Katie Hall State Labor Member For Footscray

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FREE SMILE SQUAD SCHOOL DENTAL CHECKS COMING TO MARIBYRNONG IN 2020

Victorian school students in Maribyrnong will enjoy healthier and brighter smiles this year as the next phase of the Andrews Government’s landmark Smile Squad free dental program gets underway. Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced local schools in Maribyrnong are being invited to join the program in 2020. This means families in Maribyrnong are next on the list to receive free dental care and save hundreds of dollars every year. The Smile Squad vans provide free check-ups and treatment to Victorian public school students, including teeth cleaning, fluoride application, fissure sealants, fillings, root canals and any other non-cosmetic treatments - to ensure our kids have healthy teeth. The program, which started in August last year, is being expanded to include schools in Campaspe, East Gippsland, Macedon Ranges, Maribyrnong, Melton, Wangaratta and parts of Casey and Hume. That means this year we’re inviting more than 300 schools to participate and offer free dental treatment to more than 100,000 additional Victorian students. Poor dental care can lead to more serious health problems. Across Australia, a quarter of all children have untreated tooth decay and in Victoria, dental conditions are the highest single cause of preventable hospitalisations for kids under 10. The Andrews Government’s landmark $321.9 million free dental care program started six months ahead of schedule in August last year - driving down big dental costs for families. Once fully rolled out in 2022, the program will provide examinations and dental treatment for more than 650,000 public school kids every year. More information about the program can be found at smilesquad.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “I encourage all local schools to take up the invitation to have Smile Squad vans visit them this year so all children can have the opportunity for free dental check-ups.” “When it comes to oral health care, early prevention is the key and the Smile Squad program is designed to set our kids up with healthy habits for the rest of their lives.” “Our kids deserve to have healthy happy smiles, but busy families can often struggle to find the time to get to the dentist. That’s why this program is so important.”

FREE SMILE SQUAD SCHOOL DENTAL CHECKS COMING TO MARIBYRNONG IN 2020

Victorian school students in Maribyrnong will enjoy healthier and brighter smiles this year as the next phase of the Andrews Government’s landmark Smile Squad free dental program gets underway. Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced local schools in Maribyrnong are being invited to join the program in 2020. This means families in Maribyrnong are next on the list to receive free dental care and save hundreds of dollars every year. The Smile Squad vans provide free check-ups and treatment to Victorian public school students, including teeth cleaning, fluoride application, fissure sealants, fillings, root canals and any other non-cosmetic treatments - to ensure our kids have healthy teeth. The program, which started in August last year, is being expanded to include schools in Campaspe, East Gippsland, Macedon Ranges, Maribyrnong, Melton, Wangaratta and parts of Casey and Hume. That means this year we’re inviting more than 300 schools to participate and offer free dental treatment to more than 100,000 additional Victorian students. Poor dental care can lead to more serious health problems. Across Australia, a quarter of all children have untreated tooth decay and in Victoria, dental conditions are the highest single cause of preventable hospitalisations for kids under 10. The Andrews Government’s landmark $321.9 million free dental care program started six months ahead of schedule in August last year - driving down big dental costs for families. Once fully rolled out in 2022, the program will provide examinations and dental treatment for more than 650,000 public school kids every year. More information about the program can be found at smilesquad.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “I encourage all local schools to take up the invitation to have Smile Squad vans visit them this year so all children can have the opportunity for free dental check-ups.” “When it comes to oral health care, early prevention is the key and the Smile Squad program is designed to set our kids up with healthy habits for the rest of their lives.” “Our kids deserve to have healthy happy smiles, but busy families can often struggle to find the time to get to the dentist. That’s why this program is so important.”

A NEW EARLY YEARS FACILITY FOR MAIDSTONE FAMILIES

The Andrews Government is building new and upgrading early learning facilities across the state, as it gets on with delivering universal Three-Year-Old Kinder. Member for Footscray Katie Hall announced KU Children’s Services would receive a $1 million grant to build a new $4.5 million children’s centre in Maidstone. The new facility will mean families in the inner west will have access to 33 more kindergarten places and allied health services for children closer to home. This is part of the Andrews Government’s $33.6 million investment in the 2019/20 Budget for the Children’s Facilities Capital Program and Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Program. Funding has been allocated through the program to build new and upgrade existing early years facilities to support the roll-out of funded three-year-old programs, as well as continuing to support the demand for four-year-old kinder. In an Australian-first, the Andrews Government is investing nearly $5 billion over the next ten years to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children. The Andrews Government is also upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state in preparation for the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. This is about ensuring families in the inner west have access to stronger support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education The Hon. James Merlino MP “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services as part of our historic $5 billion investment in delivering funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “This is about boosting early learning facilities in the inner west and this exciting new project will ensure local children can get the most out of their time at kindergarten.”  

A NEW EARLY YEARS FACILITY FOR MAIDSTONE FAMILIES

The Andrews Government is building new and upgrading early learning facilities across the state, as it gets on with delivering universal Three-Year-Old Kinder. Member for Footscray Katie Hall announced KU Children’s Services would receive a $1 million grant to build a new $4.5 million children’s centre in Maidstone. The new facility will mean families in the inner west will have access to 33 more kindergarten places and allied health services for children closer to home. This is part of the Andrews Government’s $33.6 million investment in the 2019/20 Budget for the Children’s Facilities Capital Program and Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Program. Funding has been allocated through the program to build new and upgrade existing early years facilities to support the roll-out of funded three-year-old programs, as well as continuing to support the demand for four-year-old kinder. In an Australian-first, the Andrews Government is investing nearly $5 billion over the next ten years to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children. The Andrews Government is also upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state in preparation for the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. This is about ensuring families in the inner west have access to stronger support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education The Hon. James Merlino MP “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services as part of our historic $5 billion investment in delivering funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “This is about boosting early learning facilities in the inner west and this exciting new project will ensure local children can get the most out of their time at kindergarten.”  

BOOMING FOOTSCRAY OUR NEWEST PRIORITY PRECINCT

Footscray’s status as a key cultural, commercial and educational hub has been recognised with the Andrews Government today confirming that the fast-evolving suburb would become Melbourne’s sixth priority precinct. Minister for Priority Precincts Gavin Jennings said Footscray has been endorsed due to its strategic importance not only to the west, but to Victoria. Footscray forms the cultural heart of the west and is also a major health and education centre. The famous suburb joins Fishermans Bend, Parkville, Arden, the Richmond to Docklands corridor, and Sunshine as a designated established precinct with the potential to deliver significant returns for the community in terms of jobs growth, sustainable development and enhanced liveability. It is the gateway between Melbourne’s CBD and the wider western suburbs and provides key access beyond the city limits, to regional Victoria. Major infrastructure projects under way including Melbourne Metro and the West Gate Tunnel will make Footscray more accessible than ever to wider Melbourne. Victoria University spearheads a burgeoning educational sector while the Andrews Government committed $1.4 billion in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 for a new hospital in Footscray, which will further drive the growth of the suburb as a knowledge centre for the west. The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions will lead co-ordinated planning and development for Footscray to boost investment, provide more jobs and strengthen social connections in Melbourne’s west. Declaring Footscray as a priority precinct will ensure that the Government’s record local investments are co-ordinated and delivered in partnership with the community, local government and other stakeholders. Consultation and collaboration will create a vision for Footscray that builds on its unique character and sets a template for development informed by the needs of the local community. The Government allocated $25 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to help develop the potential of Melbourne’s priority precincts. This investment will add value in established urban areas through investment and better use of infrastructure and build on Melbourne’s distinctive liveability and sustainability. Quotes attributable to Minister for Priority Precincts Gavin Jennings “From Fishermans Bend to Sunshine, Richmond to Footscray, we want to make sure Melbourne residents have affordable housing, access to local jobs and can get where they need be, when they need to be there.” “We’re working to ensure that Footscray retains its distinctive character while leading the way with improvements that can make this famous suburb an even better place to live, work and play.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “Footscray is a special place and it’s important to have a vision for what our future will look like.” “Making Footscray a priority precinct will help ensure that our local community and businesses are at the heart of vital planning decisions and infrastructure investments.”

BOOMING FOOTSCRAY OUR NEWEST PRIORITY PRECINCT

Footscray’s status as a key cultural, commercial and educational hub has been recognised with the Andrews Government today confirming that the fast-evolving suburb would become Melbourne’s sixth priority precinct. Minister for Priority Precincts Gavin Jennings said Footscray has been endorsed due to its strategic importance not only to the west, but to Victoria. Footscray forms the cultural heart of the west and is also a major health and education centre. The famous suburb joins Fishermans Bend, Parkville, Arden, the Richmond to Docklands corridor, and Sunshine as a designated established precinct with the potential to deliver significant returns for the community in terms of jobs growth, sustainable development and enhanced liveability. It is the gateway between Melbourne’s CBD and the wider western suburbs and provides key access beyond the city limits, to regional Victoria. Major infrastructure projects under way including Melbourne Metro and the West Gate Tunnel will make Footscray more accessible than ever to wider Melbourne. Victoria University spearheads a burgeoning educational sector while the Andrews Government committed $1.4 billion in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 for a new hospital in Footscray, which will further drive the growth of the suburb as a knowledge centre for the west. The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions will lead co-ordinated planning and development for Footscray to boost investment, provide more jobs and strengthen social connections in Melbourne’s west. Declaring Footscray as a priority precinct will ensure that the Government’s record local investments are co-ordinated and delivered in partnership with the community, local government and other stakeholders. Consultation and collaboration will create a vision for Footscray that builds on its unique character and sets a template for development informed by the needs of the local community. The Government allocated $25 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to help develop the potential of Melbourne’s priority precincts. This investment will add value in established urban areas through investment and better use of infrastructure and build on Melbourne’s distinctive liveability and sustainability. Quotes attributable to Minister for Priority Precincts Gavin Jennings “From Fishermans Bend to Sunshine, Richmond to Footscray, we want to make sure Melbourne residents have affordable housing, access to local jobs and can get where they need be, when they need to be there.” “We’re working to ensure that Footscray retains its distinctive character while leading the way with improvements that can make this famous suburb an even better place to live, work and play.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “Footscray is a special place and it’s important to have a vision for what our future will look like.” “Making Footscray a priority precinct will help ensure that our local community and businesses are at the heart of vital planning decisions and infrastructure investments.”

Campaigns

Support live music in Footscray

Live music is worth fighting for and the recent closure of two much-loved live music venues is of concern to me. I want to work with the community and all levels of government to ensure that our local live music scene continues to grow and thrive. I enlisted the help of my first Parliamentary Intern, Daniel Vaughan, to produce a report on the live music scene in Footscray, identifying its past, present, and future opportunities and threats. Click the link below to download and read the report. Live Music in Footscray Strategy Report by Daniel Vaughan If you want to help show your support for live music in Footscray, sign the petition to the right. You can also comment sharing your live local music experiences and opinions, or tell me if you'd like to play a part in helping our local music scene to thrive. If you do, my office will follow up with you to discuss how you'd like to help.

Support live music in Footscray

Live music is worth fighting for and the recent closure of two much-loved live music venues is of concern to me. I want to work with the community and all levels of government to ensure that our local live music scene continues to grow and thrive. I enlisted the help of my first Parliamentary Intern, Daniel Vaughan, to produce a report on the live music scene in Footscray, identifying its past, present, and future opportunities and threats. Click the link below to download and read the report. Live Music in Footscray Strategy Report by Daniel Vaughan If you want to help show your support for live music in Footscray, sign the petition to the right. You can also comment sharing your live local music experiences and opinions, or tell me if you'd like to play a part in helping our local music scene to thrive. If you do, my office will follow up with you to discuss how you'd like to help.