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NEW TARNEIT SCHOOL GETS OFF THE GROUND

Families in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs are a step closer to having an exciting new school close to home after a site was secured to build a future primary school in Tarneit. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced land close to Polly Parade in Tarneit has been purchased. Tarneit Missen House Primary School (interim name) shared in $491.565 million provided in the 2021-22 State Budget for new schools construction. The new school will help meet the needs of the local growing population by providing a great education for students close to home. The school will have space for 525 local students with a co-located campus with 50 places for students with disability when the school opens in 2023. The 2021-22 State Budget also provided $276.4 million to purchase land for 14 future schools to meet growing population needs. Over the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can receive a great education in their local area. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “I’m excited that the community’s vision for a new primary school in Tarneit is turning into a reality, and that students will get to attend a brand-new school with first-rate facilities.” “We’re ensuring every Victorian child can attend a great local school and receive a top-quality education.”

NEW TARNEIT SCHOOL GETS OFF THE GROUND

Families in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs are a step closer to having an exciting new school close to home after a site was secured to build a future primary school in Tarneit. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced land close to Polly Parade in Tarneit has been purchased. Tarneit Missen House Primary School (interim name) shared in $491.565 million provided in the 2021-22 State Budget for new schools construction. The new school will help meet the needs of the local growing population by providing a great education for students close to home. The school will have space for 525 local students with a co-located campus with 50 places for students with disability when the school opens in 2023. The 2021-22 State Budget also provided $276.4 million to purchase land for 14 future schools to meet growing population needs. Over the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can receive a great education in their local area. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “I’m excited that the community’s vision for a new primary school in Tarneit is turning into a reality, and that students will get to attend a brand-new school with first-rate facilities.” “We’re ensuring every Victorian child can attend a great local school and receive a top-quality education.”

TARNEIT AND HOPPERS CROSSING SCHOOLS SUPPORTED WITH MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

Schools in Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit are among more than 250 across the state to receive a boost to essential maintenance projects, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced that four schools across Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit were among 282 schools across Victoria to share in $12.48 million in Term 2 funding for projects under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP). The schools include Bellbridge Primary School, Cambridge Primary School and Mossfiel Primary School, as well as Tarneit Senior College. The four schools received a total of $275,000 to go towards these works. The program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. The funding is on top of $10.4 million already provided to 230 schools through Term 1 PMP allocations and ensures existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This investment ensures students in Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit can learn in safe settings that complement the top-class education we are committed to providing.” “I’m delighted to see both Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit share in funding to get these much-needed maintenance projects off the ground.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Investing in maintenance works means schools can tend to those essential projects that will ensure our students and teachers have access to safe and modern learning environments.”

TARNEIT AND HOPPERS CROSSING SCHOOLS SUPPORTED WITH MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

Schools in Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit are among more than 250 across the state to receive a boost to essential maintenance projects, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced that four schools across Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit were among 282 schools across Victoria to share in $12.48 million in Term 2 funding for projects under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP). The schools include Bellbridge Primary School, Cambridge Primary School and Mossfiel Primary School, as well as Tarneit Senior College. The four schools received a total of $275,000 to go towards these works. The program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. The funding is on top of $10.4 million already provided to 230 schools through Term 1 PMP allocations and ensures existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This investment ensures students in Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit can learn in safe settings that complement the top-class education we are committed to providing.” “I’m delighted to see both Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit share in funding to get these much-needed maintenance projects off the ground.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Investing in maintenance works means schools can tend to those essential projects that will ensure our students and teachers have access to safe and modern learning environments.”

LAND IN PIPELINE FOR TRUGANINA NORTH SECONDARY SCHOOL

Young Victorians across Melbourne’s west will have more opportunities to access the education they deserve, with plans in the works by the Victorian Government to acquire an additional parcel of land for the future Truganina North Secondary School (interim name). State Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the Victorian Government’s intent to purchase land within the Elements Estate of Truganina – which was previously earmarked for a non-Government school – to construct the two-campus secondary college. This will be in addition to land already secured at Morris Road in Truganina. Negotiations with the developer and assessments on the site’s suitability are under way. The school shared in $491.6 million included for new school construction in the 2021-22 State Budget, with funding to go towards the first stage of building works. If land acquisition is successful, the school will be able to cater for 2,200 secondary students across its junior and senior campuses once fully complete. It is intended that the junior campus would be established on the Elements Estate site and the senior campus on the Morris Road site, which alone will provide for 1,600 places. The school is due to open its doors in 2024, addressing the need for secondary school provision in the wider area. Over the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The 2021-22 State Budget also provided $276.4 million to purchase land for 14 future schools to help meet growing population needs, with a primary and secondary school both earmarked for land acquisition in the Tarneit area. Quotes attributable to State Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “We are committed to ensuring all Victorian students, including those in Truganina and Melbourne’s west, can learn in modern, top-class facilities that are close to home.” “By acquiring land within Truganina’s Elements Estate, we will be able to provide for 2,200 secondary students and their families and cater for the significant growth across this community.”

LAND IN PIPELINE FOR TRUGANINA NORTH SECONDARY SCHOOL

Young Victorians across Melbourne’s west will have more opportunities to access the education they deserve, with plans in the works by the Victorian Government to acquire an additional parcel of land for the future Truganina North Secondary School (interim name). State Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the Victorian Government’s intent to purchase land within the Elements Estate of Truganina – which was previously earmarked for a non-Government school – to construct the two-campus secondary college. This will be in addition to land already secured at Morris Road in Truganina. Negotiations with the developer and assessments on the site’s suitability are under way. The school shared in $491.6 million included for new school construction in the 2021-22 State Budget, with funding to go towards the first stage of building works. If land acquisition is successful, the school will be able to cater for 2,200 secondary students across its junior and senior campuses once fully complete. It is intended that the junior campus would be established on the Elements Estate site and the senior campus on the Morris Road site, which alone will provide for 1,600 places. The school is due to open its doors in 2024, addressing the need for secondary school provision in the wider area. Over the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The 2021-22 State Budget also provided $276.4 million to purchase land for 14 future schools to help meet growing population needs, with a primary and secondary school both earmarked for land acquisition in the Tarneit area. Quotes attributable to State Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “We are committed to ensuring all Victorian students, including those in Truganina and Melbourne’s west, can learn in modern, top-class facilities that are close to home.” “By acquiring land within Truganina’s Elements Estate, we will be able to provide for 2,200 secondary students and their families and cater for the significant growth across this community.”

CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR TARNEIT

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Tarneit. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs. Tarneit Senior College is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year's Budget. This $5.8 million investment will deliver the final stage of construction, including a new classroom wing to accommodate 300 additional students. Not only will this give our students new learning spaces, it'll create good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs. As our western suburbs grow, the Labor Government is committed to ensuring every child has a great local school. That's why this Budget will deliver brand-new schools in Tarneit – Riverdale East Primary School (interim name), Tarneit Missen House Primary School (interim name) and Truganina North Secondary College (interim name). Both Tarneit Missen House Primary School (interim name) and Riverdale East Primary School (interim name) will receive a share of $491.5 million for new school construction. Opening in 2023, the two new primary schools will together provide over 1000 new students with the facilities they need to thrive. Truganina North Secondary School (interim name) also shares in this funding, delivering the first stage of a new two‐campus secondary school opening in 2024, which will accommodate 2,200 students once complete. Trees make our streets more attractive, provide shade and decrease pollution. Under this year's Budget, suburbs in Melbourne's west – including in Tarneit – will see thousands of new trees planted, further beautifying our community. Our buses connect us to work, to school and to each other. This Budget invests $74.3 million to improve our state's bus services, including new routes into Tarneit North. Better roads also get us where we need to go sooner, and safer – and building them creates new jobs for Victorians. It's why this Budget delivers $2 million to upgrade and signalise the intersection of Derrimut Road‐Hopkins Road and Boundary Road, improving safety and reducing traffic for local commuters. Victim-survivors of family violence will receive improved support, with the expansion of our network of specialist family violence courts, to include Sunshine. These courts are specially designed to make attending court a less daunting and confronting experience for victim-survivors, including separate entrances and exits, safe waiting areas and dedicated space for children. With this Budget, the Labor Government will help more families experience the joys of parenthood, helping to cover the costs of in‑vitro fertilisation (IVF). IVF can help people who want to become parents achieve their dreams. But for many Victorians, it's unaffordable and out of reach. This Budget delivers $70 million to establish public IVF services – which will be free for up to 4,000 people every year. This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to build our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers. Young Victorians are at the heart of our reform, with $842 million in mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. This investment will see two separate streams of care created – one devoted to infants and children and one devoted to young people. An investment of $954 million will deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges, in their own communities. Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs. From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians. To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses. This budget will see $94 million will be invested on Melton and Wyndham Vale corridor to enable higher capacity trains, including 9‐ car VLocity train. These longer trains will increase capacity by up to 50% during peak periods. With this Budget, we’re creating new jobs and caring for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Victoria is proudly the Education State, and as our west continues to grow, we’ll make sure that every student is afforded the best start in life.” “As the western suburbs continue to boom, projects like these will make sure we are investing in the future of our roads and public transport network while creating jobs for our local community.” “This Budget will fundamentally change how mental health care is offered in Victoria. That means investing in the support people need – and the Victorians we need to deliver it.

CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR TARNEIT

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Tarneit. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs. Tarneit Senior College is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year's Budget. This $5.8 million investment will deliver the final stage of construction, including a new classroom wing to accommodate 300 additional students. Not only will this give our students new learning spaces, it'll create good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs. As our western suburbs grow, the Labor Government is committed to ensuring every child has a great local school. That's why this Budget will deliver brand-new schools in Tarneit – Riverdale East Primary School (interim name), Tarneit Missen House Primary School (interim name) and Truganina North Secondary College (interim name). Both Tarneit Missen House Primary School (interim name) and Riverdale East Primary School (interim name) will receive a share of $491.5 million for new school construction. Opening in 2023, the two new primary schools will together provide over 1000 new students with the facilities they need to thrive. Truganina North Secondary School (interim name) also shares in this funding, delivering the first stage of a new two‐campus secondary school opening in 2024, which will accommodate 2,200 students once complete. Trees make our streets more attractive, provide shade and decrease pollution. Under this year's Budget, suburbs in Melbourne's west – including in Tarneit – will see thousands of new trees planted, further beautifying our community. Our buses connect us to work, to school and to each other. This Budget invests $74.3 million to improve our state's bus services, including new routes into Tarneit North. Better roads also get us where we need to go sooner, and safer – and building them creates new jobs for Victorians. It's why this Budget delivers $2 million to upgrade and signalise the intersection of Derrimut Road‐Hopkins Road and Boundary Road, improving safety and reducing traffic for local commuters. Victim-survivors of family violence will receive improved support, with the expansion of our network of specialist family violence courts, to include Sunshine. These courts are specially designed to make attending court a less daunting and confronting experience for victim-survivors, including separate entrances and exits, safe waiting areas and dedicated space for children. With this Budget, the Labor Government will help more families experience the joys of parenthood, helping to cover the costs of in‑vitro fertilisation (IVF). IVF can help people who want to become parents achieve their dreams. But for many Victorians, it's unaffordable and out of reach. This Budget delivers $70 million to establish public IVF services – which will be free for up to 4,000 people every year. This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to build our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers. Young Victorians are at the heart of our reform, with $842 million in mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. This investment will see two separate streams of care created – one devoted to infants and children and one devoted to young people. An investment of $954 million will deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges, in their own communities. Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs. From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians. To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses. This budget will see $94 million will be invested on Melton and Wyndham Vale corridor to enable higher capacity trains, including 9‐ car VLocity train. These longer trains will increase capacity by up to 50% during peak periods. With this Budget, we’re creating new jobs and caring for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Victoria is proudly the Education State, and as our west continues to grow, we’ll make sure that every student is afforded the best start in life.” “As the western suburbs continue to boom, projects like these will make sure we are investing in the future of our roads and public transport network while creating jobs for our local community.” “This Budget will fundamentally change how mental health care is offered in Victoria. That means investing in the support people need – and the Victorians we need to deliver it.

 

TRUGANINA SCORES $3 MILLION TOWARDS THE TRUGANINA SOUTH EAST AOS MASTER PLAN IMPLEMTATION

The community in Truganina is set for a major transformation, thanks to a $3 million funding boost from the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the project was one of 42 initiatives that secured funds in the second round of the program. This project will support the construction of a sports pavilion, three soccer fields, overlaid with one cricket field (including the associated infrastructure) and carparking. This will allow for new and existing teams to use state-of-the-art facilities and stay active in their local community. The project is expected to create new full-time jobs during the planning and design phase, and additional jobs when construction commences. By working with local government authorities and sporting clubs and organisations, investment from the second round of the program is expected to create 600 local jobs and drive local economic activity worth more than $180 million. A total of 70 projects have benefitted from a share of $178 million from the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program, part of the Government’s $1.05 billion investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014. For more information about the program and details on projects, go to sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This investment will deliver sporting facilities the entire Truganina community can enjoy – so more people can play the sport that they love.”.

TRUGANINA SCORES $3 MILLION TOWARDS THE TRUGANINA SOUTH EAST AOS MASTER PLAN IMPLEMTATION

The community in Truganina is set for a major transformation, thanks to a $3 million funding boost from the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the project was one of 42 initiatives that secured funds in the second round of the program. This project will support the construction of a sports pavilion, three soccer fields, overlaid with one cricket field (including the associated infrastructure) and carparking. This will allow for new and existing teams to use state-of-the-art facilities and stay active in their local community. The project is expected to create new full-time jobs during the planning and design phase, and additional jobs when construction commences. By working with local government authorities and sporting clubs and organisations, investment from the second round of the program is expected to create 600 local jobs and drive local economic activity worth more than $180 million. A total of 70 projects have benefitted from a share of $178 million from the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program, part of the Government’s $1.05 billion investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014. For more information about the program and details on projects, go to sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This investment will deliver sporting facilities the entire Truganina community can enjoy – so more people can play the sport that they love.”.

Week in Review – May 8-14

Melbourne CBD support package Life is returning to the CBD and we’re making sure the recovery continues with support for all of the things that Victorians and visitors love about Melbourne. The 20 May Budget will contain an investment of $107.4 million to rejuvenate Melbourne’s much-loved CBD. The Budget will allocate $7.4 million to provide for a new voucher scheme to entice Melburnians and visitors to support city cafes and restaurants. The City of Melbourne will provide a further $1 million for the scheme. Rebates of 20 per cent – from a minimum of $10 returned to a maximum rebate of $100 – will be available for spending on dining with the CBD Dining Experiences Scheme. More information on how to access the rebate will be released soon. Creative State Future To Be Brighter and Bolder Victoria’s multi-billion-dollar creative economy will be reinvigorated thanks to an unprecedented $288 million investment by our Government in the Victorian Budget 2021/22. Designed to secure jobs and reassert Victoria’s position as the creative state, a $167.3 million Creative State funding package will support the sector as it bounces back after a challenging year – putting creativity at the heart of Victoria’s recovery and supercharging the sector. As well as cementing our reputation as the nation’s creative capital, this investment is expected to underpin the creation of more than 20,000 new jobs with the commissioning of new works and collaborations across the state. Victoria is proudly the live music capital of Australia. Victoria’s landmark Music Works industry development initiative will be extended with $10.8 million to help our hard-hit music industry reactivate, with specific support to nurture young emerging talent and help tours get back on the road. The Creative State funding package is in addition to the $191.5 million screen industry package and the 40,000 jobs set to be created through VICSCREEN, announced yesterday, and builds on the record $220 million delivered in last year’s Budget. Today’s announcement takes our total investment in Victoria’s creative life and recovery to a record $508 million since the start of the pandemic. New Online Learners' Test Rolling Out Statewide Thousands more young Victorians can now take their learner permit tests without waiting for an appointment date or travelling to a VicRoads Service Centre, as the roll-out of our Government’s new online test scales up. As the online test rolls out across the state, 1,000 extra prospective learners each week with existing test appointments will be invited to sign up and complete the test – with people booked at Mooroolbark, Sunbury and Colac invited last week, and Kyneton, Dromana and Sunshine coming online this week after the program started in Gippsland last month. Next week will see the test roll out to people who have booked testing appointments at the VicRoads hub@exhibition in Melbourne’s CBD, Ballarat, and Hoppers Crossing – before all prospective learners across Victoria are able to sign up online by the end of June. The new test takes learners through a course that includes a mix of theory, interactive videos and visual graphics before the final assessment, reinforcing key road safety messages with mini-quizzes to progressively test learners’ knowledge in modules like speed, drink and drug driving, seatbelts, fatigue, distractions and road rules. To access the test, customers will need to create a myVicRoads personal account on a compatible device. The entire course and test will take between four and six hours to complete, with prospective learners having 12 months to sit and pass the online test once they’ve registered. For more information on how to access the Learner Permit Test Online, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au. Giving more students a Head Start This week the Minister for Education announced the expansion of the initiative to have 10 additional school-based Head Start staff to support the program, which will benefit 400 students across the state. There are 10 Head Start clusters established across 130 Victorian schools, with 54 staff employed by schools across the clusters. The new staff will be located at one of the cluster schools and service multiple schools. Head Start teams work closely with students to determine their readiness for a vocational pathway, including matching with a suitable employer, signing up with a registered training provider and supporting them throughout the apprenticeship and traineeship. Students are also supported to meet the learning outcomes of the Head Start initiative including the achievement of vocational and school-based education. The Head Start initiative plans to deliver up to 1,700 apprenticeships and traineeships by 30 June 2022. We are transforming vocational and applied learning in senior secondary schooling with a $38 million investment. This includes the development of a new single integrated senior secondary certificate, following the Review into Vocational and Applied Learning Pathways in Secondary Schooling, led by John Firth. Applications Now Open For Business Events Funding The National Business Events Program is now open to applications for grants of up to $25,000 to support the business events sector and boost the number of interstate visitors to Melbourne. The program is being administered by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) with eligible events including conferences, exhibitions, tradeshows, workshops and seminars. Applications will be open until 30 June 2021 or until funding is exhausted. Up to 50 per cent of funding will be payable before the event commences to minimise upfront expenses for organisers. To be eligible for funding, events must have a minimum two-day program and attract at least 150 in-person delegates, with 30 per cent or more of patrons coming from interstate. The grants may be used on costs associated with venue hire, accommodation, transport and other event expenses. Our Government acknowledges the role business events can play in the state’s economic recovery by boosting hotel occupancy and hospitality spending, while regional areas can also benefit from delegates travelling before and after events. Application and full eligibility details are available at melbournecb.com.au/plan-event/national-business-events-program Event organisers seeking advice should be encouraged to contact the Melbourne Convention Bureau on 9002 2222 or info@melbournecb.com.au      

Week in Review – May 8-14

Melbourne CBD support package Life is returning to the CBD and we’re making sure the recovery continues with support for all of the things that Victorians and visitors love about Melbourne. The 20 May Budget will contain an investment of $107.4 million to rejuvenate Melbourne’s much-loved CBD. The Budget will allocate $7.4 million to provide for a new voucher scheme to entice Melburnians and visitors to support city cafes and restaurants. The City of Melbourne will provide a further $1 million for the scheme. Rebates of 20 per cent – from a minimum of $10 returned to a maximum rebate of $100 – will be available for spending on dining with the CBD Dining Experiences Scheme. More information on how to access the rebate will be released soon. Creative State Future To Be Brighter and Bolder Victoria’s multi-billion-dollar creative economy will be reinvigorated thanks to an unprecedented $288 million investment by our Government in the Victorian Budget 2021/22. Designed to secure jobs and reassert Victoria’s position as the creative state, a $167.3 million Creative State funding package will support the sector as it bounces back after a challenging year – putting creativity at the heart of Victoria’s recovery and supercharging the sector. As well as cementing our reputation as the nation’s creative capital, this investment is expected to underpin the creation of more than 20,000 new jobs with the commissioning of new works and collaborations across the state. Victoria is proudly the live music capital of Australia. Victoria’s landmark Music Works industry development initiative will be extended with $10.8 million to help our hard-hit music industry reactivate, with specific support to nurture young emerging talent and help tours get back on the road. The Creative State funding package is in addition to the $191.5 million screen industry package and the 40,000 jobs set to be created through VICSCREEN, announced yesterday, and builds on the record $220 million delivered in last year’s Budget. Today’s announcement takes our total investment in Victoria’s creative life and recovery to a record $508 million since the start of the pandemic. New Online Learners' Test Rolling Out Statewide Thousands more young Victorians can now take their learner permit tests without waiting for an appointment date or travelling to a VicRoads Service Centre, as the roll-out of our Government’s new online test scales up. As the online test rolls out across the state, 1,000 extra prospective learners each week with existing test appointments will be invited to sign up and complete the test – with people booked at Mooroolbark, Sunbury and Colac invited last week, and Kyneton, Dromana and Sunshine coming online this week after the program started in Gippsland last month. Next week will see the test roll out to people who have booked testing appointments at the VicRoads hub@exhibition in Melbourne’s CBD, Ballarat, and Hoppers Crossing – before all prospective learners across Victoria are able to sign up online by the end of June. The new test takes learners through a course that includes a mix of theory, interactive videos and visual graphics before the final assessment, reinforcing key road safety messages with mini-quizzes to progressively test learners’ knowledge in modules like speed, drink and drug driving, seatbelts, fatigue, distractions and road rules. To access the test, customers will need to create a myVicRoads personal account on a compatible device. The entire course and test will take between four and six hours to complete, with prospective learners having 12 months to sit and pass the online test once they’ve registered. For more information on how to access the Learner Permit Test Online, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au. Giving more students a Head Start This week the Minister for Education announced the expansion of the initiative to have 10 additional school-based Head Start staff to support the program, which will benefit 400 students across the state. There are 10 Head Start clusters established across 130 Victorian schools, with 54 staff employed by schools across the clusters. The new staff will be located at one of the cluster schools and service multiple schools. Head Start teams work closely with students to determine their readiness for a vocational pathway, including matching with a suitable employer, signing up with a registered training provider and supporting them throughout the apprenticeship and traineeship. Students are also supported to meet the learning outcomes of the Head Start initiative including the achievement of vocational and school-based education. The Head Start initiative plans to deliver up to 1,700 apprenticeships and traineeships by 30 June 2022. We are transforming vocational and applied learning in senior secondary schooling with a $38 million investment. This includes the development of a new single integrated senior secondary certificate, following the Review into Vocational and Applied Learning Pathways in Secondary Schooling, led by John Firth. Applications Now Open For Business Events Funding The National Business Events Program is now open to applications for grants of up to $25,000 to support the business events sector and boost the number of interstate visitors to Melbourne. The program is being administered by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) with eligible events including conferences, exhibitions, tradeshows, workshops and seminars. Applications will be open until 30 June 2021 or until funding is exhausted. Up to 50 per cent of funding will be payable before the event commences to minimise upfront expenses for organisers. To be eligible for funding, events must have a minimum two-day program and attract at least 150 in-person delegates, with 30 per cent or more of patrons coming from interstate. The grants may be used on costs associated with venue hire, accommodation, transport and other event expenses. Our Government acknowledges the role business events can play in the state’s economic recovery by boosting hotel occupancy and hospitality spending, while regional areas can also benefit from delegates travelling before and after events. Application and full eligibility details are available at melbournecb.com.au/plan-event/national-business-events-program Event organisers seeking advice should be encouraged to contact the Melbourne Convention Bureau on 9002 2222 or info@melbournecb.com.au      

500,000 TREES FOR A COOLER, GREENER WEST

The Andrews Labor Government will build green canopies with 500,000 new trees in Melbourne’s west – creating cooler spaces for families in the western suburbs to enjoy for generations to come. The Labor Government will invest $5 million to plant the new trees in growth areas across six councils providing more shade and green spaces, driving down pollution and improving air quality. Importantly, the trees will help reduce the urban heat island effect which leads to higher temperatures and lower air quality in those urban communities without enough vegetation. In 2018, Melbourne's west had just 5.5 per cent canopy cover in urban areas compared to 17.4 per cent in the inner south-east and 25.9 per cent in the east. The western suburbs experience the greatest urban heat island effect across metropolitan Melbourne. The Labor Government will work with experts to make sure the right trees, ranging from saplings to more mature trees, are being planted in the right spots. Funding will be available through grants to community organisations and local councils, and organisations with projects already underway will be able to apply for funding to scale up those projects. The trees bolster Victoria’s efforts to tackle climate change, helping meet our ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gases by 45-50 per cent by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. They will also help us realise the goals of Plan Melbourne 2017 to 2050 by greening and cooling our city. The new trees, which will begin going into the ground in September, will also provide vital new habitats for urban biodiversity, increasing links between existing trees and connections between parks. They will add to the thousands of hectares of new open space and parklands delivered under the Labor Government’s $154 million Suburban Parks Program, which is providing up to 6,500 hectares of parkland, walking trails, bike trails, pocket parks and dog parks – including 22 new and upgraded parks in Melbourne’s west. Quote attributable to Acting Premier James Merlino “The pandemic reminded us how important it is for our physical and mental health to have green open spaces close to home. These trees will mean more families in the western suburbs can enjoy a cooler, cleaner environment around them.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These trees, together with our investment in suburban parks, will help Victoria tackle climate change and support our goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “No matter where you live, every family should have green spaces close to home to enjoy together. We’re investing in the physical and mental health of families across the west – as well as the quality of the open spaces around them.”

500,000 TREES FOR A COOLER, GREENER WEST

The Andrews Labor Government will build green canopies with 500,000 new trees in Melbourne’s west – creating cooler spaces for families in the western suburbs to enjoy for generations to come. The Labor Government will invest $5 million to plant the new trees in growth areas across six councils providing more shade and green spaces, driving down pollution and improving air quality. Importantly, the trees will help reduce the urban heat island effect which leads to higher temperatures and lower air quality in those urban communities without enough vegetation. In 2018, Melbourne's west had just 5.5 per cent canopy cover in urban areas compared to 17.4 per cent in the inner south-east and 25.9 per cent in the east. The western suburbs experience the greatest urban heat island effect across metropolitan Melbourne. The Labor Government will work with experts to make sure the right trees, ranging from saplings to more mature trees, are being planted in the right spots. Funding will be available through grants to community organisations and local councils, and organisations with projects already underway will be able to apply for funding to scale up those projects. The trees bolster Victoria’s efforts to tackle climate change, helping meet our ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gases by 45-50 per cent by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. They will also help us realise the goals of Plan Melbourne 2017 to 2050 by greening and cooling our city. The new trees, which will begin going into the ground in September, will also provide vital new habitats for urban biodiversity, increasing links between existing trees and connections between parks. They will add to the thousands of hectares of new open space and parklands delivered under the Labor Government’s $154 million Suburban Parks Program, which is providing up to 6,500 hectares of parkland, walking trails, bike trails, pocket parks and dog parks – including 22 new and upgraded parks in Melbourne’s west. Quote attributable to Acting Premier James Merlino “The pandemic reminded us how important it is for our physical and mental health to have green open spaces close to home. These trees will mean more families in the western suburbs can enjoy a cooler, cleaner environment around them.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These trees, together with our investment in suburban parks, will help Victoria tackle climate change and support our goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “No matter where you live, every family should have green spaces close to home to enjoy together. We’re investing in the physical and mental health of families across the west – as well as the quality of the open spaces around them.”

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.”