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PALMERS-ROBINSONS ROAD INTERSECTION UPGRADE COMPLETED

Drivers in Melbourne’s west can now enjoy a faster and more reliable journey through Truganina, thanks to a major upgrade of the Boundary and Palmers-Robinsons Road intersection. The new intersection is one of 18 to be upgraded on Palmers Road between the Western and Princes freeways. Seven of these new intersections are being upgraded to signalised intersections. As well as the intersection upgrades, drivers will benefit from two extra lanes in each direction between the Princes Freeway and Sayers Road and two extra lanes in each direction between Boundary Road and the Western Freeway. An extra lane will also be added in each direction between Sayers Road and Boundary Road. A new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians is being built over the Palmers and Sayers Road intersection as part of the upgrade to the Federation Trail – part of more than 50km of cycling and pedestrian paths being built across the Western Roads Upgrade. Palmers Road is an important north-south corridor that connects the Western Freeway in Truganina to the Princes Freeway in Williams Landing, carrying 20,000 vehicles each day. It also connects residents in Melbourne’s growing outer west to Williams Landing shopping centre, bus services and the Williams Landing train station. The upgrade of Palmers Road will improve journey times, slash congestion, improve freight links and keep cyclists and pedestrians safe from busy traffic. The Western Roads Upgrade is improving eight major roads across Melbourne’s west to make it quicker, easier and safer for all road users. It will give local businesses opportunities for growth, improve access to jobs and boost safety for cyclists and pedestrians. The upgrade includes the resurfacing of 37 roads to improve quality and safety, and the maintenance of more than 260km of road from Footscray to Werribee for the next 20 years. More than a thousand workers have helped deliver the Western Road Upgrade, with those workers having contributed more than 4 million hours since construction started in late 2018. Minor works will continue at the Boundary Road and Palmers-Robinsons Road intersection over the coming weeks and this may result in some intermittent slip lane closures. The Government’s $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade is being delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria. For more information about works and planned disruptions, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The Palmers Road Upgrade will slash travel times and improve connections between our fastest growing communities as well as public transport and jobs.” “These improvements will make traffic and public transport flow better so you can get to where you need to be sooner and safer.” “I thank the residents of the west for their patience while we get on and deliver an unprecedented upgrade to our road network.”

PALMERS-ROBINSONS ROAD INTERSECTION UPGRADE COMPLETED

Drivers in Melbourne’s west can now enjoy a faster and more reliable journey through Truganina, thanks to a major upgrade of the Boundary and Palmers-Robinsons Road intersection. The new intersection is one of 18 to be upgraded on Palmers Road between the Western and Princes freeways. Seven of these new intersections are being upgraded to signalised intersections. As well as the intersection upgrades, drivers will benefit from two extra lanes in each direction between the Princes Freeway and Sayers Road and two extra lanes in each direction between Boundary Road and the Western Freeway. An extra lane will also be added in each direction between Sayers Road and Boundary Road. A new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians is being built over the Palmers and Sayers Road intersection as part of the upgrade to the Federation Trail – part of more than 50km of cycling and pedestrian paths being built across the Western Roads Upgrade. Palmers Road is an important north-south corridor that connects the Western Freeway in Truganina to the Princes Freeway in Williams Landing, carrying 20,000 vehicles each day. It also connects residents in Melbourne’s growing outer west to Williams Landing shopping centre, bus services and the Williams Landing train station. The upgrade of Palmers Road will improve journey times, slash congestion, improve freight links and keep cyclists and pedestrians safe from busy traffic. The Western Roads Upgrade is improving eight major roads across Melbourne’s west to make it quicker, easier and safer for all road users. It will give local businesses opportunities for growth, improve access to jobs and boost safety for cyclists and pedestrians. The upgrade includes the resurfacing of 37 roads to improve quality and safety, and the maintenance of more than 260km of road from Footscray to Werribee for the next 20 years. More than a thousand workers have helped deliver the Western Road Upgrade, with those workers having contributed more than 4 million hours since construction started in late 2018. Minor works will continue at the Boundary Road and Palmers-Robinsons Road intersection over the coming weeks and this may result in some intermittent slip lane closures. The Government’s $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade is being delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria. For more information about works and planned disruptions, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The Palmers Road Upgrade will slash travel times and improve connections between our fastest growing communities as well as public transport and jobs.” “These improvements will make traffic and public transport flow better so you can get to where you need to be sooner and safer.” “I thank the residents of the west for their patience while we get on and deliver an unprecedented upgrade to our road network.”

CONSTRUCTION FINISHED AT GARRANG WILAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

Families in Melbourne’s west are getting ready to send their children to Garrang Wilam Primary School with the construction complete ahead of classes in 2021. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced that works have finished at the new school in Truganina ahead of students attending in Term 1, 2021. Students at Garrang Wilam Primary School will be able to enjoy full use of two new learning neighbourhoods, an administration building, outdoor play courts, a sports field and a performing arts and physical education building. This new school is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026. ​​​Natalie Nelson has been appointed as the first principal and welcomes enrolments for the school year. The Truganina South East Integrated Family Centre will be built next to the school to aid the smooth transition from kindergarten into school, while making it easier for parents to avoid the dreaded double drop-off in 2022. Every new Victorian primary school being built from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, to reduce the burden on parents and carers while continuing to build the Education State. The Labor Government is building the Education State with an unprecedented $7.2 billion investment that is not only creating 7,500 jobs but improving, upgrading and building schools to ensure that every community can access a great local school where students are supported to achieve their best. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “This is an important step for families in Truganina to have access to a great local school in 2021 to ensure students receive a world-class education close to home.” “This is a prime example of the school building boom that is happening right now across Victoria.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Our community is going rapidly and that is why it is so important we get on with building the schools our families need. This is a great school with the state-of-the-art facilities that will match the excellent teaching that will occur in the classrooms.” [gallery ids="4615,4614,4613,4612,4611"]

CONSTRUCTION FINISHED AT GARRANG WILAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

Families in Melbourne’s west are getting ready to send their children to Garrang Wilam Primary School with the construction complete ahead of classes in 2021. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced that works have finished at the new school in Truganina ahead of students attending in Term 1, 2021. Students at Garrang Wilam Primary School will be able to enjoy full use of two new learning neighbourhoods, an administration building, outdoor play courts, a sports field and a performing arts and physical education building. This new school is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026. ​​​Natalie Nelson has been appointed as the first principal and welcomes enrolments for the school year. The Truganina South East Integrated Family Centre will be built next to the school to aid the smooth transition from kindergarten into school, while making it easier for parents to avoid the dreaded double drop-off in 2022. Every new Victorian primary school being built from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, to reduce the burden on parents and carers while continuing to build the Education State. The Labor Government is building the Education State with an unprecedented $7.2 billion investment that is not only creating 7,500 jobs but improving, upgrading and building schools to ensure that every community can access a great local school where students are supported to achieve their best. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “This is an important step for families in Truganina to have access to a great local school in 2021 to ensure students receive a world-class education close to home.” “This is a prime example of the school building boom that is happening right now across Victoria.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Our community is going rapidly and that is why it is so important we get on with building the schools our families need. This is a great school with the state-of-the-art facilities that will match the excellent teaching that will occur in the classrooms.” [gallery ids="4615,4614,4613,4612,4611"]

BIG HOUSING BUILD FOR WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is making sure more Victorians have the security and stability of a home, with our state's – and Australia’s – biggest ever investment in public and community housing. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will deliver a historic $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to build more than 12,000 new homes throughout metro and regional Victoria, as well as supporting around 10,000 jobs, per year over the next four years, to supercharge Victoria’s economic recovery through the pandemic and beyond. This package will boost our state’s social housing supply by 10 per cent in just four years – providing a stable foundation for thousands of Victorians to build their lives. Wyndham has been identified as one of 21 priority areas across Victoria, with expressions of interest now being sought from the housing and building sectors. The investment will deliver 9,300 new social housing homes across the state – including replacing 1,100 old public housing units. This investment will help Aboriginal Victorians, pensioners, Victorians with disability, family violence victims and single parent families find their feet. Of these new homes, 2,000 will be for Victorians living with mental illness, reflecting our commitment to mental health and fixing a broken system. A further 2,900 new affordable and low-cost homes will be built to help low-to-moderate income earners live closer to where they work and provide options for private rental. The program will deliver secure, modern, and affordable homes throughout Victoria – with 25 per cent of funding to be allocated to regional Victoria. The new homes will meet 7-star energy efficiency standards, making them more comfortable during summer and winter, and saving tenants on their power bills. The unprecedented investment will boost Victoria’s economic recovery, generating an estimated $6.7 billion in economic activity and supporting a peak of more than 18,000 jobs – with 10 per cent of the work on major projects to be done by apprentices, cadets and trainees. Hundreds of new jobs will be created for women, Aboriginal Victorians, people with disability, social housing tenants and people from diverse backgrounds through social procurement targets. Combined with new housing from existing investments such as the Public Housing Renewal Program and Social Housing Growth Fund, construction of more than 15,800 new homes will begin over the next four years. Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “Investing in safe and secure housing benefits our whole community and it is big projects like this that deliver the jobs boost we need to rebuild our local economy.” Quote attributable Member for Werribee District Tim Pallas “This profound investment will make the world of difference to people in our community who need the stability and safety to get ahead and thrive.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit District Sarah Connolly “Everyone deserves a safe and secure place to call home – this record funding will deliver exactly that.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Housing Richard Wynne “This unprecedented housing blitz will deliver new homes and jobs across Melbourne and regional Victoria.” “We’re delivering the biggest investment in social housing Victoria has ever seen – we’re not just investing in bricks and mortar, but the lives of Victorians for decades to come.”

BIG HOUSING BUILD FOR WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is making sure more Victorians have the security and stability of a home, with our state's – and Australia’s – biggest ever investment in public and community housing. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will deliver a historic $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to build more than 12,000 new homes throughout metro and regional Victoria, as well as supporting around 10,000 jobs, per year over the next four years, to supercharge Victoria’s economic recovery through the pandemic and beyond. This package will boost our state’s social housing supply by 10 per cent in just four years – providing a stable foundation for thousands of Victorians to build their lives. Wyndham has been identified as one of 21 priority areas across Victoria, with expressions of interest now being sought from the housing and building sectors. The investment will deliver 9,300 new social housing homes across the state – including replacing 1,100 old public housing units. This investment will help Aboriginal Victorians, pensioners, Victorians with disability, family violence victims and single parent families find their feet. Of these new homes, 2,000 will be for Victorians living with mental illness, reflecting our commitment to mental health and fixing a broken system. A further 2,900 new affordable and low-cost homes will be built to help low-to-moderate income earners live closer to where they work and provide options for private rental. The program will deliver secure, modern, and affordable homes throughout Victoria – with 25 per cent of funding to be allocated to regional Victoria. The new homes will meet 7-star energy efficiency standards, making them more comfortable during summer and winter, and saving tenants on their power bills. The unprecedented investment will boost Victoria’s economic recovery, generating an estimated $6.7 billion in economic activity and supporting a peak of more than 18,000 jobs – with 10 per cent of the work on major projects to be done by apprentices, cadets and trainees. Hundreds of new jobs will be created for women, Aboriginal Victorians, people with disability, social housing tenants and people from diverse backgrounds through social procurement targets. Combined with new housing from existing investments such as the Public Housing Renewal Program and Social Housing Growth Fund, construction of more than 15,800 new homes will begin over the next four years. Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “Investing in safe and secure housing benefits our whole community and it is big projects like this that deliver the jobs boost we need to rebuild our local economy.” Quote attributable Member for Werribee District Tim Pallas “This profound investment will make the world of difference to people in our community who need the stability and safety to get ahead and thrive.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit District Sarah Connolly “Everyone deserves a safe and secure place to call home – this record funding will deliver exactly that.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Housing Richard Wynne “This unprecedented housing blitz will deliver new homes and jobs across Melbourne and regional Victoria.” “We’re delivering the biggest investment in social housing Victoria has ever seen – we’re not just investing in bricks and mortar, but the lives of Victorians for decades to come.”

PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST IN TARNEIT

When the Andrews Labor Government was elected, we promised to put people first. As our state begins its recovery from the global pandemic, people will continue to be our priority. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 delivers on the investments that will see our community recover – and come back even stronger. The Labor Government is continuing to plan and build the schools local families need. Our community will have three new schools, giving local families confidence about their kids’ future. Land will be acquired in the Wyndham local government area for the future Tarneit Missen House Primary School (interim name), Riverdale East Primary School (interim name) and Truganina North Secondary College (interim name). As kids get back into the classroom, this Budget also delivers the single biggest investment ever in our schools. This includes $10.6 million for upgrades to Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, with a further $7.97 million for Warringa Park School to deliver the next stage of the school's master plan. The Government's investment will also support local jobs, with our school infrastructure build expected to create more than 6,400 jobs across the state. This year’s Budget will deliver $2 billion towards Geelong Fast Rail, reducing travel times and supporting more passengers on our state’s busiest regional rail line. Once complete, it will mean fewer stops, faster trips and less crowded trains for locals. Most importantly, it’ll mean less time commuting – and more time spent with the people you love. The project will create 2,800 new jobs, while supporting thousands more with increased connections between Melbourne and Geelong. Our hospitals have been on the frontline of our response to the pandemic. This Budget helps keep them strong, with funding to plan for the future expansion of the Werribee Mercy Hospital. This investment is on top of the Labor Government’s $87 million Werribee Mercy Hospital critical care expansion, completed in 2018. We’re also delivering the biggest investment in public and community housing in Australia, ever. This investment will build more than 12,000 new homes – making sure thousands of Victorians have a place to call home, and thousands more Victorians have a job. The City of Wyndham is a priority area for investment, with procurement starting straight away to build new homes. The Budget also includes $272 million to build new law courts in Wyndham, including a new headquarter court with 13 courtrooms, four hearing rooms, three mediation suites, and a Specialist Family Violence Court. This Budget recognises that as we grow, our infrastructure needs to grow too – that's why we're extending our Growing Suburbs Fund. On top of the $25 million boost earlier this year, an additional $50 million will help build new local facilities – from playgrounds to sporting pavilions – bringing communities together while also supporting local jobs. A new $20 million Suburban Revitalisation and Growth package will also help revitalise the centre of Tarneit, delivering great local spaces and supporting local jobs. To help get more Victorians back into work, the Labor Government is setting itself an ambitious target – creating 400,000 new jobs by 2025, half of them by 2022. Our new Jobs for Victoria initiative will help locals find a new job – and with it, security, stability and certainty. This includes $250 million to partner with employers to cover the wages of at least 10,000 new workers. These positions will be for Victorians hardest hit by this pandemic, including women, young people, retrenched workers and people who have been long-term unemployed. This investment will also deliver targeted and tailored support for those who need it – such as mentoring, career counselling or more intensive support. And because we know too many Victorians are having to choose between going to work sick and losing wages, the Labor Government will invest $5 million to develop a new Secure Work Pilot Scheme. Once in place, the two-year pilot will provide up to five days of sick and carer’s pay at the national minimum wage for casual or insecure workers in priority industries. This year’s Budget will help nearly one million families save hundreds on their power bill. Concession card holders, such as Victorians receiving JobSeeker payments, will be eligible for a one-off $250 payment to help cover the cost of their energy bills. An extra 250,000 low-income households will benefit from new more efficient heating and cooling, while heating, cooling or hot water systems will be upgraded across an extra 35,000 social housing homes – reducing bills for tenants and making winter and summer more comfortable. The Labor Government’s Solar Homes will also be expanded to an extra 42,000 rooftop solar rebates plus 14,500 solar batteries, cutting power bills for local families. And for the very first time, small businesses will also be eligible. Even with kids back at school, the balancing act that many families know all too well isn’t easy. That’s why this Budget will make kinder free in 2021 and deliver outside school hours care at up to 400 extra schools, saving parents money and giving them greater flexibility when it comes to work and care. And because Victorians have well and truly earned a holiday, the Labor Government is offering up to 120,000 $200 vouchers to encourage families to take a break in regional Victoria. The scheme is expected to be up and running by December, supporting local economies and local jobs into summer and beyond. This Budget will also ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system.  That includes nearly $870 million for mental health, including to implement the Royal Commission into Mental Health’s interim report findings and recommendations and deliver care for local families. We also want to make sure we continue to give patients flexibility in their care, allowing them to choose what is best for them and their families. This Budget will invest $121 million for ‘Better at Home’, increasing the delivery of hospital services in patients’ homes – ensuring these Victorians can recuperate in the comfort of their own home. This is a Budget to repair, recover and make us stronger than before. This is a Budget, and a Government, that puts people first. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The Budget invests in our community and puts people first. We will continue investing in the first-rate schools, healthcare and local community facilities the people of Tarneit need and deserve.” "Our schools have done an amazing job supporting students this year. We’ll keep supporting our students and teachers, investing in new schools to keep up with the needs of our growing community.”

PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST IN TARNEIT

When the Andrews Labor Government was elected, we promised to put people first. As our state begins its recovery from the global pandemic, people will continue to be our priority. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 delivers on the investments that will see our community recover – and come back even stronger. The Labor Government is continuing to plan and build the schools local families need. Our community will have three new schools, giving local families confidence about their kids’ future. Land will be acquired in the Wyndham local government area for the future Tarneit Missen House Primary School (interim name), Riverdale East Primary School (interim name) and Truganina North Secondary College (interim name). As kids get back into the classroom, this Budget also delivers the single biggest investment ever in our schools. This includes $10.6 million for upgrades to Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, with a further $7.97 million for Warringa Park School to deliver the next stage of the school's master plan. The Government's investment will also support local jobs, with our school infrastructure build expected to create more than 6,400 jobs across the state. This year’s Budget will deliver $2 billion towards Geelong Fast Rail, reducing travel times and supporting more passengers on our state’s busiest regional rail line. Once complete, it will mean fewer stops, faster trips and less crowded trains for locals. Most importantly, it’ll mean less time commuting – and more time spent with the people you love. The project will create 2,800 new jobs, while supporting thousands more with increased connections between Melbourne and Geelong. Our hospitals have been on the frontline of our response to the pandemic. This Budget helps keep them strong, with funding to plan for the future expansion of the Werribee Mercy Hospital. This investment is on top of the Labor Government’s $87 million Werribee Mercy Hospital critical care expansion, completed in 2018. We’re also delivering the biggest investment in public and community housing in Australia, ever. This investment will build more than 12,000 new homes – making sure thousands of Victorians have a place to call home, and thousands more Victorians have a job. The City of Wyndham is a priority area for investment, with procurement starting straight away to build new homes. The Budget also includes $272 million to build new law courts in Wyndham, including a new headquarter court with 13 courtrooms, four hearing rooms, three mediation suites, and a Specialist Family Violence Court. This Budget recognises that as we grow, our infrastructure needs to grow too – that's why we're extending our Growing Suburbs Fund. On top of the $25 million boost earlier this year, an additional $50 million will help build new local facilities – from playgrounds to sporting pavilions – bringing communities together while also supporting local jobs. A new $20 million Suburban Revitalisation and Growth package will also help revitalise the centre of Tarneit, delivering great local spaces and supporting local jobs. To help get more Victorians back into work, the Labor Government is setting itself an ambitious target – creating 400,000 new jobs by 2025, half of them by 2022. Our new Jobs for Victoria initiative will help locals find a new job – and with it, security, stability and certainty. This includes $250 million to partner with employers to cover the wages of at least 10,000 new workers. These positions will be for Victorians hardest hit by this pandemic, including women, young people, retrenched workers and people who have been long-term unemployed. This investment will also deliver targeted and tailored support for those who need it – such as mentoring, career counselling or more intensive support. And because we know too many Victorians are having to choose between going to work sick and losing wages, the Labor Government will invest $5 million to develop a new Secure Work Pilot Scheme. Once in place, the two-year pilot will provide up to five days of sick and carer’s pay at the national minimum wage for casual or insecure workers in priority industries. This year’s Budget will help nearly one million families save hundreds on their power bill. Concession card holders, such as Victorians receiving JobSeeker payments, will be eligible for a one-off $250 payment to help cover the cost of their energy bills. An extra 250,000 low-income households will benefit from new more efficient heating and cooling, while heating, cooling or hot water systems will be upgraded across an extra 35,000 social housing homes – reducing bills for tenants and making winter and summer more comfortable. The Labor Government’s Solar Homes will also be expanded to an extra 42,000 rooftop solar rebates plus 14,500 solar batteries, cutting power bills for local families. And for the very first time, small businesses will also be eligible. Even with kids back at school, the balancing act that many families know all too well isn’t easy. That’s why this Budget will make kinder free in 2021 and deliver outside school hours care at up to 400 extra schools, saving parents money and giving them greater flexibility when it comes to work and care. And because Victorians have well and truly earned a holiday, the Labor Government is offering up to 120,000 $200 vouchers to encourage families to take a break in regional Victoria. The scheme is expected to be up and running by December, supporting local economies and local jobs into summer and beyond. This Budget will also ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system.  That includes nearly $870 million for mental health, including to implement the Royal Commission into Mental Health’s interim report findings and recommendations and deliver care for local families. We also want to make sure we continue to give patients flexibility in their care, allowing them to choose what is best for them and their families. This Budget will invest $121 million for ‘Better at Home’, increasing the delivery of hospital services in patients’ homes – ensuring these Victorians can recuperate in the comfort of their own home. This is a Budget to repair, recover and make us stronger than before. This is a Budget, and a Government, that puts people first. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The Budget invests in our community and puts people first. We will continue investing in the first-rate schools, healthcare and local community facilities the people of Tarneit need and deserve.” "Our schools have done an amazing job supporting students this year. We’ll keep supporting our students and teachers, investing in new schools to keep up with the needs of our growing community.”

 

UPGRADING HOPPERS CROSSING SECONDARY COLLEGE BRICK BY BRICK

This year, Hopper Crossing families have done an incredible job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the fantastic new learning spaces they deserve. The Andrews Labor Government has built and upgraded more schools than any government in our state’s history, and the Victorian Budget 2020/21 continues that record of investment. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced Hoppers Crossing Secondary College will receive a $10.057 million  to upgrade and modernise the school. This investment builds on the $1.18 billion as part of the Building Works Package announced earlier this year, which is creating space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and creating around 1,600 local construction jobs. Across Victoria, the Labor Government is delivering 1,460 school upgrades – investing in new classrooms, fixing old buildings and delivering the learning spaces our kids deserve. The Labor Government’s unprecedented $7.2 billion investment in Victorian school infrastructure is not only creating 7,500 jobs – it is ensuring that ensuring every child has a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an investment in our kids and their future. Because every child, no matter where they go to school, deserves access to state-of-the-art facilities.” “Schools are the heart of our communities, so it makes sense that we’re investing in upgrades to support local jobs to drive our economic recovery.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly "Families in Hoppers Crossing have done a phenomenal job in supporting student to learn from home. As kids return to their classrooms, we want to make Hoppers Crossing Secondary College better than before.” “Not only will this make sure our kids are getting a great education – it’ll create new local jobs.”

UPGRADING HOPPERS CROSSING SECONDARY COLLEGE BRICK BY BRICK

This year, Hopper Crossing families have done an incredible job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the fantastic new learning spaces they deserve. The Andrews Labor Government has built and upgraded more schools than any government in our state’s history, and the Victorian Budget 2020/21 continues that record of investment. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced Hoppers Crossing Secondary College will receive a $10.057 million  to upgrade and modernise the school. This investment builds on the $1.18 billion as part of the Building Works Package announced earlier this year, which is creating space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and creating around 1,600 local construction jobs. Across Victoria, the Labor Government is delivering 1,460 school upgrades – investing in new classrooms, fixing old buildings and delivering the learning spaces our kids deserve. The Labor Government’s unprecedented $7.2 billion investment in Victorian school infrastructure is not only creating 7,500 jobs – it is ensuring that ensuring every child has a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an investment in our kids and their future. Because every child, no matter where they go to school, deserves access to state-of-the-art facilities.” “Schools are the heart of our communities, so it makes sense that we’re investing in upgrades to support local jobs to drive our economic recovery.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly "Families in Hoppers Crossing have done a phenomenal job in supporting student to learn from home. As kids return to their classrooms, we want to make Hoppers Crossing Secondary College better than before.” “Not only will this make sure our kids are getting a great education – it’ll create new local jobs.”

PUTTING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF VICTORIANS FIRST TARNEIT

Today Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly welcomed the announcement from the Premier and Deputy Premier that the Victorian Budget 2020/21 will include $868.6 million to ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system. This includes funding the rollout of the interim recommendations from the Royal Commission into Mental Health, including $492 million to deliver 120 mental health beds in Geelong, Epping, Sunshine and Melbourne. This is an addition to the 24 Hospital in the Home beds announced earlier this year bringing the total to 144. An additional $18.9 million is provided for 35 acute treatments beds for public mental health patients in private health services. The Budget invests $21.4 million to support the state-wide expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service, with individual, intensive, and one-on-one support for Victorians as they rebuild their lives. Completion of the state-wide rollout will deliver services in Albury-Wodonga, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Broadmeadows, Box Hill, Clayton, Epping, Heidelberg, Mildura, Parkville, Shepparton, and Warrnambool. As we begin the work to rebuild our system, learning from the lived experiences of Victorians is vital. It’s why $2.2 million will help design the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, a new centre dedicated to bringing together the experts on our mental health system – researchers, academics and those who’ve experienced it firsthand. A further $16 million will help those same Victorians use their own very real and personal experience to support and champion for others in need – with new training positions, education, and opportunities for employment. This includes $7.3 million for a service designed and delivered by people with lived experience. The Budget also includes $8.7 million to establish a residential mental health service, specifically designed and delivered by those with lived experience. This service will deliver short-term care and support in a residential community setting, designed as a true alternative to acute hospital-based care. The Budget includes additional training opportunities to support students and job seekers looking to pursue a career in the mental health sector. It includes $1.9 million for allied health, nursing, and medical undergraduates to work part-time in community mental health settings while completing their studies. A further $3.1 million will support experienced general nurses to retrain as mental health nurses; and $7.7 million for specialist training roles in child and adolescent psychiatry to address the shortage of trained psychiatrists in these roles, including in regional areas. A further $7.7 million in funding is provided to begin to address workforce shortages in the mental health sector, to support future expansion of the workforce. This includes funding to increase the annual number of junior medical officer psychiatrist rotations, graduate nurses and postgraduate mental health nurse scholarships. The Budget also delivers $20 million towards upgrading state-owned facilities across Victoria. The Budget will also deliver an extra 19,000 hours for community mental health support Supporting the mental health of our young people will remain critical as we begin our recovery, with this year’s Budget investing $47.8 million dedicated to early intervention support for young people – recognising that sometimes the most important help is the earliest help, as well as $7 million to support critical research into youth mental health and operations at the Orygen centre. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly “As we recover from this pandemic, we can’t lose sight of what matters most – the health and wellbeing of our families, friends and communities.”

PUTTING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF VICTORIANS FIRST TARNEIT

Today Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly welcomed the announcement from the Premier and Deputy Premier that the Victorian Budget 2020/21 will include $868.6 million to ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system. This includes funding the rollout of the interim recommendations from the Royal Commission into Mental Health, including $492 million to deliver 120 mental health beds in Geelong, Epping, Sunshine and Melbourne. This is an addition to the 24 Hospital in the Home beds announced earlier this year bringing the total to 144. An additional $18.9 million is provided for 35 acute treatments beds for public mental health patients in private health services. The Budget invests $21.4 million to support the state-wide expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service, with individual, intensive, and one-on-one support for Victorians as they rebuild their lives. Completion of the state-wide rollout will deliver services in Albury-Wodonga, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Broadmeadows, Box Hill, Clayton, Epping, Heidelberg, Mildura, Parkville, Shepparton, and Warrnambool. As we begin the work to rebuild our system, learning from the lived experiences of Victorians is vital. It’s why $2.2 million will help design the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, a new centre dedicated to bringing together the experts on our mental health system – researchers, academics and those who’ve experienced it firsthand. A further $16 million will help those same Victorians use their own very real and personal experience to support and champion for others in need – with new training positions, education, and opportunities for employment. This includes $7.3 million for a service designed and delivered by people with lived experience. The Budget also includes $8.7 million to establish a residential mental health service, specifically designed and delivered by those with lived experience. This service will deliver short-term care and support in a residential community setting, designed as a true alternative to acute hospital-based care. The Budget includes additional training opportunities to support students and job seekers looking to pursue a career in the mental health sector. It includes $1.9 million for allied health, nursing, and medical undergraduates to work part-time in community mental health settings while completing their studies. A further $3.1 million will support experienced general nurses to retrain as mental health nurses; and $7.7 million for specialist training roles in child and adolescent psychiatry to address the shortage of trained psychiatrists in these roles, including in regional areas. A further $7.7 million in funding is provided to begin to address workforce shortages in the mental health sector, to support future expansion of the workforce. This includes funding to increase the annual number of junior medical officer psychiatrist rotations, graduate nurses and postgraduate mental health nurse scholarships. The Budget also delivers $20 million towards upgrading state-owned facilities across Victoria. The Budget will also deliver an extra 19,000 hours for community mental health support Supporting the mental health of our young people will remain critical as we begin our recovery, with this year’s Budget investing $47.8 million dedicated to early intervention support for young people – recognising that sometimes the most important help is the earliest help, as well as $7 million to support critical research into youth mental health and operations at the Orygen centre. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly “As we recover from this pandemic, we can’t lose sight of what matters most – the health and wellbeing of our families, friends and communities.”

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS CONTINUE

Millions of free meals cooked by Foodbank Victoria have been delivered to students during remote learning thanks to the Victorian Governments School Breakfast and Lunch Clubs program. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly virtually met with leaders at The Grange P-12 College, Tarneit Senior College and Baden Powell P-9 College as well as Foodbank Victoria today to discuss how schools were delivering the program during the remote learning period. Delivering more than 2.5 million meals in Term 2 and Term 3 to students during the coronavirus pandemic across the state, schools are taking unique and tailored approaches to providing healthy food to their communities. This has included handing out school holiday supply packs, delivering meals to students’ homes and making up packs with extra products to give to families in need of additional support. The School Breakfast Clubs program provides free and healthy breakfasts to students and has been expanded to offer lunches as well as school holiday supplies to students who need them. This ensure that students can learn on a full stomach. Since beginning in 2016, the program has delivered over 13.4 million free and healthy meals. A total of 1000 government primary, secondary, P-12 and special schools set to benefit by the end of 2020. It’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensuring children from disadvantaged families can fully participate in their learning at school, and build happy and healthy lives. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Delivering more than 2.5 million free meals during remote learning has been critical in ensuring Victorian students have the best possible learning conditions.”  “Children cannot properly learn on an empty stomach – that’s why we are helping those who need it most.”

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS CONTINUE

Millions of free meals cooked by Foodbank Victoria have been delivered to students during remote learning thanks to the Victorian Governments School Breakfast and Lunch Clubs program. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly virtually met with leaders at The Grange P-12 College, Tarneit Senior College and Baden Powell P-9 College as well as Foodbank Victoria today to discuss how schools were delivering the program during the remote learning period. Delivering more than 2.5 million meals in Term 2 and Term 3 to students during the coronavirus pandemic across the state, schools are taking unique and tailored approaches to providing healthy food to their communities. This has included handing out school holiday supply packs, delivering meals to students’ homes and making up packs with extra products to give to families in need of additional support. The School Breakfast Clubs program provides free and healthy breakfasts to students and has been expanded to offer lunches as well as school holiday supplies to students who need them. This ensure that students can learn on a full stomach. Since beginning in 2016, the program has delivered over 13.4 million free and healthy meals. A total of 1000 government primary, secondary, P-12 and special schools set to benefit by the end of 2020. It’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensuring children from disadvantaged families can fully participate in their learning at school, and build happy and healthy lives. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Delivering more than 2.5 million free meals during remote learning has been critical in ensuring Victorian students have the best possible learning conditions.”  “Children cannot properly learn on an empty stomach – that’s why we are helping those who need it most.”

TARNEIT RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS UPGRADES FUNDED TO BOOST ECONOMY

The Victorian Government will fast-track funding for upgrades to Catholic and Independent schools across Victoria to give students and staff the best facilities sooner, and support local jobs, businesses and Victoria’s economic recovery. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced that Good News Lutheran College in Tarneit will receive $5 million as one of the more than 50 projects under the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund. The grant will go towards the construction of a 2-storey Junior Primary School Building for Junior Year students in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4. The building will incorporate direct instruction and collaborative learning areas, including Wet Project Areas, Meeting/Seminar spaces, Staff Planning, Kitchen, Multi-purpose space and Student and Staff Amenities. In addition, the construction of six new schools are being supported by this Fund, including $4 million for a new Catholic Primary School in Tarneit North, which is expected to open in 2023. The 56 projects will create close to 800 jobs during construction, and follows more than $1.18 billion for new schools, upgrades and expansions of government schools announced in May. Additional funding for this second round of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund has been brought forward to help stimulate the economy and create jobs. The successful schools will be able to start their projects within the next six months driving Victoria’s economic recovery from the pandemic, and the summer’s bushfires. The projects will help these schools meet growing enrolment demand and includes six new schools in growth areas. More than a third of Victorian students attend Catholic or Independent schools. It’s part of the Government’s election commitment to establish a $402 million fund in partnership with the non-government school sector to upgrade and build new non-government schools across Victoria. The Victorian Government is building the Education State with an unprecedented $7.2 billion investment that is not only creating 7,500 jobs but improving, upgrading and building schools to ensure that every community can access a great local school where students are supported to achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “We promised to upgrade and build new non-government schools – we’re keeping that promise and fast-tracking funding for projects to drive our economic recovery.” “Every child – no matter where they live or go to school – deserves the best facilities. That’s why we’re supporting government, Catholic and Independent schools with record investment to give our kids the best education.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This project will help Good News Lutheran College and give local students and staff the best possible facilities.” “This investment is vital to Victoria’s economic recovery and creating jobs in the Education State.”

TARNEIT RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS UPGRADES FUNDED TO BOOST ECONOMY

The Victorian Government will fast-track funding for upgrades to Catholic and Independent schools across Victoria to give students and staff the best facilities sooner, and support local jobs, businesses and Victoria’s economic recovery. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced that Good News Lutheran College in Tarneit will receive $5 million as one of the more than 50 projects under the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund. The grant will go towards the construction of a 2-storey Junior Primary School Building for Junior Year students in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4. The building will incorporate direct instruction and collaborative learning areas, including Wet Project Areas, Meeting/Seminar spaces, Staff Planning, Kitchen, Multi-purpose space and Student and Staff Amenities. In addition, the construction of six new schools are being supported by this Fund, including $4 million for a new Catholic Primary School in Tarneit North, which is expected to open in 2023. The 56 projects will create close to 800 jobs during construction, and follows more than $1.18 billion for new schools, upgrades and expansions of government schools announced in May. Additional funding for this second round of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund has been brought forward to help stimulate the economy and create jobs. The successful schools will be able to start their projects within the next six months driving Victoria’s economic recovery from the pandemic, and the summer’s bushfires. The projects will help these schools meet growing enrolment demand and includes six new schools in growth areas. More than a third of Victorian students attend Catholic or Independent schools. It’s part of the Government’s election commitment to establish a $402 million fund in partnership with the non-government school sector to upgrade and build new non-government schools across Victoria. The Victorian Government is building the Education State with an unprecedented $7.2 billion investment that is not only creating 7,500 jobs but improving, upgrading and building schools to ensure that every community can access a great local school where students are supported to achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “We promised to upgrade and build new non-government schools – we’re keeping that promise and fast-tracking funding for projects to drive our economic recovery.” “Every child – no matter where they live or go to school – deserves the best facilities. That’s why we’re supporting government, Catholic and Independent schools with record investment to give our kids the best education.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This project will help Good News Lutheran College and give local students and staff the best possible facilities.” “This investment is vital to Victoria’s economic recovery and creating jobs in the Education State.”