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GIVING WERRIBEE THE GREAT SPORTS FACILITIES THEY DESERVE

Sporting organisations in Werribee can now apply for funding to build or upgrade indoor stadiums, where demand for courts has outstripped supply. Tim Pallas MP today announced the $22 million Andrews Labor Government’s Better Indoor Stadiums Fund is open, so that more players can get on the court where they want – and when they want. Nearly 450,000 Victorians participate in netball or basketball every week, but demand for court space has outstripped supply. It means many midweek competitions are forced to run deep into the evening, or players are being turned away from participating in the games they love. Indoor stadiums are at the heart of Victoria’s suburbs and towns. They are a hive of activity at weekends as budding juniors take to the court with pride, and all through the week as Victorians of all ages and abilities keep fit and connect with friends. Our investment is targeting the sports that Victorians are signing up to in record numbers. The Better Indoor Stadiums Fund will mean more basketball, netball and volleyball players will be able to get amongst the action. Sport keeps Victorians happy and healthy and communities connected, and everyone deserves the best facilities. The Labor Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is another great program that is helping clubs all over the state build the first class venues they can be proud of. Applications are now open. For more information visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We love our basketball and netball in Werribee. This is a great chance for local organisations to ensure players of all ages can perform at the best venues.” “I encourage local sporting bodies to work with councils to see whether this program can benefit them.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren “There’s not enough court space in Victoria for record basketball and netball numbers, but we’re changing that.” “We don’t want young players having to take to the court late at night just so they can have a game.”

GIVING WERRIBEE THE GREAT SPORTS FACILITIES THEY DESERVE

Sporting organisations in Werribee can now apply for funding to build or upgrade indoor stadiums, where demand for courts has outstripped supply. Tim Pallas MP today announced the $22 million Andrews Labor Government’s Better Indoor Stadiums Fund is open, so that more players can get on the court where they want – and when they want. Nearly 450,000 Victorians participate in netball or basketball every week, but demand for court space has outstripped supply. It means many midweek competitions are forced to run deep into the evening, or players are being turned away from participating in the games they love. Indoor stadiums are at the heart of Victoria’s suburbs and towns. They are a hive of activity at weekends as budding juniors take to the court with pride, and all through the week as Victorians of all ages and abilities keep fit and connect with friends. Our investment is targeting the sports that Victorians are signing up to in record numbers. The Better Indoor Stadiums Fund will mean more basketball, netball and volleyball players will be able to get amongst the action. Sport keeps Victorians happy and healthy and communities connected, and everyone deserves the best facilities. The Labor Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is another great program that is helping clubs all over the state build the first class venues they can be proud of. Applications are now open. For more information visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We love our basketball and netball in Werribee. This is a great chance for local organisations to ensure players of all ages can perform at the best venues.” “I encourage local sporting bodies to work with councils to see whether this program can benefit them.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren “There’s not enough court space in Victoria for record basketball and netball numbers, but we’re changing that.” “We don’t want young players having to take to the court late at night just so they can have a game.”

HISTORIC LEGISLATION TO GIVE PEOPLE IN WERRIBEE A CLEARER SAY ON END-OF-LIFE CARE

People in Werribee have a chance to shape how new historic laws will be implemented to give people greater powers to set directives about their future medical treatment, including end-of-life preferences and wishes. In a Victorian first, the Andrews Labor Government will deliver on a key election promise and introduce new laws into Parliament this year to protect advance care directives in legislation. As part of this work, Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas is calling for feedback on the Simplifying Medical Treatment Decision Making and Advance Care Planning position paper which will inform how the legislation should be implemented. An advance care directive is a legally binding document designed to make a person’s preferences for future medical treatment clear when that person no longer has the capacity to make decisions directly themselves. Existing laws are exceedingly complex and do not provide certainty about how people would like to be supported at the end of their lives. The Government’s legislation will simplify the law, and make it easier for health professionals to understand their obligations to provide medical treatment in line with people’s preferences, and for patients to have their end-of-life care wishes known and respected. It will enable people with decision making capacity to prepare an advance care directive outlining the kind of medical care they would want, or that they do not want, administered in the event of current or future conditions such as cancer, brain damage or dementia. This includes giving binding instructions and describing personal values, appointing a medical treatment decision maker and appointing a support person. The legislation will take into consideration relevant recommendations from the Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into End-of-Life choices, and the Government will provide a full response to the Inquiry in due course. The Position Paper can be viewed at www.health.vic.gov.au/acp submissions must be sent to acp.responses@dhhs.vic.gov.au by Friday 29 July. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “This Victorian first legislation will ensure patients and their families have their end-of-life care wishes known and respected.” “End-of-life is a difficult discussion, but it’s a conversation we all must have with our loved ones.” “I would urge people in Werribee to have their say, and provide feedback on this important issue.” “We want to ensure that everyone in Werribee has access to the best possible, compassionate end-of-life care which relieves pain and suffering, and supports families and carers.”

HISTORIC LEGISLATION TO GIVE PEOPLE IN WERRIBEE A CLEARER SAY ON END-OF-LIFE CARE

People in Werribee have a chance to shape how new historic laws will be implemented to give people greater powers to set directives about their future medical treatment, including end-of-life preferences and wishes. In a Victorian first, the Andrews Labor Government will deliver on a key election promise and introduce new laws into Parliament this year to protect advance care directives in legislation. As part of this work, Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas is calling for feedback on the Simplifying Medical Treatment Decision Making and Advance Care Planning position paper which will inform how the legislation should be implemented. An advance care directive is a legally binding document designed to make a person’s preferences for future medical treatment clear when that person no longer has the capacity to make decisions directly themselves. Existing laws are exceedingly complex and do not provide certainty about how people would like to be supported at the end of their lives. The Government’s legislation will simplify the law, and make it easier for health professionals to understand their obligations to provide medical treatment in line with people’s preferences, and for patients to have their end-of-life care wishes known and respected. It will enable people with decision making capacity to prepare an advance care directive outlining the kind of medical care they would want, or that they do not want, administered in the event of current or future conditions such as cancer, brain damage or dementia. This includes giving binding instructions and describing personal values, appointing a medical treatment decision maker and appointing a support person. The legislation will take into consideration relevant recommendations from the Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into End-of-Life choices, and the Government will provide a full response to the Inquiry in due course. The Position Paper can be viewed at www.health.vic.gov.au/acp submissions must be sent to acp.responses@dhhs.vic.gov.au by Friday 29 July. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “This Victorian first legislation will ensure patients and their families have their end-of-life care wishes known and respected.” “End-of-life is a difficult discussion, but it’s a conversation we all must have with our loved ones.” “I would urge people in Werribee to have their say, and provide feedback on this important issue.” “We want to ensure that everyone in Werribee has access to the best possible, compassionate end-of-life care which relieves pain and suffering, and supports families and carers.”

Ramping Up Jobs And Investment In Werribee

The Andrews Labor Government is one step closer to unlocking East Werribee’s potential with the opening of new ramps on the Princes Freeway and a new bridge at the Sneydes Road interchange. Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas was onsite today, marking the major milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the bridge. The $45 million Sneydes Road interchange upgrade will transform road access to the East Werribee Employment Precinct which has been identified as a major future jobs hub. The opening of the new Sneydes Road bridge and northern ramps will also provide new opportunities for Wyndham motorists to travel to and from Melbourne. The Sneydes Road interchange will also reduce pressure on nearby roads including Palmers Road, Forsyth Road and Point Cook Road by providing additional access to the Princes Freeway. A shared user path has been built across the new bridge, and extends along the upgraded Sneydes Road with greater access to the Federation Trail near Hoppers Lane. These improvements include widening the intersection with additional turning lanes and new pedestrian crossings for easier community access to schools, medical facilities and the Hoppers Crossing train station. New traffic lights have also been installed at Sneydes Road and Hoppers Lane intersection, to help with efficient traffic flow to and from the Sneydes Road interchange. Geelong-bound ramps at the Sneydes Road interchange are due to be completed by the end of 2016 to create a full-diamond interchange linking Melbourne, Werribee and Geelong. The Government has invested $71 million to upgrade the roads in and around the East Werribee precinct, allowing for easier access to jobs, services, schools and public transport. Other recently completed works include the widening of Sneydes Road and the upgrade of two Princes Highway intersections, improving safety and access to nearby education and medical facilities and public transport. These roadworks will kick-start the Government’s long-term vision for East Werribee to be a National Employment Cluster that supports more than 58,000 jobs. The 775-hectare precinct consists of the largest undeveloped surplus State Government land in metropolitan Melbourne, which includes a 400-hectare site known as the East Werribee Major Development Parcel. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re building the infrastructure that will boost jobs, cut travel times, increases safety in one of Australia’s fastest growing areas.” “This upgrade will unlock the East Werribee precinct and Werribee CBD to new business, employment and residential opportunities for local residents.”  

Ramping Up Jobs And Investment In Werribee

The Andrews Labor Government is one step closer to unlocking East Werribee’s potential with the opening of new ramps on the Princes Freeway and a new bridge at the Sneydes Road interchange. Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas was onsite today, marking the major milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the bridge. The $45 million Sneydes Road interchange upgrade will transform road access to the East Werribee Employment Precinct which has been identified as a major future jobs hub. The opening of the new Sneydes Road bridge and northern ramps will also provide new opportunities for Wyndham motorists to travel to and from Melbourne. The Sneydes Road interchange will also reduce pressure on nearby roads including Palmers Road, Forsyth Road and Point Cook Road by providing additional access to the Princes Freeway. A shared user path has been built across the new bridge, and extends along the upgraded Sneydes Road with greater access to the Federation Trail near Hoppers Lane. These improvements include widening the intersection with additional turning lanes and new pedestrian crossings for easier community access to schools, medical facilities and the Hoppers Crossing train station. New traffic lights have also been installed at Sneydes Road and Hoppers Lane intersection, to help with efficient traffic flow to and from the Sneydes Road interchange. Geelong-bound ramps at the Sneydes Road interchange are due to be completed by the end of 2016 to create a full-diamond interchange linking Melbourne, Werribee and Geelong. The Government has invested $71 million to upgrade the roads in and around the East Werribee precinct, allowing for easier access to jobs, services, schools and public transport. Other recently completed works include the widening of Sneydes Road and the upgrade of two Princes Highway intersections, improving safety and access to nearby education and medical facilities and public transport. These roadworks will kick-start the Government’s long-term vision for East Werribee to be a National Employment Cluster that supports more than 58,000 jobs. The 775-hectare precinct consists of the largest undeveloped surplus State Government land in metropolitan Melbourne, which includes a 400-hectare site known as the East Werribee Major Development Parcel. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re building the infrastructure that will boost jobs, cut travel times, increases safety in one of Australia’s fastest growing areas.” “This upgrade will unlock the East Werribee precinct and Werribee CBD to new business, employment and residential opportunities for local residents.”  

MORE RESOURCES TO PROTECT LOCAL WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government is rolling out a vital program across Victoria to protect the women and children at the highest risk of family violence. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today welcomed the announcement that high-impact Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPs) will operate in 18 locations across Victoria. RAMPs bring together professionals from specialist women’s family violence services, Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria, housing, mental health, alcohol and drug services, men’s family violence services, Child FIRST and child protection. These local experts share critical information about specific cases of women and their children at serious and imminent threat from family violence and develop co-ordinated action plans to protect them. Tim Pallas said every RAMP member has had specialist training in recent weeks, with each panel to consider its first cases this month. The implementation of RAMPs was a recommendation of both the Coronial Inquest into the death of Luke Batty and the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Tim Pallas said the Labor Government has announced almost $9 million over four years to specialist family violence agencies to fund RAMP coordinators and flexible brokerage funding. This program is funded on top of the Labor Government’s $572 million response to the Royal Commission’s recommendations. Quote attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Women and children in ELECTORATE at serious risk of family violence will be safer thanks to this program.” Quote attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “RAMPs save lives. When agencies come together to share vital information, women and children at serious risk of family violence do not fall through the cracks. That’s why we are rolling them out across the state.” Quote attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson “The rollout of RAMPs across Victoria is an important step in the Andrews Labor Government’s implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.”    

MORE RESOURCES TO PROTECT LOCAL WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government is rolling out a vital program across Victoria to protect the women and children at the highest risk of family violence. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today welcomed the announcement that high-impact Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPs) will operate in 18 locations across Victoria. RAMPs bring together professionals from specialist women’s family violence services, Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria, housing, mental health, alcohol and drug services, men’s family violence services, Child FIRST and child protection. These local experts share critical information about specific cases of women and their children at serious and imminent threat from family violence and develop co-ordinated action plans to protect them. Tim Pallas said every RAMP member has had specialist training in recent weeks, with each panel to consider its first cases this month. The implementation of RAMPs was a recommendation of both the Coronial Inquest into the death of Luke Batty and the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Tim Pallas said the Labor Government has announced almost $9 million over four years to specialist family violence agencies to fund RAMP coordinators and flexible brokerage funding. This program is funded on top of the Labor Government’s $572 million response to the Royal Commission’s recommendations. Quote attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Women and children in ELECTORATE at serious risk of family violence will be safer thanks to this program.” Quote attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “RAMPs save lives. When agencies come together to share vital information, women and children at serious risk of family violence do not fall through the cracks. That’s why we are rolling them out across the state.” Quote attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson “The rollout of RAMPs across Victoria is an important step in the Andrews Labor Government’s implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.”    

 

WYNDHAM HEADED FOR CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

Victoria has set ambitious renewable energy targets to create thousands of new jobs and cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. By 2020, 25 per cent of electricity generated in the state will come from renewable energy. By 2025, that will rise to 40 per cent. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today while marking the arrival of the first turbine blades at the Ararat Wind Farm The renewable energy targets have been developed to put the electorate of Werribee and Victoria on a strong path towards a clean energy future by building the state’s clean energy sector, increasing jobs and lowering Victoria’s emissions. Currently, about 14 per cent of Victoria’s electricity comes from renewable sources. It’s anticipated that by 2025, up to 5400 megawatts of new large-scale renewable energy capacity will be built in Victoria – representing an estimated $2.5 billion of investment. That means more than 4000 additional jobs in the renewable energy sector during the expected peak year of construction in 2024, and around a 12 per cent reduction in electricity sector greenhouse emissions by 2034-35. The Premier also announced an auctions scheme – running a series of technology-neutral auctions, as well as solar auctions – which will see project developers compete to be the lowest cost provider. Successful bids will be given long-term contracts to support their projects, providing certainty for investors. There is great potential for large-scale solar to become a mainstream source of energy across Australia over the next decade thanks to its generation and energy demand, rapid advances in technology and decreasing costs. The Andrews Labor Government will work with the renewable energy industry, electricity networks and retailers, and consumer groups to refine the details of the scheme, with the first auction of contracts to begin next year.  Separate auctions will be held for large scale solar projects. The targets and auction scheme form a key part of Victoria’s Renewable Energy Action Plan to be released later this year – reviving a sector which has stalled since the Federal Government cut the national Renewable Energy Target in 2015. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP: “Renewable energy is vital to my electorate of Werribee and the State’s future and the Andrews Labor Government is doing all we can to support it.” “The world is shifting to renewable energy and I know my electorate of Werribee is behind Victoria’s push not to be left behind. Other jurisdictions have set ambitious targets, and Victorians have made it clear they want our state to pull its weight.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’ve developed Victorian renewable energy targets that generate thousands of new jobs, particularly in regional Victoria, while also cutting Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions.” “By making our scheme complementary to the Commonwealth’s Renewable Energy Target we are saving the RET. Investors have lost faith in the national target, but we are restoring the confidence needed to invest.”

WYNDHAM HEADED FOR CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

Victoria has set ambitious renewable energy targets to create thousands of new jobs and cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. By 2020, 25 per cent of electricity generated in the state will come from renewable energy. By 2025, that will rise to 40 per cent. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today while marking the arrival of the first turbine blades at the Ararat Wind Farm The renewable energy targets have been developed to put the electorate of Werribee and Victoria on a strong path towards a clean energy future by building the state’s clean energy sector, increasing jobs and lowering Victoria’s emissions. Currently, about 14 per cent of Victoria’s electricity comes from renewable sources. It’s anticipated that by 2025, up to 5400 megawatts of new large-scale renewable energy capacity will be built in Victoria – representing an estimated $2.5 billion of investment. That means more than 4000 additional jobs in the renewable energy sector during the expected peak year of construction in 2024, and around a 12 per cent reduction in electricity sector greenhouse emissions by 2034-35. The Premier also announced an auctions scheme – running a series of technology-neutral auctions, as well as solar auctions – which will see project developers compete to be the lowest cost provider. Successful bids will be given long-term contracts to support their projects, providing certainty for investors. There is great potential for large-scale solar to become a mainstream source of energy across Australia over the next decade thanks to its generation and energy demand, rapid advances in technology and decreasing costs. The Andrews Labor Government will work with the renewable energy industry, electricity networks and retailers, and consumer groups to refine the details of the scheme, with the first auction of contracts to begin next year.  Separate auctions will be held for large scale solar projects. The targets and auction scheme form a key part of Victoria’s Renewable Energy Action Plan to be released later this year – reviving a sector which has stalled since the Federal Government cut the national Renewable Energy Target in 2015. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP: “Renewable energy is vital to my electorate of Werribee and the State’s future and the Andrews Labor Government is doing all we can to support it.” “The world is shifting to renewable energy and I know my electorate of Werribee is behind Victoria’s push not to be left behind. Other jurisdictions have set ambitious targets, and Victorians have made it clear they want our state to pull its weight.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’ve developed Victorian renewable energy targets that generate thousands of new jobs, particularly in regional Victoria, while also cutting Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions.” “By making our scheme complementary to the Commonwealth’s Renewable Energy Target we are saving the RET. Investors have lost faith in the national target, but we are restoring the confidence needed to invest.”

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR GROWING SUBURBS FUND

  Wyndham City Council is one of 10 Victorian councils eligible to apply for funding from the Andrews Government’s $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund, with applications opening today. The fund will assist councils like Wyndham to build the community centres, town hubs, playgrounds, parks and reserves they need to ensure our outer suburban communities don’t get left behind. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas along with Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller said that accelerating the delivery and renewal of critical infrastructure, such as sporting facilities, maternal and child health centres and community spaces will ensure Wyndham City Council is better prepared and equipped to provide services when and where they are needed. Last year, grants were awarded for community, environmental and economic local infrastructure, such as family and community centres, town centre and civic revitalisation projects and open space and amenity improvements. The Growing Suburbs Fund is one of a raft of initiatives to support Victorian communities included in the Victorian Budget 2016-17. Applications close Friday 29 July 2016 with successful applicants to be announced in November. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins: “The Growing Suburbs Fund will help those councils in the outer suburbs of Melbourne bolster their sporting facilities, play spaces and community centres.” “We’re helping councils in our fastest growing suburbs build and upgrade facilities to foster vibrant local communities right across Melbourne, supported by the infrastructure they want and need.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “This is great news for Wyndham. I look forward to the opening of new projects in Werribee made possible by this funding.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy: “I welcome the announcement of the Growing Suburbs Fund for Wyndham.  Point Cook is home to many families with young children who will benefit from the new community infrastructure to be created in Wyndham with the funding.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller: “The communities of Tarneit, Truganina and Williams Landing are some of the fastest growing suburbs in the State of Victoria.  I am pleased that the Andrews Government is getting it done for the people of Wyndham with the Growing Suburbs Fund.”

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR GROWING SUBURBS FUND

  Wyndham City Council is one of 10 Victorian councils eligible to apply for funding from the Andrews Government’s $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund, with applications opening today. The fund will assist councils like Wyndham to build the community centres, town hubs, playgrounds, parks and reserves they need to ensure our outer suburban communities don’t get left behind. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas along with Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller said that accelerating the delivery and renewal of critical infrastructure, such as sporting facilities, maternal and child health centres and community spaces will ensure Wyndham City Council is better prepared and equipped to provide services when and where they are needed. Last year, grants were awarded for community, environmental and economic local infrastructure, such as family and community centres, town centre and civic revitalisation projects and open space and amenity improvements. The Growing Suburbs Fund is one of a raft of initiatives to support Victorian communities included in the Victorian Budget 2016-17. Applications close Friday 29 July 2016 with successful applicants to be announced in November. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins: “The Growing Suburbs Fund will help those councils in the outer suburbs of Melbourne bolster their sporting facilities, play spaces and community centres.” “We’re helping councils in our fastest growing suburbs build and upgrade facilities to foster vibrant local communities right across Melbourne, supported by the infrastructure they want and need.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “This is great news for Wyndham. I look forward to the opening of new projects in Werribee made possible by this funding.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy: “I welcome the announcement of the Growing Suburbs Fund for Wyndham.  Point Cook is home to many families with young children who will benefit from the new community infrastructure to be created in Wyndham with the funding.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller: “The communities of Tarneit, Truganina and Williams Landing are some of the fastest growing suburbs in the State of Victoria.  I am pleased that the Andrews Government is getting it done for the people of Wyndham with the Growing Suburbs Fund.”

Tim Pallas commends the RSL on 100 years of service

Tim Pallas today commends the Returned Services League of Australia (RSL) on 100 years of service and support for our ex-service members, and their families. Formed in 1916, the RSL is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected national organisations. The RSL will hold its National Conference on 6 June, commemorating 100 years of service to our ex-service personnel, and will touch on how the organisation is continuing to evolve to serve a new generation of members. According to the Victorian Veterans Council Report, the RSL nationally has just under 170,000 members, with the majority of RSL members (38%) over 65,000 members in Victoria. There are almost 300 sub-branches throughout the state, including in Werribee RSL Sub Branch, which was established in 1919 and consists of around 1500 members. Werribee RSL Sub Branch provides veterans with a range of services including advocacy and support. This is in addition to the social support and connections they provide for veterans, their families and the Werribee community. To coincide with its Centenary, the RSL has arranged a program of events, including a commemorative service at The Shrine of Remembrance on Sunday 5th June, RSL National Conference in Melbourne on Monday 6th June, and a Conference Dinner on 6th June. The Andrews Labor Government has committed $400,000 to RSL Victoria over four years (2015-18) to provide and deliver veterans welfare programs and support. For more information on the RSL Centenary and Conference Program, visit: www.rsl.org.au or for RSL Victoria please visit: http://www.rslvic.com.au Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “I congratulate the Werribee RSL on their years of service, support and advocacy for our veterans and their families. Our veterans who served us throughout various conflicts and peacekeeping operations deserve our respect, support and assistance, which I commend the RSL on providing”. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Veterans, John Eren “I commend the RSL on their service and on reaching the 100 year milestone. The Andrews Labor Government looks forward to working with the RSL to help continue supporting our veterans as their needs, issues and priorities change and evolve”.

Tim Pallas commends the RSL on 100 years of service

Tim Pallas today commends the Returned Services League of Australia (RSL) on 100 years of service and support for our ex-service members, and their families. Formed in 1916, the RSL is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected national organisations. The RSL will hold its National Conference on 6 June, commemorating 100 years of service to our ex-service personnel, and will touch on how the organisation is continuing to evolve to serve a new generation of members. According to the Victorian Veterans Council Report, the RSL nationally has just under 170,000 members, with the majority of RSL members (38%) over 65,000 members in Victoria. There are almost 300 sub-branches throughout the state, including in Werribee RSL Sub Branch, which was established in 1919 and consists of around 1500 members. Werribee RSL Sub Branch provides veterans with a range of services including advocacy and support. This is in addition to the social support and connections they provide for veterans, their families and the Werribee community. To coincide with its Centenary, the RSL has arranged a program of events, including a commemorative service at The Shrine of Remembrance on Sunday 5th June, RSL National Conference in Melbourne on Monday 6th June, and a Conference Dinner on 6th June. The Andrews Labor Government has committed $400,000 to RSL Victoria over four years (2015-18) to provide and deliver veterans welfare programs and support. For more information on the RSL Centenary and Conference Program, visit: www.rsl.org.au or for RSL Victoria please visit: http://www.rslvic.com.au Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “I congratulate the Werribee RSL on their years of service, support and advocacy for our veterans and their families. Our veterans who served us throughout various conflicts and peacekeeping operations deserve our respect, support and assistance, which I commend the RSL on providing”. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Veterans, John Eren “I commend the RSL on their service and on reaching the 100 year milestone. The Andrews Labor Government looks forward to working with the RSL to help continue supporting our veterans as their needs, issues and priorities change and evolve”.

HONOURING WERRIBEE’S CHILD PROTECTION WORKERS

Nominations honouring Werribee’s dedicated individuals and teams who work to improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable children are now open. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today called for nominations for the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards, which recognise excellence in service across the child protection and community sectors and celebrate the work done in child, youth and family services across Victoria. Dedicated individuals and teams provide a range of vital expert services, offering their homes as foster and kinship carers, providing education support to kids and providing leadership in child protection policy. For the first time, the awards will include a Minister’s Award for Innovative Care, recognising a carer who has found new ways to improve the lives of children or young people. The award categories are: Robin Clark Leadership Award Robin Clark Making a Difference Award Carer Award Education Initiative Award Excellence in Child Protection Award (DHHS staff) Chief Practitioner’s Award (DHHS staff) CREATE Award NAPCAN Play Your Part Award - Victoria The Modelling a Generous Community Award The Walda Blow Award Minister’s Award for Innovative Care   Nominations close on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 and winners will be announced at the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards ceremony held on 6 September as part of Child Protection Week in Victoria. The awards are named in honour of the memory of the visionary Robin Dennis Clark (1936-2001) who greatly influenced child and family related policy and practice in Victoria. In the past year more than 200 new child protection workers have been hired as part of the Andrews Labor Government investment in our state's child protection system. For further information or to nominate visit: http://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/childprotectionweek Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “It’s time to honour <location’s> dedicated child protection workforce and selfless carers for the critical work that they do.” “Every child and young person has a fundamental right to grow up feeling safe and loved. The Robin Clark Memorial Awards recognise those who work tirelessly to uphold this right for all Victorian kids.” “If you know an individual or team from <location> who is passionate about keeping children safe from harm and neglect, nominate them so their excellent work can be recognised.”

HONOURING WERRIBEE’S CHILD PROTECTION WORKERS

Nominations honouring Werribee’s dedicated individuals and teams who work to improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable children are now open. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today called for nominations for the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards, which recognise excellence in service across the child protection and community sectors and celebrate the work done in child, youth and family services across Victoria. Dedicated individuals and teams provide a range of vital expert services, offering their homes as foster and kinship carers, providing education support to kids and providing leadership in child protection policy. For the first time, the awards will include a Minister’s Award for Innovative Care, recognising a carer who has found new ways to improve the lives of children or young people. The award categories are: Robin Clark Leadership Award Robin Clark Making a Difference Award Carer Award Education Initiative Award Excellence in Child Protection Award (DHHS staff) Chief Practitioner’s Award (DHHS staff) CREATE Award NAPCAN Play Your Part Award - Victoria The Modelling a Generous Community Award The Walda Blow Award Minister’s Award for Innovative Care   Nominations close on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 and winners will be announced at the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards ceremony held on 6 September as part of Child Protection Week in Victoria. The awards are named in honour of the memory of the visionary Robin Dennis Clark (1936-2001) who greatly influenced child and family related policy and practice in Victoria. In the past year more than 200 new child protection workers have been hired as part of the Andrews Labor Government investment in our state's child protection system. For further information or to nominate visit: http://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/childprotectionweek Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “It’s time to honour <location’s> dedicated child protection workforce and selfless carers for the critical work that they do.” “Every child and young person has a fundamental right to grow up feeling safe and loved. The Robin Clark Memorial Awards recognise those who work tirelessly to uphold this right for all Victorian kids.” “If you know an individual or team from <location> who is passionate about keeping children safe from harm and neglect, nominate them so their excellent work can be recognised.”