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HAVE YOUR SAY ON NEW SCHOOL NAMES

Communities across Victoria are encouraged to have their say in naming the new schools opening in their area in 2023, as consultation on the new names for 13 new schools the Andrews Labor Government is opening in 2023 gets underway. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged families in Werribee to have their say via an online survey on Engage Victoria on their preferred name for their new school. The Victorian Government is seeking the community’s input to help find a name for the school that reflects its unique identity, inspires local pride and makes the school easily locatable. Currently known by their interim names, Holyoake Parade Primary School and Lollypop Creek Primary School are two of 13 schools opening their doors in 2023. The others are: Camms Road Primary School Hayes Hill Primary School Merrifield West Secondary School Mount Ridley Special School North Melbourne Primary School Officer Rix Road Primary School Riverdale East Primary School Rockbank Murray Road Primary School Tarneit Missen House Primary School Wollert East Secondary School Wollert West Primary School This work is well ahead of schedule — 75 of these new schools have already been funded or opened, with 13 new schools opening in 2023 and a further 14 new schools opening in 2024. The shortlisted names for Holyoake Parade Primary School and Lollypop Creek Primary School were identified by Regional Advisory and Traditional Owners groups, based on factors including public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local Indigenous languages. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and receive a quality education. To have your say, visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/2023-new-schools-school-naming. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Right across the state we’re building new schools to make sure that no matter where they live, every child has the chance to get a great education.” “We want to give all communities the opportunity to play a meaningful role in shaping the identity and future of their local new school, and ensure each school reflects the unique character of its local community.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is an exciting step for the Werribee community and marks a milestone in establishing an identity for their new schools.”

HAVE YOUR SAY ON NEW SCHOOL NAMES

Communities across Victoria are encouraged to have their say in naming the new schools opening in their area in 2023, as consultation on the new names for 13 new schools the Andrews Labor Government is opening in 2023 gets underway. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged families in Werribee to have their say via an online survey on Engage Victoria on their preferred name for their new school. The Victorian Government is seeking the community’s input to help find a name for the school that reflects its unique identity, inspires local pride and makes the school easily locatable. Currently known by their interim names, Holyoake Parade Primary School and Lollypop Creek Primary School are two of 13 schools opening their doors in 2023. The others are: Camms Road Primary School Hayes Hill Primary School Merrifield West Secondary School Mount Ridley Special School North Melbourne Primary School Officer Rix Road Primary School Riverdale East Primary School Rockbank Murray Road Primary School Tarneit Missen House Primary School Wollert East Secondary School Wollert West Primary School This work is well ahead of schedule — 75 of these new schools have already been funded or opened, with 13 new schools opening in 2023 and a further 14 new schools opening in 2024. The shortlisted names for Holyoake Parade Primary School and Lollypop Creek Primary School were identified by Regional Advisory and Traditional Owners groups, based on factors including public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local Indigenous languages. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and receive a quality education. To have your say, visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/2023-new-schools-school-naming. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Right across the state we’re building new schools to make sure that no matter where they live, every child has the chance to get a great education.” “We want to give all communities the opportunity to play a meaningful role in shaping the identity and future of their local new school, and ensure each school reflects the unique character of its local community.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is an exciting step for the Werribee community and marks a milestone in establishing an identity for their new schools.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS URGED TO APPLY FOR SPORTING CLUB GRANTS

Grassroots sports and active recreation clubs and organisations across Werribee are being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications had opened for the Andrews Labor Government’s latest round of the Sporting Club Grants Program. The program provides payments of up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment (including defibrillators), up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. Grassroots clubs and organisations in Werribee are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to make community sport accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities, and increase local participation. The program has provided more than 9,100 grants totalling more than $13.8 million to clubs across the state since 2015. It is complemented by the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package that provided $50 million to more than 7,500 clubs, leagues, state associations and other organisations across the sport and active recreation sector. For more information and to apply for the Sporting Club Grants Program, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding. Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “Sport is the lifeblood of Victorian communities. That’s why we’re backing more clubs to help with uniforms and equipment, plus grants to investment in the future through training for coaches and volunteers.” “This is about helping clubs get back in the game so more Victorians can join in the fun and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport offers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to come back better than ever from the recent restrictions, grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “I encourage all our local clubs in Werribee to grasp this opportunity and apply.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS URGED TO APPLY FOR SPORTING CLUB GRANTS

Grassroots sports and active recreation clubs and organisations across Werribee are being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications had opened for the Andrews Labor Government’s latest round of the Sporting Club Grants Program. The program provides payments of up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment (including defibrillators), up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. Grassroots clubs and organisations in Werribee are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to make community sport accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities, and increase local participation. The program has provided more than 9,100 grants totalling more than $13.8 million to clubs across the state since 2015. It is complemented by the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package that provided $50 million to more than 7,500 clubs, leagues, state associations and other organisations across the sport and active recreation sector. For more information and to apply for the Sporting Club Grants Program, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding. Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “Sport is the lifeblood of Victorian communities. That’s why we’re backing more clubs to help with uniforms and equipment, plus grants to investment in the future through training for coaches and volunteers.” “This is about helping clubs get back in the game so more Victorians can join in the fun and tap into all the sport and career pathways that grassroots community sport offers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to come back better than ever from the recent restrictions, grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “I encourage all our local clubs in Werribee to grasp this opportunity and apply.”

VICTORIAN LANDCARE GRANTS AND JUNIOR GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Victorian Government is providing a major funding boost to volunteers and young people across the state, including in Werribee to help them protect and restore the natural environment in our area. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the 2022 Victorian Landcare Grants and the 2022 Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open and aim to help volunteers and kids across the state protect Victoria’s environment. As part of the Victorian Landcare Grants, $3.35 million is available for grants of up to $20,000 to fund on-ground projects that protect, enhance, and restore Werribee land and environment.  Support grants of up to $500 are also available to help with group administration and running costs. The grants are open to environmental volunteering groups, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. As part of the 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, $450,000 of funding will be provided to environmental projects at Werribee schools, kindergartens, preschools, childcare centres and other youth groups. Grants of up to $5000 will be available for projects that provide youth in Werribee with an opportunity to participate in hands-on biodiversity projects or educate them in valuing and actively caring for biodiversity the environment. Both grant programs support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s 20-year plan to protect Victoria’s environment and native species. For more information about how to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants will help volunteers and youth across Victoria restore and improve habitats for our native plants and animals.” “We know Victorians love being out in nature – and we are investing to ensure our precious and unique environment can be enjoyed by future generations.” “This funding will assist our hard-working volunteers, community groups and youth to continue caring for our local natural environment.”

VICTORIAN LANDCARE GRANTS AND JUNIOR GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Victorian Government is providing a major funding boost to volunteers and young people across the state, including in Werribee to help them protect and restore the natural environment in our area. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the 2022 Victorian Landcare Grants and the 2022 Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open and aim to help volunteers and kids across the state protect Victoria’s environment. As part of the Victorian Landcare Grants, $3.35 million is available for grants of up to $20,000 to fund on-ground projects that protect, enhance, and restore Werribee land and environment.  Support grants of up to $500 are also available to help with group administration and running costs. The grants are open to environmental volunteering groups, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. As part of the 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, $450,000 of funding will be provided to environmental projects at Werribee schools, kindergartens, preschools, childcare centres and other youth groups. Grants of up to $5000 will be available for projects that provide youth in Werribee with an opportunity to participate in hands-on biodiversity projects or educate them in valuing and actively caring for biodiversity the environment. Both grant programs support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s 20-year plan to protect Victoria’s environment and native species. For more information about how to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants will help volunteers and youth across Victoria restore and improve habitats for our native plants and animals.” “We know Victorians love being out in nature – and we are investing to ensure our precious and unique environment can be enjoyed by future generations.” “This funding will assist our hard-working volunteers, community groups and youth to continue caring for our local natural environment.”

CELEBRATING WYNDHAM’S LONGEST-SERVING PUBLIC EDUCATION STAFF

The Andrews Labor Government is paying tribute to 5 government school and education staff from Wyndham being recognised for their long-serving dedication to students and families through the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education program. Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee and Sarah Connolly, Member for Tarneit congratulated the government school and education staff members being honoured for 40, 45 and 50 years of service to education. Congratulations to: Margaret Forrester, Manorvale Primary School for 40 years Debra Glassford, Wyndham Vale Primary School for 40 years Ian O’Meara, Wyndham Central Secondary College for 45 years Greg Lentini, Werribee Secondary College for 50 years Julie Mason, Baden Powell P-9 College for 50 years The Recognition of Service program is a chance to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of teachers and other education staff who have given many decades of service to generations of Victorian families, with recipients will receiving a personalised Certificate of Recognition and commemorative booklet. A total of 219 teachers and staff are being recognised for 40 years of service, 104 staff for 45 years of service, 50 staff for 50 years of service, six staff for 55 years of service and five staff for 60 years of service. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian family has access to a great education, close to home. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Whether they work in the classroom or in an office supporting schools, everyone receiving recognition for their service to public education in our state has helped deliver a great education to generations of Victorian families.” “With this year marking 150 years of public education in Victoria, all those recognised should feel proud about contributing to such a great tradition.” Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee “Thank you to our wonderful public education staff here in Werribee who continue to provide such valuable support and service to local students over so many years.” Quotes attributable to Sarah Connolly, Member for Tarneit “Thank you to all the incredible public education staff- their hard work delivering knowledge and support changes lives and makes a profound difference for the next generation”

CELEBRATING WYNDHAM’S LONGEST-SERVING PUBLIC EDUCATION STAFF

The Andrews Labor Government is paying tribute to 5 government school and education staff from Wyndham being recognised for their long-serving dedication to students and families through the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education program. Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee and Sarah Connolly, Member for Tarneit congratulated the government school and education staff members being honoured for 40, 45 and 50 years of service to education. Congratulations to: Margaret Forrester, Manorvale Primary School for 40 years Debra Glassford, Wyndham Vale Primary School for 40 years Ian O’Meara, Wyndham Central Secondary College for 45 years Greg Lentini, Werribee Secondary College for 50 years Julie Mason, Baden Powell P-9 College for 50 years The Recognition of Service program is a chance to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of teachers and other education staff who have given many decades of service to generations of Victorian families, with recipients will receiving a personalised Certificate of Recognition and commemorative booklet. A total of 219 teachers and staff are being recognised for 40 years of service, 104 staff for 45 years of service, 50 staff for 50 years of service, six staff for 55 years of service and five staff for 60 years of service. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian family has access to a great education, close to home. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Whether they work in the classroom or in an office supporting schools, everyone receiving recognition for their service to public education in our state has helped deliver a great education to generations of Victorian families.” “With this year marking 150 years of public education in Victoria, all those recognised should feel proud about contributing to such a great tradition.” Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee “Thank you to our wonderful public education staff here in Werribee who continue to provide such valuable support and service to local students over so many years.” Quotes attributable to Sarah Connolly, Member for Tarneit “Thank you to all the incredible public education staff- their hard work delivering knowledge and support changes lives and makes a profound difference for the next generation”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR YOUNG VICTORIANS IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is today making the biggest single investment in student mental health in Australian history – delivering the support young Victorians need to grow up happy and healthy, and catching mental health concerns earlier so children aren’t slipping through the cracks of the system. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $200 million to expand the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools program to every single government and low-fee non-government primary school in Victoria – 1800 school campuses. Scaling up across the state from 2023, by 2026 every school will employ a Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader to implement a whole-school approach to wellbeing. This will support individual students, help teachers better identify and support at-risk students, and build relationships and referral pathways to local mental health services. The program builds on a successful pilot with 100 schools across Victoria in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne, where more than 95 per cent of Mental Health and Wellbeing Leaders said the model improved their school’s capacity to support students’ mental health and wellbeing needs. Since the start of the trials students have improved mental health and wellbeing, as well as improved social, academic and vocational outcomes. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlighted that schools play an important role in identifying children with mental health and wellbeing challenges who can then be referred to treatment, care and support if needed. The Labor Government has already delivered mental health workers in every government secondary and specialist school – and the Royal Commission encouraged us to build on the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools Pilot by expanding the program to more schools across the state. Half of all cases of anxiety, mood, impulse control and substance use disorders manifest by the age of 14. Research suggests students with mental health concerns are behind their peers in Grade 3, falling further behind throughout school. This investment comes as the Labor Government today introduces the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act – a historic milestone in Victoria’s work to build a mental health system that delivers tailored care to all Victorians, close to home. The Bill replaces the current Mental Health Act 2014, setting out rights-based objectives and principles for responsive services to make sure people seeking care are involved in decisions about their treatment and support, as well as incorporating a statement of recognition and acknowledgement of treaty process. Lived experience will be a central pillar of the new system and embedded in new entities, including regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Boards, and through a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. The Commission will provide statewide oversight of the mental health and wellbeing system, including through a new complaints resolution and investigation process, and will hold government to account for the performance of the system and the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations. The Bill establishes Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Victoria, a body to champion the voice of young people with lived experience on its governing board and advisory body. This youth body will also be able to commission specialist services, with Orygen announced as the inaugural partner for youth services in the North and West areas of metropolitan Melbourne. The new legislation is just the first step in building the foundations for a world-class mental health system, and just one part of the story. As soon as Parliament passes the new Act, the Independent Review of compulsory treatment criteria and alignment of decision-making laws will begin. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $1.3 billion in mental health and wellbeing, building on last year’s record investment of $3.8 billion – the largest single investment in mental health in Victoria’s history. These two historic investments mean work is underway on 90 per cent of Royal Commission recommendations. This includes $29.3 million for dedicated resources to support implementation of the new legislation, including through comprehensive workforce training and support for consumers, families, carers and supporters to understand their rights under the new legislation. The investment is also delivering the biggest expansion of the mental health workforce in our state’s history to match reform with a strong, well-supported workforce – with more than 2,500 roles already created since the Royal Commission’s final report was handed down. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know the earlier in life young Victorians get mental health support, the better their chances of staying happy and healthy throughout adulthood.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure every Victorian child in Werribee has access to safe, tailored care through their trusted school environment – giving them the care they need, when they need it, close to home.” “I am so proud to introduce today’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill to Parliament – this is a historic moment in building our new mental health system, and one that will make a profound change to the way we support Victorians for generations to come.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR YOUNG VICTORIANS IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is today making the biggest single investment in student mental health in Australian history – delivering the support young Victorians need to grow up happy and healthy, and catching mental health concerns earlier so children aren’t slipping through the cracks of the system. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $200 million to expand the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools program to every single government and low-fee non-government primary school in Victoria – 1800 school campuses. Scaling up across the state from 2023, by 2026 every school will employ a Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader to implement a whole-school approach to wellbeing. This will support individual students, help teachers better identify and support at-risk students, and build relationships and referral pathways to local mental health services. The program builds on a successful pilot with 100 schools across Victoria in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne, where more than 95 per cent of Mental Health and Wellbeing Leaders said the model improved their school’s capacity to support students’ mental health and wellbeing needs. Since the start of the trials students have improved mental health and wellbeing, as well as improved social, academic and vocational outcomes. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlighted that schools play an important role in identifying children with mental health and wellbeing challenges who can then be referred to treatment, care and support if needed. The Labor Government has already delivered mental health workers in every government secondary and specialist school – and the Royal Commission encouraged us to build on the successful Mental Health in Primary Schools Pilot by expanding the program to more schools across the state. Half of all cases of anxiety, mood, impulse control and substance use disorders manifest by the age of 14. Research suggests students with mental health concerns are behind their peers in Grade 3, falling further behind throughout school. This investment comes as the Labor Government today introduces the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act – a historic milestone in Victoria’s work to build a mental health system that delivers tailored care to all Victorians, close to home. The Bill replaces the current Mental Health Act 2014, setting out rights-based objectives and principles for responsive services to make sure people seeking care are involved in decisions about their treatment and support, as well as incorporating a statement of recognition and acknowledgement of treaty process. Lived experience will be a central pillar of the new system and embedded in new entities, including regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Boards, and through a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. The Commission will provide statewide oversight of the mental health and wellbeing system, including through a new complaints resolution and investigation process, and will hold government to account for the performance of the system and the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations. The Bill establishes Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Victoria, a body to champion the voice of young people with lived experience on its governing board and advisory body. This youth body will also be able to commission specialist services, with Orygen announced as the inaugural partner for youth services in the North and West areas of metropolitan Melbourne. The new legislation is just the first step in building the foundations for a world-class mental health system, and just one part of the story. As soon as Parliament passes the new Act, the Independent Review of compulsory treatment criteria and alignment of decision-making laws will begin. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $1.3 billion in mental health and wellbeing, building on last year’s record investment of $3.8 billion – the largest single investment in mental health in Victoria’s history. These two historic investments mean work is underway on 90 per cent of Royal Commission recommendations. This includes $29.3 million for dedicated resources to support implementation of the new legislation, including through comprehensive workforce training and support for consumers, families, carers and supporters to understand their rights under the new legislation. The investment is also delivering the biggest expansion of the mental health workforce in our state’s history to match reform with a strong, well-supported workforce – with more than 2,500 roles already created since the Royal Commission’s final report was handed down. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know the earlier in life young Victorians get mental health support, the better their chances of staying happy and healthy throughout adulthood.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure every Victorian child in Werribee has access to safe, tailored care through their trusted school environment – giving them the care they need, when they need it, close to home.” “I am so proud to introduce today’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill to Parliament – this is a historic moment in building our new mental health system, and one that will make a profound change to the way we support Victorians for generations to come.”

UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR WYNDHAM PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Werribee students now have the facilities they need for a great start in life with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Wyndham Park Primary School. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced works are now complete on Wyndham Park Primary School’s $262,165 upgrade to deliver new playground equipment, including a modular play system that caters for the older students. In the past eight years, the Victorian Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is ahead of schedule in its commitment to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $41.8 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local families can now enjoy great new facilities at Wyndham Park Primary School”

UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR WYNDHAM PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Werribee students now have the facilities they need for a great start in life with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Wyndham Park Primary School. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced works are now complete on Wyndham Park Primary School’s $262,165 upgrade to deliver new playground equipment, including a modular play system that caters for the older students. In the past eight years, the Victorian Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is ahead of schedule in its commitment to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested $41.8 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local families can now enjoy great new facilities at Wyndham Park Primary School”

BREAST SCREENING BOOST IN WERRIBEE TO SAVE LIVES

Thousands more Victorians in Werribee will have better access to life-saving breast cancer screening and specialist care close to home under a multi-million-dollar investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced a permanent breast screening service in Werribee – giving more Victorians access to vital preventative breast scans and specialist treatment to find cancer early. The new service is one of eight additional permanent BreastScreen Victoria services across the state as part of a $20 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 – delivering breast screening services to an additional 36,000 eligible Victorians every year by 2026. Five new permanent breast screening services in the Local Government Areas of Whittlesea, Casey, Greater Geelong/Surf Coast Shire, Melton and Moreland will be established progressively, with all completed by January 2025. Three temporary sites in Craigieburn (Hume), Pakenham (Cardinia) and Hoppers Lane (Wyndham) will also be converted into permanent sites with greater capacity. The funding will support the expansion of BreastScreen Victoria’s Reading and Assessment services (RAS) in Parkville and Monash. It will also support strategies designed to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women accessing services. While breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost two per cent a year since 1994, in 2020 alone 4,575 Victorian women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 766 died from the disease. BreastScreen Victoria currently provides services at 46 permanent screening clinics. About six per cent of BreastScreen Victoria clients are called back to a RAS for further investigation. The Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-2024 has set ambitious targets to reduce the harm caused by all cancers and save 10,000 lives by 2025. BreastScreen Victoria provides free two-yearly breast screening for eligible Victorians without symptoms. If you are due to be screened, book an appointment at a service by calling 13 20 50 or visiting www.breastscreen.org.au. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “Thanks to earlier detection and better treatments, more Victorians in Werribee are surviving breast cancer. We’re making it even easier to get screened with a permanent service in Werribee.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is the key to survival. That’s why having a free, two-yearly screen is so important and could save your life.”

BREAST SCREENING BOOST IN WERRIBEE TO SAVE LIVES

Thousands more Victorians in Werribee will have better access to life-saving breast cancer screening and specialist care close to home under a multi-million-dollar investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced a permanent breast screening service in Werribee – giving more Victorians access to vital preventative breast scans and specialist treatment to find cancer early. The new service is one of eight additional permanent BreastScreen Victoria services across the state as part of a $20 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 – delivering breast screening services to an additional 36,000 eligible Victorians every year by 2026. Five new permanent breast screening services in the Local Government Areas of Whittlesea, Casey, Greater Geelong/Surf Coast Shire, Melton and Moreland will be established progressively, with all completed by January 2025. Three temporary sites in Craigieburn (Hume), Pakenham (Cardinia) and Hoppers Lane (Wyndham) will also be converted into permanent sites with greater capacity. The funding will support the expansion of BreastScreen Victoria’s Reading and Assessment services (RAS) in Parkville and Monash. It will also support strategies designed to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women accessing services. While breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost two per cent a year since 1994, in 2020 alone 4,575 Victorian women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 766 died from the disease. BreastScreen Victoria currently provides services at 46 permanent screening clinics. About six per cent of BreastScreen Victoria clients are called back to a RAS for further investigation. The Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-2024 has set ambitious targets to reduce the harm caused by all cancers and save 10,000 lives by 2025. BreastScreen Victoria provides free two-yearly breast screening for eligible Victorians without symptoms. If you are due to be screened, book an appointment at a service by calling 13 20 50 or visiting www.breastscreen.org.au. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “Thanks to earlier detection and better treatments, more Victorians in Werribee are surviving breast cancer. We’re making it even easier to get screened with a permanent service in Werribee.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is the key to survival. That’s why having a free, two-yearly screen is so important and could save your life.”

ROAD SAFETY FUNDING BOOST FOR MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is providing a funding boost to 90 Victorian schools, councils and not-for-profit organisations across the state, with grants to deliver programs that reduce road trauma and save lives. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll said 232 initiatives funded as part of the $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program will deliver targeted education programs and provide localised solutions to road safety. Funding spread across the state will help all road user groups, including pedestrians, drivers, motorcyclists and bike riders, and reach a range of ages from young students to retirees. More than $700,000 has been invested in rural and regional communities to drive down trauma and address issues including vehicle safety, fatigue, and high-risk driver behaviour such as drink and drug driving. Almost $100,000 is being invested in Melbourne’s west and north west across a range of local initiatives including bike education and skills workshops for students and adults, road safety education for newly arrived migrants, road safety sessions for young drivers about high-risk driver behaviour and road safety banners and signage. Key funding recipients include City of Wyndham for Bike Education programs and RoadSafe Westgate. This year’s grants program supports the Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, which aims to halve road deaths and reduce serious injuries by 2030 and eliminate road deaths by 2050. This is on top of the Labor Government’s $6.4 million investment in the Community Road Safety Grants Program over the last five years to help councils, schools and not-for-profit organisations deliver road safety initiatives. For more information, please visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-safety-programs/vicroads-community-road-safety-grants-program/standard-grants-program Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Werribee locals know the issues impacting their communities every day – these grants empower them to deliver invaluable road safety education and make a difference.” “These grants will reach people of all ages, whether they’ve just got their P plates, they’re a bike rider heading out on the roads or they’re walking to primary school.”   Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll “Whether you are a student or retiree, a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist, these grants assist in bringing lifesaving messages to every corner of our state.” “Sadly, too many communities understand the impact road trauma can have – this program gives schools and groups the opportunity to work together at a grassroots level to improve road safety.”   

ROAD SAFETY FUNDING BOOST FOR MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is providing a funding boost to 90 Victorian schools, councils and not-for-profit organisations across the state, with grants to deliver programs that reduce road trauma and save lives. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll said 232 initiatives funded as part of the $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program will deliver targeted education programs and provide localised solutions to road safety. Funding spread across the state will help all road user groups, including pedestrians, drivers, motorcyclists and bike riders, and reach a range of ages from young students to retirees. More than $700,000 has been invested in rural and regional communities to drive down trauma and address issues including vehicle safety, fatigue, and high-risk driver behaviour such as drink and drug driving. Almost $100,000 is being invested in Melbourne’s west and north west across a range of local initiatives including bike education and skills workshops for students and adults, road safety education for newly arrived migrants, road safety sessions for young drivers about high-risk driver behaviour and road safety banners and signage. Key funding recipients include City of Wyndham for Bike Education programs and RoadSafe Westgate. This year’s grants program supports the Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, which aims to halve road deaths and reduce serious injuries by 2030 and eliminate road deaths by 2050. This is on top of the Labor Government’s $6.4 million investment in the Community Road Safety Grants Program over the last five years to help councils, schools and not-for-profit organisations deliver road safety initiatives. For more information, please visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-safety-programs/vicroads-community-road-safety-grants-program/standard-grants-program Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Werribee locals know the issues impacting their communities every day – these grants empower them to deliver invaluable road safety education and make a difference.” “These grants will reach people of all ages, whether they’ve just got their P plates, they’re a bike rider heading out on the roads or they’re walking to primary school.”   Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll “Whether you are a student or retiree, a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist, these grants assist in bringing lifesaving messages to every corner of our state.” “Sadly, too many communities understand the impact road trauma can have – this program gives schools and groups the opportunity to work together at a grassroots level to improve road safety.”   

 

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: EMPLOYMENT

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:33): Since the election of the Andrews Labor government Victoria has led the nation in creating jobs—in fact more than 575 000 jobs right across the state. 436 000 of these jobs are full-time jobs, giving workers and their families the comfort and security of a job that they know they can depend upon. Since November 2014 we have seen about 80 000 jobs created in regional Victoria, with approximately two-thirds of those jobs being full-time jobs. Despite the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women and on young people, I am pleased to advise the house that in both of these groups employment is now above prepandemic levels. We have created nearly 300 000 jobs since September 2020, more than any other state, and we are well on our way to meeting our jobs plan target of creating 400 000 jobs by 2025. Our state’s jobs growth is so dramatic that one in every six jobs in the Victorian economy today did not exist when we first came to government eight years ago. Sadly, it has not always been this way. When we came to government the unemployment rate had a six in front of it, the participation rate was 3 percentage points lower than it is today and the youth unemployment rate was 4 per cent higher. In May 2011 the member for Rowville pledged the coalition government to create more than 50 000 to 55 000 jobs a year. They were not exactly shooting for the stars, yet even with that low-ball target they did not even get close. They averaged just 30 000 jobs a year. Our record is 73 000 jobs every year since coming to government—more than double those produced by the opposition. Only the Andrews Labor government can be trusted to create jobs for all Victorians.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: EMPLOYMENT

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:33): Since the election of the Andrews Labor government Victoria has led the nation in creating jobs—in fact more than 575 000 jobs right across the state. 436 000 of these jobs are full-time jobs, giving workers and their families the comfort and security of a job that they know they can depend upon. Since November 2014 we have seen about 80 000 jobs created in regional Victoria, with approximately two-thirds of those jobs being full-time jobs. Despite the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women and on young people, I am pleased to advise the house that in both of these groups employment is now above prepandemic levels. We have created nearly 300 000 jobs since September 2020, more than any other state, and we are well on our way to meeting our jobs plan target of creating 400 000 jobs by 2025. Our state’s jobs growth is so dramatic that one in every six jobs in the Victorian economy today did not exist when we first came to government eight years ago. Sadly, it has not always been this way. When we came to government the unemployment rate had a six in front of it, the participation rate was 3 percentage points lower than it is today and the youth unemployment rate was 4 per cent higher. In May 2011 the member for Rowville pledged the coalition government to create more than 50 000 to 55 000 jobs a year. They were not exactly shooting for the stars, yet even with that low-ball target they did not even get close. They averaged just 30 000 jobs a year. Our record is 73 000 jobs every year since coming to government—more than double those produced by the opposition. Only the Andrews Labor government can be trusted to create jobs for all Victorians.

STRONGER AGRICULTURE EDUCATION FOR WERRIBEE STUDENTS

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s agriculture workforce of the future, with an extra investment in agriculture education in secondary schools supporting more students to embark on a career in the primary industries. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications are now open for the Labor Government’s $5.5 million Secondary Schools Agriculture Fund which will support schools, industry groups and community organisations in Werribee to inspire students into local agricultural careers. The Fund will support Victorian schools and the sector to raise awareness of the opportunities available in agriculture, uplift agriculture teaching capability and offer more opportunities within schools for students to develop the skills they need to transition into modern careers in agriculture. Funding will be available for a range of agriculture education activities like designing programs, engaging with local industry, purchasing equipment and other needs schools have in order to deliver quality agriculture studies. This boost will help meet the growing demands of the local agriculture sector – seeking innovative young workers with digital, business and marketing skills, as well as food and fibre entrepreneurs who can take products to international markets. The SSAF is part of the Labor Government’s $50 million commitment over four years to the Agricultural College Modernisation Program, helping more Victorians pursue exciting careers in agriculture. This program also supports the Government’s $277.5 million investment in the biggest reform to the senior secondary system since the inception of the VCE – a transformation that will set young Victorians up for brighter futures in vocational education and training, no matter what their dreams and goals are. Applications for the Secondary Schools Agriculture Fund: Schools and Place-based stream are now open, and will close on 24 June. For more information, visit vic.gov.au/secondary-schools-agriculture-fund. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The future of Victoria’s nation-leading agriculture sector is bright – and we’re proud to be supporting more Victorian students to get involved in the modern, growing industry while they’re still at school.” Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas “We want to attract the best and brightest young innovators who are keen to get into our agriculture sector – developing the food and fibre industry’s leaders of tomorrow and setting them up for exciting careers.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This program is all about making sure students in Werribee have real-world opportunities to make the most of existing and emerging agriculture and horticulture career pathways.”

STRONGER AGRICULTURE EDUCATION FOR WERRIBEE STUDENTS

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s agriculture workforce of the future, with an extra investment in agriculture education in secondary schools supporting more students to embark on a career in the primary industries. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications are now open for the Labor Government’s $5.5 million Secondary Schools Agriculture Fund which will support schools, industry groups and community organisations in Werribee to inspire students into local agricultural careers. The Fund will support Victorian schools and the sector to raise awareness of the opportunities available in agriculture, uplift agriculture teaching capability and offer more opportunities within schools for students to develop the skills they need to transition into modern careers in agriculture. Funding will be available for a range of agriculture education activities like designing programs, engaging with local industry, purchasing equipment and other needs schools have in order to deliver quality agriculture studies. This boost will help meet the growing demands of the local agriculture sector – seeking innovative young workers with digital, business and marketing skills, as well as food and fibre entrepreneurs who can take products to international markets. The SSAF is part of the Labor Government’s $50 million commitment over four years to the Agricultural College Modernisation Program, helping more Victorians pursue exciting careers in agriculture. This program also supports the Government’s $277.5 million investment in the biggest reform to the senior secondary system since the inception of the VCE – a transformation that will set young Victorians up for brighter futures in vocational education and training, no matter what their dreams and goals are. Applications for the Secondary Schools Agriculture Fund: Schools and Place-based stream are now open, and will close on 24 June. For more information, visit vic.gov.au/secondary-schools-agriculture-fund. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The future of Victoria’s nation-leading agriculture sector is bright – and we’re proud to be supporting more Victorian students to get involved in the modern, growing industry while they’re still at school.” Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas “We want to attract the best and brightest young innovators who are keen to get into our agriculture sector – developing the food and fibre industry’s leaders of tomorrow and setting them up for exciting careers.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This program is all about making sure students in Werribee have real-world opportunities to make the most of existing and emerging agriculture and horticulture career pathways.”

UPGRADING WERRIBEE SCHOOLS BRICK BY BRICK

Students in Werribee will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work under way upgrading Werribee Secondary College. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Pro Start Constructions had been appointed to build the school’s $723,500 upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education. The project will see an upgrade to Werribee Secondary School’s performing arts theatre to enable it to function as a fully operational, small-scale theatre for school and community use. The theatre upgrade includes a raised stage, technician areas, refurbished seating, new lights, mixer and audio equipment, installing a lighting bar and lighting equipment, and cosmetic upgrades to the foyer. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invests $1.8 billion to build new schools and improve existing schools to make sure our kids have the bright futures they deserve. In the past eight years, the Victorian Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is ahead of schedule in its commitment to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These local upgrades are part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” “Upgrading Werribee Secondary College will give local students access to great classrooms and facilities - because you can’t deliver a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms.”

UPGRADING WERRIBEE SCHOOLS BRICK BY BRICK

Students in Werribee will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work under way upgrading Werribee Secondary College. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Pro Start Constructions had been appointed to build the school’s $723,500 upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education. The project will see an upgrade to Werribee Secondary School’s performing arts theatre to enable it to function as a fully operational, small-scale theatre for school and community use. The theatre upgrade includes a raised stage, technician areas, refurbished seating, new lights, mixer and audio equipment, installing a lighting bar and lighting equipment, and cosmetic upgrades to the foyer. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invests $1.8 billion to build new schools and improve existing schools to make sure our kids have the bright futures they deserve. In the past eight years, the Victorian Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Victorian Government is ahead of schedule in its commitment to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These local upgrades are part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” “Upgrading Werribee Secondary College will give local students access to great classrooms and facilities - because you can’t deliver a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms.”

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:22): It gives me great pleasure to update the house about the government’s ongoing commitment to building infrastructure in regional Victoria. You may have heard some nonsense claims recently that just 13 per cent of infrastructure funding in the 2022–23 Victorian budget is to be spent in regional Victoria. That is in fact nonsense. This was followed by a promise by those opposite to spend 25 per cent of future infrastructure funding in budgets in the regions. Well, I have got some news. If next year’s budget invests just 25 per cent of asset funding in regional Victoria, that would be a 10 percentage point cut from the whopping 35 per cent of state infrastructure funding invested in regional Victoria. Mr PALLAS: The Premier is right: they even manage to learn how to cut from opposition. That is right: 35 per cent in this budget, not 25 per cent and definitely not 13 per cent. I do not know who is doing their cherrypicking, but if they worked on any farm in the state they would be sacked from their job, which is about on brand because in their last four years of office they invested just $7.2 billion across regional Victoria compared to $36 billion under this government. You could say it is comparing apples and oranges. Let me try some other figures: $2.3 billion, which is how much we are investing in regional infrastructure in this budget alone, including $1 billion in regional health infrastructure; 3.4 per cent, which is the regional unemployment rate, nearly half of what we inherited from those opposite; and 1.2125 per cent, which is regional payroll tax relief, one-quarter of what those opposite left.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:22): It gives me great pleasure to update the house about the government’s ongoing commitment to building infrastructure in regional Victoria. You may have heard some nonsense claims recently that just 13 per cent of infrastructure funding in the 2022–23 Victorian budget is to be spent in regional Victoria. That is in fact nonsense. This was followed by a promise by those opposite to spend 25 per cent of future infrastructure funding in budgets in the regions. Well, I have got some news. If next year’s budget invests just 25 per cent of asset funding in regional Victoria, that would be a 10 percentage point cut from the whopping 35 per cent of state infrastructure funding invested in regional Victoria. Mr PALLAS: The Premier is right: they even manage to learn how to cut from opposition. That is right: 35 per cent in this budget, not 25 per cent and definitely not 13 per cent. I do not know who is doing their cherrypicking, but if they worked on any farm in the state they would be sacked from their job, which is about on brand because in their last four years of office they invested just $7.2 billion across regional Victoria compared to $36 billion under this government. You could say it is comparing apples and oranges. Let me try some other figures: $2.3 billion, which is how much we are investing in regional infrastructure in this budget alone, including $1 billion in regional health infrastructure; 3.4 per cent, which is the regional unemployment rate, nearly half of what we inherited from those opposite; and 1.2125 per cent, which is regional payroll tax relief, one-quarter of what those opposite left.

PARKING BOOST FOR MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering over 1,200 new and upgraded car parking spaces to some of Melbourne’s busiest train stations in the growing western suburbs. The new and upgraded car parks at Tarneit, Caroline Springs and Wyndham Vale stations will free up local streets and make it safer and easier to catch the train. Construction has commenced at Tarneit Station to increase car parking by around 50 per cent, with the addition of 500 new and upgraded spaces. This brings the total number of car spaces to more than 1500 spots – one of the largest station car parks on the state’s rail network. A new bus interchange will also be built to allow more bus services to run more often. Works will begin next month to add 400 new and upgraded spaces at Caroline Springs Station and 380 new and upgraded spaces at Wyndham Vale. New bicycle parking facilities, improved lighting and CCTV will also be delivered as part of the project with additional landscaping to be provided across the three sites. The City of Wyndham is one of Australia’s fastest growing communities and Tarneit Station is the state’s busiest V/Line station outside of Southern Cross, with over 1.24 million commuters using the station in 2019 (pre-Covid), while over 760,000 commuters used Wyndham Vale Station. The works will be managed to ensure impacts to commuters are minimal, and station and commuter car parking will remain accessible throughout the project. The new Tarneit Station car park will be open to commuters in late 2022, followed by the bus interchange in late 2023.  The car park at Wyndham Vale will open in late 2022 and the Caroline Springs parking spaces will open in mid-2023. Since 2014 almost 14,000 new and upgraded parking spaces have been delivered at stations across the state, and the Government is on track to deliver an additional 7,000 spaces. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll “The addition of hundreds of car parks at stations in Melbourne’s west will transform travel for one of our fastest growing communities.” “Not only are we upgrading car parks across the state, but we are also making it easier to catch the bus or ride your bike to the station – giving Victorians more options than ever before as to how they get around.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The additional parking at Tarneit Station will ensure people can park at their local station and won’t have to try their luck at another station further up the line.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are making Wyndham Vale Station more accessible with increased parking including 10 new accessible spaces, new bicycle facilities and upgraded lighting and CCTV – a great outcome for our growing community.”

PARKING BOOST FOR MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering over 1,200 new and upgraded car parking spaces to some of Melbourne’s busiest train stations in the growing western suburbs. The new and upgraded car parks at Tarneit, Caroline Springs and Wyndham Vale stations will free up local streets and make it safer and easier to catch the train. Construction has commenced at Tarneit Station to increase car parking by around 50 per cent, with the addition of 500 new and upgraded spaces. This brings the total number of car spaces to more than 1500 spots – one of the largest station car parks on the state’s rail network. A new bus interchange will also be built to allow more bus services to run more often. Works will begin next month to add 400 new and upgraded spaces at Caroline Springs Station and 380 new and upgraded spaces at Wyndham Vale. New bicycle parking facilities, improved lighting and CCTV will also be delivered as part of the project with additional landscaping to be provided across the three sites. The City of Wyndham is one of Australia’s fastest growing communities and Tarneit Station is the state’s busiest V/Line station outside of Southern Cross, with over 1.24 million commuters using the station in 2019 (pre-Covid), while over 760,000 commuters used Wyndham Vale Station. The works will be managed to ensure impacts to commuters are minimal, and station and commuter car parking will remain accessible throughout the project. The new Tarneit Station car park will be open to commuters in late 2022, followed by the bus interchange in late 2023.  The car park at Wyndham Vale will open in late 2022 and the Caroline Springs parking spaces will open in mid-2023. Since 2014 almost 14,000 new and upgraded parking spaces have been delivered at stations across the state, and the Government is on track to deliver an additional 7,000 spaces. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll “The addition of hundreds of car parks at stations in Melbourne’s west will transform travel for one of our fastest growing communities.” “Not only are we upgrading car parks across the state, but we are also making it easier to catch the bus or ride your bike to the station – giving Victorians more options than ever before as to how they get around.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The additional parking at Tarneit Station will ensure people can park at their local station and won’t have to try their luck at another station further up the line.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are making Wyndham Vale Station more accessible with increased parking including 10 new accessible spaces, new bicycle facilities and upgraded lighting and CCTV – a great outcome for our growing community.”

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ECONOMY

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:21): Since 2014 the Andrews Labor government’s infrastructure pipeline has supported or will continue to support in excess of 190 000 jobs in this state. There are many Victorians who can take great pride in the fact that they are helping to build the future of this great state. That is a total of $184 billion worth of new and existing projects underway, transforming our state and making sure that we improve the way that people move around the state and how Victorians get to access the services that they are entitled to in their local communities. Take our rolling stock—not the way those opposite wanted to take it, to Asia. Take our rolling stock and build it right here in Victoria. We have invested nearly $8 billion in over 300 new trains, trams and supporting infrastructure, supporting up to 10 000 local jobs right across the supply chain—trains built and maintained here in Victoria for Victorians. With an unemployment rate 2.5 percentage points lower than in 2014 when we came to government, we are creating jobs in Victoria for Victorians. We have got on with the job of delivering the projects Victorians need despite a consistently raw deal from the commonwealth. Of course, the infrastructure funding from the Morrison government over five years was 20.4 per cent. Given that the state of Victoria is at least 26 per cent of the nation’s population, we have been egregiously dealt with, and we are looking forward to working positively with a commonwealth government that shares our views and our values and our commitment to fairness, whether it is building the Suburban Rail Loop with at least $2.2 billion worth of contribution or indeed an intermodal freight facility in our west.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ECONOMY

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:21): Since 2014 the Andrews Labor government’s infrastructure pipeline has supported or will continue to support in excess of 190 000 jobs in this state. There are many Victorians who can take great pride in the fact that they are helping to build the future of this great state. That is a total of $184 billion worth of new and existing projects underway, transforming our state and making sure that we improve the way that people move around the state and how Victorians get to access the services that they are entitled to in their local communities. Take our rolling stock—not the way those opposite wanted to take it, to Asia. Take our rolling stock and build it right here in Victoria. We have invested nearly $8 billion in over 300 new trains, trams and supporting infrastructure, supporting up to 10 000 local jobs right across the supply chain—trains built and maintained here in Victoria for Victorians. With an unemployment rate 2.5 percentage points lower than in 2014 when we came to government, we are creating jobs in Victoria for Victorians. We have got on with the job of delivering the projects Victorians need despite a consistently raw deal from the commonwealth. Of course, the infrastructure funding from the Morrison government over five years was 20.4 per cent. Given that the state of Victoria is at least 26 per cent of the nation’s population, we have been egregiously dealt with, and we are looking forward to working positively with a commonwealth government that shares our views and our values and our commitment to fairness, whether it is building the Suburban Rail Loop with at least $2.2 billion worth of contribution or indeed an intermodal freight facility in our west.

BIGGER, BETTER ED FOR WERRIBEE MERCY HOSPITAL ON THE WAY

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a bigger and better emergency department for Melbourne’s booming outer suburbs, with multi-million-dollar expansions at the Werribee Mercy Hospital and Casey Hospital on the way. Minister for Health Martin Foley toured Werribee Mercy Hospital today, announcing that funding from the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will double the hospital’s emergency department capacity – supporting an additional 25,000 presentations per year. The $236 million investment, which will also double capacity at the Casey Hospital in Berwick, will deliver four extra resuscitation spaces at Werribee Mercy hospital, as well as eight fast track bays, seven consultation rooms, 28 immediate care cubicles, a Behavioural Assessment Room and 16 short stay beds. Casey Hospital’s emergency department expansion will include a dedicated paediatric space for children and their families, and support an additional 52,000 presentations annually. The expansions will help ease pressure on the existing emergency departments for the hospitals’ dedicated doctors, nurses, orderlies and other hospital staff. Both of these expansions will also help hardworking paramedics get back on the road quicker – reducing ambulance response times by offering more spaces for patients to be cared for. Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA), both projects are on track to start early works next year and be completed in 2026, and are expected to create and sustain more than 1,000 jobs during peak construction – providing a major boost to the local economy. The Labor Government has made unprecedented investments in Victoria’s health system, with more than $158 billion in funding since coming into office – ensuring all Victorians have access to the care, treatment and support they need to stay happy, healthy and well. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “By doubling capacity at the emergency department at Casey and Werribee Mercy hospitals, we’re helping healthcare staff treat more people, save lives and keep people healthy.” “These expansions are going to help take pressure off nearby emergency departments and make it easier for ambulances to get back on the road.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “A bigger, better emergency department at the Werribee Mercy Hospital will ensure people in Melbourne’s growing outer west have access to world-class facilities when a loved one gets sick or when an emergency strikes.”

BIGGER, BETTER ED FOR WERRIBEE MERCY HOSPITAL ON THE WAY

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a bigger and better emergency department for Melbourne’s booming outer suburbs, with multi-million-dollar expansions at the Werribee Mercy Hospital and Casey Hospital on the way. Minister for Health Martin Foley toured Werribee Mercy Hospital today, announcing that funding from the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will double the hospital’s emergency department capacity – supporting an additional 25,000 presentations per year. The $236 million investment, which will also double capacity at the Casey Hospital in Berwick, will deliver four extra resuscitation spaces at Werribee Mercy hospital, as well as eight fast track bays, seven consultation rooms, 28 immediate care cubicles, a Behavioural Assessment Room and 16 short stay beds. Casey Hospital’s emergency department expansion will include a dedicated paediatric space for children and their families, and support an additional 52,000 presentations annually. The expansions will help ease pressure on the existing emergency departments for the hospitals’ dedicated doctors, nurses, orderlies and other hospital staff. Both of these expansions will also help hardworking paramedics get back on the road quicker – reducing ambulance response times by offering more spaces for patients to be cared for. Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA), both projects are on track to start early works next year and be completed in 2026, and are expected to create and sustain more than 1,000 jobs during peak construction – providing a major boost to the local economy. The Labor Government has made unprecedented investments in Victoria’s health system, with more than $158 billion in funding since coming into office – ensuring all Victorians have access to the care, treatment and support they need to stay happy, healthy and well. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “By doubling capacity at the emergency department at Casey and Werribee Mercy hospitals, we’re helping healthcare staff treat more people, save lives and keep people healthy.” “These expansions are going to help take pressure off nearby emergency departments and make it easier for ambulances to get back on the road.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “A bigger, better emergency department at the Werribee Mercy Hospital will ensure people in Melbourne’s growing outer west have access to world-class facilities when a loved one gets sick or when an emergency strikes.”

WERRIBEE OPEN RANGE ZOO TO BENEFIT FROM RECYCLED WATER

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting one of Victoria’s favourite attractions, ensuring some of Werribee Open Range Zoo’s largest residents will have a secure and sustainable water source into the future. The Labor Government has contributed $2 million towards the construction of a 2.7km pipeline connecting Werribee Recycled Water Plant to the Werribee Open Range Zoo. The pipeline will initially provide the zoo with a reliable supply of 150 million litres per year of recycled water that will expand to 400 million litres as the zoo grows. Construction is set to begin in July and completed later this year. The water will be used for a purpose-built 21-hectare elephant habitat, that will house Melbourne Zoo’s growing elephant herd when it moves to Werribee Open Range Zoo in 2024. It will also provide water to the hippopotamus pool and replace the current Werribee River water supply for irrigation. This project will replace water extractions from the Werribee River with recycled water, so the zoo can continue to grow without impacting nearby farming. This $8.6 million pipeline is the first stage of the Werribee Recycled Water Expansion scheme, which aims to increase the supply of recycled water in the Werribee area by an additional 1100 megalitres per year. The project also supports the Labor Government’s $84 million commitment to transform Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is expected to contribute over $17.8 million annually to Victoria’s economy, increase visitation to the zoo and create 350 local jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “We’re increasing the use of recycled water across Victoria and this project shows exactly how we’re increasing tourism opportunities and economic growth without impacting our future water supply.” “This project brings significant benefits the growing Werribee catchment area, protecting the natural waterways and providing more water security for farming irrigation.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This investment makes sure the Werribee Open Range Zoo and its animals can continue to thrive as we face a changing climate without impacting the local rivers and the environment.”

WERRIBEE OPEN RANGE ZOO TO BENEFIT FROM RECYCLED WATER

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting one of Victoria’s favourite attractions, ensuring some of Werribee Open Range Zoo’s largest residents will have a secure and sustainable water source into the future. The Labor Government has contributed $2 million towards the construction of a 2.7km pipeline connecting Werribee Recycled Water Plant to the Werribee Open Range Zoo. The pipeline will initially provide the zoo with a reliable supply of 150 million litres per year of recycled water that will expand to 400 million litres as the zoo grows. Construction is set to begin in July and completed later this year. The water will be used for a purpose-built 21-hectare elephant habitat, that will house Melbourne Zoo’s growing elephant herd when it moves to Werribee Open Range Zoo in 2024. It will also provide water to the hippopotamus pool and replace the current Werribee River water supply for irrigation. This project will replace water extractions from the Werribee River with recycled water, so the zoo can continue to grow without impacting nearby farming. This $8.6 million pipeline is the first stage of the Werribee Recycled Water Expansion scheme, which aims to increase the supply of recycled water in the Werribee area by an additional 1100 megalitres per year. The project also supports the Labor Government’s $84 million commitment to transform Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is expected to contribute over $17.8 million annually to Victoria’s economy, increase visitation to the zoo and create 350 local jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “We’re increasing the use of recycled water across Victoria and this project shows exactly how we’re increasing tourism opportunities and economic growth without impacting our future water supply.” “This project brings significant benefits the growing Werribee catchment area, protecting the natural waterways and providing more water security for farming irrigation.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This investment makes sure the Werribee Open Range Zoo and its animals can continue to thrive as we face a changing climate without impacting the local rivers and the environment.”