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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 at 9741 1133 or at tim.pallas@parliament.vic.gov.au.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Funding boost for Mercy Health
  • Police across Wyndham
  • Small Business Festival
GRANTS
  • Empower Youth
  • Shade Grant (Round 2 infomation)
  • Sporting Club Grants (next round opening 7 December 2016)
     
Government is a collaborative process and I encourage you to contact me and pass on your feedback, questions and suggestions.
 
LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS RECORD FUNDING FOR
MERCY HEALTH

More patients will receive the care, treatment and surgeries they need sooner with the Andrews Labor Government spending a record $16.47 billion across the entire health system this year.

Mercy Health will receive an overall funding allocation of $292.22 million for its facilities across the state – a 7.3 per cent increase on the previous year.

While funding allocations for Werribee Mercy have not been determined this
extra funding means more patients will be able to access high quality and safe care.

The Labor Government’s record investment will enable hospitals to admit an extra 79,000 patients and treat an extra 43,000 patients in emergency departments across the state.

We are also providing $817 million to build new hospitals and ambulance stations, and funding the latest advances in medical equipment so our dedicated doctors and nurses can deliver even better care.

We’re putting patients first and delivering record funding for Victoria’s hospitals so more patients can be treated, sooner.
PREMIER AND MINISTER FOR POLICE VISIT
WERRIBEE POLICE STATION
 
Earlier this week Premier Daniel Andrews, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton and Minister for Police Lisa Neville visited Werribee Police Station to announce the tender process for the technology revolution for Victoria Police.

Police will soon have access to mobile devices to overhaul how frontline officers access information and respond to crime. The technology will be used in partnership with the new intelligence system announced in June.

The Andrews Labor Government invested $227 million in police technology in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, delivering on our promise to give Victoria Police the resources and the powers they need to keep Victorians safe.

This is part of the record $596 million the Andrews Government delivered this year to deliver an extra 406 police with 42 support personnel.

The total number of police now funded by the Andrews Government now stands at 1158 new police personnel.


Make no mistake, the Andrews Government is giving Victoria Police the resources they need to build a modern police force and keep our communities safe.

SMALL BUSINESS FESTIVAL
1st - 31st AUGUST

Small business is the backbone of the Victorian economy.


The Small Business Festival is running throughout the month of August and is a great opportunity for local business owners to focus on business development in an accessible way. 

The  Small Business Festival is now in its 11th year and will see hundreds of events run to support small business owners.  It is being run across Victoria and festival programs are included in the Event Program.

You can collect an Event Program full of the important details from my office or check out this link - http://goo.gl/xGcHxs.
 
EMPOWER YOUTH

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in a new program to help young people in our area.
 
The Empower Youth program will fund local government and community organisations to engage youth workers who will work with vulnerable young people to strengthen their health and well-being, connection to community, engagement in education and training, and their pathways to employment.
 
Wyndham has been identified as a priority area.

Local governments and non-for-profit community applications are eligible to apply and will be assessed on three key aspects: Project Overview, Project Delivery and Project Outcomes.

Applications must be submitted by Friday 2 September 2016 at 5pm via email to
john. kouvelas@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Succesful programs are expected to be delivered over three years and guidelines for applications and eligibility can be found at
www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au.

The development, design and delivery of Empower Youth will directly engage young people to ensure that the program meets their goals and circumstances.
 

 
SHADE GRANTS PROVIDING PROTECTION FOR
WYNDHAM CENTRAL COLLEGE IN WERRIBEE

Wyndham Central College received a $25,000 grant from the first round of the School Shade Grants Program.

This is part of the Andrews Labor Government commitment of $15 million for skin cancer prevention initiatives.

Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and in 2014 melanoma was the fifth most common cancer in Victoria.

It’s estimated that 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year.

Childhood and adolescence are periods where over-exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer later in life.

Shade is a simple and effective way to protect ourselves from the sun and by doing so reduces the likelihood of deadly skin cancer.

The Schools Shade Grant Program is complemented by the Community Shade Grant Program which provides grants for shade in community settings such as parks, sports clubs and playgrounds.

To apply for round two of the Schools Shade Grants Program visit
www.health.vic.gov.au/school-shade-grants
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SPORTING CLUB GRANTS

The Sporting Club Grants provides grants to assist in the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment and to improve the capacity and accessibility of Victorian clubs and other community sport and recreation organisations and increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers.

If you missed this round of grants, the next round of application will open on Wednesday 7 December 2016
.

Check out http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/node/456 for more details on applications and eligibility requirements.
Copyright Tim Pallas MP 2016

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