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  • $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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • $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.

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Ministers statements: Victoria Police

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to update the house on the continuing investment — in fact the unprecedented investment — that the Andrews Labor government is making into community safety. Victoria Police do an incredible job, and we have invested funds to support them in doing just that. Sadly there have been too many reminders right across globe and here at home in recent weeks of the important role that police play, particularly in the last 24 hours. I would like to thank Victoria Police members for putting themselves on the line to keep us safe every day. I wish the officers injured in Brighton a speedy recovery, and of course our thoughts are with the family of the employee at the apartment. It is tragic events like those we have seen in Manchester, in London and now in Brighton that demonstrate that we must all remain vigilant in keeping the community safe. That is why we are taking the unprecedented action to give Victoria Police the powers and resources that they need to keep Victoria safe. We are not pointscoring; we are not grandstanding; we are just getting on and providing them with the wherewithal to be able to do the work they need to do. We back our police and we do not question their bravery or their independence. Since coming to office, this government has worked closely with police on identifying the investment that is required. The 17–18 budget of course provided a historic $2 billion for police, the biggest ever investment in the history of Victoria Police; $1.9 billion has been invested in family violence to deal with that scourge and 3135 more police have been committed to by this government since we came to power, who will be deployed over the next five years. We make sure that Victoria Police is adequately resourced to get on with the job.

Ministers statements: Victoria Police

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to update the house on the continuing investment — in fact the unprecedented investment — that the Andrews Labor government is making into community safety. Victoria Police do an incredible job, and we have invested funds to support them in doing just that. Sadly there have been too many reminders right across globe and here at home in recent weeks of the important role that police play, particularly in the last 24 hours. I would like to thank Victoria Police members for putting themselves on the line to keep us safe every day. I wish the officers injured in Brighton a speedy recovery, and of course our thoughts are with the family of the employee at the apartment. It is tragic events like those we have seen in Manchester, in London and now in Brighton that demonstrate that we must all remain vigilant in keeping the community safe. That is why we are taking the unprecedented action to give Victoria Police the powers and resources that they need to keep Victoria safe. We are not pointscoring; we are not grandstanding; we are just getting on and providing them with the wherewithal to be able to do the work they need to do. We back our police and we do not question their bravery or their independence. Since coming to office, this government has worked closely with police on identifying the investment that is required. The 17–18 budget of course provided a historic $2 billion for police, the biggest ever investment in the history of Victoria Police; $1.9 billion has been invested in family violence to deal with that scourge and 3135 more police have been committed to by this government since we came to power, who will be deployed over the next five years. We make sure that Victoria Police is adequately resourced to get on with the job.

L2P LAUNCHES IN WYNDHAM AND HOBSONS BAY

The Andrews Labor Government is helping learner drivers in Wyndham and Hobsons Bay to get the driving practice they need. The Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today launched the WynBay L2P program – a community-based initiative that recruits volunteers to help disadvantaged young people get their P’s. Volunteers will supervise learner drivers under 21 years of age who find it difficult to meet the mandated 120 hours of driving practice due to family, economic or other circumstances. The program has the support of Laverton Integrated Services, Wyndham and Hobsons Bay Councils, VicRoads, Bendigo Bank Community Grants Program and Kia Motors Hoppers Crossing. In the five years to 2016, more than 2,600 drivers between the age 18-25 were involved in collisions in Wyndham and Hobsons Bay – with 10 killed and 321 seriously injured. Since 2010, the L2P program has assisted 3,953 young people get their probationary licence and assisted 9,967 learners with on-road driving practice. There are new 26 L2P programs operating in Melbourne 43 and in regional Victoria. For more information visit vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “Every young person deserves a chance to get behind the wheel and get their licence.” “The L2P program gives disadvantaged young Victorians the support they need to become safe and responsible drivers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “L2P doesn’t only help disadvantaged young Victorians get their licence; it also boosts their driving skills for future employment and deters unlicensed driving.” “Labor began this program in 2008. Since then, the L2P program has helped more than 3,000 disadvantaged young Victorians get the driving experience they need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “This program will better young people across Wyndham and Hobsons Bay to work, education and each other.” “The benefits of a volunteer mentoring driving program extend beyond road safety – this program gives young people independence, builds their confidence and lets them know that they are part of a community.”    

L2P LAUNCHES IN WYNDHAM AND HOBSONS BAY

The Andrews Labor Government is helping learner drivers in Wyndham and Hobsons Bay to get the driving practice they need. The Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today launched the WynBay L2P program – a community-based initiative that recruits volunteers to help disadvantaged young people get their P’s. Volunteers will supervise learner drivers under 21 years of age who find it difficult to meet the mandated 120 hours of driving practice due to family, economic or other circumstances. The program has the support of Laverton Integrated Services, Wyndham and Hobsons Bay Councils, VicRoads, Bendigo Bank Community Grants Program and Kia Motors Hoppers Crossing. In the five years to 2016, more than 2,600 drivers between the age 18-25 were involved in collisions in Wyndham and Hobsons Bay – with 10 killed and 321 seriously injured. Since 2010, the L2P program has assisted 3,953 young people get their probationary licence and assisted 9,967 learners with on-road driving practice. There are new 26 L2P programs operating in Melbourne 43 and in regional Victoria. For more information visit vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “Every young person deserves a chance to get behind the wheel and get their licence.” “The L2P program gives disadvantaged young Victorians the support they need to become safe and responsible drivers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “L2P doesn’t only help disadvantaged young Victorians get their licence; it also boosts their driving skills for future employment and deters unlicensed driving.” “Labor began this program in 2008. Since then, the L2P program has helped more than 3,000 disadvantaged young Victorians get the driving experience they need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “This program will better young people across Wyndham and Hobsons Bay to work, education and each other.” “The benefits of a volunteer mentoring driving program extend beyond road safety – this program gives young people independence, builds their confidence and lets them know that they are part of a community.”    

WERRIBEE’S BRAVE TRIPLE ZERO STARS CELEBRATED

  Fifty-one brave young Victorians have been honoured today for their heroic and life-saving actions in the face of an emergency at the 13th annual Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards. Tim Pallas MP has congratulated Ikran Hassan & Joshua Fernandes and an anonymous young resident for their calls to triple zero in a family emergency. They were among 51 Victorian students, aged between 5 and 16, praised for keeping calm under pressure and calling Victoria’s triple zero service to seek assistance. Tim Pallas said these stories of bravery are a perfect reminder to all Victorians about the importance of teaching children how to identify, confidently react to, and report legitimate emergencies by calling triple zero. The Junior Triple Zero Heroes were nominated by ESTA’s Triple Zero operators. ESTA, Victoria’s emergency communications agency receives emergency calls for the CFA, MFB, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and Victoria State Emergency Service. Operators work 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In 2015–16, ESTA answered about 2.5 million calls for assistance across Victoria, this is an average of almost 7000 calls each day or a call every 12 seconds. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino: “ESTA’s triple zero operators work under pressure to help Victorians in need, responding to nearly 7000 calls a day.” “Victoria’s brave Junior Triple Zero Heroes remained remarkably cool, calm and collected and are shining examples of how preparing children for an emergency can saves lives.” Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas: “Ikran and Joshua from my Werribee electorate are true heroes; they kept calm under pressure and sought help when it was desperately needed. They are an example to young Victorians everywhere.”              

WERRIBEE’S BRAVE TRIPLE ZERO STARS CELEBRATED

  Fifty-one brave young Victorians have been honoured today for their heroic and life-saving actions in the face of an emergency at the 13th annual Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards. Tim Pallas MP has congratulated Ikran Hassan & Joshua Fernandes and an anonymous young resident for their calls to triple zero in a family emergency. They were among 51 Victorian students, aged between 5 and 16, praised for keeping calm under pressure and calling Victoria’s triple zero service to seek assistance. Tim Pallas said these stories of bravery are a perfect reminder to all Victorians about the importance of teaching children how to identify, confidently react to, and report legitimate emergencies by calling triple zero. The Junior Triple Zero Heroes were nominated by ESTA’s Triple Zero operators. ESTA, Victoria’s emergency communications agency receives emergency calls for the CFA, MFB, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and Victoria State Emergency Service. Operators work 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In 2015–16, ESTA answered about 2.5 million calls for assistance across Victoria, this is an average of almost 7000 calls each day or a call every 12 seconds. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino: “ESTA’s triple zero operators work under pressure to help Victorians in need, responding to nearly 7000 calls a day.” “Victoria’s brave Junior Triple Zero Heroes remained remarkably cool, calm and collected and are shining examples of how preparing children for an emergency can saves lives.” Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas: “Ikran and Joshua from my Werribee electorate are true heroes; they kept calm under pressure and sought help when it was desperately needed. They are an example to young Victorians everywhere.”              

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN WERRIBEE

  Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas announced that the Werribee Fire Brigade has been successful in their grant application for $1,247 to fund event presentation and recognition for 31 members receiving the National Emergency Medal.   This grant recognises the crucial work emergency volunteers in Werribee do in keeping the community safe. To find out more about the ESVS Grants Program visit https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas "This is an exciting day for Werribee and I congratulate the Werribee Fire Brigade and hope that it assist them the outstanding job they do in keeping the community safe.” “I encourage all volunteer brigades and units in Werribee to visit the Emergency Management Victoria website and apply for a grant.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino    “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the significant contribution of the more than 100,000 emergency management volunteers, investing in equipment, training and facilities to keep our communities safe.” “The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work, protecting Victorian properties and lives.”

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN WERRIBEE

  Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas announced that the Werribee Fire Brigade has been successful in their grant application for $1,247 to fund event presentation and recognition for 31 members receiving the National Emergency Medal.   This grant recognises the crucial work emergency volunteers in Werribee do in keeping the community safe. To find out more about the ESVS Grants Program visit https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas "This is an exciting day for Werribee and I congratulate the Werribee Fire Brigade and hope that it assist them the outstanding job they do in keeping the community safe.” “I encourage all volunteer brigades and units in Werribee to visit the Emergency Management Victoria website and apply for a grant.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino    “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the significant contribution of the more than 100,000 emergency management volunteers, investing in equipment, training and facilities to keep our communities safe.” “The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work, protecting Victorian properties and lives.”

 

TWO MILLION BREAKFASTS SERVED TO VICTORIAN KIDS

  The Andrews Labor Government’s expanded School Breakfast Clubs have now served more than two million meals across Victoria – giving children from families in need in Werribee a brighter and healthier start to the day. Since the launch of the program at the start of last year, School Breakfast Clubs have been providing 50,000 free breakfasts every week at 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools. Several schools in Werribee will participate in the Breakfast Club Program this year, including: Wyndham Park Primary School (term 1) Manorvale Primary School (term 1) Woodville Primary School (term 2) Warringa Park School (term 2) Westgrove Primary School (term 2) Werribee Primary School (term 3) Thomas Chirnside Primary School (term 3) Manor Lakes P-12 College (term 3)   Research by Foodbank Victoria, who delivers School Breakfast Clubs in partnership with the Labor Government, shows the program is making a real difference for children and staff. Since the program started last year, nine out of 10 teachers have seen improved student concentration, seven out of 10 have noted improved attendance and more than eight out of 10 teachers say they now have better relationships with their students. The $13.7 million School Breakfast Club program is another example of how the Andrews Labor Government is tackling disadvantage so all children can reach their potential, regardless of their background or circumstances. For more information on volunteering, visit www.foodbankvictoria.org.au. For a full list of School Breakfast Clubs visit www.education.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it sets our kids up to concentrate, learn and be at their best.” “One in seven children arrive at school on an empty stomach and our School Breakfast Clubs mean these kids now get a nutritious start to the day so they can get the most out of their education.”  Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact School Breakfast Clubs can have and I look forward to seeing millions more breakfasts being served, so students can start the day on a full stomach.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Kids in Werribee can’t get the best out of themselves without a decent breakfast. That is why the school’s breakfast club is so important; it’s making a real difference for teachers and students.”  

TWO MILLION BREAKFASTS SERVED TO VICTORIAN KIDS

  The Andrews Labor Government’s expanded School Breakfast Clubs have now served more than two million meals across Victoria – giving children from families in need in Werribee a brighter and healthier start to the day. Since the launch of the program at the start of last year, School Breakfast Clubs have been providing 50,000 free breakfasts every week at 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools. Several schools in Werribee will participate in the Breakfast Club Program this year, including: Wyndham Park Primary School (term 1) Manorvale Primary School (term 1) Woodville Primary School (term 2) Warringa Park School (term 2) Westgrove Primary School (term 2) Werribee Primary School (term 3) Thomas Chirnside Primary School (term 3) Manor Lakes P-12 College (term 3)   Research by Foodbank Victoria, who delivers School Breakfast Clubs in partnership with the Labor Government, shows the program is making a real difference for children and staff. Since the program started last year, nine out of 10 teachers have seen improved student concentration, seven out of 10 have noted improved attendance and more than eight out of 10 teachers say they now have better relationships with their students. The $13.7 million School Breakfast Club program is another example of how the Andrews Labor Government is tackling disadvantage so all children can reach their potential, regardless of their background or circumstances. For more information on volunteering, visit www.foodbankvictoria.org.au. For a full list of School Breakfast Clubs visit www.education.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it sets our kids up to concentrate, learn and be at their best.” “One in seven children arrive at school on an empty stomach and our School Breakfast Clubs mean these kids now get a nutritious start to the day so they can get the most out of their education.”  Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact School Breakfast Clubs can have and I look forward to seeing millions more breakfasts being served, so students can start the day on a full stomach.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Kids in Werribee can’t get the best out of themselves without a decent breakfast. That is why the school’s breakfast club is so important; it’s making a real difference for teachers and students.”  

WYNDHAM TECH SCHOOL DESIGNS UNVEILED

  Students in Wyndham area are a step closer to getting a brand new Tech School, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller today released the designs of the Tech School, which will be built on Victoria University’s Werribee Campus. Students from 18 partner schools will be able to access Wyndham Tech School free of charge. It is one of ten new Tech Schools being built under the Labor Government’s $128 million Tech Schools Initiative. Tech Schools will use leading technology to deliver advanced education and training in science, technology, engineering and maths. This will mean local students won’t have to travel far and wide to get a first-rate Tech School education – opening up new opportunities for young people in the local area. The Wyndham Tech School will have an education focus aligned to local industries predicted to experience strong economic and employment growth such as health, transport and logistics, scientific and technical professional services, and construction. The programs, led by the Tech School’s Director Sandra McKechnie, will support student STEM achievement, engagement and decisions about future study. It is part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of year nine students reaching the highest level of achievement in maths and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. For more information on Tech Schools, visit: http://techschools.education.vic.gov.au For more information on the Wyndham Tech School, visit:  http://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Schools/Wyndham-Tech-School.aspx Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Based at Victoria University’s Werribee Campus, this Tech School will match students with industry leading to meaningful and rewarding jobs.” “I am thrilled to see the final designs – which look incredibly exciting.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Wyndham Tech School will give local students access to a high-tech learning environment while linking them to local industry and future job opportunities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “This brand new Tech School will help students in the Wyndham area get the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century.”  

WYNDHAM TECH SCHOOL DESIGNS UNVEILED

  Students in Wyndham area are a step closer to getting a brand new Tech School, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller today released the designs of the Tech School, which will be built on Victoria University’s Werribee Campus. Students from 18 partner schools will be able to access Wyndham Tech School free of charge. It is one of ten new Tech Schools being built under the Labor Government’s $128 million Tech Schools Initiative. Tech Schools will use leading technology to deliver advanced education and training in science, technology, engineering and maths. This will mean local students won’t have to travel far and wide to get a first-rate Tech School education – opening up new opportunities for young people in the local area. The Wyndham Tech School will have an education focus aligned to local industries predicted to experience strong economic and employment growth such as health, transport and logistics, scientific and technical professional services, and construction. The programs, led by the Tech School’s Director Sandra McKechnie, will support student STEM achievement, engagement and decisions about future study. It is part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of year nine students reaching the highest level of achievement in maths and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. For more information on Tech Schools, visit: http://techschools.education.vic.gov.au For more information on the Wyndham Tech School, visit:  http://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Schools/Wyndham-Tech-School.aspx Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Based at Victoria University’s Werribee Campus, this Tech School will match students with industry leading to meaningful and rewarding jobs.” “I am thrilled to see the final designs – which look incredibly exciting.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Wyndham Tech School will give local students access to a high-tech learning environment while linking them to local industry and future job opportunities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “This brand new Tech School will help students in the Wyndham area get the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century.”  

HELPING SHAPE WERRIBEE’S SUPPORT FOR CARERS

Consultations for the Andrews Labor Government’s Carer Statement are underway, to outline how we can best support and recognise carers in our local community. These consultations are happening all across the state in coming weeks to gather the views of people responsible for providing valuable care, and understanding the profound impact a care relationship can have on their lives. Werribee will host a carers consultation on Wednesday 14 June, 2017, 10:30am to 12:30pm at Encore Events Centre 90 Derrimut Road, Hopper Crossing. Participants are encouraged to register by Thursday 8 June at: https://www.carersvictoria.org.au/victorian-carer-statement/face-to-face-consultations/ There are more than 773,000 Victorians who give their time, effort and love into caring for a family member or friend who needs them. They can be older and they can be very young – and many may not identify as a carer. Carers make a substantial contribution to our community, with the OECD putting the cost of replacing carers in Victoria at more than $15 billion annually. Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams said carers played a vital role in our community and it was important that their voice was heard. Carers can also have their say by completing an online or paper survey. Visit the Carers Victoria website at www.carersvictoria.org.au to complete the survey or find out more. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary Health, Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams  “We want to hear from carers of all kinds, whether they are caring for a person with a disability, mental illness or an older person. We want to capture as many views as we can.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “It’s important we find out as much about our wonderful carers as possible so we can best support them, and I’m thrilled to have the voices from carers in Werribee heard .” 

HELPING SHAPE WERRIBEE’S SUPPORT FOR CARERS

Consultations for the Andrews Labor Government’s Carer Statement are underway, to outline how we can best support and recognise carers in our local community. These consultations are happening all across the state in coming weeks to gather the views of people responsible for providing valuable care, and understanding the profound impact a care relationship can have on their lives. Werribee will host a carers consultation on Wednesday 14 June, 2017, 10:30am to 12:30pm at Encore Events Centre 90 Derrimut Road, Hopper Crossing. Participants are encouraged to register by Thursday 8 June at: https://www.carersvictoria.org.au/victorian-carer-statement/face-to-face-consultations/ There are more than 773,000 Victorians who give their time, effort and love into caring for a family member or friend who needs them. They can be older and they can be very young – and many may not identify as a carer. Carers make a substantial contribution to our community, with the OECD putting the cost of replacing carers in Victoria at more than $15 billion annually. Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams said carers played a vital role in our community and it was important that their voice was heard. Carers can also have their say by completing an online or paper survey. Visit the Carers Victoria website at www.carersvictoria.org.au to complete the survey or find out more. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary Health, Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams  “We want to hear from carers of all kinds, whether they are caring for a person with a disability, mental illness or an older person. We want to capture as many views as we can.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “It’s important we find out as much about our wonderful carers as possible so we can best support them, and I’m thrilled to have the voices from carers in Werribee heard .” 

COMMUNITIES WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to work toward a Victoria free from family violence, with a significant boost in funding for community groups and organisations across the state. Minister for the Prevention of Violence Fiona Richardson today announced a further $1.2 million for the Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention Program. A total of $3.85 million worth of grants now support a number of new or existing partnerships between businesses, schools, workplaces and community settings to help drive local community action to prevent family violence and other forms of violence against women. Wyndham City Council’s Ready Steady Together Partnership was one of 34 organisations and partnerships across the state to receive up to $150,000 of funding to work with women at a local level to prevent family violence and other forms of violence against women. The Ready Steady Together Partnership will receive $120,000 to develop a primary prevention program to address family violence by improving access to information and support for expecting and new parents from the South Sudanese and Indian communities, and the communities of Burma. Wyndham City Council will partner with Wyndham Community Education Centre and Drummond Street Services. Additionally, Women's Health West will receive $135,000 to develop a community prevention action for greater community engagement and capacity-building around domestic violence prevention, and Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) will receive $80,000 to development and implement a western metropolitan regional action plan for communications around family violence prevention. This grants program supports the ongoing investment and effort in Victoria to help end family violence and supports the key actions arising from Free from Violence: Victoria's Prevention Strategy, an integral element of the government’s broader family violence system reforms. A full list of successful applicants can be found here http://www.vic.gov.au/women/family-violence-prevention/community-partnerships-for-primary-prevention-grants.html Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson “We know communities working together have the greatest impact on reducing family violence and violence against women and that is why we are investing in these partnerships.”  “Prevention will only be effective when the whole community is involved in changing attitudes and challenging the behaviours that can lead to family and gender-based violence.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Community organisations, businesses and sporting and social groups all play a crucial role in challenging the attitudes that lead to family violence. These projects will ensure prevention work reaches people at a local level”. Quotes attributable to Minister for Altona, Jill Hennessy “The advocacy and education that will be strengthened from these partnerships is fundamental in our work to create a safe and equal community, for all Victorians”.

COMMUNITIES WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to work toward a Victoria free from family violence, with a significant boost in funding for community groups and organisations across the state. Minister for the Prevention of Violence Fiona Richardson today announced a further $1.2 million for the Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention Program. A total of $3.85 million worth of grants now support a number of new or existing partnerships between businesses, schools, workplaces and community settings to help drive local community action to prevent family violence and other forms of violence against women. Wyndham City Council’s Ready Steady Together Partnership was one of 34 organisations and partnerships across the state to receive up to $150,000 of funding to work with women at a local level to prevent family violence and other forms of violence against women. The Ready Steady Together Partnership will receive $120,000 to develop a primary prevention program to address family violence by improving access to information and support for expecting and new parents from the South Sudanese and Indian communities, and the communities of Burma. Wyndham City Council will partner with Wyndham Community Education Centre and Drummond Street Services. Additionally, Women's Health West will receive $135,000 to develop a community prevention action for greater community engagement and capacity-building around domestic violence prevention, and Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) will receive $80,000 to development and implement a western metropolitan regional action plan for communications around family violence prevention. This grants program supports the ongoing investment and effort in Victoria to help end family violence and supports the key actions arising from Free from Violence: Victoria's Prevention Strategy, an integral element of the government’s broader family violence system reforms. A full list of successful applicants can be found here http://www.vic.gov.au/women/family-violence-prevention/community-partnerships-for-primary-prevention-grants.html Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson “We know communities working together have the greatest impact on reducing family violence and violence against women and that is why we are investing in these partnerships.”  “Prevention will only be effective when the whole community is involved in changing attitudes and challenging the behaviours that can lead to family and gender-based violence.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Community organisations, businesses and sporting and social groups all play a crucial role in challenging the attitudes that lead to family violence. These projects will ensure prevention work reaches people at a local level”. Quotes attributable to Minister for Altona, Jill Hennessy “The advocacy and education that will be strengthened from these partnerships is fundamental in our work to create a safe and equal community, for all Victorians”.