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NEW NAME FOR SCHOOL OPENING IN WYNDHAM IN 2020

The Andrews Labor Government is giving the Wyndham community the chance to have their say on the name of a new government school opening next year. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP said the Victorian School Building Authority would consult with local communities on naming new schools currently under construction and set to open in 2020. This will include a name for the new primary school opening in Wyndham, which has been currently known as Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School. Community engagement will begin in Term 2, 2019, and people will be able to provide feedback across multiple channels such as online and social media. New schools will open next year in Ballarat, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong, Hume, Mitchell and Wyndham.  A new school campus for Beveridge Primary School is also under construction and will open next year. These new schools are part of the Labor Government’s school building boom that will see 100 new government schools open over the next eight years. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to deliver new schools and more than 1,300 school upgrades, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We’re giving the Wyndham community the opportunity to shape the character of this brand-new school.” “This is your chance to put forward a school name that reflects the unique character of our area

NEW NAME FOR SCHOOL OPENING IN WYNDHAM IN 2020

The Andrews Labor Government is giving the Wyndham community the chance to have their say on the name of a new government school opening next year. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP said the Victorian School Building Authority would consult with local communities on naming new schools currently under construction and set to open in 2020. This will include a name for the new primary school opening in Wyndham, which has been currently known as Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School. Community engagement will begin in Term 2, 2019, and people will be able to provide feedback across multiple channels such as online and social media. New schools will open next year in Ballarat, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong, Hume, Mitchell and Wyndham.  A new school campus for Beveridge Primary School is also under construction and will open next year. These new schools are part of the Labor Government’s school building boom that will see 100 new government schools open over the next eight years. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to deliver new schools and more than 1,300 school upgrades, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We’re giving the Wyndham community the opportunity to shape the character of this brand-new school.” “This is your chance to put forward a school name that reflects the unique character of our area

CHEERS TO THE WINE GROWTH FUND

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Wyndham’s wine industry, with a grants program to support the growth of wineries in the area, increase visitors, boost exports and support local jobs. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP recently joined ShadowFax Winery’s General Manager Phil Strachan, to announce $25,000 as part of the Labor Government’s Wine Growth Fund.  These funds will be for Shadowfax Winery’s Exports Plan and the ShadowFax composter and closed loop system project to develop sustainable farming practices. The Wine Growth Fund is expected to provide a boost of around $12 million to the wine industry across the state with projects including cellar doors, kitchen and café upgrades, wine production facility developments, e-commerce programs, accommodation initiatives and vineyard improvement works. The first two rounds of the Wine Growth Fund supported 106 projects, attracting investment of approximately $6.8 million into the state’s wine industry which is worth $7.6 billion to the Victorian economy and employs around 13,000 people, mostly in regional areas. The Wine Growth Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to boost the wine industry in Victoria, alongside the Wine Industry Development Strategy and the formation of the Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee. In addition, the government will continue to support the wine industry through Wine to the World, a $5 million election commitment to support Victorian wine producers to create jobs and increase exports. The $10 million election commitment Taking Our Local Produce to the World will also provide assistance to producers of craft food, beer and spirits to help grow their businesses.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “I am thrilled to announce the funding for ShadowFax Winery in the third round of the Wine Growth Fund – providing Wyndham’s best winemakers with the support to grow their businesses and boost visitors to our beautiful wine regions.” “Victorian winemakers produce some fantastic wines, and we’re proud to back this industry to keep growing well into the future.”

CHEERS TO THE WINE GROWTH FUND

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Wyndham’s wine industry, with a grants program to support the growth of wineries in the area, increase visitors, boost exports and support local jobs. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP recently joined ShadowFax Winery’s General Manager Phil Strachan, to announce $25,000 as part of the Labor Government’s Wine Growth Fund.  These funds will be for Shadowfax Winery’s Exports Plan and the ShadowFax composter and closed loop system project to develop sustainable farming practices. The Wine Growth Fund is expected to provide a boost of around $12 million to the wine industry across the state with projects including cellar doors, kitchen and café upgrades, wine production facility developments, e-commerce programs, accommodation initiatives and vineyard improvement works. The first two rounds of the Wine Growth Fund supported 106 projects, attracting investment of approximately $6.8 million into the state’s wine industry which is worth $7.6 billion to the Victorian economy and employs around 13,000 people, mostly in regional areas. The Wine Growth Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to boost the wine industry in Victoria, alongside the Wine Industry Development Strategy and the formation of the Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee. In addition, the government will continue to support the wine industry through Wine to the World, a $5 million election commitment to support Victorian wine producers to create jobs and increase exports. The $10 million election commitment Taking Our Local Produce to the World will also provide assistance to producers of craft food, beer and spirits to help grow their businesses.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “I am thrilled to announce the funding for ShadowFax Winery in the third round of the Wine Growth Fund – providing Wyndham’s best winemakers with the support to grow their businesses and boost visitors to our beautiful wine regions.” “Victorian winemakers produce some fantastic wines, and we’re proud to back this industry to keep growing well into the future.”

FEDERAL LIBERALS FAIL VICTORIANS WITH A DISABILITY

Thousands of Victorians are still waiting to receive the funding and services they desperately need under Scott Morrison’s botched rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today called on the Federal Liberal Government to step up and finally deliver an NDIS plan to the estimated 2,500 people in our region so they can lead the happy and healthy lives they deserve. An estimated 829 people in Werribee, 864 people in Altona and 872 people in Tarneit are waiting to receive their NDIS plan – an estimated total of 2,565 people. In Victoria there are more than 105,000 people with a disability who need to transfer to the NDIS by the end of June this year. The most recent data published by the NDIA showed that only just over 65,000 people had done so by 31 March 2019. A new analysis by the Victorian Government reveals the true extent of the delay for vulnerable people in Wyndham. In addition to people who have been delayed entering the NDIS, many more are in the scheme but are still waiting for their plan to be approved. Long waiting times have placed unfair stress on individuals, carers and families who continue to suffer because of the Liberals’ poor staffing levels and processes that don’t adequately support people with a disability - particularly those with complex needs. The Labor Government has had to intervene and create a specialised unit in the Department of Health and Human Services to do the Commonwealth’s work by helping over 28,000 individual clients transition to the NDIS. Disturbingly, hundreds of clients have also had to be added back into the system due to the Commonwealth striking off Victorian clients who simply didn’t answer the phone after three phone calls. The Labor Government is due to be investing $2.5 billion next financial year towards the NDIS and will continue to call on the Federal Liberals to stop short changing people with a disability.   Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Scott Morrison has failed people in Wyndham with a disability for long enough and needs to properly fund, and staff the NDIS so it can be delivered as it was promised.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “The Federal Liberals have had six years and five Ministers to roll out the NDIS, yet they continue to delay people from getting the care they need.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “It’s simply unacceptable that thousands of Wyndham residents with disabilities are being forced by the Federal Liberals to wait so long to get the help they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.” Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Time and time again, Victoria has called on Scott Morrison and the Federal Liberals to fix this mess, but for years they’ve refused – leaving vulnerable people without the care they need.” 

FEDERAL LIBERALS FAIL VICTORIANS WITH A DISABILITY

Thousands of Victorians are still waiting to receive the funding and services they desperately need under Scott Morrison’s botched rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today called on the Federal Liberal Government to step up and finally deliver an NDIS plan to the estimated 2,500 people in our region so they can lead the happy and healthy lives they deserve. An estimated 829 people in Werribee, 864 people in Altona and 872 people in Tarneit are waiting to receive their NDIS plan – an estimated total of 2,565 people. In Victoria there are more than 105,000 people with a disability who need to transfer to the NDIS by the end of June this year. The most recent data published by the NDIA showed that only just over 65,000 people had done so by 31 March 2019. A new analysis by the Victorian Government reveals the true extent of the delay for vulnerable people in Wyndham. In addition to people who have been delayed entering the NDIS, many more are in the scheme but are still waiting for their plan to be approved. Long waiting times have placed unfair stress on individuals, carers and families who continue to suffer because of the Liberals’ poor staffing levels and processes that don’t adequately support people with a disability - particularly those with complex needs. The Labor Government has had to intervene and create a specialised unit in the Department of Health and Human Services to do the Commonwealth’s work by helping over 28,000 individual clients transition to the NDIS. Disturbingly, hundreds of clients have also had to be added back into the system due to the Commonwealth striking off Victorian clients who simply didn’t answer the phone after three phone calls. The Labor Government is due to be investing $2.5 billion next financial year towards the NDIS and will continue to call on the Federal Liberals to stop short changing people with a disability.   Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Scott Morrison has failed people in Wyndham with a disability for long enough and needs to properly fund, and staff the NDIS so it can be delivered as it was promised.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “The Federal Liberals have had six years and five Ministers to roll out the NDIS, yet they continue to delay people from getting the care they need.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “It’s simply unacceptable that thousands of Wyndham residents with disabilities are being forced by the Federal Liberals to wait so long to get the help they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.” Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Time and time again, Victoria has called on Scott Morrison and the Federal Liberals to fix this mess, but for years they’ve refused – leaving vulnerable people without the care they need.” 

HOME CARE PACKAGES

Due to inaction and underfunding by the Federal Liberal Government more than 16,000 Australians have died waiting for a Home Care Package they were assessed in need of, but never received. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP is today calling on the Liberals to step up and fix their botched Home Care Packages program, which has left more than 28,000 older Victorians waiting on appropriate care. Home Care Packages are coordinated care and service packages that help older Australians to live independently in their own home, for as long as they can. There are four levels that people are eligible for, depending on the level of care needed. Nationally and as of 31 December 2018, there were more than 120,000 Australians on the waiting list, including 73,978 people who hadn’t even been offered access to a lower level interim package, 21,219 of whom are Victorians. Some older Victorians are waiting more than 18 months from the time of being assessed in need of home care, to receiving their Commonwealth support. The Liberals latest budget confirmed no new money had been invested in fixing this issue and their February announcement of a paltry extra 10,000 packages nationwide will not even scratch the surface. With more Victorians assessed and waiting for a Home Care Package then there are receiving one, it’s time for Scott Morrison to step up and fix this mess, so elderly Victorians can get the care they deserve. Quotes attributable Local Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP “The ongoing royal commission into aged-care is a timely reminder that we need to give elderly people the high-quality care they deserve.” “The Andrews Labor Government will continue to fight for the first-rate care of older Victorians until the Liberal Government finally delivers on its promises.”  Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan   “This is more proof that Scott Morrison is failing Victorians. It’s time he gave our elderly community members the care they deserve - high quality, close to home and close to their family and friends.”

HOME CARE PACKAGES

Due to inaction and underfunding by the Federal Liberal Government more than 16,000 Australians have died waiting for a Home Care Package they were assessed in need of, but never received. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP is today calling on the Liberals to step up and fix their botched Home Care Packages program, which has left more than 28,000 older Victorians waiting on appropriate care. Home Care Packages are coordinated care and service packages that help older Australians to live independently in their own home, for as long as they can. There are four levels that people are eligible for, depending on the level of care needed. Nationally and as of 31 December 2018, there were more than 120,000 Australians on the waiting list, including 73,978 people who hadn’t even been offered access to a lower level interim package, 21,219 of whom are Victorians. Some older Victorians are waiting more than 18 months from the time of being assessed in need of home care, to receiving their Commonwealth support. The Liberals latest budget confirmed no new money had been invested in fixing this issue and their February announcement of a paltry extra 10,000 packages nationwide will not even scratch the surface. With more Victorians assessed and waiting for a Home Care Package then there are receiving one, it’s time for Scott Morrison to step up and fix this mess, so elderly Victorians can get the care they deserve. Quotes attributable Local Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP “The ongoing royal commission into aged-care is a timely reminder that we need to give elderly people the high-quality care they deserve.” “The Andrews Labor Government will continue to fight for the first-rate care of older Victorians until the Liberal Government finally delivers on its promises.”  Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan   “This is more proof that Scott Morrison is failing Victorians. It’s time he gave our elderly community members the care they deserve - high quality, close to home and close to their family and friends.”

 

2020 SCHOOL PRINCIPAL RECRUITMENT PROCESS BEGINS FOR WYNDHAM SCHOOL

Wyndham families are one step closer to accessing the education they deserve with the recruitment process to select one of Victoria’s brightest and best principals to lead Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School now underway. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP today announced the commencement of the recruitment drive to appoint a principal to the new school in Wyndham which is currently under construction and will open in 2020. The Department of Education and Training today advertised for educators across the state to apply to lead one of the new schools. New schools will open next year in Ballarat, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong, Hume, Mitchell and Wyndham. The schools, which are currently known by their interim names, include:   Armstrong Creek West Primary School Botanic Ridge Primary School Casey Fields (Five Ways) Primary School Clyde North East Primary School Craigieburn South Secondary School Davis Creek Primary School Keysborough South Primary School Lucas Primary School Point Cook South Senior Secondary School Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School These new schools are part of the Labor Government’s school building boom that will see 100 new government schools open over the next eight years. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to deliver new schools and more than 1,300 school upgrades, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’ve now begun the recruitment process to select Victoria’s most experienced and passionate principals to lead these new schools and ensure that every child has access to a great education.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “This is another major milestone for families in Wyndham in the delivery of a school building boom that will see 100 new government schools open over the next eight years.”

2020 SCHOOL PRINCIPAL RECRUITMENT PROCESS BEGINS FOR WYNDHAM SCHOOL

Wyndham families are one step closer to accessing the education they deserve with the recruitment process to select one of Victoria’s brightest and best principals to lead Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School now underway. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP today announced the commencement of the recruitment drive to appoint a principal to the new school in Wyndham which is currently under construction and will open in 2020. The Department of Education and Training today advertised for educators across the state to apply to lead one of the new schools. New schools will open next year in Ballarat, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong, Hume, Mitchell and Wyndham. The schools, which are currently known by their interim names, include:   Armstrong Creek West Primary School Botanic Ridge Primary School Casey Fields (Five Ways) Primary School Clyde North East Primary School Craigieburn South Secondary School Davis Creek Primary School Keysborough South Primary School Lucas Primary School Point Cook South Senior Secondary School Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School These new schools are part of the Labor Government’s school building boom that will see 100 new government schools open over the next eight years. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to deliver new schools and more than 1,300 school upgrades, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’ve now begun the recruitment process to select Victoria’s most experienced and passionate principals to lead these new schools and ensure that every child has access to a great education.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “This is another major milestone for families in Wyndham in the delivery of a school building boom that will see 100 new government schools open over the next eight years.”

MORE FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR VICTORIA’S ENVIRONMENT VOLUNTEERS IN THE WERRIBEE ELECTORATE

The Victorian Government has announced the opening of the 2019-2020 Victorian Landcare Grants for projects that protect and restore Victoria’s land and environment in the Werribee electorate. Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the $1.76 million grants program to support Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said grants of up to $20,000 are available to Landcare, Friends of, Coastcare and other environmental volunteer groups and networks in the Werribee electorate for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that protect and restore Victoria’s land and environment. Support grants of $500 are also available for new and existing groups and networks to assist with operating costs and provide a stable base for Landcare and environmental volunteering across Victoria. This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s ten catchment management authorities (CMAs), highlighting the great environmental outcomes that can be achieved through cooperation between CMAs, environment groups, local communities and the government. The Victorian Government also supports Landcare with funding for 78 Landcare facilitators, 10 Regional Landcare Coordinators and communications including the Victorian Landcare magazine, Victorian Landcare awards and Landcare Gateway website. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan. For more information on the grants contact your local CMA, Regional Landcare Coordinator or go to www.environment.vic.gov.au/grants Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Victorian Government invests over $9 million annually into the Victorian Landcare Program to ensure the ongoing protection and improvement of Victoria’s land, water and biodiversity “Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the Landcare movement has made an important contribution to Victoria’s environment and we are committed to supporting this work.”  “The Victorian Government has a strong commitment to Landcare, and these grants are an important way to support the community and environmental volunteer groups.” “These grants will go a long way in aiding the great on-ground actions of community and environmental volunteer groups who work tirelessly to protect Victoria’s land and environment.”

MORE FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR VICTORIA’S ENVIRONMENT VOLUNTEERS IN THE WERRIBEE ELECTORATE

The Victorian Government has announced the opening of the 2019-2020 Victorian Landcare Grants for projects that protect and restore Victoria’s land and environment in the Werribee electorate. Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the $1.76 million grants program to support Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said grants of up to $20,000 are available to Landcare, Friends of, Coastcare and other environmental volunteer groups and networks in the Werribee electorate for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that protect and restore Victoria’s land and environment. Support grants of $500 are also available for new and existing groups and networks to assist with operating costs and provide a stable base for Landcare and environmental volunteering across Victoria. This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s ten catchment management authorities (CMAs), highlighting the great environmental outcomes that can be achieved through cooperation between CMAs, environment groups, local communities and the government. The Victorian Government also supports Landcare with funding for 78 Landcare facilitators, 10 Regional Landcare Coordinators and communications including the Victorian Landcare magazine, Victorian Landcare awards and Landcare Gateway website. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan. For more information on the grants contact your local CMA, Regional Landcare Coordinator or go to www.environment.vic.gov.au/grants Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Victorian Government invests over $9 million annually into the Victorian Landcare Program to ensure the ongoing protection and improvement of Victoria’s land, water and biodiversity “Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the Landcare movement has made an important contribution to Victoria’s environment and we are committed to supporting this work.”  “The Victorian Government has a strong commitment to Landcare, and these grants are an important way to support the community and environmental volunteer groups.” “These grants will go a long way in aiding the great on-ground actions of community and environmental volunteer groups who work tirelessly to protect Victoria’s land and environment.”

WERRIBEE PRIMARY TEACHER FINALIST IN RESOURCESMART SCHOOL AWARDS

Mrs Jo-anne Wembridge from Werribee Primary School has been selected as a finalist for ResourceSmart Primary School Teacher of the Year award in the 2019 ResourceSmart School Awards. Tim Pallas MP said Ms Wembridge has been instrumental in leading initiatives and reducing the environmental footprint of Werribee Primary School. Additionally, she has been an inspiration to a number of schools in the western metro region — helping other teachers and schools on their ResourceSmart School journey. The ResourceSmart Schools Awards are Victoria’s largest sustainability awards program and are open to all Victorian government, independent and Catholic schools. The Awards recognise schools across the state who are leading the way in minimising waste, saving energy and water, increasing biodiversity and tackling climate change. Ms Wembridge’s passion for sustainability is clear. She has been instrumental in initiating a number of programs for Werribee Primary School including: introducing zero waste policy and snack shacks adding compost and plastic recycling bins achieving GOLD Ride2School status achieving silver accreditation in the Water–Learn it! Live it! program receiving a Wyndham City Council Community Grant for $22,000 to install 27kW Solar Panel System installing Active Paths for safe travelling to school adding multiple outdoor learning areas - Vertical wall, Mural Garden, Secret Garden Regional Award winner - Victorian Schools Garden 2015 Victorian Energy School of the Year 2017 receiving multiple grants and prize money adding up to $40,000. Ms Wembridge’s initiatives have helped the school save $66,731 and has expanded students’ interest and engagement with sustainability. Winners for the categories will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 June at the MCG in Melbourne. ResourceSmart Schools is a free program offered by Sustainability Victoria that has engaged more than 1,300 schools across the state to collectively save over $24 million dollars and avoid creating more than 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.  Visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schoolsawards for information on the finalists. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas "I'm very proud to congratulate Ms Wembridge as well as the students, teachers and parents of Werribee Primary School.” “The 2019 ResoureSmart Schools Awards theme is ‘contributing to a better place’ and Werribee Primary School are certainly doing their bit.”

WERRIBEE PRIMARY TEACHER FINALIST IN RESOURCESMART SCHOOL AWARDS

Mrs Jo-anne Wembridge from Werribee Primary School has been selected as a finalist for ResourceSmart Primary School Teacher of the Year award in the 2019 ResourceSmart School Awards. Tim Pallas MP said Ms Wembridge has been instrumental in leading initiatives and reducing the environmental footprint of Werribee Primary School. Additionally, she has been an inspiration to a number of schools in the western metro region — helping other teachers and schools on their ResourceSmart School journey. The ResourceSmart Schools Awards are Victoria’s largest sustainability awards program and are open to all Victorian government, independent and Catholic schools. The Awards recognise schools across the state who are leading the way in minimising waste, saving energy and water, increasing biodiversity and tackling climate change. Ms Wembridge’s passion for sustainability is clear. She has been instrumental in initiating a number of programs for Werribee Primary School including: introducing zero waste policy and snack shacks adding compost and plastic recycling bins achieving GOLD Ride2School status achieving silver accreditation in the Water–Learn it! Live it! program receiving a Wyndham City Council Community Grant for $22,000 to install 27kW Solar Panel System installing Active Paths for safe travelling to school adding multiple outdoor learning areas - Vertical wall, Mural Garden, Secret Garden Regional Award winner - Victorian Schools Garden 2015 Victorian Energy School of the Year 2017 receiving multiple grants and prize money adding up to $40,000. Ms Wembridge’s initiatives have helped the school save $66,731 and has expanded students’ interest and engagement with sustainability. Winners for the categories will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 June at the MCG in Melbourne. ResourceSmart Schools is a free program offered by Sustainability Victoria that has engaged more than 1,300 schools across the state to collectively save over $24 million dollars and avoid creating more than 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.  Visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schoolsawards for information on the finalists. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas "I'm very proud to congratulate Ms Wembridge as well as the students, teachers and parents of Werribee Primary School.” “The 2019 ResoureSmart Schools Awards theme is ‘contributing to a better place’ and Werribee Primary School are certainly doing their bit.”

ACTIVE APRIL SMASHES RECORD BOOKS IN 2019

The Andrews Labor Government today celebrated a record 130,211 Victorians of all ages and abilities who took the pledge to ramp up their level of fitness and physical activity in the 2019 Premier’s Active April. Tim Pallas Member for Werribee congratulated everyone who had signed up to the Premier’s Active April and spread the word on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. A range of high-profile Victorians participated in the challenge, including AFLW stars Katie Brennan and Darcy Vescio, Western Bulldogs premiership player Liam Picken, Annie Nolan, Vixens netballer Kate Moloney, Paralympian Jess Gallagher and news personality and Premier’s Active April legend Peter Hitchener. Participants this year had access through an app to the Get Active Workouts video series, which features 30 different 10-minute workout ideas to inspire and motivate participants of all ages and abilities. A record 1761 Victorian schools and 854 Victorian workplaces registered as teams, exercising daily by walking to school, riding to work or visiting the gym during their lunch breaks. In Wyndham 3604 people participated this year, a 34% increase in participation from 2018. With more than 80,000 women registered, females once again well and truly outdid their male counterparts, making up 60 per cent of participants. For more information on Active April and a range of resources for schools, workplaces, families and individuals, visit www.activeapril.vic.gov.au, or join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas Member for Werribee “Active April has been an outstanding success and I want to congratulate everyone who got involved and I challenge even more Victorians to step it up and keep up the good work in May and beyond.” Quotes attributable to Jill Hennessy Member for Altona District “Every year we continue to set the bar even higher and it is so encouraging that even more and more people in Wyndham are getting active more often.” Quotes attributable to Sarah Connolly Member for Tarneit District I’m delighted to see record numbers of Wyndham residents participating in Active April and I encourage them to keep up the good work for this year and beyond.

ACTIVE APRIL SMASHES RECORD BOOKS IN 2019

The Andrews Labor Government today celebrated a record 130,211 Victorians of all ages and abilities who took the pledge to ramp up their level of fitness and physical activity in the 2019 Premier’s Active April. Tim Pallas Member for Werribee congratulated everyone who had signed up to the Premier’s Active April and spread the word on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. A range of high-profile Victorians participated in the challenge, including AFLW stars Katie Brennan and Darcy Vescio, Western Bulldogs premiership player Liam Picken, Annie Nolan, Vixens netballer Kate Moloney, Paralympian Jess Gallagher and news personality and Premier’s Active April legend Peter Hitchener. Participants this year had access through an app to the Get Active Workouts video series, which features 30 different 10-minute workout ideas to inspire and motivate participants of all ages and abilities. A record 1761 Victorian schools and 854 Victorian workplaces registered as teams, exercising daily by walking to school, riding to work or visiting the gym during their lunch breaks. In Wyndham 3604 people participated this year, a 34% increase in participation from 2018. With more than 80,000 women registered, females once again well and truly outdid their male counterparts, making up 60 per cent of participants. For more information on Active April and a range of resources for schools, workplaces, families and individuals, visit www.activeapril.vic.gov.au, or join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas Member for Werribee “Active April has been an outstanding success and I want to congratulate everyone who got involved and I challenge even more Victorians to step it up and keep up the good work in May and beyond.” Quotes attributable to Jill Hennessy Member for Altona District “Every year we continue to set the bar even higher and it is so encouraging that even more and more people in Wyndham are getting active more often.” Quotes attributable to Sarah Connolly Member for Tarneit District I’m delighted to see record numbers of Wyndham residents participating in Active April and I encourage them to keep up the good work for this year and beyond.