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  • Coronavirus in Victoria

    A State of Emergency was declared in Victoria on 16 March 2020 to combat COVID-19. The best way people can protect themselves and others is to wash their hands with soap and water regularly and practice cough etiquette. If you are unwell stay at home and avoid contact with others. We are all in this together – and as we saw during the bushfires – in the worst of times, we are confident that we will see the best of Victorians.

  • Level Crossing Removal at Cherry Street

    Construction officially begins to build a new bridge connecting Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway. The $113.8 million Level Crossing Removal will slash travel times for drivers and build better, safer connections for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • New Riverwalk Primary School

    The students in Werribee have a brand-new school to learn in. This school is a $23.7 million investment that delivers a performing arts and physical education building, along with state-of-the-art learning spaces and administration areas.

  • Level Crossing Removal Designs Confirmed

    Designs have been confirmed to remove level crossings at Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing and Werribee Street in Werribee, with work set to get underway by mid-year. The combined $355.5 million package to deliver these works, will further ease congestion and improve safety in the area.

  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

    Local residents and commuters in Wyndham will benefit from a huge package of 8 key road upgrades, including work on the Duncans Road Interchange, and 750 lane-kilometres of maintenance works that will cut travel times, improve road safety and better connect communities in this key growth corridor.

  • Werribee Mercy Hospital Expansion

    The $85 million Werribee Mercy Hospital expansion opened in 2018 will provide staff with more of the modern facilities they need to take care of our community. This includes 64 inpatient beds, 8 critical care beds and 6 additional operating theatres.

  • $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.

  • Coronavirus in Victoria

    A State of Emergency was declared in Victoria on 16 March 2020 to combat COVID-19. The best way people can protect themselves and others is to wash their hands with soap and water regularly and practice cough etiquette. If you are unwell stay at home and avoid contact with others. We are all in this together – and as we saw during the bushfires – in the worst of times, we are confident that we will see the best of Victorians.

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LITTLE RIVER BORDER CHANGE TO UNITE COMMUNITY

Little River residents will be reunited under the same set of restrictions, with the border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria adjusted to go around the community instead of through it. A change would be made to the Chief Health Officer’s directions from 11:59pm on Thursday 22 October so that the entire town of Little River would be removed from the metropolitan Melbourne restricted area. Little River is the only town on the metropolitan border which is divided by the current border. The border will be updated to follow boundaries around the northern side of Little River, rather than Local Government Area (LGA) boundaries – which saw the town divided in two. The metropolitan border will now end at Wests Road, Bulban Road, Edgars Road and Argoona Road, before connecting again with neighbouring LGA boundaries. The current Victoria Police checkpoint at Princes Highway turnoff into Little River will remain in place due to physical infrastructure requirements and police will continue to enforce the new border. Little River residents who were previously on the metropolitan side of the border can now move into the same Step 3 restrictions as the rest of regional Victoria. This may mean some residents will need to apply for a work permit if their work is located in metropolitan Melbourne. For more information about current restriction levels visit: coronavirus.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria has been vital to containing the spread of coronavirus, but we know that this measure has had wider impacts for the Little River community.” “Adjusting the ring of steel to go around Little River instead of through it will alleviate any confusion and unify this community under the same set of restrictions.” Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren “Changing the border will make life a little easier for people in Little River – but residents will still need to make sure they are following the restrictions that apply to regional Victoria.”

LITTLE RIVER BORDER CHANGE TO UNITE COMMUNITY

Little River residents will be reunited under the same set of restrictions, with the border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria adjusted to go around the community instead of through it. A change would be made to the Chief Health Officer’s directions from 11:59pm on Thursday 22 October so that the entire town of Little River would be removed from the metropolitan Melbourne restricted area. Little River is the only town on the metropolitan border which is divided by the current border. The border will be updated to follow boundaries around the northern side of Little River, rather than Local Government Area (LGA) boundaries – which saw the town divided in two. The metropolitan border will now end at Wests Road, Bulban Road, Edgars Road and Argoona Road, before connecting again with neighbouring LGA boundaries. The current Victoria Police checkpoint at Princes Highway turnoff into Little River will remain in place due to physical infrastructure requirements and police will continue to enforce the new border. Little River residents who were previously on the metropolitan side of the border can now move into the same Step 3 restrictions as the rest of regional Victoria. This may mean some residents will need to apply for a work permit if their work is located in metropolitan Melbourne. For more information about current restriction levels visit: coronavirus.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria has been vital to containing the spread of coronavirus, but we know that this measure has had wider impacts for the Little River community.” “Adjusting the ring of steel to go around Little River instead of through it will alleviate any confusion and unify this community under the same set of restrictions.” Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren “Changing the border will make life a little easier for people in Little River – but residents will still need to make sure they are following the restrictions that apply to regional Victoria.”

MULTICULTURAL MEDIA BOOST TO REACH MORE VICTORIANS

The Victorian Government is delivering on an election commitment by supporting multicultural media outlets with new equipment and ensuring communities – including in Werribee – remain informed and engaged. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced WYNFM Community Radio Inc will receive $6,049 to allow for the purchase of an outside broadcasting equipment to support coverage and community engagement at local events. WYNFM Community Radio Inc is one of 43 multicultural media outlets in Victoria sharing in $500,000 through the Andrews Labor Government’s Multicultural Media Grants Program. The grants – for new or upgraded office equipment, recording devices, editing software and the like – will help broaden the reach of multicultural media outlets while keeping Victorians connected to culture and community through the delivery of high-quality in-language news, information and entertainment. This one-off funding round – a 2018 pre-election commitment – recognises the vital work of multicultural media outlets across Victoria in keeping culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities informed and supported. The capacity to reach more people whilst fostering a greater sense of connection in communities has never been more important than during the pandemic. Other successful recipients include community radio broadcaster 3ZZZ, Greek newspaper Neos Kosmos and TV network Ch31, which will purchase new studio equipment including TV cameras. Jewish radio station J-AIR will receive funding to purchase new transmission hardware so that the channel can expand its broadcast range, while the Australian Muslim Media will be able to replace some of its outdated equipment, such as microphones and mixers. The successful recipients showcase the diversity of the Victoria’s CALD communities and the value of staying connected while physically apart. For more information, visit: vic.gov.au/2020-multicultural-media-grants-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “Accessing information in one’s own language has never been more important. This program enables our multicultural media outlets to strengthen their existing capacity and amplify their reach.” “When many Victorians are missing family, friends and community, finding ways to ensure people from Victoria’s diverse communities can remain connected, informed and supported through staged restrictions is essential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Every Victorian deserves to stay connected and informed to news that matters to them – we know there are many small media outlets that do this amazing work.” “A big congratulations to WYNFM Community Radio Inc for receiving funds through this stream – it’ll mean they can improve their reach, keep people informed and entertained.”

MULTICULTURAL MEDIA BOOST TO REACH MORE VICTORIANS

The Victorian Government is delivering on an election commitment by supporting multicultural media outlets with new equipment and ensuring communities – including in Werribee – remain informed and engaged. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced WYNFM Community Radio Inc will receive $6,049 to allow for the purchase of an outside broadcasting equipment to support coverage and community engagement at local events. WYNFM Community Radio Inc is one of 43 multicultural media outlets in Victoria sharing in $500,000 through the Andrews Labor Government’s Multicultural Media Grants Program. The grants – for new or upgraded office equipment, recording devices, editing software and the like – will help broaden the reach of multicultural media outlets while keeping Victorians connected to culture and community through the delivery of high-quality in-language news, information and entertainment. This one-off funding round – a 2018 pre-election commitment – recognises the vital work of multicultural media outlets across Victoria in keeping culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities informed and supported. The capacity to reach more people whilst fostering a greater sense of connection in communities has never been more important than during the pandemic. Other successful recipients include community radio broadcaster 3ZZZ, Greek newspaper Neos Kosmos and TV network Ch31, which will purchase new studio equipment including TV cameras. Jewish radio station J-AIR will receive funding to purchase new transmission hardware so that the channel can expand its broadcast range, while the Australian Muslim Media will be able to replace some of its outdated equipment, such as microphones and mixers. The successful recipients showcase the diversity of the Victoria’s CALD communities and the value of staying connected while physically apart. For more information, visit: vic.gov.au/2020-multicultural-media-grants-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “Accessing information in one’s own language has never been more important. This program enables our multicultural media outlets to strengthen their existing capacity and amplify their reach.” “When many Victorians are missing family, friends and community, finding ways to ensure people from Victoria’s diverse communities can remain connected, informed and supported through staged restrictions is essential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Every Victorian deserves to stay connected and informed to news that matters to them – we know there are many small media outlets that do this amazing work.” “A big congratulations to WYNFM Community Radio Inc for receiving funds through this stream – it’ll mean they can improve their reach, keep people informed and entertained.”

MEMBERS STATEMENT: COVID-19

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) (09:49): I rise to acknowledge the thousands of families in my electorate of Werribee who stepped up to help stop this deadly spread of coronavirus. I particularly want to thank the local school communities, Werribee businesspeople and health workers across Melbourne’s west. The coronavirus impact on the City of Wyndham has been profound and Werribee has been hurt more than most Victorian communities because of this virus. But the numbers in Wyndham have dropped significantly, down from a peak of 942 active cases on 9 August to just 24 cases today. We would not be getting through to a new COVID normal without the many thousands of Werribee residents doing the right thing, and for that I thank them. Despite these trying circumstances, our hardworking teachers are continuing to deliver the outstanding education that Werribee students deserve, while our dedicated and diligent healthcare professionals continue to help Werribee residents remain safe, stopping the spread of coronavirus and saving lives in our community. The global pandemic has hit business hard and Werribee is no exception. Our government’s massive support packages will see cash grants, tax relief and cash flow support delivered to Victorian businesses, and I thank the Werribee business leaders for the way that they have worked together to keep our community safe as we drive coronavirus cases down and we work towards a new COVID normal. I also thank the great community of Werribee for its resilience and its work to keep all Victorians safe.

MEMBERS STATEMENT: COVID-19

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) (09:49): I rise to acknowledge the thousands of families in my electorate of Werribee who stepped up to help stop this deadly spread of coronavirus. I particularly want to thank the local school communities, Werribee businesspeople and health workers across Melbourne’s west. The coronavirus impact on the City of Wyndham has been profound and Werribee has been hurt more than most Victorian communities because of this virus. But the numbers in Wyndham have dropped significantly, down from a peak of 942 active cases on 9 August to just 24 cases today. We would not be getting through to a new COVID normal without the many thousands of Werribee residents doing the right thing, and for that I thank them. Despite these trying circumstances, our hardworking teachers are continuing to deliver the outstanding education that Werribee students deserve, while our dedicated and diligent healthcare professionals continue to help Werribee residents remain safe, stopping the spread of coronavirus and saving lives in our community. The global pandemic has hit business hard and Werribee is no exception. Our government’s massive support packages will see cash grants, tax relief and cash flow support delivered to Victorian businesses, and I thank the Werribee business leaders for the way that they have worked together to keep our community safe as we drive coronavirus cases down and we work towards a new COVID normal. I also thank the great community of Werribee for its resilience and its work to keep all Victorians safe.

WYNDHAM DIWALI GOES DIGITAL

The Victorian Government is helping Wyndham Diwali Incorporated celebrate culture and hold their event in a COVID-safe way for all of Wyndham to enjoy. It is one of dozens of activities to be supported through the Government’s Multicultural Festivals and Events program, encouraging 148 community organisations across Victoria to get creative and move their events online. More than $800,000 will flow to those organisations, helping them to also build and develop their longterm digital capacity. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy, and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly announced Wyndham Diwali Incorporated as one of the successful recipients. Wyndham Diwali Incorporated will be the recipient of a $25,000 grant as they make Wyndham Diwali a virtual, COVID-safe event for the first time. Events funded include the Vietnamese Community in Australia – Victoria Chapter’s Tet Lunar New Year Festival, and both the SalamFest Digital Edition and the African Music and Cultural Virtual Festival, which are expected to each attract 10,000 people. Expect to see many of Victoria’s favourite events go digital in the coming months as our multicultural and multifaith communities celebrate, commemorate and connect online. For the full list of successful recipients, visit: vic.gov.au/multicultural-festivals-and-events-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “We’ll be there for our multicultural and multifaith communities during this pandemic and into the future – with dozens of events and festivals getting underway over the coming months through the support of this program.” “We are all the stronger for backing Victorians to embrace their traditions and culture – it’s why Victoria is such a strong, diverse and welcoming state.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is great news for Wyndham Diwali, and means the pandemic won't stop the traditions and celebrations we've come to expect and enjoy." Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “Now more than ever we need to come together and share in our culture and traditions, this funding will mean this much loved celebration can still go ahead and in a COVID-safe way.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “As a proudly diverse community, we will continue to share our multicultural celebrations together despite the pandemic.”

WYNDHAM DIWALI GOES DIGITAL

The Victorian Government is helping Wyndham Diwali Incorporated celebrate culture and hold their event in a COVID-safe way for all of Wyndham to enjoy. It is one of dozens of activities to be supported through the Government’s Multicultural Festivals and Events program, encouraging 148 community organisations across Victoria to get creative and move their events online. More than $800,000 will flow to those organisations, helping them to also build and develop their longterm digital capacity. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy, and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly announced Wyndham Diwali Incorporated as one of the successful recipients. Wyndham Diwali Incorporated will be the recipient of a $25,000 grant as they make Wyndham Diwali a virtual, COVID-safe event for the first time. Events funded include the Vietnamese Community in Australia – Victoria Chapter’s Tet Lunar New Year Festival, and both the SalamFest Digital Edition and the African Music and Cultural Virtual Festival, which are expected to each attract 10,000 people. Expect to see many of Victoria’s favourite events go digital in the coming months as our multicultural and multifaith communities celebrate, commemorate and connect online. For the full list of successful recipients, visit: vic.gov.au/multicultural-festivals-and-events-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “We’ll be there for our multicultural and multifaith communities during this pandemic and into the future – with dozens of events and festivals getting underway over the coming months through the support of this program.” “We are all the stronger for backing Victorians to embrace their traditions and culture – it’s why Victoria is such a strong, diverse and welcoming state.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is great news for Wyndham Diwali, and means the pandemic won't stop the traditions and celebrations we've come to expect and enjoy." Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “Now more than ever we need to come together and share in our culture and traditions, this funding will mean this much loved celebration can still go ahead and in a COVID-safe way.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “As a proudly diverse community, we will continue to share our multicultural celebrations together despite the pandemic.”

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: COVID-19

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) (12:26): I want to advise the house about the work that the Andrews government is doing in getting on with the job of delivering for businesses, workers and households as they deal with the trepidations of the coronavirus pandemic, a global pandemic. It is the biggest economic shock to the world and of course to the state of Victoria since the Great Depression, and the government has responded in both substantive and immediate terms with record levels of support that will provide many Victorians with the security of a job and businesses with the opportunity to make it through as we stay the course to a COVID normal. The government is investing nearly $13 billion towards coronavirus measures to support Victorians through to the other side of this crisis. That includes $6.5 billion to businesses that have received payroll tax refunds in the last financial year worth more than $550 million, and thousands more have received full waivers. Our $2.7 billion building works package will create thousands of direct jobs by funding shovel-ready projects across the state, and of course let us not forget the $1.2 billion of private-sector investment that the state has unleashed as a consequence of fast-tracked projects through Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce and what those jobs and that investment will provide in terms of economic opportunity. Independent modelling from Deloitte Access Economics has found that our economic support has helped boost economic activity in the June quarter by around $7.5 billion and protected 81 000 full-time equivalent jobs, but the road to economic recovery is only just beginning. We know that getting this virus under control is not just the key to protecting life, it is the fastest way to a sustained economic recovery.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: COVID-19

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) (12:26): I want to advise the house about the work that the Andrews government is doing in getting on with the job of delivering for businesses, workers and households as they deal with the trepidations of the coronavirus pandemic, a global pandemic. It is the biggest economic shock to the world and of course to the state of Victoria since the Great Depression, and the government has responded in both substantive and immediate terms with record levels of support that will provide many Victorians with the security of a job and businesses with the opportunity to make it through as we stay the course to a COVID normal. The government is investing nearly $13 billion towards coronavirus measures to support Victorians through to the other side of this crisis. That includes $6.5 billion to businesses that have received payroll tax refunds in the last financial year worth more than $550 million, and thousands more have received full waivers. Our $2.7 billion building works package will create thousands of direct jobs by funding shovel-ready projects across the state, and of course let us not forget the $1.2 billion of private-sector investment that the state has unleashed as a consequence of fast-tracked projects through Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce and what those jobs and that investment will provide in terms of economic opportunity. Independent modelling from Deloitte Access Economics has found that our economic support has helped boost economic activity in the June quarter by around $7.5 billion and protected 81 000 full-time equivalent jobs, but the road to economic recovery is only just beginning. We know that getting this virus under control is not just the key to protecting life, it is the fastest way to a sustained economic recovery.

DELIVERING FOOD RELIEF FOR THE WERRIBEE COMMUNITY

The Victorian Government is strengthening food relief services across the Werribee District, ensuring healthy food reaches Victorians in need. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan launched the Government’s new $5 million Community Food Relief Fund – supporting local community organisations supplying food to Victorians in need. One-off grants of up to $75,000 are available to assist Werribee community food relief organisations with a range of challenges due to increased demand. Funding may be used to purchase infrastructure, such as refrigerated vans or updated IT and management software, develop innovative food relief delivery models, support COVID safe practices or to attract new volunteers to support the delivery of food programs. The grants are open to Werribee community food relief organisations, including those in partnership with local council. The $5 million Community Food Relief Fund is part of the recently announced $11.3 million investment to boost food relief activities for vulnerable Victorians. The package builds on $7.4 million already announced earlier this year to expand food relief operations and deliver more free and nutritious meals, which is creating 119 new food relief jobs. For more information or to apply for one of the grants, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-inclusion-and-food-reliefcoronavirus-covid-19. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This funding means food relief will reach members of our community in need.” “This investment will make a real difference for people in Wyndham struggling to put food on the table.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Every Victorian deserves access to fresh and healthy food – which is why we’re boosting resources for community-based food relief services.” “We’re making sure the food relief system supports Victorians when and where they need it, in a COVID safe way.”

DELIVERING FOOD RELIEF FOR THE WERRIBEE COMMUNITY

The Victorian Government is strengthening food relief services across the Werribee District, ensuring healthy food reaches Victorians in need. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan launched the Government’s new $5 million Community Food Relief Fund – supporting local community organisations supplying food to Victorians in need. One-off grants of up to $75,000 are available to assist Werribee community food relief organisations with a range of challenges due to increased demand. Funding may be used to purchase infrastructure, such as refrigerated vans or updated IT and management software, develop innovative food relief delivery models, support COVID safe practices or to attract new volunteers to support the delivery of food programs. The grants are open to Werribee community food relief organisations, including those in partnership with local council. The $5 million Community Food Relief Fund is part of the recently announced $11.3 million investment to boost food relief activities for vulnerable Victorians. The package builds on $7.4 million already announced earlier this year to expand food relief operations and deliver more free and nutritious meals, which is creating 119 new food relief jobs. For more information or to apply for one of the grants, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-inclusion-and-food-reliefcoronavirus-covid-19. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This funding means food relief will reach members of our community in need.” “This investment will make a real difference for people in Wyndham struggling to put food on the table.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Every Victorian deserves access to fresh and healthy food – which is why we’re boosting resources for community-based food relief services.” “We’re making sure the food relief system supports Victorians when and where they need it, in a COVID safe way.”

HELPING WERRIBEE’S SPORT AND ACTIVE RECREATION ORGANISATIONS SURVIVE AND THRIVE

Member for Werribee announced one grant has so far been approved in the electorate under the second round of the Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package. The successful recipient is the Wyndham Vale Soccer Club. These are the second round of grants from the Andrews Labor Government’s $40 million community sport survival package that will make it that little bit easier for clubs to support players and volunteers during this time. The successful organisations in the first round of the Package include: Manor Lakes Football Club Werribee Bowls Club Inc Wyndham Basketball Association Werribee Bears Rugby League Sports Club Werribee Centrals Football Netball Club Inc Werribee Centrals Junior Football Club Inc Werribee Centrals Sports & Youth Club Inc Werribee Districts Football Club Inc Werribee Hockey Club Western United (Wyndham FC) Wyndham Suns Football Club Corpus Christi Basketball Werribee Junior Cricket Club Werribee Giants Baseball Club Inc Flames Basketball Club Incorporation Glen Orden Sports Club Hoppers Crossing Cricket Club Hoppers Crossing Football Club Inc. Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club Cambridge Basketball Club Hoppers Crossing Swimming Club Inc Werribee Cricket Club Werribee Football Club Limited Werribee Table Tennis Association Woodville Basketball Club Wyndham Dragons Netball Club Wyndham Track And Field Club Wyndham Warriors Bmx & Mountainbike Club Inc Werribee Little Athletics Italian Sports Club of Werribee Inc Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club Wyndhamvale Football Club Inc 1st Iramoo Scout Group 2nd Werribee Scout Group Good News Power Basketball Club Iramoo Basketball Club Inc Werribee All Abilities Basketball Club Inc Werribee Central Equestrian Club Inc Werribee Central Tennis Club Inc Wyndham Vale Cricket Club Werribee Archery Club Victorians have been hit hard by the necessary restrictions, and sport and active recreation clubs and associations are no exception. The Victorian Government will continue to work with the sport and recreation sector to explore recovery options and help clubs return to play when it is safe to do so. With more than three million Victorians involved in community sport and recreation, we know that getting back on the field or court is important to Victorians – that’s why we are getting behind 12,000 clubs and associations across the state. The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package has two streams: grants for state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies; and grants of up to $2,000 for associations and leagues and up to $1,000 for individual clubs. Applications under Stream 2 are open until 16 October 2020. For further information and other grant opportunities visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding. The Government also recently announced its roadmap to COVID normal. This directive signals the first major steps in the return of community sport in Victoria. For all the latest roadmap information including an outline of the roadmap Step process visit https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-roadmaps Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas   “Community sport and recreation is an integral part of our community and this support will help them pay the bills and make an eventual return to play that little bit easier.” “Ensuring community sport and active recreation organisations survive this pandemic and come back stronger than ever is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to our community’s physical and mental wellbeing.” “We know that people in Werribee want to get out on the park and represent their local club more than ever – we’re working hard to make that happen and give local clubs the support they need.”

HELPING WERRIBEE’S SPORT AND ACTIVE RECREATION ORGANISATIONS SURVIVE AND THRIVE

Member for Werribee announced one grant has so far been approved in the electorate under the second round of the Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package. The successful recipient is the Wyndham Vale Soccer Club. These are the second round of grants from the Andrews Labor Government’s $40 million community sport survival package that will make it that little bit easier for clubs to support players and volunteers during this time. The successful organisations in the first round of the Package include: Manor Lakes Football Club Werribee Bowls Club Inc Wyndham Basketball Association Werribee Bears Rugby League Sports Club Werribee Centrals Football Netball Club Inc Werribee Centrals Junior Football Club Inc Werribee Centrals Sports & Youth Club Inc Werribee Districts Football Club Inc Werribee Hockey Club Western United (Wyndham FC) Wyndham Suns Football Club Corpus Christi Basketball Werribee Junior Cricket Club Werribee Giants Baseball Club Inc Flames Basketball Club Incorporation Glen Orden Sports Club Hoppers Crossing Cricket Club Hoppers Crossing Football Club Inc. Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club Cambridge Basketball Club Hoppers Crossing Swimming Club Inc Werribee Cricket Club Werribee Football Club Limited Werribee Table Tennis Association Woodville Basketball Club Wyndham Dragons Netball Club Wyndham Track And Field Club Wyndham Warriors Bmx & Mountainbike Club Inc Werribee Little Athletics Italian Sports Club of Werribee Inc Werribee Victorian Clay Target Club Wyndhamvale Football Club Inc 1st Iramoo Scout Group 2nd Werribee Scout Group Good News Power Basketball Club Iramoo Basketball Club Inc Werribee All Abilities Basketball Club Inc Werribee Central Equestrian Club Inc Werribee Central Tennis Club Inc Wyndham Vale Cricket Club Werribee Archery Club Victorians have been hit hard by the necessary restrictions, and sport and active recreation clubs and associations are no exception. The Victorian Government will continue to work with the sport and recreation sector to explore recovery options and help clubs return to play when it is safe to do so. With more than three million Victorians involved in community sport and recreation, we know that getting back on the field or court is important to Victorians – that’s why we are getting behind 12,000 clubs and associations across the state. The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package has two streams: grants for state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies; and grants of up to $2,000 for associations and leagues and up to $1,000 for individual clubs. Applications under Stream 2 are open until 16 October 2020. For further information and other grant opportunities visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding. The Government also recently announced its roadmap to COVID normal. This directive signals the first major steps in the return of community sport in Victoria. For all the latest roadmap information including an outline of the roadmap Step process visit https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-roadmaps Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas   “Community sport and recreation is an integral part of our community and this support will help them pay the bills and make an eventual return to play that little bit easier.” “Ensuring community sport and active recreation organisations survive this pandemic and come back stronger than ever is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to our community’s physical and mental wellbeing.” “We know that people in Werribee want to get out on the park and represent their local club more than ever – we’re working hard to make that happen and give local clubs the support they need.”

SUPPORTING WYNDHAM’S MEN’S SHED

Wyndham men will continue to have places to connect, build new friendships and share skills thanks to $870,000 Victorian Government funding to upgrade local Men’s Sheds. Grants of $2,300 are now available to Men’s Sheds in the Werribee District who are struggling financially after not being able to undertake their normal fundraising activities. The funding will assist Werribee’s Men’s Sheds to meet their most urgent expenses, so they can reopen as strong and connected community organisations when restrictions ease. Men’s Sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects, and participate in their local community. The Sheds support the Wyndham community through volunteer work, from mentoring young people or using woodwork or machinery skills to create items for organisations and residents in need. They also help improve the health and wellbeing of participants by giving men a space to connect, make friends and socialise. There are more than 1,000 Men’s Sheds across the country, with over 360 in Victoria. For more information or to apply for the grants program visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas ”Men’s Sheds play an important role in connecting and strengthening the Werribee community – this funding will ensure they remain places for strong community connections.” “These grant are about ensuring Men’s Sheds continue to provide safe places for men to come together and guild friendships while giving back to the Werribee community.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan ”I know how tough it’s been during the pandemic, with shedders keen to get back to their sheds as soon as possible.” ”This funding will ensure Men’s Sheds across Victoria can bounce back quickly, and continue to provide a great place for men to get together and support their local community.”

SUPPORTING WYNDHAM’S MEN’S SHED

Wyndham men will continue to have places to connect, build new friendships and share skills thanks to $870,000 Victorian Government funding to upgrade local Men’s Sheds. Grants of $2,300 are now available to Men’s Sheds in the Werribee District who are struggling financially after not being able to undertake their normal fundraising activities. The funding will assist Werribee’s Men’s Sheds to meet their most urgent expenses, so they can reopen as strong and connected community organisations when restrictions ease. Men’s Sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects, and participate in their local community. The Sheds support the Wyndham community through volunteer work, from mentoring young people or using woodwork or machinery skills to create items for organisations and residents in need. They also help improve the health and wellbeing of participants by giving men a space to connect, make friends and socialise. There are more than 1,000 Men’s Sheds across the country, with over 360 in Victoria. For more information or to apply for the grants program visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas ”Men’s Sheds play an important role in connecting and strengthening the Werribee community – this funding will ensure they remain places for strong community connections.” “These grant are about ensuring Men’s Sheds continue to provide safe places for men to come together and guild friendships while giving back to the Werribee community.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan ”I know how tough it’s been during the pandemic, with shedders keen to get back to their sheds as soon as possible.” ”This funding will ensure Men’s Sheds across Victoria can bounce back quickly, and continue to provide a great place for men to get together and support their local community.”

 

PRESERVING WYNDHAM’S LOCAL HISTORY

Community groups across Victoria are being recognised for preserving, recording and sharing their community’s local history. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today congratulated Werribee River Association Inc. on receiving funding as part of the Victorian Government’s Local History Grants Program. The Werribee River Association received $5,500 to go towards their efforts in shining the spotlight on Werribee’s rich and diverse history through the publication if its’ 40 Years of Waterway Protection project. They are among 53 community groups across Victoria sharing in $350,000 as part of the 2020 round of Local History Grants. A full list of recipients is available at prov.vic.gov.au   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our local history is in good hands with community groups like the Werribee River Association working hard to ensure stories and artefacts of our past are not forgotten.” “Congratulations to all the volunteers and staff involved in the fantastic work of preserving our local history – not only in Werribee, but right across the Victoria.”

PRESERVING WYNDHAM’S LOCAL HISTORY

Community groups across Victoria are being recognised for preserving, recording and sharing their community’s local history. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today congratulated Werribee River Association Inc. on receiving funding as part of the Victorian Government’s Local History Grants Program. The Werribee River Association received $5,500 to go towards their efforts in shining the spotlight on Werribee’s rich and diverse history through the publication if its’ 40 Years of Waterway Protection project. They are among 53 community groups across Victoria sharing in $350,000 as part of the 2020 round of Local History Grants. A full list of recipients is available at prov.vic.gov.au   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our local history is in good hands with community groups like the Werribee River Association working hard to ensure stories and artefacts of our past are not forgotten.” “Congratulations to all the volunteers and staff involved in the fantastic work of preserving our local history – not only in Werribee, but right across the Victoria.”

STUMPING UP FOR CRICKET IN WERRIBEE

Tomorrow’s local cricket stars will soon be enjoying better facilities at Warringa Reserve, Hoppers Crossing, with the announcement of funding through the Community Cricket Program – Community Facilities stream. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced $60,000 funding to upgrade facilities at Warringa Reserve. The funding will enable Wyndham City Council to install a new automatic irrigation system and deliver infrastructure suitable to accommodate participants with a disability. The project is one of 15 across the state to share in $1.4 million from the fund. With over 235,000 registered cricket participants across the state for 2019-2020, Victoria is the national home of cricket. That number is expected to rise this summer thanks to Australia’s inspirational win at the recent 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final at the home of cricket the MCG. That’s why the Victorian Government is getting on with modernising cricket facilities so clubs and communities can cater for even more Victorians, particularly women and girls keen to be involved in cricket. This initiative is part of the Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation by developing high quality, accessible community infrastructure that encourages all Victorians to get out there and get active. Victorian Government is also encouraging Victorians to stay active at home with the new Get Active Victoria platform that aims to motivate Victorians to move more, every day. For more information visit www.getactive.vic.gov.au The fund is part of over $915 million government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure, since 2014. For more information about the Community Cricket Program visit https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/ourgrants/community-cricket-program Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re getting on with the job of creating better facilities for our next generation, so they can emulate their sporting heroes like the Australian women’s cricket team who recently won the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final on home soil.” “This funding will inspire even more Werribee boys, girls, men and women to sign up for local clubs and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.”

STUMPING UP FOR CRICKET IN WERRIBEE

Tomorrow’s local cricket stars will soon be enjoying better facilities at Warringa Reserve, Hoppers Crossing, with the announcement of funding through the Community Cricket Program – Community Facilities stream. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced $60,000 funding to upgrade facilities at Warringa Reserve. The funding will enable Wyndham City Council to install a new automatic irrigation system and deliver infrastructure suitable to accommodate participants with a disability. The project is one of 15 across the state to share in $1.4 million from the fund. With over 235,000 registered cricket participants across the state for 2019-2020, Victoria is the national home of cricket. That number is expected to rise this summer thanks to Australia’s inspirational win at the recent 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final at the home of cricket the MCG. That’s why the Victorian Government is getting on with modernising cricket facilities so clubs and communities can cater for even more Victorians, particularly women and girls keen to be involved in cricket. This initiative is part of the Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation by developing high quality, accessible community infrastructure that encourages all Victorians to get out there and get active. Victorian Government is also encouraging Victorians to stay active at home with the new Get Active Victoria platform that aims to motivate Victorians to move more, every day. For more information visit www.getactive.vic.gov.au The fund is part of over $915 million government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure, since 2014. For more information about the Community Cricket Program visit https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/ourgrants/community-cricket-program Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re getting on with the job of creating better facilities for our next generation, so they can emulate their sporting heroes like the Australian women’s cricket team who recently won the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final on home soil.” “This funding will inspire even more Werribee boys, girls, men and women to sign up for local clubs and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.”

MEMBERS STATEMENT: HENRY BARLOW

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) I pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of outgoing Wyndham City Councillor Henry Barlow, who has announced his retirement from council and will not be contesting the upcoming elections in October. Henry has represented the residents of Wyndham admirably and carried out his duties with passion and in the pursuit of fairness. He has demonstrated a commitment and service for the entire Wyndham community, not just for the people residing in his ward. Henry was first elected to council 23 years ago in 1997. He has been elected mayor three times and has displayed great leadership for fellow councillors and incoming councillors who were fortunate to learn from his experience and mentorship. As the councillor holding the cultural diversity portfolio, Henry welcomed many new migrant groups who have made Wyndham their home, acknowledging and celebrating their diversity. He has represented Wyndham on many committees and has carried out these duties with professionalism. As the local member, I have enjoyed working alongside Henry. We have worked collaboratively for the betterment of the Wyndham community. I will miss Henry’s advice and support from the council, his dedication to our community and his friendship. I know that Henry will continue to be a much-respected presence as a local resident in the community and will continue to be a strong supporter of our state government. I wish Henry all the best in retirement, and I wish him and Pam the very best for the future.

MEMBERS STATEMENT: HENRY BARLOW

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) I pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of outgoing Wyndham City Councillor Henry Barlow, who has announced his retirement from council and will not be contesting the upcoming elections in October. Henry has represented the residents of Wyndham admirably and carried out his duties with passion and in the pursuit of fairness. He has demonstrated a commitment and service for the entire Wyndham community, not just for the people residing in his ward. Henry was first elected to council 23 years ago in 1997. He has been elected mayor three times and has displayed great leadership for fellow councillors and incoming councillors who were fortunate to learn from his experience and mentorship. As the councillor holding the cultural diversity portfolio, Henry welcomed many new migrant groups who have made Wyndham their home, acknowledging and celebrating their diversity. He has represented Wyndham on many committees and has carried out these duties with professionalism. As the local member, I have enjoyed working alongside Henry. We have worked collaboratively for the betterment of the Wyndham community. I will miss Henry’s advice and support from the council, his dedication to our community and his friendship. I know that Henry will continue to be a much-respected presence as a local resident in the community and will continue to be a strong supporter of our state government. I wish Henry all the best in retirement, and I wish him and Pam the very best for the future.

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS IN WERRIBEE

More Victorian secondary school students in Werribee will soon have access to the school-based mental health support they need, thanks to the Victorian Government. A timeline for the 2021 roll-out for Victorian government secondary schools across the state was released last week and included further support for Victorian schools under the Mental Health Practitioners initiative. In recognition of the increased mental health challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the roll-out has been brought forward to be completed by the end of 2021. Under the initiative, schools in Outer Eastern Melbourne (Term 1), Ovens Murray (Term 2), Mallee (Term 2), Inner Gippsland (Term 3), Inner Eastern Melbourne (Term 3), Goulburn (Term 4), Wimmera South West (Term 4) and Brimbank Melton (Term 4) will benefit from access to additional mental health support for their students in 2021. Under existing allocations, this includes 4 schools in the Werribee electorate where the program will be rolled-out for Term 4 2020; Manor Lakes P-12 College, Suzanne Cory High School, Werribee Secondary College and Wyndham Central Secondary College. The $51.2 million initiative, which began in July last year, provides funding to schools to recruit a mental health practitioner. It will see qualified mental health professionals in every government secondary school campus across the state, including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses. Mental health practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, and coordinate support for students with complex needs, linking them with broader allied and community health services. All government secondary schools will receive between one and five days a week of support from a mental health practitioner depending on its size and requirements. This builds on the $65.5 million investment in student health and wellbeing initiatives in schools, including the Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative, the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support program, as well as increased investment in allied health and nursing services. All Victorian government school students, whether they are learning remotely or attending school on-site, have been able to access mental health and wellbeing support during the pandemic. Secondary school students can access counselling via a voice call or video conference through the headspace counselling partnership or via their school-based mental health practitioner. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “So many of our young people are experiencing mental health challenges - this will make it easier for them to access the support they need at school. This is one of the biggest issues raised with me when I talk to students, parents and carers and schools.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know that when our kids are happy and well supported, they can focus on their learning and have the best opportunity to succeed in education and excel in life.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS IN WERRIBEE

More Victorian secondary school students in Werribee will soon have access to the school-based mental health support they need, thanks to the Victorian Government. A timeline for the 2021 roll-out for Victorian government secondary schools across the state was released last week and included further support for Victorian schools under the Mental Health Practitioners initiative. In recognition of the increased mental health challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the roll-out has been brought forward to be completed by the end of 2021. Under the initiative, schools in Outer Eastern Melbourne (Term 1), Ovens Murray (Term 2), Mallee (Term 2), Inner Gippsland (Term 3), Inner Eastern Melbourne (Term 3), Goulburn (Term 4), Wimmera South West (Term 4) and Brimbank Melton (Term 4) will benefit from access to additional mental health support for their students in 2021. Under existing allocations, this includes 4 schools in the Werribee electorate where the program will be rolled-out for Term 4 2020; Manor Lakes P-12 College, Suzanne Cory High School, Werribee Secondary College and Wyndham Central Secondary College. The $51.2 million initiative, which began in July last year, provides funding to schools to recruit a mental health practitioner. It will see qualified mental health professionals in every government secondary school campus across the state, including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses. Mental health practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, and coordinate support for students with complex needs, linking them with broader allied and community health services. All government secondary schools will receive between one and five days a week of support from a mental health practitioner depending on its size and requirements. This builds on the $65.5 million investment in student health and wellbeing initiatives in schools, including the Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative, the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support program, as well as increased investment in allied health and nursing services. All Victorian government school students, whether they are learning remotely or attending school on-site, have been able to access mental health and wellbeing support during the pandemic. Secondary school students can access counselling via a voice call or video conference through the headspace counselling partnership or via their school-based mental health practitioner. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “So many of our young people are experiencing mental health challenges - this will make it easier for them to access the support they need at school. This is one of the biggest issues raised with me when I talk to students, parents and carers and schools.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know that when our kids are happy and well supported, they can focus on their learning and have the best opportunity to succeed in education and excel in life.”

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: COVID-19

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) (12:15): This government recognises the extremely difficult situation that many Victorian businesses, workers, households and communities find themselves in, but we are also providing the support that they need to make it through this pandemic. We know that the road map is about charting a way through this event, a steady and sustainable path out of this crisis and into what will become a COVID-normal situation. The road map is not just based on the best health information and advice but is also supported by our best economic advice. The only path to safe and sustainable economic recovery is to control the virus. This government is ensuring businesses make it to COVID normal and can thrive on the other side. That is why on Sunday I had the great pleasure to be with the Premier to release the biggest ever package of business support in this state’s history: $3 billion in cash grants, relief and of course cash flow support directly to Victorian businesses when they need it most. On top of this we delivered support for the hospitality sector to activate outdoor spaces and assistance for the hardest hit sole traders. Now, this package brings the total level of assistance that the state has given to business to $6 billion. That also is as part of $12.5 billion that the government has given to economic, business, community and of course pandemic response support. More than 110 000 businesses have already received business support grants. Seventy-five thousand businesses have received grants of up to $20 000 under our latest round of support. This is support that helps Victorian businesses and households, keeping businesses afloat and Victorians in work. We are making the necessary investment, focusing on supporting Victorians so they can get to a COVID normal.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: COVID-19

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance: COVID-19) (12:15): This government recognises the extremely difficult situation that many Victorian businesses, workers, households and communities find themselves in, but we are also providing the support that they need to make it through this pandemic. We know that the road map is about charting a way through this event, a steady and sustainable path out of this crisis and into what will become a COVID-normal situation. The road map is not just based on the best health information and advice but is also supported by our best economic advice. The only path to safe and sustainable economic recovery is to control the virus. This government is ensuring businesses make it to COVID normal and can thrive on the other side. That is why on Sunday I had the great pleasure to be with the Premier to release the biggest ever package of business support in this state’s history: $3 billion in cash grants, relief and of course cash flow support directly to Victorian businesses when they need it most. On top of this we delivered support for the hospitality sector to activate outdoor spaces and assistance for the hardest hit sole traders. Now, this package brings the total level of assistance that the state has given to business to $6 billion. That also is as part of $12.5 billion that the government has given to economic, business, community and of course pandemic response support. More than 110 000 businesses have already received business support grants. Seventy-five thousand businesses have received grants of up to $20 000 under our latest round of support. This is support that helps Victorian businesses and households, keeping businesses afloat and Victorians in work. We are making the necessary investment, focusing on supporting Victorians so they can get to a COVID normal.

KINDERS IN WERRIBEE GET TECH SAVVY WITH NEW GEAR

The Victorian Government is investing in the future of children giving 784 kindergartens almost $1.1 million in technology grants to help give three and four-year-olds the skills they need. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that 15 kindergartens and early childhood centres in Werribee will receive funding through the Building Blocks IT grants program to purchase essential IT equipment to support and improve their learning environment. The Victorian Government will fund 784 kindergartens in 2020/21 for the latest technology from laptops, iPads to smart TVs to deliver early childhood education curriculum and service administration. The Building Blocks program supports early childhood providers streamlining grants for infrastructure projects to increase capacity, modernising early learning facilities, creating inclusive kindergarten settings and delivering IT devices to eligible services – all to assist in the roll-out of funded universal Three-YearOld Kindergarten. Grants have been given to projects designed to improve existing early learning facilities and continue to support early childhood education improve the condition, suitability and IT capability of kindergarten services. In an Australian-first, the Victorian Government is investing $5 billion over this decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children, with the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten already underway this year. The technology grants are part of the Victorian Government’s further $27.7 million investment in Building Blocks to continue the support provided to meet Four-Year-Old Kindergarten demand, upgrade the condition of existing early learning facilities and ensure kindergartens are equipped with the latest technology devices. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It is crucial that early childhood education providers have the technology they need to deliver the best possible education outcomes.” “Kindergarten providers in Wyndham are equipping the next generation of students with the skills and confidence they need to thrive in a technological age, while offering local children access to best practice learning.”

KINDERS IN WERRIBEE GET TECH SAVVY WITH NEW GEAR

The Victorian Government is investing in the future of children giving 784 kindergartens almost $1.1 million in technology grants to help give three and four-year-olds the skills they need. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that 15 kindergartens and early childhood centres in Werribee will receive funding through the Building Blocks IT grants program to purchase essential IT equipment to support and improve their learning environment. The Victorian Government will fund 784 kindergartens in 2020/21 for the latest technology from laptops, iPads to smart TVs to deliver early childhood education curriculum and service administration. The Building Blocks program supports early childhood providers streamlining grants for infrastructure projects to increase capacity, modernising early learning facilities, creating inclusive kindergarten settings and delivering IT devices to eligible services – all to assist in the roll-out of funded universal Three-YearOld Kindergarten. Grants have been given to projects designed to improve existing early learning facilities and continue to support early childhood education improve the condition, suitability and IT capability of kindergarten services. In an Australian-first, the Victorian Government is investing $5 billion over this decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children, with the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten already underway this year. The technology grants are part of the Victorian Government’s further $27.7 million investment in Building Blocks to continue the support provided to meet Four-Year-Old Kindergarten demand, upgrade the condition of existing early learning facilities and ensure kindergartens are equipped with the latest technology devices. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It is crucial that early childhood education providers have the technology they need to deliver the best possible education outcomes.” “Kindergarten providers in Wyndham are equipping the next generation of students with the skills and confidence they need to thrive in a technological age, while offering local children access to best practice learning.”

NEW VICHEALTH FUNDING TO SUPPORT WERRIBEE IN LOCAL HEALTH RECOVERY

Health promotion foundation VicHealth has announced $2.5 million in new funding to support local organisations to address the immediate health and wellbeing concerns of Victorians hardest hit by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Applications for VicHealth’s Reimagining Health grants open today, with funding amounts of $3K, $10K or $50K available for local organisations whose ideas can support their communities to create meaningful social connections, get active and access healthy, affordable food. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encourages local organisations like sporting clubs, community gardens, arts organisations, community groups and youth services to apply for funding and help people living in the Werribee District. VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s vital that we work quickly to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians. “Victorians spoke, and we listened. Many communities were already fighting an uphill battle before the pandemic hit and are now facing greater challenges when it comes to putting healthy food on the table, keeping active and staying connected to others in their community,” Dr Demaio said. “We’re putting the call out to a diverse range of organisations, such as sporting clubs and leagues, community gardens, arts organisations, local groups and youth services, to act fast and apply for $2.5million in grants. “We want successful organisations to get the support they need to do what they do so well – make a difference in their communities, as soon as possible. We’ve made it easier to apply, with quicker turnarounds to notification. “Our grants will support new or existing ideas and help amplify projects already in place, in order to reach more members of the Victorian community and help them improve their health and wellbeing on our path to recovery.”   Quotes Attributable to Tim Pallas MP “We know there are hardworking organisations in Werribee that could use this funding to make a significant impact on the health of people living in our community in the next 12 months and beyond.”  

NEW VICHEALTH FUNDING TO SUPPORT WERRIBEE IN LOCAL HEALTH RECOVERY

Health promotion foundation VicHealth has announced $2.5 million in new funding to support local organisations to address the immediate health and wellbeing concerns of Victorians hardest hit by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Applications for VicHealth’s Reimagining Health grants open today, with funding amounts of $3K, $10K or $50K available for local organisations whose ideas can support their communities to create meaningful social connections, get active and access healthy, affordable food. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encourages local organisations like sporting clubs, community gardens, arts organisations, community groups and youth services to apply for funding and help people living in the Werribee District. VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s vital that we work quickly to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians. “Victorians spoke, and we listened. Many communities were already fighting an uphill battle before the pandemic hit and are now facing greater challenges when it comes to putting healthy food on the table, keeping active and staying connected to others in their community,” Dr Demaio said. “We’re putting the call out to a diverse range of organisations, such as sporting clubs and leagues, community gardens, arts organisations, local groups and youth services, to act fast and apply for $2.5million in grants. “We want successful organisations to get the support they need to do what they do so well – make a difference in their communities, as soon as possible. We’ve made it easier to apply, with quicker turnarounds to notification. “Our grants will support new or existing ideas and help amplify projects already in place, in order to reach more members of the Victorian community and help them improve their health and wellbeing on our path to recovery.”   Quotes Attributable to Tim Pallas MP “We know there are hardworking organisations in Werribee that could use this funding to make a significant impact on the health of people living in our community in the next 12 months and beyond.”  

NEW NAME FOR NEW SCHOOL IN WYNDHAM VALE REVEALED

The name of the new primary school opening in Wyndham in 2021 has now been chosen, following local community consultation. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today unveiled the official name for the new school as Riverbend Primary School, which was formerly known by its interim name of Wollahra Primary School. The school is among 14 new schools being built by the Andrews Labor Government and set to open in 2021. Riverbend Primary School is currently under construction and is set to open at the beginning of the school year. The new school will include three learning neighbourhoods, administration building, outdoor play courts, performing arts and physical education building, and sports field. The name was chosen following community consultation and discussions with Geographic Names Victoria, with consideration given to factors including public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local indigenous languages. Under the Andrews Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $7.2 billion to deliver more than 1,460 school upgrades, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an exciting step for Victorian school communities and marks a milestone in establishing an identity for their new school.” “By new schools in our growth areas we are ensuring that every child is given access to great schools and delivering on our promise to open 100 new schools by 2026.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are proud to be delivering this new school for students in Wyndham Vale and look forward to Riverbend Primary School becoming an important part of the community.”  

NEW NAME FOR NEW SCHOOL IN WYNDHAM VALE REVEALED

The name of the new primary school opening in Wyndham in 2021 has now been chosen, following local community consultation. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today unveiled the official name for the new school as Riverbend Primary School, which was formerly known by its interim name of Wollahra Primary School. The school is among 14 new schools being built by the Andrews Labor Government and set to open in 2021. Riverbend Primary School is currently under construction and is set to open at the beginning of the school year. The new school will include three learning neighbourhoods, administration building, outdoor play courts, performing arts and physical education building, and sports field. The name was chosen following community consultation and discussions with Geographic Names Victoria, with consideration given to factors including public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local indigenous languages. Under the Andrews Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $7.2 billion to deliver more than 1,460 school upgrades, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an exciting step for Victorian school communities and marks a milestone in establishing an identity for their new school.” “By new schools in our growth areas we are ensuring that every child is given access to great schools and delivering on our promise to open 100 new schools by 2026.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are proud to be delivering this new school for students in Wyndham Vale and look forward to Riverbend Primary School becoming an important part of the community.”