Tim Pallas State Labor Member for Werribee

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Authorised by T. Pallas, 2/56-58 Watton St Werribee VIC 3030. Funded by Parliamentary Budget.
  • Vic Budget 21/22 Creating Jobs & Caring for Werribee

    The Victorian Budget 2021/22 is creating jobs and caring for the people of Werribee, investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.

  • Another Crossing Down at Cherry Street

    The Cherry Street level crossing in Werribee is gone months ahead of schedule, and an upgrade of eight major roads is complete as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s huge investment in better transport in Melbourne’s west.

  • Werribee Street Level Crossing Gone for Good

    The Andrews Government has removed its 45th dangerous and congested level crossing – with trains now running on the new one-kilometre rail bridge at Werribee Street, safely separated from traffic.

  • Major Works Take Shape at Old Geelong Road

    Major construction has now begun to remove the level crossing at Old Geelong Road. Crews have lifted new bridge beams into place – the next steps in building a new road bridge that will remove the level crossing for good.

  • Duncans Road Interchange Upgrade Completed

    Drivers in Melbourne’s west can now enjoy safer and more reliable access to the Princes Freeway and Werribee tourism precinct, thanks to the completion of the Duncans Road Interchange Upgrade in Werribee.

  • New Riverbend Primary School

    Riverbend Primary School is officially open – catering for 575 students and includes three learning neighbourhoods, outdoor play courts, a performing arts and physical education building, and a sports field.

  • $45 Million Police Complex

    Construction begins for the new $45 million station in Werribee. The new facility delivers a state-of-the-art police station that will be able to house more than 460 staff and officers, including uniformed, crime investigation, transit safety officers and administration staff, amongst others.

  • Vic Budget 21/22 Creating Jobs & Caring for Werribee

    The Victorian Budget 2021/22 is creating jobs and caring for the people of Werribee, investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.

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WERRIBEE SOUTH BOAT RAMP DESIGNS READY FOR REVIEW

Boaters are being encouraged to have their say on proposed upgrades at the Werribee South boat ramp as part of planned improvements by the Andrews Labor Government. Designed to make launching boats quicker and easier, the upgrade is just one project in an unprecedented investment to improve recreational boating in Victoria via the $33 million Better Boating Fund – including making the use of Victorian boat ramps free of charge. Better Boating Victoria has worked with coastal engineers to develop concept designs for the upgrade, with public feedback open for four weeks until Friday, 17 December. The Werribee South facility is one of the busiest within the Port Phillip Bay network and services a significant number of boaters on the western side of Melbourne. The ramp also provides access to Port Phillip and Corio Bay, as well as the Werribee River. The proposed upgrades are expected to significantly improve the facility's functionality and address congestion issues that can impact boaters, especially during peak periods. The plans include adding two additional boat ramp lanes to make launching and retrieving boats more efficient, extra pontoons to allow more vessels to be berthed, and provisions for all future abilities access. Other proposed improvements include realigning the parking area to provide more boat preparation spaces away from the main ramp along with additional entry and waiting lanes to increase capacity and reduce queuing back to Beach Road. Once public feedback is collated, the data will be analysed and incorporated into a final concept plan to be developed alongside local user groups and Wyndham City Council. An unprecedented increase from the previous $5 million per year investment, the new Better Boating Fund delivers on a 2018 election promise to ensure all money from the licence fees and recreational vessel registration of Victorian boaters goes to improving boating infrastructure and programs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne "The Werribee South boat ramp serves a rapidly growing part of Melbourne, and these upgrades will provide more boaters with access to some of Port Phillip Bay's best fishing." "With two new ramp lanes and extra pontoons providing more capacity, and improvements to parking and traffic management, boaters will spend less time queuing, which is a big win, especially over the busy summer months." Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas "These upgrades will ensure Werribee South is a go-to spot for boaters heading out for a day on Port Phillip or venturing down to Corio Bay to land calamari, King George whiting or snapper." "We're investing in facilities like this to ensure more families can get out on the water and enjoy quality time together in the great outdoors."

WERRIBEE SOUTH BOAT RAMP DESIGNS READY FOR REVIEW

Boaters are being encouraged to have their say on proposed upgrades at the Werribee South boat ramp as part of planned improvements by the Andrews Labor Government. Designed to make launching boats quicker and easier, the upgrade is just one project in an unprecedented investment to improve recreational boating in Victoria via the $33 million Better Boating Fund – including making the use of Victorian boat ramps free of charge. Better Boating Victoria has worked with coastal engineers to develop concept designs for the upgrade, with public feedback open for four weeks until Friday, 17 December. The Werribee South facility is one of the busiest within the Port Phillip Bay network and services a significant number of boaters on the western side of Melbourne. The ramp also provides access to Port Phillip and Corio Bay, as well as the Werribee River. The proposed upgrades are expected to significantly improve the facility's functionality and address congestion issues that can impact boaters, especially during peak periods. The plans include adding two additional boat ramp lanes to make launching and retrieving boats more efficient, extra pontoons to allow more vessels to be berthed, and provisions for all future abilities access. Other proposed improvements include realigning the parking area to provide more boat preparation spaces away from the main ramp along with additional entry and waiting lanes to increase capacity and reduce queuing back to Beach Road. Once public feedback is collated, the data will be analysed and incorporated into a final concept plan to be developed alongside local user groups and Wyndham City Council. An unprecedented increase from the previous $5 million per year investment, the new Better Boating Fund delivers on a 2018 election promise to ensure all money from the licence fees and recreational vessel registration of Victorian boaters goes to improving boating infrastructure and programs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne "The Werribee South boat ramp serves a rapidly growing part of Melbourne, and these upgrades will provide more boaters with access to some of Port Phillip Bay's best fishing." "With two new ramp lanes and extra pontoons providing more capacity, and improvements to parking and traffic management, boaters will spend less time queuing, which is a big win, especially over the busy summer months." Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas "These upgrades will ensure Werribee South is a go-to spot for boaters heading out for a day on Port Phillip or venturing down to Corio Bay to land calamari, King George whiting or snapper." "We're investing in facilities like this to ensure more families can get out on the water and enjoy quality time together in the great outdoors."

READING CHALLENGE OPENS A NEW WORLD TO WYNDHAM KIDS

Young Victorians in Wyndham are among more than 71,000 young Victorians who explored exciting new worlds and built their literacy skills this year as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge, now in its seventeenth year. Victorian kids aged from pre-school to Year 10 collectively made their way through more than 2.8 million books between March and September for the Challenge, which this year celebrated the theme ‘Open Up a New World’. The annual challenge encourages enthusiastic readers across households, early childhood centres and schools to read a set number of books – including picture books, short stories, poems or non-fiction books –and record their efforts online. The challenge sets kids a goal of 40 books for children below school age with their parents or carers, 30 books for Prep to Year 2 students with or without assistance, and 15 books for students in Years 3 to 10. Of this year’s 71,342 participants, 8,315 readers were below school age – encouraging a love of books and stories in Victorian kids from a young age. More than 12,000 books were listed on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge booklist for each age group to choose from, with titles curated by an expert panel including teachers and librarians. The annual challenge receives support from the Andrews Labor Government’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund to help meet the extra demand for books. An extra investment of $1.1 million will ensure all children have access to the listed books. Wyndham Council will receive $34,959 so they can buy the materials they need to support the 2022 Challenge. More than 3.5 million young people have read more than 54 million books since the challenge began in 2005. Each participant who meets the challenge receives a certificate of achievement signed by all Premiers since 1992 – celebrating Victorian Governments’ decades-long commitment to literacy and a love of reading. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Reading not only fosters a lifelong love of learning, but helps kids build important literacy skills that will remain with them for life – a huge congratulations to every Victorian child who has picked up a book or 40 this year!” “I also want to congratulate every parent and carer who has supported their child’s learning and love of reading as part of this challenge – each word, page and chapter will go a long way in their education journey.” Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “I’m proud that we can support public libraries to make sure that no child misses out on the Premier’s Reading Challenge – or the joy of books.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Well done to every Wyndham kid who has completed the Premiers’ Reading Challenge this year – I hope you had a great time exploring new worlds and improving your reading along the way.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “Reading is such an important skill that fosters a love of learning, I want to congratulate not only those children who picked up a book this year, but also those parents and carers who supported their child’s love of reading.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The ability to read opens doors to different worlds. Which is why it’s so important to give every Victorian child the opportunity to explore, imagine and create through reading books. Congratulations to all the students who completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge!”

READING CHALLENGE OPENS A NEW WORLD TO WYNDHAM KIDS

Young Victorians in Wyndham are among more than 71,000 young Victorians who explored exciting new worlds and built their literacy skills this year as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge, now in its seventeenth year. Victorian kids aged from pre-school to Year 10 collectively made their way through more than 2.8 million books between March and September for the Challenge, which this year celebrated the theme ‘Open Up a New World’. The annual challenge encourages enthusiastic readers across households, early childhood centres and schools to read a set number of books – including picture books, short stories, poems or non-fiction books –and record their efforts online. The challenge sets kids a goal of 40 books for children below school age with their parents or carers, 30 books for Prep to Year 2 students with or without assistance, and 15 books for students in Years 3 to 10. Of this year’s 71,342 participants, 8,315 readers were below school age – encouraging a love of books and stories in Victorian kids from a young age. More than 12,000 books were listed on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge booklist for each age group to choose from, with titles curated by an expert panel including teachers and librarians. The annual challenge receives support from the Andrews Labor Government’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund to help meet the extra demand for books. An extra investment of $1.1 million will ensure all children have access to the listed books. Wyndham Council will receive $34,959 so they can buy the materials they need to support the 2022 Challenge. More than 3.5 million young people have read more than 54 million books since the challenge began in 2005. Each participant who meets the challenge receives a certificate of achievement signed by all Premiers since 1992 – celebrating Victorian Governments’ decades-long commitment to literacy and a love of reading. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Reading not only fosters a lifelong love of learning, but helps kids build important literacy skills that will remain with them for life – a huge congratulations to every Victorian child who has picked up a book or 40 this year!” “I also want to congratulate every parent and carer who has supported their child’s learning and love of reading as part of this challenge – each word, page and chapter will go a long way in their education journey.” Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “I’m proud that we can support public libraries to make sure that no child misses out on the Premier’s Reading Challenge – or the joy of books.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Well done to every Wyndham kid who has completed the Premiers’ Reading Challenge this year – I hope you had a great time exploring new worlds and improving your reading along the way.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “Reading is such an important skill that fosters a love of learning, I want to congratulate not only those children who picked up a book this year, but also those parents and carers who supported their child’s love of reading.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The ability to read opens doors to different worlds. Which is why it’s so important to give every Victorian child the opportunity to explore, imagine and create through reading books. Congratulations to all the students who completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge!”

MORE CUTTING-EDGE EQUIPMENT FOR WYNDHAM TECH SCHOOL

Wyndham Tech School will soon be more high-tech than ever, thanks to an Andrews Labor Government boost to support Victorian Tech Schools to buy new equipment and deliver more innovative STEM learning programs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Wyndham Tech School will share in $4.18 million through the 2021-22 Tech School Equipment Renewal Fund, helping them invest in cutting-edge equipment to help secondary students build their skills in science, technology, engineering and maths – preparing them for the jobs of the future. Funding will enable Wyndham Tech School to finalise the completion of its space redesign. The Esports Arena, a first in Australia, will significantly impact on the Esports program through the provision and access to specialist equipment. The Production Studio will be an innovative learning space for students to create digital content/assets. Students will use the latest in video cameras, green screen, lighting, laser 3D scanning, motion tracking equipment and microphones to create content that will be edited, then published or broadcast to connect students to their wider community. The Labor Government invested $128 million to establish the state’s 10 Tech Schools, which give students the opportunity to work on real-world problems alongside industry and subject experts using the latest technology like virtual reality, robotics, 3D printers and other technologies. The Government has continued to invest in these nation-leading education hubs to help students go from strength to strength and prepare for their future job market. Equipment no longer required by Tech Schools is distributed to nearby secondary schools and TAFE providers to further support students’ education and advance their skills. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know our fastest-growing industries and occupations need advanced STEM skills – and our Tech Schools make sure Victorian students have access to the technology to build the skills they need in the jobs of the future.” “We’re proud to be supporting our future workforce by investing in the high-tech equipment that makes STEM so engaging, challenging students to tackle real-life problems.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I can’t wait to see Wyndham Tech School’s Esports Arena and Production Studio up and running – delivering world-class education that will get Victorian students ready for the workforce of the future.”

MORE CUTTING-EDGE EQUIPMENT FOR WYNDHAM TECH SCHOOL

Wyndham Tech School will soon be more high-tech than ever, thanks to an Andrews Labor Government boost to support Victorian Tech Schools to buy new equipment and deliver more innovative STEM learning programs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Wyndham Tech School will share in $4.18 million through the 2021-22 Tech School Equipment Renewal Fund, helping them invest in cutting-edge equipment to help secondary students build their skills in science, technology, engineering and maths – preparing them for the jobs of the future. Funding will enable Wyndham Tech School to finalise the completion of its space redesign. The Esports Arena, a first in Australia, will significantly impact on the Esports program through the provision and access to specialist equipment. The Production Studio will be an innovative learning space for students to create digital content/assets. Students will use the latest in video cameras, green screen, lighting, laser 3D scanning, motion tracking equipment and microphones to create content that will be edited, then published or broadcast to connect students to their wider community. The Labor Government invested $128 million to establish the state’s 10 Tech Schools, which give students the opportunity to work on real-world problems alongside industry and subject experts using the latest technology like virtual reality, robotics, 3D printers and other technologies. The Government has continued to invest in these nation-leading education hubs to help students go from strength to strength and prepare for their future job market. Equipment no longer required by Tech Schools is distributed to nearby secondary schools and TAFE providers to further support students’ education and advance their skills. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know our fastest-growing industries and occupations need advanced STEM skills – and our Tech Schools make sure Victorian students have access to the technology to build the skills they need in the jobs of the future.” “We’re proud to be supporting our future workforce by investing in the high-tech equipment that makes STEM so engaging, challenging students to tackle real-life problems.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I can’t wait to see Wyndham Tech School’s Esports Arena and Production Studio up and running – delivering world-class education that will get Victorian students ready for the workforce of the future.”

MAKING KINDERS IN WERRIBEE MORE INCLUSIVE FOR ALL CHILDREN

The Andrews Labor Government is making kindergartens in Werribee more inclusive for children of all abilities, with upgrades to early childhood education centres and specialist equipment to help improve learning outcomes. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced the opening of the second round of grants in the Building Blocks Inclusion fund ─ helping kindergartens provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for every child. Eligible kindergartens in Werribee are invited to apply for grants of up to $200,000 for building or playground upgrades that make them more inclusive of children of all needs. Grants of up to $10,000 are also available for specialist equipment like mobility chairs or sensory tools for kindergarten programs. The Building Blocks Grants program supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten services. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invested $68.5 million for early childhood education infrastructure, with $12 million allocated to fund two rounds of the Building Blocks Inclusion grants stream. In an Australian-first, the Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs. From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029. As part of this roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. To apply for the next round of the Building Blocks Inclusion grants stream funding, visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood education services so our children and families can get the most out of great local kindergartens.” “Every child deserves the best start in life, and in their education journey – that’s why we’re delivering the equipment, technology and designs our kindergartens need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It is crucial to ensure all our children can fully participate at their local kindergarten, which is why we are helping to upgrade our local facilities and buy specialist equipment to provide safe and inclusive learning environments.”

MAKING KINDERS IN WERRIBEE MORE INCLUSIVE FOR ALL CHILDREN

The Andrews Labor Government is making kindergartens in Werribee more inclusive for children of all abilities, with upgrades to early childhood education centres and specialist equipment to help improve learning outcomes. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced the opening of the second round of grants in the Building Blocks Inclusion fund ─ helping kindergartens provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for every child. Eligible kindergartens in Werribee are invited to apply for grants of up to $200,000 for building or playground upgrades that make them more inclusive of children of all needs. Grants of up to $10,000 are also available for specialist equipment like mobility chairs or sensory tools for kindergarten programs. The Building Blocks Grants program supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten services. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invested $68.5 million for early childhood education infrastructure, with $12 million allocated to fund two rounds of the Building Blocks Inclusion grants stream. In an Australian-first, the Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs. From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029. As part of this roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. To apply for the next round of the Building Blocks Inclusion grants stream funding, visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood education services so our children and families can get the most out of great local kindergartens.” “Every child deserves the best start in life, and in their education journey – that’s why we’re delivering the equipment, technology and designs our kindergartens need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It is crucial to ensure all our children can fully participate at their local kindergarten, which is why we are helping to upgrade our local facilities and buy specialist equipment to provide safe and inclusive learning environments.”

MORE OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE OPTIONS IN WERRIBEE

More schools in Werribee will soon establish outside school hours care services, helping more parents and carers to get into the workforce while ensuring their children are cared for thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Warringa Park School’s Warringa Crescent campus and Cayleys Road campus in the Werribee District are among 145 school sites across the state to share in almost $10.7 million to establish a new outside school hours care service at their school from the beginning of 2022. These schools will receive up to $75,000 per year over the next three years for their outside school hours care services – helping to establish new services and cover the cost of resources or equipment, setup and administration, facility upgrades, small service viability and transport. These grants will increase the number of schools providing outside school hours care by 5.8 per cent in Melbourne and 42.9 per cent in regional Victoria. This is the second round of grants to be awarded under an $81.7 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, supporting the establishment of up to 400 new outside school hours care services at government schools. The first round allocated $4.1 million in grants to 53 schools earlier this year, with another two rounds to follow in 2022 and 2023. By creating more outside school hours care services, the Government is supporting more parents and carers to get back to work, study, training or as Victoria begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Those two hours after school finishes each day shouldn’t be a barrier for parents or carers getting back into work or study once their children are at school – we’re investing to ensure our kids are cared for when families need it.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This support will make an outside school hours facility viable for many schools in Werribee – and it will mean so much to busy working families across the state.”

MORE OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE OPTIONS IN WERRIBEE

More schools in Werribee will soon establish outside school hours care services, helping more parents and carers to get into the workforce while ensuring their children are cared for thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Warringa Park School’s Warringa Crescent campus and Cayleys Road campus in the Werribee District are among 145 school sites across the state to share in almost $10.7 million to establish a new outside school hours care service at their school from the beginning of 2022. These schools will receive up to $75,000 per year over the next three years for their outside school hours care services – helping to establish new services and cover the cost of resources or equipment, setup and administration, facility upgrades, small service viability and transport. These grants will increase the number of schools providing outside school hours care by 5.8 per cent in Melbourne and 42.9 per cent in regional Victoria. This is the second round of grants to be awarded under an $81.7 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, supporting the establishment of up to 400 new outside school hours care services at government schools. The first round allocated $4.1 million in grants to 53 schools earlier this year, with another two rounds to follow in 2022 and 2023. By creating more outside school hours care services, the Government is supporting more parents and carers to get back to work, study, training or as Victoria begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Those two hours after school finishes each day shouldn’t be a barrier for parents or carers getting back into work or study once their children are at school – we’re investing to ensure our kids are cared for when families need it.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This support will make an outside school hours facility viable for many schools in Werribee – and it will mean so much to busy working families across the state.”

GRANTS FOR GREAT OUTDOORS AND ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERS

The Victorian Government has delivered a boost to the Werribee environment and economy with grants to Landcare Groups. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas congratulated local recipients of the 2021 Victorian Landcare Grants including the Little River Community Landcare Group, NatureWest, and the Werribee River Association. More than 450 groups and community organisations across Victoria benefitted from $4.09 million in this latest round of Landcare grants supporting vital on-ground environmental works and community projects including weed control, pest animal control, protection of habitat, revegetation, and community education. The more than $2 million distributed in Round 3 Camping and Caravan grants will fund works that improve the visitor experience and support local tourism and recreational activities. Almost half of the successful projects funded in this round will improve all-abilities access and amenities at sites, enabling more people with a disability to enjoy our great outdoors. This is the third and final round of the Camping and Caravan Grants, which have provided $6.6 million to support public land managers, such as committees of management and local government, to provide quality, affordable visitor accommodation across Victoria. The Camping and Caravan Grants are part of the Victorian Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors, investing in better walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities. For a full list of successful Landcare Grant recipients go to www.environment.vic.gov.au/grants/vlg. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We want to encourage Victorians to get back out into our wonderful green spaces, enjoy the great outdoors and support our regional economies.”

GRANTS FOR GREAT OUTDOORS AND ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERS

The Victorian Government has delivered a boost to the Werribee environment and economy with grants to Landcare Groups. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas congratulated local recipients of the 2021 Victorian Landcare Grants including the Little River Community Landcare Group, NatureWest, and the Werribee River Association. More than 450 groups and community organisations across Victoria benefitted from $4.09 million in this latest round of Landcare grants supporting vital on-ground environmental works and community projects including weed control, pest animal control, protection of habitat, revegetation, and community education. The more than $2 million distributed in Round 3 Camping and Caravan grants will fund works that improve the visitor experience and support local tourism and recreational activities. Almost half of the successful projects funded in this round will improve all-abilities access and amenities at sites, enabling more people with a disability to enjoy our great outdoors. This is the third and final round of the Camping and Caravan Grants, which have provided $6.6 million to support public land managers, such as committees of management and local government, to provide quality, affordable visitor accommodation across Victoria. The Camping and Caravan Grants are part of the Victorian Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors, investing in better walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities. For a full list of successful Landcare Grant recipients go to www.environment.vic.gov.au/grants/vlg. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We want to encourage Victorians to get back out into our wonderful green spaces, enjoy the great outdoors and support our regional economies.”

NEW EQUIPMENT FOR WERRIBEE’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $6,534 in the Wyndham Vale CFA to provide essential operational equipment. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Wyndham Vale CFA would receive funding to deliver battery operated PPV fan. This is one of 303 grants sharing in more than $14.3 million in funding under the government’s 2020-21 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).  Under the program, the Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution up to $150,000 per project. The annual grants program gives volunteer emergency service groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to purchase equipment including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and for minor improvements including refurbishments and amenities, such as kitchens and change rooms. Other operational equipment that can be funded includes chainsaws, generators, quick fill pumps and inflatable rescue boats and engines. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes   “It’s going to be another busy summer season for our emergency service volunteers. That’s why we’re helping to give them the equipment they need to continue doing what they do best – keeping Victorians safe.” “These grants have been going strong since they were first set up twenty years ago – communities will continue to proudly contribute to local fundraising efforts, but we want to help reduce that task and demonstrate that we’ll always support our selfless volunteers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The battery operated PPV fan will give our volunteers the equipment needed to effectively carry out their duties.”  “The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program is an important annual program providing a critical boost to local volunteer units to ensure their equipment are up-to-date.”  

NEW EQUIPMENT FOR WERRIBEE’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $6,534 in the Wyndham Vale CFA to provide essential operational equipment. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Wyndham Vale CFA would receive funding to deliver battery operated PPV fan. This is one of 303 grants sharing in more than $14.3 million in funding under the government’s 2020-21 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).  Under the program, the Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution up to $150,000 per project. The annual grants program gives volunteer emergency service groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to purchase equipment including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and for minor improvements including refurbishments and amenities, such as kitchens and change rooms. Other operational equipment that can be funded includes chainsaws, generators, quick fill pumps and inflatable rescue boats and engines. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes   “It’s going to be another busy summer season for our emergency service volunteers. That’s why we’re helping to give them the equipment they need to continue doing what they do best – keeping Victorians safe.” “These grants have been going strong since they were first set up twenty years ago – communities will continue to proudly contribute to local fundraising efforts, but we want to help reduce that task and demonstrate that we’ll always support our selfless volunteers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The battery operated PPV fan will give our volunteers the equipment needed to effectively carry out their duties.”  “The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program is an important annual program providing a critical boost to local volunteer units to ensure their equipment are up-to-date.”  

WERRIBEE AND HOPPERS CROSSING SCORE NEW SPORT FACILITIES

Grassroots football and cricket are back bigger and better than ever in Wyndham thanks to the completion of the new Galvin Park football pavilion at the home of Werribee City FC and the new irrigation system at Warringa Reserve, home of the Wyndham All Abilities Football Cricket Club and Hoppers Crossing Junior Cricket Club. Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today joined Wyndham City Councillors at both venues to officially open the new facilities, made possible by a more than $1 million investment from the Victorian Government. Home to the growing ranks of the 262-player strong Werribee City FC, sport at Galvin Park in Werribee is booming. The new pavilion replaces ageing clubrooms and features six new female friendly changerooms, large community social room, a large kitchen and canteen, public toilets, modern referee facilities and new car parking spaces. The new pavilion will complement Galvin Park’s four football pitches and provide local sports and nearby schools with a pavilion capable of hosting more training and competition as well as local events. The Victorian Government kicked in $1 million towards the Galvin Park pavilion upgrades from the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. At Warringa Reserve, the new automatic irrigation system will provide local sports clubs including the Wyndham All Abilities Football Cricket Club and Hoppers Crossing Junior Cricket Club with a more reliable weatherproof oval capable of hosting sport throughout the year. The irrigation project was made possible thanks to $60,000 from the Victorian Government’s Community Cricket Program. The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.1 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2015. This includes the recent $55 million budget boost towards sports infrastructure investments to deliver new and improved community sports infrastructure across the state, with a particular focus on providing facilities to encourage participation among women and girls through the popular Female Friendly Facilities Fund. From pavilion upgrades to new lighting, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation. Investments like these are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities. Mr Pallas acknowledged Wyndham City Council for its commitment and financial contribution to both projects. For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “For too long clubs like the Wyndham All Abilities Football Cricket Club, Hoppers Crossing Junior Cricket and Werribee City FC have been hamstrung by outdated facilities - they deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.” “The new sports pavilion and oval irrigation system provide a real incentive for local clubs to ramp up their training and development and for even more locals to join in the fun.” “Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back to local sport and recreation when it is safe to do so and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”

WERRIBEE AND HOPPERS CROSSING SCORE NEW SPORT FACILITIES

Grassroots football and cricket are back bigger and better than ever in Wyndham thanks to the completion of the new Galvin Park football pavilion at the home of Werribee City FC and the new irrigation system at Warringa Reserve, home of the Wyndham All Abilities Football Cricket Club and Hoppers Crossing Junior Cricket Club. Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today joined Wyndham City Councillors at both venues to officially open the new facilities, made possible by a more than $1 million investment from the Victorian Government. Home to the growing ranks of the 262-player strong Werribee City FC, sport at Galvin Park in Werribee is booming. The new pavilion replaces ageing clubrooms and features six new female friendly changerooms, large community social room, a large kitchen and canteen, public toilets, modern referee facilities and new car parking spaces. The new pavilion will complement Galvin Park’s four football pitches and provide local sports and nearby schools with a pavilion capable of hosting more training and competition as well as local events. The Victorian Government kicked in $1 million towards the Galvin Park pavilion upgrades from the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. At Warringa Reserve, the new automatic irrigation system will provide local sports clubs including the Wyndham All Abilities Football Cricket Club and Hoppers Crossing Junior Cricket Club with a more reliable weatherproof oval capable of hosting sport throughout the year. The irrigation project was made possible thanks to $60,000 from the Victorian Government’s Community Cricket Program. The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.1 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2015. This includes the recent $55 million budget boost towards sports infrastructure investments to deliver new and improved community sports infrastructure across the state, with a particular focus on providing facilities to encourage participation among women and girls through the popular Female Friendly Facilities Fund. From pavilion upgrades to new lighting, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation. Investments like these are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities. Mr Pallas acknowledged Wyndham City Council for its commitment and financial contribution to both projects. For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “For too long clubs like the Wyndham All Abilities Football Cricket Club, Hoppers Crossing Junior Cricket and Werribee City FC have been hamstrung by outdated facilities - they deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.” “The new sports pavilion and oval irrigation system provide a real incentive for local clubs to ramp up their training and development and for even more locals to join in the fun.” “Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back to local sport and recreation when it is safe to do so and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”

 

RENTAL REBATES TO HELP KEEP HOMES COMFY AND HEALTHY

The Victorian Government is helping make rental properties more comfortable, safer and healthier by supporting rental providers to upgrade inefficient heating and cooling systems. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that rental properties are now eligible for a $1000 rebate to replace old inefficient wood and gas heaters as part of the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program. This eligibility expansion means even more low-income and vulnerable Victorian households can access the $335 million Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program rebate to make their homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Around 29 per cent of Victorians rent their homes, and research shows around 78 per cent have an income under $90,000. We also know around 45 per cent of this cohort struggle to pay their energy bills.  This rebate could help renters save up to $300 on their power bills. With new regulations requiring energy-efficient heating in all rental properties from March this year, Tim Pallas said the rebate supported rental providers to install the most effective and efficient system for the home. To ensure as many renters benefit from these upgrades as soon as possible, rental providers can apply for two rebates each financial year, with one rebate available per property. Rental properties owned by entities such as corporations, trusts and partnerships are eligible, along with individual rental providers. To be eligible for the rebate the rental property must be: earning $500 or less in weekly rent, or occupied by renters holding a valid concession card or with a combined household income below $90,000, or unoccupied with a potential to earn $500 or less in weekly rent. A further $200 rebate is available to cap old gas heaters, along with $500 to upgrade an electrical switchboard, if needed. More information, including eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply, is available at heatingupgrades.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is great news for renters and rental providers, helping create more comfortable, safer homes for vulnerable Victorians. “It will also support rental providers to meet new minimum standards for rental properties, so they can install the most energy efficient system possible and reduce emissions. “The HHCU program also supports jobs for skilled trades people across the state and independent businesses, including in Werribee.”

RENTAL REBATES TO HELP KEEP HOMES COMFY AND HEALTHY

The Victorian Government is helping make rental properties more comfortable, safer and healthier by supporting rental providers to upgrade inefficient heating and cooling systems. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that rental properties are now eligible for a $1000 rebate to replace old inefficient wood and gas heaters as part of the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program. This eligibility expansion means even more low-income and vulnerable Victorian households can access the $335 million Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program rebate to make their homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Around 29 per cent of Victorians rent their homes, and research shows around 78 per cent have an income under $90,000. We also know around 45 per cent of this cohort struggle to pay their energy bills.  This rebate could help renters save up to $300 on their power bills. With new regulations requiring energy-efficient heating in all rental properties from March this year, Tim Pallas said the rebate supported rental providers to install the most effective and efficient system for the home. To ensure as many renters benefit from these upgrades as soon as possible, rental providers can apply for two rebates each financial year, with one rebate available per property. Rental properties owned by entities such as corporations, trusts and partnerships are eligible, along with individual rental providers. To be eligible for the rebate the rental property must be: earning $500 or less in weekly rent, or occupied by renters holding a valid concession card or with a combined household income below $90,000, or unoccupied with a potential to earn $500 or less in weekly rent. A further $200 rebate is available to cap old gas heaters, along with $500 to upgrade an electrical switchboard, if needed. More information, including eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply, is available at heatingupgrades.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is great news for renters and rental providers, helping create more comfortable, safer homes for vulnerable Victorians. “It will also support rental providers to meet new minimum standards for rental properties, so they can install the most energy efficient system possible and reduce emissions. “The HHCU program also supports jobs for skilled trades people across the state and independent businesses, including in Werribee.”

MEMBERS STATEMENT: MARK PENALUNA

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): I want to warmly acknowledge in this house the services of Mark Penaluna, CEO of the Werribee Football Club. Mark has recently been awarded a VFL life membership in recognition of his contributions as a football administrator for over 25 years. He was previously at the Western Region Football League before coming to the Werribee Football Club in 2003. Mark has embraced the Werribee community’s connection to their local football club and formed an environment that provides a sense of wellbeing and inclusiveness for all. Mark’s passion for supporting the local community and encouraging their participation in the club has been the driving force behind the redevelopment of Avalon Airport Oval at Chirnside Park in Werribee. I have enjoyed working with Mark to see this redevelopment achieved with support from all levels of government, the AFL, VFL and the club itself. I also worked closely with Mark to see the introduction of the AFL development pathway program, helping VFL clubs like Werribee compete in the new tri-state league. Mark’s passions follow in the footsteps of his father, who has been a volunteer and coach at the Port Melbourne Football Club for 60 years. I congratulate Mark and acknowledge this due recognition of his service as a testament to his character, his loyalty to the club and his persistence and commitment to achieving the best for the Werribee Football Club and the local community.

MEMBERS STATEMENT: MARK PENALUNA

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): I want to warmly acknowledge in this house the services of Mark Penaluna, CEO of the Werribee Football Club. Mark has recently been awarded a VFL life membership in recognition of his contributions as a football administrator for over 25 years. He was previously at the Western Region Football League before coming to the Werribee Football Club in 2003. Mark has embraced the Werribee community’s connection to their local football club and formed an environment that provides a sense of wellbeing and inclusiveness for all. Mark’s passion for supporting the local community and encouraging their participation in the club has been the driving force behind the redevelopment of Avalon Airport Oval at Chirnside Park in Werribee. I have enjoyed working with Mark to see this redevelopment achieved with support from all levels of government, the AFL, VFL and the club itself. I also worked closely with Mark to see the introduction of the AFL development pathway program, helping VFL clubs like Werribee compete in the new tri-state league. Mark’s passions follow in the footsteps of his father, who has been a volunteer and coach at the Port Melbourne Football Club for 60 years. I congratulate Mark and acknowledge this due recognition of his service as a testament to his character, his loyalty to the club and his persistence and commitment to achieving the best for the Werribee Football Club and the local community.

SPLASHING BACK INTO SCHOOL SWIMMING LESSONS

The Victorian Government is making sure all school students in Werribee have the opportunity to catch up on vital swimming and water safety skills, with vouchers for catch-up lessons missed during the pandemic. Swimming and water safety education has been part of the Victorian Curriculum since 2016, but restrictions have meant many schools have not been able to deliver practical swimming lessons over the past year. All Government and Catholic primary schools that deliver swimming programs will provide students who missed out on lessons in 2021 with vouchers for lessons at their school’s usual facilities using their accrued swimming funding. The vouchers will be available this term – with bookings able to be made up until the end of June 2022. Schools will liaise with their usual swim school to confirm the eligible students, the number of swimming lessons students can access and when they will be available – and parents will be provided with the voucher to book lessons at the designated swim school for after school, weekends or during school holidays. When the pandemic began in 2020, the Department of Education worked with Life Saving Victoria to develop classroom-based resources to teach vital water safety, and students have continued to engage with these online resources over the past year to keep building their knowledge of the water while pools were closed. A new interactive in-class program will also be available to students from this term, designed by Life Saving Victoria to ensure children meet the knowledge component of the Victorian Water Safety Certificate. The Certificate is currently being updated to align with the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework, setting out the swimming and water safety skills and knowledge that every Victorian student should have by the end of primary school. Since 2017, the Government has invested more than $101.5 million to continue swimming and water safety education programs in government, Catholic and specialist schools, and to introduce these programs to government English language schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “As we reopen our state, we want families to get back out to the pool and the beach throughout summer – and we’re investing to make sure every Victorian child has the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe in the water.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “School swimming is always a highlight of the school year – and I want all Werribee students to be able to experience the fun and the vital education that our water safety programs provide.”

SPLASHING BACK INTO SCHOOL SWIMMING LESSONS

The Victorian Government is making sure all school students in Werribee have the opportunity to catch up on vital swimming and water safety skills, with vouchers for catch-up lessons missed during the pandemic. Swimming and water safety education has been part of the Victorian Curriculum since 2016, but restrictions have meant many schools have not been able to deliver practical swimming lessons over the past year. All Government and Catholic primary schools that deliver swimming programs will provide students who missed out on lessons in 2021 with vouchers for lessons at their school’s usual facilities using their accrued swimming funding. The vouchers will be available this term – with bookings able to be made up until the end of June 2022. Schools will liaise with their usual swim school to confirm the eligible students, the number of swimming lessons students can access and when they will be available – and parents will be provided with the voucher to book lessons at the designated swim school for after school, weekends or during school holidays. When the pandemic began in 2020, the Department of Education worked with Life Saving Victoria to develop classroom-based resources to teach vital water safety, and students have continued to engage with these online resources over the past year to keep building their knowledge of the water while pools were closed. A new interactive in-class program will also be available to students from this term, designed by Life Saving Victoria to ensure children meet the knowledge component of the Victorian Water Safety Certificate. The Certificate is currently being updated to align with the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework, setting out the swimming and water safety skills and knowledge that every Victorian student should have by the end of primary school. Since 2017, the Government has invested more than $101.5 million to continue swimming and water safety education programs in government, Catholic and specialist schools, and to introduce these programs to government English language schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “As we reopen our state, we want families to get back out to the pool and the beach throughout summer – and we’re investing to make sure every Victorian child has the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe in the water.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “School swimming is always a highlight of the school year – and I want all Werribee students to be able to experience the fun and the vital education that our water safety programs provide.”

EXTRA LEARNING SPACES COMING TO WERRIBEE SCHOOLS

Students at Wyndham Central College and Manor Lakes P-12 College will soon get a state-of-the-art, double-storey relocatable classroom to meet growing student enrolments, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that the two schools will receive a modern, double-storey relocatable building, to offer flexibility to manage enrolment growth for the 2022 school year. The relocatable buildings come complete with double-glazed windows, improved thermal insulation to reduce heat loss, acoustic insulation to reduce internal noise reverberation, and are built to an energy-efficient design. The Labor Government allocated $114 million through the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to the Relocatable Buildings Program. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The relocatable buildings will provide modern and comfortable classrooms for students at Wyndham Central College and Manor Lakes P-12 College.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are delivering a modern, two-storey relocatable building for Wyndham Central College and Manor Lakes P-12 College because we know that quality infrastructure gives our students and teachers the learning environments they need to achieve their best.”

EXTRA LEARNING SPACES COMING TO WERRIBEE SCHOOLS

Students at Wyndham Central College and Manor Lakes P-12 College will soon get a state-of-the-art, double-storey relocatable classroom to meet growing student enrolments, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that the two schools will receive a modern, double-storey relocatable building, to offer flexibility to manage enrolment growth for the 2022 school year. The relocatable buildings come complete with double-glazed windows, improved thermal insulation to reduce heat loss, acoustic insulation to reduce internal noise reverberation, and are built to an energy-efficient design. The Labor Government allocated $114 million through the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to the Relocatable Buildings Program. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The relocatable buildings will provide modern and comfortable classrooms for students at Wyndham Central College and Manor Lakes P-12 College.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are delivering a modern, two-storey relocatable building for Wyndham Central College and Manor Lakes P-12 College because we know that quality infrastructure gives our students and teachers the learning environments they need to achieve their best.”

WATER GRANTS TO MAKE EVERY DROP COUNT IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a grants program to support improvements to water infrastructure so that we make the most of all available water supplies, including increasing the use of recycled water and stormwater, to create more resilient cities and towns. Minister for Water Lisa Neville announced that the $14.1 million Integrated Water Management grants will run over three years to boost our water security by co-investing in priority projects identified in Melbourne and across regional Victoria. The investment will provide $11 million to infrastructure projects, with the remainder on feasibility studies and business case development. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas has strongly encouraged Integrated Water Management members to apply. The Integrated Water Management grants are open to applications from more than 100 organisations which are members of the Integrated Water Management Forums including local government, Traditional Owner groups, water corporations and catchment management authorities. Round one of the new grants program has now opened for Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Ensuring Traditional Owner values and aspirations are represented in water management planning is a priority of the program. It includes both a dedicated non-competitive, flexible funding stream for Traditional Owner Groups as well as these groups being eligible for the competitive funding streams. For more information on the grants go to: www.water.vic.gov.au/liveable/integrated-water-management-program/iwm-framework/iwm-grants. These grants are just one of many ways the Andrews Labor Government is working to secure the future water supply for our state, meeting the challenges of a warmer and drier climate, changing demands and population growth. Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “We’re taking action to build our climate resilience and fight climate change by saving water through projects such as stormwater harvesting and increased water recycling.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I encourage Integrated Water Management Forum members in the Werribee District to apply for these grants so they can continue to make our water system more secure and water our green spaces.” “These grants encourage organisations to work together to activate open spaces for the community to enjoy, which is more important than ever with more people spending time outside.”

WATER GRANTS TO MAKE EVERY DROP COUNT IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a grants program to support improvements to water infrastructure so that we make the most of all available water supplies, including increasing the use of recycled water and stormwater, to create more resilient cities and towns. Minister for Water Lisa Neville announced that the $14.1 million Integrated Water Management grants will run over three years to boost our water security by co-investing in priority projects identified in Melbourne and across regional Victoria. The investment will provide $11 million to infrastructure projects, with the remainder on feasibility studies and business case development. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas has strongly encouraged Integrated Water Management members to apply. The Integrated Water Management grants are open to applications from more than 100 organisations which are members of the Integrated Water Management Forums including local government, Traditional Owner groups, water corporations and catchment management authorities. Round one of the new grants program has now opened for Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Ensuring Traditional Owner values and aspirations are represented in water management planning is a priority of the program. It includes both a dedicated non-competitive, flexible funding stream for Traditional Owner Groups as well as these groups being eligible for the competitive funding streams. For more information on the grants go to: www.water.vic.gov.au/liveable/integrated-water-management-program/iwm-framework/iwm-grants. These grants are just one of many ways the Andrews Labor Government is working to secure the future water supply for our state, meeting the challenges of a warmer and drier climate, changing demands and population growth. Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “We’re taking action to build our climate resilience and fight climate change by saving water through projects such as stormwater harvesting and increased water recycling.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I encourage Integrated Water Management Forum members in the Werribee District to apply for these grants so they can continue to make our water system more secure and water our green spaces.” “These grants encourage organisations to work together to activate open spaces for the community to enjoy, which is more important than ever with more people spending time outside.”

RECOGNISING WERRIBEE’S OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Volunteering Awards, which celebrate the extraordinary efforts of Victoria’s hard-working volunteers. The awards are an opportunity to recognise the incredible support volunteers have given to others during a difficult year – whether it’s delivering essential food relief and medical supplies or helping seniors video call loved ones, volunteers are the backbone of our community and we say thank you. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas called on Werribee residents to nominate volunteers who have made a difference over the past year. The efforts of volunteers, leaders and organisations will be recognised across eight awards categories, including for leadership, service, impact and teamwork. A highlight is the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, who is recognised with the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize to donate to a not-for-profit organisation of their choice. This year Volunteering Victoria will combine its awards with the Victorian Government’s Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards. Nominations for the 2021 Volunteering Awards will close on January 14, 2022. Finalists will be announced on 23 February 2022 and winners will be acknowledged at an official ceremony in March 2022. For more information or to nominate someone, visit volunteeringvictoria.org.au/events/volunteering-awards-2021. Following consultation with volunteers and community organisations, the Government is currently developing a Victorian Volunteer Strategy which will underpin efforts to ensure volunteers are supported and make volunteering more accessible. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers here in the Werribee District– you do such an important job supporting the community.” Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers James Merlino “If you know a volunteer doing extraordinary work, I encourage you to nominate them so we can celebrate their important achievements.” Quote attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Anthony Carbines “Victoria’s volunteers have made a huge impact in our community during the pandemic, selflessly helping others in our community.”

RECOGNISING WERRIBEE’S OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Volunteering Awards, which celebrate the extraordinary efforts of Victoria’s hard-working volunteers. The awards are an opportunity to recognise the incredible support volunteers have given to others during a difficult year – whether it’s delivering essential food relief and medical supplies or helping seniors video call loved ones, volunteers are the backbone of our community and we say thank you. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas called on Werribee residents to nominate volunteers who have made a difference over the past year. The efforts of volunteers, leaders and organisations will be recognised across eight awards categories, including for leadership, service, impact and teamwork. A highlight is the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, who is recognised with the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize to donate to a not-for-profit organisation of their choice. This year Volunteering Victoria will combine its awards with the Victorian Government’s Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards. Nominations for the 2021 Volunteering Awards will close on January 14, 2022. Finalists will be announced on 23 February 2022 and winners will be acknowledged at an official ceremony in March 2022. For more information or to nominate someone, visit volunteeringvictoria.org.au/events/volunteering-awards-2021. Following consultation with volunteers and community organisations, the Government is currently developing a Victorian Volunteer Strategy which will underpin efforts to ensure volunteers are supported and make volunteering more accessible. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers here in the Werribee District– you do such an important job supporting the community.” Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers James Merlino “If you know a volunteer doing extraordinary work, I encourage you to nominate them so we can celebrate their important achievements.” Quote attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Anthony Carbines “Victoria’s volunteers have made a huge impact in our community during the pandemic, selflessly helping others in our community.”

PUBLIC VOTE OPEN TO NAME WYNDHAM BRIDGES

The community is being given the chance to vote for their favourite name for two bridges in Wyndham, so they can be located more easily in an emergency. The road bridges are over the Geelong Line at Ballan Road and Derrimut Road, and a public vote is now open so people can choose a name for them from a shortlist of eligible nominations put forward through VicTrack’s Bridge Naming Competition. The Bridge Naming Competition gives local communities the opportunity to name bridges so emergency services can locate them more easily. To be eligible, names must commemorate a local community member or event, and follow the criteria set out by the Office of Geographic Names (OGN). Five shortlisted names were nominated by the public and met the necessary criteria for the bridge at Ballan Road. These are, Dulcie Shanahan Bridge, George Scolaro Bridge, John Nolan Bridge, Mervyn Smith Bridge and Vic Mayall Bridge. The three eligible shortlisted names for the Derrimut Road bridge are Nino Arrigo Bridge, Tom Beasley Bridge and Carter Bridge. The public can now vote for their favourite name from these shortlists. The public was given the chance to nominate names for a total of five bridges in Wyndham at Doherty’s Road, Derrimut Road, Davis Road, Leakes Road and Ballan Road. They are all road over rail bridges built through the Regional Rail Link Project and look almost identical, meaning they would be difficult to tell apart in an emergency. The bridge at Leakes Road received one eligible nomination for a name – Baden Powell Bridge. As part of the official naming process, people are being given the chance to object to the name if they wish before it is gazetted. There is still the opportunity to nominate names for the bridges at Davis Road and Dohertys Road, which received no eligible names through the public nomination process. For more information and to vote for or nominate a name, visit victrack.com.au/bridge. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Naming our state’s bridges assists emergency services when they need it most and I encourage people to participate in the Bridge Naming Competition and help name these five bridges in Wyndham.” “We have some great shortlisted names for two of the bridges relating to people with strong historic connections to the area and people now have the opportunity to vote for their favourite.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The Bridge Naming Competition gives people the opportunity to recognise local figures or even a particular event, so they can be commemorated long into the future.” “Names can still be put forward for the bridges at Davis Road and Dohertys Road, so now is the time for people to share their ideas for these bridges.” Quotes attributable to Mayor of Wyndham Councillor Adele Hegedich “This is a great opportunity for Wyndham residents to name a bridge in recognition of a member of their own community.” “Not only will the name stand the test of time, but it will also assist our first responders during an emergency.

PUBLIC VOTE OPEN TO NAME WYNDHAM BRIDGES

The community is being given the chance to vote for their favourite name for two bridges in Wyndham, so they can be located more easily in an emergency. The road bridges are over the Geelong Line at Ballan Road and Derrimut Road, and a public vote is now open so people can choose a name for them from a shortlist of eligible nominations put forward through VicTrack’s Bridge Naming Competition. The Bridge Naming Competition gives local communities the opportunity to name bridges so emergency services can locate them more easily. To be eligible, names must commemorate a local community member or event, and follow the criteria set out by the Office of Geographic Names (OGN). Five shortlisted names were nominated by the public and met the necessary criteria for the bridge at Ballan Road. These are, Dulcie Shanahan Bridge, George Scolaro Bridge, John Nolan Bridge, Mervyn Smith Bridge and Vic Mayall Bridge. The three eligible shortlisted names for the Derrimut Road bridge are Nino Arrigo Bridge, Tom Beasley Bridge and Carter Bridge. The public can now vote for their favourite name from these shortlists. The public was given the chance to nominate names for a total of five bridges in Wyndham at Doherty’s Road, Derrimut Road, Davis Road, Leakes Road and Ballan Road. They are all road over rail bridges built through the Regional Rail Link Project and look almost identical, meaning they would be difficult to tell apart in an emergency. The bridge at Leakes Road received one eligible nomination for a name – Baden Powell Bridge. As part of the official naming process, people are being given the chance to object to the name if they wish before it is gazetted. There is still the opportunity to nominate names for the bridges at Davis Road and Dohertys Road, which received no eligible names through the public nomination process. For more information and to vote for or nominate a name, visit victrack.com.au/bridge. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Naming our state’s bridges assists emergency services when they need it most and I encourage people to participate in the Bridge Naming Competition and help name these five bridges in Wyndham.” “We have some great shortlisted names for two of the bridges relating to people with strong historic connections to the area and people now have the opportunity to vote for their favourite.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The Bridge Naming Competition gives people the opportunity to recognise local figures or even a particular event, so they can be commemorated long into the future.” “Names can still be put forward for the bridges at Davis Road and Dohertys Road, so now is the time for people to share their ideas for these bridges.” Quotes attributable to Mayor of Wyndham Councillor Adele Hegedich “This is a great opportunity for Wyndham residents to name a bridge in recognition of a member of their own community.” “Not only will the name stand the test of time, but it will also assist our first responders during an emergency.

COASTAL COMMUNITIES SHARE IN COASTCARE FUNDING

Community and non-profit groups in Victoria and here in Werribee will share in nearly $610,000 statewide funding from the Victorian Government’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said: “The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community projects in coastal areas that aim to conserve, restore and rehabilitate Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.” “This year’s grants included two tiers of funding – up to $5,000 for small-scale projects and between $5,000 and $30,000 for larger-scale projects – to support efforts to protect and preserve the state’s precious coastal and marine environment,” Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said. “This year’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program has funded 33 community and non-profit groups.” The Werribee River Association is a successful grant recipient from Werribee, for the Restoration Plantings at Grahams Wetlands Project. Groups will deliver a variety of projects that support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change, and a new stream of funding launched this year to support Traditional Owner self-determination. Coastcare Victoria proudly supports community and non-profit groups working to protect and enhance Victoria’s 2,000 kilometres of coastline and engage the broader public in coastal stewardship. “Our electorate is home to so many passionate volunteers who are committed to caring for our coast and making a difference in their local communities,” Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said. “We’re proud to recognise their hard work through the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program, and support their efforts to protect and preserve our coast for future generations to enjoy.” Funding for this year’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program has been made available through the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund and Victoria’s Great Outdoors. For a full list of this year’s grant recipients, visit: https://www.marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/coastal-programs/Coastcare-Victoria.

COASTAL COMMUNITIES SHARE IN COASTCARE FUNDING

Community and non-profit groups in Victoria and here in Werribee will share in nearly $610,000 statewide funding from the Victorian Government’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said: “The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community projects in coastal areas that aim to conserve, restore and rehabilitate Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.” “This year’s grants included two tiers of funding – up to $5,000 for small-scale projects and between $5,000 and $30,000 for larger-scale projects – to support efforts to protect and preserve the state’s precious coastal and marine environment,” Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said. “This year’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program has funded 33 community and non-profit groups.” The Werribee River Association is a successful grant recipient from Werribee, for the Restoration Plantings at Grahams Wetlands Project. Groups will deliver a variety of projects that support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change, and a new stream of funding launched this year to support Traditional Owner self-determination. Coastcare Victoria proudly supports community and non-profit groups working to protect and enhance Victoria’s 2,000 kilometres of coastline and engage the broader public in coastal stewardship. “Our electorate is home to so many passionate volunteers who are committed to caring for our coast and making a difference in their local communities,” Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said. “We’re proud to recognise their hard work through the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program, and support their efforts to protect and preserve our coast for future generations to enjoy.” Funding for this year’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program has been made available through the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund and Victoria’s Great Outdoors. For a full list of this year’s grant recipients, visit: https://www.marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/coastal-programs/Coastcare-Victoria.