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CLIMATE STRATEGY KEY TO STRONG, SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

The Andrews Labor Government’s Climate Change Strategy will reduce emissions, future-proof our state’s economy and create secure jobs and investment for all Victorians. The plan provides a blueprint that sets out a clear path to a net-zero emissions future whilst creating jobs for the future. Underpinning the plan are ambitious, but achievable emissions reduction targets of 28-33% by 2025 and 45-50% by 2030 on the way to net-zero emissions by 2050.  This puts Victoria at the forefront of climate change action nationally and internationally. The plan follows the Labor Government’s commitment to move our state to a clean energy economy powered by 40% renewable electricity by 2025 and 50% renewable electricity by 2030. This strategy will ensure energy is more affordable for Victorian households and businesses through cheaper renewable energy, helping to drive down power bills. This investment in new renewable energy capacity in Victoria will also power Victorian Government operations – that’s our hospitals, schools, trains and police stations – with 100% renewable electricity by 2025. It builds on Victoria’s record $1.6 billion investment to fast-track the next generation of renewable energy projects and innovation announced in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, with strong emissions reduction policies and programs across sectors and industries to achieve this goal. In transport, the Government has set a target for zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) to make up 50% of all new light vehicle sales by 2030, with grants of up to $3,000 to help Victorians buy ZEVs. In agriculture, the Government will invest almost $20 million in cutting-edge research and development to help farmers reduce emissions on the land, including $3.9 million on two trials of methane-inhibiting stock feed. A further $15.3 million for the Victorian Carbon Farming Program will also help farmers plant trees, working towards our target of up to 30 million new trees. The Climate Change Strategy details how the Government is partnering with businesses and communities to act on climate change and protect jobs. It will work to cut emissions, shift to affordable and renewable energy sources, protect and enhance our environment, boost investment and create sustainable jobs. Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit District Sarah Connolly “This is a plan for a sustainable economy that protects the environment while combating climate change and supporting the jobs of the future – it’s a plan for all Victorians.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “This is a concrete and meaningful plan to tackle the effects of climate change and will support local industries to create the jobs people need.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee District Tim Pallas “The science is clear: climate change is happening. But we can choose how we respond. By listening to the experts and acting now, we can start investing in long-term, secure jobs.”

CLIMATE STRATEGY KEY TO STRONG, SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

The Andrews Labor Government’s Climate Change Strategy will reduce emissions, future-proof our state’s economy and create secure jobs and investment for all Victorians. The plan provides a blueprint that sets out a clear path to a net-zero emissions future whilst creating jobs for the future. Underpinning the plan are ambitious, but achievable emissions reduction targets of 28-33% by 2025 and 45-50% by 2030 on the way to net-zero emissions by 2050.  This puts Victoria at the forefront of climate change action nationally and internationally. The plan follows the Labor Government’s commitment to move our state to a clean energy economy powered by 40% renewable electricity by 2025 and 50% renewable electricity by 2030. This strategy will ensure energy is more affordable for Victorian households and businesses through cheaper renewable energy, helping to drive down power bills. This investment in new renewable energy capacity in Victoria will also power Victorian Government operations – that’s our hospitals, schools, trains and police stations – with 100% renewable electricity by 2025. It builds on Victoria’s record $1.6 billion investment to fast-track the next generation of renewable energy projects and innovation announced in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, with strong emissions reduction policies and programs across sectors and industries to achieve this goal. In transport, the Government has set a target for zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) to make up 50% of all new light vehicle sales by 2030, with grants of up to $3,000 to help Victorians buy ZEVs. In agriculture, the Government will invest almost $20 million in cutting-edge research and development to help farmers reduce emissions on the land, including $3.9 million on two trials of methane-inhibiting stock feed. A further $15.3 million for the Victorian Carbon Farming Program will also help farmers plant trees, working towards our target of up to 30 million new trees. The Climate Change Strategy details how the Government is partnering with businesses and communities to act on climate change and protect jobs. It will work to cut emissions, shift to affordable and renewable energy sources, protect and enhance our environment, boost investment and create sustainable jobs. Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit District Sarah Connolly “This is a plan for a sustainable economy that protects the environment while combating climate change and supporting the jobs of the future – it’s a plan for all Victorians.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “This is a concrete and meaningful plan to tackle the effects of climate change and will support local industries to create the jobs people need.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee District Tim Pallas “The science is clear: climate change is happening. But we can choose how we respond. By listening to the experts and acting now, we can start investing in long-term, secure jobs.”

MORE SUPPORT TO MAKE SCHOOLS INCLUSIVE FOR ALL STUDENTS

The Andrews Government is helping more schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs. In total there are 74 projects across the state that will share in over $12.5 million under Round 6 of the Labor Government’s Inclusive Schools Fund. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly announced that Baden Powell College (Derrimut Heath), Baden Powell College (P-9) and Tarneit Rise Primary School would each receive $200,000 for brand new inclusive playgrounds as part of the fund. There are many innovative ideas included under the fund, which supports the construction of inclusive playgrounds, as well as indoor and outdoor inclusive learning spaces. This round will fund projects such as accessible wheelchair friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces. The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better cater for the social and educational needs of all young people, including those with a disability or additional needs. This is the sixth round of funding. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015, more than 300 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces and inclusive 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, are able to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. More information about these projects is available at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This funding is about giving every child the best chance to meet their potential – regardless of their background or circumstances.” “Disability shouldn’t be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education regardless of background or educational needs.”

MORE SUPPORT TO MAKE SCHOOLS INCLUSIVE FOR ALL STUDENTS

The Andrews Government is helping more schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs. In total there are 74 projects across the state that will share in over $12.5 million under Round 6 of the Labor Government’s Inclusive Schools Fund. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly announced that Baden Powell College (Derrimut Heath), Baden Powell College (P-9) and Tarneit Rise Primary School would each receive $200,000 for brand new inclusive playgrounds as part of the fund. There are many innovative ideas included under the fund, which supports the construction of inclusive playgrounds, as well as indoor and outdoor inclusive learning spaces. This round will fund projects such as accessible wheelchair friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces. The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better cater for the social and educational needs of all young people, including those with a disability or additional needs. This is the sixth round of funding. Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015, more than 300 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces and inclusive 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, are able to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. More information about these projects is available at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This funding is about giving every child the best chance to meet their potential – regardless of their background or circumstances.” “Disability shouldn’t be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education regardless of background or educational needs.”

WEEK IN REVIEW – MAY 1-7

Upgrading and improving Victorian Kinders Our Government is helping kindergartens upgrade and improve their facilities, and get access to the latest technology. The next round of Building Blocks Improvement Stream grants are now available! Eligible organisations can apply for grants up to: • $300,000 toward an early learning facility upgrade project, providing services with funding to help them renovate and refurbish their centres; • $50,000 for a minor improvement project for smaller scale works that will improve the quality of kindergarten services for their children and families; and • $1,500 for IT devices such as laptops, tablets and televisions to support the delivery of kindergarten programs or administrative use. For further information, please visit: http://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/BuildingBlocks Victorian Early Years Awards nominations open Nominations are now open for the 2021 Victorian Early Years Awards which celebrate the exceptional contributions that individuals and organisations are making to improve the lives of Victorian children and their families. In 2021, the awards will celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including improving access and participation, supporting parents and promoting children’s health and wellbeing, as well as the prestigious Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Award winners in each category will receive up to $15,000 to further develop and share the lessons of their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya New laws to make schools safer Our Government is giving Victorian schools the power to ban aggressive and violent parents from entering school grounds, to protect students and staff. The new laws will also allow schools to ban parents that engage in threatening or abusive communication through social media and other channels. Schools will be able to impose requirements on the way parents, carers or other adult members of the school community interact with the school or school community – including stopping them from entering school grounds or other locations where school events are occurring, if reasonably necessary. The changes build on existing legislation and will provide greater procedural fairness to parents, carers and other adult members of the school community. Zero Emission Bus Network by 2025 Our Government is taking action to make Victoria’s public transport fleet cleaner and more sustainable than ever, with all new bus purchases for the state network to be zero emissions from 2025. Achieving no emissions across the networks 4,000-strong contracted bus fleet is critical to Victoria meeting its legislated commitment of zero net emissions by 2050, and expressions of interest have today opened for a three-year trial to explore zero emissions bus technologies - the first step in the move to a clean bus fleet. The move to these cleaner buses will not only slash their emissions, but reduce air pollution, noise and cost significantly less to operate. As part of the Zero Emissions Bus Project, the EOI process will lead to industry partnerships to test various technologies across the state’s bus networks – answering critical questions like depot charging needs and capacity, infrastructure and energy network requirements, environmental outcomes, customer expectations, and commercial arrangements. Australian-first academy for our best teachers Teachers from across our state will benefit from a brand-new multi-site academy of teaching and leadership excellence, as Victoria leads the way in raising the bar on teacher quality. The authority will deliver a new Australian-first program of advanced professional learning for high-performing teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools. The Academy will begin operations and the delivery of new programs from January 2022. The Academy’s flagship offering will be the Teaching Excellence Program, a one-year intensive program for up to 500 teachers per year across all sectors, which will cover areas including across all sectors and core curriculum areas including English, Mathematics, Science and the Arts. Other programs will focus on developing a pipeline of emerging leaders and aspiring principals.    

WEEK IN REVIEW – MAY 1-7

Upgrading and improving Victorian Kinders Our Government is helping kindergartens upgrade and improve their facilities, and get access to the latest technology. The next round of Building Blocks Improvement Stream grants are now available! Eligible organisations can apply for grants up to: • $300,000 toward an early learning facility upgrade project, providing services with funding to help them renovate and refurbish their centres; • $50,000 for a minor improvement project for smaller scale works that will improve the quality of kindergarten services for their children and families; and • $1,500 for IT devices such as laptops, tablets and televisions to support the delivery of kindergarten programs or administrative use. For further information, please visit: http://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/BuildingBlocks Victorian Early Years Awards nominations open Nominations are now open for the 2021 Victorian Early Years Awards which celebrate the exceptional contributions that individuals and organisations are making to improve the lives of Victorian children and their families. In 2021, the awards will celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including improving access and participation, supporting parents and promoting children’s health and wellbeing, as well as the prestigious Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Award winners in each category will receive up to $15,000 to further develop and share the lessons of their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya New laws to make schools safer Our Government is giving Victorian schools the power to ban aggressive and violent parents from entering school grounds, to protect students and staff. The new laws will also allow schools to ban parents that engage in threatening or abusive communication through social media and other channels. Schools will be able to impose requirements on the way parents, carers or other adult members of the school community interact with the school or school community – including stopping them from entering school grounds or other locations where school events are occurring, if reasonably necessary. The changes build on existing legislation and will provide greater procedural fairness to parents, carers and other adult members of the school community. Zero Emission Bus Network by 2025 Our Government is taking action to make Victoria’s public transport fleet cleaner and more sustainable than ever, with all new bus purchases for the state network to be zero emissions from 2025. Achieving no emissions across the networks 4,000-strong contracted bus fleet is critical to Victoria meeting its legislated commitment of zero net emissions by 2050, and expressions of interest have today opened for a three-year trial to explore zero emissions bus technologies - the first step in the move to a clean bus fleet. The move to these cleaner buses will not only slash their emissions, but reduce air pollution, noise and cost significantly less to operate. As part of the Zero Emissions Bus Project, the EOI process will lead to industry partnerships to test various technologies across the state’s bus networks – answering critical questions like depot charging needs and capacity, infrastructure and energy network requirements, environmental outcomes, customer expectations, and commercial arrangements. Australian-first academy for our best teachers Teachers from across our state will benefit from a brand-new multi-site academy of teaching and leadership excellence, as Victoria leads the way in raising the bar on teacher quality. The authority will deliver a new Australian-first program of advanced professional learning for high-performing teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools. The Academy will begin operations and the delivery of new programs from January 2022. The Academy’s flagship offering will be the Teaching Excellence Program, a one-year intensive program for up to 500 teachers per year across all sectors, which will cover areas including across all sectors and core curriculum areas including English, Mathematics, Science and the Arts. Other programs will focus on developing a pipeline of emerging leaders and aspiring principals.    

HELPING WYNDHAM STAY SAFE AND STAY OPEN

Wyndham businesses will soon get specialist advice on staying safe and staying open through 2021 thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced Wyndham will receive $170,000 to keep local businesses and local people safe. Wyndham can use $120,000 of funding to employ COVID Business Support Officers who will help high-risk locations like markets and shopping strips comply with COVIDSafe requirements, like checking in, physical distancing and cleaning. They will work with local hospitality businesses, community venues and small retailers – like hairdressers, butchers and milk bars – to ensure they can stay COVIDSafe, as well as delivering a wide range of information on COVIDSafe practices to the community. The funding is part of a $7.88 million commitment for councils across Victoria, establishing the Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support program and creating 236 positions to help businesses stay safe and stay open. Wyndham will also receive an additional $50,000 to provide assistance to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) businesses in the municipality, bringing Wyndham’s funding to $170,000 in total. The Victorian Government has invested more than $6 billion in direct economic support for businesses and workers to help them recover from the pandemic, including $2.6 billion paid to 134,000 businesses through the Business Support Fund. For more information on local government funding support visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Specialist officers will help businesses stay open and our community stay safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Councils are crucial to Victoria’s recovery from the pandemic and this funding enables them to support businesses and communities with COVIDSafe best practice and keep local economies open.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “This is about making sure Victorian business – and every community in our state – has the support and information they need to stay safe and open through 2021.”

HELPING WYNDHAM STAY SAFE AND STAY OPEN

Wyndham businesses will soon get specialist advice on staying safe and staying open through 2021 thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced Wyndham will receive $170,000 to keep local businesses and local people safe. Wyndham can use $120,000 of funding to employ COVID Business Support Officers who will help high-risk locations like markets and shopping strips comply with COVIDSafe requirements, like checking in, physical distancing and cleaning. They will work with local hospitality businesses, community venues and small retailers – like hairdressers, butchers and milk bars – to ensure they can stay COVIDSafe, as well as delivering a wide range of information on COVIDSafe practices to the community. The funding is part of a $7.88 million commitment for councils across Victoria, establishing the Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support program and creating 236 positions to help businesses stay safe and stay open. Wyndham will also receive an additional $50,000 to provide assistance to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) businesses in the municipality, bringing Wyndham’s funding to $170,000 in total. The Victorian Government has invested more than $6 billion in direct economic support for businesses and workers to help them recover from the pandemic, including $2.6 billion paid to 134,000 businesses through the Business Support Fund. For more information on local government funding support visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Specialist officers will help businesses stay open and our community stay safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Councils are crucial to Victoria’s recovery from the pandemic and this funding enables them to support businesses and communities with COVIDSafe best practice and keep local economies open.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “This is about making sure Victorian business – and every community in our state – has the support and information they need to stay safe and open through 2021.”

 

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST ACADEMY FOR OUR BEST TEACHERS

Teachers from Wyndham and across Victoria will benefit from a brand-new multi-site academy of teaching and leadership excellence, as Victoria leads the way in raising the bar on teacher quality. Minister for Education James Merlino announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $148.2 million in establishing the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, a new statutory authority. Regional hubs for the academy will be established in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton. The authority will deliver a new Australian-first program of advanced professional learning for high-performing teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools.  The Academy will begin operations and the delivery of new programs from January 2022. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will also be based in a purpose-designed CBD site, alongside the seven regional Academies – ensuring rural and regional teachers are able to access high-quality professional development regardless of their location. The CBD location is expected to be open early next year and the Geelong site by mid-2022 – with the rest of the locations operating by the end of 2022. Once established, the new Academy’s programs will provide an unprecedented opportunity for our best teachers to further develop their skills and become recognised as statewide leaders in teaching excellence. These teachers can then share their expertise and knowledge with their own school communities, ensuring every classroom and every child benefits from this investment. The Academy’s flagship offering will be the Teaching Excellence Program, a one-year intensive program for up to 500 teachers per year across all sectors, which will cover core curriculum areas including English, Mathematics, Science and the Arts. Other programs will focus on developing a pipeline of emerging leaders and aspiring principals. Through the Academy, our teachers will also have access to the latest research in the science of learning and discipline based content knowledge, giving them the skills to ensure our kids are growing up as creative and critical-thinkers. Not only will they benefit from emerging research and understanding, the Academy will also enable our best teachers to learn from one another – with a focus on sharing best practice, ideas, experience and resources. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership aims to build on the existing Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership with a new focus on professional learning for Victoria’s highly skilled teachers. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want Victorian kids to get the very best education – and we know the most important way to do that is by having the best teachers.” “The new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will develop our teachers, giving the very latest in understanding and skills, and enabling them to share that with their colleagues and school communities. Not only is this an investment in our teachers, it’s an investment in our kids – and their futures.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly   “We have some fantastic teachers here in Wyndham that make such a huge difference in the education of our kids –this program is about supporting and providing opportunities to our teachers to excel even further.”

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST ACADEMY FOR OUR BEST TEACHERS

Teachers from Wyndham and across Victoria will benefit from a brand-new multi-site academy of teaching and leadership excellence, as Victoria leads the way in raising the bar on teacher quality. Minister for Education James Merlino announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $148.2 million in establishing the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, a new statutory authority. Regional hubs for the academy will be established in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton. The authority will deliver a new Australian-first program of advanced professional learning for high-performing teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools.  The Academy will begin operations and the delivery of new programs from January 2022. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will also be based in a purpose-designed CBD site, alongside the seven regional Academies – ensuring rural and regional teachers are able to access high-quality professional development regardless of their location. The CBD location is expected to be open early next year and the Geelong site by mid-2022 – with the rest of the locations operating by the end of 2022. Once established, the new Academy’s programs will provide an unprecedented opportunity for our best teachers to further develop their skills and become recognised as statewide leaders in teaching excellence. These teachers can then share their expertise and knowledge with their own school communities, ensuring every classroom and every child benefits from this investment. The Academy’s flagship offering will be the Teaching Excellence Program, a one-year intensive program for up to 500 teachers per year across all sectors, which will cover core curriculum areas including English, Mathematics, Science and the Arts. Other programs will focus on developing a pipeline of emerging leaders and aspiring principals. Through the Academy, our teachers will also have access to the latest research in the science of learning and discipline based content knowledge, giving them the skills to ensure our kids are growing up as creative and critical-thinkers. Not only will they benefit from emerging research and understanding, the Academy will also enable our best teachers to learn from one another – with a focus on sharing best practice, ideas, experience and resources. The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership aims to build on the existing Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership with a new focus on professional learning for Victoria’s highly skilled teachers. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want Victorian kids to get the very best education – and we know the most important way to do that is by having the best teachers.” “The new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will develop our teachers, giving the very latest in understanding and skills, and enabling them to share that with their colleagues and school communities. Not only is this an investment in our teachers, it’s an investment in our kids – and their futures.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly   “We have some fantastic teachers here in Wyndham that make such a huge difference in the education of our kids –this program is about supporting and providing opportunities to our teachers to excel even further.”

GRANT DELIVERS BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO SUBURBAN PARK

Suburban parks and reserves across Melbourne will be given new life as part of the Victorian Government’s $10 million Parks Revitalisation Grants Program. Forty-one suburban parks will receive revitalisation grants to fund a range of upgrades, including new seating, barbecues, toilets, fencing, landscaping, lighting, shading, path upgrades, as well as demolition of old assets, and installation of park infrastructure, water features and playgrounds. Residents of Wyndham will soon benefit from increased recreation and social opportunities, improved safety, and better land use in Hoppers Crossing. The Wyndham City Council has been granted $300,000 in funding to support improvements of Fraser Street Park in Hoppers Crossing giving locals more reason to get outdoors. The Parks Revitalisation Grants for 41 parks and reserves across Melbourne are part of the $154 million Suburban Parks Program, which is also investing $35 million for 29 new pocket parks and $5 million for up to 16 new off-leash dog parks. This bold program to deliver quality open space to Melburnians will also create jobs in industries such as construction, design and landscaping as Victoria rebuilds from the economic impacts of coronavirus. The Victorian Government will work in partnership with Wyndham City Council to deliver this project. The 41 park upgrades are anticipated to be completed in 2022. For more information about the Suburban Parks Program, including a list of grant recipients, visit: environment.vic.gov.au/suburban-parks Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Melbourne’s open spaces are at the heart of our city and provide social, economic, environmental and health and wellbeing benefits to our communities. We are investing in projects to improve our open space network now, to ensure we meet the needs of the community in the future.” “By partnering with councils to deliver improvements to existing parks, we are investing in projects that will meet the unique needs of local communities. This will promote visitation by existing users and welcome a variety of different park users.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This funding will greatly benefit my community in Hoppers Crossing giving them even more reasons to get outside, explore nature and stay active.”  

GRANT DELIVERS BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO SUBURBAN PARK

Suburban parks and reserves across Melbourne will be given new life as part of the Victorian Government’s $10 million Parks Revitalisation Grants Program. Forty-one suburban parks will receive revitalisation grants to fund a range of upgrades, including new seating, barbecues, toilets, fencing, landscaping, lighting, shading, path upgrades, as well as demolition of old assets, and installation of park infrastructure, water features and playgrounds. Residents of Wyndham will soon benefit from increased recreation and social opportunities, improved safety, and better land use in Hoppers Crossing. The Wyndham City Council has been granted $300,000 in funding to support improvements of Fraser Street Park in Hoppers Crossing giving locals more reason to get outdoors. The Parks Revitalisation Grants for 41 parks and reserves across Melbourne are part of the $154 million Suburban Parks Program, which is also investing $35 million for 29 new pocket parks and $5 million for up to 16 new off-leash dog parks. This bold program to deliver quality open space to Melburnians will also create jobs in industries such as construction, design and landscaping as Victoria rebuilds from the economic impacts of coronavirus. The Victorian Government will work in partnership with Wyndham City Council to deliver this project. The 41 park upgrades are anticipated to be completed in 2022. For more information about the Suburban Parks Program, including a list of grant recipients, visit: environment.vic.gov.au/suburban-parks Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Melbourne’s open spaces are at the heart of our city and provide social, economic, environmental and health and wellbeing benefits to our communities. We are investing in projects to improve our open space network now, to ensure we meet the needs of the community in the future.” “By partnering with councils to deliver improvements to existing parks, we are investing in projects that will meet the unique needs of local communities. This will promote visitation by existing users and welcome a variety of different park users.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This funding will greatly benefit my community in Hoppers Crossing giving them even more reasons to get outside, explore nature and stay active.”  

STRENGTHENING FIREFIGHTING CAPABILITIES IN BOOMING WEST

The firefighting capabilities in one of Australia's fastest growing municipalities located in Melbourne’s west has been bolstered with the completion of a new $5.4 million fire station in Tarneit. The station, located at 417 Derrimut Rd, Tarneit and operational since November 2019, was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services Paul Edbrooke and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly. The new station will support the Hoppers Crossing Fire Station, which will continue to operate as a CFA Brigade and includes upgraded facilities to support surrounding areas including Truganina, Werribee and Hoppers Crossing. The new fire station spans approximately 4,900 square metres, has four engine bays and facilities and bedrooms for up to six career firefighters per shift. It also includes an administration office, dayroom, kitchen, gym and operational support areas, including breathing apparatus cleaning area, laundry, drying room, workshop and turn-out areas. Firefighters have access to modern facilities and the latest emergency management equipment, as well as trained personnel and equipment to respond to Emergency Medical Response (EMR) incidents. This is a significant milestone for Tarneit, as the population is expected to double and reach 64,000 by 2031 as it experiences significant urban development and growth across neighbouring Altona North and Laverton North. The new facility will initially accommodate four experienced career firefighters who, over the years have assisted in major incidents, including the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, the 2019 Gippsland fires and the Hazelwood mine fire. Firefighters from the Tarneit Fire Station also supported Strike Teams and Incident Management Teams across Victoria and New South Wales throughout the 2019/20 fire season. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson “The new fire station in Tarneit will ensure residents in Melbourne’s west will be supported and protected as communities continue to grow.” “We’re ensuring our emergency services have state-of-the-art facilities that enable them to efficiently respond to incidents.” Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services Paul Edbrooke “The Tarneit Fire Station is an exciting and important development in the rapidly growing western suburbs.” “Firefighters play a vital role in protecting life and property, and it’s crucial that they have the facilities to carry out their duties.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Tarneit is a rapidly growing area and I strongly welcome this investment into essential fire fighting services to serve the local community.”    

STRENGTHENING FIREFIGHTING CAPABILITIES IN BOOMING WEST

The firefighting capabilities in one of Australia's fastest growing municipalities located in Melbourne’s west has been bolstered with the completion of a new $5.4 million fire station in Tarneit. The station, located at 417 Derrimut Rd, Tarneit and operational since November 2019, was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services Paul Edbrooke and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly. The new station will support the Hoppers Crossing Fire Station, which will continue to operate as a CFA Brigade and includes upgraded facilities to support surrounding areas including Truganina, Werribee and Hoppers Crossing. The new fire station spans approximately 4,900 square metres, has four engine bays and facilities and bedrooms for up to six career firefighters per shift. It also includes an administration office, dayroom, kitchen, gym and operational support areas, including breathing apparatus cleaning area, laundry, drying room, workshop and turn-out areas. Firefighters have access to modern facilities and the latest emergency management equipment, as well as trained personnel and equipment to respond to Emergency Medical Response (EMR) incidents. This is a significant milestone for Tarneit, as the population is expected to double and reach 64,000 by 2031 as it experiences significant urban development and growth across neighbouring Altona North and Laverton North. The new facility will initially accommodate four experienced career firefighters who, over the years have assisted in major incidents, including the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, the 2019 Gippsland fires and the Hazelwood mine fire. Firefighters from the Tarneit Fire Station also supported Strike Teams and Incident Management Teams across Victoria and New South Wales throughout the 2019/20 fire season. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson “The new fire station in Tarneit will ensure residents in Melbourne’s west will be supported and protected as communities continue to grow.” “We’re ensuring our emergency services have state-of-the-art facilities that enable them to efficiently respond to incidents.” Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services Paul Edbrooke “The Tarneit Fire Station is an exciting and important development in the rapidly growing western suburbs.” “Firefighters play a vital role in protecting life and property, and it’s crucial that they have the facilities to carry out their duties.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Tarneit is a rapidly growing area and I strongly welcome this investment into essential fire fighting services to serve the local community.”    

NEW PARKS REVITALISING TARNEIT

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the upgrade of four parks in Tarneit, as part of a two-year commitment to suburban revitalisation in Tarneit. The parks of Moondara, Camelot, Samaria St & Tarneit Lakes will include upgraded play spaces, new nature play areas, fitness equipment stations & seating. More trees will be planted to increase canopy cover, provide shade on hot days and enhance biodiversity. The upgrade of the Tarneit parks network will provide high quality and diverse recreation opportunities for the local community. The Andrews Labor Government is providing $465,000 to this important project with Wyndham City Council contributing $600,000. The project is being delivered in partnership with the Tarneit Suburban Revitalisation Board chaired by Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly. The board provides advice to the Andrews Labor Government on ways to renew Tarneit, delivering projects that will improve public space and amenity and support local jobs and businesses. The Suburban Revitalisation program works with regional and local stakeholders to help plan and deliver economic and social infrastructure, community development and place-making initiatives that focus on driving social and economic outcomes in specific activity centres. The Suburban Revitalisation Program recently began supporting new projects in six activity centres in Metropolitan Melbourne including Boronia, Noble Park, Lilydale, Tarneit, Reservoir and Melton. Funding of $21.25 million over two years has been provided to the eight boards through the Building Works Fund, and the 2020-21 Victorian State Budget. The Victorian Government is committed to encouraging suburban revitalisation as a way of strengthening Melbourne’s liveability and driving economic opportunity and jobs growth closer to where people live. For more information about Suburban Revitalisation go to suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development, Shaun Leane “This is part of our Suburban Revitalisation boost in Tarneit, supporting projects that matter most to locals.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly “These parks upgrades will help to beautify the community and provide a space for people to come together.”

NEW PARKS REVITALISING TARNEIT

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the upgrade of four parks in Tarneit, as part of a two-year commitment to suburban revitalisation in Tarneit. The parks of Moondara, Camelot, Samaria St & Tarneit Lakes will include upgraded play spaces, new nature play areas, fitness equipment stations & seating. More trees will be planted to increase canopy cover, provide shade on hot days and enhance biodiversity. The upgrade of the Tarneit parks network will provide high quality and diverse recreation opportunities for the local community. The Andrews Labor Government is providing $465,000 to this important project with Wyndham City Council contributing $600,000. The project is being delivered in partnership with the Tarneit Suburban Revitalisation Board chaired by Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly. The board provides advice to the Andrews Labor Government on ways to renew Tarneit, delivering projects that will improve public space and amenity and support local jobs and businesses. The Suburban Revitalisation program works with regional and local stakeholders to help plan and deliver economic and social infrastructure, community development and place-making initiatives that focus on driving social and economic outcomes in specific activity centres. The Suburban Revitalisation Program recently began supporting new projects in six activity centres in Metropolitan Melbourne including Boronia, Noble Park, Lilydale, Tarneit, Reservoir and Melton. Funding of $21.25 million over two years has been provided to the eight boards through the Building Works Fund, and the 2020-21 Victorian State Budget. The Victorian Government is committed to encouraging suburban revitalisation as a way of strengthening Melbourne’s liveability and driving economic opportunity and jobs growth closer to where people live. For more information about Suburban Revitalisation go to suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development, Shaun Leane “This is part of our Suburban Revitalisation boost in Tarneit, supporting projects that matter most to locals.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly “These parks upgrades will help to beautify the community and provide a space for people to come together.”