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MAJOR REVITALISATION BOOST FOR TARNEIT 

Tarneit is one of six town centres in metropolitan Melbourne to receive a revitalisation boost as part of the Victorian Government’s Suburban Revitalisation Program. As part of the Building Works Stimulus Package, the Program is funding shovel-ready projects in Boronia, Melton, Noble Park, Reservoir, Lilydale and Tarneit. Each site will receive $500,000 from the state government for local infrastructure projects to improve public space and amenity while supporting local jobs and stimulating local business and community activity. This investment will play an important role in Tarneit coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery. To kickstart the revitalisation of Tarneit’s Town Centre, the State Government is investing $35,000 with a co-contribution from Wyndham City of $15,000 for a new mural and wayfinding bollards. The new mural will be located on the side wall of Tarneit Gardens Shopping Centre. The new wayfinding bollards will provide better access between areas of interest, including the Penrose Community Centre. The Victorian Government will work with the Wyndham City Council and other local stakeholders to explore further opportunities for co-investment in Tarneit. For more information on Suburban Development programs go to www.suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane  “We are all living more locally. Investments like this will create jobs closer to home and support local businesses, while giving locally loved places, like Tarneit a much-needed boost.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The upgrades made to Tarneit Gardens Shopping Centre will improve access and help aid the recovery of local businesses in the area.”

MAJOR REVITALISATION BOOST FOR TARNEIT 

Tarneit is one of six town centres in metropolitan Melbourne to receive a revitalisation boost as part of the Victorian Government’s Suburban Revitalisation Program. As part of the Building Works Stimulus Package, the Program is funding shovel-ready projects in Boronia, Melton, Noble Park, Reservoir, Lilydale and Tarneit. Each site will receive $500,000 from the state government for local infrastructure projects to improve public space and amenity while supporting local jobs and stimulating local business and community activity. This investment will play an important role in Tarneit coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery. To kickstart the revitalisation of Tarneit’s Town Centre, the State Government is investing $35,000 with a co-contribution from Wyndham City of $15,000 for a new mural and wayfinding bollards. The new mural will be located on the side wall of Tarneit Gardens Shopping Centre. The new wayfinding bollards will provide better access between areas of interest, including the Penrose Community Centre. The Victorian Government will work with the Wyndham City Council and other local stakeholders to explore further opportunities for co-investment in Tarneit. For more information on Suburban Development programs go to www.suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane  “We are all living more locally. Investments like this will create jobs closer to home and support local businesses, while giving locally loved places, like Tarneit a much-needed boost.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “The upgrades made to Tarneit Gardens Shopping Centre will improve access and help aid the recovery of local businesses in the area.”

TARNEIT COMMUNITY PRECINCT GETS FUNDING BOOST

A masterplan for fast-growing Tarneit North in Wyndham has been backed by the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. Local Government Minister Shaun Leane and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly have announced that the Growing Suburbs Fund will provide $2.5m toward the Tarneit North Masterplan Implementation Project. A major upgrade for community facilities in a rapidly-developing area, the project will help Wyndham City Council to deliver a new community centre and sports facilities, a landscaped playground and picnic area with barbecues and a path network. With Tarneit’s population expected to grow by 163 per cent to more than 130,000 people by 2040, investing now means families and new residents will have the facilities they deserve close to home. Through support for a wide variety of different projects like this, the $25 million expansion to the Growing Suburbs Fund will continue its strong record of job creation and investment in communities – an important contribution to recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Growing Suburbs Fund investment complements the Victorian $2.7 billion Building Works Package, which includes over $278 million in shovel-ready infrastructure projects across the state to be delivered through councils. Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has invested $275 million in funding 221 community projects. This has created more than 7470 jobs and leveraged more than $755 million in investment. A full list of the successful projects is available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “This is great news for Tarneit – we’re making sure this community has the facilities it needs to thrive as more and more people move here and the population grows.” “I can’t wait to see the plan come to fruition and these facilities open up for everyone to use and enjoy.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Projects like this are exactly why the Growing Suburbs Fund was set up – to ensure fast-growing communities have access to the facilities they need to thrive.” “The Growing Suburbs Fund has built a legacy of investment in our fastest-growing communities – creating jobs and delivering the facilities communities need to thrive. This is going to be more crucial than ever as we recover from the impact of coronavirus.”

TARNEIT COMMUNITY PRECINCT GETS FUNDING BOOST

A masterplan for fast-growing Tarneit North in Wyndham has been backed by the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. Local Government Minister Shaun Leane and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly have announced that the Growing Suburbs Fund will provide $2.5m toward the Tarneit North Masterplan Implementation Project. A major upgrade for community facilities in a rapidly-developing area, the project will help Wyndham City Council to deliver a new community centre and sports facilities, a landscaped playground and picnic area with barbecues and a path network. With Tarneit’s population expected to grow by 163 per cent to more than 130,000 people by 2040, investing now means families and new residents will have the facilities they deserve close to home. Through support for a wide variety of different projects like this, the $25 million expansion to the Growing Suburbs Fund will continue its strong record of job creation and investment in communities – an important contribution to recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Growing Suburbs Fund investment complements the Victorian $2.7 billion Building Works Package, which includes over $278 million in shovel-ready infrastructure projects across the state to be delivered through councils. Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has invested $275 million in funding 221 community projects. This has created more than 7470 jobs and leveraged more than $755 million in investment. A full list of the successful projects is available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “This is great news for Tarneit – we’re making sure this community has the facilities it needs to thrive as more and more people move here and the population grows.” “I can’t wait to see the plan come to fruition and these facilities open up for everyone to use and enjoy.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Projects like this are exactly why the Growing Suburbs Fund was set up – to ensure fast-growing communities have access to the facilities they need to thrive.” “The Growing Suburbs Fund has built a legacy of investment in our fastest-growing communities – creating jobs and delivering the facilities communities need to thrive. This is going to be more crucial than ever as we recover from the impact of coronavirus.”

TWO NEW BUS ROUTES CONNECTING TARNEIT TO TRAIN SERVICES

The Victorian Government is delivering two new bus services which will connect people living in growing areas of Tarneit and Tarneit West seamlessly with metropolitan and regional train services for the first time. Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the brand new routes to service newer estates in the area, giving communities in the outer west a connection to V/Line trains at Tarneit Station and Metro services at Williams Landing and Werribee Stations. Route 152, Tarneit to Williams Landing, and Route 182, Werribee to Tarneit via Tarneit West will begin in May 2021 – helping people connect more easily to work, school and local services and amenities like Werribee Town Centre. Both routes will run every 40 minutes, seven days a week, with higher frequencies in the peaks. New bus stops will also be built along the new routes, with the Department of Transport to notify local residents and businesses of their new locations. Full timetable details will be decided once an operator has been chosen and new bus stop locations finalised. The bus routes are subject to a tender process, with the contract to be awarded later in the year. Passengers can check the PTV Journey Planner from April 2021 to plan their journey. Victorians are reminded to avoid public transport unless leaving the house for essential purposes, to always wear a face covering when in public, practice good hand hygiene and physically distance wherever possible. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll “We know our western suburbs are growing – we’re making sure every community has the important connections they need to get both into Melbourne and around their local community.” “These new routes will also give people the opportunity to leave the car at home and catch the train into the city.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “As a result of these new services, locals will have more options when it comes to getting around their local area and engaging more with local businesses and public spaces.”

TWO NEW BUS ROUTES CONNECTING TARNEIT TO TRAIN SERVICES

The Victorian Government is delivering two new bus services which will connect people living in growing areas of Tarneit and Tarneit West seamlessly with metropolitan and regional train services for the first time. Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the brand new routes to service newer estates in the area, giving communities in the outer west a connection to V/Line trains at Tarneit Station and Metro services at Williams Landing and Werribee Stations. Route 152, Tarneit to Williams Landing, and Route 182, Werribee to Tarneit via Tarneit West will begin in May 2021 – helping people connect more easily to work, school and local services and amenities like Werribee Town Centre. Both routes will run every 40 minutes, seven days a week, with higher frequencies in the peaks. New bus stops will also be built along the new routes, with the Department of Transport to notify local residents and businesses of their new locations. Full timetable details will be decided once an operator has been chosen and new bus stop locations finalised. The bus routes are subject to a tender process, with the contract to be awarded later in the year. Passengers can check the PTV Journey Planner from April 2021 to plan their journey. Victorians are reminded to avoid public transport unless leaving the house for essential purposes, to always wear a face covering when in public, practice good hand hygiene and physically distance wherever possible. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll “We know our western suburbs are growing – we’re making sure every community has the important connections they need to get both into Melbourne and around their local community.” “These new routes will also give people the opportunity to leave the car at home and catch the train into the city.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “As a result of these new services, locals will have more options when it comes to getting around their local area and engaging more with local businesses and public spaces.”

EXTRA LEARNING SPACE FOR TARNEIT SCHOOLS

Students at Tarneit Rise Primary School and Truganina P-9 College will both soon receive new state-of-the-art, double-storey relocatable classrooms to meet growing student enrolments. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the modern double-storey relocatable buildings would offer flexibility to manage enrolment growth ahead of 2021. As part of this allocation, Tarneit Rise Primary School will receive two relocatable buildings. Truganina P-9 College will receive four relocatable buildings These are in addition to the two sets of relocatable classrooms that both schools received last year. The relocatable buildings include double-glazed windows, improved thermal insulation to reduce heat loss, acoustic insulation to reduce internal noise reverberation, and are built to an energy efficient design. The Victorian Government is investing $114.5 million to deliver modern relocatable school buildings to schools across the state. This will provide an additional 12,775 spaces for Victorian students for the 2021 school year ensuring all students can access to a great local government school. It is anticipated the 2020-21 Relocatable Building Program will create more than 200 jobs in manufacturing and related industries. This investment forms part of the more than $1.18 billion investment in education infrastructure projects that will create thousands of jobs across the state and kickstart Victoria’s economy. The Victorian Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “We are delivering a modern, multi-storey relocatable building for both Tarneit Rise Primary School and Truganina P-9 because we know that quality infrastructure gives our students and teachers the learning environments they need to achieve their best.”  “They are a cost-effective, fast and flexible option to respond to the growing needs of the school.”

EXTRA LEARNING SPACE FOR TARNEIT SCHOOLS

Students at Tarneit Rise Primary School and Truganina P-9 College will both soon receive new state-of-the-art, double-storey relocatable classrooms to meet growing student enrolments. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the modern double-storey relocatable buildings would offer flexibility to manage enrolment growth ahead of 2021. As part of this allocation, Tarneit Rise Primary School will receive two relocatable buildings. Truganina P-9 College will receive four relocatable buildings These are in addition to the two sets of relocatable classrooms that both schools received last year. The relocatable buildings include double-glazed windows, improved thermal insulation to reduce heat loss, acoustic insulation to reduce internal noise reverberation, and are built to an energy efficient design. The Victorian Government is investing $114.5 million to deliver modern relocatable school buildings to schools across the state. This will provide an additional 12,775 spaces for Victorian students for the 2021 school year ensuring all students can access to a great local government school. It is anticipated the 2020-21 Relocatable Building Program will create more than 200 jobs in manufacturing and related industries. This investment forms part of the more than $1.18 billion investment in education infrastructure projects that will create thousands of jobs across the state and kickstart Victoria’s economy. The Victorian Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “We are delivering a modern, multi-storey relocatable building for both Tarneit Rise Primary School and Truganina P-9 because we know that quality infrastructure gives our students and teachers the learning environments they need to achieve their best.”  “They are a cost-effective, fast and flexible option to respond to the growing needs of the school.”

 

NEW HELP WITH YOUR ENERGY BILLS IN TARNEIT

The Victorian Government is rolling out a team of financial counsellors and community workers in partnership with community organisations to give targeted advice and support to Victorians who need help with their energy bills. Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly, said the $3.7 million support package, announced this week by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio, would help thousands of Victorian households struggling to pay their energy bills. Debt to energy companies is one of the top three most common sources of financial difficulty raised with financial counsellors and, with many Victorians seeing high bills this winter, it’s vital that support can be accessed. The suite of programs involves webinars delivered by the Consumer Policy Research Centre and a tailored Energy Assistance and Brokerage Program to help people get the best value energy deal, run by a consortium which includes the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Australian Energy Foundation and Uniting Vic. The programs are being delivered online and over-the-phone to ensure that Victorians can access this support while stay at home measures are in place. We want to make sure all Victorians can access this support. That’s why financial counselling is available in a range of languages including Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi and Vietnamese. This support is available by calling 1800 830 029, while live webinars to help households manage their energy costs can be accessed at energyinfohub.org.au . The launch coincides with the Government endorsing new support measures developed by the Essential Services Commission to strengthen protections for residential energy customers and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). These include requiring energy retailers to provide reasonable assistance to small businesses experiencing financial stress, conducting tariff checks for residential customers receiving payment assistance, and helping eligible customers complete Utility Relief Grant applications over the phone. Data from the Essential Services Commission shows that each week in July, around 9,000 households called their energy company seeking assistance with managing their bills. The new measures come as the Victorian Government released a new advertising campaign, encouraging customers doing it tough to reach out to their energy company. The campaign will be translated into 20 languages and ensure Victorians know their rights. Under our Government’s nation-leading Payment Difficulty Framework, energy companies must assist any household that engages with them, preventing them from being disconnected. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We know that staying at home is putting more pressure on household bills. These programs make sure that anyone who needs extra help with their energy bills, gets it.” “If you’re doing it tough, we want you to know that there is one-on-one support available.”   Quote attributed to Minister for Consumer Affairs Victoria Melissa Horne “Expanding our Financial Counselling Program is another way the government is helping Victorians experiencing financial hardship.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “Staying at home can place extra strain on your household budget, the expansion of our Financial Counselling Program will enable more people in Tarneit to get the help they need to pay their energy bills.”

NEW HELP WITH YOUR ENERGY BILLS IN TARNEIT

The Victorian Government is rolling out a team of financial counsellors and community workers in partnership with community organisations to give targeted advice and support to Victorians who need help with their energy bills. Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly, said the $3.7 million support package, announced this week by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio, would help thousands of Victorian households struggling to pay their energy bills. Debt to energy companies is one of the top three most common sources of financial difficulty raised with financial counsellors and, with many Victorians seeing high bills this winter, it’s vital that support can be accessed. The suite of programs involves webinars delivered by the Consumer Policy Research Centre and a tailored Energy Assistance and Brokerage Program to help people get the best value energy deal, run by a consortium which includes the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Australian Energy Foundation and Uniting Vic. The programs are being delivered online and over-the-phone to ensure that Victorians can access this support while stay at home measures are in place. We want to make sure all Victorians can access this support. That’s why financial counselling is available in a range of languages including Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi and Vietnamese. This support is available by calling 1800 830 029, while live webinars to help households manage their energy costs can be accessed at energyinfohub.org.au . The launch coincides with the Government endorsing new support measures developed by the Essential Services Commission to strengthen protections for residential energy customers and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). These include requiring energy retailers to provide reasonable assistance to small businesses experiencing financial stress, conducting tariff checks for residential customers receiving payment assistance, and helping eligible customers complete Utility Relief Grant applications over the phone. Data from the Essential Services Commission shows that each week in July, around 9,000 households called their energy company seeking assistance with managing their bills. The new measures come as the Victorian Government released a new advertising campaign, encouraging customers doing it tough to reach out to their energy company. The campaign will be translated into 20 languages and ensure Victorians know their rights. Under our Government’s nation-leading Payment Difficulty Framework, energy companies must assist any household that engages with them, preventing them from being disconnected. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We know that staying at home is putting more pressure on household bills. These programs make sure that anyone who needs extra help with their energy bills, gets it.” “If you’re doing it tough, we want you to know that there is one-on-one support available.”   Quote attributed to Minister for Consumer Affairs Victoria Melissa Horne “Expanding our Financial Counselling Program is another way the government is helping Victorians experiencing financial hardship.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “Staying at home can place extra strain on your household budget, the expansion of our Financial Counselling Program will enable more people in Tarneit to get the help they need to pay their energy bills.”

STAMP DUTY SAVINGS FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS IN WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is helping more people buy their dream home, with thousands of first home buyers spared millions of dollars in stamp duty costs over the past financial year. Wyndham had 3,815 people get the keys to their first home, the highest in Victoria. Collectively they saved $68,279,111 in stamp duty concessions or wavers, the second highest in the state. The latest data shows that they were among the 40,000 first home buyers to save a collective $724 million in stamp duty between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020. Across the state, the local government areas of Casey, Wyndham and Hume recorded the highest numbers of stamp duty waivers and concessions, while for regional Victoria, it was Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat. More than 9,400 Victorians paid no stamp duty at all and 381 received the concession when buying their first home in regional Victoria, saving $120 million all up. Under the Victorian Government’s Homes for Victorians scheme, applicants don’t pay any stamp duty at all on properties under $600,000 and receive a stamp duty concession for property valued up to $750,000. All applicants who build or buy a new home are also eligible for a $10,000 First Home Owner Grant, which is doubled to $20,000 for new homes in regional areas. The global pandemic is having an impact on the property market and the economy, but the Government's stamp duty concessions are making it easier for young Victorians get their foot in the door of the housing market. More than 103,000 Victorians have saved close to $2 billion in stamp duty since Homes for Victorians was introduced in 2017. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Even amid a global pandemic, our scheme is helping Victorians get a leg-up and enter the property market – turning their dreams of home ownership into a reality.” “Home ownership has become increasingly difficult for young Victorians and we know it can often feel out of reach. That’s why we abolished stamp duty for properties valued $600,000 or less – so first home buyers get a fair go.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “So many young people are moving to Wyndham to start families and build their dream homes. Saving on their stamp duty helps make this dream possible.

STAMP DUTY SAVINGS FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS IN WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is helping more people buy their dream home, with thousands of first home buyers spared millions of dollars in stamp duty costs over the past financial year. Wyndham had 3,815 people get the keys to their first home, the highest in Victoria. Collectively they saved $68,279,111 in stamp duty concessions or wavers, the second highest in the state. The latest data shows that they were among the 40,000 first home buyers to save a collective $724 million in stamp duty between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020. Across the state, the local government areas of Casey, Wyndham and Hume recorded the highest numbers of stamp duty waivers and concessions, while for regional Victoria, it was Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat. More than 9,400 Victorians paid no stamp duty at all and 381 received the concession when buying their first home in regional Victoria, saving $120 million all up. Under the Victorian Government’s Homes for Victorians scheme, applicants don’t pay any stamp duty at all on properties under $600,000 and receive a stamp duty concession for property valued up to $750,000. All applicants who build or buy a new home are also eligible for a $10,000 First Home Owner Grant, which is doubled to $20,000 for new homes in regional areas. The global pandemic is having an impact on the property market and the economy, but the Government's stamp duty concessions are making it easier for young Victorians get their foot in the door of the housing market. More than 103,000 Victorians have saved close to $2 billion in stamp duty since Homes for Victorians was introduced in 2017. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Even amid a global pandemic, our scheme is helping Victorians get a leg-up and enter the property market – turning their dreams of home ownership into a reality.” “Home ownership has become increasingly difficult for young Victorians and we know it can often feel out of reach. That’s why we abolished stamp duty for properties valued $600,000 or less – so first home buyers get a fair go.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “So many young people are moving to Wyndham to start families and build their dream homes. Saving on their stamp duty helps make this dream possible.

DELIVERING FAIRER ENERGY PRICES IN TARNEIT

The Victorian Government is making energy prices fairer for more Victorians by introducing a maximum pricing cap for households and small businesses in embedded networks. From September, the maximum price which embedded network customers can be charged for their electricity will be set to the Victorian Default Offer. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly said this new pricing cap will ensure embedded networks customers in Tarneit can access a fairer energy price and save hundreds of dollars a year on electricity bills. Residents of apartment buildings, rooming houses, caravan parks and retirements villages could save between $180 and $370 a year on bills, while small businesses in shopping centres could save between $900 and $2200. These estimated savings are based on the current Victorian Default Offer on standing offer prices as of May 2019. More than 120,000 residential and small business customers live or work in embedded networks across Victoria. Many of these customers will save on their current electricity rates as a result of the new price cap. The announcement follows a decision by the Essential Services Commission to set the Victorian Default Offer as the maximum price for these customers, providing protections more consistent with those currently available to customers who don’t live in embedded networks. The Victorian Government introduced the Victorian Default Offer in July 2019 to make the electricity market simpler and more affordable for Victorians. The price is set by the Essential Services Commission and represents the independent regulator’s view of the most efficient price of supplying electricity in Victoria. Electricity retailers can still offer embedded network customers deals below the maximum price. For more information on the Victorian Default Offer, visit www.energy.vic.gov.au/victoriandefaultoffer Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Our changes will ensure that households, small business and shopping centres can get access to fair energy prices to help them save on their energy bills.”

DELIVERING FAIRER ENERGY PRICES IN TARNEIT

The Victorian Government is making energy prices fairer for more Victorians by introducing a maximum pricing cap for households and small businesses in embedded networks. From September, the maximum price which embedded network customers can be charged for their electricity will be set to the Victorian Default Offer. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly said this new pricing cap will ensure embedded networks customers in Tarneit can access a fairer energy price and save hundreds of dollars a year on electricity bills. Residents of apartment buildings, rooming houses, caravan parks and retirements villages could save between $180 and $370 a year on bills, while small businesses in shopping centres could save between $900 and $2200. These estimated savings are based on the current Victorian Default Offer on standing offer prices as of May 2019. More than 120,000 residential and small business customers live or work in embedded networks across Victoria. Many of these customers will save on their current electricity rates as a result of the new price cap. The announcement follows a decision by the Essential Services Commission to set the Victorian Default Offer as the maximum price for these customers, providing protections more consistent with those currently available to customers who don’t live in embedded networks. The Victorian Government introduced the Victorian Default Offer in July 2019 to make the electricity market simpler and more affordable for Victorians. The price is set by the Essential Services Commission and represents the independent regulator’s view of the most efficient price of supplying electricity in Victoria. Electricity retailers can still offer embedded network customers deals below the maximum price. For more information on the Victorian Default Offer, visit www.energy.vic.gov.au/victoriandefaultoffer Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Our changes will ensure that households, small business and shopping centres can get access to fair energy prices to help them save on their energy bills.”

NEW SUPPORT FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, SHOPPING STRIPS AND JOBS

Tarneit will benefit from a $500,000 Suburban Activity Centre investment to support the community to undertake projects such as minor infrastructure upgrades and maintenance, community activities and local business activation. The injection is part of a $6 million investment in suburban and neighbourhood centres announced by the Victorian Government as part of the Building Works stimulus program. Tarneit, along with Melton, Boronia, Reservoir, Lilydale and Noble Park will share in $3 million provided for suburban activity centres. The grants will be used to leverage co-investment in improving the local areas through on-ground works including upgrades to parks and other public spaces, increased lighting, public art installations and new footpaths and bike paths. Local shopping strips will share in a further $3 million provided through the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund, providing grants of up to $100,000 to stimulate business activity, support the local economy and improve public amenity and accessibility during the coronavirus pandemic. Wyndham is among 31 local government areas across Melbourne that will benefit from works including streetscape improvements, upgrades to public parks and open spaces, maintenance, increased lighting, pop-up park and public art installations and enhanced footpaths and bike paths. Mitchell Shire is also part of the program. The Victorian Government will work with local government, business and the community sector to deliver the initiatives. Councils are encouraged to put forward projects that are ready to launch. The Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion towards protecting Victorians from the health risks and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. More information about the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is available at https://www.suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/grants/neighbourhood-activity-centre-renewal-fund. Applications for the fund will close on Friday, 21 August 2020.   Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly MP. “This investment will enhance community cohesion, revitalise local business and maintain the great character of the local neighbourhoods.”    

NEW SUPPORT FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, SHOPPING STRIPS AND JOBS

Tarneit will benefit from a $500,000 Suburban Activity Centre investment to support the community to undertake projects such as minor infrastructure upgrades and maintenance, community activities and local business activation. The injection is part of a $6 million investment in suburban and neighbourhood centres announced by the Victorian Government as part of the Building Works stimulus program. Tarneit, along with Melton, Boronia, Reservoir, Lilydale and Noble Park will share in $3 million provided for suburban activity centres. The grants will be used to leverage co-investment in improving the local areas through on-ground works including upgrades to parks and other public spaces, increased lighting, public art installations and new footpaths and bike paths. Local shopping strips will share in a further $3 million provided through the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund, providing grants of up to $100,000 to stimulate business activity, support the local economy and improve public amenity and accessibility during the coronavirus pandemic. Wyndham is among 31 local government areas across Melbourne that will benefit from works including streetscape improvements, upgrades to public parks and open spaces, maintenance, increased lighting, pop-up park and public art installations and enhanced footpaths and bike paths. Mitchell Shire is also part of the program. The Victorian Government will work with local government, business and the community sector to deliver the initiatives. Councils are encouraged to put forward projects that are ready to launch. The Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion towards protecting Victorians from the health risks and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. More information about the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is available at https://www.suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/grants/neighbourhood-activity-centre-renewal-fund. Applications for the fund will close on Friday, 21 August 2020.   Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly MP. “This investment will enhance community cohesion, revitalise local business and maintain the great character of the local neighbourhoods.”