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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:
  • Port Lease Delivered By Labor
  • Supporting Our Growing Suburbs
  • Harold Rixon: Champion of the Code
  • CFA Update
  • Community and Multiculturalism
GRANTS, AWARDS AND PROGRAMS:
  • Animal Welfare Action Plan
  • TAKE2 Pledge on climate change action
  • Women's Honour Roll
  • Community Renewable Energy
  • Housing Week
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.
 
PORT LEASE DELIVERED BY LABOR, WHILE THE LIBERALS BREAK FUNDING PROMISE

This month the Andrews Labor Government was successful in leasing the Port of Melbourne.

This exceeded earlier estimates and delivered more than $9.7 billion dollars for the removal of level crossings, infrastructure projects, and funding regional and rural infrastructure and jobs funds.

This additional funding means we have been able to put out to tender the Werribee and Cottrell Streets level crossing removals as part of a Western package of works.

Geotechnical surveys and assessment have already begun, and community consultation will take place in the near future.

While we get on with building Victoria, Malcolm Turnbull is short-changing the State. 

Malcolm Turnbull agreed to top up funding from the sale of assets by 15%, just like he did for Sydney and Perth, but now the Liberals only want to pay 9%.

According to Malcolm Turnbull, Victoria doesn't exist.

We don't get anywhere near the same amount of funds for major projects to cut congestion, compared to the other states.

Join us in calling on Malcolm Turnbull to deliver the funding the Liberals promised to Victoria. 
 
SUPPORTING OUR GROWING SUBURBS

The Andrews Labor Government's $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund supports the development of community infrastructure in our growing outer suburbs.

Our Wyndham community has benefited immensely from this fund through two large projects.

I recently helped turn the sod acknowledging the $1.5 million contribution from the state government as part of the $10 million Chirnside Park Redevelopment.

This redevelopment will include much needed and fully accessible community spaces that will be used by a variety of sporting, educational, and community organisations.

I also cut the ribbon for the $1.15 million Wyndham Community Connections program which expands Wyndham's bicycle, pedestrian, and shared path network - creating a more accessible community. This includes a 4.5km x 3m path outside Eagle Stadium.

I look forward to seeing the Growing Suburbs Fund continue to provide the facilities and infrastructure that our growing community needs.
CHAMPION OF THE CODE: RECOGNISING OUR LOCAL VOLUNTEERS
 
These AFL finals the State Government is recognising local football volunteers, to say thank you for all the tireless work they do.

Harold Rixon has helped out the Werribee Tigers and the Western District Football League for over 8 years. You may have seen him on the gates at the Avalon Airport Oval, or out fundraising and helping at club events.

Every game of footy that takes place around Victoria can only happen with the help of a committed army of volunteers, such as Harold. These are individuals that love the game and help without expecting recognition.

Whether it is the volunteer that marks the lines every game, the individuals who cut up the oranges for quarter time, or the people who run the canteen every week, our national game relies on these champions of the code.

Harold is a worthy recipient of the award - a true champion of the code!
 
CFA UPDATE
 
In August the CFA Board endorsed the enterprise proposed agreement and determined to put it to a vote of career staff.
 
The proposed agreement that the CFA Board endorsed contains a number of important safeguards to protect the role of volunteers and also puts in place arrangements to ensure that implementation is effective. As part of the process of reaching a decision the CFA Board consulted with the VFBV and UFU.
 
Unfortunately, there are some who continue to drag out this dispute when the time has come to move on. The leadership of the VFBV has taken the CFA to court in an attempt to stop the proposed agreement being voted on by career firefighters. This is a costly and unnecessary action. The case will be heard by the Supreme Court in October.
 
The Victorian Government, the CFA and its firefighters want to put this long running dispute behind us.  As we move forward, the CFA will be stronger than ever before, and so will be the dedicated volunteers who have protected our state for so many years.
 
The Chief Officer of the CFA Steve Warrington has made it clear that this dispute will not take away from preparation for the upcoming fire season.
The CFA will continue to provide services in a collaborative matter to respond to Victoria’s needs - as it always has.
 
If you want more information on the EBA then visit https://yourcfainfo.vic.gov.au/.
COMMUNITY AND MULTICULTURALISM
Community is at the heart of everything we do here in Werribee. There are few communities that could rival our good will, our volunteerism or our entrepreneurship. Communities like ours are built on a fundamental belief that every individual has a right to belong and that diversity enriches us. 

The Wyndham Interfaith program is representative of this community spirit.

The Wyndham Interfaith Network set up in March 2010 counts over twenty religious and community representatives of diverse religions and beliefs.
 
I am thrilled to announce that The Andrews Labor Government has awarded The Wyndham Interfaith Program a harmony grant, so they can further grow mutual understanding and opportunity in our community.

The Werribee Karen Baptist Community was also awarded a grant for their Karen Language Program as part of the ‘Capacity Building Program’. This grant will now help to develop bilingual resources, enhance existing programs and develop cultural activities.
GRANTS, AWARDS AND PROGRAMS
HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE DRAFT
ANIMAL WELFARE ACTION PLAN

Animal Welfare matters. This is why the Labor Government is developing a five-year action plan to protect animal welfare.

Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria builds on Victoria's existing reputation for animal welfare and will identify the future direction for animal welfare in the state.


The draft plan looks at three key areas:
  • Contemporary animal welfare laws;
  • A collaborative approach that underpins knowledge, committment and investment in animal welfare;
  • Efficient and effective compliance and enforcement.
You can have your say on the future of Victoria's animal welfare strategy before Tuesday, 11 October at: https://animalwelfarevic.economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/

 
COMMUNITY RENEWABLE ENERGY AND
TAKE2 PLEDGE ON CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION

The Andrews Labor Government has set a target of net zero emissions by 2050 and is calling on all Victorians to play a part in reaching it.

The Community Renewable Energy Projects Discussion Paper will guide the development of future community renewable energy projects in Victoria.

Have a read of the paper and submit your feed back at http://haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au/community-energy before Monday, 28 November 2016.

Moreover, local people, households, organisations, businesses, councils, and educational institutions are urged to take action on climate change and join Victoria's TAKE2 pledge program.

The government is leading the way. Every Victoria Government department must pledge to take specific actions and reduce emissions.

The TAKE2 pledge program, led by Sustainability Victoria (SV), is Australia's first state government-led voluntary climate change pledging initiative.

To be involed, simply go to 
http://www.take2.vic.gov.au and:
  • Take the pledge "Working together, we pledge to play our part and take action on climate change for Victoria, out country and our planet" online;
  • Commit to taking practical actions to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
VICTORIAN HONOUR ROLL OF WOMEN
 
Each year, the Victorian Honour Roll of Women gives recognition to women in our state who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and excellence in their field.

Since its commencement in 2001, the Honour Roll has aimed to raise the profile of women and contribution to making lasting change in Victoria.

The Werribee electorate has many outstanding women, and I encourage members of the community to lodge a nomination.

Nomination for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women are now open and close on Friday, 7 October 2016. Nominations can be made at: http://www.vic.gov.au/honourrollofwomen
VICTORIAN HOUSING REGISTER
 
Housing is a right, not a luxury. In September, the State Government celebrated Housing Week with several initiatives.

Recognising the need to make it easier for Victorians to access housing, the Andrews Government launched Australia's first online social housing register.

This will see all social housing waiting lists be consolidated into a single place and simplifies the current system. Visit http://www.housing.vic.gov.au/victorianhousingregister for more information.

The government has opened two awards to recognise the efforts of tenants in social housing.

The Victoria in Bloom competition celebrates the work that tenants do to maintain and produce some of the best looking and sustainable gardens. Entries for nominations close Monday, 31 October and more information can be found at http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au 


The Penington Hadfield Awards recognise tenants who work as volunteers with a community group, agency or charity, or who have supported people in their local area. More information on how to nominate a tenant can be accessed at http://www.housing.vic.gov.au/frances-penington-and-molly-hadfield-awards
 
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