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YOUNG PEOPLE IN WERRIBEE GIVING BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES

New funding by the Andrews Labor Government will give secondary students in the Werribee electorate the chance to volunteer and get involved in their local communities in 2017. A total of four schools, including Manor Lakes P-12 College, three campuses of Warringa Park School, Werribee Secondary College, and Western English Language School, will each receive up to $9,725 in funding to connect students to local volunteering opportunities. The $4.46 million in Advance funding will go towards secondary schools in areas of high socio-economic disadvantage, for young people to engage in volunteering projects with local community partners. It provides young people with an opportunity to develop practical teamwork, communication and project management skills. More than 24,000 young people participated in the program last year, helping them to engage with their local communities, develop important life skills and gain valuable experience to assist in future job or education pursuits. The funding helps schools connect young people to a range of projects including conservation programs, helping with their local Surf Life Saving Association, running a community radio program and getting involved with emergency services and animal welfare projects. The Government announced last year a new Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria, which focusses on strengthening the relationship between government and young people. Key actions from the policy include a Youth Summit on 31 March 2017, bringing together young people and their ideas from across Victoria and a new Victorian Youth Congress to meet regularly and advise government on key matters affecting young people. For more information on the Advance program go to: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Young people in the Werribee electorate have so much to offer and the Advance program is giving them the opportunity to get involved in local initiatives and connect with their communities.” “Programs like Advance help young people in Werribee establish life skills and valuable experience and give back to the community.”

YOUNG PEOPLE IN WERRIBEE GIVING BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES

New funding by the Andrews Labor Government will give secondary students in the Werribee electorate the chance to volunteer and get involved in their local communities in 2017. A total of four schools, including Manor Lakes P-12 College, three campuses of Warringa Park School, Werribee Secondary College, and Western English Language School, will each receive up to $9,725 in funding to connect students to local volunteering opportunities. The $4.46 million in Advance funding will go towards secondary schools in areas of high socio-economic disadvantage, for young people to engage in volunteering projects with local community partners. It provides young people with an opportunity to develop practical teamwork, communication and project management skills. More than 24,000 young people participated in the program last year, helping them to engage with their local communities, develop important life skills and gain valuable experience to assist in future job or education pursuits. The funding helps schools connect young people to a range of projects including conservation programs, helping with their local Surf Life Saving Association, running a community radio program and getting involved with emergency services and animal welfare projects. The Government announced last year a new Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria, which focusses on strengthening the relationship between government and young people. Key actions from the policy include a Youth Summit on 31 March 2017, bringing together young people and their ideas from across Victoria and a new Victorian Youth Congress to meet regularly and advise government on key matters affecting young people. For more information on the Advance program go to: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Young people in the Werribee electorate have so much to offer and the Advance program is giving them the opportunity to get involved in local initiatives and connect with their communities.” “Programs like Advance help young people in Werribee establish life skills and valuable experience and give back to the community.”

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN WERRIBEE

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds  of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee today congratulated the emergency service organisations in Werribee on their successful grant application. Beneficiaries of the grant included: Wyndham and Hobsons Bay SES Units - $39,900 for operational equipment, training and development. Werribee VF10 Coast Guards - $26,264 for operational equipment. Flotilla 10, Werribee - $7,000 for training. Wyndham West SES - $19,990 for operational equipment and facility improvements and $10,909 for new facilities. This is a total contribution of $104,000 for emergency volunteers in the Werribee community. These grants will assist emergency volunteers in the Werribee electorate in the crucial work they do in keeping the community safe. Applications for the ESVS Grants Program are still open and I would encourage all eligible emergency volunteers to apply. Organisations are eligible to apply for multiple grants. To find out more about the ESVS Grants Program and to download the application form visit https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee "This is an exciting day for the Werribee electorate and I congratulate all our grant recipients and hope that it assist them the outstanding job they do in keeping the community safe.” “I encourage all volunteer brigades and units in the Werribee electorate to visit the Emergency Management Victoria website and apply for a grant.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino    “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the significant contribution of the more than 100,000 emergency management volunteers, investing in equipment, training and facilities to keep our communities safe.” “The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work, protecting Victorian properties and lives.”  

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN WERRIBEE

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds  of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee today congratulated the emergency service organisations in Werribee on their successful grant application. Beneficiaries of the grant included: Wyndham and Hobsons Bay SES Units - $39,900 for operational equipment, training and development. Werribee VF10 Coast Guards - $26,264 for operational equipment. Flotilla 10, Werribee - $7,000 for training. Wyndham West SES - $19,990 for operational equipment and facility improvements and $10,909 for new facilities. This is a total contribution of $104,000 for emergency volunteers in the Werribee community. These grants will assist emergency volunteers in the Werribee electorate in the crucial work they do in keeping the community safe. Applications for the ESVS Grants Program are still open and I would encourage all eligible emergency volunteers to apply. Organisations are eligible to apply for multiple grants. To find out more about the ESVS Grants Program and to download the application form visit https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee "This is an exciting day for the Werribee electorate and I congratulate all our grant recipients and hope that it assist them the outstanding job they do in keeping the community safe.” “I encourage all volunteer brigades and units in the Werribee electorate to visit the Emergency Management Victoria website and apply for a grant.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino    “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the significant contribution of the more than 100,000 emergency management volunteers, investing in equipment, training and facilities to keep our communities safe.” “The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work, protecting Victorian properties and lives.”  

GETTING ON WITH CREATING A STRONGER YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Victorian Government recently announced a range of measures to improve the youth justice system in Victoria. After too many years of inaction by the previous Government, we have been required to take action, to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of Victorians. I recognise that one of these measures, a purpose-built youth justice facility at a preferred location in Werribee South has caused concern. The Government assessed a number of sites in Wyndham due to its proximity to other correctional facilities.  Sites outside Wyndham were also considered. The site on Hoppers Lane (south end) remains the preferred location. It is more suitable in terms of size, accessibility for staff currently based at Parkville, the projected needs for youth justice services, while also being able to commence construction quickly. This means we can move quickly to ensure the safety and security of staff, young people and the community – which continues to be this Government’s number one focus. Importantly, the facility will generate significant economic opportunities for one of the fastest growing corridors in the nation. I have always stood up for the people of Werribee, and I will continue doing that, knowing that this is an opportunity for our growing community, one that will create up to 3000 construction and related jobs and deliver an estimated economic benefit of almost $420 million for Wyndham City. The facility will not have an impact on the East Werribee Employment Precinct. The facility will bring 450 ongoing jobs to the area and support the development of new local infrastructure, including improved public transport. This will further stimulate our local economy, providing jobs and opportunities for our kids and prosperity for our growing community. I have fought long and hard for the people of Werribee and Wyndham. From increased services through Regional Rail Link, the Werribee Mercy Hospital Upgrade, new schools such as Manor Lakes College and Suzanne Cory High School, and support for the Werribee South irrigation district. I have always sought the best outcome for our growing community – creating jobs, and a smarter, safer, healthier Wyndham. More recently I’ve fought for a series of upgrades to arterial roads in and around our community and for the removal of level crossings. We recently made the single largest investment in the history of Victoria Police, meaning more police on the beat in Wyndham, together with replacing the local Police Station. Community consultation sessions will be held over the next few weeks to provide further information about the facility, the timeline for construction and to make sure you have the opportunity to ask questions. I hope and trust that we can have a respectful discussion during this time. More information on these community consultation sessions will be provided in the coming days, with notices in the local paper and updates at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au. In the meantime, if you have questions you can contact the Government’s dedicated Hoppers Lane Youth Justice Centre Information Line from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 1800 630 738.

GETTING ON WITH CREATING A STRONGER YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Victorian Government recently announced a range of measures to improve the youth justice system in Victoria. After too many years of inaction by the previous Government, we have been required to take action, to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of Victorians. I recognise that one of these measures, a purpose-built youth justice facility at a preferred location in Werribee South has caused concern. The Government assessed a number of sites in Wyndham due to its proximity to other correctional facilities.  Sites outside Wyndham were also considered. The site on Hoppers Lane (south end) remains the preferred location. It is more suitable in terms of size, accessibility for staff currently based at Parkville, the projected needs for youth justice services, while also being able to commence construction quickly. This means we can move quickly to ensure the safety and security of staff, young people and the community – which continues to be this Government’s number one focus. Importantly, the facility will generate significant economic opportunities for one of the fastest growing corridors in the nation. I have always stood up for the people of Werribee, and I will continue doing that, knowing that this is an opportunity for our growing community, one that will create up to 3000 construction and related jobs and deliver an estimated economic benefit of almost $420 million for Wyndham City. The facility will not have an impact on the East Werribee Employment Precinct. The facility will bring 450 ongoing jobs to the area and support the development of new local infrastructure, including improved public transport. This will further stimulate our local economy, providing jobs and opportunities for our kids and prosperity for our growing community. I have fought long and hard for the people of Werribee and Wyndham. From increased services through Regional Rail Link, the Werribee Mercy Hospital Upgrade, new schools such as Manor Lakes College and Suzanne Cory High School, and support for the Werribee South irrigation district. I have always sought the best outcome for our growing community – creating jobs, and a smarter, safer, healthier Wyndham. More recently I’ve fought for a series of upgrades to arterial roads in and around our community and for the removal of level crossings. We recently made the single largest investment in the history of Victoria Police, meaning more police on the beat in Wyndham, together with replacing the local Police Station. Community consultation sessions will be held over the next few weeks to provide further information about the facility, the timeline for construction and to make sure you have the opportunity to ask questions. I hope and trust that we can have a respectful discussion during this time. More information on these community consultation sessions will be provided in the coming days, with notices in the local paper and updates at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au. In the meantime, if you have questions you can contact the Government’s dedicated Hoppers Lane Youth Justice Centre Information Line from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 1800 630 738.

Statement on Building A Stronger And More Secure Youth Justice System

The Premier has today announced that a new high security youth justice centre will be built as part of reforms to the youth justice system. Recent incidents have made it clear that a major shake-up is needed to ensure the safety of the community and the better management and rehabilitation of young offenders. It is expected construction of the new facility will begin early next year and be completed by the end of 2020. The construction of the new facility is expected to result in the creation of between 2,000 and 3,000 jobs. The preferred site for the new facility is on government owned land in Werribee South due to the proximity to health and education services. There is a significant buffer between the preferred site and residential areas. The Government is also considering locating a new justice precinct in the growing Werribee area, which may include new courts and a stronger police presence. I understand that many people in the community are concerned and alarmed with today’s news. I am proud to be the Member for Werribee and have always been an advocate for Wyndham. The Andrews Government has made very substantial investments in our community and will continue to work on delivering better schools and hospitals, improving our transport network and growing jobs for Werribee. Wyndham is a community that looks after people. We need to remember the human faces here. These are troubled youth. They will be in a secure facility away from the community. If we look after them now, we’re safer later. Close community consultations will be held over the next few weeks where more information will be made available and to hear any concerns you may have. I will keep the community informed about the consultation sessions. More information on these community consultations will be provided in the coming days, with notices in the local paper and updates at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au. In the meantime, if you have questions you can contact the Government’s dedicated Hoppers Lane Youth Justice Centre Information Line from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 1800 630 738.

Statement on Building A Stronger And More Secure Youth Justice System

The Premier has today announced that a new high security youth justice centre will be built as part of reforms to the youth justice system. Recent incidents have made it clear that a major shake-up is needed to ensure the safety of the community and the better management and rehabilitation of young offenders. It is expected construction of the new facility will begin early next year and be completed by the end of 2020. The construction of the new facility is expected to result in the creation of between 2,000 and 3,000 jobs. The preferred site for the new facility is on government owned land in Werribee South due to the proximity to health and education services. There is a significant buffer between the preferred site and residential areas. The Government is also considering locating a new justice precinct in the growing Werribee area, which may include new courts and a stronger police presence. I understand that many people in the community are concerned and alarmed with today’s news. I am proud to be the Member for Werribee and have always been an advocate for Wyndham. The Andrews Government has made very substantial investments in our community and will continue to work on delivering better schools and hospitals, improving our transport network and growing jobs for Werribee. Wyndham is a community that looks after people. We need to remember the human faces here. These are troubled youth. They will be in a secure facility away from the community. If we look after them now, we’re safer later. Close community consultations will be held over the next few weeks where more information will be made available and to hear any concerns you may have. I will keep the community informed about the consultation sessions. More information on these community consultations will be provided in the coming days, with notices in the local paper and updates at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au. In the meantime, if you have questions you can contact the Government’s dedicated Hoppers Lane Youth Justice Centre Information Line from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 1800 630 738.

 

RESIDENTS URGED TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON RENTAL LAWS

  As new data reveals the number of rental complaints in Werribee, residents are being urged to have their say on possible changes to renting rules. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said that 123 complaints had been lodged in Werribee in 2015-16. Tim Pallas said the complaints, made by tenants, landlords and real estate agents over the last year, reaffirmed the importance of the Andrews Labor Government’s overhaul of the Residential Tenancies Act. As the number of renters continued to grow, it was vital the community had a say in shaping the new laws. The Government is seeking feedback on a range of options including: Facilitating fixed term leases of longer than five years Restricting rental increases to once per year Banning rental bids Introducing minimum health and safety standards for rental properties Improving incentives for landlords to make repairs quickly, such as restrictions on charging market rent Introducing a mediation service with powers to make binding decisions Requiring notices to vacate to be accompanied by supporting evidence Requiring tenants to have landlord consent before listing a property on Airbnb or similar sites Allowing tenants who are victims of family violence to challenge notices to vacate if given as a result of conduct by a perpetrator Banning unreasonable ‘no pets’ clauses in tenancy agreements. The proposals have been developed following 331 written responses to the Fairer Safer Housing discussion papers and 3,500 contributions to forums and quick polls. Submissions close on 10 February, 2017. To make a submission visit: fairersaferhousing.vic.gov.au/renting Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas  “We need to make sure that we’re striking a fair balance between the rights of landlords and the rights of renters.” “If they have an experience to share, I’d encourage local renters and landlords to be a part of the conversation.”  

RESIDENTS URGED TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON RENTAL LAWS

  As new data reveals the number of rental complaints in Werribee, residents are being urged to have their say on possible changes to renting rules. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said that 123 complaints had been lodged in Werribee in 2015-16. Tim Pallas said the complaints, made by tenants, landlords and real estate agents over the last year, reaffirmed the importance of the Andrews Labor Government’s overhaul of the Residential Tenancies Act. As the number of renters continued to grow, it was vital the community had a say in shaping the new laws. The Government is seeking feedback on a range of options including: Facilitating fixed term leases of longer than five years Restricting rental increases to once per year Banning rental bids Introducing minimum health and safety standards for rental properties Improving incentives for landlords to make repairs quickly, such as restrictions on charging market rent Introducing a mediation service with powers to make binding decisions Requiring notices to vacate to be accompanied by supporting evidence Requiring tenants to have landlord consent before listing a property on Airbnb or similar sites Allowing tenants who are victims of family violence to challenge notices to vacate if given as a result of conduct by a perpetrator Banning unreasonable ‘no pets’ clauses in tenancy agreements. The proposals have been developed following 331 written responses to the Fairer Safer Housing discussion papers and 3,500 contributions to forums and quick polls. Submissions close on 10 February, 2017. To make a submission visit: fairersaferhousing.vic.gov.au/renting Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas  “We need to make sure that we’re striking a fair balance between the rights of landlords and the rights of renters.” “If they have an experience to share, I’d encourage local renters and landlords to be a part of the conversation.”  

WYNDHAM TRACK AND FIELD CLUB WINS GRANT FOR WOMEN AND SOCIAL SPORTS

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the recipient of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program. Wyndham Track and Field Club has received $1550 funding towards uniforms and equipment. The program is all about boosting access to grassroots sport and recreation so even more people can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier lifestyle. The grants will help clubs establish new activities, competitions and programs that encourage more women and girls to get out on the pitch, and assist clubs that are starting up a social or modified sport program. Some 145 clubs across the state have shared in $400,000 to buy vital sports equipment, uniforms and safety gear that will encourage more people to participate in sport and recreation. The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to grow women’s participation in sport, so female athletes have the same opportunities and the same facilities as everyone else. We’re the sporting state, and it doesn’t happen by chance. Our $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping communities all over Victoria to upgrade tired facilities and build the great grassroots venues they deserve. The fund includes $10 million for Female Friendly Facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms, meaning female players will never again have to use make-shift areas to prepare for competition and training. This is the biggest ever investment in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government. Last month we unveiled our new Change Our Game campaign to help more women and girls earn leadership roles in sport such as coaches, officials, board members and senior executives. Labor’s Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019 outlines key priorities over four years to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, particularly the most disadvantaged. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “We want everyone in Wyndham to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age or ability.” “Congratulations to Wyndham Track and Field Club who have won this grant to get more people moving and involved in new and fun social ways of playing sport.” “For too long female sport participation rates have been lower than males. We’re fixing that, creating more opportunities for women and girls to play sport and building the world-class facilities they deserve.”

WYNDHAM TRACK AND FIELD CLUB WINS GRANT FOR WOMEN AND SOCIAL SPORTS

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the recipient of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program. Wyndham Track and Field Club has received $1550 funding towards uniforms and equipment. The program is all about boosting access to grassroots sport and recreation so even more people can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier lifestyle. The grants will help clubs establish new activities, competitions and programs that encourage more women and girls to get out on the pitch, and assist clubs that are starting up a social or modified sport program. Some 145 clubs across the state have shared in $400,000 to buy vital sports equipment, uniforms and safety gear that will encourage more people to participate in sport and recreation. The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to grow women’s participation in sport, so female athletes have the same opportunities and the same facilities as everyone else. We’re the sporting state, and it doesn’t happen by chance. Our $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping communities all over Victoria to upgrade tired facilities and build the great grassroots venues they deserve. The fund includes $10 million for Female Friendly Facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms, meaning female players will never again have to use make-shift areas to prepare for competition and training. This is the biggest ever investment in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government. Last month we unveiled our new Change Our Game campaign to help more women and girls earn leadership roles in sport such as coaches, officials, board members and senior executives. Labor’s Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019 outlines key priorities over four years to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, particularly the most disadvantaged. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “We want everyone in Wyndham to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age or ability.” “Congratulations to Wyndham Track and Field Club who have won this grant to get more people moving and involved in new and fun social ways of playing sport.” “For too long female sport participation rates have been lower than males. We’re fixing that, creating more opportunities for women and girls to play sport and building the world-class facilities they deserve.”

MODERN, SAFER FACILITIES FOR POLICE IN WYNDHAM

Police stations across our state will be a hive of construction as the Andrews Labor Government runs an unprecedented program to build modern, safer facilities for police in every corner of Victoria. A new police station would be built at Wyndham to replace the outdated facility on the Princes Highway. As part of a record $2 billion investment in police, the Labor Government will also replace stations in metropolitan stations in Altona North, Reservoir and South Melbourne. These new facilities will be more accessible for the community, and safer for the Victoria Police personnel who work in them. In addition the Andrews Labor Government, Victoria Police, and the Police Association have agreed on a new model for the allocation of police. There are already 406 additional police that we funded in this year’s budget and who are being fastracked to hit the streets in the new year. Today we are announcing a pipeline for the next four years that will see hundreds of police recruited and deployed across the state. We have said the academy was going to be busy over the next year with over 1000 recruits. This will remain the case well into the future. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “This is fantastic news from the community of Wyndham. Upgrading the Werribee Police Complex will give police a safer base as they fight crime in the local community.” “We are funding thousands of additional frontline police for our growth areas to deal with on-going issues of family violence, ice and youth crime, as part of a $2 billion community safety package.” “As local member, I care about the safety of my community. We have to turn the recent crime trends around. That’s why these additional frontline police, and a replacement police station for Wyndham, are so important.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy: “This is great news for local police in Wyndham, with a brand new station to support a safer community.” “The Andrews Labor Government continues to invest in our paramedics, nurses, teachers and police officers to ensure they have the resources they need to get the job done.” “Right across Victoria –in our towns and suburbs –we are giving police the resources and facilities they need to fight crime.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller: “The previous Liberal government did not fund any new police officers in 2013 and 2014, which meant there were less police to meet the demands of our growing suburbs.” “This new allocation model will ensure the recruiting and deployment of police is consistent and meets the policing needs of our community.” “The Andrews Labor Government has listened and will continue to listen to the concerns of the community and ensure police have the resources to do their job.”  

MODERN, SAFER FACILITIES FOR POLICE IN WYNDHAM

Police stations across our state will be a hive of construction as the Andrews Labor Government runs an unprecedented program to build modern, safer facilities for police in every corner of Victoria. A new police station would be built at Wyndham to replace the outdated facility on the Princes Highway. As part of a record $2 billion investment in police, the Labor Government will also replace stations in metropolitan stations in Altona North, Reservoir and South Melbourne. These new facilities will be more accessible for the community, and safer for the Victoria Police personnel who work in them. In addition the Andrews Labor Government, Victoria Police, and the Police Association have agreed on a new model for the allocation of police. There are already 406 additional police that we funded in this year’s budget and who are being fastracked to hit the streets in the new year. Today we are announcing a pipeline for the next four years that will see hundreds of police recruited and deployed across the state. We have said the academy was going to be busy over the next year with over 1000 recruits. This will remain the case well into the future. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “This is fantastic news from the community of Wyndham. Upgrading the Werribee Police Complex will give police a safer base as they fight crime in the local community.” “We are funding thousands of additional frontline police for our growth areas to deal with on-going issues of family violence, ice and youth crime, as part of a $2 billion community safety package.” “As local member, I care about the safety of my community. We have to turn the recent crime trends around. That’s why these additional frontline police, and a replacement police station for Wyndham, are so important.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy: “This is great news for local police in Wyndham, with a brand new station to support a safer community.” “The Andrews Labor Government continues to invest in our paramedics, nurses, teachers and police officers to ensure they have the resources they need to get the job done.” “Right across Victoria –in our towns and suburbs –we are giving police the resources and facilities they need to fight crime.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller: “The previous Liberal government did not fund any new police officers in 2013 and 2014, which meant there were less police to meet the demands of our growing suburbs.” “This new allocation model will ensure the recruiting and deployment of police is consistent and meets the policing needs of our community.” “The Andrews Labor Government has listened and will continue to listen to the concerns of the community and ensure police have the resources to do their job.”  

LOCAL HISTORY GRANTS PROGRAM NOW OPEN FOR 2016-17

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas is encouraging local history groups across the Werribee electorate to apply for a grant from the Andrews Labor Government's $350,000 Local History Program to support projects that preserve our area's fascinating history. The Local History Grants Program, managed by Public Record Office Victoria, is now accepting applications of up to $15,000 for projects that collect and document local history for the benefit of all Victorians. Last year saw seventy-one community groups across Victoria share in the funding for historical projects and publications, including local historical societies. Victoria’s diverse history is a real drawcard for visitors, with a total of 6.5 million people visiting a museum, gallery, heritage site or monument within our state in 2015-16. This has grown by 18.7 per cent over the last financial year and has been growing at 7.6 per cent over the last five years. Applications can be submitted online via www.prov.vic.gov.au/community-programs/grants-awards/local-history-grants.  Information for applicants, including guidelines and eligibility criteria, are also available on this website. Applications close at 5pm on 31 January 2017.

LOCAL HISTORY GRANTS PROGRAM NOW OPEN FOR 2016-17

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas is encouraging local history groups across the Werribee electorate to apply for a grant from the Andrews Labor Government's $350,000 Local History Program to support projects that preserve our area's fascinating history. The Local History Grants Program, managed by Public Record Office Victoria, is now accepting applications of up to $15,000 for projects that collect and document local history for the benefit of all Victorians. Last year saw seventy-one community groups across Victoria share in the funding for historical projects and publications, including local historical societies. Victoria’s diverse history is a real drawcard for visitors, with a total of 6.5 million people visiting a museum, gallery, heritage site or monument within our state in 2015-16. This has grown by 18.7 per cent over the last financial year and has been growing at 7.6 per cent over the last five years. Applications can be submitted online via www.prov.vic.gov.au/community-programs/grants-awards/local-history-grants.  Information for applicants, including guidelines and eligibility criteria, are also available on this website. Applications close at 5pm on 31 January 2017.