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    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.

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    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.

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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.

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WYNDHAM’S LONGEST-SERVING EDUCATORS RECOGNISED

Wyndham teachers and staff are among more than 400 Victorians being recognised for their commitment and dedication to public education, at a ceremony for Department of Education and Training employees who have reached 40, 45, 50 and 55 years of service in 2019. Minister for Education, James Merlino congratulated teachers, principals, and school administrative and department staff at the Department’s Recognition of Service ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne. Among those staff being recognised are: Susan Brownrigg of Iramoo Primary School Raymond Burrell of Iramoo Primary School Anne Greenwood of Werribee Secondary College Marie Hayes of Warringa Park School Glenn Hunter of Manorvale Primary School Helen Watson of Manorvale Primary School The total 408 recipients have devoted more than 17,000 years combines to teaching. During this time, they’ve led progress in education and helped young people to thrive through learning, and by creating opportunities. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State where every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Building a world class education system with exceptional teachers, principals, education support staff and departmental staff. The Labor Government is investing $30.9 million in our teachers over the next five years professional development, learning and other initiatives, to ensure that teachers are supported to have great careers in the Education State. A full list of recipients is available here: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/awards/Pages/service.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Everyone remembers an inspiring teacher, educator or principal who inspired passions or offered support to reach their full potential.” “These award recipients have dedicated their careers to public education, helping thousands of students and multiple generations of Victorians, over many decades.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “I wish to congratulate and thank all of our long-serving teachers, principals and school staff across Wyndham on behalf of the many young people whose lives have been touched by their years of hard work in schools in our region.”

WYNDHAM’S LONGEST-SERVING EDUCATORS RECOGNISED

Wyndham teachers and staff are among more than 400 Victorians being recognised for their commitment and dedication to public education, at a ceremony for Department of Education and Training employees who have reached 40, 45, 50 and 55 years of service in 2019. Minister for Education, James Merlino congratulated teachers, principals, and school administrative and department staff at the Department’s Recognition of Service ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne. Among those staff being recognised are: Susan Brownrigg of Iramoo Primary School Raymond Burrell of Iramoo Primary School Anne Greenwood of Werribee Secondary College Marie Hayes of Warringa Park School Glenn Hunter of Manorvale Primary School Helen Watson of Manorvale Primary School The total 408 recipients have devoted more than 17,000 years combines to teaching. During this time, they’ve led progress in education and helped young people to thrive through learning, and by creating opportunities. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State where every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Building a world class education system with exceptional teachers, principals, education support staff and departmental staff. The Labor Government is investing $30.9 million in our teachers over the next five years professional development, learning and other initiatives, to ensure that teachers are supported to have great careers in the Education State. A full list of recipients is available here: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/awards/Pages/service.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Everyone remembers an inspiring teacher, educator or principal who inspired passions or offered support to reach their full potential.” “These award recipients have dedicated their careers to public education, helping thousands of students and multiple generations of Victorians, over many decades.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “I wish to congratulate and thank all of our long-serving teachers, principals and school staff across Wyndham on behalf of the many young people whose lives have been touched by their years of hard work in schools in our region.”

BOOST FOR PALLIATIVE CARE IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Werribee’s own Mercy Health a boost to assist them in their care of local patients nearing the end of their lives. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced a $140,610 grant to help the hard-working service in their critical role of supporting local patients, to enjoy the best possible quality of life. The funding will go towards supporting development of additional ambulatory services for patients with non-malignant conditions. This will ensure this cohort of patients receives early intervention from palliative care services and improve symptom management as a result. Across the state, the Labor Government is investing $9 million towards the palliative care infrastructure and innovation grants to improve access to palliative care. The grants will help our palliative services in the critical role they play, helping patients and their families get excellent palliative care, whether at home, in hospital or in other settings. This includes supporting providers across the state to expand and bolster their services with initiatives such as a new acute palliative care model in the home, implementing telehealth, a fast-tracked hospital-to-home model of care, or establishing a specialist palliative care clinic. $3.4 million is going towards infrastructure projects such as buildings works or equipment upgrades. The Government is also investing $5.7 million to back hospital and community-based palliative care services to develop new and innovative models of care. Palliative care is crucial in ensuring patients nearing the end of their lives receive the best possible care within their local community. That’s why the Labor Government has boosted hospital and community-based palliative care with $72 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Mercy Health plays a pivotal role in making sure patients at the end of their lives are cared for in the manner they deserve.” “We’re helping palliative care services with this important work by giving them the support they need to grow and to offer patients the very best care.”

BOOST FOR PALLIATIVE CARE IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Werribee’s own Mercy Health a boost to assist them in their care of local patients nearing the end of their lives. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced a $140,610 grant to help the hard-working service in their critical role of supporting local patients, to enjoy the best possible quality of life. The funding will go towards supporting development of additional ambulatory services for patients with non-malignant conditions. This will ensure this cohort of patients receives early intervention from palliative care services and improve symptom management as a result. Across the state, the Labor Government is investing $9 million towards the palliative care infrastructure and innovation grants to improve access to palliative care. The grants will help our palliative services in the critical role they play, helping patients and their families get excellent palliative care, whether at home, in hospital or in other settings. This includes supporting providers across the state to expand and bolster their services with initiatives such as a new acute palliative care model in the home, implementing telehealth, a fast-tracked hospital-to-home model of care, or establishing a specialist palliative care clinic. $3.4 million is going towards infrastructure projects such as buildings works or equipment upgrades. The Government is also investing $5.7 million to back hospital and community-based palliative care services to develop new and innovative models of care. Palliative care is crucial in ensuring patients nearing the end of their lives receive the best possible care within their local community. That’s why the Labor Government has boosted hospital and community-based palliative care with $72 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Mercy Health plays a pivotal role in making sure patients at the end of their lives are cared for in the manner they deserve.” “We’re helping palliative care services with this important work by giving them the support they need to grow and to offer patients the very best care.”

HELPING WYNDHAM MANAGE E-WASTE

Wyndham residents can now dispose of their e-waste safely and easily ahead of the e-waste landfill ban starting on 1 July, 2019. The member for Werribee, Tim Pallas, said the e-waste to landfill ban was introduced by the Andrews Labor Government to ensure valuable materials left inside e-waste can be safely recovered and reused, while reducing the damage electronic items can have on the environment and human health. From 1 July 2019, any item with a plug, battery or cord can no longer be placed in kerbside bins and instead must be deposited at a designated e-waste drop-off point. Officeworks is helping to boost the number of collection sites available across Victoria, forming part of a network of more than 1,000 locations across the state that will take a range of e-waste items. The Labor Government has invested $16.5 million to help councils across the state upgrade their e-waste collection and storage facilities, and deliver an education program to support the ban on e-waste in landfills. E-waste is the fastest-growing stream of waste worldwide and covers everything from old mobile phones, computers, audio devices, refrigerators and other white goods, hair dryers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners. To learn more about where you can recycle e-waste, what e-waste is and how e-waste is processed and re-used, go to ewaste.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “With this boost to e-waste collection sites, Wyndham residents should have access to at least one easy drop-off point close to home.” “There is now a combined network of more than 1000 locations for Victorians to drop off a range of e-waste items across the state including Officeworks sites and mobile phone collection sites such as Mobile Muster.”

HELPING WYNDHAM MANAGE E-WASTE

Wyndham residents can now dispose of their e-waste safely and easily ahead of the e-waste landfill ban starting on 1 July, 2019. The member for Werribee, Tim Pallas, said the e-waste to landfill ban was introduced by the Andrews Labor Government to ensure valuable materials left inside e-waste can be safely recovered and reused, while reducing the damage electronic items can have on the environment and human health. From 1 July 2019, any item with a plug, battery or cord can no longer be placed in kerbside bins and instead must be deposited at a designated e-waste drop-off point. Officeworks is helping to boost the number of collection sites available across Victoria, forming part of a network of more than 1,000 locations across the state that will take a range of e-waste items. The Labor Government has invested $16.5 million to help councils across the state upgrade their e-waste collection and storage facilities, and deliver an education program to support the ban on e-waste in landfills. E-waste is the fastest-growing stream of waste worldwide and covers everything from old mobile phones, computers, audio devices, refrigerators and other white goods, hair dryers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners. To learn more about where you can recycle e-waste, what e-waste is and how e-waste is processed and re-used, go to ewaste.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “With this boost to e-waste collection sites, Wyndham residents should have access to at least one easy drop-off point close to home.” “There is now a combined network of more than 1000 locations for Victorians to drop off a range of e-waste items across the state including Officeworks sites and mobile phone collection sites such as Mobile Muster.”

CALL FOR COMMUNITY VIEWS ON BUSHFIRE CENTRE PROPOSAL

The Wyndham community is being invited to have their say on a new bushfire museum and education centre to raise awareness of the history, stories and lessons of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, as well as other significant fires. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas called on people from across Wyndham to participate in the online public consultation process which seeks input from bushfire-affected communities, as well as those involved in bushfire recovery and emergency management and First Peoples community members. The Bushfire Anniversary Advisory Group has recommended creating a bushfire museum with a reflective space to commemorate our past and educate generations into the future. The consultation will seek community views on how a centre or program would function, possible locations if a permanent site was to be established, and what visitors would expect to see and learn during a visit. Feedback gathered during the consultation process will help shape the next steps for the project which is being led by Creative Victoria in consultation with groups including the CFA. The Victorian Bushfire Centre public consultation is open until 15 August. To learn more and have your say, visit engage.vic.gov.au/bushfire-centre-consultation. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This museum will help bring together the experiences, knowledge and stories of how fire has shaped our state and how it will continue to impact us for generations to come.” “We want to hear from all Victorians to help shape a new bushfire museum and education centre – because we want this to be a centre for everyone.”

CALL FOR COMMUNITY VIEWS ON BUSHFIRE CENTRE PROPOSAL

The Wyndham community is being invited to have their say on a new bushfire museum and education centre to raise awareness of the history, stories and lessons of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, as well as other significant fires. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas called on people from across Wyndham to participate in the online public consultation process which seeks input from bushfire-affected communities, as well as those involved in bushfire recovery and emergency management and First Peoples community members. The Bushfire Anniversary Advisory Group has recommended creating a bushfire museum with a reflective space to commemorate our past and educate generations into the future. The consultation will seek community views on how a centre or program would function, possible locations if a permanent site was to be established, and what visitors would expect to see and learn during a visit. Feedback gathered during the consultation process will help shape the next steps for the project which is being led by Creative Victoria in consultation with groups including the CFA. The Victorian Bushfire Centre public consultation is open until 15 August. To learn more and have your say, visit engage.vic.gov.au/bushfire-centre-consultation. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This museum will help bring together the experiences, knowledge and stories of how fire has shaped our state and how it will continue to impact us for generations to come.” “We want to hear from all Victorians to help shape a new bushfire museum and education centre – because we want this to be a centre for everyone.”

 

BETTER BOATING AND BETTER FISHING FOR PEOPLE IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitments to better boating facilities and massive boosts to recreational fishing for thousands of Victorians thanks to an $82.2 million investment. As part of the Victorian Budget 2019/20, the Government is investing $35 million into Target One Million Phase Two, to get more people in Werribee district fishing and make recreational fishing even better for die-hards, beginners and families casting a line. Boaters in Wyndham will have more opportunities to get out on the water, with the Government investing $39.6 million in priority upgrades and maintenance to boat ramps across the state, giving thousands of Victorians and tourists a year safer and better infrastructure to launch their boats. The Better Boating Fund will also be established to collect funds from boat registration and marine licensing fees and use them exclusively for boat facility and safety initiatives. The Government will review infrastructure management in Port Phillip and Western Port Bays and invest $7.6 million to abolish boat ramp parking and launching fees, aiming to have them removed by the time people are putting their boats into the water in spring. Gippsland Lakes will be given back to recreational fishing, and anglers can look forward to a new $7 million state of the art native fish hatchery near Shepparton, better facilities around Corio Bay including more fishing platforms, and new fish cleaning tables at boat ramps throughout Port Philip Bay. Port Phillip Bay will benefit from $2.5 million for improving fish habitats, including reef development, which will increase catch rates of iconic species like snapper and provide hot-spots for family boaters. Freshwater fish stocking will lead the nation with the ambitious target of releasing 10 million fish per year by 2022, including trout and native fish like Murray cod, golden perch and Australian bass and inland fishers will have more places to fish with the Government opening access to boats and kayaks on several reservoirs. Free public fishing events will introduce new generations of youngsters to recreational fishing and encourage disadvantaged youth and people living with a disability to take up a new hobby and learn about the basics of sustainable fishing. The Government’s significant investment in boating and fishing will provide a boost for jobs and regional tourism, which depend on travelling fishers and boaters visiting Victoria’s inland and coastal waterways all year round. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re delivering better fishing and boating all year round – boosting regional tourism, creating new jobs, and helping families from all walks of life enjoy Victoria’s great outdoors.” “Whether you boat or fish on the coast, on our stunning bays or inlets or in our freshwater lakes and rivers – we’re delivering for all Victorians.”

BETTER BOATING AND BETTER FISHING FOR PEOPLE IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitments to better boating facilities and massive boosts to recreational fishing for thousands of Victorians thanks to an $82.2 million investment. As part of the Victorian Budget 2019/20, the Government is investing $35 million into Target One Million Phase Two, to get more people in Werribee district fishing and make recreational fishing even better for die-hards, beginners and families casting a line. Boaters in Wyndham will have more opportunities to get out on the water, with the Government investing $39.6 million in priority upgrades and maintenance to boat ramps across the state, giving thousands of Victorians and tourists a year safer and better infrastructure to launch their boats. The Better Boating Fund will also be established to collect funds from boat registration and marine licensing fees and use them exclusively for boat facility and safety initiatives. The Government will review infrastructure management in Port Phillip and Western Port Bays and invest $7.6 million to abolish boat ramp parking and launching fees, aiming to have them removed by the time people are putting their boats into the water in spring. Gippsland Lakes will be given back to recreational fishing, and anglers can look forward to a new $7 million state of the art native fish hatchery near Shepparton, better facilities around Corio Bay including more fishing platforms, and new fish cleaning tables at boat ramps throughout Port Philip Bay. Port Phillip Bay will benefit from $2.5 million for improving fish habitats, including reef development, which will increase catch rates of iconic species like snapper and provide hot-spots for family boaters. Freshwater fish stocking will lead the nation with the ambitious target of releasing 10 million fish per year by 2022, including trout and native fish like Murray cod, golden perch and Australian bass and inland fishers will have more places to fish with the Government opening access to boats and kayaks on several reservoirs. Free public fishing events will introduce new generations of youngsters to recreational fishing and encourage disadvantaged youth and people living with a disability to take up a new hobby and learn about the basics of sustainable fishing. The Government’s significant investment in boating and fishing will provide a boost for jobs and regional tourism, which depend on travelling fishers and boaters visiting Victoria’s inland and coastal waterways all year round. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re delivering better fishing and boating all year round – boosting regional tourism, creating new jobs, and helping families from all walks of life enjoy Victoria’s great outdoors.” “Whether you boat or fish on the coast, on our stunning bays or inlets or in our freshwater lakes and rivers – we’re delivering for all Victorians.”

SOLAR TO POWER MORE HOMES IN WYNDHAM

Victorians in Wyndham are encouraged to take part in the next phase of the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Solar Homes program, with more rebates for solar panels and hot water systems kicking off from 1 July 2019. Across Victoria, in 2019/20, the Solar Homes program will: support the installation of 40,000 rooftop solar systems on private homes and community-owned housing deliver 2,000 solar panel systems on rental properties fund 6,000 households to get solar hot water systems installed and; deliver solar battery rebates for 1,000 households which already have rooftop solar in growth areas This builds on the 32,000 domestic solar installations already delivered since the program was launched in August - helping thousands of Victorian households drive down their energy bills and reduce damaging carbon emissions. The program has already begun delivering on the 658 domestic rooftop solar systems applications made in Wyndham. More rebates will now be available from the first day of each month, along with no-interest loans to further reduce upfront costs. In a win for local households, the rebate application process has been simplified to make it even easier to apply, meaning the rebate will now be applied by the retailer at the point of sale – instead of putting the onus on the customer. To apply simply contact a qualified solar retailer to obtain a quote and they will start the application process. Assistance is available for those who do not have access to the internet by contacting Solar Victoria. For more information about the Solar Homes program and how to apply visit solar.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This program is already delivering for households in Wyndham - adding more power back into the grid and saving hundreds of dollars each year.  “The take up we’ve seen already highlights the appetite of the people of Wyndham to embrace renewable energy, help tackle climate change and take control of their energy bills.” “I encourage anyone who doesn’t already have solar but wants to get involved to contact their local retailer and take advantage of this great program.

SOLAR TO POWER MORE HOMES IN WYNDHAM

Victorians in Wyndham are encouraged to take part in the next phase of the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Solar Homes program, with more rebates for solar panels and hot water systems kicking off from 1 July 2019. Across Victoria, in 2019/20, the Solar Homes program will: support the installation of 40,000 rooftop solar systems on private homes and community-owned housing deliver 2,000 solar panel systems on rental properties fund 6,000 households to get solar hot water systems installed and; deliver solar battery rebates for 1,000 households which already have rooftop solar in growth areas This builds on the 32,000 domestic solar installations already delivered since the program was launched in August - helping thousands of Victorian households drive down their energy bills and reduce damaging carbon emissions. The program has already begun delivering on the 658 domestic rooftop solar systems applications made in Wyndham. More rebates will now be available from the first day of each month, along with no-interest loans to further reduce upfront costs. In a win for local households, the rebate application process has been simplified to make it even easier to apply, meaning the rebate will now be applied by the retailer at the point of sale – instead of putting the onus on the customer. To apply simply contact a qualified solar retailer to obtain a quote and they will start the application process. Assistance is available for those who do not have access to the internet by contacting Solar Victoria. For more information about the Solar Homes program and how to apply visit solar.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This program is already delivering for households in Wyndham - adding more power back into the grid and saving hundreds of dollars each year.  “The take up we’ve seen already highlights the appetite of the people of Wyndham to embrace renewable energy, help tackle climate change and take control of their energy bills.” “I encourage anyone who doesn’t already have solar but wants to get involved to contact their local retailer and take advantage of this great program.

INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS FUNDING NOW OPEN FOR WYNDHAM SCHOOLS

Wyndham schools can now apply to receive a funding boost to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that the next round of the Inclusive Schools Fund was now open, to help more government schools better support young people with a disability. The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to inclusive education, which is ensuring that students with disabilities and additional needs get the same opportunities as other students. Since it was established in 2015, the Inclusive Schools Fund has supported more than 180 creative projects to build inclusive play spaces, outdoor learning areas and sensory gardens. Up to $200,000 is now available through the fund for projects that will help government schools better support the social and education needs of young people with a disability and additional needs. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Applications close on 30 August, 2019. More information about the next round of grants is available at: https://vsba.smartygrants.com.au/   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can get a great education – no matter their circumstances.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “This new round of funding is about giving our schools the equipment and infrastructure they need to inspire a lifelong passion for learning for students of all abilities, giving them the best chance to succeed and thrive in school and in life.”

INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS FUNDING NOW OPEN FOR WYNDHAM SCHOOLS

Wyndham schools can now apply to receive a funding boost to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that the next round of the Inclusive Schools Fund was now open, to help more government schools better support young people with a disability. The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to inclusive education, which is ensuring that students with disabilities and additional needs get the same opportunities as other students. Since it was established in 2015, the Inclusive Schools Fund has supported more than 180 creative projects to build inclusive play spaces, outdoor learning areas and sensory gardens. Up to $200,000 is now available through the fund for projects that will help government schools better support the social and education needs of young people with a disability and additional needs. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Applications close on 30 August, 2019. More information about the next round of grants is available at: https://vsba.smartygrants.com.au/   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can get a great education – no matter their circumstances.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “This new round of funding is about giving our schools the equipment and infrastructure they need to inspire a lifelong passion for learning for students of all abilities, giving them the best chance to succeed and thrive in school and in life.”

WARRINGA PARK SCHOOL

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (09:36:49): I rise to update the house on my recent visit to Warringa Park School in Werribee to celebrate the Andrews government’s $12.4 million investment to complete the first stage of the school’s Cayleys Road campus upgrade. Our investment, part of $3.8 billion invested since 2014 to build and upgrade over 1300 Victorian schools, will transform the tired old classrooms and facilities by upgrading the school’s administration building and constructing new classrooms and a multipurpose room. Thank you to Warringa Park principal Marie Hayes, teachers, students and parents who joined me to celebrate the government’s investment in this wonderful school. I was delighted to enjoy a coffee from the student-run Café 11. It was so good it would be the envy of Fitzroy. This cafe is just one of the innovative programs at Warringa Park designed to teach students real-world skills within a nurturing school environment. Thank you to the wonderful staff and students for welcoming me back to Warringa Park School. The future for them is bright, as it is for education right throughout our state, given the Andrews Labor government’s continuing effort to invest and grow our skill base and our learning communities.

WARRINGA PARK SCHOOL

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (09:36:49): I rise to update the house on my recent visit to Warringa Park School in Werribee to celebrate the Andrews government’s $12.4 million investment to complete the first stage of the school’s Cayleys Road campus upgrade. Our investment, part of $3.8 billion invested since 2014 to build and upgrade over 1300 Victorian schools, will transform the tired old classrooms and facilities by upgrading the school’s administration building and constructing new classrooms and a multipurpose room. Thank you to Warringa Park principal Marie Hayes, teachers, students and parents who joined me to celebrate the government’s investment in this wonderful school. I was delighted to enjoy a coffee from the student-run Café 11. It was so good it would be the envy of Fitzroy. This cafe is just one of the innovative programs at Warringa Park designed to teach students real-world skills within a nurturing school environment. Thank you to the wonderful staff and students for welcoming me back to Warringa Park School. The future for them is bright, as it is for education right throughout our state, given the Andrews Labor government’s continuing effort to invest and grow our skill base and our learning communities.