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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:
  • West Gate Tunnel and Victorian jobs
  • Werribee Mercy Hospital expansion update
  • New Men's Shed for Wyndham Vale
  • Funding to protect Werribee Park Mansion
  • Short term payments for car rego
GRANTS, AWARDS AND PROGRAMS:
  • Victorian Young Achiever Awards
  • 2017 Western Region Assembly
  • Victorian Coastal Grants
  • Detox Your Home
  • Good Music Neighbours Grants Now Open
  • Wyndham's Early Childhood Programs recognised

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.



 
The West Gate Tunnel delivering more jobs and a faster commute

There is no doubt Melbourne’s West is growing, which is why the Andrews Labor Government is delivering the West Gate Tunnel, providing a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge.

The project will add four more lanes to the West Gate Freeway, provide a crucial second river crossing and deliver faster and more reliable travel times to the inner city. Wyndham motorists will enjoy a safer journey, with reduced congestion and fewer trucks on local streets.

Our economy is growing, and we're creating jobs and opportunities for Victorians right across the state. The West Gate Tunnel Project, one of the largest road infrastructure projects Victoria will see in a decade, is creating approximately 6,000 jobs with 500 of these for people entering the workforce.

Since the Andrews Government was elected less than three years ago, we've helped create more than 272,000 new jobs, the highest growth in the country - compared to only 94,000 jobs that were created under the previous government. Victoria is yet again leading the nation for jobs growth - with more than 95,000 in the last year alone, the largest increase in absolute terms of all the states.

The Andrews Government is focused on the things that matter to all Victorians – better schools for our kids, better hospitals, and delivering much-needed infrastructure. That's what we're focused on and we're getting on with the job.

 
Werribee Mercy Hospital reaches highest point of construction

Werribee Mercy Hospital’s highly anticipated expansion, including a new critical care unit, is nearing completion with the structure recently reaching the highest point of construction. 

Work started in February this year, with an investment of $85 million by the Andrews Labor Government, and has involved building an additional four storeys on top of the existing Catherine McAuley Centre. The highest point of the hospital now stands at 31.2 metres, currently Wyndham’s tallest building, and boasts inspiring views of the Wyndham area out to the You Yangs, the city skyline and the bay.

When complete, the expansion will deliver an extra 64 inpatient beds, including eight new critical care beds, as well as six additional operating theatres and a new central sterile supply department. In a further boost for patients, visitors and staff, a new 370-space multi-level car park has been completed ahead of schedule and is now operational.

The project is creating nearly 300 jobs during construction, and is expected to be complete by mid-2018.

New Men's Shed for Wyndham Vale

The Werribee electorate will soon be home to a brand new men’s shed, thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government.
 
The men’s shed will be named the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre Men's Cultural Space and will be located on Wollahra Rise in Wyndham Vale. The space will allow Aboriginal men to take part in ‘hands on’ activities like art and music programs, men’s yarning circles and tool making.
 
New men’s sheds will be built in 13 communities across Victoria, while 10 others will be refurbished, thanks to almost $1 million in grants from the Andrews Government.
 
Men’s sheds play a vital role in local communities throughout the state as safe, friendly and inclusive spaces where people can learn new skills, catch up with mates and forge strong ties with others.

By fostering social inclusion, we look after the health and wellbeing of participants and promote stronger communities.
Taking Action to Protect Werribee Park Mansion

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to protect and restore one of the Werribee electorate’s most cherished heritage assets.
 
Werribee Park Mansion will be protected for generations to come thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Andrews Government. The project will support the first stage of urgent masonry repairs to the mansion structure.
 
The Werribee Park Mansion and gardens are a popular tourism destination, managed by Parks Victoria and open to the public for their enjoyment daily. Our heritage is our story – and a proud tribute to Werribee’s history.
 
It’s all part of the Andrews Government’s $36.5 million Living Heritage Program, the single biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history. Applications for the next round of Living Heritage Program grants will open in February.
Short term payments for car registration

The Andrews Labor Government is reducing the stress of car registration costs for Victorian families, introducing flexible, short-term options for rego payments.

From 1 January 2018, owners of cars, utes, vans, motorcycles and other light vehicles will be able to make the switch to shorter term registration. Motorists will be offered new three month and six month registration options, or the option to continue with an annual registration fee, that will ease cost of living pressures for millions of Victorians.

The change has been made possible by a $12 million investment by the Andrews Government in the 2016 Victorian Budget to upgrade VicRoads registration systems, paving the way for short term registration.

To find out more or register for a myVicRoads account, visit: vicroads.vic.gov.au

 
GRANTS, AWARDS AND PROGRAMS
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
Western Metropolitan Region Assembly

The people who live in the Western Region know the opportunities and challenges facing their communities better than anyone. You’re invited to help shape the future of Melbourne’s west and discuss your priorities with the Western Metropolitan Partnership.
 
The Western Metropolitan Partnership has been established as a new way of engagement between local communities, and state and local governments.
 
The 2017 Western Region Assembly will be held on Wednesday 4 October in Sunshine. To register your attendance, please email
western.partnership@delwp.vic.gov.au by Sunday 1 October.
Victorian Coastal Grants Now Open

Victoria is home to some breathtaking coastline that is shaped by wind, water, waves and salt, which means ongoing work is needed to maintain infrastructure and safe access. 

Grants up to $150,000 are now available to Victorian coastal Crown land managers, including volunteer committees of management and local governments. The grants are aimed at priority projects that improve public access and safety along the Victorian coast. 

Applications are open until Friday 20 October. For more information or to apply, visit coastsandmarine.vic.gov.au/grants

 
Detox Your Home

‘Detox Your Home’ is a mobile chemical collection service that allows locals to safely dispose potentially toxic household chemicals for free.

Research from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission found almost 2,500 children were admitted to hospital each year due to poisoning, with chemical cleaners, detergent, bleach and nail polish removers as the most common culprits. Safe Storage is vital, and disposing of any chemicals that are unnecessary and out of date can help protect families.

There are now thirty-one ‘Detox Your Home’ annual mobile collections across Victoria to give the people more access to this popular service.  Trained chemical experts manage these mobile collections to ensure all chemicals are handled and disposed safely.

Additionally, common items such as paint, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs can be dropped off all year round at permanent sites across Victoria.

A mobile drop off site will take place in Wyndham on 18 November at Wyndham City Depot (241-253 Old Geelong Rd). For further information or to register, please visit:
http://detox.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Event/Register/175
Good Music Neighbours Grants Now Open

The Good Music Neighbours Grants are now open, providing a new opportunity for venues across the state to kick start their sound management efforts.

These grants will enable venues to obtain an acoustic assessment report and complete works of up to $7,500, so that they can keep the sound loud and clear inside, and neighbourly outside. 

The funding is part of the Andrews Labor Government's $22 million four-year Music Work package, the biggest and most comprehensive investment in the state's music history.

Apply before applications close Wednesday 25 October, by visiting: musicvictoria.com.au/gmn
Wyndham's Early Childhood Programs recognised

Two innovative early childhood programs in Wyndham have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to early childhood among 15 finalists of the Victorian Early Years Awards 2017.
 
The ‘Embedding Authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program and Practice at Scale’, run by Wyndham City Council, is being recognised in the Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning Category 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, is being recognised in the Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships Category for making a difference in the lives of refugee families.
 
The Victorian Early Years Awards recognise the vital work early childhood professionals do to make a difference to the lives of Victorian children and families. Winners, to be announced later this year, 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
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