Tim Pallas State Labor Member for Werribee

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Authorised by T. Pallas, 2/56-58 Watton St Werribee VIC 3030. Funded by Parliamentary Budget.
  • Creating Jobs & Caring for Werribee

    The Victorian Budget 2021/22 is creating jobs and caring for the people of Werribee, investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.

  • Another Crossing Down at Cherry Street

    The Cherry Street level crossing in Werribee is gone months ahead of schedule, and an upgrade of eight major roads is complete as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s huge investment in better transport in Melbourne’s west.

  • Werribee Street Level Crossing Gone for Good

    The Andrews Government has removed its 45th dangerous and congested level crossing – with trains now running on the new one-kilometre rail bridge at Werribee Street, safely separated from traffic.

  • Major Works Take Shape at Old Geelong Road

    Major construction has now begun to remove the level crossing at Old Geelong Road. Crews have lifted new bridge beams into place – the next steps in building a new road bridge that will remove the level crossing for good.

  • Duncans Road Interchange Upgrade Completed

    Drivers in Melbourne’s west can now enjoy safer and more reliable access to the Princes Freeway and Werribee tourism precinct, thanks to the completion of the Duncans Road Interchange Upgrade in Werribee.

  • New Riverbend Primary School

    Riverbend Primary School is officially open – catering for 575 students and includes three learning neighbourhoods, outdoor play courts, a performing arts and physical education building, and a sports field.

  • $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.

  • Creating Jobs & Caring for Werribee

    The Victorian Budget 2021/22 is creating jobs and caring for the people of Werribee, investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.

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CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Werribee.  The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.  Melbourne's west is growing, and our roads need to keep up with demand. That's why the Budget invests $14 million to start work on the Ison Road Overpass, which will allow for direct travel between fast growing residential areas and new employment and education precincts. The overpass will ease congestion for Werribee locals, while supporting jobs for Victorians during construction.   Manor Lakes P-12 College is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year's Budget. This $9.4 million investment will modernise the school, including replacing existing temporary facilities and adding capacity for an additional 400 students in permanent facilities. Not only will this give our kids great learning spaces, it'll create good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs.   As our western suburbs grow, the Labor Government is committed to ensuring every child has the best start to life. That's why this Budget will deliver two brand-new schools in Werribee – Holyoake Parade Primary School and Lollypop Creek Primary School. Two of 13 new school builds across the state, this investment will give local kids the state-of-the-art school they deserve.   This Budget is also delivering the schools we need for today, and tomorrow. That means building new schools as well as locking in land to build schools for the future. The Budget will secure land in Mambourin, giving local families confidence their kids will have a great local school.   Trees make our streets more attractive, provide shade and decrease pollution. Under this year's Budget, suburbs in Melbourne's west – including in Werribee – will see thousands of new trees planted, further beautifying our community.   When Victorians need urgent care, they need Emergency Departments they can rely on. That’s why this Budget will begin planning to expand the adult Emergency Department at Werribee Mercy Hospital. In addition to supporting local jobs, this investment will make sure our EDs are there for local patients when they need it most.   $94 million will be invested in the Melton and Wyndham Vale corridor to enable higher capacity trains, including nine-car VLocity trains. These longer trains will increase capacity by up to 50 per cent during peak periods. Development work will also be undertaken for a new commuter train as a future replacement for the existing classic fleet operating on regional lines.  This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to build our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers.  An investment of $954 million will deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges, in their own communities.   Young Victorians are at the heart of our reform, with $842 million in mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. This investment will see two separate streams of care created – one devoted to infants and children and one devoted to young people. This investment will deliver more early intervention, more intensive support for those who need acute care, and three new community-based hubs, providing a one-stop approach to children’s mental health, health and development.   Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs. From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians. To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses.  With this Budget, we’re creating jobs and caring for Victorians.  Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas.  “Our investments in road and rail across Werribee don't just cut time wasted in traffic, they keep our communities connected – and importantly, they create good jobs along the way.”  “Our western suburbs are booming – and with that comes great opportunity. We won’t waste a moment in ensuring that every child in our growing suburbs is offered a world-class education.”   “This Budget also invests in mental health and wellbeing support across our state, and with it the creation of thousands of new jobs. That’s what this Budget is about: creating jobs and caring for Victorians.”  

CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Werribee.  The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.  Melbourne's west is growing, and our roads need to keep up with demand. That's why the Budget invests $14 million to start work on the Ison Road Overpass, which will allow for direct travel between fast growing residential areas and new employment and education precincts. The overpass will ease congestion for Werribee locals, while supporting jobs for Victorians during construction.   Manor Lakes P-12 College is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year's Budget. This $9.4 million investment will modernise the school, including replacing existing temporary facilities and adding capacity for an additional 400 students in permanent facilities. Not only will this give our kids great learning spaces, it'll create good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs.   As our western suburbs grow, the Labor Government is committed to ensuring every child has the best start to life. That's why this Budget will deliver two brand-new schools in Werribee – Holyoake Parade Primary School and Lollypop Creek Primary School. Two of 13 new school builds across the state, this investment will give local kids the state-of-the-art school they deserve.   This Budget is also delivering the schools we need for today, and tomorrow. That means building new schools as well as locking in land to build schools for the future. The Budget will secure land in Mambourin, giving local families confidence their kids will have a great local school.   Trees make our streets more attractive, provide shade and decrease pollution. Under this year's Budget, suburbs in Melbourne's west – including in Werribee – will see thousands of new trees planted, further beautifying our community.   When Victorians need urgent care, they need Emergency Departments they can rely on. That’s why this Budget will begin planning to expand the adult Emergency Department at Werribee Mercy Hospital. In addition to supporting local jobs, this investment will make sure our EDs are there for local patients when they need it most.   $94 million will be invested in the Melton and Wyndham Vale corridor to enable higher capacity trains, including nine-car VLocity trains. These longer trains will increase capacity by up to 50 per cent during peak periods. Development work will also be undertaken for a new commuter train as a future replacement for the existing classic fleet operating on regional lines.  This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to build our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers.  An investment of $954 million will deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges, in their own communities.   Young Victorians are at the heart of our reform, with $842 million in mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. This investment will see two separate streams of care created – one devoted to infants and children and one devoted to young people. This investment will deliver more early intervention, more intensive support for those who need acute care, and three new community-based hubs, providing a one-stop approach to children’s mental health, health and development.   Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs. From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians. To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses.  With this Budget, we’re creating jobs and caring for Victorians.  Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas.  “Our investments in road and rail across Werribee don't just cut time wasted in traffic, they keep our communities connected – and importantly, they create good jobs along the way.”  “Our western suburbs are booming – and with that comes great opportunity. We won’t waste a moment in ensuring that every child in our growing suburbs is offered a world-class education.”   “This Budget also invests in mental health and wellbeing support across our state, and with it the creation of thousands of new jobs. That’s what this Budget is about: creating jobs and caring for Victorians.”  

EXPERTS TO LEAD INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF WILDLIFE ACT

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is encouraging all Victorians to have their say on an expert review of Victoria’s Wildlife Act 1975. An expert advisory panel appointed by the Andrews Labor Government is embarking on a comprehensive review of the Act to ensure it is up to date with community standards, contemporary issues and policy changes. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced a full review of the Wildlife Act 1975 – the first since it was enacted 46 years ago. As part of the review, the community is encouraged to offer comment on the Act as it is now and make suggestions to help shape its future. The review will consider Victoria’s Wildlife Act against similar legislation interstate and internationally to ensure it provides a best practice regulatory framework and ensure any future Act includes all the necessary powers to punish and deter wildlife crime and protect Victoria’s wildlife. Tim Pallas said the community and interested stakeholders can contribute to the review online via Engage Victoria by reading the panel’s issues paper and providing comments around specific issues or providing a written submission. The Panel will also work with Traditional Owners on issues related to self-determination, and will seek input from key interest groups, government bodies and relevant experts. Consultation is open via the Engage Victoria website: https://engage.vic.gov.au/independent-review-victorias-wildlife-act-1975 and closes June 9. For further information about the review of the Wildlife Act 1975 go to: https://www.wildlife.vic.gov.au/wildlife-act-review. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The world has changed since the Wildlife Act became law in 1975, and this independent review will help ensure an updated Act reflects community views.” “The four members of the expert advisory panel examining the Wildlife Act 1975 have extensive experience in their fields and are keen to hear a range of views from stakeholders and the community as they consider reform of the Act.”

EXPERTS TO LEAD INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF WILDLIFE ACT

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is encouraging all Victorians to have their say on an expert review of Victoria’s Wildlife Act 1975. An expert advisory panel appointed by the Andrews Labor Government is embarking on a comprehensive review of the Act to ensure it is up to date with community standards, contemporary issues and policy changes. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced a full review of the Wildlife Act 1975 – the first since it was enacted 46 years ago. As part of the review, the community is encouraged to offer comment on the Act as it is now and make suggestions to help shape its future. The review will consider Victoria’s Wildlife Act against similar legislation interstate and internationally to ensure it provides a best practice regulatory framework and ensure any future Act includes all the necessary powers to punish and deter wildlife crime and protect Victoria’s wildlife. Tim Pallas said the community and interested stakeholders can contribute to the review online via Engage Victoria by reading the panel’s issues paper and providing comments around specific issues or providing a written submission. The Panel will also work with Traditional Owners on issues related to self-determination, and will seek input from key interest groups, government bodies and relevant experts. Consultation is open via the Engage Victoria website: https://engage.vic.gov.au/independent-review-victorias-wildlife-act-1975 and closes June 9. For further information about the review of the Wildlife Act 1975 go to: https://www.wildlife.vic.gov.au/wildlife-act-review. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The world has changed since the Wildlife Act became law in 1975, and this independent review will help ensure an updated Act reflects community views.” “The four members of the expert advisory panel examining the Wildlife Act 1975 have extensive experience in their fields and are keen to hear a range of views from stakeholders and the community as they consider reform of the Act.”

SUPPORTING WYNDHAM FAMILIES IN FINANCIAL STRESS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping families experiencing financial stress in Wyndham with the expansion of the Good Money program, which delivers no-interest loans and financial advice – providing a safe alternative to dodgy payday lenders and loan sharks. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $14.6 million in the Good Money program, including an expansion into phone-based and digital services, giving Wyndham residents improved access to this vital financial wellbeing service. Good Money is delivered through a unique partnership between the Government, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and National Australia Bank, with retail shopfronts in Collingwood, Geelong, Dandenong and Morwell. The expansion into phone-based and digital services will give Victorians access to this vital financial wellbeing service, no matter where they live. Good Money delivers responsible and sustainable financial services including no-interest and low interest loans, low-cost insurance and budgeting advice for Victorians experiencing significant financial stress. That includes providing an alternative to predatory pay-day lenders who target vulnerable consumers, putting even more pressure on their finances – sometimes permanently. Good Money provides no-interest loans that have no hidden costs – giving clients access to safe, affordable and fair credit – ensuring they can manage unexpected bills while maintaining their financial security. The funding will also continue support for financial wellbeing initiatives in bushfire-affected communities, including Good Money pop-up stores, for a further 12 months. The enhanced Good Money service is expected to deliver 11,500 no-interest loans over four years, helping around 25,000 Victorians with a low-income. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The financial support offered by Good Money is more important than ever for people in Werribee doing it tough, given the challenges presented by COVID-19.” “Now that these support services will be available online and over the phone, Werribee residents in financial stress can get the support they need.”

SUPPORTING WYNDHAM FAMILIES IN FINANCIAL STRESS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping families experiencing financial stress in Wyndham with the expansion of the Good Money program, which delivers no-interest loans and financial advice – providing a safe alternative to dodgy payday lenders and loan sharks. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $14.6 million in the Good Money program, including an expansion into phone-based and digital services, giving Wyndham residents improved access to this vital financial wellbeing service. Good Money is delivered through a unique partnership between the Government, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and National Australia Bank, with retail shopfronts in Collingwood, Geelong, Dandenong and Morwell. The expansion into phone-based and digital services will give Victorians access to this vital financial wellbeing service, no matter where they live. Good Money delivers responsible and sustainable financial services including no-interest and low interest loans, low-cost insurance and budgeting advice for Victorians experiencing significant financial stress. That includes providing an alternative to predatory pay-day lenders who target vulnerable consumers, putting even more pressure on their finances – sometimes permanently. Good Money provides no-interest loans that have no hidden costs – giving clients access to safe, affordable and fair credit – ensuring they can manage unexpected bills while maintaining their financial security. The funding will also continue support for financial wellbeing initiatives in bushfire-affected communities, including Good Money pop-up stores, for a further 12 months. The enhanced Good Money service is expected to deliver 11,500 no-interest loans over four years, helping around 25,000 Victorians with a low-income. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The financial support offered by Good Money is more important than ever for people in Werribee doing it tough, given the challenges presented by COVID-19.” “Now that these support services will be available online and over the phone, Werribee residents in financial stress can get the support they need.”

MORE SUPPORT TO MAKE SCHOOLS INCLUSIVE FOR ALL STUDENTS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs. In total there are 74 projects across the state that will share in over $12.5 million under Round 6 of the Labor Government’s Inclusive Schools Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that Warringa Park School would receive $200,000 for an inclusive outdoor learning space, including new play equipment and synthetic turf, as part of the fund. There are many innovative ideas included under the fund, which supports the construction of inclusive playgrounds, as well as indoor and outdoor inclusive learning spaces. This round will fund projects such as accessible wheelchair friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces. The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better cater for the social and educational needs of all young people, including those with a disability or additional needs. This is the sixth round of funding. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015, more than 300 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces and inclusive playgrounds have been announced. The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, are able to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. More information about these projects is available at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This funding is about giving every child the best chance to meet their potential – regardless of their background or circumstances.” “Disability shouldn’t be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education regardless of background or educational needs.”

MORE SUPPORT TO MAKE SCHOOLS INCLUSIVE FOR ALL STUDENTS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs. In total there are 74 projects across the state that will share in over $12.5 million under Round 6 of the Labor Government’s Inclusive Schools Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that Warringa Park School would receive $200,000 for an inclusive outdoor learning space, including new play equipment and synthetic turf, as part of the fund. There are many innovative ideas included under the fund, which supports the construction of inclusive playgrounds, as well as indoor and outdoor inclusive learning spaces. This round will fund projects such as accessible wheelchair friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces. The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better cater for the social and educational needs of all young people, including those with a disability or additional needs. This is the sixth round of funding. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015, more than 300 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces and inclusive playgrounds have been announced. The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, are able to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. More information about these projects is available at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This funding is about giving every child the best chance to meet their potential – regardless of their background or circumstances.” “Disability shouldn’t be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education regardless of background or educational needs.”

SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL OWNERS TO CARE FOR COUNTRY

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal Victorians to care for Country in Wyndham with a $22.6 million investment to reinvigorate Traditional Owner-led cultural land and fire management practices. As part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22, the funding will support Aboriginal Victorians to implement the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said this funding ensures access to Country and enabling Traditional Owners to practice cultural fire and other land management activities plays a key role in supporting self-determination. It’s also vital in helping to keep our state safe. Traditional Owners undertake cultural burning for a range of reasons associated with caring for Country – including promoting revegetation, producing food, game and maintaining spiritual connection with Country. This investment also acknowledges that First Peoples have been using fire as a tool to manage the land – and reduce the risks of bushfires – for tens of thousands of years. Not only can these practices help keep Country safe from extreme fires, it can also help to rejuvenate local flora, protect native animal habitats, and respond to weeds and pests. Under the strategy, an Aboriginal-led Cultural Fire Leadership group will be established, helping to bring together Traditional Owners and land managers in delivering local cultural fire plans. This investment will also support Traditional Owners in sharing cultural burning techniques with our state’s emergency services and conservation groups, including creating jobs that support First Peoples to participate on the ground with fire crews. The Budget also includes new support for Traditional Owners to share their expertise with their communities, ensuring this knowledge and practice is safeguarded for future generations. Building on $1.26 million in last year’s Budget, this further investment will deliver on the commitments made as part of the Labor Government’s Self-determination Reform Framework and the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2018-2023. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “For tens of thousands of years, Traditional Owners and their knowledge of Country has been protecting and making the most of our natural environment.” “With this investment, we’ll make sure Aboriginal culture and knowledge continues to inform the way the land is cared for in Victoria.” “We know outcomes for Aboriginal people are better when they’re led by Aboriginal people – and cultural fire practices reflect our Government’s commitment to achieving self-determination for Aboriginal Victorians.”

SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL OWNERS TO CARE FOR COUNTRY

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal Victorians to care for Country in Wyndham with a $22.6 million investment to reinvigorate Traditional Owner-led cultural land and fire management practices. As part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22, the funding will support Aboriginal Victorians to implement the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said this funding ensures access to Country and enabling Traditional Owners to practice cultural fire and other land management activities plays a key role in supporting self-determination. It’s also vital in helping to keep our state safe. Traditional Owners undertake cultural burning for a range of reasons associated with caring for Country – including promoting revegetation, producing food, game and maintaining spiritual connection with Country. This investment also acknowledges that First Peoples have been using fire as a tool to manage the land – and reduce the risks of bushfires – for tens of thousands of years. Not only can these practices help keep Country safe from extreme fires, it can also help to rejuvenate local flora, protect native animal habitats, and respond to weeds and pests. Under the strategy, an Aboriginal-led Cultural Fire Leadership group will be established, helping to bring together Traditional Owners and land managers in delivering local cultural fire plans. This investment will also support Traditional Owners in sharing cultural burning techniques with our state’s emergency services and conservation groups, including creating jobs that support First Peoples to participate on the ground with fire crews. The Budget also includes new support for Traditional Owners to share their expertise with their communities, ensuring this knowledge and practice is safeguarded for future generations. Building on $1.26 million in last year’s Budget, this further investment will deliver on the commitments made as part of the Labor Government’s Self-determination Reform Framework and the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2018-2023. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “For tens of thousands of years, Traditional Owners and their knowledge of Country has been protecting and making the most of our natural environment.” “With this investment, we’ll make sure Aboriginal culture and knowledge continues to inform the way the land is cared for in Victoria.” “We know outcomes for Aboriginal people are better when they’re led by Aboriginal people – and cultural fire practices reflect our Government’s commitment to achieving self-determination for Aboriginal Victorians.”

RECORD INVESTMENT TO PROTECT VICTORIA FROM BUSHFIRE RISK

The Andrews Labor Government recently unveiled a record funding package to protect local communities, including in Werribee, across the state – aimed at reducing bushfire risk for the longer, hotter fire seasons to come. As part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22, a $517 million investment will deliver important technology upgrades for firefighters and improved risk management across agencies to reduce the risk of bushfires in a changing climate. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the investment of $339.5 million will continue to fund our Forest Fire Management workers and firefighters - as well make sure our technology, fire towers and equipment stays up to scratch. A $133 million investment will deliver brand-new digital radios for Forest Fire Management Victoria staff – helping them avoid black spots and communicate better with other emergency services. Better communication on the ground and in remote areas will help detect fires earlier and improve efforts to contain them faster. Funding will also further deliver on recommendations of two inquiries into the devastating 2019 and 2020 bushfires by the Inspector General for Emergency Management and the Bushfires Royal Commission. In response to the Inspector General’s call for greater coordination and leadership, more than $21 million will be provided for a new Office of Bushfire Risk Management to bring together land and fire managers, so they can work more closely to reduce the risk of bushfires on public and private land. The Office will work with Forest Fire Management Victoria, the Country Fire Authority, Emergency Management Victoria, local government, landholders and the community. It will have a key role in delivering the improvements to land and fire management recommended by the Inspector-General. A Budget boost of $15.6 million will help keep our state safe, addressing long grasses and other highly flammable undergrowth across Victoria, including delivering fuel management along major arterial road and rail corridors, additional planned burns, new specialist skills and machinery, and advanced bushfire risk modelling. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our first responders and local communities band together to do an incredible job protecting Victorians throughout bushfire season.” “While we can’t ever thank them enough – we can invest in the equipment, technology and infrastructure they need to reduce the risk of the next bushfire season.”

RECORD INVESTMENT TO PROTECT VICTORIA FROM BUSHFIRE RISK

The Andrews Labor Government recently unveiled a record funding package to protect local communities, including in Werribee, across the state – aimed at reducing bushfire risk for the longer, hotter fire seasons to come. As part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22, a $517 million investment will deliver important technology upgrades for firefighters and improved risk management across agencies to reduce the risk of bushfires in a changing climate. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the investment of $339.5 million will continue to fund our Forest Fire Management workers and firefighters - as well make sure our technology, fire towers and equipment stays up to scratch. A $133 million investment will deliver brand-new digital radios for Forest Fire Management Victoria staff – helping them avoid black spots and communicate better with other emergency services. Better communication on the ground and in remote areas will help detect fires earlier and improve efforts to contain them faster. Funding will also further deliver on recommendations of two inquiries into the devastating 2019 and 2020 bushfires by the Inspector General for Emergency Management and the Bushfires Royal Commission. In response to the Inspector General’s call for greater coordination and leadership, more than $21 million will be provided for a new Office of Bushfire Risk Management to bring together land and fire managers, so they can work more closely to reduce the risk of bushfires on public and private land. The Office will work with Forest Fire Management Victoria, the Country Fire Authority, Emergency Management Victoria, local government, landholders and the community. It will have a key role in delivering the improvements to land and fire management recommended by the Inspector-General. A Budget boost of $15.6 million will help keep our state safe, addressing long grasses and other highly flammable undergrowth across Victoria, including delivering fuel management along major arterial road and rail corridors, additional planned burns, new specialist skills and machinery, and advanced bushfire risk modelling. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our first responders and local communities band together to do an incredible job protecting Victorians throughout bushfire season.” “While we can’t ever thank them enough – we can invest in the equipment, technology and infrastructure they need to reduce the risk of the next bushfire season.”

EVEN MORE WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORTS GRANTS

Five additional grassroots sport clubs and organisations in Werribee are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $4,200 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the latest successful applicants from Werribee of the current round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs with up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness and up to $5,000 to help sports get back on their feet after the pandemic. Grant recipients include Wyndhamvale Football Club who scored $1,000 to purchase new uniforms for the women’s teams, and Werribee Adventure Guides, which is receiving almost $500. 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. Since 2014, the Victorian Government has provided more than 5150 sporting club grants totalling more than $7 million to clubs across the state. For more information on the grants, vsit http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “We’re proud to provide this boost that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.” “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to a whole new level.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee.”

EVEN MORE WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORTS GRANTS

Five additional grassroots sport clubs and organisations in Werribee are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $4,200 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the latest successful applicants from Werribee of the current round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs with up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness and up to $5,000 to help sports get back on their feet after the pandemic. Grant recipients include Wyndhamvale Football Club who scored $1,000 to purchase new uniforms for the women’s teams, and Werribee Adventure Guides, which is receiving almost $500. 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. Since 2014, the Victorian Government has provided more than 5150 sporting club grants totalling more than $7 million to clubs across the state. For more information on the grants, vsit http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “We’re proud to provide this boost that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.” “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to a whole new level.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORTS GRANTS

An additional seven grassroots sport clubs and organisations in the Werribee District are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $16,000 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the latest successful applicants from Werribee of the current round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs with up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness and up to $5,000 to help sports get back on their feet after the pandemic. Applications are being assessed on a rolling basis and close later this month. Grant recipients include Wyndham City Sharks who scored over $2,500 for new uniforms and COVID-19 recovery, and Wyndham Netball Association who scored $10,000 in COVID-19 recovery funding and in skill development support. 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. Since 2014, the Victorian Government has provided more than 5150 sporting club grants totalling more than $7 million to clubs across the state. For more information on the grants, vsit http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “We’re proud to provide this boost that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.” “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to a whole new level.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORTS GRANTS

An additional seven grassroots sport clubs and organisations in the Werribee District are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $16,000 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the latest successful applicants from Werribee of the current round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs with up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness and up to $5,000 to help sports get back on their feet after the pandemic. Applications are being assessed on a rolling basis and close later this month. Grant recipients include Wyndham City Sharks who scored over $2,500 for new uniforms and COVID-19 recovery, and Wyndham Netball Association who scored $10,000 in COVID-19 recovery funding and in skill development support. 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. Since 2014, the Victorian Government has provided more than 5150 sporting club grants totalling more than $7 million to clubs across the state. For more information on the grants, vsit http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence “We’re proud to provide this boost that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.” “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to a whole new level.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Congratulations to all our local clubs in Werribee.”

 

UPGRADING AND IMPROVING VICTORIAN KINDERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Wyndham kindergartens upgrade and improve their facilities and giving them access to the latest technology. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today encouraged local councils and not-for-profit organisations delivering funded kindergarten programs to apply for a grant as part of the Labor Government’s Building Blocks program. Applications under the Building Blocks Improvement Stream are now open, with grants available to upgrade or improve early learning facilities, and fund new IT devices. Grants of up to $300,000 are available towards an early learning facility upgrade project, providing services with funding to help them renovate and refurbish their centres. Organisations can apply for up to $50,000 for a minor improvement project for smaller scale works that will improve the quality of kindergarten services for their children and families. Grants of up to $1,500 are also available for IT devices such as laptops, tablets and televisions to support the delivery of kindergarten programs or administrative use. Launched last year, Building Blocks streamlines all pre-exisiting kindergarten infrastructure grants into one overarching program and provides increased state funding contributions for early childhood projects. The funding supports early childhood providers to undertake projects to improve the amenity of their services, and projects to increase the capacity of their service. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an Australian first, the Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion over this decade to deliver a full 15 hours per week of uni-versally funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, with the roll-out starting this year. Visit www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks to apply. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I encourage local councils and early childhood services across Wyndham to take advantage of these grants to help improve our kindergartens and set them up for the future.”

UPGRADING AND IMPROVING VICTORIAN KINDERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Wyndham kindergartens upgrade and improve their facilities and giving them access to the latest technology. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today encouraged local councils and not-for-profit organisations delivering funded kindergarten programs to apply for a grant as part of the Labor Government’s Building Blocks program. Applications under the Building Blocks Improvement Stream are now open, with grants available to upgrade or improve early learning facilities, and fund new IT devices. Grants of up to $300,000 are available towards an early learning facility upgrade project, providing services with funding to help them renovate and refurbish their centres. Organisations can apply for up to $50,000 for a minor improvement project for smaller scale works that will improve the quality of kindergarten services for their children and families. Grants of up to $1,500 are also available for IT devices such as laptops, tablets and televisions to support the delivery of kindergarten programs or administrative use. Launched last year, Building Blocks streamlines all pre-exisiting kindergarten infrastructure grants into one overarching program and provides increased state funding contributions for early childhood projects. The funding supports early childhood providers to undertake projects to improve the amenity of their services, and projects to increase the capacity of their service. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an Australian first, the Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion over this decade to deliver a full 15 hours per week of uni-versally funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, with the roll-out starting this year. Visit www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks to apply. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I encourage local councils and early childhood services across Wyndham to take advantage of these grants to help improve our kindergartens and set them up for the future.”

KICKING IN FOR COUNTRY FOOTY AND NETBALL IN WERRIBEE

With regional football and netball back bigger and better than ever, the Victorian Government is proud to be kicking in $5 million to support clubs in Werribee District grow and sustain participation and help communities thrive through the Country Football and Netball Program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced applications to the 2021-22 Country Football and Netball Program are now open to upgrade and develop facilities for football and netball clubs, so they can meet growing demand and welcome even more members. It’s a partnership with Netball Victoria, the AFL, and AFL Victoria to help netball and football clubs across the state, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live. Grants of up to $150,000 are available to deliver projects such as redeveloping and building new ovals and netball courts, installing sports lighting, and building new and redeveloped pavilions. There’s a focus on supporting communities who have recently experienced natural disasters or communities that are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, strong population growth or other economic challenges. Launched in 2005, the program has invested more than $30 million to more than 500 projects across the state. Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles. Applications from local Councils are now open and close on 22 June 2021. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding Round Two of the program will open in September 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Everyone deserves a fair go and that’s why we are supporting country football and netball clubs and the players, supporters and volunteers who make them strong.” “Regional clubs including those in Werribee are a breeding ground for some of nation’s greatest champions. They deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.” “Better facilities allow clubs to take on more players, host more events and draw bigger crowds, creating a real buzz in the community and boosting local economies.” “I urge clubs here in Werribee to talk to their local council to kick start projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives.”

KICKING IN FOR COUNTRY FOOTY AND NETBALL IN WERRIBEE

With regional football and netball back bigger and better than ever, the Victorian Government is proud to be kicking in $5 million to support clubs in Werribee District grow and sustain participation and help communities thrive through the Country Football and Netball Program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced applications to the 2021-22 Country Football and Netball Program are now open to upgrade and develop facilities for football and netball clubs, so they can meet growing demand and welcome even more members. It’s a partnership with Netball Victoria, the AFL, and AFL Victoria to help netball and football clubs across the state, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live. Grants of up to $150,000 are available to deliver projects such as redeveloping and building new ovals and netball courts, installing sports lighting, and building new and redeveloped pavilions. There’s a focus on supporting communities who have recently experienced natural disasters or communities that are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, strong population growth or other economic challenges. Launched in 2005, the program has invested more than $30 million to more than 500 projects across the state. Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles. Applications from local Councils are now open and close on 22 June 2021. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding Round Two of the program will open in September 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Everyone deserves a fair go and that’s why we are supporting country football and netball clubs and the players, supporters and volunteers who make them strong.” “Regional clubs including those in Werribee are a breeding ground for some of nation’s greatest champions. They deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.” “Better facilities allow clubs to take on more players, host more events and draw bigger crowds, creating a real buzz in the community and boosting local economies.” “I urge clubs here in Werribee to talk to their local council to kick start projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives.”

HELPING WYNDHAM STAY SAFE AND STAY OPEN

Wyndham businesses will soon get specialist advice on staying safe and staying open through 2021 thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced Wyndham will receive $170,000 to keep local businesses and local people safe. Wyndham can use $120,000 of funding to employ COVID Business Support Officers who will help high-risk locations like markets and shopping strips comply with COVIDSafe requirements, like checking in, physical distancing and cleaning. They will work with local hospitality businesses, community venues and small retailers – like hairdressers, butchers and milk bars – to ensure they can stay COVIDSafe, as well as delivering a wide range of information on COVIDSafe practices to the community. The funding is part of a $7.88 million commitment for councils across Victoria, establishing the Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support program and creating 236 positions to help businesses stay safe and stay open. Wyndham will also receive an additional $50,000 to provide assistance to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) businesses in the municipality, bringing Wyndham’s funding to $170,000 in total. The Victorian Government has invested more than $6 billion in direct economic support for businesses and workers to help them recover from the pandemic, including $2.6 billion paid to 134,000 businesses through the Business Support Fund. For more information on local government funding support visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The COVID support officers will be really important for making sure our Wyndham community stays COVIDSafe and open for business.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “The more we can help local businesses stay safe and open, the more we can continue to recover as a community from the impacts of COVID-19. I’m really pleased to see resources allocated to our Councils to aid in this essential recovery process.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Specialist officers will help businesses stay open and our community stay safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Councils are crucial to Victoria’s recovery from the pandemic and this funding enables them to support businesses and communities with COVIDSafe best practice and keep local economies open.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “This is about making sure Victorian business – and every community in our state – has the support and information they need to stay safe and open through 2021.”

HELPING WYNDHAM STAY SAFE AND STAY OPEN

Wyndham businesses will soon get specialist advice on staying safe and staying open through 2021 thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced Wyndham will receive $170,000 to keep local businesses and local people safe. Wyndham can use $120,000 of funding to employ COVID Business Support Officers who will help high-risk locations like markets and shopping strips comply with COVIDSafe requirements, like checking in, physical distancing and cleaning. They will work with local hospitality businesses, community venues and small retailers – like hairdressers, butchers and milk bars – to ensure they can stay COVIDSafe, as well as delivering a wide range of information on COVIDSafe practices to the community. The funding is part of a $7.88 million commitment for councils across Victoria, establishing the Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support program and creating 236 positions to help businesses stay safe and stay open. Wyndham will also receive an additional $50,000 to provide assistance to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) businesses in the municipality, bringing Wyndham’s funding to $170,000 in total. The Victorian Government has invested more than $6 billion in direct economic support for businesses and workers to help them recover from the pandemic, including $2.6 billion paid to 134,000 businesses through the Business Support Fund. For more information on local government funding support visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The COVID support officers will be really important for making sure our Wyndham community stays COVIDSafe and open for business.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “The more we can help local businesses stay safe and open, the more we can continue to recover as a community from the impacts of COVID-19. I’m really pleased to see resources allocated to our Councils to aid in this essential recovery process.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Specialist officers will help businesses stay open and our community stay safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Councils are crucial to Victoria’s recovery from the pandemic and this funding enables them to support businesses and communities with COVIDSafe best practice and keep local economies open.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “This is about making sure Victorian business – and every community in our state – has the support and information they need to stay safe and open through 2021.”

FURTHER BOOST FOR WERRIBEE CAMPING AND CARAVAN PARKS

Popular caravan and camping destinations in Werribee will share $2.04 million in Round 3 of the Andrews Labor Government’s Camping and Caravan Grants to upgrade and improve the visitor experience. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the third round of grants were open for projects to up-grade campgrounds and caravan parks and boost regional tourism across Werribee. The grants are part of Victoria’s Great Outdoors – a $105.6 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to build better walking trails, campgrounds and visitor facilities to make it easier for all Victorians to explore our parks and forests, experience nature and support regional tourism. Grants between $5,000 to $200,000 are available to support managers of campgrounds and caravan parks, including Crown land managers, committees of management, Traditional Owners and councils and, to improve the quality and amount of visitor facilities. Applications from, and partnerships with, Traditional Owners are encouraged. The grants will boost regional Victoria through employing local business and will create more and better campgrounds, caravan parks and recreational facilities for visitors looking to explore what Werribee has to offer. Applications for round three of the Camping and Caravan Grants opened on Thursday 29 April and re-main open until 4pm on Friday 11 June 2021. For more information visit https://www.forestsandreserves.vic.gov.au/grants/camping-and-caravan-grants Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This will be a welcome boost for caravan parks and campgrounds in Werribee and a great way to encourage more Victorians to visit and enjoy the beauty of everything our area has to offer.” “Victorians can enjoy improved facilities and all the benefits of camping in our beautiful region.”

FURTHER BOOST FOR WERRIBEE CAMPING AND CARAVAN PARKS

Popular caravan and camping destinations in Werribee will share $2.04 million in Round 3 of the Andrews Labor Government’s Camping and Caravan Grants to upgrade and improve the visitor experience. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the third round of grants were open for projects to up-grade campgrounds and caravan parks and boost regional tourism across Werribee. The grants are part of Victoria’s Great Outdoors – a $105.6 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to build better walking trails, campgrounds and visitor facilities to make it easier for all Victorians to explore our parks and forests, experience nature and support regional tourism. Grants between $5,000 to $200,000 are available to support managers of campgrounds and caravan parks, including Crown land managers, committees of management, Traditional Owners and councils and, to improve the quality and amount of visitor facilities. Applications from, and partnerships with, Traditional Owners are encouraged. The grants will boost regional Victoria through employing local business and will create more and better campgrounds, caravan parks and recreational facilities for visitors looking to explore what Werribee has to offer. Applications for round three of the Camping and Caravan Grants opened on Thursday 29 April and re-main open until 4pm on Friday 11 June 2021. For more information visit https://www.forestsandreserves.vic.gov.au/grants/camping-and-caravan-grants Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This will be a welcome boost for caravan parks and campgrounds in Werribee and a great way to encourage more Victorians to visit and enjoy the beauty of everything our area has to offer.” “Victorians can enjoy improved facilities and all the benefits of camping in our beautiful region.”

AWARDS RECOGNISE WYNDHAM EARLY YEARS PROFESSIONALS

Victorians can nominate an individual, early childhood service or organisation in for a Victorian Early Years Award to recognise the outstanding work of early years professionals to improve the lives of chil-dren and their families. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced nominations are open for this year’s awards, and called on families, early childhood professionals and early years organisations in Werribee to nominate themselves or others. In its 16th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards celebrate the nominees, finalists and winners, and the commitment, resilience and flexibility demonstrated by the entire sector. In 2021, the awards will celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including improving access and participation, supporting parents and promoting children’s health and wellbeing, as well as the prestigious Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Award winners in each category will receive up to $15,000 to further develop and share the lessons of their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. Nominations for the awards close on Monday, 14 June. Finalists will be announced in August ahead of the awards ceremony in November. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit: education.vic.gov.au/veya Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an Australian-first, the Andrews Labor Government is also investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to 15 hours of a funded kindergarten program. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “This year’s Victorian Early Years Awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the people, organisa-tions and services that help our children to get the best start in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Werribee is home to many passionate early years professionals and early years services delivering fan-tastic outcomes for children.”

AWARDS RECOGNISE WYNDHAM EARLY YEARS PROFESSIONALS

Victorians can nominate an individual, early childhood service or organisation in for a Victorian Early Years Award to recognise the outstanding work of early years professionals to improve the lives of chil-dren and their families. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced nominations are open for this year’s awards, and called on families, early childhood professionals and early years organisations in Werribee to nominate themselves or others. In its 16th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards celebrate the nominees, finalists and winners, and the commitment, resilience and flexibility demonstrated by the entire sector. In 2021, the awards will celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including improving access and participation, supporting parents and promoting children’s health and wellbeing, as well as the prestigious Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Award winners in each category will receive up to $15,000 to further develop and share the lessons of their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. Nominations for the awards close on Monday, 14 June. Finalists will be announced in August ahead of the awards ceremony in November. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit: education.vic.gov.au/veya Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an Australian-first, the Andrews Labor Government is also investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to 15 hours of a funded kindergarten program. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “This year’s Victorian Early Years Awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the people, organisa-tions and services that help our children to get the best start in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Werribee is home to many passionate early years professionals and early years services delivering fan-tastic outcomes for children.”

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST ACADEMY FOR OUR BEST TEACHERS

Teachers from Werribee will benefit from a brand-new multi-site academy of teaching and leadership excellence, as Victoria leads the way in raising the bar on teacher quality. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $148.2 million in establishing the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, a new statutory authority. Regional hubs for the academy will be established in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton. The authority will deliver a new Australian-first program of advanced professional learning for high-performing teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools. The Academy will begin operations and the delivery of new programs from January 2022. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will also be based in a purpose-designed CBD site, alongside the seven regional Academies – ensuring rural and regional teachers are able to access high-quality professional development regardless of their location. The CBD location is expected to be open early next year and the Geelong site by mid-2022 – with the rest of the locations operating by the end of 2022. Once established, the new Academy’s programs will provide an unprecedented opportunity for our best teachers to further develop their skills and become recognised as statewide leaders in teaching excellence. These teachers can then share their expertise and knowledge with their own school communities, ensuring every classroom and every child benefits from this investment. The Academy’s flagship offering will be the Teaching Excellence Program, a one-year intensive program for up to 500 teachers per year across all sectors, which will cover core curriculum areas including English, Mathematics, Science and the Arts. Other programs will focus on developing a pipeline of emerging leaders and aspiring principals. Through the Academy, our teachers will also have access to the latest research in the science of learning and discipline based content knowledge, giving them the skills to ensure our kids are growing up as creative and critical-thinkers. Not only will they benefit from emerging research and understanding, the Academy will also enable our best teachers to learn from one another – with a focus on sharing best practice, ideas, experience and resources. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership aims to build on the existing Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership with a new focus on professional learning for Victoria’s highly skilled teachers. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want Victorian kids to get the very best education – and we know the most important way to do that is by having the best teachers.” “The new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will develop our teachers, giving the very latest in understanding and skills, and enabling them to share that with their colleagues and school communities. Not only is this an investment in our teachers, it’s an investment in our kids – and their futures.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is about giving every one of our teachers the opportunity to excel and extend their skills even further. A great teacher makes such a big difference in the education of our children, so it is the right thing to do to make sure they are supported in every way.”

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST ACADEMY FOR OUR BEST TEACHERS

Teachers from Werribee will benefit from a brand-new multi-site academy of teaching and leadership excellence, as Victoria leads the way in raising the bar on teacher quality. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $148.2 million in establishing the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, a new statutory authority. Regional hubs for the academy will be established in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton. The authority will deliver a new Australian-first program of advanced professional learning for high-performing teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools. The Academy will begin operations and the delivery of new programs from January 2022. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will also be based in a purpose-designed CBD site, alongside the seven regional Academies – ensuring rural and regional teachers are able to access high-quality professional development regardless of their location. The CBD location is expected to be open early next year and the Geelong site by mid-2022 – with the rest of the locations operating by the end of 2022. Once established, the new Academy’s programs will provide an unprecedented opportunity for our best teachers to further develop their skills and become recognised as statewide leaders in teaching excellence. These teachers can then share their expertise and knowledge with their own school communities, ensuring every classroom and every child benefits from this investment. The Academy’s flagship offering will be the Teaching Excellence Program, a one-year intensive program for up to 500 teachers per year across all sectors, which will cover core curriculum areas including English, Mathematics, Science and the Arts. Other programs will focus on developing a pipeline of emerging leaders and aspiring principals. Through the Academy, our teachers will also have access to the latest research in the science of learning and discipline based content knowledge, giving them the skills to ensure our kids are growing up as creative and critical-thinkers. Not only will they benefit from emerging research and understanding, the Academy will also enable our best teachers to learn from one another – with a focus on sharing best practice, ideas, experience and resources. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership aims to build on the existing Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership with a new focus on professional learning for Victoria’s highly skilled teachers. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want Victorian kids to get the very best education – and we know the most important way to do that is by having the best teachers.” “The new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will develop our teachers, giving the very latest in understanding and skills, and enabling them to share that with their colleagues and school communities. Not only is this an investment in our teachers, it’s an investment in our kids – and their futures.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is about giving every one of our teachers the opportunity to excel and extend their skills even further. A great teacher makes such a big difference in the education of our children, so it is the right thing to do to make sure they are supported in every way.”

$2.55 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR VICTORIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERS

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is encouraging environmental volunteers in Werribee to apply for grants to support their work in protecting and restoring our land and natural environment. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio opened the latest round of the Victorian Landcare Grants, with $2.55 million in Victorian Government funding available to environmental volunteering groups. Tim Pallas MP said Landcare and other environmental volunteering groups in Werribee can now apply for project grants of up to $30,000 for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that help to improve the local environment for future generations. Support grants of up to $500 are also available for new and existing groups and networks to assist with operating costs for Landcare and environmental volunteering across the state. This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), demonstrating the important environmental outcomes that can be achieved through collaboration between CMAs, environmental groups, local communities, and the government. The grants are part of the Victorian Government’s $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package, which is delivering funding for small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Victoria’s biodiversity and waterways. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan. Applications close 5pm Wednesday 16 June 2021. For more information go to environment.vic.gov.au/grants/vlg Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham is home to some of Victoria’s best natural landscapes and habitat – I encourage all our dedicated volunteer groups and networks to apply for a grant.” “Werribee’s volunteers are invaluable, and these grants will allow them to continue to make a significant difference at a grassroots level.”

$2.55 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR VICTORIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERS

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is encouraging environmental volunteers in Werribee to apply for grants to support their work in protecting and restoring our land and natural environment. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio opened the latest round of the Victorian Landcare Grants, with $2.55 million in Victorian Government funding available to environmental volunteering groups. Tim Pallas MP said Landcare and other environmental volunteering groups in Werribee can now apply for project grants of up to $30,000 for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that help to improve the local environment for future generations. Support grants of up to $500 are also available for new and existing groups and networks to assist with operating costs for Landcare and environmental volunteering across the state. This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), demonstrating the important environmental outcomes that can be achieved through collaboration between CMAs, environmental groups, local communities, and the government. The grants are part of the Victorian Government’s $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package, which is delivering funding for small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Victoria’s biodiversity and waterways. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan. Applications close 5pm Wednesday 16 June 2021. For more information go to environment.vic.gov.au/grants/vlg Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham is home to some of Victoria’s best natural landscapes and habitat – I encourage all our dedicated volunteer groups and networks to apply for a grant.” “Werribee’s volunteers are invaluable, and these grants will allow them to continue to make a significant difference at a grassroots level.”

PLANS FOR UPGRADES TO WERRIBEE SOUTH BOAT RAMP

Boaters getting out on the water at Werribee South boat ramp will soon have better facilities with designs being drawn up to make improvements to the popular boat ramp and car park. Concept designs for Werribee South ramp have been commissioned as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented $47.2 million investment to improve recreational boating in Victoria and will be overseen by Better Boating Victoria (BBV). The Government has already made launching and parking at Victorian boat ramps free and established the Better Boating Fund and BBV is progressing upgrades to facilities and boating safety across the state. The Werribee South ramp is a short drive from one of Victoria’s fastest growing residential areas and provides boaters with access to the Werribee River and Port Phillip. It has been identified as a priority for upgrade due to the volume of boats being launched and retrieved at the ramp, and congestion in the adjoining carpark facility at peak times. Concept designs will address traffic flow and the potential for additional car and trailer parking, as well as maximising functionality of the popular six-lane boating facility. An accessible pontoon will be among the options considered as part of the design, to cater for for all-abilities access to vessels from the ramp. Nearby ramps at Kirk Point and Avalon Beach are also in line for upgrades with concept designs being progressed. BBV will work closely with local user groups, as well as Wyndham City Council, and plans will be shared more broadly for community feedback when finalised. Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “Werribee South is an extremely busy boat ramp in a growing area of Melbourne, providing boaters with access to great fishing in Port Phillip.” “Whether it’s snapper, King George whiting or calamari you’re chasing, or you’re just heading out for a cruise, this investment will make Werribee South an even better place to start your day on the water.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The boat ramp at Werribee South is a significant asset for the community and is extremely popular with boaters accessing Port Phillip.” “Getting out on the water is a big part of life for many locals so it’s important to continue to invest in better facilities to make that easier and safer.”

PLANS FOR UPGRADES TO WERRIBEE SOUTH BOAT RAMP

Boaters getting out on the water at Werribee South boat ramp will soon have better facilities with designs being drawn up to make improvements to the popular boat ramp and car park. Concept designs for Werribee South ramp have been commissioned as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented $47.2 million investment to improve recreational boating in Victoria and will be overseen by Better Boating Victoria (BBV). The Government has already made launching and parking at Victorian boat ramps free and established the Better Boating Fund and BBV is progressing upgrades to facilities and boating safety across the state. The Werribee South ramp is a short drive from one of Victoria’s fastest growing residential areas and provides boaters with access to the Werribee River and Port Phillip. It has been identified as a priority for upgrade due to the volume of boats being launched and retrieved at the ramp, and congestion in the adjoining carpark facility at peak times. Concept designs will address traffic flow and the potential for additional car and trailer parking, as well as maximising functionality of the popular six-lane boating facility. An accessible pontoon will be among the options considered as part of the design, to cater for for all-abilities access to vessels from the ramp. Nearby ramps at Kirk Point and Avalon Beach are also in line for upgrades with concept designs being progressed. BBV will work closely with local user groups, as well as Wyndham City Council, and plans will be shared more broadly for community feedback when finalised. Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “Werribee South is an extremely busy boat ramp in a growing area of Melbourne, providing boaters with access to great fishing in Port Phillip.” “Whether it’s snapper, King George whiting or calamari you’re chasing, or you’re just heading out for a cruise, this investment will make Werribee South an even better place to start your day on the water.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The boat ramp at Werribee South is a significant asset for the community and is extremely popular with boaters accessing Port Phillip.” “Getting out on the water is a big part of life for many locals so it’s important to continue to invest in better facilities to make that easier and safer.”