Tim Pallas State Labor Member for Werribee

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

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

  • Another Crossing Down at Cherry Street

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

  • Werribee Street Level Crossing Gone for Good

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

  • Major Works Take Shape at Old Geelong Road

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

  • Duncans Road Interchange Upgrade Completed

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

  • New Riverbend Primary School

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

  • $45 Million Police Complex

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

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

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

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GO WHERE YOU‘RE NEEDED – A REWARDING CAREER KEEPING KIDS SAFE

The Victorian government is launching a new recruitment drive to help keep children safe and families strong, calling on new graduates and career changers in Werribee to consider joining the ranks of Victoria’s child protection workforce. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is calling on locals to consider a rewarding career in child protection following the launch of the Go Where You’re Needed campaign, which aims to recruit more than 280 new child protection practitioners across metropolitan and regional Victoria. The campaign, which will run across radio, print and online, showcases the benefits of a career in child protection, which provides many opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families. There are a broad range of roles to choose from across various levels, which offer professional development, career progression and the chance to work with diverse and dynamic teams across the state. With enhanced workforce support, job flexibility and training, there’s never been a better time to consider a career in child protection. Ben Dunn is proud to have worked as a child protection practitioner for almost three years and encourages people to “just give it a go”. “The reward from the job far outweighs any challenges or difficult days, and you get to keep children safe and see families change for the better,” he said. “There are small, beautiful moments all the time and the kids just make you smile – like when you see how far they’ve come in situations due to those supports we’ve put in place.” The campaign follows the launch of the Child Protection Workforce Strategy 2021 and was created with input from practitioners and industry experts. The Government has invested an unprecedented $2.2 billion in transforming the children and families system over the last two Victorian Budgets – including $171 million to boost the number of child protection staff on the frontline in the Victorian Budget 2021/22. This brings the total to more than 1,180 new positions since 2014. To learn more about available child protection jobs, visit vic.gov.au/childprotectionjobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan “Growing up my own mum worked in child protection, so I know first-hand how this sector offers a challenging and rewarding career for anyone wanting to make a real difference in the lives of children and their families.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “If you want a meaningful career that can change the lives of vulnerable children and keep families strong, child protection offers a range of roles for different skillsets.” “Whether you’re a recent graduate, changing careers or already work in human services, I urge you to consider a job in child protection.”

GO WHERE YOU‘RE NEEDED – A REWARDING CAREER KEEPING KIDS SAFE

The Victorian government is launching a new recruitment drive to help keep children safe and families strong, calling on new graduates and career changers in Werribee to consider joining the ranks of Victoria’s child protection workforce. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is calling on locals to consider a rewarding career in child protection following the launch of the Go Where You’re Needed campaign, which aims to recruit more than 280 new child protection practitioners across metropolitan and regional Victoria. The campaign, which will run across radio, print and online, showcases the benefits of a career in child protection, which provides many opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families. There are a broad range of roles to choose from across various levels, which offer professional development, career progression and the chance to work with diverse and dynamic teams across the state. With enhanced workforce support, job flexibility and training, there’s never been a better time to consider a career in child protection. Ben Dunn is proud to have worked as a child protection practitioner for almost three years and encourages people to “just give it a go”. “The reward from the job far outweighs any challenges or difficult days, and you get to keep children safe and see families change for the better,” he said. “There are small, beautiful moments all the time and the kids just make you smile – like when you see how far they’ve come in situations due to those supports we’ve put in place.” The campaign follows the launch of the Child Protection Workforce Strategy 2021 and was created with input from practitioners and industry experts. The Government has invested an unprecedented $2.2 billion in transforming the children and families system over the last two Victorian Budgets – including $171 million to boost the number of child protection staff on the frontline in the Victorian Budget 2021/22. This brings the total to more than 1,180 new positions since 2014. To learn more about available child protection jobs, visit vic.gov.au/childprotectionjobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan “Growing up my own mum worked in child protection, so I know first-hand how this sector offers a challenging and rewarding career for anyone wanting to make a real difference in the lives of children and their families.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “If you want a meaningful career that can change the lives of vulnerable children and keep families strong, child protection offers a range of roles for different skillsets.” “Whether you’re a recent graduate, changing careers or already work in human services, I urge you to consider a job in child protection.”

WERRIBEE KINDERS SHARE IN TECH UPGRADE BOOST

The Victorian Government is helping children in Werribee get the best start to life by supporting local kindergartens with access to state-of-the-art technology to help deliver their funded kinder programs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Building Blocks Improvement Grants for four services in Werribee to buy new IT equipment to support their funded kinder programs. These include Balim Balim Kindergarten at the Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre, Riverwalk Primary School Kindergarten, Quantin Binnah Community Centre Inc, and Goodstart Early Learning Werribee. Almost 570 kindergarten services operating a funded kindergarten program have received IT grants of up to $1,500 from the latest round of the Building Blocks Improvement Grants funding, sharing more than $796,000 in total for technology support. These IT grants will help pay for new equipment such as computers, iPads and interactive TV aids that can be used for administration or to help deliver learning programs. Building Blocks Grants is a streamlined overarching funding scheme that supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten services. To find out more about Building Blocks Grants, visit: schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Building-Blocks. In an Australian-first, the Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs. From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029. As part of the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has co-invested $1.68 billion with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state over this decade. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children right across the state can get the most out of their great local kindergartens ─ giving them the best start to life.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It is vital that our early childhood services are equipped with modern technology to make sure that children in Werribee get a great start in life.”

WERRIBEE KINDERS SHARE IN TECH UPGRADE BOOST

The Victorian Government is helping children in Werribee get the best start to life by supporting local kindergartens with access to state-of-the-art technology to help deliver their funded kinder programs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Building Blocks Improvement Grants for four services in Werribee to buy new IT equipment to support their funded kinder programs. These include Balim Balim Kindergarten at the Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre, Riverwalk Primary School Kindergarten, Quantin Binnah Community Centre Inc, and Goodstart Early Learning Werribee. Almost 570 kindergarten services operating a funded kindergarten program have received IT grants of up to $1,500 from the latest round of the Building Blocks Improvement Grants funding, sharing more than $796,000 in total for technology support. These IT grants will help pay for new equipment such as computers, iPads and interactive TV aids that can be used for administration or to help deliver learning programs. Building Blocks Grants is a streamlined overarching funding scheme that supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten services. To find out more about Building Blocks Grants, visit: schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Building-Blocks. In an Australian-first, the Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs. From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029. As part of the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has co-invested $1.68 billion with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state over this decade. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children right across the state can get the most out of their great local kindergartens ─ giving them the best start to life.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It is vital that our early childhood services are equipped with modern technology to make sure that children in Werribee get a great start in life.”

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR WILDLIFE REHABILITATORS IN WERRIBEE

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program, which supports wildlife shelters across the state. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged wildlife shelter operators and foster carers based in Werribee to apply for these grants to support this important work. Wildlife rehabilitators play an important role in Werribee by dedicating their time and money to rescue and rehabilitate injured or displaced wildlife and release them back into the wild. To support this vital work, the Victorian Government is providing a total of $230,000 for wildlife rehabilitators through the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program. Authorised wildlife shelter operators and foster carers can apply for grants of up to $3,000 for equipment, infrastructure, consumables, education and training. Applications close at 3.30pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021. For more information and to apply, visit wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildlife-rehabilitator-grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants help wildlife carers cover the day-to-day costs of running their service including vet fees and supplies, feed for the animals, and enclosures for the wildlife to live in while they are rehabilitated.” “This is about supporting the volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife when they need it most.” “It’s important to acknowledge and support the selfless work of our dedicated wildlife shelter operators and foster carers in Werribee.”

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR WILDLIFE REHABILITATORS IN WERRIBEE

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program, which supports wildlife shelters across the state. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged wildlife shelter operators and foster carers based in Werribee to apply for these grants to support this important work. Wildlife rehabilitators play an important role in Werribee by dedicating their time and money to rescue and rehabilitate injured or displaced wildlife and release them back into the wild. To support this vital work, the Victorian Government is providing a total of $230,000 for wildlife rehabilitators through the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program. Authorised wildlife shelter operators and foster carers can apply for grants of up to $3,000 for equipment, infrastructure, consumables, education and training. Applications close at 3.30pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021. For more information and to apply, visit wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildlife-rehabilitator-grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants help wildlife carers cover the day-to-day costs of running their service including vet fees and supplies, feed for the animals, and enclosures for the wildlife to live in while they are rehabilitated.” “This is about supporting the volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife when they need it most.” “It’s important to acknowledge and support the selfless work of our dedicated wildlife shelter operators and foster carers in Werribee.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR LIBRARIES IN WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is supporting public libraries to expand and adapt their services for local communities, providing connection and learning opportunities during the pandemic. Local libraries across Wyndham will receive a funding boost of 3.5 per cent to expand library collections, online services and programs under the $47.4 million Public Libraries Funding Program. More than $1.56 million is being invested into Wyndham in 2021-22 for the purchase of library collection items, information technology resources, children and outreach programs, and other library services. Public libraries are vibrant community hubs that offer a safe space for social interaction, digital connection, lifelong learning and rich cultural experiences. As Victorians continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic, libraries have demonstrated dedication to their communities by delivering online programs, adopting a book delivery partnership with Meals on Wheels, offering a click and collect model as well as checking in with members over the phone. The Public Libraries Funding Program provides annual funding for councils, regional library corporations and Vision Australia to support a range of activities and library services across 277 branches. This funding contributes to the purchase of physical and electronic collection items, information technology, library and outreach programs, and other services provided by Victorian public libraries. Since 2015, the Victorian Government has invested more than $306 million through the Public Libraries Program. For more information, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au.

FUNDING BOOST FOR LIBRARIES IN WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is supporting public libraries to expand and adapt their services for local communities, providing connection and learning opportunities during the pandemic. Local libraries across Wyndham will receive a funding boost of 3.5 per cent to expand library collections, online services and programs under the $47.4 million Public Libraries Funding Program. More than $1.56 million is being invested into Wyndham in 2021-22 for the purchase of library collection items, information technology resources, children and outreach programs, and other library services. Public libraries are vibrant community hubs that offer a safe space for social interaction, digital connection, lifelong learning and rich cultural experiences. As Victorians continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic, libraries have demonstrated dedication to their communities by delivering online programs, adopting a book delivery partnership with Meals on Wheels, offering a click and collect model as well as checking in with members over the phone. The Public Libraries Funding Program provides annual funding for councils, regional library corporations and Vision Australia to support a range of activities and library services across 277 branches. This funding contributes to the purchase of physical and electronic collection items, information technology, library and outreach programs, and other services provided by Victorian public libraries. Since 2015, the Victorian Government has invested more than $306 million through the Public Libraries Program. For more information, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au.

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

The finalists in the 2021 Victorian Education Excellence Awards have been announced, with 41 local principals, teachers, and support teams named among the most outstanding educators in Victoria. The awards are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year are the premiere employee recognition program for staff in Victorian government schools recognising inspirational teachers, principals, business managers and education support staff in public education. There are two new categories this year, acknowledging the work of outstanding early career primary and secondary teachers. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas congratulated a local finalist in the awards and thanked the outstanding educators whose work and commitment has improved schools and supported students to develop the skills, courage, and curiosity they needed to succeed in life. Kimberley Zammit from Werribee’s Warringa Park School is a finalist in the Outstanding Secondary Teacher category. A professional learning grant of $20,000 is awarded to each individual winner and a professional learning grant of $25,000 is awarded to each winning team. The winners of the 2021 Victorian Education Excellence Awards will be announced on Friday, 22 October 2021. Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I’m very pleased that a finalist has been identified from Werribee, and that their contribution to the school and broader community is being acknowledged. “The Victorian Education Excellence Awards show our community what makes Victorian public education great and how we value the contribution of everyone working in our schools. I’m very proud of the contribution being made by our local finalist.”

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

The finalists in the 2021 Victorian Education Excellence Awards have been announced, with 41 local principals, teachers, and support teams named among the most outstanding educators in Victoria. The awards are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year are the premiere employee recognition program for staff in Victorian government schools recognising inspirational teachers, principals, business managers and education support staff in public education. There are two new categories this year, acknowledging the work of outstanding early career primary and secondary teachers. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas congratulated a local finalist in the awards and thanked the outstanding educators whose work and commitment has improved schools and supported students to develop the skills, courage, and curiosity they needed to succeed in life. Kimberley Zammit from Werribee’s Warringa Park School is a finalist in the Outstanding Secondary Teacher category. A professional learning grant of $20,000 is awarded to each individual winner and a professional learning grant of $25,000 is awarded to each winning team. The winners of the 2021 Victorian Education Excellence Awards will be announced on Friday, 22 October 2021. Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I’m very pleased that a finalist has been identified from Werribee, and that their contribution to the school and broader community is being acknowledged. “The Victorian Education Excellence Awards show our community what makes Victorian public education great and how we value the contribution of everyone working in our schools. I’m very proud of the contribution being made by our local finalist.”

CONSTRUCTION OF KEY INTERSECTION IN WERRIBEE NOW COMPLETE

The Victorian Government is continuing its investment in Melbourne’s west, with the completion of a new four-way signalised intersection on the corner of Alfred Road, Princes Highway, and Coldstream Avenue, Werribee. The intersection will improve traffic conditions for the Werribee community, enhancing safety and easier access for residents and visitors to the Riverwalk residential housing estate. Riverwalk is home to Riverwalk Primary School, two community parks and the newly created Coldstream Creek, with plans for a future Town Centre, and a 4.5-hectare sports oval to be delivered by Wyndham City Council. The new intersection provides an additional entry point for the Riverwalk estate, which is already home to approximately 2,500 residents. The project was identified as one of Wyndham City’s key infrastructure projects in its Wyndham West Development Contributions Plan. Riverwalk is being delivered by Development Victoria, the Victorian Government’s property developer, in partnership with Melbourne Water, to provide much-needed quality affordable housing opportunities in Melbourne’s thriving west. Upon completion, the 200-hectare master planned community is expected to be home to approximately 7,000 residents who will enjoy a welcoming village lifestyle set against the scenic Werribee River, enriched by abundant green parklands and waterways. Approximately $174 million has been invested by the Victorian Government in the development since its commencement in 2008, and the delivery of this intersection has seen an investment of $7.2 million, creating local jobs and boosting the state’s economy. Quotes for attribution to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Victorian Government is committed to delivering infrastructure which supports the sustainable growth of communities such as Riverwalk, as more Victorians make the move to Melbourne’s outer suburbs.” “The Werribee community will benefit from the new Alfred Road intersection, through enhanced connectivity and safety outcomes, as well as increased access to Riverwalk Primary School and the popular Village Park within the Riverwalk estate.”

CONSTRUCTION OF KEY INTERSECTION IN WERRIBEE NOW COMPLETE

The Victorian Government is continuing its investment in Melbourne’s west, with the completion of a new four-way signalised intersection on the corner of Alfred Road, Princes Highway, and Coldstream Avenue, Werribee. The intersection will improve traffic conditions for the Werribee community, enhancing safety and easier access for residents and visitors to the Riverwalk residential housing estate. Riverwalk is home to Riverwalk Primary School, two community parks and the newly created Coldstream Creek, with plans for a future Town Centre, and a 4.5-hectare sports oval to be delivered by Wyndham City Council. The new intersection provides an additional entry point for the Riverwalk estate, which is already home to approximately 2,500 residents. The project was identified as one of Wyndham City’s key infrastructure projects in its Wyndham West Development Contributions Plan. Riverwalk is being delivered by Development Victoria, the Victorian Government’s property developer, in partnership with Melbourne Water, to provide much-needed quality affordable housing opportunities in Melbourne’s thriving west. Upon completion, the 200-hectare master planned community is expected to be home to approximately 7,000 residents who will enjoy a welcoming village lifestyle set against the scenic Werribee River, enriched by abundant green parklands and waterways. Approximately $174 million has been invested by the Victorian Government in the development since its commencement in 2008, and the delivery of this intersection has seen an investment of $7.2 million, creating local jobs and boosting the state’s economy. Quotes for attribution to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Victorian Government is committed to delivering infrastructure which supports the sustainable growth of communities such as Riverwalk, as more Victorians make the move to Melbourne’s outer suburbs.” “The Werribee community will benefit from the new Alfred Road intersection, through enhanced connectivity and safety outcomes, as well as increased access to Riverwalk Primary School and the popular Village Park within the Riverwalk estate.”

WERRIBEE CELEBRATING LONGEST-SERVING TEACHERS

Werribee Secondary College, Woodville Primary School, and Wyndham Central College are home to three out of hundreds of Victorian teachers, principals, school administrators and policy makers being recognised for their long-serving dedication to students and families, through the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas congratulated 342 staff being honoured for more than 40 years of service to Victorian education, acknowledging their dedication, hard work and persistence over many decades – and particularly their resilience and support for their school communities during the pandemic. Werribee Secondary College’s Ruth Cusack, and Wyndham Central College’s Bryan Woollard are being recognised for more than 40 years of service, whilst Woodville Primary School’s Christina Dodd is being recognised for more than 50 years of service. A total of 174 teachers and staff are being recognised for 40 years of service, 119 staff for 45 years of service,  40 staff for 50 years of service, and nine staff for 55 years of service. While coronavirus restrictions have made it impossible to hold a ceremony to recognise the service of these long-serving staff members, recipients will receive a personalised Certificate of Recognition and a commemorative booklet. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These teachers and school staff members have given so many years to delivering fantastic education to Victorian students – and I know all Victorians are with me when we thank them for their decades of dedication.” “Whether they work in the classroom or in an office supporting schools, everyone receiving recognition for their service to Victorian education has made a huge contribution to our Education State.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I know everyone in Werribee will be grateful for Ruth, Bryan, and Christina’s service and for helping so many kids reach their potential and have exciting and rewarding lives.”

WERRIBEE CELEBRATING LONGEST-SERVING TEACHERS

Werribee Secondary College, Woodville Primary School, and Wyndham Central College are home to three out of hundreds of Victorian teachers, principals, school administrators and policy makers being recognised for their long-serving dedication to students and families, through the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas congratulated 342 staff being honoured for more than 40 years of service to Victorian education, acknowledging their dedication, hard work and persistence over many decades – and particularly their resilience and support for their school communities during the pandemic. Werribee Secondary College’s Ruth Cusack, and Wyndham Central College’s Bryan Woollard are being recognised for more than 40 years of service, whilst Woodville Primary School’s Christina Dodd is being recognised for more than 50 years of service. A total of 174 teachers and staff are being recognised for 40 years of service, 119 staff for 45 years of service,  40 staff for 50 years of service, and nine staff for 55 years of service. While coronavirus restrictions have made it impossible to hold a ceremony to recognise the service of these long-serving staff members, recipients will receive a personalised Certificate of Recognition and a commemorative booklet. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These teachers and school staff members have given so many years to delivering fantastic education to Victorian students – and I know all Victorians are with me when we thank them for their decades of dedication.” “Whether they work in the classroom or in an office supporting schools, everyone receiving recognition for their service to Victorian education has made a huge contribution to our Education State.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I know everyone in Werribee will be grateful for Ruth, Bryan, and Christina’s service and for helping so many kids reach their potential and have exciting and rewarding lives.”

WERRIBEE SCHOOL SUPPORTED TO TICK OFF MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

A local Werribee school will receive a boost to undertake essential maintenance projects, with the Victorian Government funding hundreds of projects making the state’s schools better places to teach and learn. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Suzanne Cory High School in the area is among 207 to share in more than $17 million in Term 3 funding for projects under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP). The program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms, fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. Essential maintenance works are decided by using up-to-date information on the condition of schools to create a faster and more targeted allocation of investment. More than $2.8 million of this vital funding will go towards maintenance of Shelter-in-Place buildings at 22 schools, which serve as a temporary shelter for staff and students during a bushfire until emergency services arrive, or as a shelter of last resort. This investment comes on top of more than $22 million already provided through Term 1 and Term 2 PMP allocations to make sure existing buildings at Victoria’s state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government’s work to 100 new schools by 2026 is well ahead of schedule – with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Investing in these vital maintenance works gives our state schools the support they need to make sure every student and teacher in the state has access to safe and modern learning environments.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This investment ensures students in Werribee can learn in safe settings that complement the top-class education we are committed to providing.” “I’m delighted to see Suzanne Cory High School share in funding to get much-needed maintenance projects off the ground.”

WERRIBEE SCHOOL SUPPORTED TO TICK OFF MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

A local Werribee school will receive a boost to undertake essential maintenance projects, with the Victorian Government funding hundreds of projects making the state’s schools better places to teach and learn. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Suzanne Cory High School in the area is among 207 to share in more than $17 million in Term 3 funding for projects under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP). The program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms, fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. Essential maintenance works are decided by using up-to-date information on the condition of schools to create a faster and more targeted allocation of investment. More than $2.8 million of this vital funding will go towards maintenance of Shelter-in-Place buildings at 22 schools, which serve as a temporary shelter for staff and students during a bushfire until emergency services arrive, or as a shelter of last resort. This investment comes on top of more than $22 million already provided through Term 1 and Term 2 PMP allocations to make sure existing buildings at Victoria’s state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government’s work to 100 new schools by 2026 is well ahead of schedule – with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Investing in these vital maintenance works gives our state schools the support they need to make sure every student and teacher in the state has access to safe and modern learning environments.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This investment ensures students in Werribee can learn in safe settings that complement the top-class education we are committed to providing.” “I’m delighted to see Suzanne Cory High School share in funding to get much-needed maintenance projects off the ground.”

 

MAKING SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL WORK FOR ALL STUDENTS

Victorian students will soon have more senior secondary options to get a great education no matter what their post-school goals, with the Victorian Government announcing new pathway options to suit every student. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today welcomed the introduction of legislation into Parliament to deliver two new options for students in their final years of school from 2023 as part of a reform of senior secondary school pathways – providing outstanding education alongside workplace experiences to set students up for further education or employment. The Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major is a new two-year vocational pathway program that will replace Intermediate and Senior VCAL and will be embedded in the VCE system. Students enrolled in the Vocational Major will also have access to an enriched curriculum as well as relevant workplace experiences based on their career goals that will develop their real-world knowledge, and technical and transferrable skills that will set them up for further education and employment. The Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace Foundation VCAL and is designed to support students to transition either to the VCE or to entry level VET or employment – particularly focusing on vulnerable students at risk of leaving education or students with additional needs. Students undertaking this qualification will see a revised and enriched curriculum with more subjects and support to develop the skills, capabilities and qualities they need after their school years – whether that’s going onto further education or straight into the workforce. The new certificates will provide all senior secondary students with access to the best aspects of both VCAL and VCE – delivering high-quality vocational and applied learning opportunities to more senior secondary students. The new courses have been developed after extensive consultation with students, educators, employers and education experts, reflecting the aspirations and perspectives of students for excellence in all senior secondary education pathways. Consultation will continue as the new certificates are implemented. The legislation introduced into Parliament today will allow the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority to conduct an accreditation process for the new certificate framework, facilitating a smooth transition process for senior secondary providers into the new structure. Work to implement the certificate by 2023 delivers on a key recommendation from the Firth Review into vocational and applied learning pathways for senior secondary students – identifying the need to move quickly to develop stronger pathways for students in the coming years. The Government is supporting every Victorian student to get the skills they need for the job they want, investing $315.5 million in senior secondary schooling reforms since 2018 to make sure the final years of secondary school deliver for students no matter what their future goals. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We want to make senior secondary school work for everyone – and I’m excited to see students in Werribee taking on these new certificates as they finish their schooling and work towards their career goals.” “These reforms mean students will have better support and flexibility to study what they want, alongside key academic skills that will prepare them for the jobs of the future.”

MAKING SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL WORK FOR ALL STUDENTS

Victorian students will soon have more senior secondary options to get a great education no matter what their post-school goals, with the Victorian Government announcing new pathway options to suit every student. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today welcomed the introduction of legislation into Parliament to deliver two new options for students in their final years of school from 2023 as part of a reform of senior secondary school pathways – providing outstanding education alongside workplace experiences to set students up for further education or employment. The Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major is a new two-year vocational pathway program that will replace Intermediate and Senior VCAL and will be embedded in the VCE system. Students enrolled in the Vocational Major will also have access to an enriched curriculum as well as relevant workplace experiences based on their career goals that will develop their real-world knowledge, and technical and transferrable skills that will set them up for further education and employment. The Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace Foundation VCAL and is designed to support students to transition either to the VCE or to entry level VET or employment – particularly focusing on vulnerable students at risk of leaving education or students with additional needs. Students undertaking this qualification will see a revised and enriched curriculum with more subjects and support to develop the skills, capabilities and qualities they need after their school years – whether that’s going onto further education or straight into the workforce. The new certificates will provide all senior secondary students with access to the best aspects of both VCAL and VCE – delivering high-quality vocational and applied learning opportunities to more senior secondary students. The new courses have been developed after extensive consultation with students, educators, employers and education experts, reflecting the aspirations and perspectives of students for excellence in all senior secondary education pathways. Consultation will continue as the new certificates are implemented. The legislation introduced into Parliament today will allow the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority to conduct an accreditation process for the new certificate framework, facilitating a smooth transition process for senior secondary providers into the new structure. Work to implement the certificate by 2023 delivers on a key recommendation from the Firth Review into vocational and applied learning pathways for senior secondary students – identifying the need to move quickly to develop stronger pathways for students in the coming years. The Government is supporting every Victorian student to get the skills they need for the job they want, investing $315.5 million in senior secondary schooling reforms since 2018 to make sure the final years of secondary school deliver for students no matter what their future goals. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We want to make senior secondary school work for everyone – and I’m excited to see students in Werribee taking on these new certificates as they finish their schooling and work towards their career goals.” “These reforms mean students will have better support and flexibility to study what they want, alongside key academic skills that will prepare them for the jobs of the future.”

WYNDHAM HAVE MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT, CLOSE TO HOME

As the serious Delta outbreak continues across the state, the Victorian Government is making sure more Victorians struggling during this difficult period have access to the mental health and wellbeing support they need. On top of the $225 million the Government has already provided to support Victorians’ mental health throughout the pandemic, a further investment of $22 million will deliver fast-tracked, tailored care to those who need it, reducing the burden on emergency departments as the number of coronavirus patients grows. This pandemic has shown us all the important role our local communities play – and this new package will establish local, accessible services to support the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of Victorians, close to home. An investment of $13.3 million will deliver 20 pop-up community mental health services – with around 90 dedicated clinicians providing 93,000 additional hours of wellbeing checks and counselling to many thousands of Victorians needing support. The pop-up centres, to be delivered by trusted community health providers like Mind, cohealth and EACH, will open progressively from the end of September across Melbourne and regional Victoria, with a dedicated triage and referral hotline and website to be established in the coming days so people can start booking appointments. This investment in the wellbeing of every Victorian also includes dedicated support for specific groups who may be at higher risk of isolation or mental health concerns as a result of the pandemic. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are less likely to engage early with mainstream mental health services, will receive $4 million in support for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to self-determine the best, most culturally appropriate  response to the mental health and wellbeing needs of their local communities. An investment of $1 million will expand the Triple P parenting programs, supporting more than 20,000 Victorian families whose children are experiencing anxiety, while $1.2 million will boost the capacity of peak LGBTIQ+ community organisations including Switchboard, Thorne Harbour Health and Drummond Street Family Services. A further $1 million will support the mental health workforce to better respond to patients presenting with trauma, and $1.5 million will allow the Royal Children’s Hospital, Vichealth and key partners to better support the most vulnerable groups of children and young people, both now and into the future. Alongside this extra support, an investment of more than $300 million from the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has started rolling out this week to deliver 14 critical new Infant, Child and Youth Area Mental Health Services – a key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. This year alone, this unprecedented investment will support an extra 1,149 infants, children and young people as well as their families with the tailored support they need – expanding our youth services’ capacity by 14 per cent. Based in hospitals across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, the services provide specialist care for high-risk cases and help with early intervention treatment for children and young people experiencing mild and moderate mental health concerns.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “We’re not wasting a moment delivering the huge reforms the Royal Commission recommended for our state’s mental health services – but we know the pandemic has increased immediate demand, so we’re investing to make sure more Victorians have access to the support they need right now.” “Our local communities have been so vital in supporting us over the past 18 months – and these innovative local pop-up mental health services will deliver the support people need, close to home.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Creating community care starts within local communities ─ we look forward to rebuilding our mental health system with local services that meet the needs and support that Wyndham deserves” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy  “No part of this pandemic has been easy, and I know how tough lockdowns are on families, kids and people who live alone. These pop-ups will help more people reach local mental health services more quickly.”   Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “This is about building a mental health system that is fit for purpose – providing the care we need, when we need it, close to home.”  

WYNDHAM HAVE MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT, CLOSE TO HOME

As the serious Delta outbreak continues across the state, the Victorian Government is making sure more Victorians struggling during this difficult period have access to the mental health and wellbeing support they need. On top of the $225 million the Government has already provided to support Victorians’ mental health throughout the pandemic, a further investment of $22 million will deliver fast-tracked, tailored care to those who need it, reducing the burden on emergency departments as the number of coronavirus patients grows. This pandemic has shown us all the important role our local communities play – and this new package will establish local, accessible services to support the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of Victorians, close to home. An investment of $13.3 million will deliver 20 pop-up community mental health services – with around 90 dedicated clinicians providing 93,000 additional hours of wellbeing checks and counselling to many thousands of Victorians needing support. The pop-up centres, to be delivered by trusted community health providers like Mind, cohealth and EACH, will open progressively from the end of September across Melbourne and regional Victoria, with a dedicated triage and referral hotline and website to be established in the coming days so people can start booking appointments. This investment in the wellbeing of every Victorian also includes dedicated support for specific groups who may be at higher risk of isolation or mental health concerns as a result of the pandemic. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are less likely to engage early with mainstream mental health services, will receive $4 million in support for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to self-determine the best, most culturally appropriate  response to the mental health and wellbeing needs of their local communities. An investment of $1 million will expand the Triple P parenting programs, supporting more than 20,000 Victorian families whose children are experiencing anxiety, while $1.2 million will boost the capacity of peak LGBTIQ+ community organisations including Switchboard, Thorne Harbour Health and Drummond Street Family Services. A further $1 million will support the mental health workforce to better respond to patients presenting with trauma, and $1.5 million will allow the Royal Children’s Hospital, Vichealth and key partners to better support the most vulnerable groups of children and young people, both now and into the future. Alongside this extra support, an investment of more than $300 million from the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has started rolling out this week to deliver 14 critical new Infant, Child and Youth Area Mental Health Services – a key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. This year alone, this unprecedented investment will support an extra 1,149 infants, children and young people as well as their families with the tailored support they need – expanding our youth services’ capacity by 14 per cent. Based in hospitals across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, the services provide specialist care for high-risk cases and help with early intervention treatment for children and young people experiencing mild and moderate mental health concerns.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “We’re not wasting a moment delivering the huge reforms the Royal Commission recommended for our state’s mental health services – but we know the pandemic has increased immediate demand, so we’re investing to make sure more Victorians have access to the support they need right now.” “Our local communities have been so vital in supporting us over the past 18 months – and these innovative local pop-up mental health services will deliver the support people need, close to home.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Creating community care starts within local communities ─ we look forward to rebuilding our mental health system with local services that meet the needs and support that Wyndham deserves” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy  “No part of this pandemic has been easy, and I know how tough lockdowns are on families, kids and people who live alone. These pop-ups will help more people reach local mental health services more quickly.”   Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “This is about building a mental health system that is fit for purpose – providing the care we need, when we need it, close to home.”  

NEW POP-UP VAX SITES FOR 100 POSTCODES ACROSS VICTORIA

The Victorian Government is bringing the vaccines to areas that need them most, by launching a massive community pop-up vaccination program targeting 100 priority postcodes across the state, with an immediate focus on the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. With new vaccination records being set every day and under 100,000 doses to go before we reach our 1 million doses in five weeks target, Victorians are well and truly rising to the challenge of getting vaccinated and we want to keep this momentum going. Using already announced supply secured through agreements with Singapore and the United Kingdom, Victoria is launching a new program covering 100 postcodes that establishes community and school-based pop ups in areas that need them most and where barriers to vaccination may exist. The first five community pop-ups will be based in the Hume, Dandenong and Casey local government areas and will be hosted in council and religious settings to offer tailored support for local diverse communities, like we’ve done previously with the Greek Orthodox Church vaccination site in Thornbury, a Hindu temple site in Mill Park and a mosque in Newport. The first eight school pop-up clinics will be at Dandenong High School, Point Cook Secondary College, Gladstone Park Secondary College, Roxburgh College, Brunswick Secondary College, Tarneit Senior College, Werribee Secondary College and Lakeview Senior College. These are aimed at school students. The next round of secondary schools will provide access to COVID-19 vaccines for students and their families, staff and those in the local community. Those first schools will include Narre Warren South P-12 College, Mount Ridley P-12 College and Hazel Glen College. The number of school-based pop-ups will expand rapidly, with approximately 70 school sites eventually earmarked for all members of the community. Additional bookings will be available from Monday, 13 September at the Melton Drive Through Vaccination Hub, Wyndham Indoor Vaccination Centre - Eagle Stadium, Melbourne Showgrounds, Broadmeadows Town Hall, South Morang Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre and the Ford Factory in Campbellfield. Several sites will also be extending opening hours until 8pm, and more Pfizer and AstraZeneca doses will be released this week across state sites. The Government continues to make it easier for Victorians to get vaccinated as soon as possible, with 60 open access state-run centres currently operating across Victoria and additional sites opening every week. Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-centres for more information on Victoria’s vaccination centres, including locations and opening hours. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The expanded site at Eagle Stadium and the new site at Werribee Secondary College will mean more families in the Werribee District will be able to access the coronavirus vaccine so they can protect themselves, their loved ones and the whole community.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “Making vaccine bookings more accessible to our community is a vital part of the fight against this pandemic. People in Melbourne’s west want to get back to living their lives free of this virus and this additional COVID-19 vaccine booking capacity is an important part of helping us get there.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Thousands of Victorians are getting vaccinated every day to protect our community and our loved ones - these new sites will now make it even easier to get your jab as we race to vaccinate.” Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Vaccinations keep families safe and together. This is a targeted and coordinated campaign to ensure we can get equitable vaccination coverage right across Victoria.” “We are tailoring our vaccination rollout to remove any barriers that might otherwise stop someone from getting vaccinated. There are a million reasons to get vaccinated and vaccination is our only way out of this pandemic.”

NEW POP-UP VAX SITES FOR 100 POSTCODES ACROSS VICTORIA

The Victorian Government is bringing the vaccines to areas that need them most, by launching a massive community pop-up vaccination program targeting 100 priority postcodes across the state, with an immediate focus on the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. With new vaccination records being set every day and under 100,000 doses to go before we reach our 1 million doses in five weeks target, Victorians are well and truly rising to the challenge of getting vaccinated and we want to keep this momentum going. Using already announced supply secured through agreements with Singapore and the United Kingdom, Victoria is launching a new program covering 100 postcodes that establishes community and school-based pop ups in areas that need them most and where barriers to vaccination may exist. The first five community pop-ups will be based in the Hume, Dandenong and Casey local government areas and will be hosted in council and religious settings to offer tailored support for local diverse communities, like we’ve done previously with the Greek Orthodox Church vaccination site in Thornbury, a Hindu temple site in Mill Park and a mosque in Newport. The first eight school pop-up clinics will be at Dandenong High School, Point Cook Secondary College, Gladstone Park Secondary College, Roxburgh College, Brunswick Secondary College, Tarneit Senior College, Werribee Secondary College and Lakeview Senior College. These are aimed at school students. The next round of secondary schools will provide access to COVID-19 vaccines for students and their families, staff and those in the local community. Those first schools will include Narre Warren South P-12 College, Mount Ridley P-12 College and Hazel Glen College. The number of school-based pop-ups will expand rapidly, with approximately 70 school sites eventually earmarked for all members of the community. Additional bookings will be available from Monday, 13 September at the Melton Drive Through Vaccination Hub, Wyndham Indoor Vaccination Centre - Eagle Stadium, Melbourne Showgrounds, Broadmeadows Town Hall, South Morang Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre and the Ford Factory in Campbellfield. Several sites will also be extending opening hours until 8pm, and more Pfizer and AstraZeneca doses will be released this week across state sites. The Government continues to make it easier for Victorians to get vaccinated as soon as possible, with 60 open access state-run centres currently operating across Victoria and additional sites opening every week. Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-centres for more information on Victoria’s vaccination centres, including locations and opening hours. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The expanded site at Eagle Stadium and the new site at Werribee Secondary College will mean more families in the Werribee District will be able to access the coronavirus vaccine so they can protect themselves, their loved ones and the whole community.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “Making vaccine bookings more accessible to our community is a vital part of the fight against this pandemic. People in Melbourne’s west want to get back to living their lives free of this virus and this additional COVID-19 vaccine booking capacity is an important part of helping us get there.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Thousands of Victorians are getting vaccinated every day to protect our community and our loved ones - these new sites will now make it even easier to get your jab as we race to vaccinate.” Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Vaccinations keep families safe and together. This is a targeted and coordinated campaign to ensure we can get equitable vaccination coverage right across Victoria.” “We are tailoring our vaccination rollout to remove any barriers that might otherwise stop someone from getting vaccinated. There are a million reasons to get vaccinated and vaccination is our only way out of this pandemic.”

TACKLING ROADSIDE WEEDS AND PESTS IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing its support for regional and rural councils to prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals across Victoria. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas has welcomed the $11,713 for Wyndham City Council from Local Government Victoria’s Roadside Weeds and Pests Control Program. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas announced this year’s funding for Wyndham as part of the $11.5 million allocated over the next four years to prevent the spread of invasive weeds and pests on rural roadsides. Wyndham City Council is one of the eligible councils across regional and rural Victoria responsible for managing almost 100,000 kilometres of rural roadsides. Rural roadsides can provide a breeding ground for harmful weeds and pests and this funding allows councils to implement control measures that prevent their spread. Weeds like serrated tussock and blackberries cost the Victorian economy over $900 million each year as they have the potential to spread very quickly resulting in serious negative impacts on agricultural production, as well as contribute to the spread of fires. Recent drought has accelerated the presence and spread of new and emerging weeds that can threaten native biodiversity. Local Government Victoria and Agriculture Victoria work closely with local councils in ensuring plans to tackle weeds and pests are tailored to their local area and appropriate funding is allocated to fulfil each strategy. To find out more about the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/funding-programs/roadside-weeds-and-pest-management. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas “Weeds and pests along rural roadsides have the potential to wreak havoc on native plant species and we’re proud to be supporting councils to tackle these invasive species during Spring.” “This funding will boost the capacity of Victorian councils to control roadside weeds pest that can cost our farmers millions of dollars per year, which is especially vital as the Victorian economy recovers from the impacts of coronavirus.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Andrews Labor Government recognises the challenge that weeds and pests pose to rural and regional communities, and I’m proud that Wyndham City Council are being supported in delivering effective and tailored strategies for our region.” “With Spring fast approaching, the Roadside Weeds and Pest Control Program will enable Wyndham City Council to take prompt and targeted action to protect our farmers, parkland and forests.”

TACKLING ROADSIDE WEEDS AND PESTS IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing its support for regional and rural councils to prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals across Victoria. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas has welcomed the $11,713 for Wyndham City Council from Local Government Victoria’s Roadside Weeds and Pests Control Program. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas announced this year’s funding for Wyndham as part of the $11.5 million allocated over the next four years to prevent the spread of invasive weeds and pests on rural roadsides. Wyndham City Council is one of the eligible councils across regional and rural Victoria responsible for managing almost 100,000 kilometres of rural roadsides. Rural roadsides can provide a breeding ground for harmful weeds and pests and this funding allows councils to implement control measures that prevent their spread. Weeds like serrated tussock and blackberries cost the Victorian economy over $900 million each year as they have the potential to spread very quickly resulting in serious negative impacts on agricultural production, as well as contribute to the spread of fires. Recent drought has accelerated the presence and spread of new and emerging weeds that can threaten native biodiversity. Local Government Victoria and Agriculture Victoria work closely with local councils in ensuring plans to tackle weeds and pests are tailored to their local area and appropriate funding is allocated to fulfil each strategy. To find out more about the Roadside Weeds and Pests Program visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/funding-programs/roadside-weeds-and-pest-management. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas “Weeds and pests along rural roadsides have the potential to wreak havoc on native plant species and we’re proud to be supporting councils to tackle these invasive species during Spring.” “This funding will boost the capacity of Victorian councils to control roadside weeds pest that can cost our farmers millions of dollars per year, which is especially vital as the Victorian economy recovers from the impacts of coronavirus.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Andrews Labor Government recognises the challenge that weeds and pests pose to rural and regional communities, and I’m proud that Wyndham City Council are being supported in delivering effective and tailored strategies for our region.” “With Spring fast approaching, the Roadside Weeds and Pest Control Program will enable Wyndham City Council to take prompt and targeted action to protect our farmers, parkland and forests.”

PLANNING UNDERWAY TO DELIVER COMMUTER CAR PARK BOOST IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Commuters in Melbourne’s west are set for a massive car park boost with planning consultation now underway for more than 1280 new and upgraded spaces at three railway stations. The next stations to receive upgrades are Caroline Springs, Tarneit and Wyndham Vale. Commuters will benefit from more, new and upgraded parking spaces, accessible parking, and improvements to lighting, CCTV, bicycle facilities and new trees, shrubs and grass for green spaces. The new and upgraded spaces to be delivered include 500 at Tarneit, 380 at Wyndham Vale and 400 at Caroline Springs, a huge boost for passengers who use these busy stations. With planning and design for the new car parks now underway, communities are being asked to provide feedback. These projects are part of the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters program, which is helping to deliver 11,000 new and upgraded car parking spaces at railway stations across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Works have already started on 100 new and improved car parks at Melton Station, which will service commuters on the Ballarat line, one of the state’s busiest regional train lines, and works are set to start from early September on 100 new and upgraded parks at Aircraft Station on the Werribee line. The massive boost to commuter parking across Melbourne’s west means less time sitting in the car and less time trying to find a car park, or safe place to lock up your bike before catching the train. It follows planning consultation for more than 620 new and improved car parks at seven other stations including Merlynston, Eltham, Wattle Glen, Upper Ferntree Gully Yarraman, Nar Nar Goon and Drouin. Millions of passenger trips are taken to and from these stations every year, with Caroline Springs, Tarneit and Wyndham Vale servicing one of Melbourne’s fastest growing regions. As part of the planning process, members of the community can provide their feedback at engage.vic.gov.au. Once consultation is completed the designs will be finalised and unveiled later this year, before construction starts in early 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “There is nothing more frustrating than having to circle your local train station while trying to find a car park during the morning commute, which is why we’re investing in commuter car parks right across the state.” “The Victorian Government has invested in 380 new and upgraded car parking spaces for passengers at Wyndham Vale Station, to make it easier to park and catch the train.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “500 new and upgraded car parking spaces at Tarneit Station represents one of the single biggest upgrades to commuter car parking ever undertaken in Melbourne’s west and will make a huge difference to people who catch the train to and from this busy station.” Quote attributable to Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz “The Victorian Government's investment in 400 new and upgraded car parking spaces at Caroline Springs will reduce congestion and make commuting safer in Melbourne’s west.”

PLANNING UNDERWAY TO DELIVER COMMUTER CAR PARK BOOST IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Commuters in Melbourne’s west are set for a massive car park boost with planning consultation now underway for more than 1280 new and upgraded spaces at three railway stations. The next stations to receive upgrades are Caroline Springs, Tarneit and Wyndham Vale. Commuters will benefit from more, new and upgraded parking spaces, accessible parking, and improvements to lighting, CCTV, bicycle facilities and new trees, shrubs and grass for green spaces. The new and upgraded spaces to be delivered include 500 at Tarneit, 380 at Wyndham Vale and 400 at Caroline Springs, a huge boost for passengers who use these busy stations. With planning and design for the new car parks now underway, communities are being asked to provide feedback. These projects are part of the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters program, which is helping to deliver 11,000 new and upgraded car parking spaces at railway stations across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Works have already started on 100 new and improved car parks at Melton Station, which will service commuters on the Ballarat line, one of the state’s busiest regional train lines, and works are set to start from early September on 100 new and upgraded parks at Aircraft Station on the Werribee line. The massive boost to commuter parking across Melbourne’s west means less time sitting in the car and less time trying to find a car park, or safe place to lock up your bike before catching the train. It follows planning consultation for more than 620 new and improved car parks at seven other stations including Merlynston, Eltham, Wattle Glen, Upper Ferntree Gully Yarraman, Nar Nar Goon and Drouin. Millions of passenger trips are taken to and from these stations every year, with Caroline Springs, Tarneit and Wyndham Vale servicing one of Melbourne’s fastest growing regions. As part of the planning process, members of the community can provide their feedback at engage.vic.gov.au. Once consultation is completed the designs will be finalised and unveiled later this year, before construction starts in early 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “There is nothing more frustrating than having to circle your local train station while trying to find a car park during the morning commute, which is why we’re investing in commuter car parks right across the state.” “The Victorian Government has invested in 380 new and upgraded car parking spaces for passengers at Wyndham Vale Station, to make it easier to park and catch the train.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “500 new and upgraded car parking spaces at Tarneit Station represents one of the single biggest upgrades to commuter car parking ever undertaken in Melbourne’s west and will make a huge difference to people who catch the train to and from this busy station.” Quote attributable to Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz “The Victorian Government's investment in 400 new and upgraded car parking spaces at Caroline Springs will reduce congestion and make commuting safer in Melbourne’s west.”

CELEBRATING CHILDREN’S WEEK WITH COMMUNITY GRANTS

The Victorian Government is helping thousands of children celebrate Children’s Week in October by supporting local councils and not-for-profit organisations with grants for fun and free educational activities. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced two organisations in Werribee will receive grants of up to $1,000 to host COVIDSafe activities for children up to the age of 12 and their families during the annual celebration. Almost $100,000 worth of grants are being distributed to help recipients celebrate in innovative ways with their communities in line with the coronavirus restrictions in their areas. Activities and celebrations include free online art exhibitions, dance workshops, arts and crafts lessons, musical and story-telling performances, drawing competitions and where possible outdoor events. All online activities will be held with cyber-safety in mind and any in-person activity will be subject to public health advice and the epidemiology of the time. Children’s Week is a national celebration that will run from Saturday, 23 October to Sunday, 31 October 2021. For more information, visit education.vic.gov.au/about/events. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Children’s Week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the lives, talents and achievement of Victorian children, especially those in Werribee.” “I am looking forward to the fun and educational innovative activities that our community will put on to celebrate Children’s Week this year.” Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Local councils and organisations in Victoria have embraced the challenge to think creatively about how to host activities and events to engage children and their communities amid the challenges presented by the pandemic.”

CELEBRATING CHILDREN’S WEEK WITH COMMUNITY GRANTS

The Victorian Government is helping thousands of children celebrate Children’s Week in October by supporting local councils and not-for-profit organisations with grants for fun and free educational activities. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced two organisations in Werribee will receive grants of up to $1,000 to host COVIDSafe activities for children up to the age of 12 and their families during the annual celebration. Almost $100,000 worth of grants are being distributed to help recipients celebrate in innovative ways with their communities in line with the coronavirus restrictions in their areas. Activities and celebrations include free online art exhibitions, dance workshops, arts and crafts lessons, musical and story-telling performances, drawing competitions and where possible outdoor events. All online activities will be held with cyber-safety in mind and any in-person activity will be subject to public health advice and the epidemiology of the time. Children’s Week is a national celebration that will run from Saturday, 23 October to Sunday, 31 October 2021. For more information, visit education.vic.gov.au/about/events. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Children’s Week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the lives, talents and achievement of Victorian children, especially those in Werribee.” “I am looking forward to the fun and educational innovative activities that our community will put on to celebrate Children’s Week this year.” Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Local councils and organisations in Victoria have embraced the challenge to think creatively about how to host activities and events to engage children and their communities amid the challenges presented by the pandemic.”

NEW PARTNERSHIP TO BOOST KINDER PLACES IN WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is creating extra kinder places in Wyndham to make sure young children in the area can access and enjoy Three-Year-Old Kinder, thanks to a new council partnership. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt today announced a $47 million Building Blocks partnership with Wyndham City Council ─ the first collaboration of its kind with a local council that will create more than 3,600 kindergarten places across Wyndham by 2029. The first stage of the partnership will see nine early childhood infrastructure projects delivered by 2025, creating more than 1,800 15-hour funded kindergarten places. Communities in Hoppers Crossing South, Point Cook North, Tarneit, Point Cook, Wyndham Vale, Werribee West and Truganina will benefit from new integrated early childhood centres in the first stage. The Government has also provided funding support to deliver an additional eight early childhood infrastructure projects in Wyndham between 2025 and 2029 ─ boosting kindergarten places to over 3,600 for the community. This new partnership provides greater investment certainty for kindergarten projects and in total will deliver a pipeline of 17 planned new and expanded kindergartens sites in Wyndham to support the roll-out of the landmark kinder reform. In an Australian-first, the Andrews Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs. From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029. As part of the Three-Year-Old-Kinder roll-out, the Andrews Labor Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “This council partnership is the first of what we hope will be many to support the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kinder by delivering a pipeline of works to create new and expanded kinders for local Victorian communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re proud to be boosting early childhood services in Wyndham – because we know how important the early years are in setting our kids up for the rest of their lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “This big investment will go a long way in supporting parents of youngsters in the west to access three-year-old kinder - and it’s great to see this type of partnership really serving our local communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “As a working Mum of three children, I know how important being able to access early childhood services are. In fast growing communities like Wyndham, it’s important we keep up with the demand for quality early childhood services, to give our kids the best start in life.” Quote attributable to Wyndham City Council Mayor Adele Hegedich “Wyndham City welcomes the Building Blocks Partnership and this major pipeline of investment in Wyndham.” “About 100 babies are currently being born each week in Wyndham, which means we need long-term planning and funding for kindergarten services to keep pace with this ongoing boom.”

NEW PARTNERSHIP TO BOOST KINDER PLACES IN WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is creating extra kinder places in Wyndham to make sure young children in the area can access and enjoy Three-Year-Old Kinder, thanks to a new council partnership. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt today announced a $47 million Building Blocks partnership with Wyndham City Council ─ the first collaboration of its kind with a local council that will create more than 3,600 kindergarten places across Wyndham by 2029. The first stage of the partnership will see nine early childhood infrastructure projects delivered by 2025, creating more than 1,800 15-hour funded kindergarten places. Communities in Hoppers Crossing South, Point Cook North, Tarneit, Point Cook, Wyndham Vale, Werribee West and Truganina will benefit from new integrated early childhood centres in the first stage. The Government has also provided funding support to deliver an additional eight early childhood infrastructure projects in Wyndham between 2025 and 2029 ─ boosting kindergarten places to over 3,600 for the community. This new partnership provides greater investment certainty for kindergarten projects and in total will deliver a pipeline of 17 planned new and expanded kindergartens sites in Wyndham to support the roll-out of the landmark kinder reform. In an Australian-first, the Andrews Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs. From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029. As part of the Three-Year-Old-Kinder roll-out, the Andrews Labor Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “This council partnership is the first of what we hope will be many to support the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kinder by delivering a pipeline of works to create new and expanded kinders for local Victorian communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re proud to be boosting early childhood services in Wyndham – because we know how important the early years are in setting our kids up for the rest of their lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “This big investment will go a long way in supporting parents of youngsters in the west to access three-year-old kinder - and it’s great to see this type of partnership really serving our local communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “As a working Mum of three children, I know how important being able to access early childhood services are. In fast growing communities like Wyndham, it’s important we keep up with the demand for quality early childhood services, to give our kids the best start in life.” Quote attributable to Wyndham City Council Mayor Adele Hegedich “Wyndham City welcomes the Building Blocks Partnership and this major pipeline of investment in Wyndham.” “About 100 babies are currently being born each week in Wyndham, which means we need long-term planning and funding for kindergarten services to keep pace with this ongoing boom.”

WERRIBEE TO HAVE SAY ON NEW LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM

Victorians are being invited to have their say about the local mental health services they want to see as the Andrews Labor Government delivers a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas invited the local community to share their thoughts on the local services and the design of the treatment, care and support through the Engage Victoria website at engage.vic.gov.au. The development of new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services is at the heart of the mental health reform ─ allowing Victorians to get the care they need much sooner and closer to their families and communities. The new services will act as a “front door” to the reformed mental health system – connecting Victorians to the care they need in their own community, and focusing on prevention and early intervention for adults who are experiencing mental illness or psychological distress as well as treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended 50 to 60 new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services be established across Victoria by the end of 2026. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 included $263.8 million to start work on the first 20 of the new local services across Victoria, with six fast-tracked facilities to open in Benalla, Brimbank, Frankston, Greater Geelong, the Latrobe Valley and Whittlesea next year. To build a new mental health and wellbeing system from the ground up that meets the needs of all Victorians, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 invested a record $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing services and support. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “Community care is at the heart of our mental health reform – and we want to hear from the community to help us create the best fit-for-purpose new local mental health and wellbeing services that will deliver for Victorians.” “These new local services will transform the way we deliver treatment, care and support for Victorians with mental illness and psychological distress – giving them easy-to-access local services and support within their community.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Creating community care starts within local communities ─ we look forward to rebuilding our mental health system with new local services that meet the needs and support that Werribee deserves.”

WERRIBEE TO HAVE SAY ON NEW LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM

Victorians are being invited to have their say about the local mental health services they want to see as the Andrews Labor Government delivers a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas invited the local community to share their thoughts on the local services and the design of the treatment, care and support through the Engage Victoria website at engage.vic.gov.au. The development of new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services is at the heart of the mental health reform ─ allowing Victorians to get the care they need much sooner and closer to their families and communities. The new services will act as a “front door” to the reformed mental health system – connecting Victorians to the care they need in their own community, and focusing on prevention and early intervention for adults who are experiencing mental illness or psychological distress as well as treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended 50 to 60 new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services be established across Victoria by the end of 2026. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 included $263.8 million to start work on the first 20 of the new local services across Victoria, with six fast-tracked facilities to open in Benalla, Brimbank, Frankston, Greater Geelong, the Latrobe Valley and Whittlesea next year. To build a new mental health and wellbeing system from the ground up that meets the needs of all Victorians, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 invested a record $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing services and support. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “Community care is at the heart of our mental health reform – and we want to hear from the community to help us create the best fit-for-purpose new local mental health and wellbeing services that will deliver for Victorians.” “These new local services will transform the way we deliver treatment, care and support for Victorians with mental illness and psychological distress – giving them easy-to-access local services and support within their community.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Creating community care starts within local communities ─ we look forward to rebuilding our mental health system with new local services that meet the needs and support that Werribee deserves.”