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As your local Member of Parliament I am available to assist you with any State Government related issues such as education, health, transport and police.

My office can be contacted on 03 9741 1133 or at tim.pallas@parliament.vic.gov.au.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Make Renting Fair
  • Plastic Bag Ban and Renewable Energy Target
  • Flu funding for Werribee Mercy
  • Boosting community safety
  • Infrastructure boom creating local jobs
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying
GRANTS, AWARDS AND PROGRAMS:
  • Victorian Youth Week grants
  • Funding for Werribee's cultural diversity
  • Early Years Awards winners
  • Boost for local sporting clubs
  • Grants for CALD gambling prevention projects
  • Victorian Young Achiever Awards

Government is a collaborative process and I encourage you to contact me and pass on your feedback, questions and suggestions, so we can continue to improve our community.



 

Making Renting Fair

 

The Andrews Labor Government will make renting fair for the more than one in four Victorians who rent their home, with an unprecedented package of tenancy reforms.

The package gives tenants more rights and better protection, with changes including:
  • Cracking down on rental bidding which forces would-be tenants to out-bid each other
  • Limiting rent increases to once per year, providing financial certainty
  • Requiring a reason to be provided when asking tenants to vacate or at the end of their lease
  • Giving tenants the right to own a pet, while still requiring landlord consent
  • Making it easier to make minor modifications, such as installing hooks for picture frames
  • Capping bonds at one month’s rent where it is twice the median weekly rent
  • A new Commissioner for Residential Tenancies and introduction of a landlord and estate agent blacklist
For more information, visit rentfair.vic.gov.au
 

Single-use, plastic bags to be banned and Victoria's Renewable Energy Target
 

The Andrews Government will ban single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags in Victoria.

Plastics can end up in our waterways, lakes and oceans — contributing to litter and posing a significant hazard to our marine life.

Reducing the number of plastic bags we use is an important part of addressing the overall impacts of plastic pollution in Victoria. That’s why $30.4 million was provided in the 2017/18 Victorian Budget over four years to improve the ways we manage waste and recover resources

The Labor Government is currently undertaking consultation on the ban. To have your say and find out more, visit engage.vic.gov.au/waste/plastic-pollution

Additionally, while the Federal Government abandons its targets for renewable energy, the Andrews Government is powering ahead with the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET), driving investment in renewable technology and reducing energy costs for consumers.

The VRET enshrines ambitious new renewable energy targets for Victoria of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025 in law. These targets will cut the average cost of power for Victorians by around $30 a year for households and $2,500 a year for medium businesses, while creating 11,000 new Victorian jobs.
 

Flu funding boost for Werribee Mercy


The Andrews Government is delivering a $115 million boost to give Werribee Mercy and Victoria’s busy public hospitals relief from a massive surge in demand following one of Victoria’s worst-ever flu seasons.

This funding package will support hospitals to ensure a record number of patients can get the care they need from emergency departments faster, for the remainder of the year. The funding will also create quicker transfer times, getting paramedics back on the road sooner, while cutting the wait for elective surgery, with more people than ever expected to receive surgery in 2017/18.

The extra $115 million boost comes on top the record $1.67 billion provided in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to support hospitals to meet demand and provide high quality, safer care to patients, no matter where they live.

 

Boosting community safety

 
The Andrews Government is supporting the work Victoria Police are doing to keep our community safe.
 
Wyndham recently received over $1 million in local crime prevention initiatives, including $700,000 for targeted youth crime prevention programs and $250,000 for an upgrade of Kelly Park.
 
This is on top of the 27 new police and 5 additional detectives allocated to the Wyndham Police Service Area. The Andrews Government’s record $2 billion investment to deliver on our Community Safety Statement will provide 3135 new police officers for Victoria over the next five years.
 
The effective work of Victoria Police is represented in recent reductions in crime, with total offences in Wyndham down 6.5%, while theft and burglaries were down nearly 15% in the year ending June 2017.
 
There is more to be done – we are giving our police the personnel and resources they need to keep Victorians safe.
 

Infrastructure boom creating local jobs

 
The Andrews Government’s multibillion dollar pipeline of infrastructure projects is getting Victorians working and putting local workers first.
 
The Local Jobs First – Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) requires government agencies to consider local suppliers when awarding contracts. There are currently 31 projects across Victoria worth $19 billion with an average local content requirement of 86%. By setting these targets for projects, we are ensuring continued work for local businesses and creating jobs for Victorians.
 
Since the Andrews Government was elected, Victoria’s employment has increased by 281,300 jobs – an increase of nearly 10 per cent – the highest increase of all the states in both percentage and absolute terms. The vast majority of those jobs – nearly 171,000 – were full time.
 

Voluntary Assisted Dying


The Victorian Government has set out to ensure Victorians are empowered with genuine choices at the end of their life through the introduction of a conservatiuve Voluntary Assisted Dying Framework.
 
A Ministerial Advisory Panel conducted widespread consultation. Their recommendations guarantee eligibility is only available to persons who meet the following criteria:
  • Terminally ill with life expectancy up to 12 months
  • Of decision making capacity
  • Have made three requests in total
  • Aged over 18
  • Reside in Victoria
 
At least two independent medical assessments must be made of the person’s eligibility. Health practitioners may conscientiously object to participating in voluntary assisted dying.
 
Thank you to the many residents who contacted my office to share their views. Members of Parliament were allowed a conscious vote and my decision was to vote in favour of the Bill.
 
The Bill recently passed the Lower House in the Victorian Parliament and is now to be debated in the Upper House before being implemented.
 
GRANTS, AWARDS AND PROGRAMS

Victorian Youth Week grants now available

 
The Andrews Government is helping celebrate inspiring and motivated young people across Victoria as part of the first ever Victorian Youth Week, after the Federal Government scrapped funding that it previously provided to states.
 
Grants are available of up to $2000 for community organisations, schools or councils to deliver activities for the Victorian Youth Week in April 2018. The grants are available to assist groups of young people to organise events for other young people, and close Friday 24 November.
 
For more information and to apply, visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au/vyw

Funding to help celebrate Werribee’s cultural diversity

 
Fifteen organisations with events or based in Werribee district have been awarded with grants by the Andrews Government to help celebrate and share their diverse cultures and traditions.
 
The grants, part of the Multicultural Festivals and Events program, support events that showcase Victoria’s multiculturalism and bring the community together.
 
Grants are approved for events that foster cross cultural awareness, understanding and respect, and ensure that Victoria’s multicultural communities can celebrate, preserve and share traditions in meaningful ways.
 
For a full list of successful grants, visit
multicultural.vic.gov.au

Innovative Wyndham programs win Early Years Awards

 
Congratulations to two early childhood programs in Wyndham which have won two out of six categories in the Victorian Early Years Awards 2017.
 
The ‘Embedding Authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program and Practice at Scale’, run by Wyndham City Council, won the Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning award for its inspiring work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
 
Another program, the ‘Healthy, Happy Beginnings for Refugee Mothers and Babies’ program run by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, won in the Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships category for making a difference in the lives of refugee families.
 
The winners will receive between $10,000 and $15,000 to go towards enhancing their work. For more details on the awards and this year’s finalists, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya

Boost for local sporting clubs in Werribee

 
Grassroots sports clubs in Werribee electorate are getting the equipment, skills and expertise they need to grow and win thanks to $500,000 worth of grants from the Andrews Government.
 
Grants of $1000 each will be provided to Altona Softball Club, Werribee City Football Club and Werribee Softball Association to purchase new equipment and uniforms. Additionally, Werribee Masters Football Club will benefit from a $2000 grant to provide first aid training to sports trainers.
 
Grassroots sports clubs are the heart and soul of the Werribee community. They bring people together and create healthier, happier and more united communities, and they’re the launching pad of our next generation of champions.
 
If you are involved in a local sporting club and don’t want to miss out on future funding opportunities, sign up for my regular Sports e-News by contacting my office at tim.pallas@parliament.vic.gov.au
 

Grants available for CALD projects to reduce gambling harm

 
The Andrews Government is encouraging Victorian community organisations to apply for funding under a new $200,000 grants program to help prevent or reduce gambling harm in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
 
Grants of up to $20,000 are available to grassroots CALD organisations for projects that offer assistance in combating problem gambling in these communities. The grants aim to raise awareness about the risks associated with gambling, promote help-seeking and provide alternative recreational activities.
 
Applications close 5pm Monday 13 November. For more information on how to apply, visit responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/awareness-and-prevention/prevention-partnerships-program/cald-grants
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Victorian Young Achiever Awards. The Young Achiever Awards provide an opportunity for the community to celebrate the efforts of young Victorians who are making a real difference in our community.

The awards recognise the achievements of Victoria’s young people over 10 sponsored categories, each receiving a trophy and a $2,000 prize, with one of the category winners being named the overall Victorian Young Achiever of the Year.

Members of the community are encouraged to nominate high-achieving young people for an award before nominations close on Monday 18 December.

For more information or to nominate a young achiever, visit: awardsaustralia.com/young-achiever-awards/vic
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