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  • West Gate Tunnel Project

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

  • More Train Services for the Werribee Line

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

  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

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

  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project

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

  • Werribee Electorate

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

  • West Gate Tunnel Project

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

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ENGAGING! MORE YOUNG PEOPLE IN WERRIBEE DISTRICT

Young people in Werribee district will have more opportunities to actively participate in and connect with their local community, through the Andrews Labor Government’s Engage! 2018-20 program. Three local organisations received Engage! 2018-20 grants totalling $320,000 for projects that will support young people aged between 12 and 25. Western Edge Youth Arts received $100,000 to deliver three youth-led community theatre programs targeting culturally and linguistically diverse youth across Melbourne’s western suburbs. Wyndham City Council received $120,000 to provide youth-designed opportunities in leadership, volunteering, skill building and community engagement. Wyndham Community and Education Centre received $100,000 for the SmArt Collective initiative, to develop after-school programs including a creative writing magazine, a homework club and an annual youth camp. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said they will join 107 local government and community organisations across the state to share in the $12.3 million Engage! 2018-20 program. Engage! helps young people to strengthen their education, training and employment pathways, and improve their health and wellbeing. Young people are a key part of developing and delivering Engage! projects, which are aimed at a diversity of youth, including Aboriginal young people, young people from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTQI young people, young people with disabilities and young people living in rural and regional Victoria. Engage! supports the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to better connect young people with their communities, as outlined in the Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement. The Youth Policy also supports young people to have their say and participate in decision-making on government policy and practices. For more information, please visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “Every young person should have the opportunity and support they need to reach their full potential.” “Engage!  is helping young people of different backgrounds and experiences get involved in a range of activities so they can achieve their goals and kick goals for the community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I look forward to seeing more local young people participating in Engage! programs, building their skills and connecting with our vibrant community.” “These projects give young people the hands-on experiences they need to achieve their personal and professional goals and I encourage more young people to get involved.”

ENGAGING! MORE YOUNG PEOPLE IN WERRIBEE DISTRICT

Young people in Werribee district will have more opportunities to actively participate in and connect with their local community, through the Andrews Labor Government’s Engage! 2018-20 program. Three local organisations received Engage! 2018-20 grants totalling $320,000 for projects that will support young people aged between 12 and 25. Western Edge Youth Arts received $100,000 to deliver three youth-led community theatre programs targeting culturally and linguistically diverse youth across Melbourne’s western suburbs. Wyndham City Council received $120,000 to provide youth-designed opportunities in leadership, volunteering, skill building and community engagement. Wyndham Community and Education Centre received $100,000 for the SmArt Collective initiative, to develop after-school programs including a creative writing magazine, a homework club and an annual youth camp. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said they will join 107 local government and community organisations across the state to share in the $12.3 million Engage! 2018-20 program. Engage! helps young people to strengthen their education, training and employment pathways, and improve their health and wellbeing. Young people are a key part of developing and delivering Engage! projects, which are aimed at a diversity of youth, including Aboriginal young people, young people from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTQI young people, young people with disabilities and young people living in rural and regional Victoria. Engage! supports the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to better connect young people with their communities, as outlined in the Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement. The Youth Policy also supports young people to have their say and participate in decision-making on government policy and practices. For more information, please visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “Every young person should have the opportunity and support they need to reach their full potential.” “Engage!  is helping young people of different backgrounds and experiences get involved in a range of activities so they can achieve their goals and kick goals for the community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I look forward to seeing more local young people participating in Engage! programs, building their skills and connecting with our vibrant community.” “These projects give young people the hands-on experiences they need to achieve their personal and professional goals and I encourage more young people to get involved.”

RECORD INVESTMENT IN MARINE SEARCH AND RESCUE

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard volunteers in Werribee will be given a well-deserved boost thanks to a $11.3 million announcement from the Andrews Labor Government. New vessels, equipment and protective clothing, as well as fuel and other operating costs will be funded over the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years. This announcement is a crucial investment in the sector, which would significantly reduce the fundraising burden on volunteers. A range of improvements are included as part of the funding: A capital program to replace search-and-rescue vessels and other key assets Operational subsidies for MSAR units, to cover training, fuel, insurance, protective clothing and equipment The continuation of a small centralised team to drive reform and build volunteer capability, which will sit within Emergency Management Victoria. The Labor Government outlined a suite of reforms to marine-rescue services in 2016, in response to a Parliamentary Inquiry into the sector. There are almost 800 MSAR volunteers in Victoria, who donate their time to respond to marine emergencies and raise community awareness about marine safety.  These volunteers respond to about 1300 marine incidents every year. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a record investment in our Marine Search and Rescue volunteers at Werribee Coast Guard.” “This boost will provide our hard working and dedicated volunteers with the support they need to keep Victorians safe on the water.”  

RECORD INVESTMENT IN MARINE SEARCH AND RESCUE

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard volunteers in Werribee will be given a well-deserved boost thanks to a $11.3 million announcement from the Andrews Labor Government. New vessels, equipment and protective clothing, as well as fuel and other operating costs will be funded over the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years. This announcement is a crucial investment in the sector, which would significantly reduce the fundraising burden on volunteers. A range of improvements are included as part of the funding: A capital program to replace search-and-rescue vessels and other key assets Operational subsidies for MSAR units, to cover training, fuel, insurance, protective clothing and equipment The continuation of a small centralised team to drive reform and build volunteer capability, which will sit within Emergency Management Victoria. The Labor Government outlined a suite of reforms to marine-rescue services in 2016, in response to a Parliamentary Inquiry into the sector. There are almost 800 MSAR volunteers in Victoria, who donate their time to respond to marine emergencies and raise community awareness about marine safety.  These volunteers respond to about 1300 marine incidents every year. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a record investment in our Marine Search and Rescue volunteers at Werribee Coast Guard.” “This boost will provide our hard working and dedicated volunteers with the support they need to keep Victorians safe on the water.”  

Prime Minister For Sydney Strikes Again, Duds Victoria

The Prime Minister for Sydney, Malcolm Turnbull, has struck again, appointing fellow New South Welshman Barnaby Joyce as Infrastructure Minister, in a sure sign Victoria can forget about ever getting its fair share of federal infrastructure funding. Loyal Victorian Darren Chester has been dumped from Cabinet altogether, clearly paying a price for standing up for our state in Malcolm Turnbull’s Sydney-centric Government. In what is a truly scary prospect for the nation, we now have four New South Wales politicians in charge of Victoria’s infrastructure decisions – Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison, Paul Fletcher, and Barnaby Joyce. This is at a time when federal infrastructure funding is becoming increasingly farcical and beyond outrageous. New South Wales is getting a mammoth 45.5 per cent of federal infrastructure funding, while Victoria is getting a disgracefully paltry 9.4 per cent. This is despite Victoria leading the nation in economic growth, employment growth and population growth. Put another way, hard-working Victorian taxpayers – who make up 25.9 per cent of the population – are forking out billions of dollars for projects in New South Wales, including: $5.3 billion for Sydney’s second airport $3.6 billion for the joint Australian Government and NSW Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan $1.5 billion of funding and a $2.0 billion concessional loan for the WestConnex project in Sydney $412 million for NorthConnex in Sydney The Andrews Labor Government will stand up for Victorians and keep fighting this outrageous behaviour by the most Sydney-centric Prime Minister our country has ever seen. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The Prime Minister for Sydney has little to be proud of in this latest reshuffle – the only infrastructure job he’s ever created in Victoria has been shipped to New South Wales.” “By dumping a loyal Victorian and replacing him with just another politician from New South Wales, it’s clear Malcolm Turnbull couldn’t care less about our state.” “We’ll keep fighting this Sydney-centric Government for our fair share, while continuing to grow our economy, create jobs and invest in the projects our state voted for and needs.”

Prime Minister For Sydney Strikes Again, Duds Victoria

The Prime Minister for Sydney, Malcolm Turnbull, has struck again, appointing fellow New South Welshman Barnaby Joyce as Infrastructure Minister, in a sure sign Victoria can forget about ever getting its fair share of federal infrastructure funding. Loyal Victorian Darren Chester has been dumped from Cabinet altogether, clearly paying a price for standing up for our state in Malcolm Turnbull’s Sydney-centric Government. In what is a truly scary prospect for the nation, we now have four New South Wales politicians in charge of Victoria’s infrastructure decisions – Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison, Paul Fletcher, and Barnaby Joyce. This is at a time when federal infrastructure funding is becoming increasingly farcical and beyond outrageous. New South Wales is getting a mammoth 45.5 per cent of federal infrastructure funding, while Victoria is getting a disgracefully paltry 9.4 per cent. This is despite Victoria leading the nation in economic growth, employment growth and population growth. Put another way, hard-working Victorian taxpayers – who make up 25.9 per cent of the population – are forking out billions of dollars for projects in New South Wales, including: $5.3 billion for Sydney’s second airport $3.6 billion for the joint Australian Government and NSW Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan $1.5 billion of funding and a $2.0 billion concessional loan for the WestConnex project in Sydney $412 million for NorthConnex in Sydney The Andrews Labor Government will stand up for Victorians and keep fighting this outrageous behaviour by the most Sydney-centric Prime Minister our country has ever seen. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The Prime Minister for Sydney has little to be proud of in this latest reshuffle – the only infrastructure job he’s ever created in Victoria has been shipped to New South Wales.” “By dumping a loyal Victorian and replacing him with just another politician from New South Wales, it’s clear Malcolm Turnbull couldn’t care less about our state.” “We’ll keep fighting this Sydney-centric Government for our fair share, while continuing to grow our economy, create jobs and invest in the projects our state voted for and needs.”

NEW GRANTS PROGRAM FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

Volunteer firefighting brigades in Werribee electorate can now apply for grants of up to $250,000, thanks to a new $10 million program funded by the Andrews Labor Government. The program will be administered by the CFA to support vital volunteer brigade equipment and facility upgrades, as well as local initiatives that strengthen volunteerism and brigade culture. Grants will be provided to projects that address a range of key criteria, including: Addressing immediate needs and enhancing operational capability Improving culture, diversity and fairness Strengthening volunteer leadership skills Encouraging recruitment, retention and recognition of volunteers Reflecting the evolving needs and demographics of the communities that volunteer brigades serve. The grants program has been funded through the additional $60 million that the Labor Government announced for Victoria’s fire services in October. Brigades in Werribee electorate have until the end of February 2018 to apply. For more information, visit cfa.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “I encourage brigades in Werribee district to take advantage of this new program and apply right away.”  “We are supporting volunteers by providing them with more funding than ever before because that is exactly what they deserve.”

NEW GRANTS PROGRAM FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

Volunteer firefighting brigades in Werribee electorate can now apply for grants of up to $250,000, thanks to a new $10 million program funded by the Andrews Labor Government. The program will be administered by the CFA to support vital volunteer brigade equipment and facility upgrades, as well as local initiatives that strengthen volunteerism and brigade culture. Grants will be provided to projects that address a range of key criteria, including: Addressing immediate needs and enhancing operational capability Improving culture, diversity and fairness Strengthening volunteer leadership skills Encouraging recruitment, retention and recognition of volunteers Reflecting the evolving needs and demographics of the communities that volunteer brigades serve. The grants program has been funded through the additional $60 million that the Labor Government announced for Victoria’s fire services in October. Brigades in Werribee electorate have until the end of February 2018 to apply. For more information, visit cfa.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “I encourage brigades in Werribee district to take advantage of this new program and apply right away.”  “We are supporting volunteers by providing them with more funding than ever before because that is exactly what they deserve.”

 

Victoria’s Economy Powering Ahead

The Victorian economy is strong and growing, as confirmed in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget Update released today. The Update shows that Victoria will deliver an operating surplus of $1.7 billion in 2017/18, with forecasts across the forward estimates revised up to an average of $2.2 billion. Supported by a strong labour market and growing population, the outlook for real gross state product (GSP) has been upgraded for 2017/18, from 2.75 to 3.0 per cent – with the 3.3 per cent delivered in 2016/17 the strongest of all the states. Employment in Victoria continues to grow strongly, with the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures showing nearly 320,000 jobs have been created in the three years since the Andrews Labor Government took office. Meanwhile, unemployment is expected to decline over the forward estimates while wages are forecast to rise. The Labor Government’s unprecedented investment in Victorian infrastructure has also increased, with government infrastructure investment (GII) now set to average $10.2 billion per annum over the budget and forward estimates. This reflects transformative projects which are now underway including the Metro Tunnel, the Level Crossing Removal Program, the West Gate Tunnel Project and the Western Roads Upgrade. Key measures to tackle housing affordability have taken hold, with the update confirming that around 9,000 first home owners are already benefiting from cuts to stamp duty. This report follows last week’s growth figures showing Victoria’s economy is thriving, with state final demand growth the strongest in the nation at 4.7 per cent over the year to September 2017. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Victoria’s economy is strong, with a healthy budget surplus, a triple-A credit rating, and the strongest state final demand in the nation.” “Victoria is the state of momentum, with over 319,000 jobs created since the Andrews Labor Government was elected.” “Our unprecedented infrastructure program means we’re getting on with the projects that our state desperately needs, but were ignored under the previous Liberal Government.”

Victoria’s Economy Powering Ahead

The Victorian economy is strong and growing, as confirmed in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget Update released today. The Update shows that Victoria will deliver an operating surplus of $1.7 billion in 2017/18, with forecasts across the forward estimates revised up to an average of $2.2 billion. Supported by a strong labour market and growing population, the outlook for real gross state product (GSP) has been upgraded for 2017/18, from 2.75 to 3.0 per cent – with the 3.3 per cent delivered in 2016/17 the strongest of all the states. Employment in Victoria continues to grow strongly, with the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures showing nearly 320,000 jobs have been created in the three years since the Andrews Labor Government took office. Meanwhile, unemployment is expected to decline over the forward estimates while wages are forecast to rise. The Labor Government’s unprecedented investment in Victorian infrastructure has also increased, with government infrastructure investment (GII) now set to average $10.2 billion per annum over the budget and forward estimates. This reflects transformative projects which are now underway including the Metro Tunnel, the Level Crossing Removal Program, the West Gate Tunnel Project and the Western Roads Upgrade. Key measures to tackle housing affordability have taken hold, with the update confirming that around 9,000 first home owners are already benefiting from cuts to stamp duty. This report follows last week’s growth figures showing Victoria’s economy is thriving, with state final demand growth the strongest in the nation at 4.7 per cent over the year to September 2017. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Victoria’s economy is strong, with a healthy budget surplus, a triple-A credit rating, and the strongest state final demand in the nation.” “Victoria is the state of momentum, with over 319,000 jobs created since the Andrews Labor Government was elected.” “Our unprecedented infrastructure program means we’re getting on with the projects that our state desperately needs, but were ignored under the previous Liberal Government.”

Almost 320,000 New Victorian Jobs In Three Years

Victoria’s tremendous jobs growth shows no sign of slowing with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirming today that nearly 320,000 jobs have been created since the Andrews Labor Government was elected. This is the highest employment growth in Australia in both absolute and percentage terms. More than two thirds of the 319,100 jobs, a massive 205,200, were fulltime – the highest growth rate of all the states. In the past month alone, Victoria’s employment increased by 32,900 people – by far the lion’s share of jobs generated by the states and more than the rest of the nation combined. More than half of all jobs created across Australia during the month were created in Victoria. Over the year to November 2017, there were 109,600 new jobs created. This is more than the previous Liberal Government created in four years. Victoria’s unemployment rate has also fallen to 5.5 per cent, a far cry from the 6.8 per cent when the Coalition was ousted three years ago. The decline in the unemployment rate is all the more impressive given the increase in the State’s participation rate – the amount of people actively in employment or looking for work. Victoria’s population has increased more than two per cent over the year to June 2017, well above the national average of 1.6 per cent. Notably, the participation rate has also risen – 1.5 percentage points since November 2014 – the highest increase of all the states. The Labor Government will continue to manage this population growth and invest in our people – in their skills, in their ideas, in their energy – and giving them the infrastructure and services they need. Whether it’s our enviable lifestyle, our employment opportunities or our strong economy, Victoria continues to be a destination of choice for those from interstate and around the world. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Since we were elected, a further 320,000 Victorians have found jobs — the vast majority of them full time — meaning a better future for workers and their families.” “Our strong infrastructure pipeline and tax cuts for business are reducing impediments to growth and creating the jobs of tomorrow.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “We’re getting it done and creating more jobs for Victorians, thanks to an unprecedented pipeline of infrastructure projects on the go.”

Almost 320,000 New Victorian Jobs In Three Years

Victoria’s tremendous jobs growth shows no sign of slowing with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirming today that nearly 320,000 jobs have been created since the Andrews Labor Government was elected. This is the highest employment growth in Australia in both absolute and percentage terms. More than two thirds of the 319,100 jobs, a massive 205,200, were fulltime – the highest growth rate of all the states. In the past month alone, Victoria’s employment increased by 32,900 people – by far the lion’s share of jobs generated by the states and more than the rest of the nation combined. More than half of all jobs created across Australia during the month were created in Victoria. Over the year to November 2017, there were 109,600 new jobs created. This is more than the previous Liberal Government created in four years. Victoria’s unemployment rate has also fallen to 5.5 per cent, a far cry from the 6.8 per cent when the Coalition was ousted three years ago. The decline in the unemployment rate is all the more impressive given the increase in the State’s participation rate – the amount of people actively in employment or looking for work. Victoria’s population has increased more than two per cent over the year to June 2017, well above the national average of 1.6 per cent. Notably, the participation rate has also risen – 1.5 percentage points since November 2014 – the highest increase of all the states. The Labor Government will continue to manage this population growth and invest in our people – in their skills, in their ideas, in their energy – and giving them the infrastructure and services they need. Whether it’s our enviable lifestyle, our employment opportunities or our strong economy, Victoria continues to be a destination of choice for those from interstate and around the world. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Since we were elected, a further 320,000 Victorians have found jobs — the vast majority of them full time — meaning a better future for workers and their families.” “Our strong infrastructure pipeline and tax cuts for business are reducing impediments to growth and creating the jobs of tomorrow.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “We’re getting it done and creating more jobs for Victorians, thanks to an unprecedented pipeline of infrastructure projects on the go.”

THREE MILLION BREAKFASTS SERVED TO VICTORIAN KIDS

The Andrews Labor Government’s expanded School Breakfast Clubs have now served more than three million meals across Victoria – giving children from families in need in the Werribee electorate a brighter and healthier start to the day. Since the launch of the program at the start of last year, School Breakfast Clubs have been providing 50,000 free breakfasts every week at 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools. Schools in the Werribee electorate participating in the program include Westgrove Primary School, Werribee Primary School, Thomas Chirnside Primary School, Wyndham Park Primary School, and Manorvale Primary School, Woodville Primary School, Warringa Park School, and Manor Lakes P-12 College. Research has shown that since the program started, nine out of ten teachers have seen improved student concentration in the classroom, while seven out of ten teachers have noted improved attendance and more than eight out of ten teachers said they now had better relationships with their students. Despite its success, the program would be cut by the Liberals if they win the next election. They have already promised a cost audit, which is code for cuts – cuts to breakfast clubs, cuts to the school uniform program and cuts to helping kids go to school camps and excursions. The delivery of the $13.7 million breakfast club commitment is another example of how the Andrews Labor Government is tackling disadvantage and making things fair so that all children can reach their potential, regardless of their background or circumstances. The Labor Government is building the Education State and ensuring that every child has access to a first-rate education. A full list of School Breakfast Clubs can be found at: www.education.vic.gov.au/breakfastclubs Volunteering opportunities can be found at: www.foodbankvictoria.org.au/SBCvolunteers   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Students with a full stomach do better at school – it’s that simple. That’s why School Breakfast Clubs are so important.” “But make no mistake, the Liberals will cut school breakfast clubs right across the state if they are elected.” Quotes attributable to Foodbank Victoria CEO Dave McNamara “We look forward to continuing to support this program, providing more healthy breakfasts to help more kids start the day right.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Kids in the Werribee electorate can’t get the best out of themselves without a decent breakfast. That is why the school’s breakfast club is so important; it’s making a real difference for teachers and students.” “Despite the success of kids having a brighter and healthier start before a day of learning in the Werribee electorate, the program would be cut by the Liberals if they win the next election”

THREE MILLION BREAKFASTS SERVED TO VICTORIAN KIDS

The Andrews Labor Government’s expanded School Breakfast Clubs have now served more than three million meals across Victoria – giving children from families in need in the Werribee electorate a brighter and healthier start to the day. Since the launch of the program at the start of last year, School Breakfast Clubs have been providing 50,000 free breakfasts every week at 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools. Schools in the Werribee electorate participating in the program include Westgrove Primary School, Werribee Primary School, Thomas Chirnside Primary School, Wyndham Park Primary School, and Manorvale Primary School, Woodville Primary School, Warringa Park School, and Manor Lakes P-12 College. Research has shown that since the program started, nine out of ten teachers have seen improved student concentration in the classroom, while seven out of ten teachers have noted improved attendance and more than eight out of ten teachers said they now had better relationships with their students. Despite its success, the program would be cut by the Liberals if they win the next election. They have already promised a cost audit, which is code for cuts – cuts to breakfast clubs, cuts to the school uniform program and cuts to helping kids go to school camps and excursions. The delivery of the $13.7 million breakfast club commitment is another example of how the Andrews Labor Government is tackling disadvantage and making things fair so that all children can reach their potential, regardless of their background or circumstances. The Labor Government is building the Education State and ensuring that every child has access to a first-rate education. A full list of School Breakfast Clubs can be found at: www.education.vic.gov.au/breakfastclubs Volunteering opportunities can be found at: www.foodbankvictoria.org.au/SBCvolunteers   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Students with a full stomach do better at school – it’s that simple. That’s why School Breakfast Clubs are so important.” “But make no mistake, the Liberals will cut school breakfast clubs right across the state if they are elected.” Quotes attributable to Foodbank Victoria CEO Dave McNamara “We look forward to continuing to support this program, providing more healthy breakfasts to help more kids start the day right.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Kids in the Werribee electorate can’t get the best out of themselves without a decent breakfast. That is why the school’s breakfast club is so important; it’s making a real difference for teachers and students.” “Despite the success of kids having a brighter and healthier start before a day of learning in the Werribee electorate, the program would be cut by the Liberals if they win the next election”

FUNDING BOOST FOR 2017 WERRIBEE CUP

Racegoers are set to flock to the Werribee Cup this weekend, thanks to a joint funding boost of $70,000 supported by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the Labor Government is contributing almost $27,000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the Cup this Sunday, 10 December. Werribee Racing Club is contributing more than $28,000 and Country Racing Victoria is providing an additional $12,000. An industry partner will also provide $3,000. As well as enjoying the day’s racing action, patrons can look forward to exciting live performances by Soul Obsession, Wilde Styles and Eternity. A jumping castle, horse racing games, pedal go-karts, sports activities and a visit from Santa will make it a great day out for families. Complimentary shuttle buses will run between Werribee train station and the track, ensuring racegoers arrive and depart safely. The Werribee Cup forms part of Country Racing Victoria’s 2017 Christmas Campaign, covering 36 race meetings across regional Victoria from 25 November to 24 December. Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $1 million to support four infrastructure projects and four thoroughbred race day initiatives at Werribee. The racing industry in outer Melbourne generates more than $375 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps sustain over 3720 full-time equivalent jobs in the region. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re proud to support the Werribee Cup because it creates local jobs, draws visitors to the area and provides great economic benefits to our community.” “The Cup is a fantastic opportunity for people to celebrate the festive season and I wish the club every success with this year’s event.” Quotes attributable to Werribee Racing Club General Manager Glenn Scott “We’re very grateful for the Victorian Government’s contribution to our main event of the year.” “We look forward to welcoming locals and visitors for a fun-filled day of great racing and entertainment for all ages.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR 2017 WERRIBEE CUP

Racegoers are set to flock to the Werribee Cup this weekend, thanks to a joint funding boost of $70,000 supported by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the Labor Government is contributing almost $27,000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the Cup this Sunday, 10 December. Werribee Racing Club is contributing more than $28,000 and Country Racing Victoria is providing an additional $12,000. An industry partner will also provide $3,000. As well as enjoying the day’s racing action, patrons can look forward to exciting live performances by Soul Obsession, Wilde Styles and Eternity. A jumping castle, horse racing games, pedal go-karts, sports activities and a visit from Santa will make it a great day out for families. Complimentary shuttle buses will run between Werribee train station and the track, ensuring racegoers arrive and depart safely. The Werribee Cup forms part of Country Racing Victoria’s 2017 Christmas Campaign, covering 36 race meetings across regional Victoria from 25 November to 24 December. Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $1 million to support four infrastructure projects and four thoroughbred race day initiatives at Werribee. The racing industry in outer Melbourne generates more than $375 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps sustain over 3720 full-time equivalent jobs in the region. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re proud to support the Werribee Cup because it creates local jobs, draws visitors to the area and provides great economic benefits to our community.” “The Cup is a fantastic opportunity for people to celebrate the festive season and I wish the club every success with this year’s event.” Quotes attributable to Werribee Racing Club General Manager Glenn Scott “We’re very grateful for the Victorian Government’s contribution to our main event of the year.” “We look forward to welcoming locals and visitors for a fun-filled day of great racing and entertainment for all ages.”