TIM PALLAS MP
Dear Residents and Community Groups,
The September e-news update will keep residents and community groups informed about upcoming grant applications and recipients, local State Government initatives 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;
- Visit to the Garage Youth Centre
- Consultations Begin on Local Government Act Review
- NDIS Rollout in Wyndham
- Victorian Young Achievers Award Nominations
- Community Safety Grants
- Sporting Grants Program
Tim Pallas MP
Member for Werribee
VISIT TO THE GARAGE YOUTH CENTRE
I was delighted to recently attend the Garage Youth Centre launch. The Garage Youth Centre offers a great opportunity for young people to gain some important experience in hospitality and acquire life skills.
The Garage is now offering practical experience and training to young people who may be disconnected from other education but are still looking to be engaged in training or the workplace. It was terrific to see the important work they’re doing in addressing youth disadvantage.
I also went to visit the Youth Resource Centre which is doing fantastic work to intervene early and offer the support that young people need to fulfil their potential.
CONSULTATIONS BEGIN ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT REVIEW
The Andrews Labor Government has launched consultation for its review of the Local Government Act 1989.
It is the first in-depth review of the Act since its inception, and responds to calls from the local government sector and the community for reform.
Input into the Local Government Act review is welcome until 18 December 2015.
For further information, or to have your say at the new Local Government Act Review website, please visit www.yourcouncilyourcommunity.vic.gov.au
The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments have now signed a Bilateral Agreement to roll out the NDIS across Victoria. The roll out will occur over three years in 10 stages starting from 1 July 2016.
It will enable people with a disability to choose the right support to meet their individual needs, providing greater opportunities to participate in and contribute to their communities.
The NDIS rollout will commence in the Wyndham area on 1 October, 2018. People will continue to have access to the same support and services until the NDIS is available in their area.
VICTORIAN YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARDS
The Victorian Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young Victorians up to 29 years of age.
In 2016 the Awards will recognise the achievements of young people across 11 categories ranging from Arts and Fashion to Community Service and Leadership.
One of the category winners will be declared the 2016 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year.
Nominations are now open and close on 11 December 2015, with the winners announced at a Gala Presentation Dinner in May 2016.
For more information or to nominate a young achiever visit www.awardsaustralia.com/young-achiever-awards/vic
COMMUNITY SAFETY GRANTS
Local crime is set to be reduced and community safety to be improved after the Andrews Labor Government provided nearly $18,000 for a number of local organisations to fund their new projects
The local organisations which will be supported by the funding includes:
- Werribee Park Community Centre
- Werribee 2nd Scouts
- Werribee Community and Education Centre
The Labor Government’s Community Safety Fund is providing more than $800,000 across Victoria to reduce local crime and improve community safety through over 100 practical and innovative projects.
SPORTING CLUBS GRANTS PROGRAM AND ATHLETE PATHWAY TRAVEL GRANTS PROGRAM
Grants of up to $2000 to expand the skill sets of coaches or officials, for training such as first aid courses or umpires’ accreditation programs. Grants of up to $1000 are also available for clubs to buy new team uniforms or equipment.
Clubs can also apply for grants of up to $750 to assist athletes, coaches or officials with travel expenses, while state sporting associations are eligible for $6000 grants to cover team travel, or $2000 grants for individuals.
See links below for further information:
Tim Pallas MP
Member for Werribee