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  • West Gate Tunnel Project

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

  • More Train Services for the Werribee Line

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

  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

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

  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project

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

  • Werribee Electorate

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

  • West Gate Tunnel Project

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

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Drilling Underway To Shape Airport Link

Soil testing to help inform the detailed Business Case for Melbourne Airport Rail Link has begun as preliminary planning works ramp up. Geotechnical drilling is the latest stage of preparatory work for the project that will boost connectivity between Melbourne and the regions. Geotechnical investigations are used to establish ground conditions and soil quality, and involve drilling boreholes up to 25 centimetres in diameter and 45 metres deep to collect soil and rock samples. Rail Projects Victoria, which will oversee delivery of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL), is assessing ground conditions across several locations to enable detailed planning. These investigations are being conducted at six sites around the M80 Ring Road in Tullamarine and near the Maribyrnong River to guide further planning of the preferred Sunshine route. Each investigation takes around two weeks to complete. The works will inform the design of the new rail line and how it will be built, with a further phase of testing to occur later this year. The investigations are a crucial element of the full Business Case process, which is assessing design options for the long-awaited rail link to Melbourne Airport. Expert technical advisors started initial environmental investigations in late 2018, with ecological surveys to identify any protected flora and fauna. Construction of Melbourne Airport Rail Link is scheduled to start in 2022, subject to required approvals. Construction is expected to take up to nine years. The Andrews Labor Government has committed up to $5 billion to build this vital project, which will run from the CBD to Melbourne Airport via Sunshine and form the north-western section of the Suburban Rail Loop. The Commonwealth has also committed funding to make the Link a reality. The total cost of the project will be determined in the full Business Case and is estimated in the range of $8-$13 billion. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan   “Whether it’s the Airport Rail Link, the Metro Tunnel, removing level crossings or planning for the Suburban Rail Loop – we’re getting it done.”   “We’ve made sure the Airport Rail Link will benefit all Victorians – delivering a new super-hub at Sunshine and paving the way for fast rail to the regions.”   “It will deliver wider benefits beyond simply moving tourists and business people between the CBD and the airport. It will help us transform the way people live, work and travel right across Victoria.”   View this media release on premier.vic.gov.au  

Drilling Underway To Shape Airport Link

Soil testing to help inform the detailed Business Case for Melbourne Airport Rail Link has begun as preliminary planning works ramp up. Geotechnical drilling is the latest stage of preparatory work for the project that will boost connectivity between Melbourne and the regions. Geotechnical investigations are used to establish ground conditions and soil quality, and involve drilling boreholes up to 25 centimetres in diameter and 45 metres deep to collect soil and rock samples. Rail Projects Victoria, which will oversee delivery of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL), is assessing ground conditions across several locations to enable detailed planning. These investigations are being conducted at six sites around the M80 Ring Road in Tullamarine and near the Maribyrnong River to guide further planning of the preferred Sunshine route. Each investigation takes around two weeks to complete. The works will inform the design of the new rail line and how it will be built, with a further phase of testing to occur later this year. The investigations are a crucial element of the full Business Case process, which is assessing design options for the long-awaited rail link to Melbourne Airport. Expert technical advisors started initial environmental investigations in late 2018, with ecological surveys to identify any protected flora and fauna. Construction of Melbourne Airport Rail Link is scheduled to start in 2022, subject to required approvals. Construction is expected to take up to nine years. The Andrews Labor Government has committed up to $5 billion to build this vital project, which will run from the CBD to Melbourne Airport via Sunshine and form the north-western section of the Suburban Rail Loop. The Commonwealth has also committed funding to make the Link a reality. The total cost of the project will be determined in the full Business Case and is estimated in the range of $8-$13 billion. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan   “Whether it’s the Airport Rail Link, the Metro Tunnel, removing level crossings or planning for the Suburban Rail Loop – we’re getting it done.”   “We’ve made sure the Airport Rail Link will benefit all Victorians – delivering a new super-hub at Sunshine and paving the way for fast rail to the regions.”   “It will deliver wider benefits beyond simply moving tourists and business people between the CBD and the airport. It will help us transform the way people live, work and travel right across Victoria.”   View this media release on premier.vic.gov.au  

FREE TAFE KICKS OFF IN WYNDHAM

Students and job seekers from Wyndham can now take up Free TAFE training under the Andrews Labor Government’s $172 million program to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses tuition fee free from this year. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP  said almost 3000 Free TAFE students have started their training in January at TAFEs across Victoria – close to three times the number who commenced training in the same courses in January last year. Commencement data shows that about 800 of those starting their Free TAFE course in January were in pre-apprenticeship classes, putting them on the pathway to a full-apprenticeship. Free TAFE for Priority Courses reduces the financial barrier for eligible students wanting to train in the courses that lead to the jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers. Free TAFE will mean more Victorians get the skills they need for jobs working on major road and rail projects, building schools and hospitals and caring for our loved ones. TAFE institutes across Victoria are continuing to take enrolments for Free TAFE courses, with classes starting throughout 2019. For the full list of Free TAFE courses, visit freetafe.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We said we would deliver Free TAFE and now thousands of Victorians are enrolled at the start of term.” “We’re rebuilding TAFE in Victoria and Free TAFE is now filling campuses across the state.” “This means more locals working in the most in-demand jobs, delivering vital services.”

FREE TAFE KICKS OFF IN WYNDHAM

Students and job seekers from Wyndham can now take up Free TAFE training under the Andrews Labor Government’s $172 million program to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses tuition fee free from this year. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP  said almost 3000 Free TAFE students have started their training in January at TAFEs across Victoria – close to three times the number who commenced training in the same courses in January last year. Commencement data shows that about 800 of those starting their Free TAFE course in January were in pre-apprenticeship classes, putting them on the pathway to a full-apprenticeship. Free TAFE for Priority Courses reduces the financial barrier for eligible students wanting to train in the courses that lead to the jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers. Free TAFE will mean more Victorians get the skills they need for jobs working on major road and rail projects, building schools and hospitals and caring for our loved ones. TAFE institutes across Victoria are continuing to take enrolments for Free TAFE courses, with classes starting throughout 2019. For the full list of Free TAFE courses, visit freetafe.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We said we would deliver Free TAFE and now thousands of Victorians are enrolled at the start of term.” “We’re rebuilding TAFE in Victoria and Free TAFE is now filling campuses across the state.” “This means more locals working in the most in-demand jobs, delivering vital services.”

CREATING GREAT NEW LOCAL PARKS ACROSS WYNDHAM

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will get on with planning and design work for a brand new park in Werribee, to make sure that thousands of families have access to a great local park to take their kids. The proposed Werribee Township Regional Park would be more than 150 times the size of the MCG, along the Werribee River. The new park, to be designed in consultation with the Wyndham City Council, will give families in the growing western suburbs a fantastic new space to enjoy the great outdoors. Labor will also do the planning work to deliver Werribee River Park, covering 340 hectares of parkland. The Greening the Pipeline project in Melbourne’s west will be extended, with Labor dedicating $8 million to build new open space between Lawrie Emmins Reserve and Skeleton Creek. It’s part of Labor’s plan to create dozens of new parks across the state, equivalent to more than 170 Royal Botanic Gardens, for the suburbs that need them the most. This unprecedented investment will turn Victoria into the parks capital of Australia and ensure that every Victorian has a great local park, no matter where they live. The Liberals are putting the interests of developers first, with plans to fast track 290,000 new homes and one million people into our city’s outer suburbs without the public transport, hospitals, schools or parks that communities need. Only Labor will make sure our city retains its place as one of the world’s best places to live. Labor will invest $150 million to create more than 6,500 hectares of parkland and new walking and bike trails right across Melbourne, giving families great places to spend a day off. This includes $10 million to help local councils upgrade underutilised suburban space and local parks with new playgrounds, landscaping, toilets and picnic facilities, transforming them into better places for locals to enjoy. Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Labor will create thousands of hectares of new parks, bike and walking trails to make sure that no matter where you live, every family has a great local park to enjoy.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Ours is a growing area and this must not come at the expense of public open space – only Labor will give families terrific parks to socialise in and explore.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “This is fantastic news for local families, delivering more space for Victorians of all ages to come together, relax and enjoy.” Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “No matter where you live, everyone should be able to take their kids to a local park to enjoy green open space.”

CREATING GREAT NEW LOCAL PARKS ACROSS WYNDHAM

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will get on with planning and design work for a brand new park in Werribee, to make sure that thousands of families have access to a great local park to take their kids. The proposed Werribee Township Regional Park would be more than 150 times the size of the MCG, along the Werribee River. The new park, to be designed in consultation with the Wyndham City Council, will give families in the growing western suburbs a fantastic new space to enjoy the great outdoors. Labor will also do the planning work to deliver Werribee River Park, covering 340 hectares of parkland. The Greening the Pipeline project in Melbourne’s west will be extended, with Labor dedicating $8 million to build new open space between Lawrie Emmins Reserve and Skeleton Creek. It’s part of Labor’s plan to create dozens of new parks across the state, equivalent to more than 170 Royal Botanic Gardens, for the suburbs that need them the most. This unprecedented investment will turn Victoria into the parks capital of Australia and ensure that every Victorian has a great local park, no matter where they live. The Liberals are putting the interests of developers first, with plans to fast track 290,000 new homes and one million people into our city’s outer suburbs without the public transport, hospitals, schools or parks that communities need. Only Labor will make sure our city retains its place as one of the world’s best places to live. Labor will invest $150 million to create more than 6,500 hectares of parkland and new walking and bike trails right across Melbourne, giving families great places to spend a day off. This includes $10 million to help local councils upgrade underutilised suburban space and local parks with new playgrounds, landscaping, toilets and picnic facilities, transforming them into better places for locals to enjoy. Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Labor will create thousands of hectares of new parks, bike and walking trails to make sure that no matter where you live, every family has a great local park to enjoy.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Ours is a growing area and this must not come at the expense of public open space – only Labor will give families terrific parks to socialise in and explore.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “This is fantastic news for local families, delivering more space for Victorians of all ages to come together, relax and enjoy.” Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “No matter where you live, everyone should be able to take their kids to a local park to enjoy green open space.”

BIG BOOST FOR LITTLE RIVER PLAYGROUND

The playground at Little River Primary School is set for an upgrade courtesy of the Andrews Labor Government, freshening up old and tired facilities for school kids and the broader community alike. The $84,472 boost from the Community Support Fund (CSF) will help replace the deteriorating parts of the playground with fresh components and to supplement the school grounds with a fitness equipment circuit. The school playground and the small playing field are aging and in need of upgrade and repair. The playground was built for a school with an enrolment of under 100 and since grown to an enrolment role of 150. The playground and playing field are already used by children and the wider community out of school hours. Little River Primary School is located in the close-knit community of Little River, nestled between the edge of Melbourne and the city of Geelong. The project aims to increase this usage with the creation of the fitness circuit, which would have a wider appeal. For example, several fitness groups in the area would benefit from the circuit as well as the obvious advantage to the school. Funds from the CSF support a range of programs, which in turn support a wide variety of projects in the community. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This funding is yet another way this government is making sure communities right across Victoria have the infrastructure they need.” “This will not only help students and teachers, but also the hundreds of people from this growing community that use the school out of hours.”

BIG BOOST FOR LITTLE RIVER PLAYGROUND

The playground at Little River Primary School is set for an upgrade courtesy of the Andrews Labor Government, freshening up old and tired facilities for school kids and the broader community alike. The $84,472 boost from the Community Support Fund (CSF) will help replace the deteriorating parts of the playground with fresh components and to supplement the school grounds with a fitness equipment circuit. The school playground and the small playing field are aging and in need of upgrade and repair. The playground was built for a school with an enrolment of under 100 and since grown to an enrolment role of 150. The playground and playing field are already used by children and the wider community out of school hours. Little River Primary School is located in the close-knit community of Little River, nestled between the edge of Melbourne and the city of Geelong. The project aims to increase this usage with the creation of the fitness circuit, which would have a wider appeal. For example, several fitness groups in the area would benefit from the circuit as well as the obvious advantage to the school. Funds from the CSF support a range of programs, which in turn support a wide variety of projects in the community. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This funding is yet another way this government is making sure communities right across Victoria have the infrastructure they need.” “This will not only help students and teachers, but also the hundreds of people from this growing community that use the school out of hours.”

 

NEW BASKETBALL TRAINING HUB FOR WERRIBEE

Young athletes in Melbourne’s south-west will be one step closer to becoming the next basketball superstars, with a new high-performance basketball training hub to be established in Werribee under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government. The Werribee hub will be one of seven around the state, giving local kids access to the best training programs close to home, with a clear pathway to playing elite level basketball in Australia or the American NBA. Operating out of each of the hubs, a new Intensive Training Program will see a dedicated High-Performance Coach work with male and female teams for kids under 14, 15, 16 and 18. Teams for players with disabilities will also be established, helping to discover our next great Paralympic stars. Each team will train together every week, plus individual one-on-one weekly sessions to work on shooting and strength conditioning. As part of the program, local kids will also have the opportunity to compete in interstate and overseas tournaments, allowing them to advance their skills and increase their exposure to national and international talent scouts. A re-elected Labor Government will invest $5 million to establish the new training hubs, as part of a $101 million plan to grow basketball from grassroots to elite level across the state. This includes establishing a new Australian Basketball Centre of Excellence at the Knox Regional Sports Park – which Werribee’s new high-performance basketball training hub will feed into – with Basketball Australia relocating their training facilities from Canberra. Existing basketball facilities at Knox will also be expanded to provide headquarters and training facilities for the new ninth National Basketball League (NBL) team, which will be a Melbourne team. This will cement Victoria’s position as Australia’s home of basketball, with operations centred at Knox and supported by the high-performance basketball training hubs around the state, including Werribee. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “A new basketball training hub will help kids in Werribee take their hoop dreams to the next level.” “With dedicated coaching and one-on-one support, this investment is a massive win for local kids and their families.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “We’re home to so many young and talented basketballers. If they have big dreams, we’ll help them get there.” Quote attributable to Candidate for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Right now, parents with elite young players have to trek across the city. Instead, we’ll bring the best training to our doorstep.”

NEW BASKETBALL TRAINING HUB FOR WERRIBEE

Young athletes in Melbourne’s south-west will be one step closer to becoming the next basketball superstars, with a new high-performance basketball training hub to be established in Werribee under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government. The Werribee hub will be one of seven around the state, giving local kids access to the best training programs close to home, with a clear pathway to playing elite level basketball in Australia or the American NBA. Operating out of each of the hubs, a new Intensive Training Program will see a dedicated High-Performance Coach work with male and female teams for kids under 14, 15, 16 and 18. Teams for players with disabilities will also be established, helping to discover our next great Paralympic stars. Each team will train together every week, plus individual one-on-one weekly sessions to work on shooting and strength conditioning. As part of the program, local kids will also have the opportunity to compete in interstate and overseas tournaments, allowing them to advance their skills and increase their exposure to national and international talent scouts. A re-elected Labor Government will invest $5 million to establish the new training hubs, as part of a $101 million plan to grow basketball from grassroots to elite level across the state. This includes establishing a new Australian Basketball Centre of Excellence at the Knox Regional Sports Park – which Werribee’s new high-performance basketball training hub will feed into – with Basketball Australia relocating their training facilities from Canberra. Existing basketball facilities at Knox will also be expanded to provide headquarters and training facilities for the new ninth National Basketball League (NBL) team, which will be a Melbourne team. This will cement Victoria’s position as Australia’s home of basketball, with operations centred at Knox and supported by the high-performance basketball training hubs around the state, including Werribee. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “A new basketball training hub will help kids in Werribee take their hoop dreams to the next level.” “With dedicated coaching and one-on-one support, this investment is a massive win for local kids and their families.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “We’re home to so many young and talented basketballers. If they have big dreams, we’ll help them get there.” Quote attributable to Candidate for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Right now, parents with elite young players have to trek across the city. Instead, we’ll bring the best training to our doorstep.”

ANDREWS GOVERNMENT RAMPS IT UP FOR SKATERS IN WERRIBEE

Werribee’s growing skate community are set to ramp up the tricks at a new skate park in Werribee thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Government. Treasurer of Victoria and Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today announced that Loyola Park will soon be home to the new skate park thanks to a $100,000 funding boost from the government’s $180m Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Parks and sports facilities are an integral part of growing communities and provide a great place for people of all ages to connect, relax or enjoy the outdoors whilst also promoting active lifestyles close to home – all for free! With skate, parkour and BMX popular in the area, young people have continued to struggle to find a safe space to showcase their talents. We’re changing that. Once complete, the new skate park will feature plaza style elements as well as vertical elements including a beginner to intermediate ramp, which will complement the existing play spaces at the popular community hub. The boost is part of our commitment to promoting sports and active recreation, and encouraging all Victorians to get involved and enjoy the sport and recreation they love. Across Victoria we've invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities getting more people moving across the state and helping bring communities together. It’s backed by almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to ensure sport and active recreation continue to be accessible to everyone regardless of gender or location. Mr Pallas acknowledged Wyndham City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to the project. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Congratulations to Werribee’s skate community this boost will go a long way to support the growing number of people in town keen to get involved in local sport and recreation.“ “It’s a great example of how the Andrews Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.” “The Andrews Government is giving local communities the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love.”

ANDREWS GOVERNMENT RAMPS IT UP FOR SKATERS IN WERRIBEE

Werribee’s growing skate community are set to ramp up the tricks at a new skate park in Werribee thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Government. Treasurer of Victoria and Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today announced that Loyola Park will soon be home to the new skate park thanks to a $100,000 funding boost from the government’s $180m Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Parks and sports facilities are an integral part of growing communities and provide a great place for people of all ages to connect, relax or enjoy the outdoors whilst also promoting active lifestyles close to home – all for free! With skate, parkour and BMX popular in the area, young people have continued to struggle to find a safe space to showcase their talents. We’re changing that. Once complete, the new skate park will feature plaza style elements as well as vertical elements including a beginner to intermediate ramp, which will complement the existing play spaces at the popular community hub. The boost is part of our commitment to promoting sports and active recreation, and encouraging all Victorians to get involved and enjoy the sport and recreation they love. Across Victoria we've invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities getting more people moving across the state and helping bring communities together. It’s backed by almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to ensure sport and active recreation continue to be accessible to everyone regardless of gender or location. Mr Pallas acknowledged Wyndham City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to the project. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Congratulations to Werribee’s skate community this boost will go a long way to support the growing number of people in town keen to get involved in local sport and recreation.“ “It’s a great example of how the Andrews Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.” “The Andrews Government is giving local communities the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love.”

A LASTING LEGACY TO WERRIBEE’S WAR HEROES

  The Andrews Labor Government will build a new, permanent memorial to commemorate the brave local diggers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced $184,000 to build a monument with the names of the 64 fallen soldiers from the Werribee area. Each of the names will be etched into individual bluestone blocks which will form two rounded walls to represent the shape of a poppy, a flower which commemorates people who have died in war. The centre of the monument will feature a tall granite structure with the Australian Rising Sun badge and the Sword of Sacrifice, a commonly used symbol on war memorials. A gravel path leading to the memorial will feature rosemary, a plant found across Gallipoli where our troops landed in 1915 and the red Anzac Rose. Located at the corner of Princes Highway and Cherry Street, the memorial will mark the start of Werribee’s Avenue of Honour, which was established on the Princes Highway in 1918. A plaque will be laid to mark the “Governor’s Tree”, a large Sugar Gum planted in 1928, at the corner of Princes Highway and Sneydes Road. A new plaque on local basalt rock will be placed at the tree which celebrates William Calder, a former Country Roads Board chairman credited with the development of Victoria’s arterial road network. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The contributions made by our brave veterans will never be forgotten and this memorial will ensure future generations can visit and pay their respects to those locals who made the ultimate sacrifice.” “The Governor’s Tree is a local landmark and celebrates the enormous contribution of William Calder, who worked tirelessly to connect Victorians and provide us with the roads we rely on today.”

A LASTING LEGACY TO WERRIBEE’S WAR HEROES

  The Andrews Labor Government will build a new, permanent memorial to commemorate the brave local diggers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced $184,000 to build a monument with the names of the 64 fallen soldiers from the Werribee area. Each of the names will be etched into individual bluestone blocks which will form two rounded walls to represent the shape of a poppy, a flower which commemorates people who have died in war. The centre of the monument will feature a tall granite structure with the Australian Rising Sun badge and the Sword of Sacrifice, a commonly used symbol on war memorials. A gravel path leading to the memorial will feature rosemary, a plant found across Gallipoli where our troops landed in 1915 and the red Anzac Rose. Located at the corner of Princes Highway and Cherry Street, the memorial will mark the start of Werribee’s Avenue of Honour, which was established on the Princes Highway in 1918. A plaque will be laid to mark the “Governor’s Tree”, a large Sugar Gum planted in 1928, at the corner of Princes Highway and Sneydes Road. A new plaque on local basalt rock will be placed at the tree which celebrates William Calder, a former Country Roads Board chairman credited with the development of Victoria’s arterial road network. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The contributions made by our brave veterans will never be forgotten and this memorial will ensure future generations can visit and pay their respects to those locals who made the ultimate sacrifice.” “The Governor’s Tree is a local landmark and celebrates the enormous contribution of William Calder, who worked tirelessly to connect Victorians and provide us with the roads we rely on today.”

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS Ministers statements: employment

Ministers statements: employment Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:13:42) — I am proud to update the house on the achievements of this government in delivering jobs for Victorians. As the Premier has already advised the house, since we were elected the Victorian economy has been able to produce some 370 000 new jobs. That includes 247 000 full‑time jobs, more than six times as many as those opposite created in their four miserable, dour years. It means that there are 370 000 additional people that are utilising their skills and that are actually making a contribution to the state, which is a lot more than can be said for those opposite. Our unemployment rate is now at its lowest level in seven years, at a rate of 4.8 per cent. When we were elected, that rate was 6.7 per cent. We are proud of the record increase in female participation in the labour market at the same time that female participation in the Liberal Party is reaching an all‑time low. Since November 2014 the Andrews Labor government is leading the nation for jobs growth. That is something we are very proud of, but we are not blind to the challenges and indeed the uncertainties that face some Victorians. We know that there are pockets of oversupply in the labour market: former Liberal prime ministers, aspiring leaders of the Victorian Liberal Party. We are committed to ensuring Victorians can find work wherever they are, and we have invested in our infrastructure and in our people. We have the strongest jobs market. We have got the strongest growth of any state, and because of all this, this is a government that is getting things done.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS Ministers statements: employment

Ministers statements: employment Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:13:42) — I am proud to update the house on the achievements of this government in delivering jobs for Victorians. As the Premier has already advised the house, since we were elected the Victorian economy has been able to produce some 370 000 new jobs. That includes 247 000 full‑time jobs, more than six times as many as those opposite created in their four miserable, dour years. It means that there are 370 000 additional people that are utilising their skills and that are actually making a contribution to the state, which is a lot more than can be said for those opposite. Our unemployment rate is now at its lowest level in seven years, at a rate of 4.8 per cent. When we were elected, that rate was 6.7 per cent. We are proud of the record increase in female participation in the labour market at the same time that female participation in the Liberal Party is reaching an all‑time low. Since November 2014 the Andrews Labor government is leading the nation for jobs growth. That is something we are very proud of, but we are not blind to the challenges and indeed the uncertainties that face some Victorians. We know that there are pockets of oversupply in the labour market: former Liberal prime ministers, aspiring leaders of the Victorian Liberal Party. We are committed to ensuring Victorians can find work wherever they are, and we have invested in our infrastructure and in our people. We have the strongest jobs market. We have got the strongest growth of any state, and because of all this, this is a government that is getting things done.