Katie Hall State Labor Member For Footscray

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PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN FOOTSCRAY 

Tuesday, 3 May 2022    The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Footscray.   Across our nation – and around the world – the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems. From a sharp increase of critical COVID patients to disrupted care, resulting in longer hospital recovery time, the last two years have really knocked our health system around.  When we came to government, we put an end to the war on our paramedics. We took ambulance response times from the worst in our history to the best. Now – just like we did before – we’ll ease the pandemic pressure on our hospitals and our healthcare workers.   The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest over $12 billion to put patients first, with a Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first-class care.  Our healthcare workers have been on the frontline of this pandemic, and we know how important it is that we support them into the future.   We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care.  That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses.  We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive.  Right around the nation, demand for emergency services is at an all-time high. Our Triple Zero call-takers and dispatchers are dealing with unprecedented call volumes.   But when you call for an ambulance, every Victorian should have the confidence one will arrive. That’s why we’re delivering another 90 paramedics – which means we've added 790 extra paramedics to the workforce since we came to government.   And to help our frontline workers reach Victorians who need help faster, we’re investing $333 million to add nearly 400 new staff to increase Triple Zero call-taking and dispatch capacity for Triple Zero services, including ambulances, and training more operators to allocate calls across the state.  We’re also going to make sure that every local community gets the health infrastructure and services they deserve. That’s why this Budget invests $2.9 billion to build new hospitals and deliver upgrades to health services in every corner of our state. By expanding our emergency departments, adding more surgical beds to get more elective surgeries done and increasing maternity care services – this Budget will ensure more Victorians get the very best of care, close to home.   As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Footscray get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on.  To make sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school.  The VCAL reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1,000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies.  We're giving our performers and creatives great spaces to work and perform in, as part of a $17.5 million package in building infrastructure for the creative industries. This investment will boost our creative industries, and create jobs in the arts and in construction, all while Victorians enjoy the best entertainment. Locally that means we’re providing $8.7 million towards Stage 1 of the Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Precinct Plan – to help cement its role as a major community arts and cultural precinct in the West.  We're also getting on with supporting our creative industries and artists in the West with a $2.4 million investment. As part of the Go West fund, creatives and community groups will be supported to hold festivals, family activities and performances and access more affordable creative spaces – taking creativity to the next level in the West.   Local communities also deserve great places to play sport and under an Andrews Labor Government, they will have them. We're investing $88 million to build, upgrade and renovate community sporting infrastructure. This will deliver bigger, better change rooms, club rooms and community spaces for our community to enjoy including at the Rosamond Bowls Club, where $250,000 will be invested to deliver new synthetic greens.  Every parent worries whether their child will be ready for school – but with an extra year of kinder, and all the learning and play that brings – we’ll make sure they are. Under the Andrews Labor Government, every Victorian child can get a good quality early education in the early years that prepares them for a strong and successful future, with up to 15 hours of free three-year-old kinder.  The Government will expand critical refuge and crisis accommodation for victim survivors who cannot remain safely at home, with a $69.1 million boost for two refuges, six new crisis accommodation properties and support for three organisations to bolster crisis accommodation options, including the McAuley Devonshire Project.  The Andrews Labor Government will keep delivering improvements to our public transport network, making it easier for Victorians to cycle around our city and suburbs by upgrading bike parking facilities at train stations across the west including Sunshine and Footscray. The Budget also will support detailed development and design work for an upgrade to the Footscray Station Bus Interchange to make traveling on our bus network easier.   We also want to give our multicultural communities the chance to celebrate everything they hold dear, with those they hold close. This Budget provides $250,000 to support upgrades to the Australian Islamic Centre while across Victoria we're investing over $6.4 million to ensure that Victorians of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds can hold festivals and celebrations in great community spaces.    But that’s not all. We know that many Victorians are still paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal. We're providing a once-off $250 payment for all Victorian households that use the Victorian Energy Compare (VEC) website – the Victorian Government’s independent price comparator website – to search for the cheapest electricity plan that suits their needs.  With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians.   Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall  “Across the world we’re seeing enormous pressure on our healthcare staff, and in the West it’s no different. But this Budget will ease that pressure and invest in the nurses, paramedics and community mental health nurses who look after us – building on our investment in health across the west.”  “Footscray is fast becoming a major creative hub for our state’s creative industries. With so many artists and performers living, working and creating locally, I couldn’t be prouder to deliver this investment for the Footscray Community Arts Centre.” 

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN FOOTSCRAY 

Tuesday, 3 May 2022    The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Footscray.   Across our nation – and around the world – the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems. From a sharp increase of critical COVID patients to disrupted care, resulting in longer hospital recovery time, the last two years have really knocked our health system around.  When we came to government, we put an end to the war on our paramedics. We took ambulance response times from the worst in our history to the best. Now – just like we did before – we’ll ease the pandemic pressure on our hospitals and our healthcare workers.   The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest over $12 billion to put patients first, with a Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first-class care.  Our healthcare workers have been on the frontline of this pandemic, and we know how important it is that we support them into the future.   We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care.  That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses.  We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive.  Right around the nation, demand for emergency services is at an all-time high. Our Triple Zero call-takers and dispatchers are dealing with unprecedented call volumes.   But when you call for an ambulance, every Victorian should have the confidence one will arrive. That’s why we’re delivering another 90 paramedics – which means we've added 790 extra paramedics to the workforce since we came to government.   And to help our frontline workers reach Victorians who need help faster, we’re investing $333 million to add nearly 400 new staff to increase Triple Zero call-taking and dispatch capacity for Triple Zero services, including ambulances, and training more operators to allocate calls across the state.  We’re also going to make sure that every local community gets the health infrastructure and services they deserve. That’s why this Budget invests $2.9 billion to build new hospitals and deliver upgrades to health services in every corner of our state. By expanding our emergency departments, adding more surgical beds to get more elective surgeries done and increasing maternity care services – this Budget will ensure more Victorians get the very best of care, close to home.   As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Footscray get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on.  To make sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school.  The VCAL reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1,000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies.  We're giving our performers and creatives great spaces to work and perform in, as part of a $17.5 million package in building infrastructure for the creative industries. This investment will boost our creative industries, and create jobs in the arts and in construction, all while Victorians enjoy the best entertainment. Locally that means we’re providing $8.7 million towards Stage 1 of the Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Precinct Plan – to help cement its role as a major community arts and cultural precinct in the West.  We're also getting on with supporting our creative industries and artists in the West with a $2.4 million investment. As part of the Go West fund, creatives and community groups will be supported to hold festivals, family activities and performances and access more affordable creative spaces – taking creativity to the next level in the West.   Local communities also deserve great places to play sport and under an Andrews Labor Government, they will have them. We're investing $88 million to build, upgrade and renovate community sporting infrastructure. This will deliver bigger, better change rooms, club rooms and community spaces for our community to enjoy including at the Rosamond Bowls Club, where $250,000 will be invested to deliver new synthetic greens.  Every parent worries whether their child will be ready for school – but with an extra year of kinder, and all the learning and play that brings – we’ll make sure they are. Under the Andrews Labor Government, every Victorian child can get a good quality early education in the early years that prepares them for a strong and successful future, with up to 15 hours of free three-year-old kinder.  The Government will expand critical refuge and crisis accommodation for victim survivors who cannot remain safely at home, with a $69.1 million boost for two refuges, six new crisis accommodation properties and support for three organisations to bolster crisis accommodation options, including the McAuley Devonshire Project.  The Andrews Labor Government will keep delivering improvements to our public transport network, making it easier for Victorians to cycle around our city and suburbs by upgrading bike parking facilities at train stations across the west including Sunshine and Footscray. The Budget also will support detailed development and design work for an upgrade to the Footscray Station Bus Interchange to make traveling on our bus network easier.   We also want to give our multicultural communities the chance to celebrate everything they hold dear, with those they hold close. This Budget provides $250,000 to support upgrades to the Australian Islamic Centre while across Victoria we're investing over $6.4 million to ensure that Victorians of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds can hold festivals and celebrations in great community spaces.    But that’s not all. We know that many Victorians are still paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal. We're providing a once-off $250 payment for all Victorian households that use the Victorian Energy Compare (VEC) website – the Victorian Government’s independent price comparator website – to search for the cheapest electricity plan that suits their needs.  With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians.   Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall  “Across the world we’re seeing enormous pressure on our healthcare staff, and in the West it’s no different. But this Budget will ease that pressure and invest in the nurses, paramedics and community mental health nurses who look after us – building on our investment in health across the west.”  “Footscray is fast becoming a major creative hub for our state’s creative industries. With so many artists and performers living, working and creating locally, I couldn’t be prouder to deliver this investment for the Footscray Community Arts Centre.” 

NEW FOOTSCRAY HOSPITAL DELIVERING FOR THE WEST

Thursday, 21 April 2022 The Andrews Labor Government’s massive $1.5 billion new Footscray Hospital project is delivering jobs, community partnerships and opportunities for Melbourne’s west. Since construction started on the new hospital in early 2021, more than $48 million is expected to be invested through indigenous and social enterprises, including disability and disadvantaged businesses which will create employment opportunities. The new Footscray Hospital Jobs Hub is supporting people in the western suburbs connect to jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities both onsite and at Victoria University Polytechnic. The Jobs Hub, in partnership with the project’s Connectivity Centre, has now established relationships with more than 100 local community partners and connected 45 individuals identifying as disabled, indigenous or from disadvantaged backgrounds into job ready programs, training or employment opportunities in the local area. Around 21,000 hours worked on the project to date have been completed by trainees, apprentices, cadets, indigenous people, people with a disability and disadvantaged Victorians. Member for Footscray Katie Hall recently joined the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation to kick off the first Youth Leadership Project for the year. The project is being supported with a five-year sponsorship by the Plenary Health consortium which, along with the Victorian Health Building Authority and Western Health, are delivering the new $1.5 billion hospital. The Youth Leadership Project is a six-month program for young people aged between 14 and 16 years, designed to enhance capacities in leadership, teamwork, communication, goal setting, support networks and resilience and is heading into its second year of sponsorship by the new Footscray Hospitals’ consortium. Youth Junction’s Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma (P.A.R.T.Y) Program will also benefit from sponsorship by the project consortium, with the program helping young people in Melbourne's West understand risks, choices and consequences associated with unsafe driving, drinking and other risky behaviours. The new Footscray Hospital is set to open in 2025. Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley   “This is the largest health infrastructure investment in Victoria’s history, and it’s so important that this significant project benefits the whole community.” Quote attributable to member for Footscray Katie Hall “From job seekers to local business owners to healthcare workers – we want to make sure we’re maximising all the opportunities available for Melbourne’s west.”

NEW FOOTSCRAY HOSPITAL DELIVERING FOR THE WEST

Thursday, 21 April 2022 The Andrews Labor Government’s massive $1.5 billion new Footscray Hospital project is delivering jobs, community partnerships and opportunities for Melbourne’s west. Since construction started on the new hospital in early 2021, more than $48 million is expected to be invested through indigenous and social enterprises, including disability and disadvantaged businesses which will create employment opportunities. The new Footscray Hospital Jobs Hub is supporting people in the western suburbs connect to jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities both onsite and at Victoria University Polytechnic. The Jobs Hub, in partnership with the project’s Connectivity Centre, has now established relationships with more than 100 local community partners and connected 45 individuals identifying as disabled, indigenous or from disadvantaged backgrounds into job ready programs, training or employment opportunities in the local area. Around 21,000 hours worked on the project to date have been completed by trainees, apprentices, cadets, indigenous people, people with a disability and disadvantaged Victorians. Member for Footscray Katie Hall recently joined the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation to kick off the first Youth Leadership Project for the year. The project is being supported with a five-year sponsorship by the Plenary Health consortium which, along with the Victorian Health Building Authority and Western Health, are delivering the new $1.5 billion hospital. The Youth Leadership Project is a six-month program for young people aged between 14 and 16 years, designed to enhance capacities in leadership, teamwork, communication, goal setting, support networks and resilience and is heading into its second year of sponsorship by the new Footscray Hospitals’ consortium. Youth Junction’s Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma (P.A.R.T.Y) Program will also benefit from sponsorship by the project consortium, with the program helping young people in Melbourne's West understand risks, choices and consequences associated with unsafe driving, drinking and other risky behaviours. The new Footscray Hospital is set to open in 2025. Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley   “This is the largest health infrastructure investment in Victoria’s history, and it’s so important that this significant project benefits the whole community.” Quote attributable to member for Footscray Katie Hall “From job seekers to local business owners to healthcare workers – we want to make sure we’re maximising all the opportunities available for Melbourne’s west.”

RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED FOR STUDENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $7.5 million into Victorian not-for-profit organisations to deliver innovative educational programs that enrich the learning experience of students across the state. Katie Hall MP today announced that Footscray Community Arts Centre, Western Chances and Western Edge Youth Arts are among almost 80 organisations that will receive a share of the funding, which will help deliver student learning programs that are not normally available in traditional classroom settings and teacher professional learning programs to support the delivery of programs that enhance student outcomes. The programs involve excursions or incursions delivered face-to-face or online by some of Victoria’s strongest education organisations. Programs align with one or more of the Victorian Curriculum learning areas and may include excursions or incursions that can be delivered face-to-face or online across metropolitan and/or regional areas. Funded programs will support all Victorian students with exciting ways to learn, whether they excel at school or whether they are at risk of disengaging. Quotes attributable to Katie Hall MP “Congratulations to all the successful recipients of this funding round in the inner west – it’s great to see so many innovative and creative program ideas that will enrich student learning beyond the traditional classroom setting.” “We’re also continuing to enhance the quality of our schools by building the capacity of teachers at schools in Footscray and across the state, ensuring Victorian kids have the very best education.”

RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED FOR STUDENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $7.5 million into Victorian not-for-profit organisations to deliver innovative educational programs that enrich the learning experience of students across the state. Katie Hall MP today announced that Footscray Community Arts Centre, Western Chances and Western Edge Youth Arts are among almost 80 organisations that will receive a share of the funding, which will help deliver student learning programs that are not normally available in traditional classroom settings and teacher professional learning programs to support the delivery of programs that enhance student outcomes. The programs involve excursions or incursions delivered face-to-face or online by some of Victoria’s strongest education organisations. Programs align with one or more of the Victorian Curriculum learning areas and may include excursions or incursions that can be delivered face-to-face or online across metropolitan and/or regional areas. Funded programs will support all Victorian students with exciting ways to learn, whether they excel at school or whether they are at risk of disengaging. Quotes attributable to Katie Hall MP “Congratulations to all the successful recipients of this funding round in the inner west – it’s great to see so many innovative and creative program ideas that will enrich student learning beyond the traditional classroom setting.” “We’re also continuing to enhance the quality of our schools by building the capacity of teachers at schools in Footscray and across the state, ensuring Victorian kids have the very best education.”

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST SICK PAY GUARANTEE FOR CASUAL WORKER

Victorians in the inner west who work in casual or other insecure jobs will no longer be forced to choose between a day’s pay and looking after their health, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee. An Australian-first, the $245.6 million scheme will transform casual and contract work in Victoria by providing vulnerable workers the safety net they need to take time off when they‘re sick or need to care for loved ones. Before the pandemic, many casual and contract workers were forced to choose between a day‘s pay or their health. Around one in five casual and contract workers work more than one job to earn a living – many without access to sick and carer’s pay. Workers are now able to register for the two-year pilot program, and it is anticipated that more than 150,000 workers will be eligible in this first phase. Eligible casual and contract workers in certain occupations will receive up to five days a year of sick or carer's pay at the national minimum wage. Occupations included in the first phase include hospitality workers, food trades workers and preparation assistants such as chefs and kitchen hands, supermarket and supply chain workers, retail and sales assistants, aged and disability care workers, cleaners and laundry workers and security guards. The Labor Government is fully funding the scheme over the first two years, which is expected to demonstrate a reduction in workplace injuries and illness, general productivity improvements from healthier workers, and lower staff turnover rates. The Government will also administer the program directly to workers, minimising the impost on businesses so they can focus on economic recovery. The Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee builds on the temporary measures implemented during the pandemic, including the COVID-19 Worker Support Payment (now the Australian Government’s Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment) and the COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment. To find out more visit vic.gov.au/sick-pay-guarantee and to apply for a payment if you’re eligible visit service.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray, Katie Hall “When people don’t have savings to fall back on, they’re forced to make the choice between the safety of their co-workers and paying the bills. It’s wrong that they’re forced into this decision – so we’re making sure they don’t have to.” “Insecure work is toxic – not just in Victoria but across Australia. We’re leading the way with this nation-first trial to improve the lives of hundreds of inner west locals.”

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST SICK PAY GUARANTEE FOR CASUAL WORKER

Victorians in the inner west who work in casual or other insecure jobs will no longer be forced to choose between a day’s pay and looking after their health, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee. An Australian-first, the $245.6 million scheme will transform casual and contract work in Victoria by providing vulnerable workers the safety net they need to take time off when they‘re sick or need to care for loved ones. Before the pandemic, many casual and contract workers were forced to choose between a day‘s pay or their health. Around one in five casual and contract workers work more than one job to earn a living – many without access to sick and carer’s pay. Workers are now able to register for the two-year pilot program, and it is anticipated that more than 150,000 workers will be eligible in this first phase. Eligible casual and contract workers in certain occupations will receive up to five days a year of sick or carer's pay at the national minimum wage. Occupations included in the first phase include hospitality workers, food trades workers and preparation assistants such as chefs and kitchen hands, supermarket and supply chain workers, retail and sales assistants, aged and disability care workers, cleaners and laundry workers and security guards. The Labor Government is fully funding the scheme over the first two years, which is expected to demonstrate a reduction in workplace injuries and illness, general productivity improvements from healthier workers, and lower staff turnover rates. The Government will also administer the program directly to workers, minimising the impost on businesses so they can focus on economic recovery. The Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee builds on the temporary measures implemented during the pandemic, including the COVID-19 Worker Support Payment (now the Australian Government’s Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment) and the COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment. To find out more visit vic.gov.au/sick-pay-guarantee and to apply for a payment if you’re eligible visit service.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray, Katie Hall “When people don’t have savings to fall back on, they’re forced to make the choice between the safety of their co-workers and paying the bills. It’s wrong that they’re forced into this decision – so we’re making sure they don’t have to.” “Insecure work is toxic – not just in Victoria but across Australia. We’re leading the way with this nation-first trial to improve the lives of hundreds of inner west locals.”

Building A Secure Future For Social Housing In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a stronger and more sustainable social and affordable housing sector, while creating thousands of jobs and putting a roof over the head of people who need it most. Building on the landmark $5.3 billion Big Housing Build and delivering a boosted supply of social housing for generations to come – a new Social and Affordable Housing Contribution (SAHC) will be introduced, and social housing properties will be exempt from paying rates, bringing them in line with hospitals and schools. From July 2024, all newly built developments with three dwellings or more and three or more lot subdivisions will contribute 1.75 per cent of the as-if-complete project value to the Social Housing Growth Fund. The change will affect less than 30 per cent of all residential planning permits. This is an investment in more new homes, more jobs and more training opportunities for local tradies, with every dollar re-invested in the Victorian construction sector to build more social and affordable homes. Over the first ten years, the SAHC is expected to raise on average about $800 million a year. This will fund the delivery of an average of up to 1,700 new social and affordable homes each year, boosting construction to create an average of more than 7,200 direct and indirect jobs a year. Exempting social housing properties from paying rates, recognises the important public value it delivers for our community – stopping it being treated differently to other public assets including our public schools and hospitals. The rates reform will be phased in over four years from July 2023 and will only apply to social housing properties. The reform will not apply to affordable housing. The Labor Government will reinvest every dollar of the $54 million currently spent on public housing rates back into public housing maintenance and upgrade works, delivering kitchen and bathroom upgrades and better open spaces. Community housing providers will also reinvest $11 million back into the services they provide. Both initiatives will apply to all local government areas in metropolitan Melbourne, as well as the regional cities of Greater Geelong, Ballarat, and Greater Bendigo – other regional councils will not see a change. Individual councils will determine how they accommodate the rate reform. These game-changing initiatives will provide a secure and ongoing funding stream for social and affordable housing. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne “Our landmark Big Housing Build is changing lives, putting a roof over the head of people in need and creating jobs – but we’ll need to continue building more homes beyond 2024 and these reforms deliver exactly that.” “We’re establishing a stable funding stream to provide the dignity of housing to thousands more Victorians now and into the future, while locking in social and economic benefits for years to come.” Quote attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas "Access to safe, affordable and energy efficient social housing benefits all Victorians – these changes will add further momentum to the delivery of social housing across the state.”

Building A Secure Future For Social Housing In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a stronger and more sustainable social and affordable housing sector, while creating thousands of jobs and putting a roof over the head of people who need it most. Building on the landmark $5.3 billion Big Housing Build and delivering a boosted supply of social housing for generations to come – a new Social and Affordable Housing Contribution (SAHC) will be introduced, and social housing properties will be exempt from paying rates, bringing them in line with hospitals and schools. From July 2024, all newly built developments with three dwellings or more and three or more lot subdivisions will contribute 1.75 per cent of the as-if-complete project value to the Social Housing Growth Fund. The change will affect less than 30 per cent of all residential planning permits. This is an investment in more new homes, more jobs and more training opportunities for local tradies, with every dollar re-invested in the Victorian construction sector to build more social and affordable homes. Over the first ten years, the SAHC is expected to raise on average about $800 million a year. This will fund the delivery of an average of up to 1,700 new social and affordable homes each year, boosting construction to create an average of more than 7,200 direct and indirect jobs a year. Exempting social housing properties from paying rates, recognises the important public value it delivers for our community – stopping it being treated differently to other public assets including our public schools and hospitals. The rates reform will be phased in over four years from July 2023 and will only apply to social housing properties. The reform will not apply to affordable housing. The Labor Government will reinvest every dollar of the $54 million currently spent on public housing rates back into public housing maintenance and upgrade works, delivering kitchen and bathroom upgrades and better open spaces. Community housing providers will also reinvest $11 million back into the services they provide. Both initiatives will apply to all local government areas in metropolitan Melbourne, as well as the regional cities of Greater Geelong, Ballarat, and Greater Bendigo – other regional councils will not see a change. Individual councils will determine how they accommodate the rate reform. These game-changing initiatives will provide a secure and ongoing funding stream for social and affordable housing. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne “Our landmark Big Housing Build is changing lives, putting a roof over the head of people in need and creating jobs – but we’ll need to continue building more homes beyond 2024 and these reforms deliver exactly that.” “We’re establishing a stable funding stream to provide the dignity of housing to thousands more Victorians now and into the future, while locking in social and economic benefits for years to come.” Quote attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas "Access to safe, affordable and energy efficient social housing benefits all Victorians – these changes will add further momentum to the delivery of social housing across the state.”

Mini-vaccination clinic coming to Footscray

The Victorian Government is making sure families have every opportunity to get their children aged 5-11 vaccinated– with a mini-vaccination clinic starting close to home at Sunshine Special Developmental and Rosamond Special School in Footscray. More than 150 primary schools will have mini-vaccination clinics under a $4 million grants program to help local doctors and community pharmacies go into schools to deliver the vaccine in a familiar and trusted environment for children, close to home. Under the program, local GPs and pharmacists will receive up to $6,500 to cover staffing, travel and equipment costs to get out to schools and vaccinate children – with an additional $5,000 clinic establishment fee per school also available, plus additional loadings for specialist schools or small, rural or regional schools. Schools hosting mini-vaccination clinics include: Sunshine Special Developmental, delivered by Taylors Hill Medical Clinic Rosamond Special School, delivered by SIA Montrose These mini-vaccination clinics are available to students attending the school, not the general public. For a full list of available vaccination centres please visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment To date, nearly 50 per cent of children aged 5-11 in Victoria have already received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “Now is the time for parents and carers right across Footscray to get their kids vaccinated. We’re making it easier than ever to get jabs in kids’ arms in a friendly environment, close to home.” “We’ve done everything we can to make school a safe place when kids get back in the classroom – but the best thing families can do to protect their children is get them protected by a vaccine as quickly as possible.”

Mini-vaccination clinic coming to Footscray

The Victorian Government is making sure families have every opportunity to get their children aged 5-11 vaccinated– with a mini-vaccination clinic starting close to home at Sunshine Special Developmental and Rosamond Special School in Footscray. More than 150 primary schools will have mini-vaccination clinics under a $4 million grants program to help local doctors and community pharmacies go into schools to deliver the vaccine in a familiar and trusted environment for children, close to home. Under the program, local GPs and pharmacists will receive up to $6,500 to cover staffing, travel and equipment costs to get out to schools and vaccinate children – with an additional $5,000 clinic establishment fee per school also available, plus additional loadings for specialist schools or small, rural or regional schools. Schools hosting mini-vaccination clinics include: Sunshine Special Developmental, delivered by Taylors Hill Medical Clinic Rosamond Special School, delivered by SIA Montrose These mini-vaccination clinics are available to students attending the school, not the general public. For a full list of available vaccination centres please visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment To date, nearly 50 per cent of children aged 5-11 in Victoria have already received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “Now is the time for parents and carers right across Footscray to get their kids vaccinated. We’re making it easier than ever to get jabs in kids’ arms in a friendly environment, close to home.” “We’ve done everything we can to make school a safe place when kids get back in the classroom – but the best thing families can do to protect their children is get them protected by a vaccine as quickly as possible.”

IMPROVING FOOTSCRAY NEIGHBOURHOODS WITH GRANTS FOR PROJECTS BIG AND SMALL

Community groups and organisations will share in almost $500,000 to help make the inner-west an even better place to live. 28 grants have been awarded for initiatives big and small through the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund. The $10 million fund is an initiative of the Andrews Labor Government that ensures the benefits of the West Gate Tunnel Project can start flowing to the local community now – by bringing people together and improving neighbourhoods near where it is being built. The grants are for up to $100,000 for festivals, events, displays and upgrades to community, sporting and recreational facilities run by not-for-profit community groups and organisations, to benefit the Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong City Council areas. Recipients of the inaugural round of grants include the West Footscray Neighbourhood House, which will develop a series of workshops to help new parents from culturally diverse backgrounds, and We Are West, which will produce a series of videos designed to connect the community. Arts Gen will use its funding to revamp its art and community space at Mario’s Studio in Footscray, while the Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation will launch a program to help ethnically diverse women and girls gain access to trade employment opportunities. The grants follow on from the success of the first round of partnerships, that provided funding of between $100,000 and $1.1 million for a broad range of programs across the inner west. When complete the West Gate Tunnel Project will transform travel in Melbourne’s west. It will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, providing a much needed second river crossing, and remove more than 9000 trucks from residential streets. Travel times between Melbourne’s west and the city will be slashed by up to 20 minutes, while communities along the West Gate Freeway will enjoy quieter neighbourhoods thanks to more than 9 kilometres of new world class noise walls. There will also be 14 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths, and close to 9 hectares of new parks and wetlands. To see the full list of grant recipients go to www.westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/neighbourhoodfund Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “We’re proud to be helping these exciting and innovative ideas come to life to reflect the vibrancy of our inner west community.” “This is a fantastic opportunity to tap into the benefits from the West Gate Tunnel Project sooner rather than later.”

IMPROVING FOOTSCRAY NEIGHBOURHOODS WITH GRANTS FOR PROJECTS BIG AND SMALL

Community groups and organisations will share in almost $500,000 to help make the inner-west an even better place to live. 28 grants have been awarded for initiatives big and small through the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund. The $10 million fund is an initiative of the Andrews Labor Government that ensures the benefits of the West Gate Tunnel Project can start flowing to the local community now – by bringing people together and improving neighbourhoods near where it is being built. The grants are for up to $100,000 for festivals, events, displays and upgrades to community, sporting and recreational facilities run by not-for-profit community groups and organisations, to benefit the Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong City Council areas. Recipients of the inaugural round of grants include the West Footscray Neighbourhood House, which will develop a series of workshops to help new parents from culturally diverse backgrounds, and We Are West, which will produce a series of videos designed to connect the community. Arts Gen will use its funding to revamp its art and community space at Mario’s Studio in Footscray, while the Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation will launch a program to help ethnically diverse women and girls gain access to trade employment opportunities. The grants follow on from the success of the first round of partnerships, that provided funding of between $100,000 and $1.1 million for a broad range of programs across the inner west. When complete the West Gate Tunnel Project will transform travel in Melbourne’s west. It will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, providing a much needed second river crossing, and remove more than 9000 trucks from residential streets. Travel times between Melbourne’s west and the city will be slashed by up to 20 minutes, while communities along the West Gate Freeway will enjoy quieter neighbourhoods thanks to more than 9 kilometres of new world class noise walls. There will also be 14 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths, and close to 9 hectares of new parks and wetlands. To see the full list of grant recipients go to www.westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/neighbourhoodfund Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “We’re proud to be helping these exciting and innovative ideas come to life to reflect the vibrancy of our inner west community.” “This is a fantastic opportunity to tap into the benefits from the West Gate Tunnel Project sooner rather than later.”

MAJOR SAFETY UPGRADE FOR FOOTSCRAY INTERSECTION

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting safety at one of Footscray’s busiest intersections with new traffic lights, crossings, and more space for turning trucks at Moore and Hopkins Streets. The $3.14 million upgrade is set to make the intersection safer and easier to navigate for all road users and will include the removal of a traffic island on the north east corner of the intersection, new stop lines and a reconfiguration of multiple pedestrian crossings. Currently, pedestrians must wait for a signal to cross from the north-eastern corner of the intersection to the traffic island and then await another green light to Hopkins Street in the direction of the Footscray Station and the nearby market. A realignment of lanes will create more space for large trucks to turn at the intersection, further improving safety for pedestrians and other road users. New line marking, bollards, and new traffic lights will also be carried out as part of these works. Engineers and safety experts are currently developing designs for the intersection upgrade, which will be shared with the community prior to works beginning in late 2022. The project is funded by the $1.4 billion Safer Roads Program and follows interim works to deliver immediate safety improvements for pedestrians. The interim safety measures included the installation of flexible bollards, yellow pavement treatment and new warning “watch for pedestrians” signs, improving awareness about the crossings on the north-eastern corner of the intersection. These interim measures were delivered earlier this month. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “This upgrade will make one of Footscray’s most important and busy intersections significantly better and safer for road users and pedestrians.” “We’ve listened to the community – it’s an important intersection for a wide range of people – from commuters to truck drivers and pedestrians walking to nearby Footscray Station and the market.  “While it is being delivered, pedestrians can more safely cross at this intersection thanks to interim measures put into place in recent weeks.” 

MAJOR SAFETY UPGRADE FOR FOOTSCRAY INTERSECTION

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting safety at one of Footscray’s busiest intersections with new traffic lights, crossings, and more space for turning trucks at Moore and Hopkins Streets. The $3.14 million upgrade is set to make the intersection safer and easier to navigate for all road users and will include the removal of a traffic island on the north east corner of the intersection, new stop lines and a reconfiguration of multiple pedestrian crossings. Currently, pedestrians must wait for a signal to cross from the north-eastern corner of the intersection to the traffic island and then await another green light to Hopkins Street in the direction of the Footscray Station and the nearby market. A realignment of lanes will create more space for large trucks to turn at the intersection, further improving safety for pedestrians and other road users. New line marking, bollards, and new traffic lights will also be carried out as part of these works. Engineers and safety experts are currently developing designs for the intersection upgrade, which will be shared with the community prior to works beginning in late 2022. The project is funded by the $1.4 billion Safer Roads Program and follows interim works to deliver immediate safety improvements for pedestrians. The interim safety measures included the installation of flexible bollards, yellow pavement treatment and new warning “watch for pedestrians” signs, improving awareness about the crossings on the north-eastern corner of the intersection. These interim measures were delivered earlier this month. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “This upgrade will make one of Footscray’s most important and busy intersections significantly better and safer for road users and pedestrians.” “We’ve listened to the community – it’s an important intersection for a wide range of people – from commuters to truck drivers and pedestrians walking to nearby Footscray Station and the market.  “While it is being delivered, pedestrians can more safely cross at this intersection thanks to interim measures put into place in recent weeks.” 

Footscray Plan Points To New Growth For Business, Jobs

Footscray’s transformation into a hub for business, innovation and creativity is advancing with the release of an Andrews Labor Government paper setting out a vision for the precinct as the gateway to Melbourne’s west. Minister for Business Precincts Martin Pakula released the Footscray Opportunity and Directions Paper which identifies opportunities in the precinct, including for investment and partnerships to grow jobs. The Paper was developed after extensive consultation with stakeholders including the Maribyrnong City Council, Western Health, Victoria University, the Footscray Traders Association and the Footscray Asian Business Association. The Andrews Labor Government has made unprecedented investments in the region in recent years, including $1.5 billion for the new Footscray Hospital, more than $120 million for the Footscray Learning Precinct including the Footscray High School Kinnear Campus and Footscray City Primary School, $36.6 million to redevelop Whitten Oval and key transport connectivity projects as part of Victoria’s Big Build. Footscray is predicted to more than double its population and add more than 10,000 new jobs by 2050. Between 2006 and 2016, Footscray’s population grew by 40 per cent. Due to its rapid growth, Footscray is steadily shifting to new small-scale manufacturing and becoming a health and education powerhouse with major players like Western Health and Victoria University driving jobs, investment and social connections in the precinct. These investments will help Footscray become a prosperous economic hub, building on its rich industrial history, cultural diversity and location as the gateway to Melbourne’s west. The Footscray Opportunity and Directions Paper is available at https://djpr.vic.gov.au/significant-projects. Quotes attributable to Minister for Business Precincts Martin Pakula “From a manufacturing heartland to a centre for health, education and other growth sectors, the game is changing quickly in Footscray.” “We’re planning for the future because it means more local jobs for the growing population of Melbourne’s west.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “We’re supporting Footscray and its people by investing in health, schools and job-creating infrastructure, driving the local economy and making our community stronger.” Quote attributable to City of Maribyrnong Mayor Cr Anthony Tran “It is great to see this level of interest and investment in Footscray, which is undergoing rapid change with many new developments including a new hospital and learning precinct under construction.”

Footscray Plan Points To New Growth For Business, Jobs

Footscray’s transformation into a hub for business, innovation and creativity is advancing with the release of an Andrews Labor Government paper setting out a vision for the precinct as the gateway to Melbourne’s west. Minister for Business Precincts Martin Pakula released the Footscray Opportunity and Directions Paper which identifies opportunities in the precinct, including for investment and partnerships to grow jobs. The Paper was developed after extensive consultation with stakeholders including the Maribyrnong City Council, Western Health, Victoria University, the Footscray Traders Association and the Footscray Asian Business Association. The Andrews Labor Government has made unprecedented investments in the region in recent years, including $1.5 billion for the new Footscray Hospital, more than $120 million for the Footscray Learning Precinct including the Footscray High School Kinnear Campus and Footscray City Primary School, $36.6 million to redevelop Whitten Oval and key transport connectivity projects as part of Victoria’s Big Build. Footscray is predicted to more than double its population and add more than 10,000 new jobs by 2050. Between 2006 and 2016, Footscray’s population grew by 40 per cent. Due to its rapid growth, Footscray is steadily shifting to new small-scale manufacturing and becoming a health and education powerhouse with major players like Western Health and Victoria University driving jobs, investment and social connections in the precinct. These investments will help Footscray become a prosperous economic hub, building on its rich industrial history, cultural diversity and location as the gateway to Melbourne’s west. The Footscray Opportunity and Directions Paper is available at https://djpr.vic.gov.au/significant-projects. Quotes attributable to Minister for Business Precincts Martin Pakula “From a manufacturing heartland to a centre for health, education and other growth sectors, the game is changing quickly in Footscray.” “We’re planning for the future because it means more local jobs for the growing population of Melbourne’s west.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “We’re supporting Footscray and its people by investing in health, schools and job-creating infrastructure, driving the local economy and making our community stronger.” Quote attributable to City of Maribyrnong Mayor Cr Anthony Tran “It is great to see this level of interest and investment in Footscray, which is undergoing rapid change with many new developments including a new hospital and learning precinct under construction.”

Statement from the Premier

I am pleased to confirm that today, Anthony Carbines has been sworn in as a member of our Cabinet. Since being elected in 2010, Anthony has been a staunch advocate for the people of Ivanhoe – delivering record investment in schools, the completion of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre, removing the Lower Plenty Road level crossing in Rosanna, and securing public housing renewal in Heidelberg West. In addition to being a great local member, Anthony has held a number of Parliamentary Secretary positions throughout his time in office, most recently as Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers. He’ll bring this passion for helping people to his portfolios of Disability, Ageing and Carers, and Child Protection and Family Services. In his inaugural speech to Parliament, Anthony quoted former NSW Premier Jack Lang about the importance of the Labor Party in making social gains for Australians – and I have no doubt he’ll keep those words from the ‘Big Fella’ in the front of his mind as he tackles the work of these incredibly important portfolios. I’d also like to thank James Merlino and Richard Wynne for their work in these portfolios over recent months. The Deputy Premier will remain the Minister for Education and Minister for Mental Health, and Minister Wynne will remain the Minister for Planning and Minister for Housing. Josh Bull will take on the roles of Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, and Katie Hall will become Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for Youth. Harriet Shing will add Parliamentary Secretary for Digital Government to her responsibilities.

Statement from the Premier

I am pleased to confirm that today, Anthony Carbines has been sworn in as a member of our Cabinet. Since being elected in 2010, Anthony has been a staunch advocate for the people of Ivanhoe – delivering record investment in schools, the completion of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre, removing the Lower Plenty Road level crossing in Rosanna, and securing public housing renewal in Heidelberg West. In addition to being a great local member, Anthony has held a number of Parliamentary Secretary positions throughout his time in office, most recently as Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers. He’ll bring this passion for helping people to his portfolios of Disability, Ageing and Carers, and Child Protection and Family Services. In his inaugural speech to Parliament, Anthony quoted former NSW Premier Jack Lang about the importance of the Labor Party in making social gains for Australians – and I have no doubt he’ll keep those words from the ‘Big Fella’ in the front of his mind as he tackles the work of these incredibly important portfolios. I’d also like to thank James Merlino and Richard Wynne for their work in these portfolios over recent months. The Deputy Premier will remain the Minister for Education and Minister for Mental Health, and Minister Wynne will remain the Minister for Planning and Minister for Housing. Josh Bull will take on the roles of Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, and Katie Hall will become Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for Youth. Harriet Shing will add Parliamentary Secretary for Digital Government to her responsibilities.

A recap of 2021

This year has been a pretty mixed bag, so I wanted to use the last week of Parliament to focus on some of the bright spots. For me, these include opening the Pilgrim Street Campus of Footscray High School, Footscray North Primary School 3011’s $111,000 Inclusive School Fund construction commencing and their $16.13 million upgrade, the $1.5 billion tram maintenance and stabling facility in Maidstone, and $9 million to expand Tweddle Australia. Our big $13.428 million win for Footscray City Primary School and the $18.217 million upgrade of Footscray Primary School are also incredibly exciting for those school communities. There are so many more I could have talked about, like more than $1.6 million of Power Saving Bonus funding throughout the Footscray electorate, more than 20kms of pop-up bike lanes, the launch of the new Footscray Hospital Jobs Hub, more than $93,000 funding for the Filipino Community Council of Victoria Incorporated to continue their vital community support work, and the opening of the new prayer hall and library at Heavenly Queen Temple Footscray. A huge thank you to our local community groups and volunteers who make Footscray such a special place to live and represent. In my last members statement of the year I wanted to put on the record my thanks to my hardworking staff too – Hannah, Sel, Linden and Fraser who are there for our community every day. [video width="2280" height="1080" mp4="http://www.katiehallmp.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Final-video.mp4"][/video]

A recap of 2021

This year has been a pretty mixed bag, so I wanted to use the last week of Parliament to focus on some of the bright spots. For me, these include opening the Pilgrim Street Campus of Footscray High School, Footscray North Primary School 3011’s $111,000 Inclusive School Fund construction commencing and their $16.13 million upgrade, the $1.5 billion tram maintenance and stabling facility in Maidstone, and $9 million to expand Tweddle Australia. Our big $13.428 million win for Footscray City Primary School and the $18.217 million upgrade of Footscray Primary School are also incredibly exciting for those school communities. There are so many more I could have talked about, like more than $1.6 million of Power Saving Bonus funding throughout the Footscray electorate, more than 20kms of pop-up bike lanes, the launch of the new Footscray Hospital Jobs Hub, more than $93,000 funding for the Filipino Community Council of Victoria Incorporated to continue their vital community support work, and the opening of the new prayer hall and library at Heavenly Queen Temple Footscray. A huge thank you to our local community groups and volunteers who make Footscray such a special place to live and represent. In my last members statement of the year I wanted to put on the record my thanks to my hardworking staff too – Hannah, Sel, Linden and Fraser who are there for our community every day. [video width="2280" height="1080" mp4="http://www.katiehallmp.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Final-video.mp4"][/video]

BIKE LANES TO BUILD LINKS WITHIN INNER WEST COMMUNITY

Inner west communities from Footscray to Yarraville will soon be better connected to schools, shops, and work with new pop-up bike lanes as part of the Victorian Government’s Footscray Pop-up Links. Spanning 20 kilometres, the program is set to enhance and connect existing routes by providing a more accessible and safer way for locals to get to where they need to go. The new and improved lanes will link Footscray City Primary School, Footscray High School's Pilgrim campus, Victoria University campuses, shopping areas and public transport options across the area. These routes will also link to existing high-quality off-road bike routes, including the Sunshine Trail, Maribyrnong River Trail, and the Footscray Road connection, helping residents from the community and nearby areas ride to and from Melbourne's CBD more safely. Consultation on this project is currently underway and public input will be taken into consideration for the design to strike the right balance for all road users and people in the community – adjustments can also be made during and after installation. Some of the safety enhancements to existing routes will include the installation of separated bike lanes, relocating bike lanes to the kerbside, and creating a mini roundabout at the corner of Victoria and Raleigh Streets. New signage, traffic calming measures, widening and other changes to existing bike lanes will make it easier for cyclists to get around while improving safety for road users and pedestrians. As cycling continues to grow in popularity right across Melbourne, these upgrades are more important than ever to support safe bike riding and provide alternative travel options. Construction of the Footscray Pop-up Links will begin in the coming months, with works expected for completion in April 2022. For more information or to comment on the project, visit http://vicroads.vic.gov.au/bikingaroundmelbourne. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll  "We are seeing more Melburnians take up cycling for both leisure and to commute, which is why these upgrades are vital to ensuring safer and more accessible travel for all road users." "Better access to safer bike lanes also offers an excellent opportunity for students to participate in active travel to and from school - a great health initiative we will work with schools to encourage." Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall  "By creating these links across our community, we're making it easier for parents and students to get to schools, workplaces and local shopping precincts in a safe and healthy way."  Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne  "These new links will provide an easy and safer way for the community in Footscray, Seddon and Yarraville to get around." 

BIKE LANES TO BUILD LINKS WITHIN INNER WEST COMMUNITY

Inner west communities from Footscray to Yarraville will soon be better connected to schools, shops, and work with new pop-up bike lanes as part of the Victorian Government’s Footscray Pop-up Links. Spanning 20 kilometres, the program is set to enhance and connect existing routes by providing a more accessible and safer way for locals to get to where they need to go. The new and improved lanes will link Footscray City Primary School, Footscray High School's Pilgrim campus, Victoria University campuses, shopping areas and public transport options across the area. These routes will also link to existing high-quality off-road bike routes, including the Sunshine Trail, Maribyrnong River Trail, and the Footscray Road connection, helping residents from the community and nearby areas ride to and from Melbourne's CBD more safely. Consultation on this project is currently underway and public input will be taken into consideration for the design to strike the right balance for all road users and people in the community – adjustments can also be made during and after installation. Some of the safety enhancements to existing routes will include the installation of separated bike lanes, relocating bike lanes to the kerbside, and creating a mini roundabout at the corner of Victoria and Raleigh Streets. New signage, traffic calming measures, widening and other changes to existing bike lanes will make it easier for cyclists to get around while improving safety for road users and pedestrians. As cycling continues to grow in popularity right across Melbourne, these upgrades are more important than ever to support safe bike riding and provide alternative travel options. Construction of the Footscray Pop-up Links will begin in the coming months, with works expected for completion in April 2022. For more information or to comment on the project, visit http://vicroads.vic.gov.au/bikingaroundmelbourne. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll  "We are seeing more Melburnians take up cycling for both leisure and to commute, which is why these upgrades are vital to ensuring safer and more accessible travel for all road users." "Better access to safer bike lanes also offers an excellent opportunity for students to participate in active travel to and from school - a great health initiative we will work with schools to encourage." Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall  "By creating these links across our community, we're making it easier for parents and students to get to schools, workplaces and local shopping precincts in a safe and healthy way."  Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne  "These new links will provide an easy and safer way for the community in Footscray, Seddon and Yarraville to get around." 

TREE PLANTING UNDERWAY FOR COOLER, GREENER WEST

More trees will begin going into the ground in Braybrook, Footscray, West Footscray, and Maribyrnong this month, establishing green canopies and creating cooler spaces, thanks to the first phase of the Victorian Government’s More Trees for a Cooler, Greener West initiative. The Government is investing $5 million to plant both mature and young trees across Melbourne’s west, including in the Footscray electorate, providing more shade and green spaces, driving down pollution, improving air quality and helping tackle climate change. Local spokesperson said residents in Braybrook, Footscray, West Footscray, and Maribyrnong can look forward to greener streets, schools, parks and trails with advanced trees and saplings being planted over the coming months. The first phase of the initiative will see trees planted this spring and next autumn to give them the best chance of survival. Local councils and public land managers were invited to apply for grants of up to $250,000 for new projects and to scale up existing planting projects with a focus on mature trees. 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 new trees will add to the thousands of hectares of new open space and parklands delivered under the $154 million Suburban Parks Program, which is providing more than 6,500 hectares of parkland, walking trails, bike trails, pocket parks and dog parks – including 22 new and upgraded parks in Melbourne’s west. For details about projects funded in the first phase visit http://environment.vic.gov.au/more-trees-for-a-cooler-greener-west. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio: “We’re planting the right trees in the right places to give families more places to enjoy nature, provide shade and help cool and green the western suburbs.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “As Melbourne’s west continues to grow, we’re making sure there are greener streets and open spaces for everyone to enjoy.” “We are thrilled to see more trees going into the ground in the suburbs that need them most right across Melbourne’s west.” 

TREE PLANTING UNDERWAY FOR COOLER, GREENER WEST

More trees will begin going into the ground in Braybrook, Footscray, West Footscray, and Maribyrnong this month, establishing green canopies and creating cooler spaces, thanks to the first phase of the Victorian Government’s More Trees for a Cooler, Greener West initiative. The Government is investing $5 million to plant both mature and young trees across Melbourne’s west, including in the Footscray electorate, providing more shade and green spaces, driving down pollution, improving air quality and helping tackle climate change. Local spokesperson said residents in Braybrook, Footscray, West Footscray, and Maribyrnong can look forward to greener streets, schools, parks and trails with advanced trees and saplings being planted over the coming months. The first phase of the initiative will see trees planted this spring and next autumn to give them the best chance of survival. Local councils and public land managers were invited to apply for grants of up to $250,000 for new projects and to scale up existing planting projects with a focus on mature trees. 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 new trees will add to the thousands of hectares of new open space and parklands delivered under the $154 million Suburban Parks Program, which is providing more than 6,500 hectares of parkland, walking trails, bike trails, pocket parks and dog parks – including 22 new and upgraded parks in Melbourne’s west. For details about projects funded in the first phase visit http://environment.vic.gov.au/more-trees-for-a-cooler-greener-west. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio: “We’re planting the right trees in the right places to give families more places to enjoy nature, provide shade and help cool and green the western suburbs.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “As Melbourne’s west continues to grow, we’re making sure there are greener streets and open spaces for everyone to enjoy.” “We are thrilled to see more trees going into the ground in the suburbs that need them most right across Melbourne’s west.” 

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR INNER WEST STUDENTS

Monday, 4th October 2021 MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR INNER WEST STUDENTS Secondary students in the inner west will now have access to vital mental health support at school with the rollout of mental health practitioners to every Victorian government secondary and specialist school now complete. Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced two school campuses in the inner west will receive funding to recruit a mental health practitioner from the start of Term Four as part of the $51.2 million Mental Health Practitioners initiative, which has been finalised a year earlier than originally committed to in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding received will enable schools in the inner west to employ a practitioner for up to five days a week – with more than 250 suitably qualified and registered mental health practitioners already working across the state’s secondary schools. The mental health practitioners can include psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses delivering the unique needs of each student cohort. Already supporting around 188,000 students, these practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, help students with complex needs, connect students to broader allied and community health services and deliver whole-school mental health promotion and prevention activities – including during periods of remote learning. In August 2020, additional support for this critical program helped boost a further 51 mental health practitioners to specialist schools across the state, catering to the mental health needs of some of Victoria’s most vulnerable students. Around 4,300 secondary-aged students with disabilities currently have access to a practitioner in their school. The Mental Health Practitioners initiative is in addition to the Government’s $28.5 million package to ensure that all Victorian government school students have continued access to professional mental health and wellbeing support during the pandemic. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 has also invested $217.8 million in new support for schools, including $200 million for a new School Mental Health Fund ─ allowing schools to select and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students, while also connecting with specialist services. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray, Katie Hall “This investment is about ensuring that inner west students have the mental health supports in place to help them achieve their very best at school and in life.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’ve delivered the Mental Health Practitioners initiative a year ahead of schedule ─ giving students in secondary and specialist schools the direct support they need during and well beyond this pandemic.” “We’ve laid out our plan to get students back into the classroom this term, but we know some kids will need more support – and this program will make it easy for them to reach out and get the mental health care they deserve.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR INNER WEST STUDENTS

Monday, 4th October 2021 MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR INNER WEST STUDENTS Secondary students in the inner west will now have access to vital mental health support at school with the rollout of mental health practitioners to every Victorian government secondary and specialist school now complete. Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced two school campuses in the inner west will receive funding to recruit a mental health practitioner from the start of Term Four as part of the $51.2 million Mental Health Practitioners initiative, which has been finalised a year earlier than originally committed to in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding received will enable schools in the inner west to employ a practitioner for up to five days a week – with more than 250 suitably qualified and registered mental health practitioners already working across the state’s secondary schools. The mental health practitioners can include psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses delivering the unique needs of each student cohort. Already supporting around 188,000 students, these practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, help students with complex needs, connect students to broader allied and community health services and deliver whole-school mental health promotion and prevention activities – including during periods of remote learning. In August 2020, additional support for this critical program helped boost a further 51 mental health practitioners to specialist schools across the state, catering to the mental health needs of some of Victoria’s most vulnerable students. Around 4,300 secondary-aged students with disabilities currently have access to a practitioner in their school. The Mental Health Practitioners initiative is in addition to the Government’s $28.5 million package to ensure that all Victorian government school students have continued access to professional mental health and wellbeing support during the pandemic. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 has also invested $217.8 million in new support for schools, including $200 million for a new School Mental Health Fund ─ allowing schools to select and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students, while also connecting with specialist services. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray, Katie Hall “This investment is about ensuring that inner west students have the mental health supports in place to help them achieve their very best at school and in life.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’ve delivered the Mental Health Practitioners initiative a year ahead of schedule ─ giving students in secondary and specialist schools the direct support they need during and well beyond this pandemic.” “We’ve laid out our plan to get students back into the classroom this term, but we know some kids will need more support – and this program will make it easy for them to reach out and get the mental health care they deserve.”

BOOSTING KINDERGARTEN PLACES FOR INNER WEST FAMILIES

Thursday, 2 September 2021   BOOSTING KINDERGARTEN PLACES FOR INNER WEST FAMILIES   The Victorian Government is creating extra kinder places in the inner west with a boost to early education infrastructure ─ making sure young children in the area can access and enjoy Three-Year-Old Kinder. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt today announced a $3.72 million Building Blocks capacity grant for ALF Early Learning Centre in Tottenham ─ one of 10 successful grant recipients to share in $13.3 million, creating 561 funded kindergarten places across nine local government areas. The build will include a purpose-built facility located next to the ALF Community Hub.   The proposed project consists of 6 rooms on the ground floor, meeting rooms, parent rooms, kitchen, and office area. The proposed plan allows each child to have the necessary outdoor and indoor spaces. In addition, the building will also provide maternal and child health services. The Building Blocks Grants program is a streamlined overarching funding scheme that supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten services. For more information about Building Blocks Grants, visit https://schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Building-Blocks. In an Australian-first, the Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs. From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029 As part of the Three-Year-Old-Kinder roll-out, the Victorian Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. Quote attributable to Katie Hall MP. “We’re proud to be boosting early childhood services in the inner west – because we know how important the early years are in setting our kids up for the rest of their lives.” Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We are investing in more infrastructure for the early childhood sector to ensure Victorian families can access more kinder places and better facilities so their children can get the best start in life.”        

BOOSTING KINDERGARTEN PLACES FOR INNER WEST FAMILIES

Thursday, 2 September 2021   BOOSTING KINDERGARTEN PLACES FOR INNER WEST FAMILIES   The Victorian Government is creating extra kinder places in the inner west with a boost to early education infrastructure ─ making sure young children in the area can access and enjoy Three-Year-Old Kinder. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt today announced a $3.72 million Building Blocks capacity grant for ALF Early Learning Centre in Tottenham ─ one of 10 successful grant recipients to share in $13.3 million, creating 561 funded kindergarten places across nine local government areas. The build will include a purpose-built facility located next to the ALF Community Hub.   The proposed project consists of 6 rooms on the ground floor, meeting rooms, parent rooms, kitchen, and office area. The proposed plan allows each child to have the necessary outdoor and indoor spaces. In addition, the building will also provide maternal and child health services. The Building Blocks Grants program is a streamlined overarching funding scheme that supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten services. For more information about Building Blocks Grants, visit https://schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Building-Blocks. In an Australian-first, the Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs. From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029 As part of the Three-Year-Old-Kinder roll-out, the Victorian Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. Quote attributable to Katie Hall MP. “We’re proud to be boosting early childhood services in the inner west – because we know how important the early years are in setting our kids up for the rest of their lives.” Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We are investing in more infrastructure for the early childhood sector to ensure Victorian families can access more kinder places and better facilities so their children can get the best start in life.”        

POSITION VACANCY

POSITION VACANCY – ELECTORATE OFFICER (Part time) OFFICE OF KATIE HALL MP ABOUT THE FOOTSCRAY EO: Katie Hall MP, Labor Member for Footscray, represents and advocates for this community on State matters in the Victorian Government and Parliament. We are passionate about Melbourne’s inner-west! We support and represent the communities of Sunshine West, Sunshine, Braybrook, West Footscray, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Tottenham and Footscray. ABOUT THE ROLE:  We are seeking applicants for a part-time (0.5), Grade 2 role (approximately $38,556 p.a.) with a constituent support and community engagement focus. We seek people with a mature outlook, who are motivated and self-starting. We are keen to have someone join our team who will maximise Katie’s open and accessible engagement with the Footscray community and with key stakeholders. We offer family friendly and flexible working arrangements. The successful applicant will assist with constituent issue management, liaise with key stakeholders, community groups and ministerial offices, provide friendly front desk support, excellent administrative skills and complete other duties as required. You will work to secure the best possible outcomes for residents, businesses and community groups with respect to state government matters. ABOUT YOU: You may be a part-time student, graduate or someone looking to apply your existing relevant experience in a new field. You could be a parent looking for a flexible role or someone who is retired but keen for part time work. You are motivated, show initiative and can work under pressure.  You have a strong work ethic, can prioritise tasks and have excellent literacy and grammar skills.  You are a great letter writer! You are organised and can plan in advance but are equally happy rolling up your sleeves and helping out in day-to-day details.  You are deliberative and politically astute, capable of examining complex issues, researching and considering options, seeking input and drafting possible solutions. You are detail and process orientated but flexible to adapt when needed. You are confident in your own abilities but willing to take and process relevant feedback on your work. You are considerate and work well with colleagues and stakeholders, able to establish rapport. You are comfortable with a range of digital technologies. You are passionate about your work, community and Melbourne’s vibrant inner west. SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THIS POSITION Essential  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially in matters of a complex or confidential nature • Good digital literacy with high competence in software packages such as the full Microsoft Office Suite • Excellent written, research and oral communication skills, and a keen eye for detail • Knowledge in levels of government and it’s working structures of Parliament and departments • Willingness and ability to learn new software programs and manage databases • Show emotional intelligence and empathy in dealing with constituents and be considerate of colleagues and the needs of the office • Self-starter who is well organised and can work independently • Prepared for small amount of night and weekend duty (usually offset by WMA and TOIL). Desirable • Experience in an electorate office or community engagement role • Competency in the Adobe Suite (especially PhotoShop, Illustrator and InDesign) • Competency in the use of databases and project management software. COMMENCEMENT: October 2021. APPLICATIONS: Applicants are requested to send applications and expressions of interest clearly marked Confidential to katie.hall@parliament.vic.gov.au. Please include a short cover letter of no more than two pages, a current CV and contact details for two referees (indicating if contact can only be made with candidate’s permission). Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday, 1 October. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.

POSITION VACANCY

POSITION VACANCY – ELECTORATE OFFICER (Part time) OFFICE OF KATIE HALL MP ABOUT THE FOOTSCRAY EO: Katie Hall MP, Labor Member for Footscray, represents and advocates for this community on State matters in the Victorian Government and Parliament. We are passionate about Melbourne’s inner-west! We support and represent the communities of Sunshine West, Sunshine, Braybrook, West Footscray, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Tottenham and Footscray. ABOUT THE ROLE:  We are seeking applicants for a part-time (0.5), Grade 2 role (approximately $38,556 p.a.) with a constituent support and community engagement focus. We seek people with a mature outlook, who are motivated and self-starting. We are keen to have someone join our team who will maximise Katie’s open and accessible engagement with the Footscray community and with key stakeholders. We offer family friendly and flexible working arrangements. The successful applicant will assist with constituent issue management, liaise with key stakeholders, community groups and ministerial offices, provide friendly front desk support, excellent administrative skills and complete other duties as required. You will work to secure the best possible outcomes for residents, businesses and community groups with respect to state government matters. ABOUT YOU: You may be a part-time student, graduate or someone looking to apply your existing relevant experience in a new field. You could be a parent looking for a flexible role or someone who is retired but keen for part time work. You are motivated, show initiative and can work under pressure.  You have a strong work ethic, can prioritise tasks and have excellent literacy and grammar skills.  You are a great letter writer! You are organised and can plan in advance but are equally happy rolling up your sleeves and helping out in day-to-day details.  You are deliberative and politically astute, capable of examining complex issues, researching and considering options, seeking input and drafting possible solutions. You are detail and process orientated but flexible to adapt when needed. You are confident in your own abilities but willing to take and process relevant feedback on your work. You are considerate and work well with colleagues and stakeholders, able to establish rapport. You are comfortable with a range of digital technologies. You are passionate about your work, community and Melbourne’s vibrant inner west. SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THIS POSITION Essential  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially in matters of a complex or confidential nature • Good digital literacy with high competence in software packages such as the full Microsoft Office Suite • Excellent written, research and oral communication skills, and a keen eye for detail • Knowledge in levels of government and it’s working structures of Parliament and departments • Willingness and ability to learn new software programs and manage databases • Show emotional intelligence and empathy in dealing with constituents and be considerate of colleagues and the needs of the office • Self-starter who is well organised and can work independently • Prepared for small amount of night and weekend duty (usually offset by WMA and TOIL). Desirable • Experience in an electorate office or community engagement role • Competency in the Adobe Suite (especially PhotoShop, Illustrator and InDesign) • Competency in the use of databases and project management software. COMMENCEMENT: October 2021. APPLICATIONS: Applicants are requested to send applications and expressions of interest clearly marked Confidential to katie.hall@parliament.vic.gov.au. Please include a short cover letter of no more than two pages, a current CV and contact details for two referees (indicating if contact can only be made with candidate’s permission). Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday, 1 October. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.

BRINGING TOGETHER YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH SPORT

The Victorian Government is using the power of community sport to engage and support African-Australian young people to help them reach their potential. The Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced funding of $20,000 for Lor Shared Youth Services and $20,000 for Sunshine Longhorns Basketball Club through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention. Lor Shared Youth Services and Sunshine Longhorns Basketball Club are sharing in $110,000 provided to six African-Australian sports clubs. Sport can help create a sense of belonging and boost engagement, which can support young people to make positive life choices and connect with their community. This grant will support the club to create positive pathways for young people and give them the skills to manage challenges they may be facing. Since 2020, the Government has invested $1.5 million in activities through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention, which has helped more than 480 at-risk young people keep their lives on the right track. Working together to provide positive opportunities for at-risk young people forms part of the State Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which is backed by almost $30 million in investment. The Crime Prevention Strategy sets out a clear plan and a long-term, evidence-based approach to addressing the causes of offending to keep our communities safe. For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/sportsalliance Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “We know that African-Australian sports clubs have a unique role in bringing together families and communities, but they often need a little more support to build their teams.” “This funding will see communities benefit from the power of sport, which can help keep young people away from offending and create brighter futures for themselves.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “The work Sunshine Longhorns Basketball Club and Lor Shared Youth Services do to connect with new migrants and at-risk youth is so important, and we’ll continue to support them to give our African-Australians a sense of community and pride in their team.”      

BRINGING TOGETHER YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH SPORT

The Victorian Government is using the power of community sport to engage and support African-Australian young people to help them reach their potential. The Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced funding of $20,000 for Lor Shared Youth Services and $20,000 for Sunshine Longhorns Basketball Club through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention. Lor Shared Youth Services and Sunshine Longhorns Basketball Club are sharing in $110,000 provided to six African-Australian sports clubs. Sport can help create a sense of belonging and boost engagement, which can support young people to make positive life choices and connect with their community. This grant will support the club to create positive pathways for young people and give them the skills to manage challenges they may be facing. Since 2020, the Government has invested $1.5 million in activities through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention, which has helped more than 480 at-risk young people keep their lives on the right track. Working together to provide positive opportunities for at-risk young people forms part of the State Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which is backed by almost $30 million in investment. The Crime Prevention Strategy sets out a clear plan and a long-term, evidence-based approach to addressing the causes of offending to keep our communities safe. For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/sportsalliance Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “We know that African-Australian sports clubs have a unique role in bringing together families and communities, but they often need a little more support to build their teams.” “This funding will see communities benefit from the power of sport, which can help keep young people away from offending and create brighter futures for themselves.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “The work Sunshine Longhorns Basketball Club and Lor Shared Youth Services do to connect with new migrants and at-risk youth is so important, and we’ll continue to support them to give our African-Australians a sense of community and pride in their team.”      

CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR FOOTSCRAY

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Footscray. 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 and services our community needs. Footscray City Primary is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year's Budget. This $13.43 million investment will upgrade and modernise Block C, as part of the Footscray Education Plan. Not only will this give our kids great 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. Trees make our streets more attractive, provide shade and decrease pollution. As part of this year's Budget, suburbs in Melbourne's west – including in Footscray – will see thousands of new trees planted, further beautifying our community. The Budget also provides $1.79 million in funding to support Melbourne’s inner‐west communities, with a focus on early diagnosis and treatment of childhood asthma to achieve better long‐term health outcomes. $94 million will be invested in the Melton and Wyndham Vale corridor to enable higher capacity trains, including nine-car VLocity trains. These longer trains will increase capacity by up to 50 per cent during peak periods. Development work will also be undertaken for a new commuter train as a future replacement for the existing classic fleet operating on regional lines. 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 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. 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. 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. This investment will deliver more early intervention, more intensive support for those who need acute care, and more help for families. Recognising the key role of schools in supporting the wellbeing of our students, this Budget invests in a new School Mental Health Fund. This investment will allow schools to choose and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will also be expanded to include 90 government schools and 10 non-government schools. 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. With this Budget, we’re creating new jobs and caring for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “Our Government always puts caring for communities like Footscray at the heart of everything it does.  This Budget will create jobs and care for people in Melbourne’s west.” “As a parent, I've seen firsthand the difference a great school can make. Our investments in education will make sure that no matter where they live, every child can be their best.” -ends- For media enquiries, please email Hannah Brown at hannah.brown@parliament.vic.gov.au, or call 9689 4283.  

CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR FOOTSCRAY

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Footscray. 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 and services our community needs. Footscray City Primary is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year's Budget. This $13.43 million investment will upgrade and modernise Block C, as part of the Footscray Education Plan. Not only will this give our kids great 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. Trees make our streets more attractive, provide shade and decrease pollution. As part of this year's Budget, suburbs in Melbourne's west – including in Footscray – will see thousands of new trees planted, further beautifying our community. The Budget also provides $1.79 million in funding to support Melbourne’s inner‐west communities, with a focus on early diagnosis and treatment of childhood asthma to achieve better long‐term health outcomes. $94 million will be invested in the Melton and Wyndham Vale corridor to enable higher capacity trains, including nine-car VLocity trains. These longer trains will increase capacity by up to 50 per cent during peak periods. Development work will also be undertaken for a new commuter train as a future replacement for the existing classic fleet operating on regional lines. 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 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. 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. 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. This investment will deliver more early intervention, more intensive support for those who need acute care, and more help for families. Recognising the key role of schools in supporting the wellbeing of our students, this Budget invests in a new School Mental Health Fund. This investment will allow schools to choose and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will also be expanded to include 90 government schools and 10 non-government schools. 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. With this Budget, we’re creating new jobs and caring for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “Our Government always puts caring for communities like Footscray at the heart of everything it does.  This Budget will create jobs and care for people in Melbourne’s west.” “As a parent, I've seen firsthand the difference a great school can make. Our investments in education will make sure that no matter where they live, every child can be their best.” -ends- For media enquiries, please email Hannah Brown at hannah.brown@parliament.vic.gov.au, or call 9689 4283.  

BRAYBROOK DEVELOPMENT THE FUTURE OF HOUSING

The Andrews Government is delivering a new generation of sustainable public housing in the heart of Melbourne’s booming west. Minister for Housing Richard Wynne today announced the Future Homes design competition demonstration project in Braybrook – bringing to life the architectural vision of architects LIAN in association with Kerstin Thompson Architects. The project will deliver at least 12 new public housing apartments, providing a home for some of our most vulnerable community members on the social housing wait list. The homes will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with some of the ground level apartments designed for full wheel-chair accessibility. These new homes will be light filled, have access to green space and be environmentally sustainable, providing thermal comfort for residents. The homes are part of the Future Homes competition where design firms submitted innovative housing plans of what an easily replaceable future home could look like. Four competition winners were announced last month. The winning designers and architects will work with the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect to refine their entries into design models to be incorporated into the Victorian planning scheme. By incorporating the designs into the planning scheme developers will be able to get projects off the ground faster and at a lower cost while meeting high design standards and energy efficiency requirements. Future Homes will inspire a new generation of high-quality apartments that meet both the needs of a growing population and a diverse range of households. The new homes are part of the Andrews Government’s record investment in housing, including the landmark Big Housing Build. The $5.3 billion Big Housing Build will deliver more than 12,000 new homes and is the largest single investment in social and affordable housing in Australia’s history. For more information visit: vic.gov.au/future-homes Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne “Our unprecedented investment in safe, secure housing will change lives – not only putting a roof over people’s heads but creating thousands of jobs as we rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic.” “The Future Homes competition contributed such incredible new design concepts and this is an exciting first opportunity to bring these designs to life.” “These new designs will set new benchmarks in sustainability and liveability – helping create a new generation of apartment living that’s better, smarter, safer and healthier for the whole community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “Public housing benefits everyone in our community, and I’m delighted that Braybrook is getting the cutting edge future homes that people deserve and want to live in.” “The Andrews Government’s Big Build is transforming public and social housing throughout Victoria, and the west is a major beneficiary in this unprecedented investment.”

BRAYBROOK DEVELOPMENT THE FUTURE OF HOUSING

The Andrews Government is delivering a new generation of sustainable public housing in the heart of Melbourne’s booming west. Minister for Housing Richard Wynne today announced the Future Homes design competition demonstration project in Braybrook – bringing to life the architectural vision of architects LIAN in association with Kerstin Thompson Architects. The project will deliver at least 12 new public housing apartments, providing a home for some of our most vulnerable community members on the social housing wait list. The homes will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with some of the ground level apartments designed for full wheel-chair accessibility. These new homes will be light filled, have access to green space and be environmentally sustainable, providing thermal comfort for residents. The homes are part of the Future Homes competition where design firms submitted innovative housing plans of what an easily replaceable future home could look like. Four competition winners were announced last month. The winning designers and architects will work with the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect to refine their entries into design models to be incorporated into the Victorian planning scheme. By incorporating the designs into the planning scheme developers will be able to get projects off the ground faster and at a lower cost while meeting high design standards and energy efficiency requirements. Future Homes will inspire a new generation of high-quality apartments that meet both the needs of a growing population and a diverse range of households. The new homes are part of the Andrews Government’s record investment in housing, including the landmark Big Housing Build. The $5.3 billion Big Housing Build will deliver more than 12,000 new homes and is the largest single investment in social and affordable housing in Australia’s history. For more information visit: vic.gov.au/future-homes Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne “Our unprecedented investment in safe, secure housing will change lives – not only putting a roof over people’s heads but creating thousands of jobs as we rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic.” “The Future Homes competition contributed such incredible new design concepts and this is an exciting first opportunity to bring these designs to life.” “These new designs will set new benchmarks in sustainability and liveability – helping create a new generation of apartment living that’s better, smarter, safer and healthier for the whole community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “Public housing benefits everyone in our community, and I’m delighted that Braybrook is getting the cutting edge future homes that people deserve and want to live in.” “The Andrews Government’s Big Build is transforming public and social housing throughout Victoria, and the west is a major beneficiary in this unprecedented investment.”

PROGRAM FUNDING A BOOST FOR FOOTSCRAY HIGH SCHOOL

Footscray High School will receive funding from the Accessible Buildings Program to improve school facilities and infrastructure that supports students and staff with disabilities, thanks to the Andrews Government. Member for Footscray Katie Hall has announced that Footscray High School’s Barkly Campus has been allocated funding from the Accessible Buildings Program to promote inclusive learning environments, through improved access to modern and functional learning spaces in Victorian schools. The funding will provide $197,000 to assist Footscray High School in providing ramps, pathways and door widening throughout school, to ensure students and staff have access to appropriate school facilities, in line with their peers and colleagues. The program adjusts existing facilities to meet the needs of those with existing disabilities, as well as disabilities that occur as a result of an accident or the deterioration of existing conditions. The Andrews Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The program helps to ensure all Victorian government students of all abilities can get a great education and have access to modern, functional learning spaces to give them the best chance to succeed and thrive in school and in life.” Quotes attributable to Katie Hall MP, Member for Footscray “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can get a great education – no matter their circumstances.”

PROGRAM FUNDING A BOOST FOR FOOTSCRAY HIGH SCHOOL

Footscray High School will receive funding from the Accessible Buildings Program to improve school facilities and infrastructure that supports students and staff with disabilities, thanks to the Andrews Government. Member for Footscray Katie Hall has announced that Footscray High School’s Barkly Campus has been allocated funding from the Accessible Buildings Program to promote inclusive learning environments, through improved access to modern and functional learning spaces in Victorian schools. The funding will provide $197,000 to assist Footscray High School in providing ramps, pathways and door widening throughout school, to ensure students and staff have access to appropriate school facilities, in line with their peers and colleagues. The program adjusts existing facilities to meet the needs of those with existing disabilities, as well as disabilities that occur as a result of an accident or the deterioration of existing conditions. The Andrews Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The program helps to ensure all Victorian government students of all abilities can get a great education and have access to modern, functional learning spaces to give them the best chance to succeed and thrive in school and in life.” Quotes attributable to Katie Hall MP, Member for Footscray “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can get a great education – no matter their circumstances.”

ENRICHING FOOTSCRAY WITH COMMUNITY FUNDING

Community and sporting groups in Footscray will receive a financial boost with local projects chosen to receive funding from the Andrews Government’s West Gate Neighbourhood Fund. Among those to receive funding is the Footscray Community Arts Centre, for the re-imagining Henderson House project. This program will revitalise Footscray's historic Henderson House with new creative spaces and, connect the inner west's diverse communities through local art and performances. The $10 million West Gate Neighbourhood Fund is an initiative of the Andrews Government to make sure neighbourhoods in the inner west benefit from the West Gate Tunnel Project immediately, while the project is deliver. Funding is provided to projects that bring people together and improve neighbourhoods nearest where the project is being built. Under this round of the partnerships stream funding, $6.4 million is being invested into the community on community centred arts, sports, wellbeing, transport, education and other projects across the inner west. Other recipients in the inaugural round of funding include the 100 Story Building for redevelopment of a writing centre and creative space space for use by children and young people, and Cinespace for a multicultural screen arts project. Partnership funding was available funding for larger projects seeking over $100,000 that deliver a lasting benefit for the community to assist organisations to implement projects such as community infrastructure, capital equipment and programs that improve community connectedness and meet a community need. Financial and in-kind contributions were considered during application process and some project require a co-contribution. The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund also includes a grants program for smaller projects with the first round to be open for applications in the first half of this year. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “We’re looking forward to seeing these exciting and innovative ideas that reflect the vibrancy of the Footscray area come into fruition.”   “This is a fantastic opportunity to tap into the benefits from the West Gate Tunnel Project sooner rather than later.”  Quotes attributable to West Gate Tunnel Project CEO Peter Sammut “Through the West Gate Tunnel Project we’re transforming the inner west with fewer trucks, more open space, and thousands of trees.” “The investment in the area is huge and we want to see the benefits flow to all parts of the neighbourhood.”  

ENRICHING FOOTSCRAY WITH COMMUNITY FUNDING

Community and sporting groups in Footscray will receive a financial boost with local projects chosen to receive funding from the Andrews Government’s West Gate Neighbourhood Fund. Among those to receive funding is the Footscray Community Arts Centre, for the re-imagining Henderson House project. This program will revitalise Footscray's historic Henderson House with new creative spaces and, connect the inner west's diverse communities through local art and performances. The $10 million West Gate Neighbourhood Fund is an initiative of the Andrews Government to make sure neighbourhoods in the inner west benefit from the West Gate Tunnel Project immediately, while the project is deliver. Funding is provided to projects that bring people together and improve neighbourhoods nearest where the project is being built. Under this round of the partnerships stream funding, $6.4 million is being invested into the community on community centred arts, sports, wellbeing, transport, education and other projects across the inner west. Other recipients in the inaugural round of funding include the 100 Story Building for redevelopment of a writing centre and creative space space for use by children and young people, and Cinespace for a multicultural screen arts project. Partnership funding was available funding for larger projects seeking over $100,000 that deliver a lasting benefit for the community to assist organisations to implement projects such as community infrastructure, capital equipment and programs that improve community connectedness and meet a community need. Financial and in-kind contributions were considered during application process and some project require a co-contribution. The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund also includes a grants program for smaller projects with the first round to be open for applications in the first half of this year. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “We’re looking forward to seeing these exciting and innovative ideas that reflect the vibrancy of the Footscray area come into fruition.”   “This is a fantastic opportunity to tap into the benefits from the West Gate Tunnel Project sooner rather than later.”  Quotes attributable to West Gate Tunnel Project CEO Peter Sammut “Through the West Gate Tunnel Project we’re transforming the inner west with fewer trucks, more open space, and thousands of trees.” “The investment in the area is huge and we want to see the benefits flow to all parts of the neighbourhood.”  

PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST IN FOOTSCRAY

When the Andrews Government was elected, we promised to put people first. As our state begins its recovery from the global pandemic, people will continue to be our priority. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 delivers on the investments that will see our community recover – and come back even stronger. As kids get back into the classroom, this Budget delivers the single biggest investment ever in our schools – making sure students have the classrooms, libraries and learning spaces they deserve. This includes $25.29 million for Footscray High School, with students at the Kinnear Campus to benefit from an upgrade to the main block of the school, giving our kids modern learning spaces. Following the $2.25 million announced through the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund, Footscray Primary School will also receive at least $18.22 million to create space for an extra 200 student enrolments for the 2023 school year. In more good news for our local community, Sunshine Primary School will receive $11.16 million in funding to upgrade their school, including Block A. As we recover, we want our state to come back stronger than ever, delivering the biggest investment in inclusive education in our state's history. That includes a $10 million upgrade for Rosamond Special School, supporting students with bigger and better classrooms. Sunshine Special Developmental School will also benefit from the Budget with a $10 million upgrade, supporting students and our broader community. The Government's investment will also support local jobs, with our school infrastructure build expected to create more than 6,400 jobs across the state. A further $1.6 billion will transform support for students with disability, doubling the number of students receiving extra support to 55,000, and creating up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025. We’re also delivering the biggest investment in public and community housing in Australia, ever. This investment will build more than 12,000 new homes – making sure thousands of Victorians have a place to call home, and thousands more Victorians have a job. The City of Maribyrnong is a priority area for investment, with procurement starting straightaway to build new homes. In a win for the West, $36.6 million in funding will go towards transforming Whitten Oval, supporting the women's and men's teams, while also backing the Bulldogs’ Community Foundation programs, including the highly successful Sons and Daughters of the West, which tackles emerging physical and mental health issues in the local community. A new Skills and Jobs Centre will be established at the new Footscray Hospital build, providing onsite advice for Victorians who want to be a part of the project. The Centre will connect Victorians with available opportunities, while also providing advice on training and apprenticeship opportunities. This year’s Budget will also expand Sunshine Law Courts as part of a $26.87 million redevelopment, making the justice system more accessible and efficient for those who need it, while creating local construction jobs. To help get more Victorians back into work, the Andrews Government is setting itself an ambitious target – creating 400,000 new jobs by 2025, half of them by 2022. Our new Jobs for Victoria initiative will help locals find a new job – and with it, security, stability and certainty. This includes $250 million to partner with employers to cover the wages of at least 10,000 new workers. These positions will be for Victorians hardest hit by this pandemic, including women, young people, retrenched workers and people who have been long-term unemployed. And because we know too many Victorians are having to choose between going to work sick and losing wages, the Andrews Government will invest $5 million to develop a new Secure Work Pilot Scheme. Once in place, the two-year pilot will provide up to five days of sick and carer’s pay at the national minimum wage for casual or insecure workers in priority industries. This year’s Budget will help nearly one million families save hundreds on their power bill. Concession card holders, such as Victorians receiving JobSeeker payments, will be eligible for a one-off $250 payment to help cover the cost of their energy bills. Even with kids back at school, the balancing act that many families know all too well isn’t easy. That’s why this Budget will make kinder free in 2021 and deliver outside school hours care at up to 400 extra schools, saving parents money and giving them greater flexibility when it comes to work and care. And because Victorians have well and truly earned a holiday, the Andrews Government is offering up to 120,000 $200 vouchers to encourage families to take a break in regional Victoria. The scheme is expected to be up and running by December, supporting local economies and local jobs into summer and beyond. This is a Budget to repair, recover and make us stronger than before. This is a Budget, and a Government, that puts people first. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall "Our kids have been learning from the kitchen table this year. As they get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the great learning spaces they deserve." “We promised to put people first. And as we recover from this pandemic, the people of Footscray will continue to be my priority."

PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST IN FOOTSCRAY

When the Andrews Government was elected, we promised to put people first. As our state begins its recovery from the global pandemic, people will continue to be our priority. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 delivers on the investments that will see our community recover – and come back even stronger. As kids get back into the classroom, this Budget delivers the single biggest investment ever in our schools – making sure students have the classrooms, libraries and learning spaces they deserve. This includes $25.29 million for Footscray High School, with students at the Kinnear Campus to benefit from an upgrade to the main block of the school, giving our kids modern learning spaces. Following the $2.25 million announced through the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund, Footscray Primary School will also receive at least $18.22 million to create space for an extra 200 student enrolments for the 2023 school year. In more good news for our local community, Sunshine Primary School will receive $11.16 million in funding to upgrade their school, including Block A. As we recover, we want our state to come back stronger than ever, delivering the biggest investment in inclusive education in our state's history. That includes a $10 million upgrade for Rosamond Special School, supporting students with bigger and better classrooms. Sunshine Special Developmental School will also benefit from the Budget with a $10 million upgrade, supporting students and our broader community. The Government's investment will also support local jobs, with our school infrastructure build expected to create more than 6,400 jobs across the state. A further $1.6 billion will transform support for students with disability, doubling the number of students receiving extra support to 55,000, and creating up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025. We’re also delivering the biggest investment in public and community housing in Australia, ever. This investment will build more than 12,000 new homes – making sure thousands of Victorians have a place to call home, and thousands more Victorians have a job. The City of Maribyrnong is a priority area for investment, with procurement starting straightaway to build new homes. In a win for the West, $36.6 million in funding will go towards transforming Whitten Oval, supporting the women's and men's teams, while also backing the Bulldogs’ Community Foundation programs, including the highly successful Sons and Daughters of the West, which tackles emerging physical and mental health issues in the local community. A new Skills and Jobs Centre will be established at the new Footscray Hospital build, providing onsite advice for Victorians who want to be a part of the project. The Centre will connect Victorians with available opportunities, while also providing advice on training and apprenticeship opportunities. This year’s Budget will also expand Sunshine Law Courts as part of a $26.87 million redevelopment, making the justice system more accessible and efficient for those who need it, while creating local construction jobs. To help get more Victorians back into work, the Andrews Government is setting itself an ambitious target – creating 400,000 new jobs by 2025, half of them by 2022. Our new Jobs for Victoria initiative will help locals find a new job – and with it, security, stability and certainty. This includes $250 million to partner with employers to cover the wages of at least 10,000 new workers. These positions will be for Victorians hardest hit by this pandemic, including women, young people, retrenched workers and people who have been long-term unemployed. And because we know too many Victorians are having to choose between going to work sick and losing wages, the Andrews Government will invest $5 million to develop a new Secure Work Pilot Scheme. Once in place, the two-year pilot will provide up to five days of sick and carer’s pay at the national minimum wage for casual or insecure workers in priority industries. This year’s Budget will help nearly one million families save hundreds on their power bill. Concession card holders, such as Victorians receiving JobSeeker payments, will be eligible for a one-off $250 payment to help cover the cost of their energy bills. Even with kids back at school, the balancing act that many families know all too well isn’t easy. That’s why this Budget will make kinder free in 2021 and deliver outside school hours care at up to 400 extra schools, saving parents money and giving them greater flexibility when it comes to work and care. And because Victorians have well and truly earned a holiday, the Andrews Government is offering up to 120,000 $200 vouchers to encourage families to take a break in regional Victoria. The scheme is expected to be up and running by December, supporting local economies and local jobs into summer and beyond. This is a Budget to repair, recover and make us stronger than before. This is a Budget, and a Government, that puts people first. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall "Our kids have been learning from the kitchen table this year. As they get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the great learning spaces they deserve." “We promised to put people first. And as we recover from this pandemic, the people of Footscray will continue to be my priority."

HISTORIC FOOTSCRAY WHARF WATERFRONT WORKS HAVE COMMENCED

Work has started on the historic Footscray Wharf to revitalise the heritage precinct, bringing life to the waterfront and better connecting the community to the Maribyrnong River. At the centre of the upgrade is a new 230-metre-long timber boardwalk and wharf, with a fixed lower landing and a floating pontoon. The redevelopment will give the community improved access to the Maribyrnong River beyond its bank, as well as delivering mooring capabilities for small to medium vessels. The upgrades also include a new wider pedestrian promenade connected to the Maribyrnong River trail, seating spaces, and sheltered picnic and barbecue areas allowing groups to gather and enjoy the beautiful riverfront together. Landscaping improvements will consist of tree planting, lighting, and work to stabilise and protect the embankment of the river. The historical rail spur line will be retained and incorporated into the landscape. Park areas and paths will have minimal disruptions during the construction period with sections of the Maribyrnong River Trail to be closed for short periods of time. Detours will be in place with all efforts made to minimise inconvenience to park and trail users. In addition to the revitalisation of the Footscray Wharf area, the West Gate Tunnel Project will also deliver a new landscaped recreation space south of Shepherd Bridge which includes bike paths connecting to new wetlands and open space near the tunnel entry and exit at Whitehall Street. Improvements to the Footscray Wharf precinct were identified in the Footscray River Edge Masterplan in 2014, following extensive community consultation. The $12 million project is joint funded by the West Gate Tunnel Project and Maribyrnong City Council. Construction on the Footscray Wharf redevelopment is anticipated to be completed for community use by mid-2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “It’s wonderful to see the iconic, historic and beautiful Footscray Wharf waterfront revitalised, giving residents and visitors alike complete access to the Maribyrnong River and the waterfront.” “The West Gate Tunnel Project is more than just a new road. It’s a chance to transform the west with 9000 fewer trucks on local roads and opening up unused industrial land and turning it into new open space.” Quotes attributable to CEO Maribyrnong City Council Stephen Wall “We are pleased to see this long-awaited project get underway. A stroll along the Maribyrnong River is already a favourite past-time for residents and visitors to the city. These enhancements following the redevelopment of the riverside promise to make it the jewel of the inner west.”

HISTORIC FOOTSCRAY WHARF WATERFRONT WORKS HAVE COMMENCED

Work has started on the historic Footscray Wharf to revitalise the heritage precinct, bringing life to the waterfront and better connecting the community to the Maribyrnong River. At the centre of the upgrade is a new 230-metre-long timber boardwalk and wharf, with a fixed lower landing and a floating pontoon. The redevelopment will give the community improved access to the Maribyrnong River beyond its bank, as well as delivering mooring capabilities for small to medium vessels. The upgrades also include a new wider pedestrian promenade connected to the Maribyrnong River trail, seating spaces, and sheltered picnic and barbecue areas allowing groups to gather and enjoy the beautiful riverfront together. Landscaping improvements will consist of tree planting, lighting, and work to stabilise and protect the embankment of the river. The historical rail spur line will be retained and incorporated into the landscape. Park areas and paths will have minimal disruptions during the construction period with sections of the Maribyrnong River Trail to be closed for short periods of time. Detours will be in place with all efforts made to minimise inconvenience to park and trail users. In addition to the revitalisation of the Footscray Wharf area, the West Gate Tunnel Project will also deliver a new landscaped recreation space south of Shepherd Bridge which includes bike paths connecting to new wetlands and open space near the tunnel entry and exit at Whitehall Street. Improvements to the Footscray Wharf precinct were identified in the Footscray River Edge Masterplan in 2014, following extensive community consultation. The $12 million project is joint funded by the West Gate Tunnel Project and Maribyrnong City Council. Construction on the Footscray Wharf redevelopment is anticipated to be completed for community use by mid-2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “It’s wonderful to see the iconic, historic and beautiful Footscray Wharf waterfront revitalised, giving residents and visitors alike complete access to the Maribyrnong River and the waterfront.” “The West Gate Tunnel Project is more than just a new road. It’s a chance to transform the west with 9000 fewer trucks on local roads and opening up unused industrial land and turning it into new open space.” Quotes attributable to CEO Maribyrnong City Council Stephen Wall “We are pleased to see this long-awaited project get underway. A stroll along the Maribyrnong River is already a favourite past-time for residents and visitors to the city. These enhancements following the redevelopment of the riverside promise to make it the jewel of the inner west.”

GROWING FOOTSCRAY PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR THE FUTURE

This year, Footscray families have done an incredible job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the fantastic new learning spaces they deserve. The Andrews Government has built and upgraded more schools than any government in our state’s history, and the Victorian Budget 2020/21 continues that record of investment. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced Footscray Primary School will receive an $18.2 million upgrade as part of the upcoming Victorian Budget 2020-2021. Following the $2.249 million announced through the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund, Footscray Primary School will receive at least $18.2 million to provide facilities for an additional 200 enrolments for the 2023 school year. This investment builds on the $1.18 billion as part of the Building Works Package announced earlier this year, which is creating space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and creating around 1,600 local construction jobs. Across Victoria, the Andrews Government is delivering 1,460 school upgrades – investing in new classrooms, fixing old buildings and delivering the learning spaces our kids deserve. The Andrews Government’s unprecedented $7.2 billion investment in Victorian school infrastructure is not only creating 7,500 jobs – it is ensuring that ensuring every child has a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an investment in our kids and their future. Because every child, no matter where they go to school, deserves access to state-of-the-art facilities.” “Schools are the heart of our communities, so it makes sense that we’re investing in upgrades to support local jobs to drive our economic recovery.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall "Families in Footscray have done a phenomenal job in supporting student to learn from home. As kids return to their classrooms, we want to make Footscray Primary School better than before.” “Not only will this make sure our kids are getting a great education – it’ll create new local jobs.”

GROWING FOOTSCRAY PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR THE FUTURE

This year, Footscray families have done an incredible job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the fantastic new learning spaces they deserve. The Andrews Government has built and upgraded more schools than any government in our state’s history, and the Victorian Budget 2020/21 continues that record of investment. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced Footscray Primary School will receive an $18.2 million upgrade as part of the upcoming Victorian Budget 2020-2021. Following the $2.249 million announced through the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund, Footscray Primary School will receive at least $18.2 million to provide facilities for an additional 200 enrolments for the 2023 school year. This investment builds on the $1.18 billion as part of the Building Works Package announced earlier this year, which is creating space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and creating around 1,600 local construction jobs. Across Victoria, the Andrews Government is delivering 1,460 school upgrades – investing in new classrooms, fixing old buildings and delivering the learning spaces our kids deserve. The Andrews Government’s unprecedented $7.2 billion investment in Victorian school infrastructure is not only creating 7,500 jobs – it is ensuring that ensuring every child has a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an investment in our kids and their future. Because every child, no matter where they go to school, deserves access to state-of-the-art facilities.” “Schools are the heart of our communities, so it makes sense that we’re investing in upgrades to support local jobs to drive our economic recovery.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall "Families in Footscray have done a phenomenal job in supporting student to learn from home. As kids return to their classrooms, we want to make Footscray Primary School better than before.” “Not only will this make sure our kids are getting a great education – it’ll create new local jobs.”

$2.249 MILLION TO PLAN FOR FUTURE WORKS AT FOOTSCRAY PRIMARY SCHOOL

The Victorian Government is investing $42 million into planning for school infrastructure projects to fast-track the state’s long-term economic recovery hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Katie Hall MP, Member for Footscray announced Footscray Primary School is one of 33 further schools given the green light to start planning for upgrades and new builds under the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund. Footscray Primary School will receive $2.249 million to plan for an upgrade, including adding facilities for an additional 200 enrolments. The Victorian School Building Authority will work with school communities and provide principals and school leaders with ‘Bricks & Mortar’ training, which covers the process schools should follow to successfully manage their project. Developing detailed designs now will mean these projects will be shovel-ready once capital funding is allocated in a future State Budget. The Andrews Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education The Hon. James Merlino MP “We are providing students and teachers across the state 21st Century learning facilities to enable them to reach their full potential – that’s why Victoria is the Education State.” “Planning for school upgrades in the future will provide a much needed boost to our economy as we get on with the post pandemic recover. Quotes attributable to Katie Hall MP for Footscray “The Victorian Government is supporting schools in Footscray to help their students achieve their best results by planning for a future upgrade for their school community.”

$2.249 MILLION TO PLAN FOR FUTURE WORKS AT FOOTSCRAY PRIMARY SCHOOL

The Victorian Government is investing $42 million into planning for school infrastructure projects to fast-track the state’s long-term economic recovery hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Katie Hall MP, Member for Footscray announced Footscray Primary School is one of 33 further schools given the green light to start planning for upgrades and new builds under the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund. Footscray Primary School will receive $2.249 million to plan for an upgrade, including adding facilities for an additional 200 enrolments. The Victorian School Building Authority will work with school communities and provide principals and school leaders with ‘Bricks & Mortar’ training, which covers the process schools should follow to successfully manage their project. Developing detailed designs now will mean these projects will be shovel-ready once capital funding is allocated in a future State Budget. The Andrews Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education The Hon. James Merlino MP “We are providing students and teachers across the state 21st Century learning facilities to enable them to reach their full potential – that’s why Victoria is the Education State.” “Planning for school upgrades in the future will provide a much needed boost to our economy as we get on with the post pandemic recover. Quotes attributable to Katie Hall MP for Footscray “The Victorian Government is supporting schools in Footscray to help their students achieve their best results by planning for a future upgrade for their school community.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR ASYLUM SEEKER RESOURCE CENTRE TO AID CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is set to share in joint funding of almost $30 million from the Andrews Government, and the Commonwealth, for community legal centres across the state to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19). The ASRC will receive $171,500 to support its continued delivery of frontline legal assistance services during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP welcomed the funding, which will provide more members of the community with access to justice as they face the challenges arising from COVID-19. Community legal centres are responding to increased demand due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the ASRC provides vital support to refugees and asylum seekers with immigration advice and representation. The funding boost will also help the ASRC to upgrade technology so that more community members can access the help they need remotely and digitally while the COVID-19 restrictions remain ongoing. The Victorian Government’s $17.5 million COVID-19 response is in addition to funding recently agreed with the Commonwealth under the National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-25 Agreement. The Agreement will see an additional $4 million in funding each year for the legal assistance sector in Victoria compared to the expiring National Partnership Agreement 2015-20. Quote attributable to Attorney-General Jill Hennessy “Our community legal centres are on the frontline, helping Victorians who need support every single day – this funding will ensure they provide this support virtually, to more Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Footscray Katie Hall “Asylum Seeker Resource Centre does vital work supporting people in our community every day, this extra support recognises that work as well as the challenges of operating during the coronavirus pandemic.” “With this funding boost our community can be assured that they will continue to have a place to turn for legal help when they need it.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR ASYLUM SEEKER RESOURCE CENTRE TO AID CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is set to share in joint funding of almost $30 million from the Andrews Government, and the Commonwealth, for community legal centres across the state to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19). The ASRC will receive $171,500 to support its continued delivery of frontline legal assistance services during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP welcomed the funding, which will provide more members of the community with access to justice as they face the challenges arising from COVID-19. Community legal centres are responding to increased demand due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the ASRC provides vital support to refugees and asylum seekers with immigration advice and representation. The funding boost will also help the ASRC to upgrade technology so that more community members can access the help they need remotely and digitally while the COVID-19 restrictions remain ongoing. The Victorian Government’s $17.5 million COVID-19 response is in addition to funding recently agreed with the Commonwealth under the National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-25 Agreement. The Agreement will see an additional $4 million in funding each year for the legal assistance sector in Victoria compared to the expiring National Partnership Agreement 2015-20. Quote attributable to Attorney-General Jill Hennessy “Our community legal centres are on the frontline, helping Victorians who need support every single day – this funding will ensure they provide this support virtually, to more Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Footscray Katie Hall “Asylum Seeker Resource Centre does vital work supporting people in our community every day, this extra support recognises that work as well as the challenges of operating during the coronavirus pandemic.” “With this funding boost our community can be assured that they will continue to have a place to turn for legal help when they need it.”

SUSTAINING CREATIVE WORKERS GRANTS TO SUPPORT LOCAL CREATIVE RECOVERY

$49,400 in grants will support local creatives in Footscray to rebound, recover and explore new business opportunities as part of the first wave of the Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers initiative. Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP welcomed the news that local creative workers and businesses would share in state-wide grants totalling $2.4 million through the first tranche of the program. Sustaining Creative Workers provides quick response grants to support the work of professional creatives across all fields – from filmmakers, game developers and fashion designers to writers, visual artists, musicians, performers and many others. The creative industries employ 280,000 people in Victoria and have been among the hardest hit sectors, with venue closures, screen industry shutdowns and event cancellations leaving thousands of creative practitioners and associated trades out of work and leading to millions in lost revenue. Candace Lloyd will receive $5000 to install and upgrade her home studio to enable the creation of a second album; CB Mako will receive $2500 to research, develop and write new work; DJ JNETT will receive $5000 to collaborate and record with other Melbourne musicians to record a second EP; Morwenna Schenck will receive $4400 to collaborate with Punctum Inc on the design and creation of a new artwork; Rickie Linton Martin will receive $2500 to purchase art materials and develop marketing collateral and an online presence for the reopening of the exhibition “Three Rivers”; Rollason Bowring Design will receive $10,000 to teach sustainable design practices online; Tristan Lucas will receive $5000 to undertake skills development in digital sculpture and 3D printing; Victoria University on behalf of Northlands Collective will receive $10,000 to enable the collective to develop a new cabaret work; and Wrangler Studios will receive $5,000 to deliver a series of weekly livestream performances from Victorian artists from June to December 2020. Sustaining Creative Workers is part the Victorian Government’s overall $51.1 million response to protect creative jobs and ensure the state’s renowned creative sector survives the crisis. The grants program was delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria. Visit http://creative.vic.gov.au to see a full list of recipients. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “Creativity has always played a strong role in our community. Over the past few months, while we have stayed home, the creative sector has played a vital role in entertaining us, inspiring us and keeping us connected.” “However, the sector has been hit hard by event cancellations and venue closures. Even as restrictions slowly begin to ease, these workers and businesses will continue to be impacted for some time.”   “The Sustaining Creative Workers grants will help them adapt to these new circumstances, develop new sources of income or new ways to reach audiences, and keep working, building and future-proofing their business or career.”

SUSTAINING CREATIVE WORKERS GRANTS TO SUPPORT LOCAL CREATIVE RECOVERY

$49,400 in grants will support local creatives in Footscray to rebound, recover and explore new business opportunities as part of the first wave of the Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers initiative. Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP welcomed the news that local creative workers and businesses would share in state-wide grants totalling $2.4 million through the first tranche of the program. Sustaining Creative Workers provides quick response grants to support the work of professional creatives across all fields – from filmmakers, game developers and fashion designers to writers, visual artists, musicians, performers and many others. The creative industries employ 280,000 people in Victoria and have been among the hardest hit sectors, with venue closures, screen industry shutdowns and event cancellations leaving thousands of creative practitioners and associated trades out of work and leading to millions in lost revenue. Candace Lloyd will receive $5000 to install and upgrade her home studio to enable the creation of a second album; CB Mako will receive $2500 to research, develop and write new work; DJ JNETT will receive $5000 to collaborate and record with other Melbourne musicians to record a second EP; Morwenna Schenck will receive $4400 to collaborate with Punctum Inc on the design and creation of a new artwork; Rickie Linton Martin will receive $2500 to purchase art materials and develop marketing collateral and an online presence for the reopening of the exhibition “Three Rivers”; Rollason Bowring Design will receive $10,000 to teach sustainable design practices online; Tristan Lucas will receive $5000 to undertake skills development in digital sculpture and 3D printing; Victoria University on behalf of Northlands Collective will receive $10,000 to enable the collective to develop a new cabaret work; and Wrangler Studios will receive $5,000 to deliver a series of weekly livestream performances from Victorian artists from June to December 2020. Sustaining Creative Workers is part the Victorian Government’s overall $51.1 million response to protect creative jobs and ensure the state’s renowned creative sector survives the crisis. The grants program was delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria. Visit http://creative.vic.gov.au to see a full list of recipients. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “Creativity has always played a strong role in our community. Over the past few months, while we have stayed home, the creative sector has played a vital role in entertaining us, inspiring us and keeping us connected.” “However, the sector has been hit hard by event cancellations and venue closures. Even as restrictions slowly begin to ease, these workers and businesses will continue to be impacted for some time.”   “The Sustaining Creative Workers grants will help them adapt to these new circumstances, develop new sources of income or new ways to reach audiences, and keep working, building and future-proofing their business or career.”

DOG AND POCKET PARK TO GREEN OUR SUBURBS

Sunshine West is to get a new pocket park and Maribyrnong a new off-leash dog park as part of the Victorian Government’s $154 million investment in greening our growing suburbs. Member for Footscray Katie Hall said the Glengala Pocket Park at the intersection with Gum Street and the Thompson Reserve Dog Park at Van Ness Ave in Maribyrnong would be established with $400,000 funding and $275,000 respectively under the Suburban Parks Program.    The new pocket park will open late next year, and the new dog park will ready for use in early 2022. Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the parks as two of the successful first-round projects as part of the program that will give families much needed green space for recreation, relaxation and spending time with their pets. Fifteen new pocket parks and nine off leash dog parks will be established across Melbourne after councils were invited to nominate potential sites that were then assessed by an independent panel. The park locations have been selected to ensure they are easily accessible by road and public transport or well-linked to bike and walking trails. The pocket parks will be located in South Melbourne, St Kilda, Bentleigh, Moorabbin, Brunswick, Caulfield South, Flemington, Sunshine West, Ivanhoe, Preston, Oakleigh, Prahran, Collingwood and Yarraville. The off-leash dog parks will be established in Cairnlea, Cranbourne East, Mickleham, Carrum, Rowville, Eltham North, Maribyrnong, Werribee and South Yarra. The Suburban Parks Program will create up to 6,500 hectares of new parkland, walking trails, bike trails, pocket and dog parks – the equivalent of more than 170 Royal Botanic Gardens. This includes $35 million for developing 25 pocket parks and $5 million to establish 16 new off-leash dog parks – another $10 million will help revamp parks and reserves with playgrounds, landscaping, toilets and picnic spaces. Funding for the next round of the program will be open to eligible local government areas from 1 June with grants of up to $1.3 million made available for a new pocket park and $275,000 for a new dog park. To see a full list of the round one projects and for details on round two visit: environment.vic.gov.au/suburban-parks/creating-new-parkland-across-victoria/local-parks Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio   “Being stuck inside the last few months has taught us the value of open green space to stretch the legs, clear the head and get some fresh air – that’s what this investment delivers.”  Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “This is great news for our community of dog lovers who will soon have access to designated parkland to exercise their pets with other like-minded people.”

DOG AND POCKET PARK TO GREEN OUR SUBURBS

Sunshine West is to get a new pocket park and Maribyrnong a new off-leash dog park as part of the Victorian Government’s $154 million investment in greening our growing suburbs. Member for Footscray Katie Hall said the Glengala Pocket Park at the intersection with Gum Street and the Thompson Reserve Dog Park at Van Ness Ave in Maribyrnong would be established with $400,000 funding and $275,000 respectively under the Suburban Parks Program.    The new pocket park will open late next year, and the new dog park will ready for use in early 2022. Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the parks as two of the successful first-round projects as part of the program that will give families much needed green space for recreation, relaxation and spending time with their pets. Fifteen new pocket parks and nine off leash dog parks will be established across Melbourne after councils were invited to nominate potential sites that were then assessed by an independent panel. The park locations have been selected to ensure they are easily accessible by road and public transport or well-linked to bike and walking trails. The pocket parks will be located in South Melbourne, St Kilda, Bentleigh, Moorabbin, Brunswick, Caulfield South, Flemington, Sunshine West, Ivanhoe, Preston, Oakleigh, Prahran, Collingwood and Yarraville. The off-leash dog parks will be established in Cairnlea, Cranbourne East, Mickleham, Carrum, Rowville, Eltham North, Maribyrnong, Werribee and South Yarra. The Suburban Parks Program will create up to 6,500 hectares of new parkland, walking trails, bike trails, pocket and dog parks – the equivalent of more than 170 Royal Botanic Gardens. This includes $35 million for developing 25 pocket parks and $5 million to establish 16 new off-leash dog parks – another $10 million will help revamp parks and reserves with playgrounds, landscaping, toilets and picnic spaces. Funding for the next round of the program will be open to eligible local government areas from 1 June with grants of up to $1.3 million made available for a new pocket park and $275,000 for a new dog park. To see a full list of the round one projects and for details on round two visit: environment.vic.gov.au/suburban-parks/creating-new-parkland-across-victoria/local-parks Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio   “Being stuck inside the last few months has taught us the value of open green space to stretch the legs, clear the head and get some fresh air – that’s what this investment delivers.”  Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “This is great news for our community of dog lovers who will soon have access to designated parkland to exercise their pets with other like-minded people.”

ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES FOR HIGH-RISE PUBLIC HOUSING

The Andrews Government is investing $4 million in energy efficiency upgrades for high-rise public housing estates to improve the amenity for tenants, lower greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs. This investment is part of a $15.3 million energy package unveiled today by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio to invest in renewables, grow jobs and keep energy bills low. The Andrews Government is investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades to improve the functionality of public buildings, empower energy users and create jobs. Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP said the investments will improve the energy efficiency of high-rise public housing across metropolitan Melbourne with a building in Footscray identified as a potential priority. The funding will focus on upgrades to bulk hot water systems and lighting in shared spaces, improving amenity and reliability for tenants. The upgrades will also deliver broader benefits to Victoria. The energy bill savings will return to Government, thus benefiting taxpayers, and reducing energy demand in the buildings will contribute to Victoria’s emissions reduction efforts. The project will be delivered in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and will build upon similar upgrades undertaken between 2018 and 2019 on nine public housing estates. The Victorian Government is investing in public housing energy efficiency is part of the Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works Building Works package for projects to get thousands of people back to work. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP: “Investing in energy efficiency is a win for the economy, the community and environment. It improves the amenity for tenants, but also delivers jobs and lowers emissions” “The need for economic stimulus provides an opportunity to undertake important energy efficiency upgrades to high rise public housing”.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES FOR HIGH-RISE PUBLIC HOUSING

The Andrews Government is investing $4 million in energy efficiency upgrades for high-rise public housing estates to improve the amenity for tenants, lower greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs. This investment is part of a $15.3 million energy package unveiled today by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio to invest in renewables, grow jobs and keep energy bills low. The Andrews Government is investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades to improve the functionality of public buildings, empower energy users and create jobs. Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP said the investments will improve the energy efficiency of high-rise public housing across metropolitan Melbourne with a building in Footscray identified as a potential priority. The funding will focus on upgrades to bulk hot water systems and lighting in shared spaces, improving amenity and reliability for tenants. The upgrades will also deliver broader benefits to Victoria. The energy bill savings will return to Government, thus benefiting taxpayers, and reducing energy demand in the buildings will contribute to Victoria’s emissions reduction efforts. The project will be delivered in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and will build upon similar upgrades undertaken between 2018 and 2019 on nine public housing estates. The Victorian Government is investing in public housing energy efficiency is part of the Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works Building Works package for projects to get thousands of people back to work. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP: “Investing in energy efficiency is a win for the economy, the community and environment. It improves the amenity for tenants, but also delivers jobs and lowers emissions” “The need for economic stimulus provides an opportunity to undertake important energy efficiency upgrades to high rise public housing”.

MORE JOBS AND BOOSTING SCHOOL CAPACITY IN FOOTSCRAY

The Andrews Government will fix old buildings, deliver extra classrooms and build ten brand new schools in a state-wide construction blitz that will create thousands of jobs across the state and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced Footscray North Primary School is among nine metropolitan schools to share in an investment of $130.1 million to help provide additional capacity to meet enrolment growth. When completed, these projects, part of the Established Areas Program, will provide 1,550 extra spaces for Victorian students. Footscray North Primary School will receive at least $16.13 million to deliver an upgrade and modernisation of the school, including adding new facilities for an additional 200 enrolments. This project is part of the Victorian Government's Building Works package, which will deliver $2.7 billion in shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work across our state. The package includes a $1.18 billion education building program will also build new schools, deliver and refurbish relocatable classrooms and make schools more accessible for students and staff with disabilities. Together, the projects will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs in communities across Victoria. This $1.18 billion education building program is in addition to the $6.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government on delivering school upgrades since 2014, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so everyone can get a great education, no matter their background or where they live. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “This investment will upgrade schools, create thousands of jobs and help our economy recover from coronavirus.” “This project at Footscray is yet another great example of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria, to help meet growth in enrolments.” “We’re investing record funding in education so all people in Footscray North, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.”

MORE JOBS AND BOOSTING SCHOOL CAPACITY IN FOOTSCRAY

The Andrews Government will fix old buildings, deliver extra classrooms and build ten brand new schools in a state-wide construction blitz that will create thousands of jobs across the state and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced Footscray North Primary School is among nine metropolitan schools to share in an investment of $130.1 million to help provide additional capacity to meet enrolment growth. When completed, these projects, part of the Established Areas Program, will provide 1,550 extra spaces for Victorian students. Footscray North Primary School will receive at least $16.13 million to deliver an upgrade and modernisation of the school, including adding new facilities for an additional 200 enrolments. This project is part of the Victorian Government's Building Works package, which will deliver $2.7 billion in shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work across our state. The package includes a $1.18 billion education building program will also build new schools, deliver and refurbish relocatable classrooms and make schools more accessible for students and staff with disabilities. Together, the projects will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs in communities across Victoria. This $1.18 billion education building program is in addition to the $6.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government on delivering school upgrades since 2014, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so everyone can get a great education, no matter their background or where they live. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “This investment will upgrade schools, create thousands of jobs and help our economy recover from coronavirus.” “This project at Footscray is yet another great example of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria, to help meet growth in enrolments.” “We’re investing record funding in education so all people in Footscray North, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

NEW NAME AND NEW DESIGN FOR FOOTSCRAY HIGH SCHOOL

Students at the current Footscray City College are a step closer to getting the state-of-the-art science facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne and Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced the appointment of Jackson Clement Burrows to design the school’s new science facility. The project will upgrade the facilities at the current Footscray City College to ensure that students are equipped for 21st century learning. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and support over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians, including more than $80 million for the Footscray Learning Precinct. They also announced that, following extensive consultation with the community, the new secondary school in the Footscray Learning Precinct would be officially named Footscray High School. With three new campuses set to open in 2021, the Precinct will link educational facilities in Melbourne’s inner west, supporting diversity and accommodating all stages of learning. The Precinct will create a new secondary school made up of: A junior secondary campus (years 7-9) at Pilgrim Street, Seddon A junior secondary campus (years 7-9) at Barkly Street, Footscray (currently Gilmore College for Girls) A senior secondary campus (years 10-12) at Kinnear St, Footscray (to be located at the current Footscray City College site). The Precinct will also include Footscray City Primary School, including a new integrated Early Learning Centre, and Footscray Primary School.​ Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school where students can achieve their best. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The new Footscray High School will be so much more than walls and a roof. It will be a cleverly designed hub which will inspire and encourage local students to reach their full potential.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given the best possible chance to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne “This exciting appointment means families in Melbourne’s inner west are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

NEW NAME AND NEW DESIGN FOR FOOTSCRAY HIGH SCHOOL

Students at the current Footscray City College are a step closer to getting the state-of-the-art science facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne and Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced the appointment of Jackson Clement Burrows to design the school’s new science facility. The project will upgrade the facilities at the current Footscray City College to ensure that students are equipped for 21st century learning. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and support over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians, including more than $80 million for the Footscray Learning Precinct. They also announced that, following extensive consultation with the community, the new secondary school in the Footscray Learning Precinct would be officially named Footscray High School. With three new campuses set to open in 2021, the Precinct will link educational facilities in Melbourne’s inner west, supporting diversity and accommodating all stages of learning. The Precinct will create a new secondary school made up of: A junior secondary campus (years 7-9) at Pilgrim Street, Seddon A junior secondary campus (years 7-9) at Barkly Street, Footscray (currently Gilmore College for Girls) A senior secondary campus (years 10-12) at Kinnear St, Footscray (to be located at the current Footscray City College site). The Precinct will also include Footscray City Primary School, including a new integrated Early Learning Centre, and Footscray Primary School.​ Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school where students can achieve their best. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The new Footscray High School will be so much more than walls and a roof. It will be a cleverly designed hub which will inspire and encourage local students to reach their full potential.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given the best possible chance to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne “This exciting appointment means families in Melbourne’s inner west are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

Lynch's Bridge Strengthening

The art-deco style of Lynch’s Bridge will be preserved as safety barriers are upgraded on both bridges, and footpaths and drainage will also be improved.

FUNDING BOOSTS LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS IN FOOTSCRAY

It will now be easier for Victorians living in Footscray to get active thanks to four local sporting clubs sharing in over $750,000 total funding from VicHealth. This funding will support local sports clubs to create more opportunities for women and girls to get active by offering new female teams or programs and providing equipment to ensure clubs can grow with their community. The grants will also support clubs to introduce social, flexible and accessible sports programs to empower more people in the community to give sport a go regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background. Building on the success of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, 61 clubs across Victoria will also receive funding to promote the campaign as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active. Local clubs funded in Footscray include: $1,700 for the VU Western Spurs Women's Football Team to introduce more opportunities for women to train at the club who are unable to play on weekends due to life circumstances and availability. $3,000 for the Western Beaches Outrigger Canoe Club to introduce more opportunities for women to take part in outrigger canoeing, such as training sessions and social paddling activities. $2,796 for the Westgate Basketball Association to introduce Aussie Hoops Girls Only Basketball, an all-girls program for girls aged 5-10. $2,960 for the Westside Suns Basketball Club to introduce new teams for younger girls to provide more opportunities to play. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP Taking part in community sport is a great way to make new friends and get active with others while also improving your own health and wellbeing. I encourage everyone in Footscray to look at what opportunities are available for them to get involved. I welcome this latest round of funding to make getting active easier for everyone, while supporting the clubs and associations that contribute so much to our great community. Quotes attributable to VicHealth Acting CEO, Dr Lyn Roberts AO We’re thrilled to be able to support local sporting clubs in Footscray to provide more opportunities for the community to get active through a sport they enjoy. The success of our This Girl Can – Victoria campaign shows that women and girls, as well as disadvantaged and less active groups, want to get active and socialise.

FUNDING BOOSTS LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS IN FOOTSCRAY

It will now be easier for Victorians living in Footscray to get active thanks to four local sporting clubs sharing in over $750,000 total funding from VicHealth. This funding will support local sports clubs to create more opportunities for women and girls to get active by offering new female teams or programs and providing equipment to ensure clubs can grow with their community. The grants will also support clubs to introduce social, flexible and accessible sports programs to empower more people in the community to give sport a go regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background. Building on the success of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, 61 clubs across Victoria will also receive funding to promote the campaign as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active. Local clubs funded in Footscray include: $1,700 for the VU Western Spurs Women's Football Team to introduce more opportunities for women to train at the club who are unable to play on weekends due to life circumstances and availability. $3,000 for the Western Beaches Outrigger Canoe Club to introduce more opportunities for women to take part in outrigger canoeing, such as training sessions and social paddling activities. $2,796 for the Westgate Basketball Association to introduce Aussie Hoops Girls Only Basketball, an all-girls program for girls aged 5-10. $2,960 for the Westside Suns Basketball Club to introduce new teams for younger girls to provide more opportunities to play. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP Taking part in community sport is a great way to make new friends and get active with others while also improving your own health and wellbeing. I encourage everyone in Footscray to look at what opportunities are available for them to get involved. I welcome this latest round of funding to make getting active easier for everyone, while supporting the clubs and associations that contribute so much to our great community. Quotes attributable to VicHealth Acting CEO, Dr Lyn Roberts AO We’re thrilled to be able to support local sporting clubs in Footscray to provide more opportunities for the community to get active through a sport they enjoy. The success of our This Girl Can – Victoria campaign shows that women and girls, as well as disadvantaged and less active groups, want to get active and socialise.

NO HITTING PAUSE ON KEEPING MUSIC LIVE AND LOCAL

Footscray’s Phoenix Youth Hub is preparing to let the music play thanks to a $25,000 grant through the Andrews Government’s Good Music Neighbours program. Local hotspot The Night Heron will also receive $1,174 through this funding. Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP announced the grant which will support the Youth Hub to repair and upgrade the soundproofing in the walls and ceiling of the Bunker space, reducing impact on residents and improving sound quality within the venue. The Night Heron will use their funding to complete sound attenuation works for internal spaces, including the application of acoustic tiles on the ceiling and walls at locations of initial sound reflection, and the installation of an air lock door leading to the external courtyard. The Phoenix Youth Hub and Night Heron are two of 15 Victorian venues to be supported in the latest round of the program, which supports venues to make improvements and manage their sound in line with the latest regulations and best practice guidelines. The Good Music Neighbours program is part of the Labor Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative which aims to strengthen Victoria’s contemporary music industry at all levels. This initiative supports the diverse professionals, organisations, businesses and events that make up Victoria’s renowned music industry. Since its launch in 2016 the Good Music Neighbours program has provided support to venues across the state to undertake sound management projects. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “Live music is a fixture of Footscray, and this Good Music Neighbours grant provides practical support to two local institutions to help them build their capacities, and strengthen their live music program.” “Good sound management is a win for everyone – it makes things better for musicians, venue operators and the surrounding neighbourhood.”

NO HITTING PAUSE ON KEEPING MUSIC LIVE AND LOCAL

Footscray’s Phoenix Youth Hub is preparing to let the music play thanks to a $25,000 grant through the Andrews Government’s Good Music Neighbours program. Local hotspot The Night Heron will also receive $1,174 through this funding. Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP announced the grant which will support the Youth Hub to repair and upgrade the soundproofing in the walls and ceiling of the Bunker space, reducing impact on residents and improving sound quality within the venue. The Night Heron will use their funding to complete sound attenuation works for internal spaces, including the application of acoustic tiles on the ceiling and walls at locations of initial sound reflection, and the installation of an air lock door leading to the external courtyard. The Phoenix Youth Hub and Night Heron are two of 15 Victorian venues to be supported in the latest round of the program, which supports venues to make improvements and manage their sound in line with the latest regulations and best practice guidelines. The Good Music Neighbours program is part of the Labor Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative which aims to strengthen Victoria’s contemporary music industry at all levels. This initiative supports the diverse professionals, organisations, businesses and events that make up Victoria’s renowned music industry. Since its launch in 2016 the Good Music Neighbours program has provided support to venues across the state to undertake sound management projects. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “Live music is a fixture of Footscray, and this Good Music Neighbours grant provides practical support to two local institutions to help them build their capacities, and strengthen their live music program.” “Good sound management is a win for everyone – it makes things better for musicians, venue operators and the surrounding neighbourhood.”

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT BUDGET DELIVERING FOR FOOTSCRAY

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Footscray. Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s Victorian Budget 2019/20 includes $1.5 billion to deliver a bigger and more modern 504-bed Footscray Hospital, which will cut waiting times and allow almost 15,000 additional patients to be treated each year, as well as almost 20,000 additional emergency department admissions. The Labor Government will upgrade Tweddle Child and Family Health Services in Footscray, part of a $213.7 million statewide investment to help family health services with their important work. By investing in better and more modern facilities for Tweddle, new parents can get the advice they need, including support with sleeping, feeding and extra care for babies with additional needs. First-time parents will benefit under the Budget with the rollout of new Baby Bundles.  These bundles will include all the essentials local mums and dads need to help guide them through the first few months and years of their child’s life, including a nappy bag, growsuit, safe sleeping bag, teething ring, muslin wrap, information on safety and parenting and picture books. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to a $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. Students right across the state will have a brighter smile, thanks to the Labor Government’s rollout of free dental care at all public primary and secondary schools. This year’s Budget begins that rollout, investing $321.9 million and delivering on our promise to bring back dental vans. This investment will save families around $400 a year per child in dental costs, as well as saving parents the inconvenience of taking time off work for appointments. Once fully rolled out, this initiative will also free up more than 100,000 places in the public dental care system each year. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes $12.75 million to make sure students at Sunshine College have the learning spaces they deserve, delivering the next stage of the major upgrade, including the Performing Arts Centre, Gymnasium, Year 7-8 Learning Building and carparks. This builds on the $21.7 million already provided by the Labor Government to the school. In addition to this, $20.25 million is provided for the next stage of the Footscray Learning Precinct, including $16.12 million for Gilmore Girls College and $4.12 million for Footscray City College. From upgrading the roundabout at the end of your local street to building our state’s biggest transport projects, this Budget will get you where you need to go, with a massive Suburban Transport Blitz. With our state’s biggest transport build underway, now we’re turning our attention to the next big projects, investing $680.7 million for business case development, design and preconstruction work on Melbourne Airport Rail, which will connect Melbourne Airport to the existing rail network for the first time. $2.1 billion will transform train services to Sunbury, upgrading every station along the Line and enabling the rollout of new High Capacity Metro Trains. This will help cut travel times and provide for an extra 113,000 passengers on the Sunbury Line during peak periods. Recognising our community’s proud diversity, the Labor Government is providing $3.7 million to build a Vietnamese Cultural Centre and Museum which will support our Vietnamese community to preserve and share their culture and traditions in a space that they can improve and make their own. Our local Indian and Macedonian communities will also be able to celebrate their cultures and traditions with pride, thanks to the Labor Government’s funding to support the 2019 Footscray Diwali Festival and 2019 Macedonian Food Festivals. This investment will make sure the celebrations are bigger and better than ever before, allowing our entire community to join in the festivities. The Western Bulldogs are the heart and soul of our community. With this Budget, the Labor Government is ensuring local sporting stars have the facilities they deserve, with $1 million provided for preliminary designs for the Whitten Oval Master Plan. Giving local families a place to enjoy and unwind, the Labor Government is delivering on its promise to create more than 6,500 hectares of parkland across our suburbs. This year’s Budget provides $1 million for a new sensory park at Pipemakers Park which will provide children of all ages and abilities with a nature play space reflecting the beautiful natural environment of the surrounding park. The restoration of the History of the Land garden will include the creation of better access paths and new paths through bushland areas and the installation of new cycling signs. The Labor Government is also delivering on its promise to invest in a new pocket park in the Footscray electorate, giving local residents a place to escape into the outdoors, relax and unwind. Local families and their four-legged friends will have new places to stretch their legs, with the Labor Government delivering on its promise with brand-new dog parks for both the Brimbank and Maribyrnong municipalities, part of a $5 million statewide investment. Moonee Ponds Creek and the Maribyrnong and Werribee Rivers will benefit under our Waterways of the West plan, part of a $5.1 million investment to improve and protect Melbourne’s iconic waterways. This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “To have the new Footscray Hospital fully funded is an incredible result for our community. This is a once-in-a-generation project, and I’m so excited to see it delivered.” “Footscray is a major winner from this budget, and it’s Victorians throughout the state who will benefit from having our hospitals, schools, and public transport funded, for now and into the future.” “Education is at the heart of Footscray, and the funding for Sunshine College and the Footscray Learning Precinct is a major win for our community.” “Footscray’s proud Vietnamese community has contributed so much to the fabric of our area and I’m proud to help deliver a dedicated place to celebrate this.”

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT BUDGET DELIVERING FOR FOOTSCRAY

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Footscray. Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s Victorian Budget 2019/20 includes $1.5 billion to deliver a bigger and more modern 504-bed Footscray Hospital, which will cut waiting times and allow almost 15,000 additional patients to be treated each year, as well as almost 20,000 additional emergency department admissions. The Labor Government will upgrade Tweddle Child and Family Health Services in Footscray, part of a $213.7 million statewide investment to help family health services with their important work. By investing in better and more modern facilities for Tweddle, new parents can get the advice they need, including support with sleeping, feeding and extra care for babies with additional needs. First-time parents will benefit under the Budget with the rollout of new Baby Bundles.  These bundles will include all the essentials local mums and dads need to help guide them through the first few months and years of their child’s life, including a nappy bag, growsuit, safe sleeping bag, teething ring, muslin wrap, information on safety and parenting and picture books. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to a $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. Students right across the state will have a brighter smile, thanks to the Labor Government’s rollout of free dental care at all public primary and secondary schools. This year’s Budget begins that rollout, investing $321.9 million and delivering on our promise to bring back dental vans. This investment will save families around $400 a year per child in dental costs, as well as saving parents the inconvenience of taking time off work for appointments. Once fully rolled out, this initiative will also free up more than 100,000 places in the public dental care system each year. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes $12.75 million to make sure students at Sunshine College have the learning spaces they deserve, delivering the next stage of the major upgrade, including the Performing Arts Centre, Gymnasium, Year 7-8 Learning Building and carparks. This builds on the $21.7 million already provided by the Labor Government to the school. In addition to this, $20.25 million is provided for the next stage of the Footscray Learning Precinct, including $16.12 million for Gilmore Girls College and $4.12 million for Footscray City College. From upgrading the roundabout at the end of your local street to building our state’s biggest transport projects, this Budget will get you where you need to go, with a massive Suburban Transport Blitz. With our state’s biggest transport build underway, now we’re turning our attention to the next big projects, investing $680.7 million for business case development, design and preconstruction work on Melbourne Airport Rail, which will connect Melbourne Airport to the existing rail network for the first time. $2.1 billion will transform train services to Sunbury, upgrading every station along the Line and enabling the rollout of new High Capacity Metro Trains. This will help cut travel times and provide for an extra 113,000 passengers on the Sunbury Line during peak periods. Recognising our community’s proud diversity, the Labor Government is providing $3.7 million to build a Vietnamese Cultural Centre and Museum which will support our Vietnamese community to preserve and share their culture and traditions in a space that they can improve and make their own. Our local Indian and Macedonian communities will also be able to celebrate their cultures and traditions with pride, thanks to the Labor Government’s funding to support the 2019 Footscray Diwali Festival and 2019 Macedonian Food Festivals. This investment will make sure the celebrations are bigger and better than ever before, allowing our entire community to join in the festivities. The Western Bulldogs are the heart and soul of our community. With this Budget, the Labor Government is ensuring local sporting stars have the facilities they deserve, with $1 million provided for preliminary designs for the Whitten Oval Master Plan. Giving local families a place to enjoy and unwind, the Labor Government is delivering on its promise to create more than 6,500 hectares of parkland across our suburbs. This year’s Budget provides $1 million for a new sensory park at Pipemakers Park which will provide children of all ages and abilities with a nature play space reflecting the beautiful natural environment of the surrounding park. The restoration of the History of the Land garden will include the creation of better access paths and new paths through bushland areas and the installation of new cycling signs. The Labor Government is also delivering on its promise to invest in a new pocket park in the Footscray electorate, giving local residents a place to escape into the outdoors, relax and unwind. Local families and their four-legged friends will have new places to stretch their legs, with the Labor Government delivering on its promise with brand-new dog parks for both the Brimbank and Maribyrnong municipalities, part of a $5 million statewide investment. Moonee Ponds Creek and the Maribyrnong and Werribee Rivers will benefit under our Waterways of the West plan, part of a $5.1 million investment to improve and protect Melbourne’s iconic waterways. This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “To have the new Footscray Hospital fully funded is an incredible result for our community. This is a once-in-a-generation project, and I’m so excited to see it delivered.” “Footscray is a major winner from this budget, and it’s Victorians throughout the state who will benefit from having our hospitals, schools, and public transport funded, for now and into the future.” “Education is at the heart of Footscray, and the funding for Sunshine College and the Footscray Learning Precinct is a major win for our community.” “Footscray’s proud Vietnamese community has contributed so much to the fabric of our area and I’m proud to help deliver a dedicated place to celebrate this.”

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMATION COMING TO DUKE STREET COMMUNITY HOUSE

Katie Hall MP, Member for Footscray, visited Duke Street Community House in Sunshine today to announce funding of $199,100 through the Community Support Fund as the centre celebrated the start of Neighbourhood House Week. The funding will be used to implement the “Create, Make, SHINE” project. This project will be used to refurbish existing learning spaces, as well as purchase new IT equipment including computers, iPads, and 3D printers. It will also deliver educational activities to provide students with the necessary information skills technology, such as computer use, required for 21st century workplaces. The project will benefit the residents of Sunshine and Braybrook, by offering new opportunities for training and education, in an accessible and supportive environment. Duke Street Community House was established in 1973 to provide inclusion, education and support services to the Brimbank community. Its objectives include providing services to promote social justice and community strengthening, and currently offers programs including English as an Additional Language, basic to advanced computer skills, and internet use. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “I’m so pleased we have secured this funding for Duke Street Community House. This project will change lives – by providing access to the people of Braybrook and Sunshine to the best technology available.”     “Duke Street Community House is a fantastic local organisation working tirelessly within our community. I’m proud to support the incredible work that they do.” “This funding is a perfect example of Duke Street Community House’s commitment to providing education opportunities for all members of the community, and will make a huge difference.”

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMATION COMING TO DUKE STREET COMMUNITY HOUSE

Katie Hall MP, Member for Footscray, visited Duke Street Community House in Sunshine today to announce funding of $199,100 through the Community Support Fund as the centre celebrated the start of Neighbourhood House Week. The funding will be used to implement the “Create, Make, SHINE” project. This project will be used to refurbish existing learning spaces, as well as purchase new IT equipment including computers, iPads, and 3D printers. It will also deliver educational activities to provide students with the necessary information skills technology, such as computer use, required for 21st century workplaces. The project will benefit the residents of Sunshine and Braybrook, by offering new opportunities for training and education, in an accessible and supportive environment. Duke Street Community House was established in 1973 to provide inclusion, education and support services to the Brimbank community. Its objectives include providing services to promote social justice and community strengthening, and currently offers programs including English as an Additional Language, basic to advanced computer skills, and internet use. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “I’m so pleased we have secured this funding for Duke Street Community House. This project will change lives – by providing access to the people of Braybrook and Sunshine to the best technology available.”     “Duke Street Community House is a fantastic local organisation working tirelessly within our community. I’m proud to support the incredible work that they do.” “This funding is a perfect example of Duke Street Community House’s commitment to providing education opportunities for all members of the community, and will make a huge difference.”

FOOTSCRAY LEARNING PRECINCT’S PRINCIPAL ANNOUNCED

An inaugural executive principal has been appointed to lead Footscray Learning Precinct’s secondary school in Melbourne’s inner west. Member for Footscray Katie Hall and Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne today announced Frank Vetere will be the principal of the new secondary school. The precinct will link education facilities from early childhood through to university, including a new secondary school with three campuses – two junior and one senior – with a campus in Seddon to open in 2021. Mr Vetere is currently the principal of Point Cook P-9 College and has been in the role for four years after acting in the position since the school’s opening in 2010. He also comes to the new post as a graduate of the Department of Education’s Principal Leadership Program. The Andrews Labor Government has already invested more than $50 million to build the new precinct, giving local kids the state of the art classrooms and facilities they need to achieve their best. This includes planning for the entire precinct, land and construction of the new Seddon Junior Secondary Campus, the first stage of works at Gilmore College for Girls and the first stage of works at Footscray City Primary School, including a new integrated early learning centre to be built adjacent to the school. The Government has also committed a further $20.2 million for a new three-storey building at Gilmore College for Girls and a major upgrade to Footscray City College, including science, technology, engineering and maths facilities. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “Mr Vetere is one of Victoria’s brightest and best leaders in education and his appointment as executive principal of the new secondary school ensures the entire Footscray Learning Precinct gets off to a fantastic start.” Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne “This appointment is an exciting development because it means we’re a step closer to having a new learning precinct for local families.” Quotes attributable to Executive Principal of Footscray Learning Centre secondary school Frank Vetere “I’m over the moon about this opportunity. What’s exciting is the prospect of delivering a vision which is about developing a multitude of pathways for students in a safe, inclusive and inspiring environment.” “A key feature of the precinct model is the seamless transitions it offers at various stages of learning so that students and families don’t need to retell their story and teachers can easily access learning profiles.”

FOOTSCRAY LEARNING PRECINCT’S PRINCIPAL ANNOUNCED

An inaugural executive principal has been appointed to lead Footscray Learning Precinct’s secondary school in Melbourne’s inner west. Member for Footscray Katie Hall and Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne today announced Frank Vetere will be the principal of the new secondary school. The precinct will link education facilities from early childhood through to university, including a new secondary school with three campuses – two junior and one senior – with a campus in Seddon to open in 2021. Mr Vetere is currently the principal of Point Cook P-9 College and has been in the role for four years after acting in the position since the school’s opening in 2010. He also comes to the new post as a graduate of the Department of Education’s Principal Leadership Program. The Andrews Labor Government has already invested more than $50 million to build the new precinct, giving local kids the state of the art classrooms and facilities they need to achieve their best. This includes planning for the entire precinct, land and construction of the new Seddon Junior Secondary Campus, the first stage of works at Gilmore College for Girls and the first stage of works at Footscray City Primary School, including a new integrated early learning centre to be built adjacent to the school. The Government has also committed a further $20.2 million for a new three-storey building at Gilmore College for Girls and a major upgrade to Footscray City College, including science, technology, engineering and maths facilities. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “Mr Vetere is one of Victoria’s brightest and best leaders in education and his appointment as executive principal of the new secondary school ensures the entire Footscray Learning Precinct gets off to a fantastic start.” Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne “This appointment is an exciting development because it means we’re a step closer to having a new learning precinct for local families.” Quotes attributable to Executive Principal of Footscray Learning Centre secondary school Frank Vetere “I’m over the moon about this opportunity. What’s exciting is the prospect of delivering a vision which is about developing a multitude of pathways for students in a safe, inclusive and inspiring environment.” “A key feature of the precinct model is the seamless transitions it offers at various stages of learning so that students and families don’t need to retell their story and teachers can easily access learning profiles.”

NEW FOOTSCRAY HOSPITAL COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE TAKING APPLICATIONS

The New Footscray Hospital Community Consultative Committee is now open for applications

WORKS START ON SHARED PATH FOR A BETTER, SAFER DYNON ROAD

Cyclists and pedestrians in Melbourne’s west are set for better and safer journeys thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP today announced the start of works on a $4.8 million project which will include new shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians on Dynon Road connecting Footscray to the Melbourne CBD. A two-way cycling path and a footpath will be built between Maribyrnong Street and Kensington Road and a new shared path to Highett Street which will connect with an existing shared path to North Melbourne. Raised pedestrian crossings will be added to the Maribyrnong Street and Sims Street intersections as well as pedestrian operated signals at Maribyrnong Street, allowing safe access onto Dynon Road. New line marking, additional signage and green pavement at intersections will improve the visibility of the shared paths, and extended kerbs will make it easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the road. The project is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s record $1.4 billion investment in the Towards Zero road safety strategy to deliver safer roads and protect Victorian road users. Works on the project are expected to be completed later this year. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “We’re making sure that journeys for cyclists and pedestrians are safer and easier for everyone on our roads.” “It’s projects like this that encourage people to get on the bike, reducing congestion and helping people stay active and healthy.”

WORKS START ON SHARED PATH FOR A BETTER, SAFER DYNON ROAD

Cyclists and pedestrians in Melbourne’s west are set for better and safer journeys thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP today announced the start of works on a $4.8 million project which will include new shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians on Dynon Road connecting Footscray to the Melbourne CBD. A two-way cycling path and a footpath will be built between Maribyrnong Street and Kensington Road and a new shared path to Highett Street which will connect with an existing shared path to North Melbourne. Raised pedestrian crossings will be added to the Maribyrnong Street and Sims Street intersections as well as pedestrian operated signals at Maribyrnong Street, allowing safe access onto Dynon Road. New line marking, additional signage and green pavement at intersections will improve the visibility of the shared paths, and extended kerbs will make it easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the road. The project is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s record $1.4 billion investment in the Towards Zero road safety strategy to deliver safer roads and protect Victorian road users. Works on the project are expected to be completed later this year. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP “We’re making sure that journeys for cyclists and pedestrians are safer and easier for everyone on our roads.” “It’s projects like this that encourage people to get on the bike, reducing congestion and helping people stay active and healthy.”

WESTERN ROADS UPGRADE STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive investment in road upgrades in Melbourne’s west is not only getting people home safer and sooner, it’s supporting some of the region’s most disadvantaged. The Western Roads Upgrade Project is teaming up with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, Western Chances and Western Health to support new migrants, young disadvantaged Victorians and others that face barriers to opportunity in the local community. The partnership with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation will strengthen the Ready SETTLE Go program, which helps migrants and refugees integrate and contribute to Melbourne’s west. The program has helped more than 18,000 migrants and refugees settle in the west since 2007 and assists more than 2,000 new Australians each year to access community-focused services. The support of the Labor Government’s Western Roads Upgrade Project will help an extra 130 newly-arrived migrants access the program and improve lives through literacy, family, employment and community services. The partnership with Western Chances will support the ongoing work of the organisation, who awards merit-based scholarships and gives other support to young people impacted by financial, social or cultural barriers. Western Chances has helped more than 2,800 young people since 2003, with many now established in industries such as engineering, medicine and commerce. Some of Victoria’s most vulnerable patients will be assisted through a partnership with Western Health, as part of the Greatest Need Project, which gives practical support to patients suffering severe hardship – from premature babies to victims of domestic violence – as well as helping to fund vital research at Western Health. Work is underway on the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade Project to transform eight priority roads through the rapidly-growing western suburbs, through a series of intersection upgrades, road widening and duplications. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “Our suburbs are some of the most culturally diverse in Australia, so it’s important we offer newly-arrived migrants the opportunity to integrate and feel included.” “This isn’t just about upgrading busy and congested roads, it’s also about helping the people in our community that need the support of these wonderful local organisations.”

WESTERN ROADS UPGRADE STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive investment in road upgrades in Melbourne’s west is not only getting people home safer and sooner, it’s supporting some of the region’s most disadvantaged. The Western Roads Upgrade Project is teaming up with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, Western Chances and Western Health to support new migrants, young disadvantaged Victorians and others that face barriers to opportunity in the local community. The partnership with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation will strengthen the Ready SETTLE Go program, which helps migrants and refugees integrate and contribute to Melbourne’s west. The program has helped more than 18,000 migrants and refugees settle in the west since 2007 and assists more than 2,000 new Australians each year to access community-focused services. The support of the Labor Government’s Western Roads Upgrade Project will help an extra 130 newly-arrived migrants access the program and improve lives through literacy, family, employment and community services. The partnership with Western Chances will support the ongoing work of the organisation, who awards merit-based scholarships and gives other support to young people impacted by financial, social or cultural barriers. Western Chances has helped more than 2,800 young people since 2003, with many now established in industries such as engineering, medicine and commerce. Some of Victoria’s most vulnerable patients will be assisted through a partnership with Western Health, as part of the Greatest Need Project, which gives practical support to patients suffering severe hardship – from premature babies to victims of domestic violence – as well as helping to fund vital research at Western Health. Work is underway on the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade Project to transform eight priority roads through the rapidly-growing western suburbs, through a series of intersection upgrades, road widening and duplications. Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “Our suburbs are some of the most culturally diverse in Australia, so it’s important we offer newly-arrived migrants the opportunity to integrate and feel included.” “This isn’t just about upgrading busy and congested roads, it’s also about helping the people in our community that need the support of these wonderful local organisations.”

Vietnamese community member’s statement

Katie's member's statement on the wonderful contributions of the Vietnamese community to Footscray

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival member’s statement

Katie's member's statement on the St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Footscray

Katie Hall MP Inaugural Speech

This is Katie Hall MP's first speech to the 59th Parliament of Victoria.

Delivering Energy Savings For Victorian Hospitals

Hospitals across Victoria are seeing major reductions in their energy bills, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s energy efficiency program.

Don’t Be Sidelined – Get Active This April

The Andrews Labor Government has opened registrations for the 11th annual Premier’s Active April campaign.

Developing The Next Generation Of Victorian Leaders

Young people aged 16 to 25 are encouraged to apply for the 2019 YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament to make their voices heard – and experience...

Prep Bags Spark Learning On First Day Of School

Every prep student in a Victorian Government school will start their education with a new library bag and bundle of books to spark the joy...

Victoria’s Booming Economy Leads The Way

Surging job numbers, a thriving construction industry and buoyant retail trade have underpinned Victoria’s number one spot in CommSec’s State of the States report.

AFLW 2019 To Kick Off With New Teams And Better Facilities

The AFLW is back with two new Victorian teams and better facilities for players and spectators as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $50 million...

Safety Boost For Victorian Kids Returning To School

The Andrews Labor Government is ramping up efforts to keep Victorian kids, parents and teachers safe with reduced speed limits and new electronic signage in...

Drilling Underway To Shape Airport Link

Soil testing to help inform the detailed Business Case for Melbourne Airport Rail Link has begun as preliminary planning works ramp up.

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Winners Announced

The year’s best literary works have been celebrated at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, with Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison winning...

Greater Effort Needed To Reduce Workplace Death Toll

The Andrews Labor Government is urging employers to make workplace safety a priority this year, after 23 people didn’t make it home from work in...

Inaugural Speech

Katie’s inaugural speech to the Parliament took place on Tuesday the 19th of February. In it, she paid reference to a number of local groups and individuals who are special to Footscray, and outlined her goals and hopes for Footscray's future. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYxqu2i_uoU&t=1s[/embed]

Inaugural Speech

Katie’s inaugural speech to the Parliament took place on Tuesday the 19th of February. In it, she paid reference to a number of local groups and individuals who are special to Footscray, and outlined her goals and hopes for Footscray's future. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYxqu2i_uoU&t=1s[/embed]

Victoria’s Jobless Rate The Lowest In More Than 10 Years

Victoria is leading the nation with our unemployment rate the lowest in more than 10 years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirmed today.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Katie Hall - Labor for Footscray

Premier Daniel Andrews and Katie Hall - Labor for Footscray

Thousands Of Victorian Homes Save Millions On Solar

Nearly 7,000 Victorian households have installed solar panels since the Andrews Labor Government’s Solar Homes package was launched in late August last year, amounting to...

Making Car Rego Easier For 1.3 Million Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government has made paying car rego easier for 1.3 million Victorians over the first year of short term vehicle registration.

Summer Transport Construction Blitz Underway

The next phase of the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented pipeline of major transport projects continues with a summer construction blitz starting today to prepare for...

Free TAFE Set To Deliver Skills For Thousands Of Victorians

More than 80,000 Victorians have picked up the phone or submitted an expression of interest form to their local TAFE to find out how they...

Delivering Better Facilities For The Daughters Of The West

The Western Bulldogs AFLW team is a step closer to getting the elite facilities they deserve with work underway on the Andrews Labor Government’s $5...

New Cutting-Edge Classrooms For Footscray Kids

Students in Melbourne’s west will now learn in brand new classrooms thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s innovative school building program.

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.