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  • West Gate Tunnel Project

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

  • More Train Services for the Werribee Line

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

  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

    Local residents and commuters in Wyndham will benefit from a huge package of 8 key road upgrade, including work on the Duncans Road Interchange, and 750 lane-kilometres of maintenance works that will cut travel times, improve road safety and better connect communities in this key growth corridor.

  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project

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

  • Werribee Electorate

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

  • West Gate Tunnel Project

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

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Treasurer’s Speech to CEDA

It’s nice to be back at CEDA’s Economic & Political Overview. This is always the ideal forum to outline the strength of the Victorian economy and how we’re travelling as a State. If you only listened to property pundits, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all doom and gloom. But let me assure you, there’s more to our economy than just the property market. Victoria’s performance in recent years has led the nation, with above-trend economic growth, low unemployment, strong business investment, and an infrastructure pipeline that continues to drive a thriving construction industry. Today I want to talk about three things: How far Victoria has come since we were first elected in November 2014; The Victorian economy today and what it means for this year’s budget; And finally, how we are building the foundations for long term economic growth. It’s easy to forget that when we were first elected in 2014, there was a jobs crisis. Unemployment peaked at 7 per cent. Many people had stopped looking for work and had fallen out of the labour market. Today, the unemployment rate sits at 4.5%. In regional Victoria the story is even better, with the unemployment rate at 4.4%, the lowest regional unemployment rate in the nation. We’ve also seen the participation rate at record highs in recent years with more and more people entering – and staying in – the Victorian labour market. All up, since we were first elected, more than 440,000 new jobs have been created in this state – more than 70% of which are full time. We have created the strongest labour market in the country, with jobs growth well in excess of population growth. That’s edging towards half a million more Victorians now in work – each with their own story, each with their own unique contribution to this state. Since the November 2014 election, Victoria has contributed almost 37 per cent of national employment growth – well above our share of the national population. This jobs boom hasn’t happened by accident – it’s because we’ve created the right environment for businesses to invest, expand and hire. We’ve ensured businesses have access to the skilled workers they need and that our infrastructure is fit for a Twenty First Century Economy. That’s why we’ve invested in inter-generational infrastructure projects, including the Metro Tunnel, Level Crossing Removal Program and West Gate Tunnel. The colossal scale of these projects is obvious to all. They will completely change the way we travel, work and live. All up, government infrastructure investment is projected to reach $13.4 billion in 2018-19, and average $10.6 billion a year over the budget and forward estimates – more than double the ten-year average before we were elected. That means jobs – over 75,000 of them; for engineers, apprentices and labourers; for talented, hardworking Victorians helping to build our state. Today, one in ten workers in the state is employed in the construction sector. With all this investment and activity, it’s no surprise that we’re the best performing economy in the nation. That’s not just my opinion – it’s backed up by numbers. Our economy has grown at an above-trend rate for the past four years, increasing by an annual average rate of 3.5 per cent. That’s well above the comparable national increase of 2.6 per cent per annum. Since we were elected, the Victorian economy has grown by more than $50 billion in real terms. While there has been talk of a per capita recession, the latest state data shows that Victoria again bucks that trend. On a per capita basis, the economy has grown in each of the past four years – at an average rate that is more than double that under the previous state government. That directly translates to an improved standard of living for Victorians. Indeed, in 2018, Victoria’s annual wage growth outpaced all the other States. We’ve overseen the strongest economy in the nation, while endeavouring to ensure no worker and no community is left behind. It’s why last term we invested $13.6 billion in regional Victoria –almost double the amount the previous Coalition government managed. We’ve also focused on those communities disproportionately impacted by the transitioning economy. We’ve seen the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station, the Ford factories in Geelong and Broadmeadows, and Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Altona. It was devastating for the workers, for their families and for these communities. Every government witnesses these major disruptions to industries and communities. How they respond to this economic upheaval speaks volumes. It reflects not only where their heart lies, but their willingness to innovate, adapt and look to the future. Rather than give up on these people, we’ve capitalised on their remarkable range of skills. And we’ve ensured they’re not left hanging in a rapidly changing economy. We’re working with communities as their local economies transition – and it’s producing results. In the Latrobe-Gippsland region for example, far from going backward, we’ve seen 12,900 jobs created since we were elected and the unemployment rate at an astonishingly low 3.5 per cent. This blend of economic leadership, pragmatism, prudence and empathy has been at the core of the four State budgets the Government has handed down so far. Each Budget has been distinct. Each has focused on delivering on the commitments we made to the Victorian people. And of course, each has reflected the prevailing economic conditions at the time. This year, there’s been lots of talk about a softening property market and revenue write downs. But this must be put in context. During the past six years, we’ve seen Victorian property prices soar by more than 50 per cent at their peak. While dwelling prices in Melbourne are currently down 9.1 per cent compared with a year ago, this is coming off a period of significant growth. But the fundamentals of the Melbourne property market remain strong. We have strong population growth, strong economic growth, low unemployment and low interest rates. And of course, the Government’s record investments in infrastructure, schools and hospitals all mean that Victoria continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family. So I remain confident that the recent drop in prices will moderate. However, a weaker property market leads to lower tax revenue. This is not only due to dwelling price declines but also lower transaction volumes. No property boom can last forever so we have planned accordingly. In the December Budget Update, we downgraded land transfer duty revenue forecasts by $2.4 billion. It will come as no surprise that we expect to make further significant write downs in the upcoming budget. In addition to this revenue drop we are also managing the Abbott / Turnbull / Morrison Government’s continued underinvestment in our state. These three Liberal Prime Ministers have three things in common – they’re from Sydney, they can’t find Victoria on a map and they don’t keep their promises. They have all refused to honour agreements struck with Victoria that would have provided a fairer share of funding to deliver essential services. For our schools, our hospitals and our infrastructure – the Commonwealth continues to short-change Victorians. Which is why I again call for a mechanism to prevent the Commonwealth from unilaterally changing agreements when it suits them. They’re continuing to withhold $1.1 billion in disability funding that was meant to start flowing to Victoria’s most vulnerable back in 2015. The Commonwealth Government has been actively collecting this money through the Medicare Levy but we’re yet to see a red cent of it. It’s appalling that the Commonwealth has reneged on an agreement to support Victorians living with a disability in order to provide themselves with budgetary ballast. Well, we’re not going to cop it. Regardless of who’s in power in Canberra, we’re going to make sure that Victorians get their fair share of funding. These write-downs in land transfer duty and the cuts from Canberra mean that this year’s budget will require tough choices. Call it what you will – a leaner Budget, a tougher Budget – but in no way will this Budget deviate from our core values. It will consolidate our investments, deliver on our election commitments and continue to support those who need it most. Yes, we will provide services more efficiently, use our balance sheet effectively, and focus on delivering the things that matter most to our state. But we’re not stopping – we’ll keep building and keep delivering the services our state needs Those that most rely on the state for support can rest assured that we will not let you down – and that this budget will not be delivered at your expense. We’ve never been a government that shies away from tough decisions. It’s why we’ve maintained our fiscal discipline during times of prosperity, to ensure there’s sufficient capacity to respond when economic conditions change. Indeed, the Mid-Year Financial Report released this morning confirms Victoria’s diversified economy and the Government’s strong financial position leaves us well placed to manage unforeseen developments. Our approach to responsible budget management will continue – and we will maintain our fiscal strategy and protect Victoria’s prized AAA credit rating. As we made clear at the recent election, that means we will increase net debt to 12 per cent of Gross State Product but only to invest in economy-growing infrastructure, including the North East Link, Melbourne Airport Rail Link and the next tranche of level crossing removals. These infrastructure investments will boost the productive capacity of our state. It’s just one example of how we’re building the foundations for long term economic growth. We are in an era of almost unprecedented social and technological change, driven by increased global competition and disruption. We always endeavour to be one step ahead of the game, by ensuring our economy is well placed to weather potential economic shocks. Despite our overall economic success, Victoria is facing challenges, with weak productivity growth in recent years – a challenge that most OECD economies are grappling with. We must be looking at how government can drive productivity growth in all sectors of the economy. It’s why we recently invested in the biggest shake-up of vocational education and training in the history of this state – better aligning our workforce with the skills and experience employers are demanding. It’s why we’ve invested more than $10 billion in building the Education State. This is about more than just building new schools and hiring more teachers, though we’re certainly doing that. It’s also about ensuring our education system keeps pace with rapid economic and technological change. We are continuing to look at whether government regulation – and just as importantly, the regulators that enforce them – are achieving their objectives in a way that minimises the impact on business and supports innovation. With an annual budget of $70 billion, we must also look at how the government can be more productive in the way it delivers infrastructure, health and education. Key among the challenges in boosting productivity is attracting overseas investment. Potential investors typically want to know there’s a pool of dynamic, well-educated and skilled workers. They want to know the infrastructure is world-class and that the economy is in safe hands. And perhaps most importantly, they want to know whether or not government is a willing partner. Victoria offers all that and more. Since we were elected in 2014, the Government has facilitated private investment projects valued at more than $9.2 billion in new capital investment. These projects are expected to create more than 25,000 new full-time jobs. But global competition for investment capital is increasingly intense, with investors seeking cheaper opportunities in emerging economies. Around the world, there are more than 2,500 investment promotion agencies. Daunting as this sounds, the opportunities for Victoria are immense. As always, it’s essential we have a coordinated and organised approach. It’s also essential we have a single-entry point for potential investors. And it’s vital we use all the levers at our disposal to ensure Victoria is an attractive investment proposition. That’s why, following the election, we’re establishing Invest Victoria as a new dedicated investment attraction agency. Invest Victoria will support me in my new role as Minister for Economic Development and will focus on attracting new skills, capabilities and technologies to Victoria. It will foster a strategic and deeper engagement with industry. And it will feature a broader range of financial programs to support investment – moving beyond just grant funding to ensure that taxpayers are getting value for money. In recent years, a diverse range of international companies have based their regional activities in Victoria, including Alibaba, David Jones and Zendesk. In the past week alone, I announced two newcomers. First – Kaufland, the world’s fourth largest retailer who will make Victoria its centre of operations for the Asia Pacific region, as well as establishing an initial six new stores across the State. This is expected to create 1,600 new jobs and inject hundreds of millions of dollars into our economy. And just this morning, I visited the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Carlton to announce that Praxis Precision Medicines will be setting up base here in Victoria. Not only will this create more than 100 new jobs, it will harness the best and brightest minds in Victoria to potentially improve the lives of millions of people across the globe. It’s a prime example of playing to our strengths and bolstering areas where we already have a distinct competitive advantage. These announcements are just a snapshot of the immense opportunities that come with an agency such as Invest Victoria. In my role as Minister for Economic Development I look forward to working with many of you here today to grow your businesses, to encourage investment and to create Victorian jobs. We want to build on the phenomenal economic and employment growth seen over the first four years of the Andrews Government. That growth combined with our responsible budget management means we are well placed to not only weather the current property market downturn but to lay the foundation for future economic growth. That means we will deliver our election commitments – including the biggest infrastructure program Victoria has ever seen. We will work with business to boost productivity and attract new investment to Victoria. We will keep on delivering the things that matter most to our state. Because this is a Government that delivers for all Victorians. Thank you.

Treasurer’s Speech to CEDA

It’s nice to be back at CEDA’s Economic & Political Overview. This is always the ideal forum to outline the strength of the Victorian economy and how we’re travelling as a State. If you only listened to property pundits, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all doom and gloom. But let me assure you, there’s more to our economy than just the property market. Victoria’s performance in recent years has led the nation, with above-trend economic growth, low unemployment, strong business investment, and an infrastructure pipeline that continues to drive a thriving construction industry. Today I want to talk about three things: How far Victoria has come since we were first elected in November 2014; The Victorian economy today and what it means for this year’s budget; And finally, how we are building the foundations for long term economic growth. It’s easy to forget that when we were first elected in 2014, there was a jobs crisis. Unemployment peaked at 7 per cent. Many people had stopped looking for work and had fallen out of the labour market. Today, the unemployment rate sits at 4.5%. In regional Victoria the story is even better, with the unemployment rate at 4.4%, the lowest regional unemployment rate in the nation. We’ve also seen the participation rate at record highs in recent years with more and more people entering – and staying in – the Victorian labour market. All up, since we were first elected, more than 440,000 new jobs have been created in this state – more than 70% of which are full time. We have created the strongest labour market in the country, with jobs growth well in excess of population growth. That’s edging towards half a million more Victorians now in work – each with their own story, each with their own unique contribution to this state. Since the November 2014 election, Victoria has contributed almost 37 per cent of national employment growth – well above our share of the national population. This jobs boom hasn’t happened by accident – it’s because we’ve created the right environment for businesses to invest, expand and hire. We’ve ensured businesses have access to the skilled workers they need and that our infrastructure is fit for a Twenty First Century Economy. That’s why we’ve invested in inter-generational infrastructure projects, including the Metro Tunnel, Level Crossing Removal Program and West Gate Tunnel. The colossal scale of these projects is obvious to all. They will completely change the way we travel, work and live. All up, government infrastructure investment is projected to reach $13.4 billion in 2018-19, and average $10.6 billion a year over the budget and forward estimates – more than double the ten-year average before we were elected. That means jobs – over 75,000 of them; for engineers, apprentices and labourers; for talented, hardworking Victorians helping to build our state. Today, one in ten workers in the state is employed in the construction sector. With all this investment and activity, it’s no surprise that we’re the best performing economy in the nation. That’s not just my opinion – it’s backed up by numbers. Our economy has grown at an above-trend rate for the past four years, increasing by an annual average rate of 3.5 per cent. That’s well above the comparable national increase of 2.6 per cent per annum. Since we were elected, the Victorian economy has grown by more than $50 billion in real terms. While there has been talk of a per capita recession, the latest state data shows that Victoria again bucks that trend. On a per capita basis, the economy has grown in each of the past four years – at an average rate that is more than double that under the previous state government. That directly translates to an improved standard of living for Victorians. Indeed, in 2018, Victoria’s annual wage growth outpaced all the other States. We’ve overseen the strongest economy in the nation, while endeavouring to ensure no worker and no community is left behind. It’s why last term we invested $13.6 billion in regional Victoria –almost double the amount the previous Coalition government managed. We’ve also focused on those communities disproportionately impacted by the transitioning economy. We’ve seen the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station, the Ford factories in Geelong and Broadmeadows, and Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Altona. It was devastating for the workers, for their families and for these communities. Every government witnesses these major disruptions to industries and communities. How they respond to this economic upheaval speaks volumes. It reflects not only where their heart lies, but their willingness to innovate, adapt and look to the future. Rather than give up on these people, we’ve capitalised on their remarkable range of skills. And we’ve ensured they’re not left hanging in a rapidly changing economy. We’re working with communities as their local economies transition – and it’s producing results. In the Latrobe-Gippsland region for example, far from going backward, we’ve seen 12,900 jobs created since we were elected and the unemployment rate at an astonishingly low 3.5 per cent. This blend of economic leadership, pragmatism, prudence and empathy has been at the core of the four State budgets the Government has handed down so far. Each Budget has been distinct. Each has focused on delivering on the commitments we made to the Victorian people. And of course, each has reflected the prevailing economic conditions at the time. This year, there’s been lots of talk about a softening property market and revenue write downs. But this must be put in context. During the past six years, we’ve seen Victorian property prices soar by more than 50 per cent at their peak. While dwelling prices in Melbourne are currently down 9.1 per cent compared with a year ago, this is coming off a period of significant growth. But the fundamentals of the Melbourne property market remain strong. We have strong population growth, strong economic growth, low unemployment and low interest rates. And of course, the Government’s record investments in infrastructure, schools and hospitals all mean that Victoria continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family. So I remain confident that the recent drop in prices will moderate. However, a weaker property market leads to lower tax revenue. This is not only due to dwelling price declines but also lower transaction volumes. No property boom can last forever so we have planned accordingly. In the December Budget Update, we downgraded land transfer duty revenue forecasts by $2.4 billion. It will come as no surprise that we expect to make further significant write downs in the upcoming budget. In addition to this revenue drop we are also managing the Abbott / Turnbull / Morrison Government’s continued underinvestment in our state. These three Liberal Prime Ministers have three things in common – they’re from Sydney, they can’t find Victoria on a map and they don’t keep their promises. They have all refused to honour agreements struck with Victoria that would have provided a fairer share of funding to deliver essential services. For our schools, our hospitals and our infrastructure – the Commonwealth continues to short-change Victorians. Which is why I again call for a mechanism to prevent the Commonwealth from unilaterally changing agreements when it suits them. They’re continuing to withhold $1.1 billion in disability funding that was meant to start flowing to Victoria’s most vulnerable back in 2015. The Commonwealth Government has been actively collecting this money through the Medicare Levy but we’re yet to see a red cent of it. It’s appalling that the Commonwealth has reneged on an agreement to support Victorians living with a disability in order to provide themselves with budgetary ballast. Well, we’re not going to cop it. Regardless of who’s in power in Canberra, we’re going to make sure that Victorians get their fair share of funding. These write-downs in land transfer duty and the cuts from Canberra mean that this year’s budget will require tough choices. Call it what you will – a leaner Budget, a tougher Budget – but in no way will this Budget deviate from our core values. It will consolidate our investments, deliver on our election commitments and continue to support those who need it most. Yes, we will provide services more efficiently, use our balance sheet effectively, and focus on delivering the things that matter most to our state. But we’re not stopping – we’ll keep building and keep delivering the services our state needs Those that most rely on the state for support can rest assured that we will not let you down – and that this budget will not be delivered at your expense. We’ve never been a government that shies away from tough decisions. It’s why we’ve maintained our fiscal discipline during times of prosperity, to ensure there’s sufficient capacity to respond when economic conditions change. Indeed, the Mid-Year Financial Report released this morning confirms Victoria’s diversified economy and the Government’s strong financial position leaves us well placed to manage unforeseen developments. Our approach to responsible budget management will continue – and we will maintain our fiscal strategy and protect Victoria’s prized AAA credit rating. As we made clear at the recent election, that means we will increase net debt to 12 per cent of Gross State Product but only to invest in economy-growing infrastructure, including the North East Link, Melbourne Airport Rail Link and the next tranche of level crossing removals. These infrastructure investments will boost the productive capacity of our state. It’s just one example of how we’re building the foundations for long term economic growth. We are in an era of almost unprecedented social and technological change, driven by increased global competition and disruption. We always endeavour to be one step ahead of the game, by ensuring our economy is well placed to weather potential economic shocks. Despite our overall economic success, Victoria is facing challenges, with weak productivity growth in recent years – a challenge that most OECD economies are grappling with. We must be looking at how government can drive productivity growth in all sectors of the economy. It’s why we recently invested in the biggest shake-up of vocational education and training in the history of this state – better aligning our workforce with the skills and experience employers are demanding. It’s why we’ve invested more than $10 billion in building the Education State. This is about more than just building new schools and hiring more teachers, though we’re certainly doing that. It’s also about ensuring our education system keeps pace with rapid economic and technological change. We are continuing to look at whether government regulation – and just as importantly, the regulators that enforce them – are achieving their objectives in a way that minimises the impact on business and supports innovation. With an annual budget of $70 billion, we must also look at how the government can be more productive in the way it delivers infrastructure, health and education. Key among the challenges in boosting productivity is attracting overseas investment. Potential investors typically want to know there’s a pool of dynamic, well-educated and skilled workers. They want to know the infrastructure is world-class and that the economy is in safe hands. And perhaps most importantly, they want to know whether or not government is a willing partner. Victoria offers all that and more. Since we were elected in 2014, the Government has facilitated private investment projects valued at more than $9.2 billion in new capital investment. These projects are expected to create more than 25,000 new full-time jobs. But global competition for investment capital is increasingly intense, with investors seeking cheaper opportunities in emerging economies. Around the world, there are more than 2,500 investment promotion agencies. Daunting as this sounds, the opportunities for Victoria are immense. As always, it’s essential we have a coordinated and organised approach. It’s also essential we have a single-entry point for potential investors. And it’s vital we use all the levers at our disposal to ensure Victoria is an attractive investment proposition. That’s why, following the election, we’re establishing Invest Victoria as a new dedicated investment attraction agency. Invest Victoria will support me in my new role as Minister for Economic Development and will focus on attracting new skills, capabilities and technologies to Victoria. It will foster a strategic and deeper engagement with industry. And it will feature a broader range of financial programs to support investment – moving beyond just grant funding to ensure that taxpayers are getting value for money. In recent years, a diverse range of international companies have based their regional activities in Victoria, including Alibaba, David Jones and Zendesk. In the past week alone, I announced two newcomers. First – Kaufland, the world’s fourth largest retailer who will make Victoria its centre of operations for the Asia Pacific region, as well as establishing an initial six new stores across the State. This is expected to create 1,600 new jobs and inject hundreds of millions of dollars into our economy. And just this morning, I visited the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Carlton to announce that Praxis Precision Medicines will be setting up base here in Victoria. Not only will this create more than 100 new jobs, it will harness the best and brightest minds in Victoria to potentially improve the lives of millions of people across the globe. It’s a prime example of playing to our strengths and bolstering areas where we already have a distinct competitive advantage. These announcements are just a snapshot of the immense opportunities that come with an agency such as Invest Victoria. In my role as Minister for Economic Development I look forward to working with many of you here today to grow your businesses, to encourage investment and to create Victorian jobs. We want to build on the phenomenal economic and employment growth seen over the first four years of the Andrews Government. That growth combined with our responsible budget management means we are well placed to not only weather the current property market downturn but to lay the foundation for future economic growth. That means we will deliver our election commitments – including the biggest infrastructure program Victoria has ever seen. We will work with business to boost productivity and attract new investment to Victoria. We will keep on delivering the things that matter most to our state. Because this is a Government that delivers for all Victorians. Thank you.

Drilling Underway To Shape Airport Link

Soil testing to help inform the detailed Business Case for Melbourne Airport Rail Link has begun as preliminary planning works ramp up. Geotechnical drilling is the latest stage of preparatory work for the project that will boost connectivity between Melbourne and the regions. Geotechnical investigations are used to establish ground conditions and soil quality, and involve drilling boreholes up to 25 centimetres in diameter and 45 metres deep to collect soil and rock samples. Rail Projects Victoria, which will oversee delivery of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL), is assessing ground conditions across several locations to enable detailed planning. These investigations are being conducted at six sites around the M80 Ring Road in Tullamarine and near the Maribyrnong River to guide further planning of the preferred Sunshine route. Each investigation takes around two weeks to complete. The works will inform the design of the new rail line and how it will be built, with a further phase of testing to occur later this year. The investigations are a crucial element of the full Business Case process, which is assessing design options for the long-awaited rail link to Melbourne Airport. Expert technical advisors started initial environmental investigations in late 2018, with ecological surveys to identify any protected flora and fauna. Construction of Melbourne Airport Rail Link is scheduled to start in 2022, subject to required approvals. Construction is expected to take up to nine years. The Andrews Labor Government has committed up to $5 billion to build this vital project, which will run from the CBD to Melbourne Airport via Sunshine and form the north-western section of the Suburban Rail Loop. The Commonwealth has also committed funding to make the Link a reality. The total cost of the project will be determined in the full Business Case and is estimated in the range of $8-$13 billion. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan   “Whether it’s the Airport Rail Link, the Metro Tunnel, removing level crossings or planning for the Suburban Rail Loop – we’re getting it done.”   “We’ve made sure the Airport Rail Link will benefit all Victorians – delivering a new super-hub at Sunshine and paving the way for fast rail to the regions.”   “It will deliver wider benefits beyond simply moving tourists and business people between the CBD and the airport. It will help us transform the way people live, work and travel right across Victoria.”   View this media release on premier.vic.gov.au  

Drilling Underway To Shape Airport Link

Soil testing to help inform the detailed Business Case for Melbourne Airport Rail Link has begun as preliminary planning works ramp up. Geotechnical drilling is the latest stage of preparatory work for the project that will boost connectivity between Melbourne and the regions. Geotechnical investigations are used to establish ground conditions and soil quality, and involve drilling boreholes up to 25 centimetres in diameter and 45 metres deep to collect soil and rock samples. Rail Projects Victoria, which will oversee delivery of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL), is assessing ground conditions across several locations to enable detailed planning. These investigations are being conducted at six sites around the M80 Ring Road in Tullamarine and near the Maribyrnong River to guide further planning of the preferred Sunshine route. Each investigation takes around two weeks to complete. The works will inform the design of the new rail line and how it will be built, with a further phase of testing to occur later this year. The investigations are a crucial element of the full Business Case process, which is assessing design options for the long-awaited rail link to Melbourne Airport. Expert technical advisors started initial environmental investigations in late 2018, with ecological surveys to identify any protected flora and fauna. Construction of Melbourne Airport Rail Link is scheduled to start in 2022, subject to required approvals. Construction is expected to take up to nine years. The Andrews Labor Government has committed up to $5 billion to build this vital project, which will run from the CBD to Melbourne Airport via Sunshine and form the north-western section of the Suburban Rail Loop. The Commonwealth has also committed funding to make the Link a reality. The total cost of the project will be determined in the full Business Case and is estimated in the range of $8-$13 billion. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan   “Whether it’s the Airport Rail Link, the Metro Tunnel, removing level crossings or planning for the Suburban Rail Loop – we’re getting it done.”   “We’ve made sure the Airport Rail Link will benefit all Victorians – delivering a new super-hub at Sunshine and paving the way for fast rail to the regions.”   “It will deliver wider benefits beyond simply moving tourists and business people between the CBD and the airport. It will help us transform the way people live, work and travel right across Victoria.”   View this media release on premier.vic.gov.au  

FREE TAFE KICKS OFF IN WYNDHAM

Students and job seekers from Wyndham can now take up Free TAFE training under the Andrews Labor Government’s $172 million program to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses tuition fee free from this year. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP  said almost 3000 Free TAFE students have started their training in January at TAFEs across Victoria – close to three times the number who commenced training in the same courses in January last year. Commencement data shows that about 800 of those starting their Free TAFE course in January were in pre-apprenticeship classes, putting them on the pathway to a full-apprenticeship. Free TAFE for Priority Courses reduces the financial barrier for eligible students wanting to train in the courses that lead to the jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers. Free TAFE will mean more Victorians get the skills they need for jobs working on major road and rail projects, building schools and hospitals and caring for our loved ones. TAFE institutes across Victoria are continuing to take enrolments for Free TAFE courses, with classes starting throughout 2019. For the full list of Free TAFE courses, visit freetafe.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We said we would deliver Free TAFE and now thousands of Victorians are enrolled at the start of term.” “We’re rebuilding TAFE in Victoria and Free TAFE is now filling campuses across the state.” “This means more locals working in the most in-demand jobs, delivering vital services.”

FREE TAFE KICKS OFF IN WYNDHAM

Students and job seekers from Wyndham can now take up Free TAFE training under the Andrews Labor Government’s $172 million program to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses tuition fee free from this year. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP  said almost 3000 Free TAFE students have started their training in January at TAFEs across Victoria – close to three times the number who commenced training in the same courses in January last year. Commencement data shows that about 800 of those starting their Free TAFE course in January were in pre-apprenticeship classes, putting them on the pathway to a full-apprenticeship. Free TAFE for Priority Courses reduces the financial barrier for eligible students wanting to train in the courses that lead to the jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers. Free TAFE will mean more Victorians get the skills they need for jobs working on major road and rail projects, building schools and hospitals and caring for our loved ones. TAFE institutes across Victoria are continuing to take enrolments for Free TAFE courses, with classes starting throughout 2019. For the full list of Free TAFE courses, visit freetafe.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We said we would deliver Free TAFE and now thousands of Victorians are enrolled at the start of term.” “We’re rebuilding TAFE in Victoria and Free TAFE is now filling campuses across the state.” “This means more locals working in the most in-demand jobs, delivering vital services.”

CREATING GREAT NEW LOCAL PARKS ACROSS WYNDHAM

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will get on with planning and design work for a brand new park in Werribee, to make sure that thousands of families have access to a great local park to take their kids. The proposed Werribee Township Regional Park would be more than 150 times the size of the MCG, along the Werribee River. The new park, to be designed in consultation with the Wyndham City Council, will give families in the growing western suburbs a fantastic new space to enjoy the great outdoors. Labor will also do the planning work to deliver Werribee River Park, covering 340 hectares of parkland. The Greening the Pipeline project in Melbourne’s west will be extended, with Labor dedicating $8 million to build new open space between Lawrie Emmins Reserve and Skeleton Creek. It’s part of Labor’s plan to create dozens of new parks across the state, equivalent to more than 170 Royal Botanic Gardens, for the suburbs that need them the most. This unprecedented investment will turn Victoria into the parks capital of Australia and ensure that every Victorian has a great local park, no matter where they live. The Liberals are putting the interests of developers first, with plans to fast track 290,000 new homes and one million people into our city’s outer suburbs without the public transport, hospitals, schools or parks that communities need. Only Labor will make sure our city retains its place as one of the world’s best places to live. Labor will invest $150 million to create more than 6,500 hectares of parkland and new walking and bike trails right across Melbourne, giving families great places to spend a day off. This includes $10 million to help local councils upgrade underutilised suburban space and local parks with new playgrounds, landscaping, toilets and picnic facilities, transforming them into better places for locals to enjoy. Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Labor will create thousands of hectares of new parks, bike and walking trails to make sure that no matter where you live, every family has a great local park to enjoy.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Ours is a growing area and this must not come at the expense of public open space – only Labor will give families terrific parks to socialise in and explore.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “This is fantastic news for local families, delivering more space for Victorians of all ages to come together, relax and enjoy.” Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “No matter where you live, everyone should be able to take their kids to a local park to enjoy green open space.”

CREATING GREAT NEW LOCAL PARKS ACROSS WYNDHAM

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will get on with planning and design work for a brand new park in Werribee, to make sure that thousands of families have access to a great local park to take their kids. The proposed Werribee Township Regional Park would be more than 150 times the size of the MCG, along the Werribee River. The new park, to be designed in consultation with the Wyndham City Council, will give families in the growing western suburbs a fantastic new space to enjoy the great outdoors. Labor will also do the planning work to deliver Werribee River Park, covering 340 hectares of parkland. The Greening the Pipeline project in Melbourne’s west will be extended, with Labor dedicating $8 million to build new open space between Lawrie Emmins Reserve and Skeleton Creek. It’s part of Labor’s plan to create dozens of new parks across the state, equivalent to more than 170 Royal Botanic Gardens, for the suburbs that need them the most. This unprecedented investment will turn Victoria into the parks capital of Australia and ensure that every Victorian has a great local park, no matter where they live. The Liberals are putting the interests of developers first, with plans to fast track 290,000 new homes and one million people into our city’s outer suburbs without the public transport, hospitals, schools or parks that communities need. Only Labor will make sure our city retains its place as one of the world’s best places to live. Labor will invest $150 million to create more than 6,500 hectares of parkland and new walking and bike trails right across Melbourne, giving families great places to spend a day off. This includes $10 million to help local councils upgrade underutilised suburban space and local parks with new playgrounds, landscaping, toilets and picnic facilities, transforming them into better places for locals to enjoy. Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Labor will create thousands of hectares of new parks, bike and walking trails to make sure that no matter where you live, every family has a great local park to enjoy.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Ours is a growing area and this must not come at the expense of public open space – only Labor will give families terrific parks to socialise in and explore.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “This is fantastic news for local families, delivering more space for Victorians of all ages to come together, relax and enjoy.” Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “No matter where you live, everyone should be able to take their kids to a local park to enjoy green open space.”

 

BIG BOOST FOR LITTLE RIVER PLAYGROUND

The playground at Little River Primary School is set for an upgrade courtesy of the Andrews Labor Government, freshening up old and tired facilities for school kids and the broader community alike. The $84,472 boost from the Community Support Fund (CSF) will help replace the deteriorating parts of the playground with fresh components and to supplement the school grounds with a fitness equipment circuit. The school playground and the small playing field are aging and in need of upgrade and repair. The playground was built for a school with an enrolment of under 100 and since grown to an enrolment role of 150. The playground and playing field are already used by children and the wider community out of school hours. Little River Primary School is located in the close-knit community of Little River, nestled between the edge of Melbourne and the city of Geelong. The project aims to increase this usage with the creation of the fitness circuit, which would have a wider appeal. For example, several fitness groups in the area would benefit from the circuit as well as the obvious advantage to the school. Funds from the CSF support a range of programs, which in turn support a wide variety of projects in the community. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This funding is yet another way this government is making sure communities right across Victoria have the infrastructure they need.” “This will not only help students and teachers, but also the hundreds of people from this growing community that use the school out of hours.”

BIG BOOST FOR LITTLE RIVER PLAYGROUND

The playground at Little River Primary School is set for an upgrade courtesy of the Andrews Labor Government, freshening up old and tired facilities for school kids and the broader community alike. The $84,472 boost from the Community Support Fund (CSF) will help replace the deteriorating parts of the playground with fresh components and to supplement the school grounds with a fitness equipment circuit. The school playground and the small playing field are aging and in need of upgrade and repair. The playground was built for a school with an enrolment of under 100 and since grown to an enrolment role of 150. The playground and playing field are already used by children and the wider community out of school hours. Little River Primary School is located in the close-knit community of Little River, nestled between the edge of Melbourne and the city of Geelong. The project aims to increase this usage with the creation of the fitness circuit, which would have a wider appeal. For example, several fitness groups in the area would benefit from the circuit as well as the obvious advantage to the school. Funds from the CSF support a range of programs, which in turn support a wide variety of projects in the community. Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This funding is yet another way this government is making sure communities right across Victoria have the infrastructure they need.” “This will not only help students and teachers, but also the hundreds of people from this growing community that use the school out of hours.”

NEW BASKETBALL TRAINING HUB FOR WERRIBEE

Young athletes in Melbourne’s south-west will be one step closer to becoming the next basketball superstars, with a new high-performance basketball training hub to be established in Werribee under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government. The Werribee hub will be one of seven around the state, giving local kids access to the best training programs close to home, with a clear pathway to playing elite level basketball in Australia or the American NBA. Operating out of each of the hubs, a new Intensive Training Program will see a dedicated High-Performance Coach work with male and female teams for kids under 14, 15, 16 and 18. Teams for players with disabilities will also be established, helping to discover our next great Paralympic stars. Each team will train together every week, plus individual one-on-one weekly sessions to work on shooting and strength conditioning. As part of the program, local kids will also have the opportunity to compete in interstate and overseas tournaments, allowing them to advance their skills and increase their exposure to national and international talent scouts. A re-elected Labor Government will invest $5 million to establish the new training hubs, as part of a $101 million plan to grow basketball from grassroots to elite level across the state. This includes establishing a new Australian Basketball Centre of Excellence at the Knox Regional Sports Park – which Werribee’s new high-performance basketball training hub will feed into – with Basketball Australia relocating their training facilities from Canberra. Existing basketball facilities at Knox will also be expanded to provide headquarters and training facilities for the new ninth National Basketball League (NBL) team, which will be a Melbourne team. This will cement Victoria’s position as Australia’s home of basketball, with operations centred at Knox and supported by the high-performance basketball training hubs around the state, including Werribee. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “A new basketball training hub will help kids in Werribee take their hoop dreams to the next level.” “With dedicated coaching and one-on-one support, this investment is a massive win for local kids and their families.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “We’re home to so many young and talented basketballers. If they have big dreams, we’ll help them get there.” Quote attributable to Candidate for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Right now, parents with elite young players have to trek across the city. Instead, we’ll bring the best training to our doorstep.”

NEW BASKETBALL TRAINING HUB FOR WERRIBEE

Young athletes in Melbourne’s south-west will be one step closer to becoming the next basketball superstars, with a new high-performance basketball training hub to be established in Werribee under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government. The Werribee hub will be one of seven around the state, giving local kids access to the best training programs close to home, with a clear pathway to playing elite level basketball in Australia or the American NBA. Operating out of each of the hubs, a new Intensive Training Program will see a dedicated High-Performance Coach work with male and female teams for kids under 14, 15, 16 and 18. Teams for players with disabilities will also be established, helping to discover our next great Paralympic stars. Each team will train together every week, plus individual one-on-one weekly sessions to work on shooting and strength conditioning. As part of the program, local kids will also have the opportunity to compete in interstate and overseas tournaments, allowing them to advance their skills and increase their exposure to national and international talent scouts. A re-elected Labor Government will invest $5 million to establish the new training hubs, as part of a $101 million plan to grow basketball from grassroots to elite level across the state. This includes establishing a new Australian Basketball Centre of Excellence at the Knox Regional Sports Park – which Werribee’s new high-performance basketball training hub will feed into – with Basketball Australia relocating their training facilities from Canberra. Existing basketball facilities at Knox will also be expanded to provide headquarters and training facilities for the new ninth National Basketball League (NBL) team, which will be a Melbourne team. This will cement Victoria’s position as Australia’s home of basketball, with operations centred at Knox and supported by the high-performance basketball training hubs around the state, including Werribee. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “A new basketball training hub will help kids in Werribee take their hoop dreams to the next level.” “With dedicated coaching and one-on-one support, this investment is a massive win for local kids and their families.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “We’re home to so many young and talented basketballers. If they have big dreams, we’ll help them get there.” Quote attributable to Candidate for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Right now, parents with elite young players have to trek across the city. Instead, we’ll bring the best training to our doorstep.”

ANDREWS GOVERNMENT RAMPS IT UP FOR SKATERS IN WERRIBEE

Werribee’s growing skate community are set to ramp up the tricks at a new skate park in Werribee thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Government. Treasurer of Victoria and Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today announced that Loyola Park will soon be home to the new skate park thanks to a $100,000 funding boost from the government’s $180m Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Parks and sports facilities are an integral part of growing communities and provide a great place for people of all ages to connect, relax or enjoy the outdoors whilst also promoting active lifestyles close to home – all for free! With skate, parkour and BMX popular in the area, young people have continued to struggle to find a safe space to showcase their talents. We’re changing that. Once complete, the new skate park will feature plaza style elements as well as vertical elements including a beginner to intermediate ramp, which will complement the existing play spaces at the popular community hub. The boost is part of our commitment to promoting sports and active recreation, and encouraging all Victorians to get involved and enjoy the sport and recreation they love. Across Victoria we've invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities getting more people moving across the state and helping bring communities together. It’s backed by almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to ensure sport and active recreation continue to be accessible to everyone regardless of gender or location. Mr Pallas acknowledged Wyndham City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to the project. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Congratulations to Werribee’s skate community this boost will go a long way to support the growing number of people in town keen to get involved in local sport and recreation.“ “It’s a great example of how the Andrews Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.” “The Andrews Government is giving local communities the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love.”

ANDREWS GOVERNMENT RAMPS IT UP FOR SKATERS IN WERRIBEE

Werribee’s growing skate community are set to ramp up the tricks at a new skate park in Werribee thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Government. Treasurer of Victoria and Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today announced that Loyola Park will soon be home to the new skate park thanks to a $100,000 funding boost from the government’s $180m Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Parks and sports facilities are an integral part of growing communities and provide a great place for people of all ages to connect, relax or enjoy the outdoors whilst also promoting active lifestyles close to home – all for free! With skate, parkour and BMX popular in the area, young people have continued to struggle to find a safe space to showcase their talents. We’re changing that. Once complete, the new skate park will feature plaza style elements as well as vertical elements including a beginner to intermediate ramp, which will complement the existing play spaces at the popular community hub. The boost is part of our commitment to promoting sports and active recreation, and encouraging all Victorians to get involved and enjoy the sport and recreation they love. Across Victoria we've invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities getting more people moving across the state and helping bring communities together. It’s backed by almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to ensure sport and active recreation continue to be accessible to everyone regardless of gender or location. Mr Pallas acknowledged Wyndham City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to the project. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Congratulations to Werribee’s skate community this boost will go a long way to support the growing number of people in town keen to get involved in local sport and recreation.“ “It’s a great example of how the Andrews Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.” “The Andrews Government is giving local communities the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love.”

A LASTING LEGACY TO WERRIBEE’S WAR HEROES

  The Andrews Labor Government will build a new, permanent memorial to commemorate the brave local diggers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced $184,000 to build a monument with the names of the 64 fallen soldiers from the Werribee area. Each of the names will be etched into individual bluestone blocks which will form two rounded walls to represent the shape of a poppy, a flower which commemorates people who have died in war. The centre of the monument will feature a tall granite structure with the Australian Rising Sun badge and the Sword of Sacrifice, a commonly used symbol on war memorials. A gravel path leading to the memorial will feature rosemary, a plant found across Gallipoli where our troops landed in 1915 and the red Anzac Rose. Located at the corner of Princes Highway and Cherry Street, the memorial will mark the start of Werribee’s Avenue of Honour, which was established on the Princes Highway in 1918. A plaque will be laid to mark the “Governor’s Tree”, a large Sugar Gum planted in 1928, at the corner of Princes Highway and Sneydes Road. A new plaque on local basalt rock will be placed at the tree which celebrates William Calder, a former Country Roads Board chairman credited with the development of Victoria’s arterial road network. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The contributions made by our brave veterans will never be forgotten and this memorial will ensure future generations can visit and pay their respects to those locals who made the ultimate sacrifice.” “The Governor’s Tree is a local landmark and celebrates the enormous contribution of William Calder, who worked tirelessly to connect Victorians and provide us with the roads we rely on today.”

A LASTING LEGACY TO WERRIBEE’S WAR HEROES

  The Andrews Labor Government will build a new, permanent memorial to commemorate the brave local diggers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced $184,000 to build a monument with the names of the 64 fallen soldiers from the Werribee area. Each of the names will be etched into individual bluestone blocks which will form two rounded walls to represent the shape of a poppy, a flower which commemorates people who have died in war. The centre of the monument will feature a tall granite structure with the Australian Rising Sun badge and the Sword of Sacrifice, a commonly used symbol on war memorials. A gravel path leading to the memorial will feature rosemary, a plant found across Gallipoli where our troops landed in 1915 and the red Anzac Rose. Located at the corner of Princes Highway and Cherry Street, the memorial will mark the start of Werribee’s Avenue of Honour, which was established on the Princes Highway in 1918. A plaque will be laid to mark the “Governor’s Tree”, a large Sugar Gum planted in 1928, at the corner of Princes Highway and Sneydes Road. A new plaque on local basalt rock will be placed at the tree which celebrates William Calder, a former Country Roads Board chairman credited with the development of Victoria’s arterial road network. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “The contributions made by our brave veterans will never be forgotten and this memorial will ensure future generations can visit and pay their respects to those locals who made the ultimate sacrifice.” “The Governor’s Tree is a local landmark and celebrates the enormous contribution of William Calder, who worked tirelessly to connect Victorians and provide us with the roads we rely on today.”