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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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HELPING FIRST HOME BUYERS GET AHEAD IN WERRIBEE

Data released from the State Revenue Office (SRO) confirms that the Andrew’s Governments, Homes for Victorians package is already helping first home buyers. Data for the months of July and August shows that nearly 1000 Victorians have benefited from the complete removal of stamp duty on all first home purchases under $600,000. A further 132 benefited from a reduction in their stamp duty bill on properties between $600,000 and $750,000. Locally in Wyndham, the data indicates that 99 people benefited from the reduction in stamp duty, announced in the Homes for Victorians package. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said that this was a significant boost for young people and families as they looked to enter the housing market. These changes took effect on 1 July 2017 and the Government expects that first home buyers will continue to save, with over $37 million in savings already.   Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas We implemented these reforms to make it easier for first home buyers to crack into the housing market, and already we’re seeing a very strong uptake. We know that getting started in the housing market is difficult and we’re trying to level the playing field for first home buyers.

HELPING FIRST HOME BUYERS GET AHEAD IN WERRIBEE

Data released from the State Revenue Office (SRO) confirms that the Andrew’s Governments, Homes for Victorians package is already helping first home buyers. Data for the months of July and August shows that nearly 1000 Victorians have benefited from the complete removal of stamp duty on all first home purchases under $600,000. A further 132 benefited from a reduction in their stamp duty bill on properties between $600,000 and $750,000. Locally in Wyndham, the data indicates that 99 people benefited from the reduction in stamp duty, announced in the Homes for Victorians package. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said that this was a significant boost for young people and families as they looked to enter the housing market. These changes took effect on 1 July 2017 and the Government expects that first home buyers will continue to save, with over $37 million in savings already.   Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas We implemented these reforms to make it easier for first home buyers to crack into the housing market, and already we’re seeing a very strong uptake. We know that getting started in the housing market is difficult and we’re trying to level the playing field for first home buyers.

WERRIBEE ELECTORATE RENTERS TO GET A FAIR GO

The Andrews Labor Government will make renting fair for the 6990 renters in the Werribee electorate with an unprecedented package of tenancy reforms. More than one in four Victorians rent their home, including 29.5% of dwellings in the Werribee electorate, a number that is increasing as it becomes more difficult for many Victorians to break into the housing market. They need and deserve better protection. The Labor Government’s rental fairness package gives tenants more rights, helps them stay on longer leases, makes bonds smaller and fairer, and cracks down on dodgy landlords. The Government will crack down on rental bidding – a scourge that forces would-be tenants to out-bid each other on rent – and will limit rent increases to once a year to give renters more financial stability. Renters will get better long-term security by abolishing ‘no specified reason’ notices to vacate, and new restrictions will be placed on ending leases without a reason at the end of a lease when that lease has lasted more than one fixed term. These measures build on the Labor Government’s introduction of long-term leases to give tenants security. To end discrimination against renters with pets, the Government will give every tenant the right to own a pet, and while landlords will still need to provide consent, they will only be able refuse in certain circumstances It will be easier for tenants to make minor modifications to the rental property, such as installing hooks for picture frames – and there will be faster reimbursements for tenants who pay for urgent repairs. In a significant cost of living reform, bonds will be capped at one month’s rent where the rent is twice the current median weekly rent – currently equivalent to $760 per week or less, covering the vast majority of Victorian rental households. This reform will also apply to rent that is paid in advance. The Government will also ensure faster release of bonds at the end of a tenancy. Under the reform, tenants will be able to apply for the release of bond without written consent from their landlord, who will have 14 days to raise a dispute before the bond is repaid automatically. There will be a crack down on dodgy landlords and with the introduction of a landlord and estate agent blacklist available to renters. False, misleading, and deceptive claims by landlords will also be outlawed. A new Commissioner for Residential Tenancies will be set up to help champion the rights of Victorian renters and give them a voice in future reform of renting laws over the years to come. Visit rentfair.vic.gov.au for more information about the biggest rental fairness package in Victorian history. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “More people are renting than ever before and for longer – that’s why tenants in need a fairer deal.”  “These changes will crack down on rental bidding, make it easier and faster for renters to get their bond back, and will better hold landlords and agents to account for their actions.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Only the Andrews Labor Government will fix the system and make renting fair for every Victorian.” “All 6990 renters in the Werribee electorate deserve the chance to have a safe, secure and affordable home – whether they own it or not.”  

WERRIBEE ELECTORATE RENTERS TO GET A FAIR GO

The Andrews Labor Government will make renting fair for the 6990 renters in the Werribee electorate with an unprecedented package of tenancy reforms. More than one in four Victorians rent their home, including 29.5% of dwellings in the Werribee electorate, a number that is increasing as it becomes more difficult for many Victorians to break into the housing market. They need and deserve better protection. The Labor Government’s rental fairness package gives tenants more rights, helps them stay on longer leases, makes bonds smaller and fairer, and cracks down on dodgy landlords. The Government will crack down on rental bidding – a scourge that forces would-be tenants to out-bid each other on rent – and will limit rent increases to once a year to give renters more financial stability. Renters will get better long-term security by abolishing ‘no specified reason’ notices to vacate, and new restrictions will be placed on ending leases without a reason at the end of a lease when that lease has lasted more than one fixed term. These measures build on the Labor Government’s introduction of long-term leases to give tenants security. To end discrimination against renters with pets, the Government will give every tenant the right to own a pet, and while landlords will still need to provide consent, they will only be able refuse in certain circumstances It will be easier for tenants to make minor modifications to the rental property, such as installing hooks for picture frames – and there will be faster reimbursements for tenants who pay for urgent repairs. In a significant cost of living reform, bonds will be capped at one month’s rent where the rent is twice the current median weekly rent – currently equivalent to $760 per week or less, covering the vast majority of Victorian rental households. This reform will also apply to rent that is paid in advance. The Government will also ensure faster release of bonds at the end of a tenancy. Under the reform, tenants will be able to apply for the release of bond without written consent from their landlord, who will have 14 days to raise a dispute before the bond is repaid automatically. There will be a crack down on dodgy landlords and with the introduction of a landlord and estate agent blacklist available to renters. False, misleading, and deceptive claims by landlords will also be outlawed. A new Commissioner for Residential Tenancies will be set up to help champion the rights of Victorian renters and give them a voice in future reform of renting laws over the years to come. Visit rentfair.vic.gov.au for more information about the biggest rental fairness package in Victorian history. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “More people are renting than ever before and for longer – that’s why tenants in need a fairer deal.”  “These changes will crack down on rental bidding, make it easier and faster for renters to get their bond back, and will better hold landlords and agents to account for their actions.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Only the Andrews Labor Government will fix the system and make renting fair for every Victorian.” “All 6990 renters in the Werribee electorate deserve the chance to have a safe, secure and affordable home – whether they own it or not.”  

FREE TRAVEL FOR WERRIBEE SENIORS DURING VICTORIAN SENIORS FESTIVAL

Victorian Seniors Card holders in Werribee can explore the whole state for free, with complimentary travel from 8 to 15 October as part of the 35th Victorian Seniors Festival. Member for Tim Pallas welcomed the scheme, saying the eight days of free public transport will help older Victorians get to as many festival activities and highlights as possible. In Werribee some of the Festival’s events include a Mental Health Week Launch on Wednesday 11 October from 10.00 am 12.30 pm at the Civic Centre, 45 Princes Highway Werribee. The free travel applies to Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses and regional trains, coaches and buses.  Seniors need to carry their Seniors myki and Victorian Seniors Card with them and touch on and off as usual. Seniors will not be charged during the eight days of free public transport. This is the first year where the eight days of free public transport has been extended to V/Line travel, in addition to all other metropolitan and regional services. Approximately 140,000 older Victorians are expected to attend the 1,500 events and activities which will be held state-wide for seniors to enjoy with family and friends. This year’s festival celebrates diversity and inclusivity and will provide a strong mix of social, cultural and educational events for older Victorians who make such a valuable contribution to our society. The Seniors Festival also recognises the generosity of many older Victorians who give so much of their time to volunteer services. Volunteers in Victoria figures show 40 per cent of seniors aged between 65 and 74 volunteered in some way in 2014. For more information about events and activities, visit seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/festival or pick up a free Victorian Seniors Festival program at any Coles store, local library, council office or neighbourhood house. You can also call 1300 135 090 to have a program sent to you. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We are thrilled to give our seniors a free ride across the eight days of the festival. We hope all older Victorians can get along and enjoy the huge program of events on offer.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Jacinta Allan “We want as many older Victorians as possible to attend a Seniors Festival event with their friends and family, so we’re proud to be offering free rides for seniors on all forms of public transport.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tim Pallas “Our seniors make such a huge contribution to Victorian society, so we hope they can all celebrate their involvement during the Festival – and get to one of over 1,500 events with their friends and family.”

FREE TRAVEL FOR WERRIBEE SENIORS DURING VICTORIAN SENIORS FESTIVAL

Victorian Seniors Card holders in Werribee can explore the whole state for free, with complimentary travel from 8 to 15 October as part of the 35th Victorian Seniors Festival. Member for Tim Pallas welcomed the scheme, saying the eight days of free public transport will help older Victorians get to as many festival activities and highlights as possible. In Werribee some of the Festival’s events include a Mental Health Week Launch on Wednesday 11 October from 10.00 am 12.30 pm at the Civic Centre, 45 Princes Highway Werribee. The free travel applies to Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses and regional trains, coaches and buses.  Seniors need to carry their Seniors myki and Victorian Seniors Card with them and touch on and off as usual. Seniors will not be charged during the eight days of free public transport. This is the first year where the eight days of free public transport has been extended to V/Line travel, in addition to all other metropolitan and regional services. Approximately 140,000 older Victorians are expected to attend the 1,500 events and activities which will be held state-wide for seniors to enjoy with family and friends. This year’s festival celebrates diversity and inclusivity and will provide a strong mix of social, cultural and educational events for older Victorians who make such a valuable contribution to our society. The Seniors Festival also recognises the generosity of many older Victorians who give so much of their time to volunteer services. Volunteers in Victoria figures show 40 per cent of seniors aged between 65 and 74 volunteered in some way in 2014. For more information about events and activities, visit seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/festival or pick up a free Victorian Seniors Festival program at any Coles store, local library, council office or neighbourhood house. You can also call 1300 135 090 to have a program sent to you. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We are thrilled to give our seniors a free ride across the eight days of the festival. We hope all older Victorians can get along and enjoy the huge program of events on offer.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Jacinta Allan “We want as many older Victorians as possible to attend a Seniors Festival event with their friends and family, so we’re proud to be offering free rides for seniors on all forms of public transport.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tim Pallas “Our seniors make such a huge contribution to Victorian society, so we hope they can all celebrate their involvement during the Festival – and get to one of over 1,500 events with their friends and family.”

Taking Victoria’s Economic Success Story To The World

Treasurer Tim Pallas today begins a two-week study tour of European and Asian cities to promote Victoria’s robust economy and discuss new opportunities with leading global investors. In cooperation with the Treasury Corporation of Victoria (TCV), the Treasurer will visit London, Copenhagen and Helsinki, tapping into expertise in a range of areas, including social and affordable housing, infrastructure, and education. This will provide an opportunity to learn about European policy approaches and experiences in key policy areas, before the tour winds up in Singapore with meetings to fortify investment links and trade partnerships alongside the recently established Victorian Government Business Office. The Treasurer will also be hosting a number of investor meetings in each of the cities. These discussions are timely, with the Treasurer recently tabling Victoria’s 2016-17 Annual Financial Report which showed Victoria’s AAA-rated economy delivering a final operating surplus for 2016-17 of $2.7 billion and state final demand growing well above the national average. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “This tour will provide the opportunity to gain important insights from our European and Asian counterparts across a number of key policy areas, like infrastructure and education.” ‘We are proud to share Victoria’s story of economic prosperity with our global investment partners and bolster interest in important infrastructure and public private partnership projects.” 

Taking Victoria’s Economic Success Story To The World

Treasurer Tim Pallas today begins a two-week study tour of European and Asian cities to promote Victoria’s robust economy and discuss new opportunities with leading global investors. In cooperation with the Treasury Corporation of Victoria (TCV), the Treasurer will visit London, Copenhagen and Helsinki, tapping into expertise in a range of areas, including social and affordable housing, infrastructure, and education. This will provide an opportunity to learn about European policy approaches and experiences in key policy areas, before the tour winds up in Singapore with meetings to fortify investment links and trade partnerships alongside the recently established Victorian Government Business Office. The Treasurer will also be hosting a number of investor meetings in each of the cities. These discussions are timely, with the Treasurer recently tabling Victoria’s 2016-17 Annual Financial Report which showed Victoria’s AAA-rated economy delivering a final operating surplus for 2016-17 of $2.7 billion and state final demand growing well above the national average. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “This tour will provide the opportunity to gain important insights from our European and Asian counterparts across a number of key policy areas, like infrastructure and education.” ‘We are proud to share Victoria’s story of economic prosperity with our global investment partners and bolster interest in important infrastructure and public private partnership projects.” 

 

FLU FUNDING BOOST TO TREAT MORE PATIENTS WITH $3.1 MILLION FOR MERCY HEALTH

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a $115 million boost to give Victoria’s busy hospitals relief from a massive surge in demand following one of Victoria’s worst-ever flu seasons. Today, Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that local health services will share in a special funding support package, with an additional $3.1 million for Mercy Health Hospitals. This year’s flu season has resulted in sustained pressure on Victoria’s health system with more than 14,000 flu cases reported across Victoria so far. Over winter there has been a surge in people visiting emergency departments. In August alone, more than 3,900 people visited emergency departments each day – the largest ever for August on record. Hospitals right across the state have risen to the challenge, dedicating significant resources and staff to providing Victorians world class care this winter and flu season. This funding package will support local hospitals to ensure a record number of patients can get the care they need from emergency departments faster, for the remainder of the year. Werribee Mercy, as part of Mercy, will benefit from this funding package. Quicker hospital transfer times will also enable paramedics to get back on the road sooner and save more lives. People waiting for elective surgery will also benefit with more people than ever expected to receive surgery in 2017/18. This boost is another part of the Labor Government’s actions to manage the flu season and meet rising demand on the health system. While the peak is coming to an end, hospitals continue to urge patients with less severe illnesses to contact their GP, a pharmacist – including Victoria’s 24/7 Supercare Pharmacies - or NURSE-ON-CALL. The extra $115 million boost comes on top the record $1.67 billion provided in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to support hospitals to meet demand and provide high quality, safer care to patients, no matter where they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “This flu season has hit us hard. Every single one of our public hospitals has been working overtime so Victorians can continue to have access to the care they need - when they need it." “Our dedicated doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare workers have done a remarkable job in the face of unprecedented demand - ensuring patients are receiving the first class care they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Hospitals across Victoria, including here in the Werribee electorate have been feeling the pressure this flu season. This money will support our local hospitals to keep delivering the quality care our patients need.”

FLU FUNDING BOOST TO TREAT MORE PATIENTS WITH $3.1 MILLION FOR MERCY HEALTH

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a $115 million boost to give Victoria’s busy hospitals relief from a massive surge in demand following one of Victoria’s worst-ever flu seasons. Today, Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that local health services will share in a special funding support package, with an additional $3.1 million for Mercy Health Hospitals. This year’s flu season has resulted in sustained pressure on Victoria’s health system with more than 14,000 flu cases reported across Victoria so far. Over winter there has been a surge in people visiting emergency departments. In August alone, more than 3,900 people visited emergency departments each day – the largest ever for August on record. Hospitals right across the state have risen to the challenge, dedicating significant resources and staff to providing Victorians world class care this winter and flu season. This funding package will support local hospitals to ensure a record number of patients can get the care they need from emergency departments faster, for the remainder of the year. Werribee Mercy, as part of Mercy, will benefit from this funding package. Quicker hospital transfer times will also enable paramedics to get back on the road sooner and save more lives. People waiting for elective surgery will also benefit with more people than ever expected to receive surgery in 2017/18. This boost is another part of the Labor Government’s actions to manage the flu season and meet rising demand on the health system. While the peak is coming to an end, hospitals continue to urge patients with less severe illnesses to contact their GP, a pharmacist – including Victoria’s 24/7 Supercare Pharmacies - or NURSE-ON-CALL. The extra $115 million boost comes on top the record $1.67 billion provided in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to support hospitals to meet demand and provide high quality, safer care to patients, no matter where they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “This flu season has hit us hard. Every single one of our public hospitals has been working overtime so Victorians can continue to have access to the care they need - when they need it." “Our dedicated doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare workers have done a remarkable job in the face of unprecedented demand - ensuring patients are receiving the first class care they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Hospitals across Victoria, including here in the Werribee electorate have been feeling the pressure this flu season. This money will support our local hospitals to keep delivering the quality care our patients need.”

It’s Time For Melbourne’s West To Have Its Say

Locals in Melbourne’s western suburbs have an opportunity to join a conversation with the Adnrews Labor Government, as community consultation kicks off in the lead-up to the first Western Metropolitan Partnership assembly on 4 October 2017. The annual Metropolitan Partnerships give people across Melbourne the chance to come together as a community and advise the Andrews Labor Government on regional priorities and opportunities. The assembly will give locals an opportunity to talk directly to decision makers about the future needs of the western region, and help all levels of government better understand the varied challenges facing Melbourne’s western region as it grows. The Partnership will then advise government on actions that can make a real difference to the liveability of the Western Metropolitan Region, which includes the local government areas of Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Melton, Hobsons Bay, Moonee Valley and Wyndham. The Metropolitan Partnership helps ensure all of Melbourne’s residents will have reliable and affordable access to jobs, services and infrastructure, no matter where they live. The Western Partnership is one of six across Melbourne’s metro areas, with the Eastern, Inner South-east, Inner Metro, Southern and Northern Partnerships also launched in June. Each Partnership includes eight business and community representatives, the CEO of each council in the region and a senior Victorian Government representative. To register interest in attending the assembly, or to join the conversation online, visit http://www.engage.vic.gov.au/western-metropolitan-partnership. Quote attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio “The Victorian Government recognises that local communities know exactly what their priorities are, that’s why we’ve committed to working with the Western Metropolitan Partnership.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our suburbs are growing and it’s vital that community groups and all levels of government are involved in keeping our city liveable and sustainable.” Quote attributable to the Western Partnership Chair Alex Cockram "In the West, our greatest asset is our remarkable people. Our goal is to capitalise on the wealth of opportunities that exist within our region, to realise our full potential as the cultural heart of Melbourne."

It’s Time For Melbourne’s West To Have Its Say

Locals in Melbourne’s western suburbs have an opportunity to join a conversation with the Adnrews Labor Government, as community consultation kicks off in the lead-up to the first Western Metropolitan Partnership assembly on 4 October 2017. The annual Metropolitan Partnerships give people across Melbourne the chance to come together as a community and advise the Andrews Labor Government on regional priorities and opportunities. The assembly will give locals an opportunity to talk directly to decision makers about the future needs of the western region, and help all levels of government better understand the varied challenges facing Melbourne’s western region as it grows. The Partnership will then advise government on actions that can make a real difference to the liveability of the Western Metropolitan Region, which includes the local government areas of Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Melton, Hobsons Bay, Moonee Valley and Wyndham. The Metropolitan Partnership helps ensure all of Melbourne’s residents will have reliable and affordable access to jobs, services and infrastructure, no matter where they live. The Western Partnership is one of six across Melbourne’s metro areas, with the Eastern, Inner South-east, Inner Metro, Southern and Northern Partnerships also launched in June. Each Partnership includes eight business and community representatives, the CEO of each council in the region and a senior Victorian Government representative. To register interest in attending the assembly, or to join the conversation online, visit http://www.engage.vic.gov.au/western-metropolitan-partnership. Quote attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio “The Victorian Government recognises that local communities know exactly what their priorities are, that’s why we’ve committed to working with the Western Metropolitan Partnership.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our suburbs are growing and it’s vital that community groups and all levels of government are involved in keeping our city liveable and sustainable.” Quote attributable to the Western Partnership Chair Alex Cockram "In the West, our greatest asset is our remarkable people. Our goal is to capitalise on the wealth of opportunities that exist within our region, to realise our full potential as the cultural heart of Melbourne."

Victorian coastal grants now open

The Andrews Labor Government has announced funding to improve the safety, access and amenity of Werribee electorate’s coastal areas. The funding is part of the Government’s nearly $1 million Coastal Public Access and Risk Program that provides financial assistance to Victorian coastal Crown land managers, including volunteer committees of management and local governments, to reduce coastal risk and improve public access. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is calling on Coastal Crown land managers to apply for funding of up to $150,000 for projects that reduce coastal risk through identification, mitigation and monitoring. Applications for the Coastal Public Access and Risk Program funding open on Monday 18 September 2017. In previous years, committees of management have used the funding to create new or enhance existing infrastructure, such as improving beach stairways, building new access ramps and installing new signage. Applications are open for five weeks on Monday 18 September 2017 and must be submitted online by Friday 20 October 2017. Funding guidelines and information on how to lodge an online application are available on the DELWP website and can be found via the following link: https://www.coastsandmarine.vic.gov.au/grants   Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio “The Andrews Labor Government knows how much Victorians love our coastline, which is why we are investing to keep them safe and accessible.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Werribee is home to some breathtaking coastline that is shaped by wind, water, waves and salt, which means ongoing work is needed to maintain infrastructure and safe access.”

Victorian coastal grants now open

The Andrews Labor Government has announced funding to improve the safety, access and amenity of Werribee electorate’s coastal areas. The funding is part of the Government’s nearly $1 million Coastal Public Access and Risk Program that provides financial assistance to Victorian coastal Crown land managers, including volunteer committees of management and local governments, to reduce coastal risk and improve public access. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is calling on Coastal Crown land managers to apply for funding of up to $150,000 for projects that reduce coastal risk through identification, mitigation and monitoring. Applications for the Coastal Public Access and Risk Program funding open on Monday 18 September 2017. In previous years, committees of management have used the funding to create new or enhance existing infrastructure, such as improving beach stairways, building new access ramps and installing new signage. Applications are open for five weeks on Monday 18 September 2017 and must be submitted online by Friday 20 October 2017. Funding guidelines and information on how to lodge an online application are available on the DELWP website and can be found via the following link: https://www.coastsandmarine.vic.gov.au/grants   Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio “The Andrews Labor Government knows how much Victorians love our coastline, which is why we are investing to keep them safe and accessible.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Werribee is home to some breathtaking coastline that is shaped by wind, water, waves and salt, which means ongoing work is needed to maintain infrastructure and safe access.”

DELIVERING BETTER MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES TO ABORIGINAL FAMILIES IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Aboriginal communities deliver improved Maternal and Child Health services to families and children in Wyndham. Wyndham City Council, partnering with Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency has received $130 000 as part of the Labor Government’s Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Initiative – which will help trial new culturally responsive models in Wyndham. Aboriginal families access Maternal and Child Health services at a lower rate compared to non-Aboriginal families – a gap that increases from 4.8 per cent at the initial home visit to 18 per cent at the eight month consultation. The new models being trialled will help address this - through employing new Aboriginal health and outreach workers, more nurses, increased coordination between local government and Aboriginal organisations, and improving referral and outreach with families including more Maternal and Child Health visits. The Government has been working with Aboriginal organisations, the Maternal and Child Health sector and local governments to design strategies that provide high quality, culturally safe and responsive services for Aboriginal families. The initiative is part of the Government’s Roadmap for Reform: Strong families, Safe children and Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026. It supports the landmark $202 million Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of giving families support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder and ready for school. The reform plan also includes $55.3 million to help kindergartens make sure all children start school ready, and $5.4 million to support the Koorie Parents as First Educators and Koorie Supported Playgroups initiatives. The 10-year Marrung – Aboriginal Education Plan will help Koorie families access the early childhood, school, and vocational education and training services they need to achieve their potential, succeed in life and feel strong in their cultural identity. For more details go to www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/amchigrants.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We want all families in Wyndham to reap the benefits of our world-class Maternal and Child Health services and this will deliver vital parenting support to more local Aboriginal families and children.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “Wyndham City Council, partnering with Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency is helping us pilot better ways to deliver vital parenting support to more Aboriginal families in Wyndham to ensure our kids get the best start in life.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “The Andrews Labor Government is helping Aboriginal communities to deliver high quality, culturally safe and responsive Maternal and Child Health services for Aboriginal families in Wyndham.”

DELIVERING BETTER MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES TO ABORIGINAL FAMILIES IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Aboriginal communities deliver improved Maternal and Child Health services to families and children in Wyndham. Wyndham City Council, partnering with Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency has received $130 000 as part of the Labor Government’s Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Initiative – which will help trial new culturally responsive models in Wyndham. Aboriginal families access Maternal and Child Health services at a lower rate compared to non-Aboriginal families – a gap that increases from 4.8 per cent at the initial home visit to 18 per cent at the eight month consultation. The new models being trialled will help address this - through employing new Aboriginal health and outreach workers, more nurses, increased coordination between local government and Aboriginal organisations, and improving referral and outreach with families including more Maternal and Child Health visits. The Government has been working with Aboriginal organisations, the Maternal and Child Health sector and local governments to design strategies that provide high quality, culturally safe and responsive services for Aboriginal families. The initiative is part of the Government’s Roadmap for Reform: Strong families, Safe children and Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026. It supports the landmark $202 million Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of giving families support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder and ready for school. The reform plan also includes $55.3 million to help kindergartens make sure all children start school ready, and $5.4 million to support the Koorie Parents as First Educators and Koorie Supported Playgroups initiatives. The 10-year Marrung – Aboriginal Education Plan will help Koorie families access the early childhood, school, and vocational education and training services they need to achieve their potential, succeed in life and feel strong in their cultural identity. For more details go to www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/amchigrants.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We want all families in Wyndham to reap the benefits of our world-class Maternal and Child Health services and this will deliver vital parenting support to more local Aboriginal families and children.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “Wyndham City Council, partnering with Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency is helping us pilot better ways to deliver vital parenting support to more Aboriginal families in Wyndham to ensure our kids get the best start in life.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “The Andrews Labor Government is helping Aboriginal communities to deliver high quality, culturally safe and responsive Maternal and Child Health services for Aboriginal families in Wyndham.”