The December e-news update will keep residents and community groups informed about upcoming grant applications and recipients of previous applications, local State Government initiatives 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.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and extend my best wishes for a prosperous 2016.
In this issue:
Western Distributor Project
Free Public Transport on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve
Free License for Victoria's Safest Young Drivers
Flat fees for School Buses in 2016
Successful grant application
Victorian Litter Innovation Fund
CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO OVERVIEW OF THE WESTERN DISTRIBUTOR
The Andrews Government has commenced works for the $5.5 billion Western Distributor. The Western Distributor will provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge, a second river crossing, and direct access to the Port of Melbourne.
It will slash congestion times and improve productivity by delivering immediate travel time savings of up to 20 minutes a day for residents in the West and taking 6,000 trucks off the West Gate Bridge daily while creating 5,600 new jobs.
The Western Distributor will provide a return of $1.30 for every dollar invested while providing an $11 billion boost to the Victorian economy.
The project will:
Widen the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes between the M80 and Williamstown Road
Build a tunnel under Yarraville and a second river crossing over the Maribyrnong River.
Construct an elevated road along Footscray Road with direct links to the Port of Melbourne.
Create the longest managed motorway system in Australia from Geelong to Pakenham.
Build 4.5km of new cycling and pedestrian paths including completion of the Federation Trail.
This project will put reduce trucks using streets in the inner west to get to the Port and will extend existing truck curfews on local roads once construction has completed.
The final scope and design will be confirmed in consultation with the community, local government and industry during a comprehensive planning process to be undertaken during 2016.
FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT ON CHRISTMAS
DAY AND NEW YEAR'S EVE
The Andrews Labor Government will provide free public transport on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve across Victoria.
There will be no need for a myki during these times, and if passengers do accidentally touch on, they will not be charged.
Public Transport will run all night on New Year’s Eve, and will run all night on weekends throughout 2016 as part of the Labor Government’s Night Network trial.
We are making public transport better, so people in Werribee and in the wider community can get home safer and sooner this Christmas, New Year’s, and all year round.
For timetables, and more information about Night Network, visit ptv.vic.gov.au.
FREE LICENCE FOR VICTORIA'S SAFEST
The Andrews Labor Government will be putting more money back into young drivers’ and motorcyclists’ wallets in the New Year, with the new Free Licence Scheme starting on 1 February 2016.
From 1 February, young drivers who complete both their red and green probationary periods with no traffic offences or demerit points will be rewarded for their safe driving practices with a free three year licence.
The licence, worth $76, will be awarded to drivers when they receive their full licence for the first time. As well as having a good driving record, drivers must be issued a probationary licence before the age of 21 to be eligible for the scheme.
The $7 million scheme is being delivered through the Young Driver Safety Package, a suite of five road safety initiatives targeted at improving the safety of these vulnerable road users.
Young and inexperienced drivers face the greatest risk on our roads, with road crashes continuing to be one of the leading causes of death for young people aged 18 to 25 years.
This initiative will help in reducing road trauma by incentivising young drivers to be safer and more responsible when driving.
SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATION
A new kindergarten will be built in Werribee as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s promise to invest $50 million in the early childhood sector.
Wyndham City Council were the successful recipients of a $1.6 million grant to establish a new standalone early learning facility at Ballan Road Early Years Hub allowing it to deliver vital kindergarten programs for local children in the year before school.
The Ballan Road Early Years Hub will support demand for early years and family services in the Wyndham Vale area, bringing these services together under the one roof. The facility will have 3 kindergarten rooms which can provide places for up to 297 enrolments. It will provide a range of programs, including Maternal and Child Health services, occasional care, and a range of family services, including early intervention.
The Integrated Children's Centre will provide much-needed and culturally appropriate early years and family support to Aboriginal families as well as the broader community.
This grant will help give Werribee families flexible, accessible and affordable early learning and care services.
Through investments like this the Labor Government is delivering infrastructure to areas with the strongest demand for high-quality early education and care services.
GRANTS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION
VICTORIAN LITTER INNOVATION FUND
I am pleased to advise that the Victorian Litter Innovation Fund is now open for applications.
The Victorian Litter Innovation Fund provides support for the Victorian community, including government, business, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and schools, to fund innovative approaches that prevent and reduce the impact of litter and illegal dumping.
Organisations are eligible to apply for grants of up to $20,000 for innovative solutions to litter and illegal dumping that are delivered through a partnership approach. Projects must have at least three or more of the following seven elements of the Victorian Litter Action Alliance (VLAA) best practice model for litter prevention:
Monitoring and evaluation
Each grant round will involve a two stage application process.
For more information and for application details visit: www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/funding/victorian-litter-plan-litter-innovation-fund.