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NEW LOOK RESERVE OPENS IN HOPPERS CROSSING

The newly upgraded Golden Square Reserve in thriving Hoppers Crossing is now open for people to enjoy, thanks to support from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. Sarah Connolly MP, representing Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane, and joined by Kaushaliya Vaghela MP officially opened the new $666,000 reserve this week. The reserve upgrade received $325,000 from the 2018-19 round of the Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level. The revamped reserve has a new playground, large kickabout area and basketball half-court, alongside picnic areas, new landscaping and plenty of shade for the summer. The upgrade was completed by Wyndham City Council, which contributed $341,000 towards the project. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $325 million investment over six years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. Since 2015, Wyndham City Council has received more than $27.5 million in funding to support the delivery of 20 priority projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is 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 vital community infrastructure and continues to deliver results for Melbourne’s fast-growing suburbs.” “The newly redeveloped Golden Square Reserve will be a great benefit for families and children in this fast-growing community and I'm pleased the Growing Suburbs Fund has helped to make it happen.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “I look forward to seeing the Golden Square Reserve become a much-loved part of Hoppers Crossing – a place for everyone in our community to come and enjoy thanks to the Growing Suburbs Fund.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Region Kaushaliya Vaghela “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects like the Golden Square Reserve, providing vital facilities for our growing communities in Wyndham.” 

NEW LOOK RESERVE OPENS IN HOPPERS CROSSING

The newly upgraded Golden Square Reserve in thriving Hoppers Crossing is now open for people to enjoy, thanks to support from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. Sarah Connolly MP, representing Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane, and joined by Kaushaliya Vaghela MP officially opened the new $666,000 reserve this week. The reserve upgrade received $325,000 from the 2018-19 round of the Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level. The revamped reserve has a new playground, large kickabout area and basketball half-court, alongside picnic areas, new landscaping and plenty of shade for the summer. The upgrade was completed by Wyndham City Council, which contributed $341,000 towards the project. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $325 million investment over six years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. Since 2015, Wyndham City Council has received more than $27.5 million in funding to support the delivery of 20 priority projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is 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 vital community infrastructure and continues to deliver results for Melbourne’s fast-growing suburbs.” “The newly redeveloped Golden Square Reserve will be a great benefit for families and children in this fast-growing community and I'm pleased the Growing Suburbs Fund has helped to make it happen.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “I look forward to seeing the Golden Square Reserve become a much-loved part of Hoppers Crossing – a place for everyone in our community to come and enjoy thanks to the Growing Suburbs Fund.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Region Kaushaliya Vaghela “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects like the Golden Square Reserve, providing vital facilities for our growing communities in Wyndham.” 

MORE SPACE FOR HOPPERS CROSSING COMMUNITY SERVICES

A newly expanded community centre for fast-growing Hoppers Crossing is open thanks to support from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. Sarah Connolly MP, representing Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane, and joined by Kaushaliya Vaghela MP officially opened the new-look Grange Community Centre. The expansion project received $1 million from the 2018-19 round of the Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level. The Grange Community Centre is a popular venue for childcare, playgroups, maternal and child health services, workshops and gatherings. The Centre’s older building had been struggling to keep up with the increasing demand of the growing Hoppers Crossing community. The Centre now has three new multi-purpose community rooms for its range of services, alongside a landscaped outdoor area with playground, sheltered seating and picnic tables. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $325 million investment over six years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. Since 2015, Wyndham City Council has received more than $27.5 million in funding to support the delivery of 20 priority projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is 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 vital community infrastructure and continues to deliver results for Melbourne’s fast-growing suburbs.” “The expanded Grange Community Centre will make a real difference to important community services in Hoppers Crossing and I'm pleased the Growing Suburbs Fund has helped to make this happen.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “This investment means there’s plenty of space for the great services, classes and events the Grange hosts to serve our diverse and vibrant community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Region Kaushaliya Vaghela “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund making sure the Grange Community Centre is fit-for-purpose as our community grows.”

MORE SPACE FOR HOPPERS CROSSING COMMUNITY SERVICES

A newly expanded community centre for fast-growing Hoppers Crossing is open thanks to support from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. Sarah Connolly MP, representing Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane, and joined by Kaushaliya Vaghela MP officially opened the new-look Grange Community Centre. The expansion project received $1 million from the 2018-19 round of the Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level. The Grange Community Centre is a popular venue for childcare, playgroups, maternal and child health services, workshops and gatherings. The Centre’s older building had been struggling to keep up with the increasing demand of the growing Hoppers Crossing community. The Centre now has three new multi-purpose community rooms for its range of services, alongside a landscaped outdoor area with playground, sheltered seating and picnic tables. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $325 million investment over six years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. Since 2015, Wyndham City Council has received more than $27.5 million in funding to support the delivery of 20 priority projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is 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 vital community infrastructure and continues to deliver results for Melbourne’s fast-growing suburbs.” “The expanded Grange Community Centre will make a real difference to important community services in Hoppers Crossing and I'm pleased the Growing Suburbs Fund has helped to make this happen.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “This investment means there’s plenty of space for the great services, classes and events the Grange hosts to serve our diverse and vibrant community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Region Kaushaliya Vaghela “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund making sure the Grange Community Centre is fit-for-purpose as our community grows.”

HOPPERS CROSSING SOCCER CLUB SCORES NEW LIGHTS

The growing junior and senior ranks at the 370-strong Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club can now practice their skills day and night thanks to new pitch lighting at the popular Grange Reserve in Hoppers Crossing. Sarah Connolly MP and Kaushaliya Vaghela MP joined Wyndham City Councillors and the Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club to officially launch the new lighting over pitch one, made possible by a $300,000 investment from the Victorian Government. The Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club is one of the largest sports clubs in Wyndham and without adequate lighting, the club was finding it difficult to accommodate evening training for its growing membership. We’ve fixed that. The new brighter lighting provides more coverage over the ground, allowing greater numbers of teams from the junior girls to senior women’s to utilise the pitch for training and development. The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.05 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014. This includes a recent $110 million budget boost to the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program as well as an extra $27 million to make sure our sports facilities are more accessible to more people. From playspace upgrades to new lighting, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation. Investments like these are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities. Ms Connolly acknowledged Wyndham City Council for its commitment to the project. For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly “For too long clubs like Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club have been hamstrung by outdated facilities - they deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.” “Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back to local sport and recreation when it is safe to do so, and lead healthy and active lifestyles.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Region, Kaushaliya Vaghela “The new lighting at the Grange Reserve also provides more opportunities for female participation at the popular park.”  

HOPPERS CROSSING SOCCER CLUB SCORES NEW LIGHTS

The growing junior and senior ranks at the 370-strong Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club can now practice their skills day and night thanks to new pitch lighting at the popular Grange Reserve in Hoppers Crossing. Sarah Connolly MP and Kaushaliya Vaghela MP joined Wyndham City Councillors and the Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club to officially launch the new lighting over pitch one, made possible by a $300,000 investment from the Victorian Government. The Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club is one of the largest sports clubs in Wyndham and without adequate lighting, the club was finding it difficult to accommodate evening training for its growing membership. We’ve fixed that. The new brighter lighting provides more coverage over the ground, allowing greater numbers of teams from the junior girls to senior women’s to utilise the pitch for training and development. The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.05 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014. This includes a recent $110 million budget boost to the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program as well as an extra $27 million to make sure our sports facilities are more accessible to more people. From playspace upgrades to new lighting, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation. Investments like these are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities. Ms Connolly acknowledged Wyndham City Council for its commitment to the project. For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly “For too long clubs like Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club have been hamstrung by outdated facilities - they deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.” “Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back to local sport and recreation when it is safe to do so, and lead healthy and active lifestyles.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Region, Kaushaliya Vaghela “The new lighting at the Grange Reserve also provides more opportunities for female participation at the popular park.”  

PROGRAM FUNDING A BOOST FOR TARNEIT SENIOR COLLEGE

Tarneit Senior College will receive funding from the Accessible Buildings Program, to improve school facilities and infrastructure that supports students and staff with disabilities, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced that Tarneit Senior College has been allocated $172,000 in funding from the Accessible Buildings Program to promote inclusive learning environments, through improved access to modern and functional learning spaces in Victorian schools. The funding will assist the school in installing ramps to classrooms, to ensure students and staff have access to appropriate school facilities, in line with their peers and colleagues. The program adjusts existing facilities to meet the needs of those with existing disabilities, as well as disabilities that occur as a result of an accident or the deterioration of existing conditions. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. 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 “The program helps to ensure all Victorian government students of all abilities can get a great education and have access to modern, functional learning spaces to give them the best chance to succeed and thrive in school and in life.” 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 get a great education – no matter their circumstances.”

PROGRAM FUNDING A BOOST FOR TARNEIT SENIOR COLLEGE

Tarneit Senior College will receive funding from the Accessible Buildings Program, to improve school facilities and infrastructure that supports students and staff with disabilities, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced that Tarneit Senior College has been allocated $172,000 in funding from the Accessible Buildings Program to promote inclusive learning environments, through improved access to modern and functional learning spaces in Victorian schools. The funding will assist the school in installing ramps to classrooms, to ensure students and staff have access to appropriate school facilities, in line with their peers and colleagues. The program adjusts existing facilities to meet the needs of those with existing disabilities, as well as disabilities that occur as a result of an accident or the deterioration of existing conditions. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. 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 “The program helps to ensure all Victorian government students of all abilities can get a great education and have access to modern, functional learning spaces to give them the best chance to succeed and thrive in school and in life.” 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 get a great education – no matter their circumstances.”

 

GARRANG WILAM PRIMARY OPENS ITS DOORS

More than one million students – including 84,000 preps – will return to classrooms this week across Victoria as 14 new schools open their doors as part of the Victorian Government’s school building boom. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today officially open the new Garrang Wilam Primary School and welcomed its first students. Students at Garrang Wilam Primary School will be able to enjoy full use of two new learning neighbourhoods, an administration building, outdoor play courts, a sports field and a performing arts and physical education building. Garrang Wilam Primary School has more than 155 students starting this year, including 65 Prep students, and is one of 14 new schools opening in 2021. Every new Victorian primary school opening from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door - the Truganina South East Integrated Family Centre will be built next to the school to aid the smooth transition from kindergarten into school, while making it easier for parents to avoid the dreaded double drop-off in 2022. Garrang Wilam Primary School is one of 14 new schools opening in 2021. 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. The Government is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. For more information on the Victorian Government’s school building boom, visit www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The first day of school is a big day every year – but particularly after the year we had last year. I thank every teacher, student and parent for their efforts last year and wish them well for the year ahead.” “We’re building new schools across the state so every child has a great local school and a best start in life – wherever they live.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “A fantastic school with state-of-the-art facilities like Garrang Wilam Primary School is what every student deserves.”

GARRANG WILAM PRIMARY OPENS ITS DOORS

More than one million students – including 84,000 preps – will return to classrooms this week across Victoria as 14 new schools open their doors as part of the Victorian Government’s school building boom. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today officially open the new Garrang Wilam Primary School and welcomed its first students. Students at Garrang Wilam Primary School will be able to enjoy full use of two new learning neighbourhoods, an administration building, outdoor play courts, a sports field and a performing arts and physical education building. Garrang Wilam Primary School has more than 155 students starting this year, including 65 Prep students, and is one of 14 new schools opening in 2021. Every new Victorian primary school opening from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door - the Truganina South East Integrated Family Centre will be built next to the school to aid the smooth transition from kindergarten into school, while making it easier for parents to avoid the dreaded double drop-off in 2022. Garrang Wilam Primary School is one of 14 new schools opening in 2021. 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. The Government is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. For more information on the Victorian Government’s school building boom, visit www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The first day of school is a big day every year – but particularly after the year we had last year. I thank every teacher, student and parent for their efforts last year and wish them well for the year ahead.” “We’re building new schools across the state so every child has a great local school and a best start in life – wherever they live.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “A fantastic school with state-of-the-art facilities like Garrang Wilam Primary School is what every student deserves.”

WYNDHAM FOOTBALL STADIUM TAKES ANOTHER BIG STRIDE

The Victorian Government has cleared the way for a new home stadium for A-League team Western United Football Club to be developed on land at Tarneit. The Planning Minister has approved an amendment to the Wyndham Planning Scheme to facilitate the development and construction of a 15,000-seat privately funded stadium and associated mixed-use development in partnership with the Wyndham City Council and The Western Melbourne Group. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly MP said the latest progress is great news and an important development for the sporting community in Melbourne’s West. Amendment C254 to the Wyndham Planning Scheme allows for the use and development of the land, which is owned by Wyndham City Council and is the first step in paving the way for the new stadium. The next step is the approval of a Concept Master Plan by the Minister for Planning, followed by the final approval and implementation of detailed plans by the Wyndham City Council. This amendment means the Western Melbourne Group and Wyndham City Council can now move forward with the development of the stadium. The stadium will be home to the local A-League Football team, Western United Football Club, and include a commercial, residential and sports training precinct development on the land at 1160 Sayers Road, Tarneit. The proposed development will be completed in stages with the stadium anticipated to be operational by late next year.  The economic benefits to Victoria have been calculated to be $147 million through construction activities and net visitor spending of $4 million in Year 1 of operations. In addition to construction employment, the project will create 125 ongoing full time jobs. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly MP  “We are proud to have Western United Football Club based here and the development of the Wyndham Football Stadium will encourage the local community to come and see games and to get involved in sport.” “Wyndham Football Stadium will put football within the heart of the local community and locals will be able to watch professional athletes in their backyard.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “This is a big stride for the proposed stadium and is encouraging for not only the football club and fans but the wider community in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

WYNDHAM FOOTBALL STADIUM TAKES ANOTHER BIG STRIDE

The Victorian Government has cleared the way for a new home stadium for A-League team Western United Football Club to be developed on land at Tarneit. The Planning Minister has approved an amendment to the Wyndham Planning Scheme to facilitate the development and construction of a 15,000-seat privately funded stadium and associated mixed-use development in partnership with the Wyndham City Council and The Western Melbourne Group. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly MP said the latest progress is great news and an important development for the sporting community in Melbourne’s West. Amendment C254 to the Wyndham Planning Scheme allows for the use and development of the land, which is owned by Wyndham City Council and is the first step in paving the way for the new stadium. The next step is the approval of a Concept Master Plan by the Minister for Planning, followed by the final approval and implementation of detailed plans by the Wyndham City Council. This amendment means the Western Melbourne Group and Wyndham City Council can now move forward with the development of the stadium. The stadium will be home to the local A-League Football team, Western United Football Club, and include a commercial, residential and sports training precinct development on the land at 1160 Sayers Road, Tarneit. The proposed development will be completed in stages with the stadium anticipated to be operational by late next year.  The economic benefits to Victoria have been calculated to be $147 million through construction activities and net visitor spending of $4 million in Year 1 of operations. In addition to construction employment, the project will create 125 ongoing full time jobs. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly MP  “We are proud to have Western United Football Club based here and the development of the Wyndham Football Stadium will encourage the local community to come and see games and to get involved in sport.” “Wyndham Football Stadium will put football within the heart of the local community and locals will be able to watch professional athletes in their backyard.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “This is a big stride for the proposed stadium and is encouraging for not only the football club and fans but the wider community in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

BUILDER APPOINTED DOHERTYS CREEK P-9 UPGRADE

Students in Truganina will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work due to get under way upgrading Dohertys Creek P-9 College. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced Ireland Brown Constructions had been appointed to build Dohertys Creek P-9 College’s $11.2 million upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education. The upgrade will see Stage 2 of the school’s masterplan completed, ensuring that students in years 7-9 will be able to attend the school from 2022. 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 so that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “These local upgrades are part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” “Upgrading Dohertys Creek will give local students access to great classrooms and facilities - because you can’t deliver a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms.

BUILDER APPOINTED DOHERTYS CREEK P-9 UPGRADE

Students in Truganina will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work due to get under way upgrading Dohertys Creek P-9 College. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced Ireland Brown Constructions had been appointed to build Dohertys Creek P-9 College’s $11.2 million upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education. The upgrade will see Stage 2 of the school’s masterplan completed, ensuring that students in years 7-9 will be able to attend the school from 2022. 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 so that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “These local upgrades are part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” “Upgrading Dohertys Creek will give local students access to great classrooms and facilities - because you can’t deliver a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms.

BOOSTING FOOD RELIEF FOR THE WYNDHAM COMMUNITY

The Victorian Government is strengthening food relief services across Wyndham, ensuring healthy food reaches Victorians in need. Hoppers Crossing Gurudwara will receive $75,000 as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensuring all Victorians have access to fresh, healthy food. The $5 million Community Food Relief Fund is part of the recently announced $11.3 million investment to boost food relief activities for vulnerable Victorians. The package builds on $7.4 million already announced earlier this year to expand food relief operations and deliver more free and nutritious meals, which is creating 119 new food relief jobs. Hoppers Crossing Gurudwara will use the money to purchase a new free food van to expand capacity and their capability so that people in Wyndham can get access to the food they need. Across Victoira 93 projects will enable food relief organisations to provide an additional 2,000,000 meals and 180,000 food hampers to Victorians in need. In addition to the Community Food Relief Fund, the Victorian Government is also investing in the network of food distribution hubs in regional areas, with $3.5 million to strengthen the link between suppliers and those experiencing food insecurity. A Food Relief Taskforce is also being established to bring together key industry leaders and representatives from all tiers of government to ensure food supply and distribution is coordinated and targeted to areas most in need. For more information on the Community Food Relief Fund and to see all recipients, please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-inclusion-and-food-relief-coronavirus-covid-19 Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly “Hoppers Crossing Gurduwara make a real difference to people struggling to put food on the table locally.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Every Victorian deserves access to fresh and healthy food – wihich is why we’re boosting resources for community-based food relief services.” “We’re working with the food relief sector to enhance coordination and ensure that food relief is targeted to locations in need.”

BOOSTING FOOD RELIEF FOR THE WYNDHAM COMMUNITY

The Victorian Government is strengthening food relief services across Wyndham, ensuring healthy food reaches Victorians in need. Hoppers Crossing Gurudwara will receive $75,000 as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensuring all Victorians have access to fresh, healthy food. The $5 million Community Food Relief Fund is part of the recently announced $11.3 million investment to boost food relief activities for vulnerable Victorians. The package builds on $7.4 million already announced earlier this year to expand food relief operations and deliver more free and nutritious meals, which is creating 119 new food relief jobs. Hoppers Crossing Gurudwara will use the money to purchase a new free food van to expand capacity and their capability so that people in Wyndham can get access to the food they need. Across Victoira 93 projects will enable food relief organisations to provide an additional 2,000,000 meals and 180,000 food hampers to Victorians in need. In addition to the Community Food Relief Fund, the Victorian Government is also investing in the network of food distribution hubs in regional areas, with $3.5 million to strengthen the link between suppliers and those experiencing food insecurity. A Food Relief Taskforce is also being established to bring together key industry leaders and representatives from all tiers of government to ensure food supply and distribution is coordinated and targeted to areas most in need. For more information on the Community Food Relief Fund and to see all recipients, please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-inclusion-and-food-relief-coronavirus-covid-19 Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly “Hoppers Crossing Gurduwara make a real difference to people struggling to put food on the table locally.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Every Victorian deserves access to fresh and healthy food – wihich is why we’re boosting resources for community-based food relief services.” “We’re working with the food relief sector to enhance coordination and ensure that food relief is targeted to locations in need.”