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$11.2M FOR NEXT STAGE OF DOHERTYS CREEK P-9 COLLEGE

The Victorian Government will fix old buildings, deliver extra classrooms and build ten brand new schools in a state-wide construction blitz that will create thousands of jobs across the state and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced Dohertys Creek P-9 College would share in an investment of $438.6 million to help build ten new schools and deliver a further four stages of new school projects to open in 2022 across the state. When opened, these new schools will provide more than 7,000 spaces for Victorian students. Dohertys Creek P-9 College will receive a share of funding of $438.6 million for new schools construction. Funding of $11.23 million will deliver essential construction of specialist learning spaces to accommodate students in Years 7-9. This stage will open in 2022. This project is part of the Victorian Government's Building Works package, which will deliver $2.7 billion in shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work across our state. The package includes a $1.18 billion education building program will also build new schools, deliver and refurbish relocatable classrooms and make schools more accessible for students and staff with disabilities. Together, the projects will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs in communities across Victoria. This $1.18 billion education building program is in addition to the $6.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government on delivering school upgrades since 2014, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so everyone can get a great education, no matter their background or where they live. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly: “This investment will build new schools, create thousands of jobs and help our economy recover from coronavirus.” “Whether it’s achieving excellence, building a world-class education system or creating opportunities for every Victorian, we’re making sure that every student can make the most of school and get the best start in life.” “We know that Victoria’s population is booming, which is why we’re building 100 new schools and upgrading even more schools to meet the needs of our growing communities.”

$11.2M FOR NEXT STAGE OF DOHERTYS CREEK P-9 COLLEGE

The Victorian Government will fix old buildings, deliver extra classrooms and build ten brand new schools in a state-wide construction blitz that will create thousands of jobs across the state and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced Dohertys Creek P-9 College would share in an investment of $438.6 million to help build ten new schools and deliver a further four stages of new school projects to open in 2022 across the state. When opened, these new schools will provide more than 7,000 spaces for Victorian students. Dohertys Creek P-9 College will receive a share of funding of $438.6 million for new schools construction. Funding of $11.23 million will deliver essential construction of specialist learning spaces to accommodate students in Years 7-9. This stage will open in 2022. This project is part of the Victorian Government's Building Works package, which will deliver $2.7 billion in shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work across our state. The package includes a $1.18 billion education building program will also build new schools, deliver and refurbish relocatable classrooms and make schools more accessible for students and staff with disabilities. Together, the projects will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs in communities across Victoria. This $1.18 billion education building program is in addition to the $6.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government on delivering school upgrades since 2014, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so everyone can get a great education, no matter their background or where they live. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly: “This investment will build new schools, create thousands of jobs and help our economy recover from coronavirus.” “Whether it’s achieving excellence, building a world-class education system or creating opportunities for every Victorian, we’re making sure that every student can make the most of school and get the best start in life.” “We know that Victoria’s population is booming, which is why we’re building 100 new schools and upgrading even more schools to meet the needs of our growing communities.”

Doherty’s Creek P-9 Outdoor Sensory Area

The Andrews Labor Government is helping make Doherty’s Creek P-9 College a more inclusive school for local students and families. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced Architecture firm ‘Architecture Architecture’ has been appointed to design the school’s $200,000 Inclusive Schools Fund project. The funding boost will go towards an Outdoor Sensory Area, a calming place where students with autism and sensory processing needs can explore and learn without feeling overwhelmed. An additional $10 million was announced in the 2019-2020 State Budget, as part of the Labor Government’s $40 million Inclusive Schools Fund. The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to inclusive education, which is ensuring that students with disabilities and additional needs get the same opportunities as other students. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015 more than 232 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces, outdoor sensory areas and accessible playgrounds have been announced. The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system. Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “These projects are about giving students and teachers the infrastructure needed to inspire learning in everyone.”

Doherty’s Creek P-9 Outdoor Sensory Area

The Andrews Labor Government is helping make Doherty’s Creek P-9 College a more inclusive school for local students and families. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced Architecture firm ‘Architecture Architecture’ has been appointed to design the school’s $200,000 Inclusive Schools Fund project. The funding boost will go towards an Outdoor Sensory Area, a calming place where students with autism and sensory processing needs can explore and learn without feeling overwhelmed. An additional $10 million was announced in the 2019-2020 State Budget, as part of the Labor Government’s $40 million Inclusive Schools Fund. The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to inclusive education, which is ensuring that students with disabilities and additional needs get the same opportunities as other students. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015 more than 232 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces, outdoor sensory areas and accessible playgrounds have been announced. The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system. Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “These projects are about giving students and teachers the infrastructure needed to inspire learning in everyone.”

SUPPORTING THE KINDERGARTEN BUILDING BOOM IN TARNEIT

The Andrews Government is helping build and expand kindergarten facilities in Tarneit as it gets on with rolling out Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today welcomed the announcement from the Andrews Government of the new Building Blocks grants program, which will streamline all pre-exisiting kindergarten grants into one process with applications for funding now open for local councils and not-for-profit organisations delivering kindergarten facilities. The program will allocate $156.6 million over five years made available in the 2019-20 Budget as the first instalment of funding for Three-Year-Old Kinder. Building Blocks, which will replace previous grants streams, will include significant increases to the maximum state funding contributions for projects and offer new delivery options such as purpose-built modular kinder facilities. Funding applications are now open under the Building Blocks capacity stream for projects that create additional kindergarten places for three and four-year-olds. Councils and non-profit organisations can apply for up to $1.5 million for a New Early Learning Facility, up to $600,000 for an upgrade or expansion, up to $1.5 million for a modular kindergarten facility, or up to $2 million for a new Integrated Children’s Centre. The Andrews Government is also investing $4.4 million to provide all local councils with grants, of up to $90,000, to support their long-term planning of early childhood infrastructure as Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is rolled out. This is part of the Andrews Government’s $5 billion commitment to deliver two years of funded kinder for all Victorian children – in an Australian-first. The reform has started in six regional local government areas in 2020, with families in a further 15 regional LGAs – including East Gippsland – to benefit in 2021. As part of this roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “Early education is a crucial stage in a child’s development. That’s why it’s important that we get on with delivering much needed funding to our kindergartens across Victoria, including in Tarneit.”

SUPPORTING THE KINDERGARTEN BUILDING BOOM IN TARNEIT

The Andrews Government is helping build and expand kindergarten facilities in Tarneit as it gets on with rolling out Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today welcomed the announcement from the Andrews Government of the new Building Blocks grants program, which will streamline all pre-exisiting kindergarten grants into one process with applications for funding now open for local councils and not-for-profit organisations delivering kindergarten facilities. The program will allocate $156.6 million over five years made available in the 2019-20 Budget as the first instalment of funding for Three-Year-Old Kinder. Building Blocks, which will replace previous grants streams, will include significant increases to the maximum state funding contributions for projects and offer new delivery options such as purpose-built modular kinder facilities. Funding applications are now open under the Building Blocks capacity stream for projects that create additional kindergarten places for three and four-year-olds. Councils and non-profit organisations can apply for up to $1.5 million for a New Early Learning Facility, up to $600,000 for an upgrade or expansion, up to $1.5 million for a modular kindergarten facility, or up to $2 million for a new Integrated Children’s Centre. The Andrews Government is also investing $4.4 million to provide all local councils with grants, of up to $90,000, to support their long-term planning of early childhood infrastructure as Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is rolled out. This is part of the Andrews Government’s $5 billion commitment to deliver two years of funded kinder for all Victorian children – in an Australian-first. The reform has started in six regional local government areas in 2020, with families in a further 15 regional LGAs – including East Gippsland – to benefit in 2021. As part of this roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “Early education is a crucial stage in a child’s development. That’s why it’s important that we get on with delivering much needed funding to our kindergartens across Victoria, including in Tarneit.”

SOLAR BATTERIES TO POWER MORE VICTORIAN POSTCODES

More Victorian households will be able to store cleaner, cheaper rooftop energy, with the Andrews Labor Government adding an extra 143 postcodes to its Solar Homes battery rebate scheme. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly MP said this meant households in Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Truganina are now eligible to apply for a Solar Homes battery rebate of up to $4,838. Households with an average 11kwH battery around can expect to save around $650 a year on their electricity bills, in addition to savings they are already making with solar panels. More than 70 per cent of the new postcodes are in regional Victoria, including in the Goulburn Valley, North East Victoria, Gippsland and Barwon South West regions. The expansion will include regional centres such as Bendigo, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Yarrawonga, Mildura, Port Fairy, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale, and reach approximately 50 per cent of households that have a pre-existing solar panel system of at least 5kW. There have been more than 359 approved applications for solar batteries since they became available in July 2019, with 219 of those systems already installed. The top suburbs in Victoria for solar batteries applications so far are Torquay, Sunbury, Lara, Craigieburn, Werribee, Mount Duneed, Tarneit, Armstrong Creek, Templestowe and Ocean Grove. To be eligible for a rebate, householders must obtain approval to install a battery from their distribution network service, have an existing rooftop solar system of 5kW or more, and meet other eligibility criteria. Full eligibility details can be found at: solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate. Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly MP “Solar batteries will help local families store energy from the sun, reduce their reliance on the grid, and save money.”  “Solar batteries are a huge money saver, so it’s great news for families that already have solar panels to capitalise on their solar systems and take greater control of their energy bills.”

SOLAR BATTERIES TO POWER MORE VICTORIAN POSTCODES

More Victorian households will be able to store cleaner, cheaper rooftop energy, with the Andrews Labor Government adding an extra 143 postcodes to its Solar Homes battery rebate scheme. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly MP said this meant households in Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Truganina are now eligible to apply for a Solar Homes battery rebate of up to $4,838. Households with an average 11kwH battery around can expect to save around $650 a year on their electricity bills, in addition to savings they are already making with solar panels. More than 70 per cent of the new postcodes are in regional Victoria, including in the Goulburn Valley, North East Victoria, Gippsland and Barwon South West regions. The expansion will include regional centres such as Bendigo, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Yarrawonga, Mildura, Port Fairy, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale, and reach approximately 50 per cent of households that have a pre-existing solar panel system of at least 5kW. There have been more than 359 approved applications for solar batteries since they became available in July 2019, with 219 of those systems already installed. The top suburbs in Victoria for solar batteries applications so far are Torquay, Sunbury, Lara, Craigieburn, Werribee, Mount Duneed, Tarneit, Armstrong Creek, Templestowe and Ocean Grove. To be eligible for a rebate, householders must obtain approval to install a battery from their distribution network service, have an existing rooftop solar system of 5kW or more, and meet other eligibility criteria. Full eligibility details can be found at: solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate. Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly MP “Solar batteries will help local families store energy from the sun, reduce their reliance on the grid, and save money.”  “Solar batteries are a huge money saver, so it’s great news for families that already have solar panels to capitalise on their solar systems and take greater control of their energy bills.”

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