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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.”

TRANSURBAN & CPB-JOHN HOLLAND PROPOSAL FOR CONTAMINATED SOIL DISPOSAL

The proposal by Transurban and CPB-John Holland to use the Wyndham Vale stabling yard as a temporary storage facility for contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel project has raised serious concerns with families across Wyndham. My priority is to the people and families of Tarneit and the wider Wyndham community who gave me the privilege of serving as their representative in the Parliament of Victoria. I have spoken to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan at great length regarding the situation and our community’s outrage by such a proposal by Transurban/CPB-John Holland. As your local Member I will continue to do so, advising the Minister that I expect to be kept fully informed with regular up-to-date information. Transurban and its builder CPB-John Holland are considering a range of sites for both the temporary storage of and subsequent disposal of contaminated soil with no decision yet made. The Minister has made it clear to Transurban and its builder that any decisions they make about the soil storage must meet the expectations of our community. I will continue to ensure your concerns are heard loud and clear, not only in Parliament and by the Minister, but importantly by Transurban and CPD-John Holland. I encourage you to continue sending me correspondence as I voice our concerns. In solidarity, Sarah Connolly  

TRANSURBAN & CPB-JOHN HOLLAND PROPOSAL FOR CONTAMINATED SOIL DISPOSAL

The proposal by Transurban and CPB-John Holland to use the Wyndham Vale stabling yard as a temporary storage facility for contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel project has raised serious concerns with families across Wyndham. My priority is to the people and families of Tarneit and the wider Wyndham community who gave me the privilege of serving as their representative in the Parliament of Victoria. I have spoken to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan at great length regarding the situation and our community’s outrage by such a proposal by Transurban/CPB-John Holland. As your local Member I will continue to do so, advising the Minister that I expect to be kept fully informed with regular up-to-date information. Transurban and its builder CPB-John Holland are considering a range of sites for both the temporary storage of and subsequent disposal of contaminated soil with no decision yet made. The Minister has made it clear to Transurban and its builder that any decisions they make about the soil storage must meet the expectations of our community. I will continue to ensure your concerns are heard loud and clear, not only in Parliament and by the Minister, but importantly by Transurban and CPD-John Holland. I encourage you to continue sending me correspondence as I voice our concerns. In solidarity, Sarah Connolly  

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS EXPANSION TO HELP TARNEIT STUDENTS THRIVE

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students living in Tarneit have the support they need to thrive at school, by investing in providing healthy breakfasts, lunches and school holiday supplies to children who need them. Sarah Connolly MP today announced Tarneit Rise Primary School and Truganina South Primary School in Tarneit are two of 250 schools that have been invited to participate in the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program from Term 3,  2020. Under the expansion, 125 schools will be added to the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program each term this year, ensuring more students from families that are experiencing disadvantage have the support they need to succeed at school. The program will also provide lunches and school holiday supplies to students who need it on top of breakfast. The Andrews Labor Government announced an additional 500 schools will join the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program, thanks to a $58 million boost through the 2019-20 State Budget. A total of 1000 government primary, secondary, P-12 and special schools are set to benefit by the end of 2020. It’s part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring children from disadvantaged families can fully participate in their learning at school, and build happy and healthy lives. Where possible, School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program products are sourced locally from Victorian producers and manufacturers, and this commitment to using locally sourced products will continue as the program expands. The breakfast and lunch menu offerings include a range of healthy options such as muesli, Vita Brits, milk, baked beans, fruit cups, fresh apples, Vegemite and honey, and lunch bowls. More than 8.8 million breakfasts have been delivered to Victorian students since the program started in 2016. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Access to healthy meals shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a good education.” “The school breakfast clubs program has served up more than 8 million breakfasts to Victorian students, and teachers around the state are seeing the enormous difference it makes in class.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Ensuring that every child has a healthy breakfast is essential for students to make the most of every day.” “The School Breakfast Clubs will allow both students and teachers to unlock their maximum potential in education.”

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS EXPANSION TO HELP TARNEIT STUDENTS THRIVE

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students living in Tarneit have the support they need to thrive at school, by investing in providing healthy breakfasts, lunches and school holiday supplies to children who need them. Sarah Connolly MP today announced Tarneit Rise Primary School and Truganina South Primary School in Tarneit are two of 250 schools that have been invited to participate in the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program from Term 3,  2020. Under the expansion, 125 schools will be added to the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program each term this year, ensuring more students from families that are experiencing disadvantage have the support they need to succeed at school. The program will also provide lunches and school holiday supplies to students who need it on top of breakfast. The Andrews Labor Government announced an additional 500 schools will join the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program, thanks to a $58 million boost through the 2019-20 State Budget. A total of 1000 government primary, secondary, P-12 and special schools are set to benefit by the end of 2020. It’s part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring children from disadvantaged families can fully participate in their learning at school, and build happy and healthy lives. Where possible, School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program products are sourced locally from Victorian producers and manufacturers, and this commitment to using locally sourced products will continue as the program expands. The breakfast and lunch menu offerings include a range of healthy options such as muesli, Vita Brits, milk, baked beans, fruit cups, fresh apples, Vegemite and honey, and lunch bowls. More than 8.8 million breakfasts have been delivered to Victorian students since the program started in 2016. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Access to healthy meals shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a good education.” “The school breakfast clubs program has served up more than 8 million breakfasts to Victorian students, and teachers around the state are seeing the enormous difference it makes in class.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Ensuring that every child has a healthy breakfast is essential for students to make the most of every day.” “The School Breakfast Clubs will allow both students and teachers to unlock their maximum potential in education.”

 

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO WILLIAMS LANDING

Small business operators in the Williams Landing area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Wednesday 26th February 2020. This is part of the assistance offered by the Andrews Labor Government, from cuts to payroll tax in to mentoring and advice services. This support for small business has contributed to Victoria being the best state in Australia in which to build a small business. Through the bus the small business mentoring specialists provide advice in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2019, 1,176 small businesses accessed the small business bus’s free on-board mentoring. Small Business Victoria ran a further 264 practical workshops for small business owners, helping 4,561 businesses owners develop new skills. This year’s program will take information and services to towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The Small Business Bus will be located in the Williams Landing Shopping Centre car park, 100 Overton Road, Williams Landing, VIC 3027 from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday 26th February 2020. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Whether you're planning, starting or growing your business – the Small Business Bus provides access to free expert face-to-face advice”

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO WILLIAMS LANDING

Small business operators in the Williams Landing area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Wednesday 26th February 2020. This is part of the assistance offered by the Andrews Labor Government, from cuts to payroll tax in to mentoring and advice services. This support for small business has contributed to Victoria being the best state in Australia in which to build a small business. Through the bus the small business mentoring specialists provide advice in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2019, 1,176 small businesses accessed the small business bus’s free on-board mentoring. Small Business Victoria ran a further 264 practical workshops for small business owners, helping 4,561 businesses owners develop new skills. This year’s program will take information and services to towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The Small Business Bus will be located in the Williams Landing Shopping Centre car park, 100 Overton Road, Williams Landing, VIC 3027 from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday 26th February 2020. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Whether you're planning, starting or growing your business – the Small Business Bus provides access to free expert face-to-face advice”

REVITALISED COMMUNITY CENTRES FOR HOPPERS CROSSING AND TARNEIT

The redeveloped Central Park Community Centre in Hopper’s Crossing and the expanded and revitalised Tarneit Community Learning Centre are now open and ready for residents and visitors to enjoy. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today officially opened both the Central Park Community Centre and the Tarneit Community Learning Centre. The projects received $1,505,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level. The $1.1 million upgrade of the Central Park Community Centre has revitalised the centre, aiming to create a space where people can socialise, learn and participate in a friendly and inclusive environment. It features new spaces including a community lounge, meeting and co-working spaces, and private consulting and training rooms. The $2.2 expansion of the Tarneit Community Learning Centre has transformed the centre into a hub for the fast-growing Tarneit community, offering space to run kindergartens, health services and classes, house council services and other programs.  The community centre shares a building with the Julia Gillard Library, which benefited from $750,000 in funding from the Andrews Labor Government. The learning centre features shared working spaces, remodelled entrance way, redesigned courtyard and additional meeting and consultation rooms. The projects were delivered by Wyndham City Council, which contributed $1,990,000 towards the two projects. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Changing Places fund provided an additional $100,000 towards accessible public toilets at the Tarneit Community Learning Centre. The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $25 million for 19 projects in Wyndham City over the last five years. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek “The Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community facilities and is delivering results for fast growing communities.” “Facilities like the Central Park Community Centre and the Tarneit Community Learning Centre really make a difference to communities and it is important they are able to expand to meet growing needs.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “It’s great to see the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund build community centres for growing areas like ours.”  “These great new facilities will help keep pace with our growing population and make sure residents in the outer West get access to the services and opportunities they deserve.”

REVITALISED COMMUNITY CENTRES FOR HOPPERS CROSSING AND TARNEIT

The redeveloped Central Park Community Centre in Hopper’s Crossing and the expanded and revitalised Tarneit Community Learning Centre are now open and ready for residents and visitors to enjoy. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today officially opened both the Central Park Community Centre and the Tarneit Community Learning Centre. The projects received $1,505,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level. The $1.1 million upgrade of the Central Park Community Centre has revitalised the centre, aiming to create a space where people can socialise, learn and participate in a friendly and inclusive environment. It features new spaces including a community lounge, meeting and co-working spaces, and private consulting and training rooms. The $2.2 expansion of the Tarneit Community Learning Centre has transformed the centre into a hub for the fast-growing Tarneit community, offering space to run kindergartens, health services and classes, house council services and other programs.  The community centre shares a building with the Julia Gillard Library, which benefited from $750,000 in funding from the Andrews Labor Government. The learning centre features shared working spaces, remodelled entrance way, redesigned courtyard and additional meeting and consultation rooms. The projects were delivered by Wyndham City Council, which contributed $1,990,000 towards the two projects. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Changing Places fund provided an additional $100,000 towards accessible public toilets at the Tarneit Community Learning Centre. The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $25 million for 19 projects in Wyndham City over the last five years. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek “The Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community facilities and is delivering results for fast growing communities.” “Facilities like the Central Park Community Centre and the Tarneit Community Learning Centre really make a difference to communities and it is important they are able to expand to meet growing needs.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “It’s great to see the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund build community centres for growing areas like ours.”  “These great new facilities will help keep pace with our growing population and make sure residents in the outer West get access to the services and opportunities they deserve.”

NEW EARLY LEARNING CENTRE FOR TRUGANINA FAMILIES

Families with young children in Truganina can now access the quality local kindergarten programs they need, with the opening of the new Mainview Boulevard Family Learning Centre (previously known as Truganina East New Early Learning Centre). Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly, today visited the Mainview Boulevard site to officially open the new $6,390,000 centre. It will provide families access to an additional 99 kindergarten places. The Andrews Labor Government provided Wyndham City Council $2,430,000 towards the new centre through with grants from the Children’s Facilities Capital Program, and the Growing Suburbs Fund. The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with almost 1,000 new and upgraded kinders to come. The Labor Government will invest more than $1.6 billion over the next decade to build approximately 785 new kinders and expand 170 existing services. The is part of a $5 billion plan to ensure every Victorian child has access to at least five hours of subsidised three-year-old kinder by 2022, progressively scaled up to 15 hours per week over the next decade. This will be the largest social, economic and educational reform ever undertaken in early childhood learning in Victoria’s history. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly “A great local kinder close to home will give local kids the support they need from the start of their education.”

NEW EARLY LEARNING CENTRE FOR TRUGANINA FAMILIES

Families with young children in Truganina can now access the quality local kindergarten programs they need, with the opening of the new Mainview Boulevard Family Learning Centre (previously known as Truganina East New Early Learning Centre). Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly, today visited the Mainview Boulevard site to officially open the new $6,390,000 centre. It will provide families access to an additional 99 kindergarten places. The Andrews Labor Government provided Wyndham City Council $2,430,000 towards the new centre through with grants from the Children’s Facilities Capital Program, and the Growing Suburbs Fund. The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with almost 1,000 new and upgraded kinders to come. The Labor Government will invest more than $1.6 billion over the next decade to build approximately 785 new kinders and expand 170 existing services. The is part of a $5 billion plan to ensure every Victorian child has access to at least five hours of subsidised three-year-old kinder by 2022, progressively scaled up to 15 hours per week over the next decade. This will be the largest social, economic and educational reform ever undertaken in early childhood learning in Victoria’s history. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly “A great local kinder close to home will give local kids the support they need from the start of their education.”

A NEW EARLY YEARS FACILITY FOR TARNEIT FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government is building new and upgrading early learning facilities across the state, as it gets on with delivering universal Three-Year-Old Kinder. Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education, Sonya Kilkenny MP, today announced Wyndham City Council would receive funding to build a new $9 million integrated children’s centre in Tarneit West, Riverdale Community Centre. The new facility will mean Tarneit West families will have access to rooms to deliver kindergarten services, maternal and child health services, consulting rooms, community meeting rooms, lounge area and WIFI, community kitchen, and a range of outdoor spaces. The Children’s Facilities Capital Program (CFCP) will provide $2 million as part of the Labor Government’s $33.6 million investment in the 2019/20 Budget for the CFCP and. Funding has been allocated through the program to build new and upgrade existing early years facilities to support the roll-out of funded three-year-old programs, as well as continuing to support the demand for four-year-old kinder. Additional funding of $2 million has also been provided by the Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) - a $250 million investment over 5 years in critical local infrastructure for Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. This is about ensuring families have access to stronger support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Quote attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education, Sonya Kilkenny MP “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services as part of our historic $5 billion investment in delivering funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly MP “Education starts early, and this exciting new project will ensure our kids are getting the most out of their time at kindergarten” “The Multi-purpose Riverdale Community Centre will serve as a hub of activity for Tarneit families - a place where the community can come together as neighbours”  

A NEW EARLY YEARS FACILITY FOR TARNEIT FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government is building new and upgrading early learning facilities across the state, as it gets on with delivering universal Three-Year-Old Kinder. Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education, Sonya Kilkenny MP, today announced Wyndham City Council would receive funding to build a new $9 million integrated children’s centre in Tarneit West, Riverdale Community Centre. The new facility will mean Tarneit West families will have access to rooms to deliver kindergarten services, maternal and child health services, consulting rooms, community meeting rooms, lounge area and WIFI, community kitchen, and a range of outdoor spaces. The Children’s Facilities Capital Program (CFCP) will provide $2 million as part of the Labor Government’s $33.6 million investment in the 2019/20 Budget for the CFCP and. Funding has been allocated through the program to build new and upgrade existing early years facilities to support the roll-out of funded three-year-old programs, as well as continuing to support the demand for four-year-old kinder. Additional funding of $2 million has also been provided by the Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) - a $250 million investment over 5 years in critical local infrastructure for Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. This is about ensuring families have access to stronger support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Quote attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education, Sonya Kilkenny MP “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services as part of our historic $5 billion investment in delivering funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly MP “Education starts early, and this exciting new project will ensure our kids are getting the most out of their time at kindergarten” “The Multi-purpose Riverdale Community Centre will serve as a hub of activity for Tarneit families - a place where the community can come together as neighbours”