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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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NEW SUPPORT FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, SHOPPING STRIPS AND JOBS

Local shopping strips are receiving a boost through the Victorian Government’s Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund, part of the Building Works stimulus program. The $3 million Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund will provide suburban areas with grants of up to $100,000 to stimulate business activity, support local economies and improve public amenity and accessibility, during the coronavirus pandemic. Wyndham is among 31 local government areas across Melbourne that will benefit from works including streetscape improvements, upgrades to public parks and open spaces, maintenance, increased lighting, pop-up park and public art installations and enhanced footpaths and bike paths. Mitchell Shire is also part of the program. The Victorian Government will work with local government, business and the community sector to deliver the initiatives. A further $3 million will be invested in revitalisation projects in an additional six suburban activity centres – Melton, Tarneit, Reservoir, Lilydale, Boronia and Noble Park – to support communities to undertake projects such as minor infrastructure upgrades and maintenance, community activities and local business activation. The Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion towards protecting Victorians from the health risks and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. More information about the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is available at https://www.suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/grants/neighbourhood-activity-centre-renewal-fund. Applications for the fund will close on Friday, 21 August 2020. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Shopping strips are vital for the strength and cohesion of local communities and this is a great initiative to ensure they receive the support they need during these challenging times.” “There’s no better source of knowledge about local issues than the people who live it every day – if you’ve got an idea to make your suburb an even better place, we want to hear about it.”

NEW SUPPORT FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, SHOPPING STRIPS AND JOBS

Local shopping strips are receiving a boost through the Victorian Government’s Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund, part of the Building Works stimulus program. The $3 million Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund will provide suburban areas with grants of up to $100,000 to stimulate business activity, support local economies and improve public amenity and accessibility, during the coronavirus pandemic. Wyndham is among 31 local government areas across Melbourne that will benefit from works including streetscape improvements, upgrades to public parks and open spaces, maintenance, increased lighting, pop-up park and public art installations and enhanced footpaths and bike paths. Mitchell Shire is also part of the program. The Victorian Government will work with local government, business and the community sector to deliver the initiatives. A further $3 million will be invested in revitalisation projects in an additional six suburban activity centres – Melton, Tarneit, Reservoir, Lilydale, Boronia and Noble Park – to support communities to undertake projects such as minor infrastructure upgrades and maintenance, community activities and local business activation. The Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion towards protecting Victorians from the health risks and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. More information about the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is available at https://www.suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/grants/neighbourhood-activity-centre-renewal-fund. Applications for the fund will close on Friday, 21 August 2020. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Shopping strips are vital for the strength and cohesion of local communities and this is a great initiative to ensure they receive the support they need during these challenging times.” “There’s no better source of knowledge about local issues than the people who live it every day – if you’ve got an idea to make your suburb an even better place, we want to hear about it.”

DELIVERING FAIRER ENERGY PRICES IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government is making energy prices fairer for more Victorians by introducing a maximum pricing cap for households and small businesses in embedded networks. From September, the maximum price which embedded network customers can be charged for their electricity will be set to the Victorian Default Offer. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said this new pricing cap will ensure embedded networks customers in Wyndham can access a fairer energy price and save hundreds of dollars a year on electricity bills. Residents of apartment buildings, rooming houses, caravan parks and retirements villages could save between $180 and $370 a year on bills, while small businesses in shopping centres could save between $900 and $2200. These estimated savings are based on the current Victorian Default Offer on standing offer prices as of May 2019. More than 120,000 residential and small business customers live or work in embedded networks across Victoria. Many of these customers will save on their current electricity rates as a result of the new price cap. The announcement follows a decision by the Essential Services Commission to set the Victorian Default Offer as the maximum price for these customers, providing protections more consistent with those currently available to customers who don’t live in embedded networks. The Victorian Government introduced the Victorian Default Offer in July 2019 to make the electricity market simpler and more affordable for Victorians. The price is set by the Essential Services Commission and represents the independent regulator’s view of the most efficient price of supplying electricity in Victoria. Electricity retailers can still offer embedded network customers deals below the maximum price. For more information on the Victorian Default Offer, visit www.energy.vic.gov.au/victoriandefaultoffer Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This maximum price cap is making energy pricing fairer for all Victorians and ensuring more people can save on their electricity bills. We encourage customers to contact their embedded network operator and make sure they’re getting the best deal from September.” “We’re making sure that all Victorians have the same access to fair energy prices, whether you live in an apartment building or retirement village, or run a business in a shopping centre.” “These customers will benefit from the same price protections that the Victorian Default Offer currently provides stand-alone dwellings – making energy fairer for all Victorians.”

DELIVERING FAIRER ENERGY PRICES IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government is making energy prices fairer for more Victorians by introducing a maximum pricing cap for households and small businesses in embedded networks. From September, the maximum price which embedded network customers can be charged for their electricity will be set to the Victorian Default Offer. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said this new pricing cap will ensure embedded networks customers in Wyndham can access a fairer energy price and save hundreds of dollars a year on electricity bills. Residents of apartment buildings, rooming houses, caravan parks and retirements villages could save between $180 and $370 a year on bills, while small businesses in shopping centres could save between $900 and $2200. These estimated savings are based on the current Victorian Default Offer on standing offer prices as of May 2019. More than 120,000 residential and small business customers live or work in embedded networks across Victoria. Many of these customers will save on their current electricity rates as a result of the new price cap. The announcement follows a decision by the Essential Services Commission to set the Victorian Default Offer as the maximum price for these customers, providing protections more consistent with those currently available to customers who don’t live in embedded networks. The Victorian Government introduced the Victorian Default Offer in July 2019 to make the electricity market simpler and more affordable for Victorians. The price is set by the Essential Services Commission and represents the independent regulator’s view of the most efficient price of supplying electricity in Victoria. Electricity retailers can still offer embedded network customers deals below the maximum price. For more information on the Victorian Default Offer, visit www.energy.vic.gov.au/victoriandefaultoffer Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This maximum price cap is making energy pricing fairer for all Victorians and ensuring more people can save on their electricity bills. We encourage customers to contact their embedded network operator and make sure they’re getting the best deal from September.” “We’re making sure that all Victorians have the same access to fair energy prices, whether you live in an apartment building or retirement village, or run a business in a shopping centre.” “These customers will benefit from the same price protections that the Victorian Default Offer currently provides stand-alone dwellings – making energy fairer for all Victorians.”

MAKING IT EASIER FOR WERRIBEE RENTERS TO GET SOLAR PANELS

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas welcomed Minister D’Ambrosio’s announcement today that eligible landlords can now apply for an interest-free loan in addition to the existing rebate available, encouraging more solar installations that benefit renters. Landlords can apply and pay for the entire solar system themselves, or work with their renters for a loan repayment co-contribution of up to $19.27 a month, equivalent to the cost of a takeaway coffee each week. By offering an interest-free loan to landlords and allowing them to access up to two solar rebates per financial year for their rental properties, more renters can access cheaper energy, not just homeowners. Solar Victoria is encouraging renters to discuss rebate opportunities with their agents and landlords and has developed resources to support them. More than 550 rental households across Victoria have benefitted from the Solar Homes program so far, and eligible landlords can apply for a solar PV rebate and equivalent loan of up to $1850, reducing the upfront cost of installing a solar PV system by up to $3,700. With so many Victorians currently working and studying from home and using more energy during the day, rooftop solar helps keep energy costs down, even in winter. To find out more about the Solar for Rentals initiative, visit solar.vic.gov.au/solar-rental-properties. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s fantastic to see so many people across Wyndham joining the clean energy revolution which can only be good for our community.” “Werribee is a great place to live and not owning your own home shouldn’t stop you from having access to cheaper, cleaner solar energy.” “Renters in Wyndham often dream of the chance to cut their energy costs and by installing renters will be able to save by $890 each and every year.”

MAKING IT EASIER FOR WERRIBEE RENTERS TO GET SOLAR PANELS

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas welcomed Minister D’Ambrosio’s announcement today that eligible landlords can now apply for an interest-free loan in addition to the existing rebate available, encouraging more solar installations that benefit renters. Landlords can apply and pay for the entire solar system themselves, or work with their renters for a loan repayment co-contribution of up to $19.27 a month, equivalent to the cost of a takeaway coffee each week. By offering an interest-free loan to landlords and allowing them to access up to two solar rebates per financial year for their rental properties, more renters can access cheaper energy, not just homeowners. Solar Victoria is encouraging renters to discuss rebate opportunities with their agents and landlords and has developed resources to support them. More than 550 rental households across Victoria have benefitted from the Solar Homes program so far, and eligible landlords can apply for a solar PV rebate and equivalent loan of up to $1850, reducing the upfront cost of installing a solar PV system by up to $3,700. With so many Victorians currently working and studying from home and using more energy during the day, rooftop solar helps keep energy costs down, even in winter. To find out more about the Solar for Rentals initiative, visit solar.vic.gov.au/solar-rental-properties. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s fantastic to see so many people across Wyndham joining the clean energy revolution which can only be good for our community.” “Werribee is a great place to live and not owning your own home shouldn’t stop you from having access to cheaper, cleaner solar energy.” “Renters in Wyndham often dream of the chance to cut their energy costs and by installing renters will be able to save by $890 each and every year.”

FREE PADS AND TAMPONS IN ALL GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN WYNDHAM

Free pads and tampons are now available in every government school in Wyndham, and across the state – reducing the discomfort and embarrassment around periods for girls and saving families hundreds of dollars every year. Victoria is the first state or territory in Australia to ensure all students attending government schools have access to free pads and tampons – with the initiative now in Victoria’s more than 1500 government schools, including in Werribee. The $20.7 million initiative helps students feel more comfortable managing their periods by providing discreet and easy access to products when they need them. Pads and tampons are available free of charge in school bathrooms, relieving anxiety and embarrassment for girls, and ensuring they can get the most from their education. Schools will play an important role in promoting a positive culture around menstrual health and build a supportive environment among the school community. The initiative also aims to reduce the stigma of periods, make school more inclusive and will ease the cost of living on families while helping students focus on their studies. Lack of easy access to pads and tampons can negatively impact on students’ participation in sport and everyday school activities. Students may not be able to concentrate in class, feel comfortable or feel confident doing physical activity, or they may miss school altogether. Sanitary items are a necessity, not a luxury, and this initiative is supporting tens of thousands of girls and young women in schools across the state. As part of this initiative, students also receive important health information about how to manage their periods. The Government is also supporting students’ health and wellbeing through a number of other initiatives including mental health practitioners in secondary schools and the expansion of the School Breakfast Clubs program to 500 new schools. Through its Education State Targets, the Victorian Government is committed to building resilience and physical activity in students, while also increasing access and equity in education. Right now, only senior secondary students and other students who are not able to be supervised at home and for who no other arrangements can be made – including children whose parents cannot work from home, vulnerable children and children with a disability – are learning at school. All other students are learning remotely. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re proud to be providing free sanitary items in all Victorian government schools to ensure that students – regardless of their background or circumstances – can focus and participate fully in their education." Quote attributable to Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams “Getting your period is a normal part of life and sanitary items are a basic necessity. We’re ensuring all girls in our public schools have access to pads and tampons when they need them, so they can focus on their studies.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s great to see that this initiative has been rolled out to all government schools in the Werribee District and right across Victoria.”

FREE PADS AND TAMPONS IN ALL GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN WYNDHAM

Free pads and tampons are now available in every government school in Wyndham, and across the state – reducing the discomfort and embarrassment around periods for girls and saving families hundreds of dollars every year. Victoria is the first state or territory in Australia to ensure all students attending government schools have access to free pads and tampons – with the initiative now in Victoria’s more than 1500 government schools, including in Werribee. The $20.7 million initiative helps students feel more comfortable managing their periods by providing discreet and easy access to products when they need them. Pads and tampons are available free of charge in school bathrooms, relieving anxiety and embarrassment for girls, and ensuring they can get the most from their education. Schools will play an important role in promoting a positive culture around menstrual health and build a supportive environment among the school community. The initiative also aims to reduce the stigma of periods, make school more inclusive and will ease the cost of living on families while helping students focus on their studies. Lack of easy access to pads and tampons can negatively impact on students’ participation in sport and everyday school activities. Students may not be able to concentrate in class, feel comfortable or feel confident doing physical activity, or they may miss school altogether. Sanitary items are a necessity, not a luxury, and this initiative is supporting tens of thousands of girls and young women in schools across the state. As part of this initiative, students also receive important health information about how to manage their periods. The Government is also supporting students’ health and wellbeing through a number of other initiatives including mental health practitioners in secondary schools and the expansion of the School Breakfast Clubs program to 500 new schools. Through its Education State Targets, the Victorian Government is committed to building resilience and physical activity in students, while also increasing access and equity in education. Right now, only senior secondary students and other students who are not able to be supervised at home and for who no other arrangements can be made – including children whose parents cannot work from home, vulnerable children and children with a disability – are learning at school. All other students are learning remotely. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re proud to be providing free sanitary items in all Victorian government schools to ensure that students – regardless of their background or circumstances – can focus and participate fully in their education." Quote attributable to Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams “Getting your period is a normal part of life and sanitary items are a basic necessity. We’re ensuring all girls in our public schools have access to pads and tampons when they need them, so they can focus on their studies.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s great to see that this initiative has been rolled out to all government schools in the Werribee District and right across Victoria.”

NEW SUPPORT FOR VICTORIAN COMMUNITIES TO STAY CONNECTED

The Victorian Government is helping communities to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic through a new grants program to support local initiatives. Member for Tim Pallas today welcomed the opening of applications for the Let’s Stay Connected Fund, with grants available for community organisations, local government bodies, incorporated not-for-profits and industry groups. Grants of between $5,000 and $200,000 are available to support innovative, community-based initiatives that build connection, reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation and that can be implemented quickly – providing much-needed support across the state. The $1.3 million fund could potentially help community groups continue to operate by adapting the way they deliver programs or events, including through online forums. Other possibilities include support for communities to improve their digital skills and access online communication channels, or new ways for people to continue volunteering within their communities while maintaining physical distancing requirements. The fund responds to advice from the Government’s Regional and Metropolitan Partnerships highlighting the link between social connection and community wellbeing and complements existing measures including the Victoria Together online portal that showcases the best of the state from live music and comedy to interactive exhibitions. Victoria Together offers a vast range of resources, also including children’s activities, live streaming from the Melbourne Zoo, exercise advice and recipes. Applications for the Let’s Stay Connected Fund are open until 31 August and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible at djpr.vic.gov.au/lets-stay-connected. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “We’re making sure that our communities, particularly our most vulnerable Victorians, get the support they need through to the other side of this pandemic.” “This program will enable Victorians to back things that are already working well in their communities and support them to develop new ideas that will help people to stay connected with each other.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This new program goes right to the heart of our community – giving local organisations across Werribee the boost they need to make an immediate impact.”

NEW SUPPORT FOR VICTORIAN COMMUNITIES TO STAY CONNECTED

The Victorian Government is helping communities to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic through a new grants program to support local initiatives. Member for Tim Pallas today welcomed the opening of applications for the Let’s Stay Connected Fund, with grants available for community organisations, local government bodies, incorporated not-for-profits and industry groups. Grants of between $5,000 and $200,000 are available to support innovative, community-based initiatives that build connection, reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation and that can be implemented quickly – providing much-needed support across the state. The $1.3 million fund could potentially help community groups continue to operate by adapting the way they deliver programs or events, including through online forums. Other possibilities include support for communities to improve their digital skills and access online communication channels, or new ways for people to continue volunteering within their communities while maintaining physical distancing requirements. The fund responds to advice from the Government’s Regional and Metropolitan Partnerships highlighting the link between social connection and community wellbeing and complements existing measures including the Victoria Together online portal that showcases the best of the state from live music and comedy to interactive exhibitions. Victoria Together offers a vast range of resources, also including children’s activities, live streaming from the Melbourne Zoo, exercise advice and recipes. Applications for the Let’s Stay Connected Fund are open until 31 August and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible at djpr.vic.gov.au/lets-stay-connected. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “We’re making sure that our communities, particularly our most vulnerable Victorians, get the support they need through to the other side of this pandemic.” “This program will enable Victorians to back things that are already working well in their communities and support them to develop new ideas that will help people to stay connected with each other.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This new program goes right to the heart of our community – giving local organisations across Werribee the boost they need to make an immediate impact.”

EARLY CHILDHOOD INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR WYNDHAM KINDERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Wyndham kinders upgrade their facilities to create more kindergarten places ahead of the roll-out of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today welcomed applications under the Building Blocks program, with grants available for projects that create additional kindergarten places for three and four-year-olds by building new or expanding existing infrastructure. The program is part of a $1.18 billion packaged for education infrastructure projects announced last Monday, which will build projects across Victoria, create the jobs and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Wyndham Council and not-for-profit organisations delivering funded kindergarten programs are encouraged to apply for a grant as part of the program. Councils and non-profit organisations can apply for up to $1.5 million for a New Early Learning Facility, up to $600,000 for an upgrade or expansion, up to $1.5 million for a modular kindergarten facility, or up to $2 million for a new Integrated Children’s Centre. Launched in March, Building Blocks streamlines all pre-exisiting kindergarten infrastructure grants into one overarching program and provides increased state funding contributions for early childhood projects. This new funding will help early childhood providers undertake projects to improve their services, and assist them in increasing the capacity of services to help deliver extra places as we roll out our Three-YearOld Kinder reforms. This builds on the $156.6 million over five years made available in the Victorian Budget 19/20 to support the early childhood sector deliver the Victorian Government’s Three-Year-Old Kinder reform. Visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks to apply. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens as we roll-out universal funded Three-Year-Old Kinder.”  Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “I encourage early childhood services in Wyndham to take advantage of these grants to set up our local early child-hood services for the future.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “Early education is a crucial stage in a child’s development. That’s why it’s important that we get on with delivering much needed funding to our kindergartens across Victoria, including in Tarneit.” 

EARLY CHILDHOOD INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR WYNDHAM KINDERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Wyndham kinders upgrade their facilities to create more kindergarten places ahead of the roll-out of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today welcomed applications under the Building Blocks program, with grants available for projects that create additional kindergarten places for three and four-year-olds by building new or expanding existing infrastructure. The program is part of a $1.18 billion packaged for education infrastructure projects announced last Monday, which will build projects across Victoria, create the jobs and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Wyndham Council and not-for-profit organisations delivering funded kindergarten programs are encouraged to apply for a grant as part of the program. Councils and non-profit organisations can apply for up to $1.5 million for a New Early Learning Facility, up to $600,000 for an upgrade or expansion, up to $1.5 million for a modular kindergarten facility, or up to $2 million for a new Integrated Children’s Centre. Launched in March, Building Blocks streamlines all pre-exisiting kindergarten infrastructure grants into one overarching program and provides increased state funding contributions for early childhood projects. This new funding will help early childhood providers undertake projects to improve their services, and assist them in increasing the capacity of services to help deliver extra places as we roll out our Three-YearOld Kinder reforms. This builds on the $156.6 million over five years made available in the Victorian Budget 19/20 to support the early childhood sector deliver the Victorian Government’s Three-Year-Old Kinder reform. Visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks to apply. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens as we roll-out universal funded Three-Year-Old Kinder.”  Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “I encourage early childhood services in Wyndham to take advantage of these grants to set up our local early child-hood services for the future.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “Early education is a crucial stage in a child’s development. That’s why it’s important that we get on with delivering much needed funding to our kindergartens across Victoria, including in Tarneit.” 

KEEPING GAS HEATERS SAFE

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is urging everyone in Werribee to protect themselves from carbon monoxide poisoning by getting their open flued gas heaters serviced by a licensed gasfitter. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause long term chronic health issues. It can also kill. Tragically, in 2017, Greensborough grandmother Sonia Sofianopoulos died of carbon monoxide poisoning in her home. In 2010, two young brothers, Chase and Tyler Robinson were also killed by carbon monoxide in regional Victoria. “Since the tragic deaths of the Robinson boys, Energy Safe Victoria has run a statewide awareness campaign, calling on Victorians to get their gas heaters serviced at least once every two years,” Tim Pallas MP said. “Servicing must be carried out by a licensed gasfitter, one endorsed in Type A appliance servicing work.” “Given that many people are at home, it’s important that you don’t try to service yourself. Gasfitters carry out an essential service and are permitted to carry out domestic work. They can attend at your home to service your gas heater.” In addition to servicing, other simple steps that will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning include: don’t leave your heater on overnight or for long period make sure there is fresh air flowing through the room when your heater is on don’t run exhaust fans such as the kitchen rangehood or the bathroom fan at the same time as the heater never bring outdoor heaters inside for use in your home. Take steps to ensure you and your household are safe from carbon monoxide. For more information visit www.esv.vic.gov.au.

KEEPING GAS HEATERS SAFE

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is urging everyone in Werribee to protect themselves from carbon monoxide poisoning by getting their open flued gas heaters serviced by a licensed gasfitter. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause long term chronic health issues. It can also kill. Tragically, in 2017, Greensborough grandmother Sonia Sofianopoulos died of carbon monoxide poisoning in her home. In 2010, two young brothers, Chase and Tyler Robinson were also killed by carbon monoxide in regional Victoria. “Since the tragic deaths of the Robinson boys, Energy Safe Victoria has run a statewide awareness campaign, calling on Victorians to get their gas heaters serviced at least once every two years,” Tim Pallas MP said. “Servicing must be carried out by a licensed gasfitter, one endorsed in Type A appliance servicing work.” “Given that many people are at home, it’s important that you don’t try to service yourself. Gasfitters carry out an essential service and are permitted to carry out domestic work. They can attend at your home to service your gas heater.” In addition to servicing, other simple steps that will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning include: don’t leave your heater on overnight or for long period make sure there is fresh air flowing through the room when your heater is on don’t run exhaust fans such as the kitchen rangehood or the bathroom fan at the same time as the heater never bring outdoor heaters inside for use in your home. Take steps to ensure you and your household are safe from carbon monoxide. For more information visit www.esv.vic.gov.au.

ENCOURAGING WERRIBEE PEOPLE INTO KINDERGARTEN TEACHING

The Andrews Labor Government is offering scholarships to aspiring kinder teachers. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged Werribee District residents to consider pursuing careers in early childhood education, with an additional $3.82 million available in scholarships and incentives to start supporting those pursuing careers in this rewarding field. Early childhood education is one of Victoria’s fastest growing professions, with more teachers and support staff needed as the Labor Government delivers universal three-year-old kindergarten for all children. The roll-out of nearly $5 billion for this program begins in 2020. Over the next decade, every Victorian child will have access to a full 15 hours of three-year-old kinder. This package is part of a $92.4 million investment in workforce initiatives to attract aspiring early childhood teachers and retain them, which includes establishing a pool of mentors to support new teachers and holding four early childhood teacher conferences to support graduate teachers at the start of their careers. This money will help cover costs including course fees, study materials and financial support in the early years of their career. The roll out of three-year-old kinder is expected to create almost 7,000 jobs. More than 4,000 additional kinder teachers and more than 2,000 additional early childhood educators are needed as the program expands statewide. To apply, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/profdev/Pages/scholarships.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Introducing universal three-year-old kindergarten is one of the biggest social reforms in Victoria’s history. There’s never been a better time to be an early childhood teacher, and change children’s lives for the better.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “For Werribee residents considering a career change into kindergarten teaching, now is the time. These scholarships will help to cover the costs of study and provide incentives to get started in a new career.”

ENCOURAGING WERRIBEE PEOPLE INTO KINDERGARTEN TEACHING

The Andrews Labor Government is offering scholarships to aspiring kinder teachers. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged Werribee District residents to consider pursuing careers in early childhood education, with an additional $3.82 million available in scholarships and incentives to start supporting those pursuing careers in this rewarding field. Early childhood education is one of Victoria’s fastest growing professions, with more teachers and support staff needed as the Labor Government delivers universal three-year-old kindergarten for all children. The roll-out of nearly $5 billion for this program begins in 2020. Over the next decade, every Victorian child will have access to a full 15 hours of three-year-old kinder. This package is part of a $92.4 million investment in workforce initiatives to attract aspiring early childhood teachers and retain them, which includes establishing a pool of mentors to support new teachers and holding four early childhood teacher conferences to support graduate teachers at the start of their careers. This money will help cover costs including course fees, study materials and financial support in the early years of their career. The roll out of three-year-old kinder is expected to create almost 7,000 jobs. More than 4,000 additional kinder teachers and more than 2,000 additional early childhood educators are needed as the program expands statewide. To apply, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/profdev/Pages/scholarships.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Introducing universal three-year-old kindergarten is one of the biggest social reforms in Victoria’s history. There’s never been a better time to be an early childhood teacher, and change children’s lives for the better.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “For Werribee residents considering a career change into kindergarten teaching, now is the time. These scholarships will help to cover the costs of study and provide incentives to get started in a new career.”

 

COASTCARE GRANTS FOR WERRIBEE NOW OPEN

In celebration of Coastcare Victoria’s 25th year, the Andrews Labor Government is providing more funds and larger grants to community groups in Werribee through the Coastcare Community Grants Program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged local groups to apply for the 2020 program, with grants up to $30,000 available for eligible projects to conserve, restore and rehabilitate Victoria’s coastal and marine environments. The $495,000 program has two streams of funding this year that seek to support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change. Projects under the stewardship and education stream focus on activities that conserve, rehabilitate, and restore coastal and marine ecosystems. This stream encourages activities that support community participation, engagement and education to enhance knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management A new volunteer resilience stream encourages community groups to consider ways to expand, diversify volunteer bases and create opportunities to engage youth and volunteers from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and abilities. This stream is seeking projects that will rethink volunteering to capitalise on the different ways people want to volunteer and improve volunteer recruitment and retention. Applications for the grants close 5pm on Thursday 7 May. For more information on the 2020 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program, including funding guidelines, visit delwp.vic.gov.au/Coastcare Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re very excited to offer a new stream that focuses on strengthening groups and supports volunteers to capitalise on the expertise, passion and diversity in their communities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This year, our grants program has been doubled to $495,000, allowing us to support even more community groups. Projects can receive up to $30,000 in funding, which is double last year’s grants.” “For 25 years, Coastcare Victoria has been a driving force behind looking after our iconic coastal and marine environment.”

COASTCARE GRANTS FOR WERRIBEE NOW OPEN

In celebration of Coastcare Victoria’s 25th year, the Andrews Labor Government is providing more funds and larger grants to community groups in Werribee through the Coastcare Community Grants Program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged local groups to apply for the 2020 program, with grants up to $30,000 available for eligible projects to conserve, restore and rehabilitate Victoria’s coastal and marine environments. The $495,000 program has two streams of funding this year that seek to support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change. Projects under the stewardship and education stream focus on activities that conserve, rehabilitate, and restore coastal and marine ecosystems. This stream encourages activities that support community participation, engagement and education to enhance knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management A new volunteer resilience stream encourages community groups to consider ways to expand, diversify volunteer bases and create opportunities to engage youth and volunteers from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and abilities. This stream is seeking projects that will rethink volunteering to capitalise on the different ways people want to volunteer and improve volunteer recruitment and retention. Applications for the grants close 5pm on Thursday 7 May. For more information on the 2020 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program, including funding guidelines, visit delwp.vic.gov.au/Coastcare Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re very excited to offer a new stream that focuses on strengthening groups and supports volunteers to capitalise on the expertise, passion and diversity in their communities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This year, our grants program has been doubled to $495,000, allowing us to support even more community groups. Projects can receive up to $30,000 in funding, which is double last year’s grants.” “For 25 years, Coastcare Victoria has been a driving force behind looking after our iconic coastal and marine environment.”

SITE SECURED FOR FUTURE SCHOOL IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government has secured the land for a future secondary school in Werribee to give local families more choice and local kids a world-class education. Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the Government had secured an 8.4 hectare site on Harpley Estate as part of a Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution work-in-kind agreement with local developers. The GAIC sees developers give back to the communities they are helping build, by funding critical infrastructure such as schools, parks or roads. The $20.9 million Work-in-Kind agreement has been established with Lendlease and negotiated by the Victorian Planning Authority. It sees the land secured for considerably cheaper than the value determined by the Valuer-General. Once complete, the Harpley Estate will become home for 12,000 people, with parklands, sports grounds, walking and cycling trails. This marks the eighth successful GAIC Work-in-Kind agreement. The VPA has now signed off on deals across Victoria worth a combined $64 million. The future school will be subject to Victorian Budget deliberations. Quote attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a landmark deal that will make sure developers making a windfall out of building new communities give back to the families who will call this neighbourhood home.” “This will be great place to live and raise a family, and with a site now secured for a secondary school the work is being done to ensure important community infrastructure keeps pace with growth.”

SITE SECURED FOR FUTURE SCHOOL IN WERRIBEE

The Victorian Government has secured the land for a future secondary school in Werribee to give local families more choice and local kids a world-class education. Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the Government had secured an 8.4 hectare site on Harpley Estate as part of a Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution work-in-kind agreement with local developers. The GAIC sees developers give back to the communities they are helping build, by funding critical infrastructure such as schools, parks or roads. The $20.9 million Work-in-Kind agreement has been established with Lendlease and negotiated by the Victorian Planning Authority. It sees the land secured for considerably cheaper than the value determined by the Valuer-General. Once complete, the Harpley Estate will become home for 12,000 people, with parklands, sports grounds, walking and cycling trails. This marks the eighth successful GAIC Work-in-Kind agreement. The VPA has now signed off on deals across Victoria worth a combined $64 million. The future school will be subject to Victorian Budget deliberations. Quote attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a landmark deal that will make sure developers making a windfall out of building new communities give back to the families who will call this neighbourhood home.” “This will be great place to live and raise a family, and with a site now secured for a secondary school the work is being done to ensure important community infrastructure keeps pace with growth.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR WESTJUSTICE TO AID CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

WEstjustice is set to share in joint funding of almost $30 million from the Andrews Labor Government, and the Commonwealth, for community legal centres across the state to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19). WEstjustice will receive $321,500 to support its continued delivery of frontline legal assistance services during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The funding will provide more members of the community with access to justice as they face the challenges arising from COVID-19. WEstjustice is responding to increased demand due to the impacts of COVID-19, providing Victorians with a range of issues including family violence related matters, fines and tenancy and housing matters. Its services include providing information, education, advice and advocacy to deliver better legal outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the local community. The funding boost will also help WEstjustice to upgrade technology so that more community members can access the help they need remotely and digitally while the COVID-19 restrictions remain ongoing. The Victorian Government’s $17.5 million COVID-19 response is in addition to funding recently agreed with the Commonwealth under the National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-25 Agreement. The Agreement will see an additional $4 million in funding each year for the legal assistance sector in Victoria compared to the expiring National Partnership Agreement 2015-20. Quote attributable to Attorney-General Jill Hennessy “Our community legal centres are on the frontline, helping Victorians who need support every single day – this funding will ensure they provide this support virtually, to more Victorians.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “WEstjustice does vital work supporting people in our community every day, this extra support recognises that work as well as the challenges of operating during the coronavirus pandemic.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “With this funding boost our community can be assured that they will continue to have a place to turn for legal help when they need it.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR WESTJUSTICE TO AID CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

WEstjustice is set to share in joint funding of almost $30 million from the Andrews Labor Government, and the Commonwealth, for community legal centres across the state to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19). WEstjustice will receive $321,500 to support its continued delivery of frontline legal assistance services during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The funding will provide more members of the community with access to justice as they face the challenges arising from COVID-19. WEstjustice is responding to increased demand due to the impacts of COVID-19, providing Victorians with a range of issues including family violence related matters, fines and tenancy and housing matters. Its services include providing information, education, advice and advocacy to deliver better legal outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the local community. The funding boost will also help WEstjustice to upgrade technology so that more community members can access the help they need remotely and digitally while the COVID-19 restrictions remain ongoing. The Victorian Government’s $17.5 million COVID-19 response is in addition to funding recently agreed with the Commonwealth under the National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-25 Agreement. The Agreement will see an additional $4 million in funding each year for the legal assistance sector in Victoria compared to the expiring National Partnership Agreement 2015-20. Quote attributable to Attorney-General Jill Hennessy “Our community legal centres are on the frontline, helping Victorians who need support every single day – this funding will ensure they provide this support virtually, to more Victorians.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “WEstjustice does vital work supporting people in our community every day, this extra support recognises that work as well as the challenges of operating during the coronavirus pandemic.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “With this funding boost our community can be assured that they will continue to have a place to turn for legal help when they need it.”

KEEPING SESSIONAL KINDER FEES LOW FOR TERM 3 IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government will continue to reduce the cost of sessional kindergarten for families and provide kinders with extra cleaning for all of Term 3 as part of a $45 million support package during the coronavirus pandemic. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced the funding will provide $230 per child for Term 3, which is expected to save parents approximately half the cost of average kindergarten fees. This will mean that on average families will only pay $23 a week for sessional kindergarten in Term 3. These programs will also remain free for those who have a Commonwealth Health Care Card, identify as Aboriginal, or hold a refugee or asylum seeker visa under the existing Kindergarten Fee Subsidy program. This reduced-fee kinder program will be available for community-based, local government and school providers that are offering funded sessional programs and are not covered by the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper program. A second round of cleaning grants will also be provided to all early childhood services delivering a funded kinder program to boost their cleaning and hygiene, including $900 grants for services with less than 50 enrolments and $1,500 for those with 50 or more enrolments. Service providers will have flexibility in how to use this funding as long as it is spent on meeting the enhanced cleaning and hygiene required during this pandemic. The Labor Government announced free kinder for Term 2 to give sessional kinder services funding certainty during a time they saw a significant decline in enrolment numbers. Attendances are now building back to normal levels, and this additional support will assist with re-establishing full attendance in Term 3. Early childhood education and care services are continuing to operate, in line with advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. Further guidance on measures to maintain the health and safety of children and staff can be found on the DHHS website. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re saving families hundreds of dollars and ensuring Wyndham children can go to kinder and receive the crucial early childhood education they deserve.” “While early childhood staff are doing a brilliant job supporting children and their families, we’re providing kinder services with extra funding to help maintain high standards of cleaning and hygiene.”

KEEPING SESSIONAL KINDER FEES LOW FOR TERM 3 IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government will continue to reduce the cost of sessional kindergarten for families and provide kinders with extra cleaning for all of Term 3 as part of a $45 million support package during the coronavirus pandemic. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced the funding will provide $230 per child for Term 3, which is expected to save parents approximately half the cost of average kindergarten fees. This will mean that on average families will only pay $23 a week for sessional kindergarten in Term 3. These programs will also remain free for those who have a Commonwealth Health Care Card, identify as Aboriginal, or hold a refugee or asylum seeker visa under the existing Kindergarten Fee Subsidy program. This reduced-fee kinder program will be available for community-based, local government and school providers that are offering funded sessional programs and are not covered by the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper program. A second round of cleaning grants will also be provided to all early childhood services delivering a funded kinder program to boost their cleaning and hygiene, including $900 grants for services with less than 50 enrolments and $1,500 for those with 50 or more enrolments. Service providers will have flexibility in how to use this funding as long as it is spent on meeting the enhanced cleaning and hygiene required during this pandemic. The Labor Government announced free kinder for Term 2 to give sessional kinder services funding certainty during a time they saw a significant decline in enrolment numbers. Attendances are now building back to normal levels, and this additional support will assist with re-establishing full attendance in Term 3. Early childhood education and care services are continuing to operate, in line with advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. Further guidance on measures to maintain the health and safety of children and staff can be found on the DHHS website. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re saving families hundreds of dollars and ensuring Wyndham children can go to kinder and receive the crucial early childhood education they deserve.” “While early childhood staff are doing a brilliant job supporting children and their families, we’re providing kinder services with extra funding to help maintain high standards of cleaning and hygiene.”

SCHOOL BUILDING BOOM CONTINUES ACROSS VICTORIA

Families in Victoria’s fastest growing areas are a step closer to getting the state-of-the-art schools they deserve, with the appointment of new principals at all 14 schools opening in 2021 and commencement of community consultation to name the new schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP, today opened consultation for the naming of the new schools, including Wollahra Primary School (interim name) with the Labor Government seeking the community’s input to help find a name for each school that reflects its unique identity, inspires local pride and that makes the school easily locatable. The consultation period will run until 15 July. To have their say, community members can visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/2021-school-naming. The foundation principals have now been appointed for all new schools and will select talented and committed staff and build relationships with local families and the community. The Labor Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Right across the state we’re building new schools so every child has the chance to get a great education, no matter where they live.” “We’ve now appointed the foundation principals for all new schools opening next year and I’m excited to see how these schools take shape.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Modern and innovative schools like Wollahra Primary School (interim name) and others across the state will give families access to the first-rate school facilities they deserve.”

SCHOOL BUILDING BOOM CONTINUES ACROSS VICTORIA

Families in Victoria’s fastest growing areas are a step closer to getting the state-of-the-art schools they deserve, with the appointment of new principals at all 14 schools opening in 2021 and commencement of community consultation to name the new schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP, today opened consultation for the naming of the new schools, including Wollahra Primary School (interim name) with the Labor Government seeking the community’s input to help find a name for each school that reflects its unique identity, inspires local pride and that makes the school easily locatable. The consultation period will run until 15 July. To have their say, community members can visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/2021-school-naming. The foundation principals have now been appointed for all new schools and will select talented and committed staff and build relationships with local families and the community. The Labor Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Right across the state we’re building new schools so every child has the chance to get a great education, no matter where they live.” “We’ve now appointed the foundation principals for all new schools opening next year and I’m excited to see how these schools take shape.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Modern and innovative schools like Wollahra Primary School (interim name) and others across the state will give families access to the first-rate school facilities they deserve.”

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR GREENER GOVERNMENT SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAM

The Andrews Labor Government will put solar panels on government schools, helping them become more environmentally sustainable and reduce electricity costs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that applications are now open for the Greener Government School Buildings program, to install solar panels systems at Victorian government schools. The Greener Government School Buildings program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and to upgrade school facilities to become more energy efficient and sustainable. Solar panels are stategic investments that will pay for themselves within a few years. This program will remove the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage schools from pursuing this option. The Greener Government School Buildings program follows the success of a pilot program rolled out across 42 schools in 2019. By October 2020, the solar panels installed in schools as part of the pilot will have generated more than 1,300 megawatts of electricity, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,600 tonnes and saved schools more than $300,000 in electricity bills. Schools can apply for a solar panel system at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Applications close on 7 August. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to make our schools more sustainable and more energy efficient.” “Not only will the environment benefit from this program – installing solar panel systems will help reduce power bills for our schools.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This program is another practical way we are helping reduce emissions and do our bit for the environment.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I urge all government schools in the Werribee District to apply for these solar panel grants.”

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR GREENER GOVERNMENT SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAM

The Andrews Labor Government will put solar panels on government schools, helping them become more environmentally sustainable and reduce electricity costs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that applications are now open for the Greener Government School Buildings program, to install solar panels systems at Victorian government schools. The Greener Government School Buildings program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and to upgrade school facilities to become more energy efficient and sustainable. Solar panels are stategic investments that will pay for themselves within a few years. This program will remove the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage schools from pursuing this option. The Greener Government School Buildings program follows the success of a pilot program rolled out across 42 schools in 2019. By October 2020, the solar panels installed in schools as part of the pilot will have generated more than 1,300 megawatts of electricity, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,600 tonnes and saved schools more than $300,000 in electricity bills. Schools can apply for a solar panel system at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Applications close on 7 August. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to make our schools more sustainable and more energy efficient.” “Not only will the environment benefit from this program – installing solar panel systems will help reduce power bills for our schools.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This program is another practical way we are helping reduce emissions and do our bit for the environment.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I urge all government schools in the Werribee District to apply for these solar panel grants.”

VICHEALTH ACTIVE CLUB GRANT RECIPIENTS

Werribee residents will have more opportunities to get active and play sport as coronavirus restrictions gradually ease, with three local sporting clubs to improve the health of the community. The clubs will share in $8,880 in Active Club Grant funding to deliver new sports programs including Hoops for All. With junior sport competitions kicking off and non-contact sport resuming for adults, many Victorians are wanting to stay healthy and get active again. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the funding will enable local sport clubs to provide more opportunities for Wyndham residents to improve their health through playing sport. “This funding will make it even easier for Wyndham residents to get active and reconnect with others in their community while keeping safe from coronavirus,” Tim Pallas MP said. “Local clubs and associations play an important role in our community. I’m encouraging Werribee residents to support their local club and give sport a go. “Playing sport is great for our physical and mental health. Joining a sports club is also a great way to get involved with your community, have fun and make new friends.” VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants will support sporting clubs to encourage locals to enjoy better health through community sport. “As our daily lives and routines continue to change, it’s vital we continue to be physically active and socially connected, and joining a local sports club is a great place to start,” Dr Demaio said. “We know sports clubs are the heart and soul of their communities and we’ve heard from so many Victorians who’ve really missed playing the sport they love and seeing their team mates. “These grants create more opportunities for Wyndham residents to get involved in their local clubs, so we encourage everyone to check out what’s on in their area and give it a go while supporting sports clubs.” Local clubs funded in the Werribee District include: Wyndham Basketball Association, Wyndham United Football Club, and Wyndhamvale Football Club Inc. For more information on VicHealth’s Active Club Grants or the full list of local clubs receiving grants visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub.

VICHEALTH ACTIVE CLUB GRANT RECIPIENTS

Werribee residents will have more opportunities to get active and play sport as coronavirus restrictions gradually ease, with three local sporting clubs to improve the health of the community. The clubs will share in $8,880 in Active Club Grant funding to deliver new sports programs including Hoops for All. With junior sport competitions kicking off and non-contact sport resuming for adults, many Victorians are wanting to stay healthy and get active again. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the funding will enable local sport clubs to provide more opportunities for Wyndham residents to improve their health through playing sport. “This funding will make it even easier for Wyndham residents to get active and reconnect with others in their community while keeping safe from coronavirus,” Tim Pallas MP said. “Local clubs and associations play an important role in our community. I’m encouraging Werribee residents to support their local club and give sport a go. “Playing sport is great for our physical and mental health. Joining a sports club is also a great way to get involved with your community, have fun and make new friends.” VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants will support sporting clubs to encourage locals to enjoy better health through community sport. “As our daily lives and routines continue to change, it’s vital we continue to be physically active and socially connected, and joining a local sports club is a great place to start,” Dr Demaio said. “We know sports clubs are the heart and soul of their communities and we’ve heard from so many Victorians who’ve really missed playing the sport they love and seeing their team mates. “These grants create more opportunities for Wyndham residents to get involved in their local clubs, so we encourage everyone to check out what’s on in their area and give it a go while supporting sports clubs.” Local clubs funded in the Werribee District include: Wyndham Basketball Association, Wyndham United Football Club, and Wyndhamvale Football Club Inc. For more information on VicHealth’s Active Club Grants or the full list of local clubs receiving grants visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub.

HELPING WYNDHAM CHILDREN GET THE MOST OUT OF KINDERGARTEN

Kinder kids in Wyndham will benefit from extra support for their learning and development, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Australian-first School Readiness Funding program. All kindergarten services in Wyndham will receive funding to help them access a range of evidence-based programs and engage with professional support including speech pathologists and occupational therapists, who can help children and build the capability of families and educators. The initiative is on track to be rolled out across the state by 2021, to support even more Victorian children. The Labor Government’s $160 million investment over four years in this permanent needs-based funding is designed to help all Victorian children – especially those experiencing educational disadvantage – to get the most out of their kindergarten programs. It is the first time in Australia such funding has been made available to kindergarten programs. It is a permanent part of Victoria’s early childhood education funding. In 2020, around 28,500 children in 800 kindergarten programs across 32 LGAs and all Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations delivering a kindergarten program benefited from the funding. In 2021, all kindergarten programs in Victoria will receive the funding, reaching approximately 2,400 services in total. The funding is designed to improve educational programs for Victorian children enrolled in a kindergarten program in the areas of communication (language development), wellbeing (social and emotional), and access and inclusion. Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, it can be harder to catch up. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – which is why the Labor Government is also investing $5 billion over a decade to deliver funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Up to 15 hours of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is being progressively rolled out from 2020, with children in South Gippsland, Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack benefitting this year, and a further 15 LGAs to come online in 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “School Readiness Funding will mean that each child in Wyndham will have a more equitable chance to thrive at kindergarten, regardless of their circumstances. “We’re helping children very early in their education journey and setting them up to be lifelong learners.”

HELPING WYNDHAM CHILDREN GET THE MOST OUT OF KINDERGARTEN

Kinder kids in Wyndham will benefit from extra support for their learning and development, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Australian-first School Readiness Funding program. All kindergarten services in Wyndham will receive funding to help them access a range of evidence-based programs and engage with professional support including speech pathologists and occupational therapists, who can help children and build the capability of families and educators. The initiative is on track to be rolled out across the state by 2021, to support even more Victorian children. The Labor Government’s $160 million investment over four years in this permanent needs-based funding is designed to help all Victorian children – especially those experiencing educational disadvantage – to get the most out of their kindergarten programs. It is the first time in Australia such funding has been made available to kindergarten programs. It is a permanent part of Victoria’s early childhood education funding. In 2020, around 28,500 children in 800 kindergarten programs across 32 LGAs and all Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations delivering a kindergarten program benefited from the funding. In 2021, all kindergarten programs in Victoria will receive the funding, reaching approximately 2,400 services in total. The funding is designed to improve educational programs for Victorian children enrolled in a kindergarten program in the areas of communication (language development), wellbeing (social and emotional), and access and inclusion. Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, it can be harder to catch up. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – which is why the Labor Government is also investing $5 billion over a decade to deliver funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Up to 15 hours of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is being progressively rolled out from 2020, with children in South Gippsland, Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack benefitting this year, and a further 15 LGAs to come online in 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “School Readiness Funding will mean that each child in Wyndham will have a more equitable chance to thrive at kindergarten, regardless of their circumstances. “We’re helping children very early in their education journey and setting them up to be lifelong learners.”