TIM PALLAS MP
Dear Residents and Community Groups,
The October e-news update will keep residents and community groups informed about upcoming grant applications and recipients of previous applications, local State Government initatives as well as providing an opportunity for the community to become more engaged with Government decision making.
It is my hope that these emails will be shared and considered by anyone in your broader networks who may be interested in some of the initiatives below. Government is a collaborative process and I encourage you to contact my office and pass on your feedback, questions and suggestions.
In this issue;
EDUCATION STATE FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT
- Education State Funding Announcement
- Tullamarine Freeway and M80 Progress
- Crime Rates Drop in Wyndham
- CALD Seniors Grants
- Sporting Clubs Defibrilator Grants
- Country Football and Netball Club Grants
- National Youth Week Grants
Schools in Werribee will share in more than $4.1 million of extra funding in 2016 as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to make Victoria the Education State.
Our Budget built the foundations of the Education State, but the next step is all about helping our kids learn, giving parents confidence, and giving teachers the resources and skills they need to do what they do best.
The additional funding to schools is on top of funds already provided for enrolment growth, indexation and the everyday costs of running a school.
Local schools in Werribee have significantly benefited from the newly announced funding. This funding is also accompanied by ambitious targets for scientific and numerical achievement.
|Little River Primary School
|Suzanne Cory High School
|Wyndham Vale Primary School
|Thomas Chirnside Primary School
|Warringa Park School
|Woodville Primary School
|Wyndham Park Primary School
|Manorvale Primary School
|Wyndham Central Secondary College
|Werribee Primary School
|Westgrove Primary School
|Werribee Secondary College
|Manor Lakes P-12 College
|Iramoo Primary School
TULLAMARINE FREEWAY AND M80 UPGRADE PROGRESS
Construction will start this week on $1.3 billion CityLink Tullamarine Widening project between Bulla Road and Bell Street.
The CityLink Tulla Widening project involves adding new lanes and other measures to improve traffic flow across 24 kilometres of freeway between the CityLink tunnels and Melbourne Airport.
The project will provide significant travel time savings between Melbourne Airport and Power Street during peak periods.
The Andrews Government has also called for Expressions of Interest for the M80 Upgrade between Sunshine Avenue and Calder Freeway.
Both of these projects will greatly improve traffic flow within the Western Suburbs and reduce congestion.
CRIME RATES DROP IN WYNDHAM
Recently released crime statistics show a 2.6% drop in the crime rate in Wyndham. The statistics come amongst record population growth of 5.6% within Wyndham.
It confirms that the crime rate in Wyndham is significantly below the state average with approximately 1800 less crimes per 100,000 population.
This included reductions in sexual offences, assaults and theft offences in Wyndham. This is a credit to our fantastic law enforcement officers in Wyndham.
CALD SENIORS GRANTS
The Andrews Labor Government is continuing the popular Participation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors Grants Program for another two years.
The grants help seniors from CALD backgrounds who are socially isolated to connect to new or existing social networks and activities through innovative community projects.
Projects can range from events, cultural activities, social outings, classes and information sessions, as well as organising help with transport for seniors who find it difficult to leave home.
Eligible organisations such as seniors clubs, ethnic community groups, migrant resource centres, neighbourhood houses, aged care facilities and local councils are invited to apply for funding up to $5000 or $10,000 for complex projects.
Grants are open until 5 February 2016. Guidelines and application forms are available at www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au. For more information or additional support contact the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria on (03) 9349 4122.
SPORTING CLUB DEFIBRILATOR GRANTS
I am pleased to advise that Round 1 of the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program 2015-19 is open for applications.
This was an important commitment of the Andrews Government prior to last years election. Applications are open and Victorian community-based sporting clubs and/or community not-for-profit sports organisations involved in the delivery of sporting and active recreation opportunities are eligible to apply.
Successful clubs will be required to implement a sports medical plan, so that they are prepared to act fast in an emergency. The new devices will appear on an Ambulance Victoria database, so that triple zero operators can direct callers to an additional 1000 devices available when emergency strikes within the community.
For more information or to apply online visit www.sport.vic.gov.au
COUNTRY FOOTBALL AND NETBALL CLUB GRANTS
The 2015-2016 Country Football and Netball Program provides funding to assist grassroots country football and netball clubs, associations and umpiring organisations to develop facilities in rural, regional and outer metropolitan locations.
Further information, including relevant forms and resources for
applications can also be accessed from the following website:
NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK GRANTS
Council, local community organisations and schools in Wyndham are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to $2000 to assist with putting on National Youth Week celebrations.
The grants will support local young people to plan and host events and activities during National Youth Week 2016 - like art shows, concerts and other activities that celebrate young people’s achievements and get them involved in their communities.
Applications are open until Friday 13 November 2015. Visit www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/nyw to apply or find out more.
Tim Pallas MP
Member for Werribee