The January 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.
In this issue:
Update on Sneydes Rd Upgrade
Building the Education State in Werribee
Back to School: school zones
Small Business Bus: Footscray and Geelong
Chance for Werribee residents to name Melbourne icon
Community invited to have an input for Point Nepean National Park
Sporting Club Grants Round 2
Athlethe Pathway Grants Round 2
WATCH HERE TIME LAPSE FOOTAGE OF THE SNEYDES RD UPGRADE
This project will improve travel times for local residents, and provide local jobs closer to home.
MAJOR MILESTONE FOR SNEYDES RD
I am excited to report that construction on the Andrews Labor Government’s $71 million East Werribee Transport Improvements project continues to gather pace with a major milestone reached on the construction of the Sneydes Road interchange.
The $45 million interchange is part of a series of road improvements which recently saw the delicate task of lifting 28 bridge beams and positioning them across the Princes Freeway.
The Sneydes Road interchange will ease congestion and significantly improve access from Werribee and Point Cook to the Princes Freeway.
The work carried out in December involved installing 28 concrete beams, each weighing between 36 and 50 tonnes, to form the new bridge deck over the Princes Freeway.
A further 42 beams have since been placed to complete the bridge spans.
The existing Sneydes Road overpass of the Princes Freeway remains open to traffic while the new overpass and northern ramps are constructed.
Once the new overpass is open to traffic, the existing overpass will be demolished, to allow the construction of the southern ramps.
Other works in the East Werribee Transport Improvements Project include widening Sneydes Road, and upgrading Princes Highway at the Sneydes Road and Hoppers Lane intersections.
The project is creating vital infrastructure for one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, providing a boost to the Werribee economy and creating new jobs.
BUILDING THE EDUCATION STATE IN WERRIBEE
I am proud to announce that the Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State by breaking the link between disadvantage and achievement.
To help achieve this, the Government’s first Budget provided $566 million in needs based funding.
Schools in Werribee will get more support to be their best when classes return this week.
This is great news for local students with $3.75 million allocated in extra funding for public schools in Werribee.
Werribee families accessing the School Bus Program are set to save hundreds of dollars a year in student bus fares.
Currently, students not attending their closest government or non-government denominational school pay annual bus fares ranging from $480 to $1240, depending on distance travelled.
From the first day of the 2016 school year these students will be able to travel at a reduced rate of $480 per annum.
Werribee will be home to one of 10 Tech Schools across Victoria. This will give our kids a hands-on education – not instead of a modern curriculum, but as a vital part of it.
Tech Schools will be different this time: students will maintain their enrolment at their local secondary school, and visit the Tech School for more hands-on classes.
The Andrews Labor Government, in partnership with Foodbank, will ensure that 173 breakfast clubs are up and running from the first day of the 2016 school year, with a further 327 to start later this year.
This program includes Manorvale Primary School and Wyndham Park Primary School.
Bags for Foundation students
Every single student should have the equipment they need to make the most of school.
This includes our Foundation students, who we want to give the best start for their school years. As part of this, each new Foundation student in government schools will get a free library bag, packed with important information for kids and parents about starting school.
State Schools Relief
The State Schools Relief program will help families in Werribee with students at government schools who struggle to buy essential items for their kids.
Through State Schools Relief, the Government will help around 35,000 Victorian families cover the costs of school uniforms, shoes and other essential items.
Camps, Sports and Excursions
The Government’s Camps, Sports, and Excursions Fund will make sure every student – regardless of their background – gets the chance to be involved in every part of school life.
The Fund will provide $148.3 million over four years for disadvantaged students to cover the cost of school trips and other activities, ensuring they can join their friends and reach their full potential.
Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply.
Year 7 government school students eligible for the Labor Government’s Camp, Sports and Excursions Fund will automatically receive a pack including the basic uniform items they need to start at their new school.
For more information please visit:
We’re making sure every school student in Werribee has the support they need to achieve their best for a for a rewarding 2016 school year.
SLOW DOWN AS KIDS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL
Drivers are being urged to slow down and be extra cautious around school zones this week, with reduced speed limits in place to keep kids safe as they return to classrooms for 2016.
Term 1 school speed zones will be in place from Thursday 28 January 2016 to Thursday 24 March, except for public holidays.
Speed limits will drop to either 40km/h or 60km/h in the mornings from 8:00 to 9:30am and the afternoons from 2:30 to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.
Drivers must obey reduced speed limits outside all schools on these days even if an individual school is closed.
Reduced speeds in school zones keep our most vulnerable road users safe in a busy traffic environment.
Young children can be unpredictable, fast, and difficult to see. A small reduction in speed can dramatically increase the chance of a child surviving being hit by a car.
Drivers are encouraged to look out for speed signs on the road, in particular near schools, and slow down.
Keeping children safe is everybody’s responsibility. Slow down, look up, and be alert.
SMALL BUSINESS BUS
The Small Business workshops and seminars are a great opportunity for local business owners and operators to get reliable and affordable advice from the experts.
Last year more than 4,000 people participated in Small Business Victoria’s workshops across the state. Program topics for 2016 include starting a business, financial management, employing staff, marketing and digital business.
This successful and long-running government program allows established and prospective business owners to access the advice they need to make informed decisions so they can expand their business and grow their profits.
All Small Business Victoria Workshops are delivered by experienced private sector business specialists skilled in developing and managing small businesses.
While the Small Business Bus has visited the Werribee area recently, small businesses are still able to access the service nearby with workshops to be held in both Footscray and Geelong.
The Andrews Labor Government’s Starting Your Business Right workshop will be held at the Maribyrnong Civic Centre, Corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray VIC 3011 at 6:30 PM on Wednesday 10 February 2016.
The Andrews Labor Government’s Starting Your Business Right workshop will be held at the City of Greater Geelong offices, 100 Brougham Street, Geelong VIC 3220 at 10:00 AM on Wednesday 17 February 2016.
The Andrews Labor Government Commercialising Your New Idea - Session 1 workshop will be held at the City of Greater Geelong offices, 100 Brougham Street, Geelong VIC 3220 at 2:00 PM on Monday 29 February 2016.
I encourage small businesses within Werribee who may have missed out on previous workshops to utilise this great opportunity to get reliable and affordable advice from the experts.
For more information and updates on this event or other available Small Business Victoria Workshops, please visit business.vic.gov.au/workshops.
CHANCE FOR WERRIBEE RESIDENTS TO
NAME A MELBOURNE ICON
Victorians are being offered a rare opportunity to name a pedestrian footbridge linking the City with Melbourne’s world-class sporting precinct.
The major events capital of Australia and sporting capital of the world boasts one of the best sporting precincts, and this is a unique chance for a member of the public to earn a place in Melbourne’s history
A competition to name the bridge between Federation Square and Melbourne Park is open to the public and entries will be judged by a panel of eminent Victorians, who will then make a recommendation.
Contestants must follow the guidelines, which state the name:
Must be relevant to the local community
Must commemorate a local event, person, group of people, or place
Must be no more than three words, and must denote the feature (eg: bridge, walk)
Must not have a similar spelling or pronunciation within 15 kilometres
Must not be deemed offensive
I urge Werribee residents to put their thinking caps on and help contribute to what will be a great addition to the city of Melbourne.
To enter the competition and for more information visit www.namethebridge.com.
Entries close Friday March 11 2016.
COMMUNITY INVITED TO HAVE AN INPUT
FOR POINT NEPEAN
Point Nepean has a long and rich history, spanning Aboriginal occupation, its role as an important Australian military and defence facility, and most recently, as a national park.
Protecting this significant heritage to ensure this rich history is conserved for future generations is of primary importance.
The Andrews Labor Government has released a discussion paper about the future plans for Point Nepean National Park.
The community can provide feedback online or at public information sessions in February.
A master plan for the site will be finalised in late 2016.
There will also be an opportunity for people to attend on-site information sessions from 10am - 3pm on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February.
At the sessions, people will be able to provide feedback on the discussion paper, and talk to Parks Victoria staff involved in the process for renewing the park’s master plan.
I encourage anyone who’s interested to go along to the information sessions at Point Nepean on 5 and 6 February.
GRANTS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION
Werribee is proud to be home to some great grassroots sports clubs and athletes and we want to help them continue to grow.
SPORTING CLUB GRANTS ROUND 2
The Andrews Labor Government is giving Werribee sports clubs the tools and resources they need to take the next step.
I encourage Werribee clubs to consider applying for funding as part of the Labor Government’s $4.6 million Sporting Club Grants Program.
The Labor Government wants all Victorians to have easy access to great grassroots sport, no matter where they live, and the Sporting Club Grants Program does just that. Sports clubs are the lifeblood of Victoria’s suburbs and towns, where families get together and kids learn life’s valuable life lessons.
Werribee clubs will be able to apply for grants of up to $1000 for the most modern equipment, or team uniforms that give everyone a sense of great pride.
Grants of up to $5000 are available for clubs to strengthen their operations or sustainability.
The Labor Government is helping community clubs provide an environment where families connect, kids strive to be the best they can be and beginners become stars.
Victoria is the sporting State, and the Labor Government wants it to stay that way. The Sporting Club Grants Program is just one of the Government’s initiatives that keep kids happy and healthy, communities active and local clubs strong.
I am pleased to advise that the Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program is now open for applications.
The Labor Government knows getting to and from state or national competitions can be a challenge for emerging athletes. That’s why the Government is giving emerging stars the support they need to play the sports they love.
State sporting associations are eligible to apply for grants of up to $6000 for teams or $2000 for individual athletes for travel costs associated with competing at national championships or selection trials.
Clubs in Werribee can also apply for up to two grants of $750 to assist coaches or officials with the travel costs of training or competition.
Werribee has a proud sporting history, and the Labor Government knows its future is just as bright. The Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program is just one of the Government’s initiatives that keeps kids happy and healthy, communities active and local clubs strong.