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  • West Gate Tunnel Project

    The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide a second river crossing, 4 additional lanes on the West Gate Freeway and more reliable trips into the city. It will slash congestion and reduce travel times - getting you home sooner and safer. It will also create 5,600 new jobs and provide an $11 billion boost to our economy.

  • More Train Services for the Werribee Line

    The Andrews Labor Government will add 10 new Werribee line train services in the peak, every week – to get people in Melbourne’s west home safer and sooner. The 10 new Werribee peak services build on the 10 new peak services added in 2015, and this year’s budget funded eight new off-peak services which will start next year.

  • $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 upgrade, 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.

  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project

    The Melbourne Metro Rail Project will deliver nine-kilometres worth of tunnel, five new underground railway stations and the rail the best city in the world deserves. This will revolutionise the way we use Melbourne's rail network.

  • Werribee Electorate

    Information about the local electorate of Werribee which takes in a diverse range of communities and locales.

  • West Gate Tunnel Project

    The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide a second river crossing, 4 additional lanes on the West Gate Freeway and more reliable trips into the city. It will slash congestion and reduce travel times - getting you home sooner and safer. It will also create 5,600 new jobs and provide an $11 billion boost to our economy.

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WYNDHAM COMMUNITY GIVEN CHANCE TO NAME LOCAL BRIDGES

A bridge in the City of Wyndham has been named to help emergency services find it quickly and easily. The Tarneit Road bridge over the rail line near Tarneit Station has officially been named John Sweeting Bridge, after John Sweeting who lived in the Werribee area and ran Sweetings the Jewellers for more than 50 years. He was an active members of local sporting clubs and supported nearby schools and the Werribee Hospital. John Sweeting Bridge was constructed as part of the Regional Rail Link Project. Five other bridges built nearby through the project have a similar appearance and, to help give the bridges unique identities, VicTrack is naming the rest of the bridges through its Bridge Naming Competition. Naming the bridges is designed to help emergency services pinpoint people’s locations, particularly in fire or flood prone areas. They are all road bridges over the Geelong Line, and are at Doherty’s Road, Derrimut Road, Davis Road, Leakes Road and Ballan Road. Names must commemorate a local community member or event, and follow the criteria set out by the Office of Geographic Names. Once nominations close, the names will be shortlisted and put to a public vote. The first bridge to be named was Ellis Bridge, in Huntly near Bendigo, and five bridges in Moorabool Shire were then named through the competition. For more information and to nominate a name, please visit victrack.com.au/bridge Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s critical we give emergency services the tools they need to keep us safe. Simple things like naming these bridges could really make a difference in an emergency.” “John Sweeting was a well-known local – it’s great that his legacy has been recognised in such a special way.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “I encourage locals to get involved and come up with their ideas to name the other five bridges, so they can all get a unique identity.” “The Bridge Naming Competition gives people the opportunity to recognise other local figures or even a particular event, so they can be commemorated long into the future.”    

WYNDHAM COMMUNITY GIVEN CHANCE TO NAME LOCAL BRIDGES

A bridge in the City of Wyndham has been named to help emergency services find it quickly and easily. The Tarneit Road bridge over the rail line near Tarneit Station has officially been named John Sweeting Bridge, after John Sweeting who lived in the Werribee area and ran Sweetings the Jewellers for more than 50 years. He was an active members of local sporting clubs and supported nearby schools and the Werribee Hospital. John Sweeting Bridge was constructed as part of the Regional Rail Link Project. Five other bridges built nearby through the project have a similar appearance and, to help give the bridges unique identities, VicTrack is naming the rest of the bridges through its Bridge Naming Competition. Naming the bridges is designed to help emergency services pinpoint people’s locations, particularly in fire or flood prone areas. They are all road bridges over the Geelong Line, and are at Doherty’s Road, Derrimut Road, Davis Road, Leakes Road and Ballan Road. Names must commemorate a local community member or event, and follow the criteria set out by the Office of Geographic Names. Once nominations close, the names will be shortlisted and put to a public vote. The first bridge to be named was Ellis Bridge, in Huntly near Bendigo, and five bridges in Moorabool Shire were then named through the competition. For more information and to nominate a name, please visit victrack.com.au/bridge Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s critical we give emergency services the tools they need to keep us safe. Simple things like naming these bridges could really make a difference in an emergency.” “John Sweeting was a well-known local – it’s great that his legacy has been recognised in such a special way.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “I encourage locals to get involved and come up with their ideas to name the other five bridges, so they can all get a unique identity.” “The Bridge Naming Competition gives people the opportunity to recognise other local figures or even a particular event, so they can be commemorated long into the future.”    

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: STATE OF THE STATES REPORT

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (11:20:38): I rise to update the house on Victoria’s stellar economic performance and the latest CommSec State of the States report. Well, we have done it again—coming out as the top-performing state economy for the sixth straight quarter. We lead overall on economic growth; we lead overall on retail trade, on the jobs market and on construction work done. Like the Rolling Stones, we just keep getting better and better with the years. When the member for Malvern was Treasurer, Victoria was ranked fifth in the State of the States report. Youth unemployment was at a 15-year high and overall unemployment peaked at 7 per cent. Victorians know of course that the member for Malvern is not the best with numbers, delivering Victoria’s only deficit in 20 years. Apparently he cannot even count above 11 in his own party room. But as Mick Jagger says, 'You can’t always get what you want’. Meanwhile, the latest investment monitor report from Deloitte Access Economics, out today, gives me satisfaction, confirming that our record pipeline of infrastructure investment is driving economic activity and supporting business investment. The total value of Victoria’s infrastructure projects rose to $120 billion in the quarter. Public investment projects make up two‑thirds of these investments. If this government is like the Rolling Stones, then the opposition are like Spinal Tap without the spine. If the rumours are true, the member for Malvern is living in a crossfire hurricane, and he certainly will not have— Mr Walsh: On a point of order, Speaker, I ask you to get the Treasurer to actually conduct himself within the proper forms of the house when he delivers a ministers statement. There is a place for a little bit of comedy in this place, but I think the Treasurer has overstepped that mark and it is no longer funny. It is actually very, very sad that someone who thinks he is purporting to put good news forward has to do it in such a format, and I ask you to bring him back to the proper format of the house, please. The SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order, but I do ask the Treasurer not to use his statement as an opportunity to attack the opposition. Mr PALLAS: The government is ensuring that the economy of this great state leads the nation in delivering more jobs, more investment and more infrastructure than ever. 'It’s a gas, gas, gas’.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: STATE OF THE STATES REPORT

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (11:20:38): I rise to update the house on Victoria’s stellar economic performance and the latest CommSec State of the States report. Well, we have done it again—coming out as the top-performing state economy for the sixth straight quarter. We lead overall on economic growth; we lead overall on retail trade, on the jobs market and on construction work done. Like the Rolling Stones, we just keep getting better and better with the years. When the member for Malvern was Treasurer, Victoria was ranked fifth in the State of the States report. Youth unemployment was at a 15-year high and overall unemployment peaked at 7 per cent. Victorians know of course that the member for Malvern is not the best with numbers, delivering Victoria’s only deficit in 20 years. Apparently he cannot even count above 11 in his own party room. But as Mick Jagger says, 'You can’t always get what you want’. Meanwhile, the latest investment monitor report from Deloitte Access Economics, out today, gives me satisfaction, confirming that our record pipeline of infrastructure investment is driving economic activity and supporting business investment. The total value of Victoria’s infrastructure projects rose to $120 billion in the quarter. Public investment projects make up two‑thirds of these investments. If this government is like the Rolling Stones, then the opposition are like Spinal Tap without the spine. If the rumours are true, the member for Malvern is living in a crossfire hurricane, and he certainly will not have— Mr Walsh: On a point of order, Speaker, I ask you to get the Treasurer to actually conduct himself within the proper forms of the house when he delivers a ministers statement. There is a place for a little bit of comedy in this place, but I think the Treasurer has overstepped that mark and it is no longer funny. It is actually very, very sad that someone who thinks he is purporting to put good news forward has to do it in such a format, and I ask you to bring him back to the proper format of the house, please. The SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order, but I do ask the Treasurer not to use his statement as an opportunity to attack the opposition. Mr PALLAS: The government is ensuring that the economy of this great state leads the nation in delivering more jobs, more investment and more infrastructure than ever. 'It’s a gas, gas, gas’.

SPORTING CLUBS IN WERRIBEE SET TO SCORE FROM VICHEALTH FUNDING

There are more opportunities for people living in Werribee to get active and healthy with two local sporting clubs sharing in over $737,000 in funding from VicHealth for sports clubs across the state. Through VicHealth’s funding, local sports clubs have created more opportunities for women and girls to get active by offering new female teams or programs, and providing facilities and equipment to ensure clubs can grow with their community. The grants will also support clubs to introduce social, flexible and accessible sports programs to empower more people in the community to give sport a go regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background. Building on the success of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, 50 clubs across Victoria will also receive funding to promote active lifestyles as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is excited to see more activities, teams and opportunities for less active people in the community to get involved in sport. “Active Club Grants help to create more fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities to get active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” Tim Pallas said. VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants have supported hundreds of clubs across Victoria to get more people in their community moving in new ways. The Werribee Gymnastics Club was the recipient of $1,720.00 for the introduction of classes for children with autism, allowing them to participate in gymnastics and learn new skills, while the Wyndham Netball Association received $1,818.00 helping them to cover equipment and venue costs while they engage older adults, people with disabilities or injuries, and new players. For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants including a full list of funded clubs, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub

SPORTING CLUBS IN WERRIBEE SET TO SCORE FROM VICHEALTH FUNDING

There are more opportunities for people living in Werribee to get active and healthy with two local sporting clubs sharing in over $737,000 in funding from VicHealth for sports clubs across the state. Through VicHealth’s funding, local sports clubs have created more opportunities for women and girls to get active by offering new female teams or programs, and providing facilities and equipment to ensure clubs can grow with their community. The grants will also support clubs to introduce social, flexible and accessible sports programs to empower more people in the community to give sport a go regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background. Building on the success of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, 50 clubs across Victoria will also receive funding to promote active lifestyles as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is excited to see more activities, teams and opportunities for less active people in the community to get involved in sport. “Active Club Grants help to create more fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities to get active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” Tim Pallas said. VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants have supported hundreds of clubs across Victoria to get more people in their community moving in new ways. The Werribee Gymnastics Club was the recipient of $1,720.00 for the introduction of classes for children with autism, allowing them to participate in gymnastics and learn new skills, while the Wyndham Netball Association received $1,818.00 helping them to cover equipment and venue costs while they engage older adults, people with disabilities or injuries, and new players. For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants including a full list of funded clubs, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub

SOLAR HOMES DELIVERS BOOM IN NEW CLEAN ENERGY

The Victorian Government’s Solar Homes program is continuing to drive Victoria’s transition to more affordable household energy, with 46,000 installations of solar PV, solar hot water and solar batteries completed since the program’s launch. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today released new data showing that 565 households in the Werribee District have had their systems installed. Solar Homes is delivering a pipeline of cleaner, cheaper energy in every corner of the state, with over 62,000 applications for solar panels, solar hot water and solar batteries so far secured by Victorian households. Melbourne’s booming outer urban areas continue to be the most popular for solar panels under the program, with top suburbs including Tarneit, Clyde North, Point Cook, Craigieburn, Truganina, Wyndham Vale, Cranbourne East, Pakenham, Berwick and Cranbourne North. Solar Homes is reducing energy bills for families most in need of relief, with 69 per cent of solar rebates going to households with incomes of less than $104,000 and at least 10 per cent to those earning less than $16,000 a year. Victoria’s solar energy companies are sharing in the business generated from the program, with 640 retailers securing at least one application and the top retailer securing less than 5% of the applications available. Figures reveal that the share of applications is dispersed across the industry, with 71% of applications secured by customers of retailers outside the top 20 since July 2019, when the program was expanded to include no-interest loans. Since July 1st, the Solar Homes program has been speedily converting solar PV rebate applications into installations with most applications approved and installations completed within the month they are allocated to the customer. Solar Homes is driving a 46% increase in the uptake of solar PV across the state, with residential installations in 2019 on track to deliver solar panels to 60,000 households, compared to about 41,000 installations in 2018.

SOLAR HOMES DELIVERS BOOM IN NEW CLEAN ENERGY

The Victorian Government’s Solar Homes program is continuing to drive Victoria’s transition to more affordable household energy, with 46,000 installations of solar PV, solar hot water and solar batteries completed since the program’s launch. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today released new data showing that 565 households in the Werribee District have had their systems installed. Solar Homes is delivering a pipeline of cleaner, cheaper energy in every corner of the state, with over 62,000 applications for solar panels, solar hot water and solar batteries so far secured by Victorian households. Melbourne’s booming outer urban areas continue to be the most popular for solar panels under the program, with top suburbs including Tarneit, Clyde North, Point Cook, Craigieburn, Truganina, Wyndham Vale, Cranbourne East, Pakenham, Berwick and Cranbourne North. Solar Homes is reducing energy bills for families most in need of relief, with 69 per cent of solar rebates going to households with incomes of less than $104,000 and at least 10 per cent to those earning less than $16,000 a year. Victoria’s solar energy companies are sharing in the business generated from the program, with 640 retailers securing at least one application and the top retailer securing less than 5% of the applications available. Figures reveal that the share of applications is dispersed across the industry, with 71% of applications secured by customers of retailers outside the top 20 since July 2019, when the program was expanded to include no-interest loans. Since July 1st, the Solar Homes program has been speedily converting solar PV rebate applications into installations with most applications approved and installations completed within the month they are allocated to the customer. Solar Homes is driving a 46% increase in the uptake of solar PV across the state, with residential installations in 2019 on track to deliver solar panels to 60,000 households, compared to about 41,000 installations in 2018.

 

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: GOVERNMENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (12:31:32): The jobs boom happening across Victoria just keeps getting better. We have now created half a million jobs since being elected, including, might I say, 329 000 full-time jobs. When you consider that those opposite could only manage 39 000 full-time jobs, our results are truly remarkable. Victoria has created nearly 40 per cent of all full-time jobs created right across the nation, so we are clearly punching above our weight, and it is not by accident. This government’s Big Build program is not only delivering projects like the Metro Tunnel, the North East Link and the West Gate Tunnel, it is also delivering 115 000 jobs. Thanks to our investment, one in 10 jobs in Victoria today is in the construction industry. When you think that one in seven jobs in Victoria today did not exist before this government came to office, we have totally grown the labour market. This is a story of progress. Victoria is booming, and yesterday CommSec’s State of the States report declared that Victoria is the number one economy in the nation for the sixth straight quarter. Meanwhile New South Wales has dropped to third. But still, a podium finish is a heck of a lot better than the member for Malvern could manage when he was Treasurer. All he ever got was the equivalent of a participation certificate. As the chief economist for CommSec observed, the government’s action has given confidence to companies to invest and to set up here and grow. The member for Malvern may have been humiliated in the most serious way not because he backed the wrong candidate in an internal Liberal ballot but because of his atrocious record as Treasurer.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: GOVERNMENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (12:31:32): The jobs boom happening across Victoria just keeps getting better. We have now created half a million jobs since being elected, including, might I say, 329 000 full-time jobs. When you consider that those opposite could only manage 39 000 full-time jobs, our results are truly remarkable. Victoria has created nearly 40 per cent of all full-time jobs created right across the nation, so we are clearly punching above our weight, and it is not by accident. This government’s Big Build program is not only delivering projects like the Metro Tunnel, the North East Link and the West Gate Tunnel, it is also delivering 115 000 jobs. Thanks to our investment, one in 10 jobs in Victoria today is in the construction industry. When you think that one in seven jobs in Victoria today did not exist before this government came to office, we have totally grown the labour market. This is a story of progress. Victoria is booming, and yesterday CommSec’s State of the States report declared that Victoria is the number one economy in the nation for the sixth straight quarter. Meanwhile New South Wales has dropped to third. But still, a podium finish is a heck of a lot better than the member for Malvern could manage when he was Treasurer. All he ever got was the equivalent of a participation certificate. As the chief economist for CommSec observed, the government’s action has given confidence to companies to invest and to set up here and grow. The member for Malvern may have been humiliated in the most serious way not because he backed the wrong candidate in an internal Liberal ballot but because of his atrocious record as Treasurer.

UPGRADED CLASSROOMS AND FACILITIES FOR MANOR LAKES P-12 COLLEGE

Manor Lakes P-12 College students now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today visited Manor Lakes P-12 College to open its $10.9 million upgrade, which includes a new Health Hub as well as a Secondary Centre which will provide teaching, IT and staff works spaces, breakout spaces for students, a new canteen, new toilet blocks and change rooms. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. A total of 100 new schools will open by 2026 under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. This building boom will continue over the coming years, with the Government having already appointed builders to start delivering 11 schools across the state that will open in 2020 and 14 schools that will open in 2021. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education.

UPGRADED CLASSROOMS AND FACILITIES FOR MANOR LAKES P-12 COLLEGE

Manor Lakes P-12 College students now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today visited Manor Lakes P-12 College to open its $10.9 million upgrade, which includes a new Health Hub as well as a Secondary Centre which will provide teaching, IT and staff works spaces, breakout spaces for students, a new canteen, new toilet blocks and change rooms. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. A total of 100 new schools will open by 2026 under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. This building boom will continue over the coming years, with the Government having already appointed builders to start delivering 11 schools across the state that will open in 2020 and 14 schools that will open in 2021. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education.

TAPPING INTO VICTORIAN CRAFT PRODUCE IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government is backing the Werribee District’s small-scale and craft producers to grow – creating new jobs and attracting more visitors from interstate and overseas to enjoy our locally-made food, beer and spirits. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today launched the Labor Government’s $10 million Small-Scale and Craft Program, encouraging all small-scale producers across Victoria to apply. Two streams of funding are available under the new program: Stream One – Small-scale and Craft Business Development: Grants up to $25,000 are available to eligible small-scale and craft producers for projects that support businesses to scale up, expand their operations and diversify their products – with applications closing on 6 December. Stream Two – Job Creation and Economic Development: Grants of $25,000-$200,000 will go to eligible small scale and craft agribusinesses for significant projects that will deliver benefits to the community and generate jobs. Projects involving multiple businesses are encouraged to submit Expressions of Interest, which close on 31 December. This new program follows on from the successful Artisanal Sector Program, which delivered grants to businesses in Victoria’s highly valued and diverse artisanal produce sector, helping them grow production and take their local produce to the world. Victoria is renowned for its premium produce and the Government is proud to support agricultural businesses that not only provide unique specialty produce, but create jobs, attract tourism and ensure regional communities are vibrant destinations to live and visit. To find out more about the program, eligibility requirements and to apply, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/food-and-fibre-industries/artisanal-agriculture.

TAPPING INTO VICTORIAN CRAFT PRODUCE IN WYNDHAM

The Andrews Labor Government is backing the Werribee District’s small-scale and craft producers to grow – creating new jobs and attracting more visitors from interstate and overseas to enjoy our locally-made food, beer and spirits. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today launched the Labor Government’s $10 million Small-Scale and Craft Program, encouraging all small-scale producers across Victoria to apply. Two streams of funding are available under the new program: Stream One – Small-scale and Craft Business Development: Grants up to $25,000 are available to eligible small-scale and craft producers for projects that support businesses to scale up, expand their operations and diversify their products – with applications closing on 6 December. Stream Two – Job Creation and Economic Development: Grants of $25,000-$200,000 will go to eligible small scale and craft agribusinesses for significant projects that will deliver benefits to the community and generate jobs. Projects involving multiple businesses are encouraged to submit Expressions of Interest, which close on 31 December. This new program follows on from the successful Artisanal Sector Program, which delivered grants to businesses in Victoria’s highly valued and diverse artisanal produce sector, helping them grow production and take their local produce to the world. Victoria is renowned for its premium produce and the Government is proud to support agricultural businesses that not only provide unique specialty produce, but create jobs, attract tourism and ensure regional communities are vibrant destinations to live and visit. To find out more about the program, eligibility requirements and to apply, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/food-and-fibre-industries/artisanal-agriculture.

NEW GRANTS FOR ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging animal shelters, foster carers, not-for-profit organisations and community vet clinics to apply for grants that will improve the welfare of animals across Victoria. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today welcomed the opening of applications for round eight of the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program, which will offer support to not-for-profit and community organisations who rehome pets or provide low-cost veterinary services to boost their important work looking after the state’s pets. Two new categories are available for applicants – with grants of up to $150,000 available to support the establishment of new, low-cost veterinary clinics in areas of need, and up to $50,000 for not-for-profit and community veterinary clinics to purchase equipment upgrades or expand their facilities and services. Small grants of up to $10,000 and large grants of up $50,000 will also still be available for animal shelters, foster carers and not-for-profits to buy new equipment and expand the care they provide to Victoria’s furry friends. The grants can be used for a range of services – from reuniting and rehoming companion animals to improving foster care services, providing not-for-profit veterinary services and education programs on responsible ownership of animals. The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program commenced in 2012 in recognition of the outstanding services delivered across Victoria by not-for-profit organisations, and the significant role animals play in the lives of Victorians. The fund is an important part of the Labor Government’s commitment to ensure volunteer organisations have the resources they need to assist and care for animals, wherever they are based – with $3 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to boost the grants program. Online applications for grant funding are now open and close Sunday 1 December. For more information and to apply, visit animalwelfare.vic.gov.au.

NEW GRANTS FOR ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging animal shelters, foster carers, not-for-profit organisations and community vet clinics to apply for grants that will improve the welfare of animals across Victoria. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today welcomed the opening of applications for round eight of the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program, which will offer support to not-for-profit and community organisations who rehome pets or provide low-cost veterinary services to boost their important work looking after the state’s pets. Two new categories are available for applicants – with grants of up to $150,000 available to support the establishment of new, low-cost veterinary clinics in areas of need, and up to $50,000 for not-for-profit and community veterinary clinics to purchase equipment upgrades or expand their facilities and services. Small grants of up to $10,000 and large grants of up $50,000 will also still be available for animal shelters, foster carers and not-for-profits to buy new equipment and expand the care they provide to Victoria’s furry friends. The grants can be used for a range of services – from reuniting and rehoming companion animals to improving foster care services, providing not-for-profit veterinary services and education programs on responsible ownership of animals. The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program commenced in 2012 in recognition of the outstanding services delivered across Victoria by not-for-profit organisations, and the significant role animals play in the lives of Victorians. The fund is an important part of the Labor Government’s commitment to ensure volunteer organisations have the resources they need to assist and care for animals, wherever they are based – with $3 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to boost the grants program. Online applications for grant funding are now open and close Sunday 1 December. For more information and to apply, visit animalwelfare.vic.gov.au.