SARAH CONNOLLY STATE LABOR MEMBER FOR TARNEIT

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CAMPAIGN LAUNCH FOR MORE TARNEIT BUSES

Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly has officially launched a campaign to continue the Andrews Labor Government’s strong record on delivering bus services for outer suburbs, in support of new bus routes to service new and developing estates in Tarneit and Truganina. Newer estates in growth suburbs like Allura and Westbrook along Dohertys Road in Truganina, and The Grove and Habitat on Davis Road in Tarneit, require public transport to better access local services like Tarneit Station. The Andrews Labor Government is already delivering up to 500 extra parking spaces at Tarneit Station alongside the $1.8 billion Western Roads upgrade taking pressure off local roads and improving the commute to Melbourne by road and rail. New bus routes would continue that work - reducing congestion, freeing up parking spaces and provide an accessible commute from Tarneit and Truganina. Last year, the Labor Government provided a massive boost to Wyndham’s existing bus network – with additional services on a number of bus routes, including seven extra services on Route 167, one of the longest and busiest bus routes in the Tarneit area. Victorian buses are receiving extra cleaning and sanitising during the pandemic to ensure they are safe to take passengers on essential journeys – with wiping of high-touch areas, handrails and grab straps on each bus frequently each day. Passengers are reminded to practice good hygiene when travelling, maximise distance between passengers where possible, avoid travelling if unwell – and those who can work from home must continue to do so. Residents are encouraged to show their support for extra bus routes at www.sarahconnollymp.com.au/campaign/new-tarneit-bus-routes/ Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “With community support and by working with the Minister for Public Transport - we can deliver accessible local transport services for residents where it’s needed.

CAMPAIGN LAUNCH FOR MORE TARNEIT BUSES

Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly has officially launched a campaign to continue the Andrews Labor Government’s strong record on delivering bus services for outer suburbs, in support of new bus routes to service new and developing estates in Tarneit and Truganina. Newer estates in growth suburbs like Allura and Westbrook along Dohertys Road in Truganina, and The Grove and Habitat on Davis Road in Tarneit, require public transport to better access local services like Tarneit Station. The Andrews Labor Government is already delivering up to 500 extra parking spaces at Tarneit Station alongside the $1.8 billion Western Roads upgrade taking pressure off local roads and improving the commute to Melbourne by road and rail. New bus routes would continue that work - reducing congestion, freeing up parking spaces and provide an accessible commute from Tarneit and Truganina. Last year, the Labor Government provided a massive boost to Wyndham’s existing bus network – with additional services on a number of bus routes, including seven extra services on Route 167, one of the longest and busiest bus routes in the Tarneit area. Victorian buses are receiving extra cleaning and sanitising during the pandemic to ensure they are safe to take passengers on essential journeys – with wiping of high-touch areas, handrails and grab straps on each bus frequently each day. Passengers are reminded to practice good hygiene when travelling, maximise distance between passengers where possible, avoid travelling if unwell – and those who can work from home must continue to do so. Residents are encouraged to show their support for extra bus routes at www.sarahconnollymp.com.au/campaign/new-tarneit-bus-routes/ Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “With community support and by working with the Minister for Public Transport - we can deliver accessible local transport services for residents where it’s needed.

HELPING TARNEIT’S SPORTS CLUBS SURVIVE AND THRIVE

Community sport in Tarneit is an integral part of our community and this support will help them pay the bills and make a return to play that little bit easier. Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly today announced 22 grants of $1,000 have so far been approved in the electorate from the Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package. Successful clubs include: ·         Truganina Thunder Football Club ·         Tarneit Titans Netball Club ·         Hoppers Crossing Cricket Club ·         Hoppers Crossing Football Club ·         Tarneit Central Cricket Club ·         Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club ·         Tarneit United Soccer Club ·         The Harley Club of Victoria ·         Royal Bengal Sports Club ·         Western Eagles Sports Club ·         Williams Landing Football Club ·         Nippon-Den Kempo Junseikan International ·         Cambridge Tennis Club ·         Club60 Tarneit ·         Laverton Softball Club ·         Truganina Rabbitohs Rugby League Club ·         Truganina Cricket Club ·         United Tarneit Sports Club ·         Tarneit Football Club ·         City West Falcons ·         Young Leopards Sports ·         Truganina Hornets Soccer Club These are the first grants from the Labor Government’s $40 million community sport package that will make it that little bit easier for clubs to support players and volunteers as Victorians start to train together again and look to a return to competition. Sport and active recreation clubs and associations have been hit hard by the coronavirus shutdown and these grants are a key part of the Government’s investment in supporting the community in these challenging times. With more than three million Victorians involved in community sport and recreation, we know that getting back on the field or court is important to Victorians – that’s why we are getting behind 12,000 clubs and associations across the state. The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package has four categories: grants of up to $350,000 for large state sporting associations; grants of up to $200,000 for smaller state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies; grants of up to $15,000 for associations and leagues; and grants of $1,000 for individual clubs. Applications have now closed. For further information and other grant opportunities visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding. The Government is also getting on with shovel-ready community sport and active recreation infrastructure projects across the state, investing $68 million to stimulate jobs and economic activity and deliver fantastic new projects to local communities as part of the new $2.7 billion Building Works package. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Local sporting clubs are important to the health and wellbeing of any community as a place people can come together and get active. These grants will help ensure the lights stay on while we wait for the eventual return to play.”  

HELPING TARNEIT’S SPORTS CLUBS SURVIVE AND THRIVE

Community sport in Tarneit is an integral part of our community and this support will help them pay the bills and make a return to play that little bit easier. Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly today announced 22 grants of $1,000 have so far been approved in the electorate from the Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package. Successful clubs include: ·         Truganina Thunder Football Club ·         Tarneit Titans Netball Club ·         Hoppers Crossing Cricket Club ·         Hoppers Crossing Football Club ·         Tarneit Central Cricket Club ·         Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club ·         Tarneit United Soccer Club ·         The Harley Club of Victoria ·         Royal Bengal Sports Club ·         Western Eagles Sports Club ·         Williams Landing Football Club ·         Nippon-Den Kempo Junseikan International ·         Cambridge Tennis Club ·         Club60 Tarneit ·         Laverton Softball Club ·         Truganina Rabbitohs Rugby League Club ·         Truganina Cricket Club ·         United Tarneit Sports Club ·         Tarneit Football Club ·         City West Falcons ·         Young Leopards Sports ·         Truganina Hornets Soccer Club These are the first grants from the Labor Government’s $40 million community sport package that will make it that little bit easier for clubs to support players and volunteers as Victorians start to train together again and look to a return to competition. Sport and active recreation clubs and associations have been hit hard by the coronavirus shutdown and these grants are a key part of the Government’s investment in supporting the community in these challenging times. With more than three million Victorians involved in community sport and recreation, we know that getting back on the field or court is important to Victorians – that’s why we are getting behind 12,000 clubs and associations across the state. The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package has four categories: grants of up to $350,000 for large state sporting associations; grants of up to $200,000 for smaller state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies; grants of up to $15,000 for associations and leagues; and grants of $1,000 for individual clubs. Applications have now closed. For further information and other grant opportunities visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding. The Government is also getting on with shovel-ready community sport and active recreation infrastructure projects across the state, investing $68 million to stimulate jobs and economic activity and deliver fantastic new projects to local communities as part of the new $2.7 billion Building Works package. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Local sporting clubs are important to the health and wellbeing of any community as a place people can come together and get active. These grants will help ensure the lights stay on while we wait for the eventual return to play.”  

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF KINDERGARTEN FOR TARNEIT CHILDREN

Kinder kids in Wyndham will benefit from extra support for their learning and development, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Australian-first School Readiness Funding program. All kindergarten services in Wyndham will receive funding to help them access a range of evidence-based programs and engage with professional support including speech pathologists and occupational therapists, who can help children and build the capability of families and educators. The initiative is on track to be rolled out across the state by 2021, to support even more Victorian children. The Labor Government’s $160 million investment over four years in this permanent needs-based funding is designed to help all Victorian children – especially those experiencing educational disadvantage – to get the most out of their kindergarten programs. It is the first time in Australia such funding has been made available to kindergarten programs. It is a permanent part of Victoria’s early childhood education funding. In 2020, around 28,500 children in 800 kindergarten programs across 32 LGAs and all Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations delivering a kindergarten program benefited from the funding. In 2021, all kindergarten programs in Victoria will receive the funding, reaching approximately 2,400 services in total. The funding is designed to improve educational programs for Victorian children enrolled in a kindergarten program in the areas of communication (language development), wellbeing (social and emotional), and access and inclusion. Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, it can be harder to catch up. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – which is why the Labor Government is also investing $5 billion over a decade to deliver funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Up to 15 hours of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is being progressively rolled out from 2020, with children in South Gippsland, Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack benefitting this year, and a further 15 LGAs to come online in 2021. Take a look here for more info about School Readiness Funding: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/srf.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly:  “Extra support for learning and development at an such an early age can set children up for lifetime of learning.”

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF KINDERGARTEN FOR TARNEIT CHILDREN

Kinder kids in Wyndham will benefit from extra support for their learning and development, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Australian-first School Readiness Funding program. All kindergarten services in Wyndham will receive funding to help them access a range of evidence-based programs and engage with professional support including speech pathologists and occupational therapists, who can help children and build the capability of families and educators. The initiative is on track to be rolled out across the state by 2021, to support even more Victorian children. The Labor Government’s $160 million investment over four years in this permanent needs-based funding is designed to help all Victorian children – especially those experiencing educational disadvantage – to get the most out of their kindergarten programs. It is the first time in Australia such funding has been made available to kindergarten programs. It is a permanent part of Victoria’s early childhood education funding. In 2020, around 28,500 children in 800 kindergarten programs across 32 LGAs and all Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations delivering a kindergarten program benefited from the funding. In 2021, all kindergarten programs in Victoria will receive the funding, reaching approximately 2,400 services in total. The funding is designed to improve educational programs for Victorian children enrolled in a kindergarten program in the areas of communication (language development), wellbeing (social and emotional), and access and inclusion. Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, it can be harder to catch up. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – which is why the Labor Government is also investing $5 billion over a decade to deliver funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Up to 15 hours of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is being progressively rolled out from 2020, with children in South Gippsland, Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack benefitting this year, and a further 15 LGAs to come online in 2021. Take a look here for more info about School Readiness Funding: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/srf.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly:  “Extra support for learning and development at an such an early age can set children up for lifetime of learning.”

KEEPING SESSIONAL KINDER FEES LOW FOR TERM 3 IN TARNEIT

The Andrews Labor Government will continue to reduce the cost of sessional kindergarten for families and provide kinders with extra cleaning for all of Term 3 as part of a $45 million support package during the coronavirus pandemic. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly announced the funding will provide $230 per child for Term 3, which is expected to save parents approximately half the cost of average kindergarten fees. This will mean that on average families will only pay $23 a week for sessional kindergarten in Term 3. These programs will also remain free for those who have a Commonwealth Health Care Card, identify as Aboriginal, or hold a refugee or asylum seeker visa under the existing Kindergarten Fee Subsidy program This reduced-fee kinder program will be available for community-based, local government and school providers that are offering funded sessional programs and are not covered by the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper program. A second round of cleaning grants will also be provided to all early childhood services delivering a funded kinder program to boost their cleaning and hygiene, including $900 grants for services with less than 50 enrolments and $1,500 for those with 50 or more enrolments. Service providers will have flexibility in how to use this funding as long as it is spent on meeting the enhanced cleaning and hygiene required during this pandemic. The Labor Government announced free kinder for Term 2 to give sessional kinder services funding certainty during a time they saw a significant decline in enrolment numbers. Attendances are now building back to normal levels, and this additional support will assist with re-establishing full attendance in Term 3. Early childhood education and care services are continuing to operate, in line with advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. Further guidance on measures to maintain the health and safety of children and staff can be found on the DHHS website. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “Families can save hundreds of dollars and know their children are receiving the crucial early childhood education they deserve.”

KEEPING SESSIONAL KINDER FEES LOW FOR TERM 3 IN TARNEIT

The Andrews Labor Government will continue to reduce the cost of sessional kindergarten for families and provide kinders with extra cleaning for all of Term 3 as part of a $45 million support package during the coronavirus pandemic. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly announced the funding will provide $230 per child for Term 3, which is expected to save parents approximately half the cost of average kindergarten fees. This will mean that on average families will only pay $23 a week for sessional kindergarten in Term 3. These programs will also remain free for those who have a Commonwealth Health Care Card, identify as Aboriginal, or hold a refugee or asylum seeker visa under the existing Kindergarten Fee Subsidy program This reduced-fee kinder program will be available for community-based, local government and school providers that are offering funded sessional programs and are not covered by the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper program. A second round of cleaning grants will also be provided to all early childhood services delivering a funded kinder program to boost their cleaning and hygiene, including $900 grants for services with less than 50 enrolments and $1,500 for those with 50 or more enrolments. Service providers will have flexibility in how to use this funding as long as it is spent on meeting the enhanced cleaning and hygiene required during this pandemic. The Labor Government announced free kinder for Term 2 to give sessional kinder services funding certainty during a time they saw a significant decline in enrolment numbers. Attendances are now building back to normal levels, and this additional support will assist with re-establishing full attendance in Term 3. Early childhood education and care services are continuing to operate, in line with advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. Further guidance on measures to maintain the health and safety of children and staff can be found on the DHHS website. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “Families can save hundreds of dollars and know their children are receiving the crucial early childhood education they deserve.”

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