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  • LIGHTS ON AT SNEYDES ROAD INTERCHANGE

    The $45 million Sneydes Road interchange is now open. It will provide direct access to the Princes Fwy and improve traffic flow in and around Point Cook. As part of a $71 million package it will support East Werribee into the future - an identified National Employment Cluster which will support over 58,000 jobs long-term.

  • Western Distributor

    The Western Distributor will provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge, a second river crossing, and direct access to the Port. It will slash congestion and reduce travel times. It will also create 5,600 new jobs and provide an $11 billion boost to our economy. This means less traffic and more jobs.

  • 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.

  • LIGHTS ON AT SNEYDES ROAD INTERCHANGE

    The $45 million Sneydes Road interchange is now open. It will provide direct access to the Princes Fwy and improve traffic flow in and around Point Cook. As part of a $71 million package it will support East Werribee into the future - an identified National Employment Cluster which will support over 58,000 jobs long-term.

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PROMISE DELIVERED: PORT OF MELBOURNE LEASED TO REMOVE LEVEL CROSSINGS AND CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS

The Andrews Labor Government has successfully leased the Port of Melbourne for more than $9.7 billion, delivering on its election promise to lease the port, remove 50 of our most deadly and congested level crossings, and create thousands of jobs. The Lonsdale Consortium, comprising of the Future Fund, QIC, GIP and OMERS signed a lease of the port’s commercial operations for a term of 50 years. The lease, worth more than $9.7 billion, reflects strong bidder interest and the port’s value, as the biggest container and cargo port in the country. Ten per cent of lease proceeds will be invested in regional and rural infrastructure projects, totalling more than $970 million. A new $200 million Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund has also been established to drive economic growth in our regions, boost exports and support Victorian farmers from paddock to port. We will now work with the Commonwealth over the coming months to finalise the additional 15 per cent that Victoria is entitled to under the Commonwealth’s asset recycling initiative. Each member of the consortium is a highly experienced asset owner who will ensure the ongoing operational integrity of the Port of Melbourne. Lonsdale will also bring greater access to capital to ensure the ongoing development of the Port of Melbourne, further enhancing Victoria’s reputation as the leading port in Australia. The State will retain responsibility for the Harbour Master, Station Pier, relevant safety and environmental regulation, waterside emergency management and marine pollution response. During the lease term, Lonsdale will maintain access to public walkways and bike paths for community use. Commercial and recreational vessels’ access will not be affected by the lease, with the port being returned to public hands at the end of the lease. We acknowledge the achievement of the Port of Melbourne lease objectives and the fact that Lonsdale has committed to significant investment that continues to improve the port. We also thank Morgan Stanley and Flagstaff Partners as the State’s Financial Advisers for the Port of Melbourne lease transaction. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “This is a $9.7 billion vote of confidence in the Victorian economy.” "We promised to lease the port, get rid of Victoria’s most deadly and congested level crossings and create thousands of jobs, and that’s exactly what we are doing.” Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The strength of this result underlines the continued high performance of the Victorian economy – the fastest growing in the country.” “Leasing the port reinforces Victoria’s position as the freight and logistics capital of Australia and will make a great port even better.” Quote attributable to Minister for Ports and Acting Minister for Regional Development Luke Donnellan “Through this lease, we are supporting our State’s vibrant regional communities, putting infrastructure and agriculture back at the heart of Victoria’s economic development.” Quote attributable to Chairman Port of Melbourne Corporation Mark Birrell “This is a great result for Australia’s largest maritime trade hub and reflects the port’s vital role in the State and national economies.”

PROMISE DELIVERED: PORT OF MELBOURNE LEASED TO REMOVE LEVEL CROSSINGS AND CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS

The Andrews Labor Government has successfully leased the Port of Melbourne for more than $9.7 billion, delivering on its election promise to lease the port, remove 50 of our most deadly and congested level crossings, and create thousands of jobs. The Lonsdale Consortium, comprising of the Future Fund, QIC, GIP and OMERS signed a lease of the port’s commercial operations for a term of 50 years. The lease, worth more than $9.7 billion, reflects strong bidder interest and the port’s value, as the biggest container and cargo port in the country. Ten per cent of lease proceeds will be invested in regional and rural infrastructure projects, totalling more than $970 million. A new $200 million Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund has also been established to drive economic growth in our regions, boost exports and support Victorian farmers from paddock to port. We will now work with the Commonwealth over the coming months to finalise the additional 15 per cent that Victoria is entitled to under the Commonwealth’s asset recycling initiative. Each member of the consortium is a highly experienced asset owner who will ensure the ongoing operational integrity of the Port of Melbourne. Lonsdale will also bring greater access to capital to ensure the ongoing development of the Port of Melbourne, further enhancing Victoria’s reputation as the leading port in Australia. The State will retain responsibility for the Harbour Master, Station Pier, relevant safety and environmental regulation, waterside emergency management and marine pollution response. During the lease term, Lonsdale will maintain access to public walkways and bike paths for community use. Commercial and recreational vessels’ access will not be affected by the lease, with the port being returned to public hands at the end of the lease. We acknowledge the achievement of the Port of Melbourne lease objectives and the fact that Lonsdale has committed to significant investment that continues to improve the port. We also thank Morgan Stanley and Flagstaff Partners as the State’s Financial Advisers for the Port of Melbourne lease transaction. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “This is a $9.7 billion vote of confidence in the Victorian economy.” "We promised to lease the port, get rid of Victoria’s most deadly and congested level crossings and create thousands of jobs, and that’s exactly what we are doing.” Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The strength of this result underlines the continued high performance of the Victorian economy – the fastest growing in the country.” “Leasing the port reinforces Victoria’s position as the freight and logistics capital of Australia and will make a great port even better.” Quote attributable to Minister for Ports and Acting Minister for Regional Development Luke Donnellan “Through this lease, we are supporting our State’s vibrant regional communities, putting infrastructure and agriculture back at the heart of Victoria’s economic development.” Quote attributable to Chairman Port of Melbourne Corporation Mark Birrell “This is a great result for Australia’s largest maritime trade hub and reflects the port’s vital role in the State and national economies.”

LINKING WYNDHAM BUILDS A HEALTHIER COMMUNITY

Work is complete on the Wyndham Community Connections project thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas helped officially mark the completion of works today. The Community Connections project expands Wyndham’s bicycle, pedestrian, and shared path network and was completed with $1.15 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund. The project links public transport services, schools, parks, and shops, creating a more inclusive and accessible community for all residents. The Fund helps build local facilities such as family and community centres, town centres, parks and reserves and playgrounds for the outer suburbs of Melbourne undergoing significant increases in population. Community Connections was one of three projects funded for Wyndham City Council in last year’s Growing Suburbs Fund. For more information, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/local-government/council-funding/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “Local residents have made it clear they expect better footpaths for walkers, running and bike riders in our booming outer suburbs.” “We’re proud to partner with the council to deliver this important project, which encourages a healthier lifestyle and provides important connections between different sections of the community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is another great project for our local community which will deliver benefits for our local area long into the future.” “Wyndham residents are passionate about local infrastructure like this – so it’s great to see Wyndham City Council delivering it within months of receiving Growing Suburbs funding.”

LINKING WYNDHAM BUILDS A HEALTHIER COMMUNITY

Work is complete on the Wyndham Community Connections project thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas helped officially mark the completion of works today. The Community Connections project expands Wyndham’s bicycle, pedestrian, and shared path network and was completed with $1.15 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund. The project links public transport services, schools, parks, and shops, creating a more inclusive and accessible community for all residents. The Fund helps build local facilities such as family and community centres, town centres, parks and reserves and playgrounds for the outer suburbs of Melbourne undergoing significant increases in population. Community Connections was one of three projects funded for Wyndham City Council in last year’s Growing Suburbs Fund. For more information, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/local-government/council-funding/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “Local residents have made it clear they expect better footpaths for walkers, running and bike riders in our booming outer suburbs.” “We’re proud to partner with the council to deliver this important project, which encourages a healthier lifestyle and provides important connections between different sections of the community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is another great project for our local community which will deliver benefits for our local area long into the future.” “Wyndham residents are passionate about local infrastructure like this – so it’s great to see Wyndham City Council delivering it within months of receiving Growing Suburbs funding.”

IMPROVING WERRIBEE’S SPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE

Work has begun on the Chirnside Park Hub redevelopment in Werribee thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund. The Chirnside Park Hub redevelopment received $1.5 million from the fund and will significantly improve the facilities available to the Werribee Football Club and other groups such as the Werribee Auskick. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas helped turn the first sod on the $10.25 million project today, which will include the development of a multicultural and girls academy, unisex toilets, umpires change rooms and community meeting rooms. Wyndham City Council, AFL, AFL Victoria, Werribee Football Club and the Federal Government also made financial contributions towards the redevelopment, which provides much needed and fully accessible community space that will be used by a variety of sporting, educational, and community organisations. The Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund targets high priority projects in Victoria’s 10 interface councils – including Wyndham City Council. The Fund helps build local facilities such as family and community centres, town centres, parks and reserves and playgrounds. The community facility was one of three projects funded for Wyndham City Council in last year’s Growing Suburbs Fund. For more information, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/local-government/council-funding/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “The Growing Suburbs Fund is helping councils in our booming outer suburbs invest in important community facilities for local residents.” “We’re proud to partner with the council to deliver this important project, which will be a boon for the Werribee Football Club and the broader community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Chirnside Park Hub redevelopment a great example of how we are growing the suburbs and providing the facilities our communities need.” “This is a significant project for Werribee and I look forward to seeing the redevelopment progress.”

IMPROVING WERRIBEE’S SPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE

Work has begun on the Chirnside Park Hub redevelopment in Werribee thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund. The Chirnside Park Hub redevelopment received $1.5 million from the fund and will significantly improve the facilities available to the Werribee Football Club and other groups such as the Werribee Auskick. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas helped turn the first sod on the $10.25 million project today, which will include the development of a multicultural and girls academy, unisex toilets, umpires change rooms and community meeting rooms. Wyndham City Council, AFL, AFL Victoria, Werribee Football Club and the Federal Government also made financial contributions towards the redevelopment, which provides much needed and fully accessible community space that will be used by a variety of sporting, educational, and community organisations. The Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund targets high priority projects in Victoria’s 10 interface councils – including Wyndham City Council. The Fund helps build local facilities such as family and community centres, town centres, parks and reserves and playgrounds. The community facility was one of three projects funded for Wyndham City Council in last year’s Growing Suburbs Fund. For more information, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/local-government/council-funding/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “The Growing Suburbs Fund is helping councils in our booming outer suburbs invest in important community facilities for local residents.” “We’re proud to partner with the council to deliver this important project, which will be a boon for the Werribee Football Club and the broader community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Chirnside Park Hub redevelopment a great example of how we are growing the suburbs and providing the facilities our communities need.” “This is a significant project for Werribee and I look forward to seeing the redevelopment progress.”

EDUCATION FUNDING FOR WERRIBEE ELECTORATE STUDENTS MOST IN NEED

The Werribee electorate’s students most in need are getting extra support at school to achieve their best and break the cycle of disadvantage, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s record boost to equity funding. Local Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said schools in the Werribee electorate have now received their indicative budgets for next year, with the Labor Government delivering $6.1 billion to Victorian government schools for 2017. This includes $358 million in equity funding, which is needs-based funding used by schools to introduce programs that help disadvantaged students achieve better results at school and reach their full potential. This sees Victoria meet its Gonski funding contribution for 2017. This funding is making a difference to the lives of Victorian students and is here to stay. While the Turnbull Government has walked away from funding the final two years of Gonski funding – slashing almost $1 billion in funding to vulnerable students – the Labor Government will continue to provide equity funding to help our schools and students most in need. For the first time, every Victorian government school’s total indicative funding will be published on the Department of Education and Training’s website. For more information, visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/educationstate/Pages/schoolbudget.aspx Quotes attributable to Local Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We know that needs-based funding works and is making a difference for Werribee’s students.”  “The Turnbull Government’s decision to walk away from its commitment to Gonski funding will leave Victorian students, including students in the Werribee electorate, almost $1 billion worse off each year.”  

EDUCATION FUNDING FOR WERRIBEE ELECTORATE STUDENTS MOST IN NEED

The Werribee electorate’s students most in need are getting extra support at school to achieve their best and break the cycle of disadvantage, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s record boost to equity funding. Local Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said schools in the Werribee electorate have now received their indicative budgets for next year, with the Labor Government delivering $6.1 billion to Victorian government schools for 2017. This includes $358 million in equity funding, which is needs-based funding used by schools to introduce programs that help disadvantaged students achieve better results at school and reach their full potential. This sees Victoria meet its Gonski funding contribution for 2017. This funding is making a difference to the lives of Victorian students and is here to stay. While the Turnbull Government has walked away from funding the final two years of Gonski funding – slashing almost $1 billion in funding to vulnerable students – the Labor Government will continue to provide equity funding to help our schools and students most in need. For the first time, every Victorian government school’s total indicative funding will be published on the Department of Education and Training’s website. For more information, visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/educationstate/Pages/schoolbudget.aspx Quotes attributable to Local Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We know that needs-based funding works and is making a difference for Werribee’s students.”  “The Turnbull Government’s decision to walk away from its commitment to Gonski funding will leave Victorian students, including students in the Werribee electorate, almost $1 billion worse off each year.”  

 

TOUGH NEW LAWS FOR CARJACKING AND HOME INVASION

Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee, has welcomed the announcement by the Andrews Labor Government to introduce legislation creating tough new offences for carjacking and home invasion. Developed in consultation with Victoria Police, the legislation includes new penalties and statutory minimum sentences for aggravated carjacking and aggravated home invasion. This will give police the laws they need to keep the local community safe. People have the right to feel safe in their homes and in their cars.  This is why the Andrews Labor Government is taking decisive action to deal with crime. The Government is well aware of the issues facing communities in Wyndham and Melbourne’s West, which is why police numbers have continued to increase under this Government – including frontline police in Wyndham. Since being elected in November 2014, the Labor Government has funded 1156 police personnel to keep Victorians safe, including the recruitment of 400 custody officers to guard prisoners and get police officers back on the beat. The Coalition in their 4 year term of government, failed to fund a single additional police officer. In fact, every additional sworn police officer in the last 15 years has been funded by a Labor Government. Soon an additional 300 frontline police will be recruited, trained and deployed to growth areas. The Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton has stated that the western suburbs will receive additional officers as part of that roll-out. Decisions regarding the distribution and location of police and police stations are made independently by the Chief Commissioner of Police. Recent taskforces such as Operation Cosmas and Operation Prevalent have been setup to address precisely these issues, with officers making 160 arrests since the Operations commenced. The Government takes community safety incredibly seriously and has invested in a corresponding manner. On a recent visit to Werribee Police Station, Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Police Lisa Neville and Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton to announce the tender process for Victoria Police’s technology revolution. The Andrews Labor Government has also invested $227 million in police technology, to help free up our frontline police so they’re spending less time on administrative duties, and more time fighting crime in our communities. Locally, the development of the Lighting Station Place Project was made possible by the Andrews Labor Government’s $5.8 million Public Safety Infrastructure Fund – an excellent crime prevention initiative. These tough new laws are about protecting the community and keeping Victorians safe. Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee Carjackings and home invasions are crimes that traumatise victims and have no place in our society, and people have the right to feel safe in their homes and in their cars, which is why the Andrews Labor Government is taking decisive action. The Labor Government is well aware of the issues facing communities in Wyndham and Melbourne’s West, which is why we are continuing to increase police numbers – including right here in Wyndham. While crime rates and community policing responses do not occur or abate overnight, and reflect long term patterns of investment and social issues, we are taking real action that will deliver long term progress.

TOUGH NEW LAWS FOR CARJACKING AND HOME INVASION

Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee, has welcomed the announcement by the Andrews Labor Government to introduce legislation creating tough new offences for carjacking and home invasion. Developed in consultation with Victoria Police, the legislation includes new penalties and statutory minimum sentences for aggravated carjacking and aggravated home invasion. This will give police the laws they need to keep the local community safe. People have the right to feel safe in their homes and in their cars.  This is why the Andrews Labor Government is taking decisive action to deal with crime. The Government is well aware of the issues facing communities in Wyndham and Melbourne’s West, which is why police numbers have continued to increase under this Government – including frontline police in Wyndham. Since being elected in November 2014, the Labor Government has funded 1156 police personnel to keep Victorians safe, including the recruitment of 400 custody officers to guard prisoners and get police officers back on the beat. The Coalition in their 4 year term of government, failed to fund a single additional police officer. In fact, every additional sworn police officer in the last 15 years has been funded by a Labor Government. Soon an additional 300 frontline police will be recruited, trained and deployed to growth areas. The Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton has stated that the western suburbs will receive additional officers as part of that roll-out. Decisions regarding the distribution and location of police and police stations are made independently by the Chief Commissioner of Police. Recent taskforces such as Operation Cosmas and Operation Prevalent have been setup to address precisely these issues, with officers making 160 arrests since the Operations commenced. The Government takes community safety incredibly seriously and has invested in a corresponding manner. On a recent visit to Werribee Police Station, Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Police Lisa Neville and Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton to announce the tender process for Victoria Police’s technology revolution. The Andrews Labor Government has also invested $227 million in police technology, to help free up our frontline police so they’re spending less time on administrative duties, and more time fighting crime in our communities. Locally, the development of the Lighting Station Place Project was made possible by the Andrews Labor Government’s $5.8 million Public Safety Infrastructure Fund – an excellent crime prevention initiative. These tough new laws are about protecting the community and keeping Victorians safe. Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee Carjackings and home invasions are crimes that traumatise victims and have no place in our society, and people have the right to feel safe in their homes and in their cars, which is why the Andrews Labor Government is taking decisive action. The Labor Government is well aware of the issues facing communities in Wyndham and Melbourne’s West, which is why we are continuing to increase police numbers – including right here in Wyndham. While crime rates and community policing responses do not occur or abate overnight, and reflect long term patterns of investment and social issues, we are taking real action that will deliver long term progress.

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TAKE2 ON CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today congratulated Wyndham City Council for their pledges to TAKE2 on climate change action. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio joined TAKE2 ambassadors Alex Rance, Bianca Chatfield and James Kelly to launch the Pledge Action Day at the MCG on Thursday. The TAKE2 pledge encourages all Victorians to play a part in reaching the Andrews Labor Government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. More than 160 TAKE2 Founding Partners – including local government, business, education and community organisations – will work to reduce their emissions and are encouraging their communities to do the same. The TAKE2 pledge program, led by Sustainability Victoria, gives businesses and organisations already taking significant action on climate change the opportunity to showcase and build upon their work to-date, while motivating others to make their own contributions to reduce emissions. The Government is playing its part too, making it mandatory for all Victorian government departments to pledge actions to reduce emissions and move towards low carbon technologies and practices. Every Victorian can play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to ensure Victoria makes a meaningful contribution to keeping global temperature rises to under two degrees by taking the pledge at www.take2.vic.gov.au and committing to taking practical actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “To see our local community stepping up to the plate and working towards real action on climate change is inspiring.” “I congratulate Wyndham City Council for understanding the vital role that our community can play, I hope that by taking the lead we will encourage more and more people to TAKE2 and pledge action to reduce our emissions.”

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TAKE2 ON CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today congratulated Wyndham City Council for their pledges to TAKE2 on climate change action. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio joined TAKE2 ambassadors Alex Rance, Bianca Chatfield and James Kelly to launch the Pledge Action Day at the MCG on Thursday. The TAKE2 pledge encourages all Victorians to play a part in reaching the Andrews Labor Government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. More than 160 TAKE2 Founding Partners – including local government, business, education and community organisations – will work to reduce their emissions and are encouraging their communities to do the same. The TAKE2 pledge program, led by Sustainability Victoria, gives businesses and organisations already taking significant action on climate change the opportunity to showcase and build upon their work to-date, while motivating others to make their own contributions to reduce emissions. The Government is playing its part too, making it mandatory for all Victorian government departments to pledge actions to reduce emissions and move towards low carbon technologies and practices. Every Victorian can play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to ensure Victoria makes a meaningful contribution to keeping global temperature rises to under two degrees by taking the pledge at www.take2.vic.gov.au and committing to taking practical actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “To see our local community stepping up to the plate and working towards real action on climate change is inspiring.” “I congratulate Wyndham City Council for understanding the vital role that our community can play, I hope that by taking the lead we will encourage more and more people to TAKE2 and pledge action to reduce our emissions.”

SHADE GRANT FUNDING NOW AVAILABLE TO HELP WERRIBEE BE SUN SMART

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today urged organisations in the Werribee electorate to apply for the second round of the Community Shade Grants Program to help provide shade in public areas around their community. The Andrews Labor Government has provided $10 million for shade development in public places to provide some much needed shade in areas such as sports clubs, parks and playgrounds and schools. Eligible community organisations including sports clubs, local councils and not-for-profit community groups can apply for Community Shade Grants of up to $50,000 from a pool of $1.9 million to construct a new shade, purchase a portable shade, plant some natural shade, repair an existing shade, or any combination of the four. In addition, grants may be used to purchase hats and sunscreen, to further support community groups to be sun smart. The Community Shade Grant Program is complemented by the School Shade Grant Program, which provides grants for shade to Victorian Government schools. Skin cancer is a largely preventable disease, however with an estimated 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year in Victoria alone, there is more to do. Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer and in 2014 in Victoria, 279 people died of melanoma with 2,466 new cases diagnosed. In the same year, melanoma was the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Victorians. Shade as a sun protection measure alone can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent, and this is strengthened when used in combination with other sun protection strategies such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and protective clothing. The Labor Government has provided $15 million over four years for skin cancer prevention initiatives, including $10 million for shade development in schools and community settings and $5 million for SunSmart public education campaigns. The recently released Victorian cancer plan 2016 -2020 aims to reduce preventable cancers, including skin cancer, with a long term target of halving the proportion of Victorians diagnosed with preventable cancers by 2040. Applications for the second round of the Community Shade Grants Program close on 29 September 2016 with grants to be awarded in early 2017.  To apply, visit http://health.vic.gov.au/community-shade-grants/   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We all love spending time outdoors – but it is important we are protecting ourselves from the sun, especially between September to April when UV levels are high.”  “I would encourage all eligible community organisations in my electorate of Werribee to apply for funding and help more people be sun smart.” “These grants will provide the Werribee electorate with more shaded areas so families can enjoy their time outdoors while being protected from the sun.”

SHADE GRANT FUNDING NOW AVAILABLE TO HELP WERRIBEE BE SUN SMART

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today urged organisations in the Werribee electorate to apply for the second round of the Community Shade Grants Program to help provide shade in public areas around their community. The Andrews Labor Government has provided $10 million for shade development in public places to provide some much needed shade in areas such as sports clubs, parks and playgrounds and schools. Eligible community organisations including sports clubs, local councils and not-for-profit community groups can apply for Community Shade Grants of up to $50,000 from a pool of $1.9 million to construct a new shade, purchase a portable shade, plant some natural shade, repair an existing shade, or any combination of the four. In addition, grants may be used to purchase hats and sunscreen, to further support community groups to be sun smart. The Community Shade Grant Program is complemented by the School Shade Grant Program, which provides grants for shade to Victorian Government schools. Skin cancer is a largely preventable disease, however with an estimated 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year in Victoria alone, there is more to do. Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer and in 2014 in Victoria, 279 people died of melanoma with 2,466 new cases diagnosed. In the same year, melanoma was the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Victorians. Shade as a sun protection measure alone can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent, and this is strengthened when used in combination with other sun protection strategies such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and protective clothing. The Labor Government has provided $15 million over four years for skin cancer prevention initiatives, including $10 million for shade development in schools and community settings and $5 million for SunSmart public education campaigns. The recently released Victorian cancer plan 2016 -2020 aims to reduce preventable cancers, including skin cancer, with a long term target of halving the proportion of Victorians diagnosed with preventable cancers by 2040. Applications for the second round of the Community Shade Grants Program close on 29 September 2016 with grants to be awarded in early 2017.  To apply, visit http://health.vic.gov.au/community-shade-grants/   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We all love spending time outdoors – but it is important we are protecting ourselves from the sun, especially between September to April when UV levels are high.”  “I would encourage all eligible community organisations in my electorate of Werribee to apply for funding and help more people be sun smart.” “These grants will provide the Werribee electorate with more shaded areas so families can enjoy their time outdoors while being protected from the sun.”

WYNDHAM SECONDARY SCHOOL TO GET A DOCTOR

WYNDHAM SECONDARY SCHOOL TO GET A DOCTOR Manor Lakes P-12 students will have regular access to a doctor and the healthcare they need at school. The Andrews Labor Government today announced the 100 schools taking part in the Doctors in Schools Program, with Manor Lakes P-12 College among the schools to get a GP under the scheme. Participating schools will partner with local doctors who will visit the schools for up to one day a week, with students able to get referrals to specialists and the help they need before it affects their studies. Half of the schools participating in the program are located in regional Victoria, where families often face barriers to accessing healthcare. A further 25 schools taking part in the program are located in Melbourne’s growth areas and urban fringe to help meet demand for services created by Victoria’s unprecedented population growth. Work is now under way on recruitment and training, building consultation rooms at schools and establishing partnerships with local healthcare providers so the program can start rolling out next year. The program will be rolled out progressively in the 100 schools around the state from term one, 2017. The Labor Government provided $43.8 million for Doctors in Secondary Schools in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $25.8 million for staff and operational costs and $18 million to build consultation rooms on school grounds. The list of 100 schools taking part is available at: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/pages/doctors-secondary-schools.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Having a doctor at their school will give Manor Lakes P-12 College students reliable healthcare, reduce the pressure on working parents and GPs, and help the students identify and address their health concerns early.” “Happy, healthy and resilient students learn better, stay in school longer and achieve more.”

WYNDHAM SECONDARY SCHOOL TO GET A DOCTOR

WYNDHAM SECONDARY SCHOOL TO GET A DOCTOR Manor Lakes P-12 students will have regular access to a doctor and the healthcare they need at school. The Andrews Labor Government today announced the 100 schools taking part in the Doctors in Schools Program, with Manor Lakes P-12 College among the schools to get a GP under the scheme. Participating schools will partner with local doctors who will visit the schools for up to one day a week, with students able to get referrals to specialists and the help they need before it affects their studies. Half of the schools participating in the program are located in regional Victoria, where families often face barriers to accessing healthcare. A further 25 schools taking part in the program are located in Melbourne’s growth areas and urban fringe to help meet demand for services created by Victoria’s unprecedented population growth. Work is now under way on recruitment and training, building consultation rooms at schools and establishing partnerships with local healthcare providers so the program can start rolling out next year. The program will be rolled out progressively in the 100 schools around the state from term one, 2017. The Labor Government provided $43.8 million for Doctors in Secondary Schools in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $25.8 million for staff and operational costs and $18 million to build consultation rooms on school grounds. The list of 100 schools taking part is available at: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/pages/doctors-secondary-schools.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Having a doctor at their school will give Manor Lakes P-12 College students reliable healthcare, reduce the pressure on working parents and GPs, and help the students identify and address their health concerns early.” “Happy, healthy and resilient students learn better, stay in school longer and achieve more.”