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RAMPING UP JOBS AND INVESTMENT IN WERRIBEE
The Andrews Labor Government is one step closer to unlocking East Werribee’s potential with the opening of new ramps on the Princes Freeway and a new bridge at the Sneydes Road interchange.
Last week I had the pleasure of marking the major milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the bridge.
The $45 million Sneydes Road interchange upgrade will transform road access to the East Werribee Employment Precinct which has been identified as a major future jobs hub.
The opening of the new Sneydes Road bridge and northern ramps will also provide new opportunities for Wyndham motorists to travel to and from Melbourne.
The Sneydes Road interchange will also reduce pressure on nearby roads including Palmers Road, Forsyth Road and Point Cook Road by providing additional access to the Princes Freeway.
A shared user path for pedestrians and cyclists has been built across the new bridge, and extends along the upgraded Sneydes Road with greater access to the Federation Trail near Hoppers Lane.
Geelong-bound ramps at the Sneydes Road interchange are due to be completed by the end of 2016 to create a full-diamond interchange linking Melbourne, Werribee and Geelong.
The Government has invested $71 million to upgrade the roads in and around the East Werribee precinct, allowing for easier access to jobs, services, schools and public transport.
These roadworks will kick-start the Government’s long-term vision for East Werribee to be a National Employment Cluster that supports more than 58,000 jobs.
The 775-hectare precinct consists of the largest undeveloped surplus State Government land in metropolitan Melbourne, which includes a 400-hectare site known as the East Werribee Major Development Parcel.
We’re building the infrastructure that will boost jobs, cut travel times, increases safety in one of Australia’s fastest growing areas.
NEW LAND FOR WARRINGA PARK SCHOOL, AS PART OF STATEWIDE SPECIAL NEEDS BOOST
Warringa Park School is one of twenty specialist schools across Victoria that will undergo planning and there will be more support for its students, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to make Victoria the Education State.
Funding from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go towards planning for the future of the school, and also acquiring land to adapt for the growth experienced.
This funding is part of a $155.8 million budget boost to ensure special needs students get the opportunities they deserve.
The funding includes:
An unprecedented investment of $68.5 million to upgrade 20 specialist schools, including seven in regional Victoria, and double the Inclusive Schools Fund, which helps schools meet the learning requirements of all students, including those with special needs.
$49.7 million to support an extra 1,750 students who are expected to be eligible for the Program for Students with Disability in 2017.
$22 million to help students with autism and dyslexia by increasing the number of speech pathologists, reading intervention programs, language screener tools, providing extra teacher training, as well as developing and delivering Victoria’s first dedicated strategy to help students with learning difficulties like dyslexia.
$15.6 million to help students with disabilities travelling between home and school, which includes the replacement of up to 56 older buses.
This record investment will ensure students at Warringa Park School have more space to learn and play, and ensure students with special needs across the state get the help they deserve.
The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State for all students – no matter what their background or circumstances.
IRAMOO PRIMARY GETTING IN TUNE WITH NEW MUSIC EQUIPMENT
We’re building the Education State right here in Wyndham!
Iramoo Primary School has recently received grants of $5000 under Round One of the Musical Instrument Grants program.
Iramoo Primary School has a well-developed Performing Arts program and is now involved in the Department of Education & Training’s ‘Musical Futures’ program.
The school plans to repair, replace and upgrade their existing stock of keyboards, guitars and ukuleles and subsidise the cost of recorders for Grade 3 students so that they each can have their own.
Across Victoria, instruments can now be purchased with the grants. These instruments include 24 pianos and keyboards, 34 guitars, 14 drum kits, 13 ukuleles, 8 amplifiers, 7 xylophones, 6 glockenspiels and a range of classical instruments including two flutes, a violin, a cello, a trumpet and a trombone.
Research shows exposure to music education results in better grades, better results and better attendance. This grant will ensure that students of Iramoo will be more engaged at school as they now have the tools to develop their musical skills.
CHILDREN CAPITAL GRANT
The Andrews Government is supporting the Werribee community with $60 million worth of grants available to build and upgrade early childhood facilities across Victoria.
$50 million from the 2015-16 Budget to develop modern and flexible early childhood centres across the state.
$10 million commitment in the 2016-17 Budget for high growth areas.
$900,000 will support long-term planning for providing kindergarten capital, which includes working with local government to better identify demand for early childhood local infrastructure needs.
The Community Safety Fund grants provide funding of up to $10,000 for communities in Victoria to implement locally based crime prevention solutions.
The Community Safety Fund grants provide additional resources for local communities to support practical and locally relevant crime prevention solutions.
Projects that can be funded include:
Security equipment and infrastructure such as locks, vandal-proof security lighting, security screens, alarms (without video surveillance), fencing and gates.
Activities engaging the community in small-scale improvements and upgrades to public spaces such as streetscapes, parks and reserves to improve community use of these areas.
Education and awareness initiatives, including targeting theft of and from motor vehicles, theft of personal property in public places, residential burglary and retail burglary.
Grant applications close on Friday 01 July at 4PM.
The grant guidelines, frequently asked questions and examples of previously funded projects are available at: www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/safetygrants
The Andrews Labor Government recognises that communities are best placed to identify local crime problems and I highly encourage local groups to apply and develop appropriate responses.
PUBLIC SAFETY INFRASTRUCTURE FUND
The Andrews Government is delivering to keep the community safe.
The Andrews Government recently contributed $250,000 to lighting improvements at Station Place in Werribee. This improved visibility in the area and better connected two laneways, which in turn has helped reduce the risk of crime and anti-social behaviour.
The Public Safety Infrastructure Fund is now open and will provide similar grants of up to $250,000 to all Victorian councils.
Wyndham City Council can use the funding for:
Installation of Closed Circuit Television systems (CCTV) in public places;
Streetscape improvements to reduce the risk of crime and encourage local residents to use the area, and;
Lighting upgrades and other security or safety measures
Grant applications close on Friday 2 September at 4PM.
Wyndham City Council is encouraged to apply. For further information, visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/infrastructuregrants
The open-air public art galleries, new lighting and improvement pathways have already improved the look and feel of Station Place and I look forward to the safety benefits to the community from future projects that arise out of this grant.