Katie Hall State Labor Member For Footscray

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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.”

MORE FREQUENT AND RELIABLE BUSES FOR THE GROWING WEST

The Andrews Government is delivering more reliable and more frequent bus services for people living in Melbourne’s west, by replacing Route 219 with three new and adjusted bus routes. Member for Footscray Katie Hall and Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman announced the new and adjusted routes, which will give passengers more reliable, frequent and tailored bus services. Route 216 will connect passengers from Sunshine Station to the CBD via Dysons Road and will be more frequent on Sundays, while Route 220 will travel between Sunshine Station to the CBD via Footscray Road, and will also be more frequent on Sundays. The new Route 429 will get locals to and from Sunshine South to Sunshine Station, with services coordinated with trains, so passengers can better plan their journey into the CBD. Routes 216, 219 and 220 have been split between the city’s western and southern suburbs since mid-2018 due to works on Southbank Boulevard, with service reliability greatly improved since these changes were brought in. The changes will mean that Route 216 services will run every 8 to 10 minutes in peak periods, matching the current frequency of routes 216 and 219 combined. On weekends, it will run every 15 to 20 minutes on Saturdays and every 20 to 30 minutes on Sundays. Route 220 services will run every 7 to 10 minutes in peak periods, every 15 to 20 minutes on Saturdays and every 20 to 30 minutes on Sundays. These services changes started from Sunday 17 November 2019. Full details including maps and timetables are now available to view at http://ptv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to the Member for Footscray Katie Hall “These changes will give passengers more options to get around helping them connect with metropolitan and regional trains much easier.” Quotes attributable to the Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “We’re delivering more frequent and reliable bus services to get people in the west where they need to go sooner and easier.”

MORE FREQUENT AND RELIABLE BUSES FOR THE GROWING WEST

The Andrews Government is delivering more reliable and more frequent bus services for people living in Melbourne’s west, by replacing Route 219 with three new and adjusted bus routes. Member for Footscray Katie Hall and Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman announced the new and adjusted routes, which will give passengers more reliable, frequent and tailored bus services. Route 216 will connect passengers from Sunshine Station to the CBD via Dysons Road and will be more frequent on Sundays, while Route 220 will travel between Sunshine Station to the CBD via Footscray Road, and will also be more frequent on Sundays. The new Route 429 will get locals to and from Sunshine South to Sunshine Station, with services coordinated with trains, so passengers can better plan their journey into the CBD. Routes 216, 219 and 220 have been split between the city’s western and southern suburbs since mid-2018 due to works on Southbank Boulevard, with service reliability greatly improved since these changes were brought in. The changes will mean that Route 216 services will run every 8 to 10 minutes in peak periods, matching the current frequency of routes 216 and 219 combined. On weekends, it will run every 15 to 20 minutes on Saturdays and every 20 to 30 minutes on Sundays. Route 220 services will run every 7 to 10 minutes in peak periods, every 15 to 20 minutes on Saturdays and every 20 to 30 minutes on Sundays. These services changes started from Sunday 17 November 2019. Full details including maps and timetables are now available to view at http://ptv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to the Member for Footscray Katie Hall “These changes will give passengers more options to get around helping them connect with metropolitan and regional trains much easier.” Quotes attributable to the Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “We’re delivering more frequent and reliable bus services to get people in the west where they need to go sooner and easier.”

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.”

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.