Katie Hall State Labor Member For Footscray

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GETTING FOOTSCRAY CHILDREN READY FOR SCHOOL AND BEYOND

Children in Footscray are among more than 28,000 across the state set to benefit from programs and additional resources in 2020, thanks to the Andrews Government’s $160 million School Readiness Funding initiative. Katie Hall MP announced all kindergarten services in Footscray would receive extra funding next year, with about eight services to share in more than $225,721 of School Readiness Funding in 2019, and $265,521 in 2020. The funding can be used on programs that will improve children’s language development, social and emotional resilience and support access and inclusion in kindergarten. Kindergarten services will be able to tap into the expertise of speech and occupational therapists, language and literacy professionals and child psychologists. The Australian-first initiative will be expanded to about 800 kindergartens in 32 local government areas in 2020 – with services in Hume, Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Moreland, Murrindindi and Strathbogie to receive School Readiness Funding for the first time. All kindergartens in the 25 local government areas that received School Readiness Funding this year, Footscray will continue to benefit from the funding next year. The Andrews Government is investing around $160 million over the next four years to deliver School Readiness Funding in all funded kindergarten programs for three and four-year-old children in both long day care and sessional kindergarten settings. Kindergartens in the six local government areas where funded three-year-old programs will be rolled out first in 2020, as part of the Andrews Government’s landmark reform, will receive School Readiness Funding for both three and four-year-old children. School Readiness Funding is a permanent part of the kindergarten system that will be available to all Victorian funded kindergarten services by 2021 to address educational disadvantage. Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included almost $1 billion investment in early education, including $881.6 million to start the Andrews Government’s landmark roll-out of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Quotes attributable to Katie Hall MP, Member for Footscray  “We know the impact that a quality early learning program can have on a child’s future, which is why we’re giving more kindergarten services extra funding to support Victorian children.”  “School Readiness Funding will provide kindergarten services in Footscray access to things that will truly make a difference in their children’s lives.”

GETTING FOOTSCRAY CHILDREN READY FOR SCHOOL AND BEYOND

Children in Footscray are among more than 28,000 across the state set to benefit from programs and additional resources in 2020, thanks to the Andrews Government’s $160 million School Readiness Funding initiative. Katie Hall MP announced all kindergarten services in Footscray would receive extra funding next year, with about eight services to share in more than $225,721 of School Readiness Funding in 2019, and $265,521 in 2020. The funding can be used on programs that will improve children’s language development, social and emotional resilience and support access and inclusion in kindergarten. Kindergarten services will be able to tap into the expertise of speech and occupational therapists, language and literacy professionals and child psychologists. The Australian-first initiative will be expanded to about 800 kindergartens in 32 local government areas in 2020 – with services in Hume, Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Moreland, Murrindindi and Strathbogie to receive School Readiness Funding for the first time. All kindergartens in the 25 local government areas that received School Readiness Funding this year, Footscray will continue to benefit from the funding next year. The Andrews Government is investing around $160 million over the next four years to deliver School Readiness Funding in all funded kindergarten programs for three and four-year-old children in both long day care and sessional kindergarten settings. Kindergartens in the six local government areas where funded three-year-old programs will be rolled out first in 2020, as part of the Andrews Government’s landmark reform, will receive School Readiness Funding for both three and four-year-old children. School Readiness Funding is a permanent part of the kindergarten system that will be available to all Victorian funded kindergarten services by 2021 to address educational disadvantage. Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included almost $1 billion investment in early education, including $881.6 million to start the Andrews Government’s landmark roll-out of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Quotes attributable to Katie Hall MP, Member for Footscray  “We know the impact that a quality early learning program can have on a child’s future, which is why we’re giving more kindergarten services extra funding to support Victorian children.”  “School Readiness Funding will provide kindergarten services in Footscray access to things that will truly make a difference in their children’s lives.”

New Footscray Hospital Another Step Closer

The Andrews Government has shortlisted three consortia featuring construction companies vying to build the $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today announced the shortlisted consortia to complete what will be the single biggest ever hospital project in Victorian history. The consortia shortlist is: Advance West – comprising Tetris Capital, John Holland, John Holland Services and ISS Examplar Health – comprising Capella Capital, Lendlease and Spotless Plenary Health – comprising Plenary Group, Multiplex, Honeywell and Compass. The final consortium will be announced next year, with shovels set to hit the ground later in 2020 and the project to be complete by 2025. The new Footscray Hospital will feature 504 beds and will be built next to Victoria University’s Footscray Park campus, on the corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads and will replace the current hospital which was built in the 1950s. The project is being delivered by the Andrews Government as a Public Private Partnership. It will open in 2025, and create up to 2,000 jobs during construction and the operating phases of the hospital. The bigger and better Footscray Hospital will cut wait times and allow almost 15,000 additional patients to be treated and almost 20,000 additional patients to be seen at the emergency department each year. Families in Melbourne’s west deserve the very best care. The new Footscray Hospital will allow up to 17,000 local residents to get the world-class treatment and care that they need closer to home, without having to visit hospitals in the city. It’s just one of the projects funded as part of the Andrews Government’s massive $3.8 billion pipeline of hospital projects to ensure patients get the very best care, when they need it most. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health The Hon. Jenny Mikakos “This is another big milestone on our way to building the $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital – the single biggest hospital project in Victoria’s history to date.” “We’ve conducted a worldwide search to find the very best construction companies to build the world-class Footscray Hospital.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “The bigger and better hospital will give Footscray’s hardworking nurses and doctors what they need to do what they do best, care for local families who need their help.”

New Footscray Hospital Another Step Closer

The Andrews Government has shortlisted three consortia featuring construction companies vying to build the $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today announced the shortlisted consortia to complete what will be the single biggest ever hospital project in Victorian history. The consortia shortlist is: Advance West – comprising Tetris Capital, John Holland, John Holland Services and ISS Examplar Health – comprising Capella Capital, Lendlease and Spotless Plenary Health – comprising Plenary Group, Multiplex, Honeywell and Compass. The final consortium will be announced next year, with shovels set to hit the ground later in 2020 and the project to be complete by 2025. The new Footscray Hospital will feature 504 beds and will be built next to Victoria University’s Footscray Park campus, on the corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads and will replace the current hospital which was built in the 1950s. The project is being delivered by the Andrews Government as a Public Private Partnership. It will open in 2025, and create up to 2,000 jobs during construction and the operating phases of the hospital. The bigger and better Footscray Hospital will cut wait times and allow almost 15,000 additional patients to be treated and almost 20,000 additional patients to be seen at the emergency department each year. Families in Melbourne’s west deserve the very best care. The new Footscray Hospital will allow up to 17,000 local residents to get the world-class treatment and care that they need closer to home, without having to visit hospitals in the city. It’s just one of the projects funded as part of the Andrews Government’s massive $3.8 billion pipeline of hospital projects to ensure patients get the very best care, when they need it most. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health The Hon. Jenny Mikakos “This is another big milestone on our way to building the $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital – the single biggest hospital project in Victoria’s history to date.” “We’ve conducted a worldwide search to find the very best construction companies to build the world-class Footscray Hospital.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “The bigger and better hospital will give Footscray’s hardworking nurses and doctors what they need to do what they do best, care for local families who need their help.”

SUPPORTING THE WEST WITH FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY LED IDEAS

The West Gate Tunnel Project is set to provide a massive boost to community groups in the inner west, with the Andrews Government today launching a $10 million fund to support local projects. In the coming months, local groups will be able to tap into the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund for projects that bring people together and improve neighbourhoods while work on the Tunnel continues. The West Gate Tunnel Project will end the rat-running through the inner west, taking more than 9000 trucks off residential streets and allowing the Labor Government to deliver 24/7 truck bans on Francis Street, Buckley Street, Moore Street, Sommerville Road, Hudsons Road and Blackshaws Road. The project will also deliver more than five MCGs of new open space, quieter parks and sports grounds with new noise walls and 14 kilometres of new and upgraded bike paths. The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund will ensure the benefits for the community are felt sooner rather than later, with grants of up to $100,000 available for community groups and organisations in the Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong City Council areas. Funding of partnership projects above $100,000 will be considered, with co-funded initiatives encouraged. The funding builds on the package of improvements the West Gate Tunnel will deliver to make the west an even better place to live. The grants and partnerships program will be managed by the West Gate Tunnel Project team in the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority. The first round of partnerships will be open in the coming months with the first round of grants in the last quarter of this year. People can find out more at westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/neighbourhoodfund. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown The Hon Melissa Horne “We’re calling on local groups to bring their best ideas forward so that we can make sure our community is seeing the benefits of this massive project well before the Tunnel opens.” “The West Gate Tunnel will get trucks off local streets and create more than nine hectares of new, green open space in Melbourne’s west – and we’re getting it done.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “We’re not just building a road – we’re changing the inner west for the better.” “I encourage local organisations to find out more and get involved – to build better neighbourhoods here in the west, while we get on with building the West Gate Tunnel.”

SUPPORTING THE WEST WITH FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY LED IDEAS

The West Gate Tunnel Project is set to provide a massive boost to community groups in the inner west, with the Andrews Government today launching a $10 million fund to support local projects. In the coming months, local groups will be able to tap into the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund for projects that bring people together and improve neighbourhoods while work on the Tunnel continues. The West Gate Tunnel Project will end the rat-running through the inner west, taking more than 9000 trucks off residential streets and allowing the Labor Government to deliver 24/7 truck bans on Francis Street, Buckley Street, Moore Street, Sommerville Road, Hudsons Road and Blackshaws Road. The project will also deliver more than five MCGs of new open space, quieter parks and sports grounds with new noise walls and 14 kilometres of new and upgraded bike paths. The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund will ensure the benefits for the community are felt sooner rather than later, with grants of up to $100,000 available for community groups and organisations in the Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong City Council areas. Funding of partnership projects above $100,000 will be considered, with co-funded initiatives encouraged. The funding builds on the package of improvements the West Gate Tunnel will deliver to make the west an even better place to live. The grants and partnerships program will be managed by the West Gate Tunnel Project team in the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority. The first round of partnerships will be open in the coming months with the first round of grants in the last quarter of this year. People can find out more at westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/neighbourhoodfund. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown The Hon Melissa Horne “We’re calling on local groups to bring their best ideas forward so that we can make sure our community is seeing the benefits of this massive project well before the Tunnel opens.” “The West Gate Tunnel will get trucks off local streets and create more than nine hectares of new, green open space in Melbourne’s west – and we’re getting it done.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “We’re not just building a road – we’re changing the inner west for the better.” “I encourage local organisations to find out more and get involved – to build better neighbourhoods here in the west, while we get on with building the West Gate Tunnel.”

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.