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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2020 VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

Apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers in Wyndham can now nominate for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP urged people in Wyndham to nominate individuals and organisations who have made outstanding achievements in the Victorian TAFE and training sector. There are 16 award categories, comprising six for individuals, four for employers, and four for training organisations and community providers, as well as an Industry Collaboration Award and the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement. Last year, the Royal Children’s Hospital and Holmesglen Institute were the successful recipients of the Industry Collaboration Award in both the Victorian Training Awards and the Australian National Awards. Their collaboration created a pathway to employment for young people with disability and demonstrates how barriers can be overcome through the effective partnering of education with industry. Winners will be announced at the 66th Victorian Training Awards gala ceremony on 18 September with winners receiving $5000 in prize money. Some winners will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Melbourne in November. To nominate for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards visit vta.awardsplatform.com Applications close at midnight on 5 June. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “These prestigious awards celebrate the key role our training sector plays in delivering real workplace skills that meet the needs of both workers and employers in the Werribee area” “The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in TAFE and training is ensuring that apprentices and trainees can get the skills they need for the jobs they want.”

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2020 VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

Apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers in Wyndham can now nominate for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP urged people in Wyndham to nominate individuals and organisations who have made outstanding achievements in the Victorian TAFE and training sector. There are 16 award categories, comprising six for individuals, four for employers, and four for training organisations and community providers, as well as an Industry Collaboration Award and the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement. Last year, the Royal Children’s Hospital and Holmesglen Institute were the successful recipients of the Industry Collaboration Award in both the Victorian Training Awards and the Australian National Awards. Their collaboration created a pathway to employment for young people with disability and demonstrates how barriers can be overcome through the effective partnering of education with industry. Winners will be announced at the 66th Victorian Training Awards gala ceremony on 18 September with winners receiving $5000 in prize money. Some winners will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Melbourne in November. To nominate for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards visit vta.awardsplatform.com Applications close at midnight on 5 June. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas: “These prestigious awards celebrate the key role our training sector plays in delivering real workplace skills that meet the needs of both workers and employers in the Werribee area” “The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in TAFE and training is ensuring that apprentices and trainees can get the skills they need for the jobs they want.”

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WERRIBEE ELECTORATE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): I rise today to update the house on some fantastic news regarding significant infrastructure upgrades in my electorate of Werribee. The Andrews Labor government is getting on with the job of removing 75 dangerous and congested level crossings right across Melbourne, and works remove the Cherry Street level crossing are now well underway in Werribee. The Cherry Street level crossing removal project will involve the construction of a new bridge to connect Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway, as well as 130 new and upgraded car parking spaces built near Werribee station, thanks to the government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund. I am also pleased to say that the designs for the removal of the Old Geelong Road and Werribee Street crossings have also been announced. When completed these removals will provide for less congestion, improved safety and reduced travel times without the dreaded boom gate delays. I am also delighted to see that major works are progressing at the Duncans Road interchange in Werribee as part of the Andrews Labor government’s $1.8 billion investment in western roads upgrades for Wyndham. And in the spirit of the upcoming International Women’s Day, I want to take the opportunity to acknowledge that these road upgrades have seen more than 300 women working on the project, from communications managers to engineers and labourers. So level crossing removals, upgraded parking and better roads: these are some of the important investments made by our government to accommodate the growing electorate in Werribee.

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WERRIBEE ELECTORATE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): I rise today to update the house on some fantastic news regarding significant infrastructure upgrades in my electorate of Werribee. The Andrews Labor government is getting on with the job of removing 75 dangerous and congested level crossings right across Melbourne, and works remove the Cherry Street level crossing are now well underway in Werribee. The Cherry Street level crossing removal project will involve the construction of a new bridge to connect Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway, as well as 130 new and upgraded car parking spaces built near Werribee station, thanks to the government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund. I am also pleased to say that the designs for the removal of the Old Geelong Road and Werribee Street crossings have also been announced. When completed these removals will provide for less congestion, improved safety and reduced travel times without the dreaded boom gate delays. I am also delighted to see that major works are progressing at the Duncans Road interchange in Werribee as part of the Andrews Labor government’s $1.8 billion investment in western roads upgrades for Wyndham. And in the spirit of the upcoming International Women’s Day, I want to take the opportunity to acknowledge that these road upgrades have seen more than 300 women working on the project, from communications managers to engineers and labourers. So level crossing removals, upgraded parking and better roads: these are some of the important investments made by our government to accommodate the growing electorate in Werribee.

COMMUNITY ROAD SAFETY GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for community groups and councils from across Victoria to apply for grants to boost road safety awareness in their local area. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said that applications for this year’s $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program are now open. The grants program will support a range of road safety education programs and initiatives that target cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and passengers, and motorcyclists. Funding is also available to support electronic speed signs, road safety banners and mobile billboards that communicate specific messages to road users at locations identified by local communities. Last year grants were provided to 57 recipients including councils, schools and not-for-profit organisations to deliver 190 projects promoting road safety. As a successful recipient last year, St Anthony’s School in Noble Park delivered one of VicRoads’ most sought-after programs – Road Safety for New Arrivals which gave 75 per cent of participants a newfound confidence in road safety and driving laws. Other successful applications include Bike Ed programs and programs to boost pedestrian safety around schools. Applications for the grants are now open and will close on Wednesday 11 March. For more information go to vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-safety-programs. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Everyone has a part to play when it comes to road safety – which is why we’re giving communities the resources they need to take the lead on road safety in their area.” “We’re encouraging councils, schools and community groups to apply for this grant program because we know just how effective a grassroot safety campaign can be.”

COMMUNITY ROAD SAFETY GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for community groups and councils from across Victoria to apply for grants to boost road safety awareness in their local area. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said that applications for this year’s $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program are now open. The grants program will support a range of road safety education programs and initiatives that target cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and passengers, and motorcyclists. Funding is also available to support electronic speed signs, road safety banners and mobile billboards that communicate specific messages to road users at locations identified by local communities. Last year grants were provided to 57 recipients including councils, schools and not-for-profit organisations to deliver 190 projects promoting road safety. As a successful recipient last year, St Anthony’s School in Noble Park delivered one of VicRoads’ most sought-after programs – Road Safety for New Arrivals which gave 75 per cent of participants a newfound confidence in road safety and driving laws. Other successful applications include Bike Ed programs and programs to boost pedestrian safety around schools. Applications for the grants are now open and will close on Wednesday 11 March. For more information go to vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-safety-programs. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Everyone has a part to play when it comes to road safety – which is why we’re giving communities the resources they need to take the lead on road safety in their area.” “We’re encouraging councils, schools and community groups to apply for this grant program because we know just how effective a grassroot safety campaign can be.”

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS EXPANSION TO HELP WYNDHAM STUDENTS THRIVE

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students living in Wyndham have the support they need to thrive at school, by investing in providing healthy breakfasts, lunches and school holiday supplies to children who need them. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Wyndham Vale Primary School, Werribee Secondary School, and Little River Primary school in Wyndham are three of 250 schools that have been invited to participate in the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program from Term 3, 2020. Under the expansion, 125 schools will be added to the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program each term this year, ensuring more students from families that are experiencing disadvantage have the support they need to succeed at school. The program will also provide lunches and school holiday supplies to students who need it on top of breakfast. The Andrews Labor Government announced an additional 500 schools will join the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program, thanks to a $58 million boost through the 2019-20 State Budget. A total of 1000 government primary, secondary, P-12 and special schools are set to benefit by the end of 2020. It’s part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring children from disadvantaged families can fully participate in their learning at school, and build happy and healthy lives. Where possible, School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program products are sourced locally from Victorian producers and manufacturers, and this commitment to using locally sourced products will continue as the program expands. The breakfast and lunch menu offerings include a range of healthy options such as muesli, Vita Brits, milk, baked beans, fruit cups, fresh apples, Vegemite and honey, and lunch bowls. More than 8.8 million breakfasts have been delivered to Victorian students since the program started in 2016. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Access to healthy meals shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a good education.” “The school breakfast clubs program has served up more than 8 million breakfasts to Victorian students, and teachers around the state are seeing the enormous difference it makes in class.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know that students need proper meals every day to help them concentrate, learn and be their best while at school.” “The expansion the School Breakfast Clubs to local kids in Wyndham will mean students have the fuel they need to get the most out of their education.”

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS EXPANSION TO HELP WYNDHAM STUDENTS THRIVE

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students living in Wyndham have the support they need to thrive at school, by investing in providing healthy breakfasts, lunches and school holiday supplies to children who need them. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Wyndham Vale Primary School, Werribee Secondary School, and Little River Primary school in Wyndham are three of 250 schools that have been invited to participate in the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program from Term 3, 2020. Under the expansion, 125 schools will be added to the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program each term this year, ensuring more students from families that are experiencing disadvantage have the support they need to succeed at school. The program will also provide lunches and school holiday supplies to students who need it on top of breakfast. The Andrews Labor Government announced an additional 500 schools will join the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program, thanks to a $58 million boost through the 2019-20 State Budget. A total of 1000 government primary, secondary, P-12 and special schools are set to benefit by the end of 2020. It’s part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring children from disadvantaged families can fully participate in their learning at school, and build happy and healthy lives. Where possible, School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program products are sourced locally from Victorian producers and manufacturers, and this commitment to using locally sourced products will continue as the program expands. The breakfast and lunch menu offerings include a range of healthy options such as muesli, Vita Brits, milk, baked beans, fruit cups, fresh apples, Vegemite and honey, and lunch bowls. More than 8.8 million breakfasts have been delivered to Victorian students since the program started in 2016. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Access to healthy meals shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a good education.” “The school breakfast clubs program has served up more than 8 million breakfasts to Victorian students, and teachers around the state are seeing the enormous difference it makes in class.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We know that students need proper meals every day to help them concentrate, learn and be their best while at school.” “The expansion the School Breakfast Clubs to local kids in Wyndham will mean students have the fuel they need to get the most out of their education.”

LEVEL CROSSING A WIN FOR WYNDHAM AS MORE 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 Andrews Labor Government today announced a combined $355.5 million package to deliver these works, that will further ease congestion and improve safety in the area. Designs have been completed on a new road bridge to remove the Old Geelong Road level crossing and a rail bridge to remove the Werribee Street level crossing. At Hoppers Crossing, the new road bridge will be built closer to the city, creating a direct link to the Princes Freeway. The existing Old Geelong Road crossing will be closed to traffic, with a new overpass and forecourt built near Hoppers Crossing Station to create a safe, pedestrian-friendly public transport and shopping precinct. At Werribee Street, a rail bridge will cater to the existing tracks and allow for future growth, like the planned Suburban Rail Loop network improvements which will connect Wyndham Vale and Werribee. Raising the rail line between the Werribee Racecourse and Werribee River will create new open space – while a temporary track will be built to ensure important freight services can continue to run during construction. The project team will continue to provide updates on the revised designs to the community in the coming weeks, ahead of construction getting underway by mid-2020. In partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Project, McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne have been awarded the contract to deliver the work. This alliance has removed three level crossings across Melbourne, most recently completing a new road bridge in Laverton to remove the Aviation Road crossing. These designs follow the announcement of the new road bridge that will remove the Cherry Street level crossing in Werribee, to be constructed between Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway. All three designs in the area minimise road and rail disruptions during construction, and all three level crossings will be gone for good in 2022. For more information and to sign up for email updates, please visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re removing all three level crossings in Wyndham to create benefits now and into the future – incorporating community areas into the designs to keep Wyndham people connected.” “We’re keeping the west moving while we do these important works – including temporary tracks so vital freight services can keep running during construction.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “We know how important good access is to Hoppers Crossing Station and local businesses, which is why we’re building a new pedestrian overpass to make the precinct safer and more accessible for those on foot or on their bike.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Kaushaliya Vaghela “Commuters using Old Geelong Road and Werribee Street are often stuck in long queues while the boom gates are down. These works will make those dangerous bottlenecks a thing of the past.” [gallery link="file" ids="5636,5637,5638,5639,5640,5641,5642,5643,5644,5646"]

LEVEL CROSSING A WIN FOR WYNDHAM AS MORE 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 Andrews Labor Government today announced a combined $355.5 million package to deliver these works, that will further ease congestion and improve safety in the area. Designs have been completed on a new road bridge to remove the Old Geelong Road level crossing and a rail bridge to remove the Werribee Street level crossing. At Hoppers Crossing, the new road bridge will be built closer to the city, creating a direct link to the Princes Freeway. The existing Old Geelong Road crossing will be closed to traffic, with a new overpass and forecourt built near Hoppers Crossing Station to create a safe, pedestrian-friendly public transport and shopping precinct. At Werribee Street, a rail bridge will cater to the existing tracks and allow for future growth, like the planned Suburban Rail Loop network improvements which will connect Wyndham Vale and Werribee. Raising the rail line between the Werribee Racecourse and Werribee River will create new open space – while a temporary track will be built to ensure important freight services can continue to run during construction. The project team will continue to provide updates on the revised designs to the community in the coming weeks, ahead of construction getting underway by mid-2020. In partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Project, McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne have been awarded the contract to deliver the work. This alliance has removed three level crossings across Melbourne, most recently completing a new road bridge in Laverton to remove the Aviation Road crossing. These designs follow the announcement of the new road bridge that will remove the Cherry Street level crossing in Werribee, to be constructed between Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway. All three designs in the area minimise road and rail disruptions during construction, and all three level crossings will be gone for good in 2022. For more information and to sign up for email updates, please visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re removing all three level crossings in Wyndham to create benefits now and into the future – incorporating community areas into the designs to keep Wyndham people connected.” “We’re keeping the west moving while we do these important works – including temporary tracks so vital freight services can keep running during construction.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “We know how important good access is to Hoppers Crossing Station and local businesses, which is why we’re building a new pedestrian overpass to make the precinct safer and more accessible for those on foot or on their bike.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Kaushaliya Vaghela “Commuters using Old Geelong Road and Werribee Street are often stuck in long queues while the boom gates are down. These works will make those dangerous bottlenecks a thing of the past.” [gallery link="file" ids="5636,5637,5638,5639,5640,5641,5642,5643,5644,5646"]

WERRIBEE REINVIGORATED WITH TRANSFORMATION OF WYNDHAM PARK

Residents of the fast-growing Werribee community are set to benefit from the major transformation of Wyndham Park, made possible through support from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today declared the redeveloped Wyndham Park open to the public. This major redevelopment has transformed Wyndham Park into a recreation and events space of regional significance, facilitating community events, exercise, relaxation and play opportunities - delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to the local community. Completed works include a river trail with walking and cycling paths, event lawn, activity spine, river terraces, tables, seating, drinking fountains, new pathways and boardwalks, viewing areas, improved lighting and revegetation works. The redevelopment will improve connections between the park, river and Werribee City Centre, making it a place for the entire community to enjoy. The Andrews Labor Government committed $3.2 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund towards the $13.6 million redevelopment. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $250 million investment over five years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. Since 2015, Wyndham City Council has received more than $25 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund to support the delivery of 19 priority projects across the municipality. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Adem Somyurek “The Growing Suburbs Fund continues to deliver exceptional and critical local community facilities to meet the needs of our growing communities” “We’re helping some of Melbourne’s fastest growing municipalities, like Wyndham, support their growing population and to build thriving communities” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “This redevelopment will energize the city centre and provide quality open space at a time when Werribee’s population is booming.” “Wyndham Park will provide many new opportunities to enjoy the outdoors for our local community and visitors alike”

WERRIBEE REINVIGORATED WITH TRANSFORMATION OF WYNDHAM PARK

Residents of the fast-growing Werribee community are set to benefit from the major transformation of Wyndham Park, made possible through support from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today declared the redeveloped Wyndham Park open to the public. This major redevelopment has transformed Wyndham Park into a recreation and events space of regional significance, facilitating community events, exercise, relaxation and play opportunities - delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to the local community. Completed works include a river trail with walking and cycling paths, event lawn, activity spine, river terraces, tables, seating, drinking fountains, new pathways and boardwalks, viewing areas, improved lighting and revegetation works. The redevelopment will improve connections between the park, river and Werribee City Centre, making it a place for the entire community to enjoy. The Andrews Labor Government committed $3.2 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund towards the $13.6 million redevelopment. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $250 million investment over five years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. Since 2015, Wyndham City Council has received more than $25 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund to support the delivery of 19 priority projects across the municipality. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Adem Somyurek “The Growing Suburbs Fund continues to deliver exceptional and critical local community facilities to meet the needs of our growing communities” “We’re helping some of Melbourne’s fastest growing municipalities, like Wyndham, support their growing population and to build thriving communities” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “This redevelopment will energize the city centre and provide quality open space at a time when Werribee’s population is booming.” “Wyndham Park will provide many new opportunities to enjoy the outdoors for our local community and visitors alike”

MEMBERS STATEMENT: RIVERWALK PRIMARY SCHOOL

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): I am delighted to update the house on my recent visit to officially open Riverwalk Primary School in my electorate of Werribee, a $23.7 million investment by the Andrews Labor government. Last year I visited the construction site, and I have got to say I am beyond thrilled with the final result—a fantastic school, great architectural design, great learning spaces, a state-of-the-art facility. Principal Paris Spencer and the student school leaders proudly showed me around their new school, which includes a fantastic performing arts and physical education building along with impressive learning spaces and administration areas. Riverwalk Primary School’s motto is ‘Achieving excellence’, and this encapsulates perfectly what the school will provide for its students—an inclusive, safe and supportive environment where they can strive to do their best. Investing in education is one of the most valuable things we can do for the next generation of Victorians, whether it is to build new schools such as Riverwalk Primary or to provide funding for necessary infrastructure for upgrades in our existing schools. We want to ensure that every Victorian child has access to a world-class education regardless of their background. We want every child in Victoria to be empowered through their education so that they can all achieve excellence. I want to thank Principal Spencer, student leaders and staff for their tour of Riverwalk Primary and congratulate all those involved in its design and construction. I am proud to say that with important investments such as these the Andrews government in ensuring Victoria continues to be the Education— (Time expired)

MEMBERS STATEMENT: RIVERWALK PRIMARY SCHOOL

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): I am delighted to update the house on my recent visit to officially open Riverwalk Primary School in my electorate of Werribee, a $23.7 million investment by the Andrews Labor government. Last year I visited the construction site, and I have got to say I am beyond thrilled with the final result—a fantastic school, great architectural design, great learning spaces, a state-of-the-art facility. Principal Paris Spencer and the student school leaders proudly showed me around their new school, which includes a fantastic performing arts and physical education building along with impressive learning spaces and administration areas. Riverwalk Primary School’s motto is ‘Achieving excellence’, and this encapsulates perfectly what the school will provide for its students—an inclusive, safe and supportive environment where they can strive to do their best. Investing in education is one of the most valuable things we can do for the next generation of Victorians, whether it is to build new schools such as Riverwalk Primary or to provide funding for necessary infrastructure for upgrades in our existing schools. We want to ensure that every Victorian child has access to a world-class education regardless of their background. We want every child in Victoria to be empowered through their education so that they can all achieve excellence. I want to thank Principal Spencer, student leaders and staff for their tour of Riverwalk Primary and congratulate all those involved in its design and construction. I am proud to say that with important investments such as these the Andrews government in ensuring Victoria continues to be the Education— (Time expired)

LIFESAVING PROJECTS NOW UNDERWAY AROUND WERRIBEE

Some of the most dangerous roads and intersections around Werribee are being made safer as the Andrews Labor Government continues its unprecedented investment in lifesaving road safety infrastructure. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said works to deliver safer intersections at Werribee Street and Watton Street are now underway here in Werribee. This is part of the Andrew Labor Government’s $226 million investment into safety upgrades, with hundreds of new projects reaching more communities than ever before. Through 2020, this will include more than 340 kilometres of new safety barriers installed across the state to prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes. Drivers and pedestrians in Werribee will be safer with the introduction of fully controlled right turns on both approaches of Werribee Street, to prevent risky turns across traffic or while pedestrians are still crossing. Additionally, partial control right turn movements being implemented on Watton Street along with traffic signal improvements for pedestrians will create a safer system for both drivers and pedestrians. All these upgrades are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero Strategy. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re continuing our strong investment into road safety infrastructure with works underway across Wyndham, including the removal of the dangerous and congested level crossing at Cherry Street, and now the implementation of controlled right turn movements on Werribee Street and Watton Street.”

LIFESAVING PROJECTS NOW UNDERWAY AROUND WERRIBEE

Some of the most dangerous roads and intersections around Werribee are being made safer as the Andrews Labor Government continues its unprecedented investment in lifesaving road safety infrastructure. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said works to deliver safer intersections at Werribee Street and Watton Street are now underway here in Werribee. This is part of the Andrew Labor Government’s $226 million investment into safety upgrades, with hundreds of new projects reaching more communities than ever before. Through 2020, this will include more than 340 kilometres of new safety barriers installed across the state to prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes. Drivers and pedestrians in Werribee will be safer with the introduction of fully controlled right turns on both approaches of Werribee Street, to prevent risky turns across traffic or while pedestrians are still crossing. Additionally, partial control right turn movements being implemented on Watton Street along with traffic signal improvements for pedestrians will create a safer system for both drivers and pedestrians. All these upgrades are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero Strategy. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re continuing our strong investment into road safety infrastructure with works underway across Wyndham, including the removal of the dangerous and congested level crossing at Cherry Street, and now the implementation of controlled right turn movements on Werribee Street and Watton Street.”

 

2020 LEARN LOCAL AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

Learners, teachers and community education providers in Wyndham can now nominate for the 2020 Victorian Learn Local Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement among the state’s Learn Local organisations. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today urged people in Wyndham to nominate the inspirational learners and practitioners whose stories show how adult and community education continues to transform lives. Learn Local providers make a huge difference in Wyndham by delivering adult community education programs. They help people who need extra support to turn their lives around with programs for people of all ages and from all walks of life. The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Learn Local sector by introducing 20 per cent regional loading for pre-accredited training delivery, which equates to a $2.6 million commitment over three years. The Labor Government has also increased the subsidy rate for pre-accredited training delivered by Learn Locals by 26 per cent since January 2015. The Learn Local Awards, established by the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, are held annually to recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of individual programs and training providers within the Learn Local education and training sector. There are seven award categories available for nomination, including the Ro Allen Award, the Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award, and the Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award. Introduced this year are the People’s Choice Awards for finalists from Program categories, with the winners decided by online public voting. Awards participants have the chance to share in $70,000. Nominations close at midnight on 29 June. The awards will be held at a presentation dinner in Melbourne on 4 September. To find out more about the Learn Local Awards or to nominate, visit education.vic.gov.au/learnlocalawards. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Learn Local Awards are the perfect opportunity to acknowledge learners and the providers who support them, as well as the contribution the Learn Local network makes to the Victorian community. “The Andrews Labor Government is funding Learn Locals in Wyndham to transform lives and support the incredible programs they deliver.”

2020 LEARN LOCAL AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

Learners, teachers and community education providers in Wyndham can now nominate for the 2020 Victorian Learn Local Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement among the state’s Learn Local organisations. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today urged people in Wyndham to nominate the inspirational learners and practitioners whose stories show how adult and community education continues to transform lives. Learn Local providers make a huge difference in Wyndham by delivering adult community education programs. They help people who need extra support to turn their lives around with programs for people of all ages and from all walks of life. The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Learn Local sector by introducing 20 per cent regional loading for pre-accredited training delivery, which equates to a $2.6 million commitment over three years. The Labor Government has also increased the subsidy rate for pre-accredited training delivered by Learn Locals by 26 per cent since January 2015. The Learn Local Awards, established by the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, are held annually to recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of individual programs and training providers within the Learn Local education and training sector. There are seven award categories available for nomination, including the Ro Allen Award, the Victorian Learn Local Young Pre-accredited Learner Award, and the Victorian Learn Local Practitioner Award. Introduced this year are the People’s Choice Awards for finalists from Program categories, with the winners decided by online public voting. Awards participants have the chance to share in $70,000. Nominations close at midnight on 29 June. The awards will be held at a presentation dinner in Melbourne on 4 September. To find out more about the Learn Local Awards or to nominate, visit education.vic.gov.au/learnlocalawards. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Learn Local Awards are the perfect opportunity to acknowledge learners and the providers who support them, as well as the contribution the Learn Local network makes to the Victorian community. “The Andrews Labor Government is funding Learn Locals in Wyndham to transform lives and support the incredible programs they deliver.”

LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD IN WYNDHAM

Applications are now open for the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s 2019-20 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program. The program, now in its third year, supports the delivery of sector initiatives that bring together communities to showcase and celebrate the role of women and girls and further gender equality through sport and active recreation. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said that local sport and active recreation clubs are encouraged to identify events and initiatives that promote gender equality and apply. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible clubs and community groups across Victoria to establish more opportunities for women and girls at a grassroots level to participate and lead both on and off the field. The Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program highlights the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to gender equality across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector. To date, the program has enabled more than 95 community sport and recreation organisations to host events ranging from come-and-try days to community forums and educational sessions. The grants are part of the broader $7.2 million Change Our Game initiative aimed at levelling the playing field for women and girls in sport and recreation. For more information about the Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program visit www.changeourame.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We’re getting on with levelling the playing field for women and girls across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector.” “Women and girls continue to lead from the front, and we want to see even more in Wyndham apply for these grants to take their initiatives to the next level.” Quote attributable to Director, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell “The Change Our Game Community Activation Grant program has been very popular since its introduction in 2018. I encourage community level organisations across the state to create opportunities and positive experiences for women and girls wanting to get involved in sport and recreation both on and off the pitch.”

LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD IN WYNDHAM

Applications are now open for the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s 2019-20 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program. The program, now in its third year, supports the delivery of sector initiatives that bring together communities to showcase and celebrate the role of women and girls and further gender equality through sport and active recreation. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said that local sport and active recreation clubs are encouraged to identify events and initiatives that promote gender equality and apply. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible clubs and community groups across Victoria to establish more opportunities for women and girls at a grassroots level to participate and lead both on and off the field. The Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program highlights the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to gender equality across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector. To date, the program has enabled more than 95 community sport and recreation organisations to host events ranging from come-and-try days to community forums and educational sessions. The grants are part of the broader $7.2 million Change Our Game initiative aimed at levelling the playing field for women and girls in sport and recreation. For more information about the Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program visit www.changeourame.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We’re getting on with levelling the playing field for women and girls across all levels of the Victorian sport and active recreation sector.” “Women and girls continue to lead from the front, and we want to see even more in Wyndham apply for these grants to take their initiatives to the next level.” Quote attributable to Director, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell “The Change Our Game Community Activation Grant program has been very popular since its introduction in 2018. I encourage community level organisations across the state to create opportunities and positive experiences for women and girls wanting to get involved in sport and recreation both on and off the pitch.”

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO WYNDHAM

Small business operators in the Wyndham area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Monday 20 April 2020. This is part of the assistance offered by the Andrews Labor Government, from cuts to payroll tax in to mentoring and advice services. This support for small business has contributed to Victoria being the best state in Australia in which to build a small business. Through the bus the small business mentoring specialists provide advice in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2019, 1,176 small businesses accessed the small business bus’s free on-board mentoring. Small Business Victoria ran a further 264 practical workshops for small business owners, helping 4,561 businesses owners develop new skills. This year’s program will take information and services to towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The Small Business Bus will be located outside Rigoli Lawyers, 90-92 Watton Street, Werribee. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Adam Somyurek “Regardless of whether you’re thinking about starting a small business or are already well established, the Andrews Labor Government’s Small Business Bus will be there to help you grow and thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice anywhere in Victoria.” “This program plays an important part in providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state.”

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO WYNDHAM

Small business operators in the Wyndham area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Monday 20 April 2020. This is part of the assistance offered by the Andrews Labor Government, from cuts to payroll tax in to mentoring and advice services. This support for small business has contributed to Victoria being the best state in Australia in which to build a small business. Through the bus the small business mentoring specialists provide advice in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2019, 1,176 small businesses accessed the small business bus’s free on-board mentoring. Small Business Victoria ran a further 264 practical workshops for small business owners, helping 4,561 businesses owners develop new skills. This year’s program will take information and services to towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The Small Business Bus will be located outside Rigoli Lawyers, 90-92 Watton Street, Werribee. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Adam Somyurek “Regardless of whether you’re thinking about starting a small business or are already well established, the Andrews Labor Government’s Small Business Bus will be there to help you grow and thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice anywhere in Victoria.” “This program plays an important part in providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state.”

BUILDING BETTER RAIL AND ROAD IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Major road and rail upgrades in Melbourne’s west are powering ahead, as construction starts on a new road bridge to remove a dangerous and congested level crossing in Werribee. Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today visited the Cherry Street level crossing project worksite to inspect early works and announce the $113.8 million contract to build a new bridge over the Werribee line between Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway. Due for completion in 2022, the project will slash travel times for drivers and build better, safer connections for pedestrians and cyclists. The area will also benefit from a new pedestrian underpass, landscaping and a shared-use path on the south side of the rail line. The project will be delivered by an alliance of McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne, which has already removed three level crossings across Melbourne and is also currently building a new stabling yard at Wyndham Vale. In another boost for commuters, a gravel area will be transformed to accommodate 130 new car parking spaces - with improved safety features like better lighting and CCTV, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund. Werribee is also set to lose two more dangerous and congested level crossings, with the Old Geelong Road and Werribee Street crossings to be removed by 2022. Meanwhile, work is progressing on the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade, set for completion in 2021 – improving traffic flow across vital roads in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs to complement the rail works. Early work has begun on the Duncans Road Interchange to reduce congestion for the 11,000 drivers that pass through every day and improve access for people travelling from Geelong and the community in Werribee South. Major resurfacing works are also currently underway along sections of Kororoit Creek Road in Altona and Ferguson Street in Williamstown, with some detours in place as crews lay new asphalt, fix potholes, build sealed shoulders and paint new line markings. For more information on road and rail projects in the west and around Victoria, visit www.bigbuild.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “Whether it’s the removal of dangerous level crossings or upgrades to major roads, we’re not wasting a minute investing in projects that are essential to keep people across the West moving.” “The Cherry Street level crossing can cause delays of up to 38 minutes in the two-hour morning peak, so removing these boom gates will mean less frustration and better travel times for drivers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Building a new road bridge close to the Cherry Street level crossing is the best way to remove the boom gates at the level crossing, slashing travel times and avoiding long traffic queues.” “These major rail and road projects are creating thousands of jobs in Melbourne’s west and providing vtial experience to Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets under the Major Project Skills Guarantee.”

BUILDING BETTER RAIL AND ROAD IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Major road and rail upgrades in Melbourne’s west are powering ahead, as construction starts on a new road bridge to remove a dangerous and congested level crossing in Werribee. Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today visited the Cherry Street level crossing project worksite to inspect early works and announce the $113.8 million contract to build a new bridge over the Werribee line between Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway. Due for completion in 2022, the project will slash travel times for drivers and build better, safer connections for pedestrians and cyclists. The area will also benefit from a new pedestrian underpass, landscaping and a shared-use path on the south side of the rail line. The project will be delivered by an alliance of McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne, which has already removed three level crossings across Melbourne and is also currently building a new stabling yard at Wyndham Vale. In another boost for commuters, a gravel area will be transformed to accommodate 130 new car parking spaces - with improved safety features like better lighting and CCTV, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund. Werribee is also set to lose two more dangerous and congested level crossings, with the Old Geelong Road and Werribee Street crossings to be removed by 2022. Meanwhile, work is progressing on the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade, set for completion in 2021 – improving traffic flow across vital roads in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs to complement the rail works. Early work has begun on the Duncans Road Interchange to reduce congestion for the 11,000 drivers that pass through every day and improve access for people travelling from Geelong and the community in Werribee South. Major resurfacing works are also currently underway along sections of Kororoit Creek Road in Altona and Ferguson Street in Williamstown, with some detours in place as crews lay new asphalt, fix potholes, build sealed shoulders and paint new line markings. For more information on road and rail projects in the west and around Victoria, visit www.bigbuild.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “Whether it’s the removal of dangerous level crossings or upgrades to major roads, we’re not wasting a minute investing in projects that are essential to keep people across the West moving.” “The Cherry Street level crossing can cause delays of up to 38 minutes in the two-hour morning peak, so removing these boom gates will mean less frustration and better travel times for drivers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Building a new road bridge close to the Cherry Street level crossing is the best way to remove the boom gates at the level crossing, slashing travel times and avoiding long traffic queues.” “These major rail and road projects are creating thousands of jobs in Melbourne’s west and providing vtial experience to Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets under the Major Project Skills Guarantee.”

WYNDHAM ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR CRICKET FUNDING

Local cricket clubs and councils in Wyndham can apply to develop or upgrade cricket facilities thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that applications had opened for $13.5 million funding under the Community Cricket Program. With more than 440,000 participants statewide, Victoria is the home of cricket with women and girls signing up in record numbers. With growing numbers, many clubs are struggling to accommodate new players. That’s why the Labor Government has relaunched the Community Cricket Program. The 2019-20 funding will see $6 million made available to clubs and councils to develop or redevelop local cricket infrastructure, from training nets through to female friendly and accessible change rooms. A further $7.5 million will be made available to develop up to six Metropolitan Cricket and Community Centres, which will provide facilities for administration and skill development, and house local clubs. These initiatives are part of the Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria, the Government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014. For further information go to sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.  Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham locals love their cricket, and the Community Cricket Program is making sure that more people can enjoy the game.” “We’re helping clubs and councils build or upgrade facilities for the local community, opening up new opportunities for training, competition and player development.” “I encourage our local councils, clubs and associations to get together and see if the Community Cricket Program can make a difference in Wyndham.”

WYNDHAM ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR CRICKET FUNDING

Local cricket clubs and councils in Wyndham can apply to develop or upgrade cricket facilities thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that applications had opened for $13.5 million funding under the Community Cricket Program. With more than 440,000 participants statewide, Victoria is the home of cricket with women and girls signing up in record numbers. With growing numbers, many clubs are struggling to accommodate new players. That’s why the Labor Government has relaunched the Community Cricket Program. The 2019-20 funding will see $6 million made available to clubs and councils to develop or redevelop local cricket infrastructure, from training nets through to female friendly and accessible change rooms. A further $7.5 million will be made available to develop up to six Metropolitan Cricket and Community Centres, which will provide facilities for administration and skill development, and house local clubs. These initiatives are part of the Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria, the Government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014. For further information go to sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.  Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham locals love their cricket, and the Community Cricket Program is making sure that more people can enjoy the game.” “We’re helping clubs and councils build or upgrade facilities for the local community, opening up new opportunities for training, competition and player development.” “I encourage our local councils, clubs and associations to get together and see if the Community Cricket Program can make a difference in Wyndham.”

GIVING TROUBLED YOUNG PEOPLE THE HELP THEY NEED TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET

The Andrews Labor Government and Melbourne City Mission are joining forces to help keep young people experiencing homelessness in Werribee safe – and help them get back on their feet. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today marked the beginning of construction of the Melbourne City Mission’s Youth Accommodation Support Service, made possible thanks to $3.5 million from the Labor Government. The Labor Government’s Accommodation for the Homeless program is about making sure Victorians doing it tough can get the safety and security of a roof over their head – and access the services they need to turn their lives around. The Werribee Youth Accommodation Support Service will provide accommodation and support for up to 10 young people aged between 16 and 25, with highly-qualified staff providing a range of support including counselling, health services, legal services, education and independent living skills. While keeping young people safe, it will also provide them with the education and life skills they need to transition to independence. Melbourne City Mission is building the new Werribee Youth Service in partnership with the Property Industry Foundation.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is more than just bricks and mortar. It’s going to provide young people the second chance they need to get back on their feet and turn their lives around.” “It’s pretty hard to get a job or an education when you don’t even have a roof over your head. That’s why we’re helping break the cycle of homelessness.”

GIVING TROUBLED YOUNG PEOPLE THE HELP THEY NEED TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET

The Andrews Labor Government and Melbourne City Mission are joining forces to help keep young people experiencing homelessness in Werribee safe – and help them get back on their feet. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today marked the beginning of construction of the Melbourne City Mission’s Youth Accommodation Support Service, made possible thanks to $3.5 million from the Labor Government. The Labor Government’s Accommodation for the Homeless program is about making sure Victorians doing it tough can get the safety and security of a roof over their head – and access the services they need to turn their lives around. The Werribee Youth Accommodation Support Service will provide accommodation and support for up to 10 young people aged between 16 and 25, with highly-qualified staff providing a range of support including counselling, health services, legal services, education and independent living skills. While keeping young people safe, it will also provide them with the education and life skills they need to transition to independence. Melbourne City Mission is building the new Werribee Youth Service in partnership with the Property Industry Foundation.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is more than just bricks and mortar. It’s going to provide young people the second chance they need to get back on their feet and turn their lives around.” “It’s pretty hard to get a job or an education when you don’t even have a roof over your head. That’s why we’re helping break the cycle of homelessness.”

NEW SCHOOL OPENS IN WERRIBEE

Students in Werribee have a brand-new school to learn in thanks to the Andrew Labor Government, as they join more than one million of their peers in going back to school for 2020. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today opened the new Riverwalk Primary School and welcomed its first students, who will be in Prep to Year 6. Riverwalk Primary School includes a performing arts and physical education building, along with state-of-the-art learning spaces and administration areas. The school was designed by architecture firm Bilard Leece and built by construction company ADCO Constructions. Riverwalk Primary School is one of 11 new schools opening in 2020, alongside Beveridge Primary School (new campus), Botanic Ridge Primary School, Davis Creek Primary School, Elevation Secondary College, Grayling Primary School, Homestead Senior Secondary College, Keysborough Gardens Primary School, Lucas Primary School, Mirripoa Primary School and Casey Fields Primary School. 2020 also marks the first year in the state’s history that more than one million students will attend school in Victoria across 1,543 government, 498 Catholic and 222 independent schools. More than 81,000 Preps will start school in 2020. The Labor Government has invested $6.1 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 7,500 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. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re ensuring local students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Riverwalk Primary School will be an incredible local school that will provide the community the first-rate education facilities they deserve.”

NEW SCHOOL OPENS IN WERRIBEE

Students in Werribee have a brand-new school to learn in thanks to the Andrew Labor Government, as they join more than one million of their peers in going back to school for 2020. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today opened the new Riverwalk Primary School and welcomed its first students, who will be in Prep to Year 6. Riverwalk Primary School includes a performing arts and physical education building, along with state-of-the-art learning spaces and administration areas. The school was designed by architecture firm Bilard Leece and built by construction company ADCO Constructions. Riverwalk Primary School is one of 11 new schools opening in 2020, alongside Beveridge Primary School (new campus), Botanic Ridge Primary School, Davis Creek Primary School, Elevation Secondary College, Grayling Primary School, Homestead Senior Secondary College, Keysborough Gardens Primary School, Lucas Primary School, Mirripoa Primary School and Casey Fields Primary School. 2020 also marks the first year in the state’s history that more than one million students will attend school in Victoria across 1,543 government, 498 Catholic and 222 independent schools. More than 81,000 Preps will start school in 2020. The Labor Government has invested $6.1 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 7,500 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. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education.   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re ensuring local students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Riverwalk Primary School will be an incredible local school that will provide the community the first-rate education facilities they deserve.”

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ECONOMY

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (11:20): I rise yet again to advise the house of the good news that goes on in terms of the economy of Victoria. It is the seventh straight quarter that the state of Victoria has been rated by CommSec’s State of the States report as the leading economy in the nation—seven straight wins in nearly two years of dominance. That sort of record would make Novak Djokovic envious. What got us here? According to CommSec, we are leading the nation in five out of the eight criteria. Importantly, that is both construction and economic growth. It is exactly what the Reserve Bank governor has insisted occur: keeping debt at a sustainable level in line with what we committed to before the election. The state’s economic performance will allow Victoria to build the infrastructure for tomorrow that will service our state in order to continue to grow and to prosper—more level crossings and of course the airport rail link and North East Link Project, to name but a few. Contrast this with the dark days of November 2010 to 2014, when no major projects were underway, and Victoria fell to fifth on the league ladder of the State of the States by CommSec. Fortunately the people of Victoria refused to allow this state to fall into a malaise. They had a solution to it, and it was the election of a government that was committed to action, purpose and delivery. Make no mistake, Victoria is leading the nation with 530 000 jobs created and big infrastructure that benefits all Victorians and which has set us up for a decade of economic dominance.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ECONOMY

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (11:20): I rise yet again to advise the house of the good news that goes on in terms of the economy of Victoria. It is the seventh straight quarter that the state of Victoria has been rated by CommSec’s State of the States report as the leading economy in the nation—seven straight wins in nearly two years of dominance. That sort of record would make Novak Djokovic envious. What got us here? According to CommSec, we are leading the nation in five out of the eight criteria. Importantly, that is both construction and economic growth. It is exactly what the Reserve Bank governor has insisted occur: keeping debt at a sustainable level in line with what we committed to before the election. The state’s economic performance will allow Victoria to build the infrastructure for tomorrow that will service our state in order to continue to grow and to prosper—more level crossings and of course the airport rail link and North East Link Project, to name but a few. Contrast this with the dark days of November 2010 to 2014, when no major projects were underway, and Victoria fell to fifth on the league ladder of the State of the States by CommSec. Fortunately the people of Victoria refused to allow this state to fall into a malaise. They had a solution to it, and it was the election of a government that was committed to action, purpose and delivery. Make no mistake, Victoria is leading the nation with 530 000 jobs created and big infrastructure that benefits all Victorians and which has set us up for a decade of economic dominance.