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WORK STARTS ON HOPPERS CROSSING SCHOOL UPGRADES

Students at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced that Henderson & Lodge has been appointed to design the school’s $10.06 million upgrade. The upgrade will see extensive modernisation and upgrading works performed across the school. The Andrews Government are currently working closely with the school leadership to ensure that this work helps them achieve their educational goals and that improvements are targeted where they are needed most. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Hoppers Crossing families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.

WORK STARTS ON HOPPERS CROSSING SCHOOL UPGRADES

Students at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced that Henderson & Lodge has been appointed to design the school’s $10.06 million upgrade. The upgrade will see extensive modernisation and upgrading works performed across the school. The Andrews Government are currently working closely with the school leadership to ensure that this work helps them achieve their educational goals and that improvements are targeted where they are needed most. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Hoppers Crossing families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.

NEW HUB FOR FAMILIES IN TARNEIT NORTH

A new hub for family services in fast-growing Tarneit North is on the way thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly, representing Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane, today turned the first sod for the new Tarneit North Integrated Family Centre. When complete, the centre will provide families with access to high quality kindergarten, maternal child health and other family services. The centre is part of the Tarneit North Community Precinct Masterplan, which will deliver a large reserve, sports facilities and playground for the rapidly developing suburb. The project received $2.5 million from the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at a local level. The Victorian Government has contributed an additional $2.5 million from the Department of Education and Training’s 2020-21 Building Blocks Capacity grant program which helps kindergartens increase capacity to create more places, improve the quality of the learning environment, increase inclusivity and invest in technology. The $26.4 million Tarneit North Community Precinct Masterplan will be delivered by the Wyndham City Council, which has contributed $11.3 million funding from council towards the project with an additional $10 million contributed from developers. Since 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $27.5 million into the Wyndham City Council for the delivery of 20 projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community infrastructure where it is needed most, our fastest growing suburbs” “Through the Growing Suburbs Fund we’re investing in communities and delivering the top-quality facilities Victorians expect and deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The new family centre is a really important asset for our community – it will mean high quality education and family services are available close to home during children’s formative years.” “I’m really pleased the Victorian Government has been able to contribute such a significant amount of funding to make this project happen and I look forward to seeing the new centre become a focal point for our community."

NEW HUB FOR FAMILIES IN TARNEIT NORTH

A new hub for family services in fast-growing Tarneit North is on the way thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly, representing Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane, today turned the first sod for the new Tarneit North Integrated Family Centre. When complete, the centre will provide families with access to high quality kindergarten, maternal child health and other family services. The centre is part of the Tarneit North Community Precinct Masterplan, which will deliver a large reserve, sports facilities and playground for the rapidly developing suburb. The project received $2.5 million from the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at a local level. The Victorian Government has contributed an additional $2.5 million from the Department of Education and Training’s 2020-21 Building Blocks Capacity grant program which helps kindergartens increase capacity to create more places, improve the quality of the learning environment, increase inclusivity and invest in technology. The $26.4 million Tarneit North Community Precinct Masterplan will be delivered by the Wyndham City Council, which has contributed $11.3 million funding from council towards the project with an additional $10 million contributed from developers. Since 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $27.5 million into the Wyndham City Council for the delivery of 20 projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community infrastructure where it is needed most, our fastest growing suburbs” “Through the Growing Suburbs Fund we’re investing in communities and delivering the top-quality facilities Victorians expect and deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The new family centre is a really important asset for our community – it will mean high quality education and family services are available close to home during children’s formative years.” “I’m really pleased the Victorian Government has been able to contribute such a significant amount of funding to make this project happen and I look forward to seeing the new centre become a focal point for our community."

NEW FAMILY CENTRE FOR TRUGANINA UNDER WAY

A new kindergarten and family services hub for fast-growing Truganina is on the way thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly, representing Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane, today officially started construction on the Truganina South East Integrated Family Centre. The family centre received $3 million from the 2019-20 round of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions’ Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities for the local community. The project has also benefited from $1.6 million from the Department of Education and Training’s 2018-19 Children’s Facilities Capital Program. Built next to the newly opened Garrang Wilam Primary School, the Integrated Family Centre will be an accessible base for family services in the area, offering kindergarten for three and four-year-old’s as well as space for maternal child health consultations and other programs. It is part of the wider $24.5 million Masterplan for Truganina South East, featuring new sports facilities, a community pavilion and open space for everyone to enjoy. The Masterplan will be delivered by the Wyndham City Council, which has contributed $9 million towards the development, alongside $10 million from developer contributions. Since 2015 the Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $27.5 million into the Wyndham City Council for 20 projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community infrastructure and is delivering results for local communities.” “The Truganina Integrated Family Centre is a crucial part of the Masterplan development and will be a valued asset for children and families in this rapidly-growing, diverse community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund help to make the Truganina South East masterplan possible.” “The Integrated Family Centre will be a really important place for young families in the area, and I can’t wait to see it completed and being enjoyed along with the rest of the Masterplan development.”

NEW FAMILY CENTRE FOR TRUGANINA UNDER WAY

A new kindergarten and family services hub for fast-growing Truganina is on the way thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly, representing Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane, today officially started construction on the Truganina South East Integrated Family Centre. The family centre received $3 million from the 2019-20 round of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions’ Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities for the local community. The project has also benefited from $1.6 million from the Department of Education and Training’s 2018-19 Children’s Facilities Capital Program. Built next to the newly opened Garrang Wilam Primary School, the Integrated Family Centre will be an accessible base for family services in the area, offering kindergarten for three and four-year-old’s as well as space for maternal child health consultations and other programs. It is part of the wider $24.5 million Masterplan for Truganina South East, featuring new sports facilities, a community pavilion and open space for everyone to enjoy. The Masterplan will be delivered by the Wyndham City Council, which has contributed $9 million towards the development, alongside $10 million from developer contributions. Since 2015 the Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $27.5 million into the Wyndham City Council for 20 projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community infrastructure and is delivering results for local communities.” “The Truganina Integrated Family Centre is a crucial part of the Masterplan development and will be a valued asset for children and families in this rapidly-growing, diverse community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund help to make the Truganina South East masterplan possible.” “The Integrated Family Centre will be a really important place for young families in the area, and I can’t wait to see it completed and being enjoyed along with the rest of the Masterplan development.”

ARCHITECT APPOINTED FOR CAMBRIDGE PRIMARY UPGRADE

Better facilities are on their way for students at Cambridge Primary School in Hoppers Crossing with the appointment of an architect to design the school’s new multipurpose playground thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly today announced James Dean & Assoc Pty Ltd would design the works to be undertaken at Cambridge Primary School for the construction of a new multipurpose playground. The Andrews Labor Government has provided $369,665.00 to go towards the project from the Minor Capital Works Fund. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests $70 million in the new Minor Capital Works Fund, which includes $20 million as previously announced as part of the Building Works Package. Schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Cambridge Primary students are a step closer to a fantastic new and specially designed playground with the appointment of James Dean & Assoc Pty Ltd.”

ARCHITECT APPOINTED FOR CAMBRIDGE PRIMARY UPGRADE

Better facilities are on their way for students at Cambridge Primary School in Hoppers Crossing with the appointment of an architect to design the school’s new multipurpose playground thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly today announced James Dean & Assoc Pty Ltd would design the works to be undertaken at Cambridge Primary School for the construction of a new multipurpose playground. The Andrews Labor Government has provided $369,665.00 to go towards the project from the Minor Capital Works Fund. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests $70 million in the new Minor Capital Works Fund, which includes $20 million as previously announced as part of the Building Works Package. Schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Cambridge Primary students are a step closer to a fantastic new and specially designed playground with the appointment of James Dean & Assoc Pty Ltd.”

 

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES IN TARNEIT

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $97,333 in emergency services in Tarneit to provide essential operational equipment, vehicles and appliances for local volunteers. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the Mount Cottrell CFA Group and the Truganina CFA Brigade would both receive funding to support their work protecting the local community These projects are amongst 240 grants sharing in more than $14 million in funding under the government’s 2020-21 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). Truganina CFA will receive a grant of $94,000 to establish a Rehabilitation Unit for the brigade, including the purchasing of equipment. The Mount Cottrell Group, a peak body of 11 brigades in Melbourne’s west, will receive a grant of $3,333 to purchase a computer, screens, a smart TV and accessories for their stations. Under the program, the Victorian Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution up to $150,000 per project. This brings the total investment in these projects to $146,000. The annual grants program gives volunteer emergency service groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to purchase equipment including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and for minor improvements including refurbishments and amenities, such as kitchens and change rooms. For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website – emv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson “We’re ensuring our emergency service volunteers are well resourced with the essential equipment they need to carry out their critical work.” “Emergency service volunteers make selfless and brave contributions to local communities and the broader Victorian community – and the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program supports their ongoing dedication to keeping Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “These important projects will give our hardworking CFA volunteers equipment and amenities needed to effectively carry out their duties.” “I’d like to thank all of our volunteer groups for their hard work and congratulate the successful applicants in the 2020-21 round of VESEP grants.”

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES IN TARNEIT

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $97,333 in emergency services in Tarneit to provide essential operational equipment, vehicles and appliances for local volunteers. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the Mount Cottrell CFA Group and the Truganina CFA Brigade would both receive funding to support their work protecting the local community These projects are amongst 240 grants sharing in more than $14 million in funding under the government’s 2020-21 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). Truganina CFA will receive a grant of $94,000 to establish a Rehabilitation Unit for the brigade, including the purchasing of equipment. The Mount Cottrell Group, a peak body of 11 brigades in Melbourne’s west, will receive a grant of $3,333 to purchase a computer, screens, a smart TV and accessories for their stations. Under the program, the Victorian Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution up to $150,000 per project. This brings the total investment in these projects to $146,000. The annual grants program gives volunteer emergency service groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to purchase equipment including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and for minor improvements including refurbishments and amenities, such as kitchens and change rooms. For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website – emv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson “We’re ensuring our emergency service volunteers are well resourced with the essential equipment they need to carry out their critical work.” “Emergency service volunteers make selfless and brave contributions to local communities and the broader Victorian community – and the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program supports their ongoing dedication to keeping Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “These important projects will give our hardworking CFA volunteers equipment and amenities needed to effectively carry out their duties.” “I’d like to thank all of our volunteer groups for their hard work and congratulate the successful applicants in the 2020-21 round of VESEP grants.”

WESTERN ROADS UPGRADE COMPLETED

Travel times have been slashed for drivers in Melbourne’s west with the completion of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.8 billion-dollar Western Roads Upgrade. Early estimates indicate the co-ordinated upgrades to eight main roads combined with level crossing removals in the west are delivering time savings of more than 20 per cent for local road users – helping people get where they need to go faster and making journeys smoother, safer and more reliable. More than 1000 jobs were created to deliver the much-needed improvements, with crews recording over 4 million hours since the works began in 2018 on the biggest ever single investment in Melbourne’s road network. The project includes Leakes Road in Truganina, Dunnings Road and Palmers Road in Point Cook, Dohertys Road East in Laverton North, Dohertys Road West in Truganina, and the completion of the Duncans Road and the Forsyth Road Interchanges. This targeted program of upgrades has increased capacity across the booming western suburbs road network, future proofing the needs of commuters and industry and improving the way people live in the west. Palmers Road is now offering a more reliable North – South connection between the Princes Freeway in south and the Western Freeway to the North, providing better connections for people accessing the Wiliams Landing Train station, growing residential areas and the industrial hubs of Truganina. The successful removal of a dog leg on Palmers Road has increased freight efficiency with preliminary travel times slashed by 22 minutes during the morning peak. The Leakes Road upgrade is providing a more reliable main road journey, taking the pressure off local roads, while the Forsyth Interchange has improved travel times for rapidly growing communities. Freight operators are recording smoother, faster, and more reliable journeys on Dohertys Road, boosting connectivity to some of Melbourne’s biggest growth areas, with travel time on the popular Crossway Avenue to Fitzgerald Road route slashed by 50 per cent. Healthier modes of transport have been given a boost as well, with the upgraded Federation Trail also increasing safety for pedestrians and cyclists with the overpass at Sayers Road. A program to repair and resurface 37 roads between Footscray and Werribee was also delivered as part of the Western Roads Upgrade, incorporating recycled and reused materials under the Andrews Labor Government’s Recycled First Program. The Western Roads Upgrade was delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria, in partnership with Netflow. The program also includes a 20-year maintenance contract with Netflow, which guarantees the ongoing care of 260 kilometres of road from Footscray to Werribee Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “With Tarneit being one of the fastest growing areas in Melbourne, families in the west are already experiencing the huge benefits of the upgraded network.” “The overall completion of the Western Roads upgrade will provide better access for locals to shops, jobs and entertainment precincts – making the west even more liveable.”

WESTERN ROADS UPGRADE COMPLETED

Travel times have been slashed for drivers in Melbourne’s west with the completion of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.8 billion-dollar Western Roads Upgrade. Early estimates indicate the co-ordinated upgrades to eight main roads combined with level crossing removals in the west are delivering time savings of more than 20 per cent for local road users – helping people get where they need to go faster and making journeys smoother, safer and more reliable. More than 1000 jobs were created to deliver the much-needed improvements, with crews recording over 4 million hours since the works began in 2018 on the biggest ever single investment in Melbourne’s road network. The project includes Leakes Road in Truganina, Dunnings Road and Palmers Road in Point Cook, Dohertys Road East in Laverton North, Dohertys Road West in Truganina, and the completion of the Duncans Road and the Forsyth Road Interchanges. This targeted program of upgrades has increased capacity across the booming western suburbs road network, future proofing the needs of commuters and industry and improving the way people live in the west. Palmers Road is now offering a more reliable North – South connection between the Princes Freeway in south and the Western Freeway to the North, providing better connections for people accessing the Wiliams Landing Train station, growing residential areas and the industrial hubs of Truganina. The successful removal of a dog leg on Palmers Road has increased freight efficiency with preliminary travel times slashed by 22 minutes during the morning peak. The Leakes Road upgrade is providing a more reliable main road journey, taking the pressure off local roads, while the Forsyth Interchange has improved travel times for rapidly growing communities. Freight operators are recording smoother, faster, and more reliable journeys on Dohertys Road, boosting connectivity to some of Melbourne’s biggest growth areas, with travel time on the popular Crossway Avenue to Fitzgerald Road route slashed by 50 per cent. Healthier modes of transport have been given a boost as well, with the upgraded Federation Trail also increasing safety for pedestrians and cyclists with the overpass at Sayers Road. A program to repair and resurface 37 roads between Footscray and Werribee was also delivered as part of the Western Roads Upgrade, incorporating recycled and reused materials under the Andrews Labor Government’s Recycled First Program. The Western Roads Upgrade was delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria, in partnership with Netflow. The program also includes a 20-year maintenance contract with Netflow, which guarantees the ongoing care of 260 kilometres of road from Footscray to Werribee Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “With Tarneit being one of the fastest growing areas in Melbourne, families in the west are already experiencing the huge benefits of the upgraded network.” “The overall completion of the Western Roads upgrade will provide better access for locals to shops, jobs and entertainment precincts – making the west even more liveable.”

LAND ACQUIRED FOR TRUGANINA’S NEW FIRE BRIGADE STATION

Volunteer firefighters at the Truganina Country Fire Authority (CFA) will soon have a permanent new home, with the CFA securing land to build a modern, state-of-the-art fire station. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced a contract had been signed for a newly acquired site at Leakes Road in Tarneit. The Victorian Government has invested a total of $3.75 million towards a permanent station for Truganina Fire Brigade, providing $1.5 million towards the purchase of the land and $2.25 million towards building construction. The CFA, which contributed $460,000 from its capital works program towards the purchase of the land, expects to see construction works begin at the site in July. Once built, the new permanent station will be a welcome new home for Truganina’s dedicated volunteer brigade, which has been helping to keep communities safe in Melbourne’s west since 1940. The new station will allow the 70-member brigade to better serve the fast-growing surrounding community with enhanced volunteer facilities and features designed to improve response times, as well as easing pressure on surrounding brigades. In 2017, the Victorian Government identified that Truganina and Wyndham Vale fire brigades were two volunteer brigades on Melbourne’s fringe in need of their own permanent fire stations. The two stations have since received a total of $7.5 million to acquire land and build permanent, modern fire stations as part of the government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution fund. Over the past six years, Truganina Fire Brigade has benefited from more than $54,000 of Victorian Government investments through the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). This has included recent funding of $46,667 towards the brigade’s purchase of a $70,000 field command vehicle (FCV) and more than $7,500 towards a thermal imaging camera to assist on-the-ground firefighting efforts. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “With a suitable site now secured, the Truganina Fire Brigade is one step closer to a new permanent home that will ensure that it can respond to the needs of communities in a fast growing area for many years to come.” “We’ll continue to invest in our volunteer firefighters across the state, who each season go above and beyond to help keep the community safe.” Quotes attributable to CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan “Securing this site is a great milestone that will allow construction of the new Truganina CFA station to start mid-year."

LAND ACQUIRED FOR TRUGANINA’S NEW FIRE BRIGADE STATION

Volunteer firefighters at the Truganina Country Fire Authority (CFA) will soon have a permanent new home, with the CFA securing land to build a modern, state-of-the-art fire station. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced a contract had been signed for a newly acquired site at Leakes Road in Tarneit. The Victorian Government has invested a total of $3.75 million towards a permanent station for Truganina Fire Brigade, providing $1.5 million towards the purchase of the land and $2.25 million towards building construction. The CFA, which contributed $460,000 from its capital works program towards the purchase of the land, expects to see construction works begin at the site in July. Once built, the new permanent station will be a welcome new home for Truganina’s dedicated volunteer brigade, which has been helping to keep communities safe in Melbourne’s west since 1940. The new station will allow the 70-member brigade to better serve the fast-growing surrounding community with enhanced volunteer facilities and features designed to improve response times, as well as easing pressure on surrounding brigades. In 2017, the Victorian Government identified that Truganina and Wyndham Vale fire brigades were two volunteer brigades on Melbourne’s fringe in need of their own permanent fire stations. The two stations have since received a total of $7.5 million to acquire land and build permanent, modern fire stations as part of the government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution fund. Over the past six years, Truganina Fire Brigade has benefited from more than $54,000 of Victorian Government investments through the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). This has included recent funding of $46,667 towards the brigade’s purchase of a $70,000 field command vehicle (FCV) and more than $7,500 towards a thermal imaging camera to assist on-the-ground firefighting efforts. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “With a suitable site now secured, the Truganina Fire Brigade is one step closer to a new permanent home that will ensure that it can respond to the needs of communities in a fast growing area for many years to come.” “We’ll continue to invest in our volunteer firefighters across the state, who each season go above and beyond to help keep the community safe.” Quotes attributable to CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan “Securing this site is a great milestone that will allow construction of the new Truganina CFA station to start mid-year."

MORE FUNDING FOR OUTDOOR DINING IN WYNDHAM

Popular outdoor dining areas for restaurants, pubs and cafes in Wyndham will continue through a COVIDSafe autumn thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced Wyndham City Council will receive an additional $80,000 to expand outdoor dining and support local hospitality businesses. The council will use the funding to expand its existing outdoor dining program across one of Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, supporting local businesses and providing entertainment opportunities for the local community. The new funding is part of a $5 million extension to the $87.5 million Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package released in September to support Victoria’s world-class hospitality industry. The package provided councils across Victoria with $29.5 million in grants to set up outdoor dining areas and pocket parks, as well as waiving permit fees, streamlining processes and investing in lighting and other infrastructure. Wyndham City Council used this funding to deliver a West End Experience that transformed the western end of Watton Street in Werribee into a pop-up dining precinct over the summer months. Six outdoor dining parklets were installed across the city with eight portable outdoor dining kits and four alfresco pods to extend existing dining areas available for local businesses to book. The $5 million additional funding was prioritised to metropolitan councils, regional cities, and peri-urban areas that have faced significant additional costs supporting outdoor dining, due to their size, location, geography or visitation. For more information on local government support initiatives, visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Victorians have loved the outdoor dining areas we funded across the state this summer, and it’s great that we can continue that support in Wyndham through a COVIDSafe autumn.” “Councils are key contributors to local economies and the Victorian Government is determined to give them the support they need to create jobs and support economic recovery in their communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This funding will continue supporting the innovative solutions we’ve seen in hospitality as we transition into a COVIDSafe autumn.”

MORE FUNDING FOR OUTDOOR DINING IN WYNDHAM

Popular outdoor dining areas for restaurants, pubs and cafes in Wyndham will continue through a COVIDSafe autumn thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced Wyndham City Council will receive an additional $80,000 to expand outdoor dining and support local hospitality businesses. The council will use the funding to expand its existing outdoor dining program across one of Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, supporting local businesses and providing entertainment opportunities for the local community. The new funding is part of a $5 million extension to the $87.5 million Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package released in September to support Victoria’s world-class hospitality industry. The package provided councils across Victoria with $29.5 million in grants to set up outdoor dining areas and pocket parks, as well as waiving permit fees, streamlining processes and investing in lighting and other infrastructure. Wyndham City Council used this funding to deliver a West End Experience that transformed the western end of Watton Street in Werribee into a pop-up dining precinct over the summer months. Six outdoor dining parklets were installed across the city with eight portable outdoor dining kits and four alfresco pods to extend existing dining areas available for local businesses to book. The $5 million additional funding was prioritised to metropolitan councils, regional cities, and peri-urban areas that have faced significant additional costs supporting outdoor dining, due to their size, location, geography or visitation. For more information on local government support initiatives, visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Victorians have loved the outdoor dining areas we funded across the state this summer, and it’s great that we can continue that support in Wyndham through a COVIDSafe autumn.” “Councils are key contributors to local economies and the Victorian Government is determined to give them the support they need to create jobs and support economic recovery in their communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This funding will continue supporting the innovative solutions we’ve seen in hospitality as we transition into a COVIDSafe autumn.”