Building Blocks IT grants program to purchase essential IT equipment to support and improve their learning environment. The Victorian Government will fund 784 kindergartens in 2020/21 for the latest technology from laptops, iPads to smart TVs to deliver early childhood education curriculum and service administration. The Building Blocks program supports early childhood providers streamlining grants for infrastructure projects to increase capacity, modernising early learning facilities, creating inclusive kindergarten settings and delivering IT devices to eligible services – all to assist in the roll-out of funded universal Three-YearOld Kindergarten. Grants have been given to projects designed to improve existing early learning facilities and continue to support early childhood education improve the condition, suitability and IT capability of kindergarten services. In an Australian-first, the Victorian Government is investing $5 billion over this decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children, with the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten already underway this year. The technology grants are part of the Victorian Government’s further $27.7 million investment in Building Blocks to continue the support provided to meet Four-Year-Old Kindergarten demand, upgrade the condition of existing early learning facilities and ensure kindergartens are equipped with the latest technology devices. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It is crucial that early childhood education providers have the technology they need to deliver the best possible education outcomes.” “Kindergarten providers in Wyndham are equipping the next generation of students with the skills and confidence they need to thrive in a technological age, while offering local children access to best practice learning.”

KINDERS IN WERRIBEE GET TECH SAVVY WITH NEW GEAR

The Victorian Government is investing in the future of children giving 784 kindergartens almost $1.1 million in technology grants to help give three and four-year-olds the skills they need. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that 15 kindergartens and early childhood centres in Werribee will receive funding through the Building Blocks IT grants program to purchase essential IT equipment to support and improve their learning environment. The Victorian Government will fund 784 kindergartens in 2020/21 for the latest technology from laptops, iPads to smart TVs to deliver early childhood education curriculum and service administration. The Building Blocks program supports early childhood providers streamlining grants for infrastructure projects to increase capacity, modernising early learning facilities, creating inclusive kindergarten settings and delivering IT devices to eligible services – all to assist in the roll-out of funded universal Three-YearOld Kindergarten. Grants have been given to projects designed to improve existing early learning facilities and continue to support early childhood education improve the condition, suitability and IT capability of kindergarten services. In an Australian-first, the Victorian Government is investing $5 billion over this decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children, with the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten already underway this year. The technology grants are part of the Victorian Government’s further $27.7 million investment in Building Blocks to continue the support provided to meet Four-Year-Old Kindergarten demand, upgrade the condition of existing early learning facilities and ensure kindergartens are equipped with the latest technology devices. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It is crucial that early childhood education providers have the technology they need to deliver the best possible education outcomes.” “Kindergarten providers in Wyndham are equipping the next generation of students with the skills and confidence they need to thrive in a technological age, while offering local children access to best practice learning.”

NEW VICHEALTH FUNDING TO SUPPORT WERRIBEE IN LOCAL HEALTH RECOVERY

Health promotion foundation VicHealth has announced $2.5 million in new funding to support local organisations to address the immediate health and wellbeing concerns of Victorians hardest hit by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Applications for VicHealth’s Reimagining Health grants open today, with funding amounts of $3K, $10K or $50K available for local organisations whose ideas can support their communities to create meaningful social connections, get active and access healthy, affordable food. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encourages local organisations like sporting clubs, community gardens, arts organisations, community groups and youth services to apply for funding and help people living in the Werribee District. VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s vital that we work quickly to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians. “Victorians spoke, and we listened. Many communities were already fighting an uphill battle before the pandemic hit and are now facing greater challenges when it comes to putting healthy food on the table, keeping active and staying connected to others in their community,” Dr Demaio said. “We’re putting the call out to a diverse range of organisations, such as sporting clubs and leagues, community gardens, arts organisations, local groups and youth services, to act fast and apply for $2.5million in grants. “We want successful organisations to get the support they need to do what they do so well – make a difference in their communities, as soon as possible. We’ve made it easier to apply, with quicker turnarounds to notification. “Our grants will support new or existing ideas and help amplify projects already in place, in order to reach more members of the Victorian community and help them improve their health and wellbeing on our path to recovery.”   Quotes Attributable to Tim Pallas MP “We know there are hardworking organisations in Werribee that could use this funding to make a significant impact on the health of people living in our community in the next 12 months and beyond.”  

NEW VICHEALTH FUNDING TO SUPPORT WERRIBEE IN LOCAL HEALTH RECOVERY

Health promotion foundation VicHealth has announced $2.5 million in new funding to support local organisations to address the immediate health and wellbeing concerns of Victorians hardest hit by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Applications for VicHealth’s Reimagining Health grants open today, with funding amounts of $3K, $10K or $50K available for local organisations whose ideas can support their communities to create meaningful social connections, get active and access healthy, affordable food. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encourages local organisations like sporting clubs, community gardens, arts organisations, community groups and youth services to apply for funding and help people living in the Werribee District. VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s vital that we work quickly to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians. “Victorians spoke, and we listened. Many communities were already fighting an uphill battle before the pandemic hit and are now facing greater challenges when it comes to putting healthy food on the table, keeping active and staying connected to others in their community,” Dr Demaio said. “We’re putting the call out to a diverse range of organisations, such as sporting clubs and leagues, community gardens, arts organisations, local groups and youth services, to act fast and apply for $2.5million in grants. “We want successful organisations to get the support they need to do what they do so well – make a difference in their communities, as soon as possible. We’ve made it easier to apply, with quicker turnarounds to notification. “Our grants will support new or existing ideas and help amplify projects already in place, in order to reach more members of the Victorian community and help them improve their health and wellbeing on our path to recovery.”   Quotes Attributable to Tim Pallas MP “We know there are hardworking organisations in Werribee that could use this funding to make a significant impact on the health of people living in our community in the next 12 months and beyond.”  

NEW NAME FOR NEW SCHOOL IN WYNDHAM VALE REVEALED

The name of the new primary school opening in Wyndham in 2021 has now been chosen, following local community consultation. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today unveiled the official name for the new school as Riverbend Primary School, which was formerly known by its interim name of Wollahra Primary School. The school is among 14 new schools being built by the Andrews Labor Government and set to open in 2021. Riverbend Primary School is currently under construction and is set to open at the beginning of the school year. The new school will include three learning neighbourhoods, administration building, outdoor play courts, performing arts and physical education building, and sports field. The name was chosen following community consultation and discussions with Geographic Names Victoria, with consideration given to factors including public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local indigenous languages. Under the Andrews Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $7.2 billion to deliver more than 1,460 school upgrades, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an exciting step for Victorian school communities and marks a milestone in establishing an identity for their new school.” “By new schools in our growth areas we are ensuring that every child is given access to great schools and delivering on our promise to open 100 new schools by 2026.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are proud to be delivering this new school for students in Wyndham Vale and look forward to Riverbend Primary School becoming an important part of the community.”  

NEW NAME FOR NEW SCHOOL IN WYNDHAM VALE REVEALED

The name of the new primary school opening in Wyndham in 2021 has now been chosen, following local community consultation. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today unveiled the official name for the new school as Riverbend Primary School, which was formerly known by its interim name of Wollahra Primary School. The school is among 14 new schools being built by the Andrews Labor Government and set to open in 2021. Riverbend Primary School is currently under construction and is set to open at the beginning of the school year. The new school will include three learning neighbourhoods, administration building, outdoor play courts, performing arts and physical education building, and sports field. The name was chosen following community consultation and discussions with Geographic Names Victoria, with consideration given to factors including public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local indigenous languages. Under the Andrews Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $7.2 billion to deliver more than 1,460 school upgrades, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an exciting step for Victorian school communities and marks a milestone in establishing an identity for their new school.” “By new schools in our growth areas we are ensuring that every child is given access to great schools and delivering on our promise to open 100 new schools by 2026.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are proud to be delivering this new school for students in Wyndham Vale and look forward to Riverbend Primary School becoming an important part of the community.”  

GRANTS FOR SCHOOLS TO BRING CREATIVITY TO THE CLASSROOM

Schools throughout the Werribee District are encouraged to join forces with artists and creative professionals as part of a Victorian Government program to expand student learning and breathe creativity into curriculum. Applications are now open for the Creative Learning Partnerships program, which enables schools to tap into Victoria’s wealth of creative talent to deliver meaningful and inspiring learning experiences for students – from Foundation to Year 10. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas invited local schools to think big and creatively, when pairing with a creative individual or organisation and submitting their idea for a collaborative project. Grants of $10,000 are available for projects in collaboration with an individual creative and $35,000 for projects with a creative organisation. The creatives must work in the school for at least 20 days and all projects must have strong links to curriculum. Projects can produce a raft of benefits for students, from enhanced critical and creative thinking to improved personal and social confidence and intercultural and ethical capabilities. They can also amplify learning across curriculum areas such as maths, science, humanities or physical education. Using creative mediums such as film, animation, music, projection art, design, podcasting and more, past projects have explored topics such as identity, local history, the environment, connection to country and online safety. While applications will be accepted from all Victorian primary and secondary government and non-government schools, this year priority will be given to applications from schools with a high number of students experiencing significant social disadvantage. Schools, creative practitioners and organisations who would like to participate but haven’t yet formed a partnership can contact Creative Victoria program staff to register their interest. Applications close on the 1st of October. For more information and to apply visit creative.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Creative Learning Partnerships program offers a fantastic opportunity for Werribee schools to work directly with professional artists, writers, performers, film-makers or designers to deliver high-impact creative projects.” “The Victorian Government is proud to support this program, as creativity brings a wealth of educational, social and developmental benefits for children.”

GRANTS FOR SCHOOLS TO BRING CREATIVITY TO THE CLASSROOM

Schools throughout the Werribee District are encouraged to join forces with artists and creative professionals as part of a Victorian Government program to expand student learning and breathe creativity into curriculum. Applications are now open for the Creative Learning Partnerships program, which enables schools to tap into Victoria’s wealth of creative talent to deliver meaningful and inspiring learning experiences for students – from Foundation to Year 10. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas invited local schools to think big and creatively, when pairing with a creative individual or organisation and submitting their idea for a collaborative project. Grants of $10,000 are available for projects in collaboration with an individual creative and $35,000 for projects with a creative organisation. The creatives must work in the school for at least 20 days and all projects must have strong links to curriculum. Projects can produce a raft of benefits for students, from enhanced critical and creative thinking to improved personal and social confidence and intercultural and ethical capabilities. They can also amplify learning across curriculum areas such as maths, science, humanities or physical education. Using creative mediums such as film, animation, music, projection art, design, podcasting and more, past projects have explored topics such as identity, local history, the environment, connection to country and online safety. While applications will be accepted from all Victorian primary and secondary government and non-government schools, this year priority will be given to applications from schools with a high number of students experiencing significant social disadvantage. Schools, creative practitioners and organisations who would like to participate but haven’t yet formed a partnership can contact Creative Victoria program staff to register their interest. Applications close on the 1st of October. For more information and to apply visit creative.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Creative Learning Partnerships program offers a fantastic opportunity for Werribee schools to work directly with professional artists, writers, performers, film-makers or designers to deliver high-impact creative projects.” “The Victorian Government is proud to support this program, as creativity brings a wealth of educational, social and developmental benefits for children.”

GRANTS TO HELP SICK AND INJURED WILDLIFE NOW OPEN

Registered wildlife shelters and carers in Wyndham will have the opportunity to have their important work supported with extra funding available this year through a Victorian Government grants program. The 2020-21 Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants are now open with $200,000 available to help wildlife shelters and carers look after sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said another $30,000 will also be made available to key wildlife institutions and priority projects. Wildlife rehabilitators can apply for Individual grants of $3,000, an increase of $500 on last year, to help fund items such as food, rescue equipment, petrol, veterinary fees and new enclosures. Since 2008 the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program has provided $2.3 million in individual grants through an annual competitive grant process, and organisation grants to key wildlife institutions. Anyone who finds sick, injured or orphaned wildlife can use the Government’s Help for Injured Wildlife online tool to find a registered shelter or carer anywhere in Victoria. For more information about the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program, visit: wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildliferehabilitator-grants To report a sick or injured animal, contact Wildlife Victoria’s hotline on 8400 7300 or visit: wildlifevictoria.org.au for information and advice. Quote attributable to Minister for Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Victoria’s wildlife carers do a fabulous job supporting our precious wildlife – we’re proud to support this important work and help make sure it continues.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re fortunate to have people in our community passionate about the care and protection of our wildlife and it’s great to be able to support them and what they do through these grants.”

GRANTS TO HELP SICK AND INJURED WILDLIFE NOW OPEN

Registered wildlife shelters and carers in Wyndham will have the opportunity to have their important work supported with extra funding available this year through a Victorian Government grants program. The 2020-21 Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants are now open with $200,000 available to help wildlife shelters and carers look after sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said another $30,000 will also be made available to key wildlife institutions and priority projects. Wildlife rehabilitators can apply for Individual grants of $3,000, an increase of $500 on last year, to help fund items such as food, rescue equipment, petrol, veterinary fees and new enclosures. Since 2008 the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program has provided $2.3 million in individual grants through an annual competitive grant process, and organisation grants to key wildlife institutions. Anyone who finds sick, injured or orphaned wildlife can use the Government’s Help for Injured Wildlife online tool to find a registered shelter or carer anywhere in Victoria. For more information about the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program, visit: wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildliferehabilitator-grants To report a sick or injured animal, contact Wildlife Victoria’s hotline on 8400 7300 or visit: wildlifevictoria.org.au for information and advice. Quote attributable to Minister for Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Victoria’s wildlife carers do a fabulous job supporting our precious wildlife – we’re proud to support this important work and help make sure it continues.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re fortunate to have people in our community passionate about the care and protection of our wildlife and it’s great to be able to support them and what they do through these grants.”

BOOSTING LOCAL SHOPPING STRIPS AND COMMUNITIES

The Victorian Government’s Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is delivering a boost for Woodville Park, Hoppers Crossing, Shopping Strip as part of the Building Works Program. The $3 million Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is providing dozens of local suburban shopping strips with grants to stimulate business activity, support local jobs and improve both public amenity and confidence to accelerate post-coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery. The Woodville Park Neighbourhood Activity Centre in Wyndham is receiving $100,000 to make improvements such as footpath upgrades, signage, artworks, street furniture, shopfront improvements, increased greenery and lighting to deliver a more modern and vibrant character and appeal to the local area. The on-ground works will create local jobs, while supporting local businesses, including retailers, cafes, restaurants and service providers. The Victorian Government is working in partnership with local government to provide this much needed support to local businesses and the community. The Victorian Government is supporting businesses through the $534 million Business Support Package. This is in addition to $6 billion in economic relief invested since the COVID-19 pandemic began. For more information on the government’s Business Support Package visit www.business.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are all living more locally as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and this program is providing much needed support to local communities across Melbourne’s suburbs.”  “The Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is supporting local jobs and local businesses as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic.”

BOOSTING LOCAL SHOPPING STRIPS AND COMMUNITIES

The Victorian Government’s Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is delivering a boost for Woodville Park, Hoppers Crossing, Shopping Strip as part of the Building Works Program. The $3 million Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is providing dozens of local suburban shopping strips with grants to stimulate business activity, support local jobs and improve both public amenity and confidence to accelerate post-coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery. The Woodville Park Neighbourhood Activity Centre in Wyndham is receiving $100,000 to make improvements such as footpath upgrades, signage, artworks, street furniture, shopfront improvements, increased greenery and lighting to deliver a more modern and vibrant character and appeal to the local area. The on-ground works will create local jobs, while supporting local businesses, including retailers, cafes, restaurants and service providers. The Victorian Government is working in partnership with local government to provide this much needed support to local businesses and the community. The Victorian Government is supporting businesses through the $534 million Business Support Package. This is in addition to $6 billion in economic relief invested since the COVID-19 pandemic began. For more information on the government’s Business Support Package visit www.business.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are all living more locally as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and this program is providing much needed support to local communities across Melbourne’s suburbs.”  “The Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is supporting local jobs and local businesses as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic.”

ESV TO INTRODUCE LICENSING FOR LINEWORKERS

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) will increase safety for Victorian lineworkers with the introduction of a licensing regime from 1 January 2021. Victoria has the best record nationally in terms of lineworker fatalities with three deaths in the last 20 years. Licensing will ensure that Victoria remains the safest state, with the objective of zero fatalities. Licensing also ensures lineworkers have the minimum qualifications and experience required to work on transmission, distribution and traction networks. ESV is working closely with lineworkers, distribution businesses, unions and other industry associations on the development of the regime. Both new and existing lineworkers have to either register with ESV or confirm their existing registration before 4 December 2020 in order to receive their first five year licence at no cost. Charges may apply for licence applications after this date. ESV will also introduce continuing a professional development (CPD) for licensed electrical workers. Planning for CPD has commenced.  Adequate completion of CPD will be a requirement for licence renewal from 2023, beginning with licensed electrical workers. Consultation with industry will take place on the potential for a separate CPD scheme for lineworkers. As part of the development of the new licensing regime, ESV has released a regulatory impact statement (RIS) and the associated regulations for consultation. Submissions can be made on both documents up until September 25. Victoria has about 1800 active lineworkers. Many work for the major electricity distribution businesses. Rail operators also employ a significant number. For more information and registration go to www.esv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Licensing increases ESV’s visibility and oversight of lineworkers, ensuring safety and professional standards are maintained.” “Introducing this new licensing regime delivers on our election commitment. It will make a major difference to the safety of lineworkers.” “I am pleased that we are delivering on this important commitment and encourage all lineworkers to register in order to transition to a lineworker licence.”

ESV TO INTRODUCE LICENSING FOR LINEWORKERS

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) will increase safety for Victorian lineworkers with the introduction of a licensing regime from 1 January 2021. Victoria has the best record nationally in terms of lineworker fatalities with three deaths in the last 20 years. Licensing will ensure that Victoria remains the safest state, with the objective of zero fatalities. Licensing also ensures lineworkers have the minimum qualifications and experience required to work on transmission, distribution and traction networks. ESV is working closely with lineworkers, distribution businesses, unions and other industry associations on the development of the regime. Both new and existing lineworkers have to either register with ESV or confirm their existing registration before 4 December 2020 in order to receive their first five year licence at no cost. Charges may apply for licence applications after this date. ESV will also introduce continuing a professional development (CPD) for licensed electrical workers. Planning for CPD has commenced.  Adequate completion of CPD will be a requirement for licence renewal from 2023, beginning with licensed electrical workers. Consultation with industry will take place on the potential for a separate CPD scheme for lineworkers. As part of the development of the new licensing regime, ESV has released a regulatory impact statement (RIS) and the associated regulations for consultation. Submissions can be made on both documents up until September 25. Victoria has about 1800 active lineworkers. Many work for the major electricity distribution businesses. Rail operators also employ a significant number. For more information and registration go to www.esv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Licensing increases ESV’s visibility and oversight of lineworkers, ensuring safety and professional standards are maintained.” “Introducing this new licensing regime delivers on our election commitment. It will make a major difference to the safety of lineworkers.” “I am pleased that we are delivering on this important commitment and encourage all lineworkers to register in order to transition to a lineworker licence.”

 

PLAN NOW FOR WINTER FIREWOOD NEEDS

Firewood collectors in Werribee are encouraged to plan their winter firewood needs as the spring firewood collection season opens. From September 1, designated firewood collection areas opened across Victoria, allowing communities to gather wood for personal use. All firewood collection activities must comply with public health measures, prioritising the safety of the Victorian community. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said: “We are anticipating an increased demand for firewood during the spring and autumn collection seasons due to a range of impacts, including last summer’s bushfires”. “We are urging people in Werribee who rely on firewood for heating and cooking to consider all options, including purchasing firewood from local merchants selling legally obtained wood. “We want to remind the community that firewood can only be taken from designated collection areas in state forests or parks during approved collection seasons. “Designated collection areas are selected for a range of reasons including the availability of firewood, community safety, and to protect sites of cultural and environmental significance. Community members in Werribee are also reminded that: Firewood collected from public land is for personal use only and cannot be sold. It’s important to stay within collection limits to ensure there is enough firewood for everyone Collection limits include taking a maximum of two cubic metres per person per day and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household per financial year. The felling of trees and cutting of hollow logs for firewood is also prohibited. Hollow logs and dead trees provide critical habitat for a wide variety of native species. Firewood collection from roadsides is managed by local government agencies and usually requires a permit. Residents are encouraged to contact their local councils directly for further details. Authorised officers patrol parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing. Under the Forest Act 1958, people who collect firewood outside designated collection areas or season or take more than the maximum allowable amounts can face fines of up to $8,261, or a maximum penalty of one-year imprisonment or both, if the matter goes to court. For further information on firewood collection or to report illegal or suspicious behaviour in public land areas, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186. The spring season closes on 30 November. Further information, including interactive online maps, are available at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood

PLAN NOW FOR WINTER FIREWOOD NEEDS

Firewood collectors in Werribee are encouraged to plan their winter firewood needs as the spring firewood collection season opens. From September 1, designated firewood collection areas opened across Victoria, allowing communities to gather wood for personal use. All firewood collection activities must comply with public health measures, prioritising the safety of the Victorian community. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said: “We are anticipating an increased demand for firewood during the spring and autumn collection seasons due to a range of impacts, including last summer’s bushfires”. “We are urging people in Werribee who rely on firewood for heating and cooking to consider all options, including purchasing firewood from local merchants selling legally obtained wood. “We want to remind the community that firewood can only be taken from designated collection areas in state forests or parks during approved collection seasons. “Designated collection areas are selected for a range of reasons including the availability of firewood, community safety, and to protect sites of cultural and environmental significance. Community members in Werribee are also reminded that: Firewood collected from public land is for personal use only and cannot be sold. It’s important to stay within collection limits to ensure there is enough firewood for everyone Collection limits include taking a maximum of two cubic metres per person per day and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household per financial year. The felling of trees and cutting of hollow logs for firewood is also prohibited. Hollow logs and dead trees provide critical habitat for a wide variety of native species. Firewood collection from roadsides is managed by local government agencies and usually requires a permit. Residents are encouraged to contact their local councils directly for further details. Authorised officers patrol parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing. Under the Forest Act 1958, people who collect firewood outside designated collection areas or season or take more than the maximum allowable amounts can face fines of up to $8,261, or a maximum penalty of one-year imprisonment or both, if the matter goes to court. For further information on firewood collection or to report illegal or suspicious behaviour in public land areas, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186. The spring season closes on 30 November. Further information, including interactive online maps, are available at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood

MINISTERS STATEMENT: COVID-19

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) (12:18): There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating impact on economies right across the world, and we have seen in yesterday’s national account figures that Australia and of course Victoria are not immune from the impact of this crisis. The Andrews government has invested more than $10 billion into protecting Victorians from the virus’s deadly health and, might I say, economic effects, with direct business and job support, healthcare, education and social initiatives and $2.7 billion to building works—that in itself is creating some 3700 jobs. Our investment in the June quarter alone amounted to 6 per cent of the state’s economy, with the ABS data showing that Victorian state and local government growth in public demand was faster than the country at 6.4 per cent—more than two percentage points in fact faster than the national average. Of course there is the continuing success of our record Big Build investment and our state and local government sector investment, which grew by 24.4 per cent, which is effectively triple the national average. So we are working with the commonwealth, and of course we welcome more investment from the federal government in the September quarter. Our response is working, with independent modelling from Deloitte Access showing that our economic support has boosted economic activity in the June quarter by $7.5 billion or 81 000 full-time equivalent jobs. This government will not politicise this crisis or preen to conspiracy theorists. Those who want to put Victorian lives at risk of course need to recognise that what we need at this moment is a single focus. We will just get on with the job to ensure that Victorians bounce back from this crisis and once again Victoria returns to being the engine room of the nation.  Search Results  Previous result | Next result 

MINISTERS STATEMENT: COVID-19

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) (12:18): There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating impact on economies right across the world, and we have seen in yesterday’s national account figures that Australia and of course Victoria are not immune from the impact of this crisis. The Andrews government has invested more than $10 billion into protecting Victorians from the virus’s deadly health and, might I say, economic effects, with direct business and job support, healthcare, education and social initiatives and $2.7 billion to building works—that in itself is creating some 3700 jobs. Our investment in the June quarter alone amounted to 6 per cent of the state’s economy, with the ABS data showing that Victorian state and local government growth in public demand was faster than the country at 6.4 per cent—more than two percentage points in fact faster than the national average. Of course there is the continuing success of our record Big Build investment and our state and local government sector investment, which grew by 24.4 per cent, which is effectively triple the national average. So we are working with the commonwealth, and of course we welcome more investment from the federal government in the September quarter. Our response is working, with independent modelling from Deloitte Access showing that our economic support has boosted economic activity in the June quarter by $7.5 billion or 81 000 full-time equivalent jobs. This government will not politicise this crisis or preen to conspiracy theorists. Those who want to put Victorian lives at risk of course need to recognise that what we need at this moment is a single focus. We will just get on with the job to ensure that Victorians bounce back from this crisis and once again Victoria returns to being the engine room of the nation.  Search Results  Previous result | Next result 

MEMBERS STATEMENT: RAMON CODY

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) I wish to acknowledge to the house the passing of Ramon Cody, a long-time comrade and resident of my electorate of Werribee. Known as Ray to us all in the local Labor team, he was a true believer in spirit and in his actions. He was loyal and genuine, and he was committed, always willing to put his hand up to help his community and put the needs of others before himself. Ray’s great loves were his family, first and foremost; the Werribee community; and the Australian Labor Party. His love for his wife and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was evident to all. He spoke fondly of them, and we shared his proud moments recalling with pride the exploits of his grandson Nick Cody out on the comedy trail. Nick inherited some of his grandad’s humour and jokes! And he was so proud to pass on his love of the Labor movement, cheering on another grandson Daniel Parsell at the federal election in 2019. Ray shared the Labor values of fairness and equality for all, no matter what your personal circumstances or background. One of Ray’s proudest moments that I witnessed was the presentation of his life membership of the ALP. Ray and I had a photo taken at the presentation with the now Premier. That photo, although we all looked a bit younger then, took pride of place in Ray’s room at his aged-care home. He was always true to his word and an enduring support. His wit, his jokes, and his stories kept us entertained and lightened the day. We thank Ray for his friendship and will miss him dearly. Sincere condolences to his loved ones and to those who share the sadness of the passing of a true diamond in the rough.

MEMBERS STATEMENT: RAMON CODY

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) I wish to acknowledge to the house the passing of Ramon Cody, a long-time comrade and resident of my electorate of Werribee. Known as Ray to us all in the local Labor team, he was a true believer in spirit and in his actions. He was loyal and genuine, and he was committed, always willing to put his hand up to help his community and put the needs of others before himself. Ray’s great loves were his family, first and foremost; the Werribee community; and the Australian Labor Party. His love for his wife and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was evident to all. He spoke fondly of them, and we shared his proud moments recalling with pride the exploits of his grandson Nick Cody out on the comedy trail. Nick inherited some of his grandad’s humour and jokes! And he was so proud to pass on his love of the Labor movement, cheering on another grandson Daniel Parsell at the federal election in 2019. Ray shared the Labor values of fairness and equality for all, no matter what your personal circumstances or background. One of Ray’s proudest moments that I witnessed was the presentation of his life membership of the ALP. Ray and I had a photo taken at the presentation with the now Premier. That photo, although we all looked a bit younger then, took pride of place in Ray’s room at his aged-care home. He was always true to his word and an enduring support. His wit, his jokes, and his stories kept us entertained and lightened the day. We thank Ray for his friendship and will miss him dearly. Sincere condolences to his loved ones and to those who share the sadness of the passing of a true diamond in the rough.

HELPING WERRIBEE’S SPORTS CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS SURVIVE AND THRIVE

The Victorian Government is ramping up support for state sporting associations, associations, leagues, clubs and state sporting bodies doing it tough through the second round of the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced applications were open for Werribee’s associations and leagues to apply for up to $2,000, clubs to snag up to $1,000, and state sporting associations and sporting bodies were able to apply for grants to support their operational viability. Also, clubs in Werribee that received a $1000 boost in the first round can expect a $500 top up, and leagues and associations funded in the first round can expect a $1000 top up, within the next two weeks. The first round of funding rolled out more than 5,000 of the $1,000 grants to support individual clubs, with 200 leagues and associations securing a share in $1.4 million as well as almost 70 state sporting associations, regional academies and sport bodies scoring more than $12.7 million through the program. Successful recipients in Werribee included: Manor Lakes Football Club Werribee Archery Inc Werribee Bowls Club Inc Wyndham Basketball Association Werribee Bears Rugby League Sports Club Werribee Centrals Football Netball Club Inc Werribee Centrals Junior Football Club Inc Werribee Centrals Sports & Youth Club Inc Werribee Districts Football Club Inc Werribee Hockey Club Western United (Wyndham FC) Wyndham Suns Football Club Corpus Christi Basketball Werribee Junior Cricket Club Werribee Giants Baseball Club Inc Flames Basketball Club Incorporation Glen Orden Sports Club Hoppers Crossing Cricket Club Hoppers Crossing Football Club Inc. Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club Cambridge Basketball Club Hoppers Crossing Swimming Club Inc Werribee Cricket Club Werribee Football Club Limited Werribee Table Tennis Association Woodville Basketball Club Wyndham Dragons Netball Club Wyndham Track And Field Club Wyndham Warriors Bmx & Mountainbike Club Inc Werribee Little Athletics Italian Sports Club of Werribee Inc Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club Wyndhamvale Football Club Inc 1st Iramoo Scout Group 2nd Werribee Scout Group Good News Power Basketball Club Iramoo Basketball Club Inc Werribee All Abilities Basketball Club Inc Werribee Central Equestrian Club Inc Werribee Central Tennis Club Inc Wyndham Vale Cricket Club This round the Government’s $40 million package is taking the support to another level so clubs and associations which are doing it tough not only survive but come back ready to play when the time is right. The boost will help Victoria’s clubs and major sport bodies and associations with operational viability, especially during times of loss of revenue due to the cancellation of sport training, development programs and competition. These grants are part of the Government’s strong investment in supporting community sport and active recreation in these challenging times. The second round of the program delivers two categories: grants for state sporting associations and other state sport and recreation bodies are available under Stream 1 and grants of up to $2,000 for leagues and associations and up to $1,000 for individual clubs available under Stream 2. The Victorian Government is also investing $68 million in shovel-ready community sport and active recreation infrastructure projects across the state, to stimulate jobs and economic activity, and deliver fantastic new projects to local communities as part of the new $2.7 billion Building Works package. For further information on the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package, please visit https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Sport is an integral part of the Werribee community and this support will help our clubs, leagues and associations pay the bills and make an eventual return to play that little bit easier.” “Ensuring community sport and active recreation organisations survive this crisis and come back better than ever is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to our community’s physical and mental wellbeing.” “We know that people in Werribee want to get out on the park and represent their local club more than ever – we’re making sure our sports are ready to go when it’s safe to do so.”

HELPING WERRIBEE’S SPORTS CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS SURVIVE AND THRIVE

The Victorian Government is ramping up support for state sporting associations, associations, leagues, clubs and state sporting bodies doing it tough through the second round of the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced applications were open for Werribee’s associations and leagues to apply for up to $2,000, clubs to snag up to $1,000, and state sporting associations and sporting bodies were able to apply for grants to support their operational viability. Also, clubs in Werribee that received a $1000 boost in the first round can expect a $500 top up, and leagues and associations funded in the first round can expect a $1000 top up, within the next two weeks. The first round of funding rolled out more than 5,000 of the $1,000 grants to support individual clubs, with 200 leagues and associations securing a share in $1.4 million as well as almost 70 state sporting associations, regional academies and sport bodies scoring more than $12.7 million through the program. Successful recipients in Werribee included: Manor Lakes Football Club Werribee Archery Inc Werribee Bowls Club Inc Wyndham Basketball Association Werribee Bears Rugby League Sports Club Werribee Centrals Football Netball Club Inc Werribee Centrals Junior Football Club Inc Werribee Centrals Sports & Youth Club Inc Werribee Districts Football Club Inc Werribee Hockey Club Western United (Wyndham FC) Wyndham Suns Football Club Corpus Christi Basketball Werribee Junior Cricket Club Werribee Giants Baseball Club Inc Flames Basketball Club Incorporation Glen Orden Sports Club Hoppers Crossing Cricket Club Hoppers Crossing Football Club Inc. Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club Cambridge Basketball Club Hoppers Crossing Swimming Club Inc Werribee Cricket Club Werribee Football Club Limited Werribee Table Tennis Association Woodville Basketball Club Wyndham Dragons Netball Club Wyndham Track And Field Club Wyndham Warriors Bmx & Mountainbike Club Inc Werribee Little Athletics Italian Sports Club of Werribee Inc Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club Wyndhamvale Football Club Inc 1st Iramoo Scout Group 2nd Werribee Scout Group Good News Power Basketball Club Iramoo Basketball Club Inc Werribee All Abilities Basketball Club Inc Werribee Central Equestrian Club Inc Werribee Central Tennis Club Inc Wyndham Vale Cricket Club This round the Government’s $40 million package is taking the support to another level so clubs and associations which are doing it tough not only survive but come back ready to play when the time is right. The boost will help Victoria’s clubs and major sport bodies and associations with operational viability, especially during times of loss of revenue due to the cancellation of sport training, development programs and competition. These grants are part of the Government’s strong investment in supporting community sport and active recreation in these challenging times. The second round of the program delivers two categories: grants for state sporting associations and other state sport and recreation bodies are available under Stream 1 and grants of up to $2,000 for leagues and associations and up to $1,000 for individual clubs available under Stream 2. The Victorian Government is also investing $68 million in shovel-ready community sport and active recreation infrastructure projects across the state, to stimulate jobs and economic activity, and deliver fantastic new projects to local communities as part of the new $2.7 billion Building Works package. For further information on the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package, please visit https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Sport is an integral part of the Werribee community and this support will help our clubs, leagues and associations pay the bills and make an eventual return to play that little bit easier.” “Ensuring community sport and active recreation organisations survive this crisis and come back better than ever is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to our community’s physical and mental wellbeing.” “We know that people in Werribee want to get out on the park and represent their local club more than ever – we’re making sure our sports are ready to go when it’s safe to do so.”

BUILDING BETTER, SAFER SCHOOLS IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government will deliver vital maintenance and safety works at over 400 schools to support jobs and local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and improve facilities for students and staff across Victoria. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Werribee Primary School, Werribee Secondary College, Wyndham Park Primary School, and Wyndham Vale Primary School will share in more than $15.3 million through the 2020-21 Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program and Planned Maintenance Program. The Bushfire Preparedness funding will see 346 schools share in more than $9 million to clear vegetation and undertake other essential maintenance ahead of the upcoming bushfire season. 109 schools will share in $6.3 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and steps. Over $2 million of this will go towards maintenance to Shelter-in-Place buildings at 12 schools, which provide temporary accommodation to staff and students in the case of a bushfire. Werribee Primary School, Werribee Secondary College, Wyndham Park Primary School, and Wyndham Vale Primary School will share in $75,000 to address various high priority maintenance works. Works with contractors will be carried out under COVID-19 advice guidelines to ensure the health and safety of staff and students. If works can’t start immediately due to Stage 4 restrictions, offsite planning of these works and any that are essential for school safety will continue. The Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These projects will create jobs, boost local businesses and create safer schools for kids across the state.” “Our record investment in school infrastructure is delivering high quality classrooms for our hard-working principals, teachers and students.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are ensuring that Werribee schools are well maintained and safe so that every student can learn in the best possible environment.”

BUILDING BETTER, SAFER SCHOOLS IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government will deliver vital maintenance and safety works at over 400 schools to support jobs and local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and improve facilities for students and staff across Victoria. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Werribee Primary School, Werribee Secondary College, Wyndham Park Primary School, and Wyndham Vale Primary School will share in more than $15.3 million through the 2020-21 Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program and Planned Maintenance Program. The Bushfire Preparedness funding will see 346 schools share in more than $9 million to clear vegetation and undertake other essential maintenance ahead of the upcoming bushfire season. 109 schools will share in $6.3 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and steps. Over $2 million of this will go towards maintenance to Shelter-in-Place buildings at 12 schools, which provide temporary accommodation to staff and students in the case of a bushfire. Werribee Primary School, Werribee Secondary College, Wyndham Park Primary School, and Wyndham Vale Primary School will share in $75,000 to address various high priority maintenance works. Works with contractors will be carried out under COVID-19 advice guidelines to ensure the health and safety of staff and students. If works can’t start immediately due to Stage 4 restrictions, offsite planning of these works and any that are essential for school safety will continue. The Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These projects will create jobs, boost local businesses and create safer schools for kids across the state.” “Our record investment in school infrastructure is delivering high quality classrooms for our hard-working principals, teachers and students.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are ensuring that Werribee schools are well maintained and safe so that every student can learn in the best possible environment.”

CALL OUT FOR CREATIVE IDEAS TO BOOST TOURISM

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas has called out for creative ideas for boosting tourism with applications now open for the Victorian Government’s Creative Activation Fund. Open to local councils and creative and community organisations and associations, the Creative Activation Fund will support the development and delivery of creative projects that have strong potential to become new tourist attractions, contributing to the economic recovery of the region in 2021 and beyond. Supported projects can include, but are not limited to, public art that responds to the natural landscape, creative projects that breathe new life into buildings or unused sites, large-scale murals or sculptures and initiatives that showcase sites in new ways using technologies such as virtual or augmented reality. Funding of between $40,000 and $300,000 is available for projects that will commence from 1 January 2021. Projects must be open to visitors for the majority of the year and have at least a three-year lifespan. The program was launched in 2019 with the first round supporting a range of projects including a virtual walking tour app that shares First Peoples culture and connection to inner-city sites, open air galleries, largescale murals and digital and projection artworks that bring iconic buildings to life once the sun goes down. The latest round is calling out for ground-breaking creative ideas with assessors focusing on projects that are led by Victorian First Peoples creative practitioners or organisations, reflect the culture and diversity of Victoria, align with the local priorities and are developed through collaboration across different creative disciplines. While the program is open statewide, and past projects have been located in regional and metropolitan areas, the program prioritises projects that occur in regional Victoria. Applications for the Creative Activation Fund are now open and close at 5pm, 24 September. Prospective applicants must contact Creative Victoria staff before applying. Visit creative.vic.gov.au for full program guidelines and Creative Victoria staff contact details. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Creativity can be a powerful economic force and as we emerge out of the pandemic and look to rebound and recover, I encourage local creatives and organisations to propose ideas for new drawcard creative attractions that will celebrate local sites and stories, and will attract visitors from near and far.” “The Creative Activation Fund is part of our work to protect local jobs, create new opportunities for local businesses and maintain Victoria’s position as the creative state – and all the benefits that brings.”

CALL OUT FOR CREATIVE IDEAS TO BOOST TOURISM

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas has called out for creative ideas for boosting tourism with applications now open for the Victorian Government’s Creative Activation Fund. Open to local councils and creative and community organisations and associations, the Creative Activation Fund will support the development and delivery of creative projects that have strong potential to become new tourist attractions, contributing to the economic recovery of the region in 2021 and beyond. Supported projects can include, but are not limited to, public art that responds to the natural landscape, creative projects that breathe new life into buildings or unused sites, large-scale murals or sculptures and initiatives that showcase sites in new ways using technologies such as virtual or augmented reality. Funding of between $40,000 and $300,000 is available for projects that will commence from 1 January 2021. Projects must be open to visitors for the majority of the year and have at least a three-year lifespan. The program was launched in 2019 with the first round supporting a range of projects including a virtual walking tour app that shares First Peoples culture and connection to inner-city sites, open air galleries, largescale murals and digital and projection artworks that bring iconic buildings to life once the sun goes down. The latest round is calling out for ground-breaking creative ideas with assessors focusing on projects that are led by Victorian First Peoples creative practitioners or organisations, reflect the culture and diversity of Victoria, align with the local priorities and are developed through collaboration across different creative disciplines. While the program is open statewide, and past projects have been located in regional and metropolitan areas, the program prioritises projects that occur in regional Victoria. Applications for the Creative Activation Fund are now open and close at 5pm, 24 September. Prospective applicants must contact Creative Victoria staff before applying. Visit creative.vic.gov.au for full program guidelines and Creative Victoria staff contact details. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Creativity can be a powerful economic force and as we emerge out of the pandemic and look to rebound and recover, I encourage local creatives and organisations to propose ideas for new drawcard creative attractions that will celebrate local sites and stories, and will attract visitors from near and far.” “The Creative Activation Fund is part of our work to protect local jobs, create new opportunities for local businesses and maintain Victoria’s position as the creative state – and all the benefits that brings.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS URGED TO APPLY FOR SPORT AND ACTIVE RECREATION GRANTS

Grassroots sports clubs across Wyndham are being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications had opened for the latest round of the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. They help people of all ages and abilities take part in grassroots sport, no matter where they live and are a great boost for clubs who are looking to get back on track following coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. In addition, the Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence has also announced the establishment of the new funding program, the Aboriginal Sporting Participation Grants Program. This program replaces Category 4: Aboriginal Participation from the Sporting Club Grants Program. This new program will be a tailored annual grants program to address participation barriers Victorian Aboriginals experience in sport and active recreation.  This program will open for applications later this year. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities and increase local participation as coronavirus restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so. Since coming to office, the Victorian Government has provided more than 4,300 Sporting Club Grants to clubs across the state, totalling more than $5.8 million. For more information on the grants and how to apply go to http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “Recent coronavirus restrictions have had a heavy impact on community sport, that’s why we’re proud to provide this funding lifeline that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.” “When it is safe to do so, we want community clubs to come back better than ever and this boost will go a long way to help clubs, coaches, athletes and officials get back in the game.” 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.” “I encourage all our local clubs in the Werribee District to grasp this opportunity and apply.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS URGED TO APPLY FOR SPORT AND ACTIVE RECREATION GRANTS

Grassroots sports clubs across Wyndham are being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications had opened for the latest round of the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. They help people of all ages and abilities take part in grassroots sport, no matter where they live and are a great boost for clubs who are looking to get back on track following coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. In addition, the Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence has also announced the establishment of the new funding program, the Aboriginal Sporting Participation Grants Program. This program replaces Category 4: Aboriginal Participation from the Sporting Club Grants Program. This new program will be a tailored annual grants program to address participation barriers Victorian Aboriginals experience in sport and active recreation.  This program will open for applications later this year. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities and increase local participation as coronavirus restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so. Since coming to office, the Victorian Government has provided more than 4,300 Sporting Club Grants to clubs across the state, totalling more than $5.8 million. For more information on the grants and how to apply go to http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “Recent coronavirus restrictions have had a heavy impact on community sport, that’s why we’re proud to provide this funding lifeline that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.” “When it is safe to do so, we want community clubs to come back better than ever and this boost will go a long way to help clubs, coaches, athletes and officials get back in the game.” 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.” “I encourage all our local clubs in the Werribee District to grasp this opportunity and apply.”

NEW HELP WITH YOUR ENERGY BILLS IN WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is rolling out a team of financial counsellors and community workers in partnership with community organisations to give targeted advice and support to Victorians who need help with their energy bills. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the $3.7 million support package would help thousands of Victorian households struggling to pay their energy bills. Debt to energy companies is one of the top three most common sources of financial difficulty raised with financial counsellors and, with many Victorians seeing high bills this winter, it’s vital that support can be accessed. The suite of programs involves webinars delivered by the Consumer Policy Research Centre and a tailored Energy Assistance and Brokerage Program to help people get the best value energy deal, run by a consortium which includes the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Australian Energy Foundation and Uniting Vic. The programs are being delivered online and over-the-phone to ensure that Victorians can access this support while stay at home measures are in place. We want to make sure all Victorians can access this support. That’s why financial counselling is available in a range of languages including Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi and Vietnamese. This support is available by calling 1800 830 029, while live webinars to help households manage their energy costs can be accessed at energyinfohub.org.au. The launch coincides with the Government endorsing new support measures developed by the Essential Services Commission to strengthen protections for residential energy customers and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). These include requiring energy retailers to provide reasonable assistance to small businesses experiencing financial stress, conducting tariff checks for residential customers receiving payment assistance, and helping eligible customers complete Utility Relief Grant applications over the phone. Data from the Essential Services Commission shows that each week in July, around 9,000 households called their energy company seeking assistance with managing their bills. The new measures come as the Victorian Government released a new advertising campaign, encouraging customers doing it tough to reach out to their energy company. The campaign will be translated into 20 languages and ensure Victorians know their rights. Under our Government’s nation-leading Payment Difficulty Framework, energy companies must assist any household that engages with them, preventing them from being disconnected. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We know that staying at home is putting more pressure on household bills. These programs make sure that anyone who needs extra help with their energy bills, gets it.” “If you’re doing it tough, we want you to know that there is one-on-one support available.”  Quote attributed to Minister for Consumer Affairs Victoria Melissa Horne “Expanding our Financial Counselling Program is another way the government is helping Victorians experiencing financial hardship.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas   “These support measures are designed to ensure that all members of our community can access help that is available. Trained professionals are on hand to help you get through this time.”

NEW HELP WITH YOUR ENERGY BILLS IN WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is rolling out a team of financial counsellors and community workers in partnership with community organisations to give targeted advice and support to Victorians who need help with their energy bills. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the $3.7 million support package would help thousands of Victorian households struggling to pay their energy bills. Debt to energy companies is one of the top three most common sources of financial difficulty raised with financial counsellors and, with many Victorians seeing high bills this winter, it’s vital that support can be accessed. The suite of programs involves webinars delivered by the Consumer Policy Research Centre and a tailored Energy Assistance and Brokerage Program to help people get the best value energy deal, run by a consortium which includes the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Australian Energy Foundation and Uniting Vic. The programs are being delivered online and over-the-phone to ensure that Victorians can access this support while stay at home measures are in place. We want to make sure all Victorians can access this support. That’s why financial counselling is available in a range of languages including Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi and Vietnamese. This support is available by calling 1800 830 029, while live webinars to help households manage their energy costs can be accessed at energyinfohub.org.au. The launch coincides with the Government endorsing new support measures developed by the Essential Services Commission to strengthen protections for residential energy customers and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). These include requiring energy retailers to provide reasonable assistance to small businesses experiencing financial stress, conducting tariff checks for residential customers receiving payment assistance, and helping eligible customers complete Utility Relief Grant applications over the phone. Data from the Essential Services Commission shows that each week in July, around 9,000 households called their energy company seeking assistance with managing their bills. The new measures come as the Victorian Government released a new advertising campaign, encouraging customers doing it tough to reach out to their energy company. The campaign will be translated into 20 languages and ensure Victorians know their rights. Under our Government’s nation-leading Payment Difficulty Framework, energy companies must assist any household that engages with them, preventing them from being disconnected. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We know that staying at home is putting more pressure on household bills. These programs make sure that anyone who needs extra help with their energy bills, gets it.” “If you’re doing it tough, we want you to know that there is one-on-one support available.”  Quote attributed to Minister for Consumer Affairs Victoria Melissa Horne “Expanding our Financial Counselling Program is another way the government is helping Victorians experiencing financial hardship.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas   “These support measures are designed to ensure that all members of our community can access help that is available. Trained professionals are on hand to help you get through this time.”