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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 at 9741 1133 or at tim.pallas@parliament.vic.gov.au.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Jobs Growth in the West
  • Indigenous Recognition
  • Supporting Emergency Services
  • Reconnect Program
GRANTS, AWARDS AND PROGRAMS:
  • Sporting Grants - Closing 22 September
  • Victorian Young Achievers Award
  • Living Heritage Grants
  • Adoption Equality Review - Due 16 Sept
  • Premier's Spirit of ANZAC
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.
 
DELIVERING JOBS GROWTH IN THE WEST

Several new and exciting projects are providing jobs growth in the Wyndham area.

I was pleased to officially open the new Pacific Werribee shopping centre, which will see large, international department stores create 2000 ongoing jobs for Wyndham locals.

The Western Distributor project will see local businesses and workers play an essential role in providing for this second river crossing. The project will create 5600 jobs during construction, use eighty-nine per cent local materials, and engage Victorian apprentices and trainees.

The $85 million redevelopment of the Werribee Mercy Hospital will create much-needed employment opportunties during construction and in the health sector.

The Andrews Labor Government has created 112,000 full-time jobs since November 2014, and the Wyndham area is part of that success story.
CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION ON INDIGENOUS RECOGNITION

A modern Australia is one where the oldest continuous living culture is valued and respected.

I recently spoke alongside Joanne Ryan MP, Senator Janet Rice, and Sherry Balcombe from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
at the Constitutional Convention on Indigenous Recognition at MacKillop College - highlighting that self-determination for our First Peoples is a symbolic step to reconciliation and acknowledgement of generations of harm.

I had the pleasure of meeting student leaders from several other schools, including Werribee Secondary College, Emmanuel College, Islamic College of Melbourne, and Sunbury Downs Secondary College.

The Andrews Labor Government is focused on the goal of Indigenous reconciliation. We are leading the nation in exploring the implementation of self-determination and a treaty, to ensure that the rights of Indigenous people are recognised and protected.

 
SUPPORTING OUR EMERGENCY SERVICES
 
Wyndham's State Emergency Services (SES) and Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteers will share in more than $13 million in grants for the equipment and vehicles they need to keep our community safe.

I recently visited the Wyndham SES unit, who recieved $56,791 for the purchase of a new patrol vehicle. This will support the unit and its dedicated volunteers to better serve our community when emergencies strike.

The Wyndham CFA brigade received $8,150 to purchase a thermal imaging camera.

The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) provides grants to assist our emergency service volunteers do their life-saving work safely and effectively.

I thank our Wyndham volunteers for their time and commitment to serving our community.

 
RECONNECT PROGRAM: LINKING WYNDHAM'S YOUTH
TO JOBS

 
This month the Andrews Labor Government launched the $20 million Reconnect Program for Engagement and Learning Support to help address the multiple barriers faced by early school leavers.

The Wyndham Community and Education Learning Centre (WCEC) will partner with Whitelion and WynBay LLEN to deliver projects in Wyndham that will assist young people facing unemployment and are struggling to find adequate training or a path back to education.

With the decline of young early school leavers enrolling in vocational education, the Reconnect Program is an important step to make sure young people have access to education and training services.

For more details about Reconnect, call the WCEC on 9742 4013.

 
GRANTS, AWARDS AND PROGRAMS
VICHEALTH ACTIVE CLUB GRANTS AND
ATHLETE PATHWAY TRAVEL GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in making sports more accessible for all.

The VicHealth Active Club Grants Program aims to open more doors for women and girls to play the sports they love.

The VicHealth grants program aims to boost acces
s to grassroots sport so even more people can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier lifestyle.

In 2016-17, two levels of grants - up to $3000 and up to $10,000 - are available for clubs establishing new activities, competitions and programs that encourage more women and girls to get involved in physical activity, or are starting up a social or modified sport program.

Applications for VicHealth's Activie Clubs Grants close on Friday 23 September 2016. For more information and to apply, visit: www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub


The Athlete Travel Pathway Grants Program provides grants to improve Victorian athlete development pathways from community to national-level representation.

State Sporting Assocaitions and Community Organisations can apply for two funding categories - from $750 to $6000 - to remove the barrier of travel and accomodation costs.

Applications for the first round of travel grants close on Thursday 22 September 2016. For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/


 
RECOGNISING OUR YOUNG HIGH ACHIEVERS

Nominations for the 2017 Victorian Young Achiever Awards are now open.

The awards recognise young people who have made a real difference in their communities by providing a service, program or project for other young people that has resulted in positive, youth-led change.

The 2017 Victorian Young Achiever Awards are open to young people aged up to 29 years. The award recognises the achievement of young people across several categories ranging from leadership, volunteering, and arts and fashion.

Nominations are now open and close on Thursday 1 December 2016.

For more information and to nominate a young achiever, visit:
http://www.awardsaustralia.com/young-achiever-awards/vic
LIVING HERITAGE GRANTS

The Living Heritage Grants Program aims to safeguard and protect key heritage places in Victoria.

The $7 million program is part of the Andrews Labor Government broader $30 million funding boost to protect the places and objects that give our local communities a sense of identity and pride.

The grants can help secure the future of many heritage places in the electorate of Werribee that contribute to making our community diverse and culturally rich.

Applications close on Monday 7 November 2016, and details are available at:
http://www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/heritage/about-heritage-in-victoria/living-heritage-program
PREMIER'S SPIRIT OF ANZAC
 
Entries for the 2016-17 Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize are now open. The Prize is open to students in Year 9 and Year 10 in 2016 at all Victorian secondary schools.

The Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize is an outstanding opportunity for young people to learn and appreciate the service and sacrifaces of our veterans community.

This year, students can choose from one of two topics, with one focusing on the experiences and impact of World War One on women, the community and young people. The other asks students to research ANZAC experiences using four primary sources of evidence.

 
Twenty-two recipients from across Victoria will be selected to travel overseas during the March/April 2017 school holidays to visit key sites in Australian's wartime history.

More information is available at:
http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/veterans/premiers-spirit-of-anzac-prize
ADOPTION EQUALITY REVIEW

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to conduct a review of the Adoption Act 1984 (Vic).

In December, the Government requested the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) conduct a review of Victoria's adoption laws to promote the best interests of children, their rights and their ongoing needs, align with other key pieces of Victorian legislation and better reflect a comtemporary understanding of family and community.

The VLRC is encouraging members of the community to a make a submission on the consultation paper before Friday 16 September. More information can be found at:
http://www.lawreform.vic.gov.au/all-projects/adoption-act
Copyright Tim Pallas MP 2016

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