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GIVING THOMASTOWN KIDS THE SCHOOL FACILITIES THEY DESERVE

Students in Thomastown East Primary School will soon have the modern classrooms and school facilities they need to get the great education they deserve, thanks to a major upgrade by the Andrews Labor Government. Bronwyn Halfpenny visited Thomastown East Primary School to announce that ATCO Structures & Logistics Pty Ltd has been awarded the construction contract. The $2,070,000 million project includes delivering a new architect-designed modular building to replace the classroom block with new classrooms, a library, art and craft room. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. To find out more about new schools and upgrades to schools in Thomastown Electorate visit the Victorian School Building  Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au   Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP "This is an exciting day for Thomastown East Primary School and I am proud of the work done to secure this funding for this project.”  “As part of the Government commitment to remove asbestos from schools, Thomastown East Primary School is getting brand new classrooms. Students have also sent me beautifully written persuasive writing pieces highlighting the communities desire to have new cladding on old buildings and I will also advocate for this.”

GIVING THOMASTOWN KIDS THE SCHOOL FACILITIES THEY DESERVE

Students in Thomastown East Primary School will soon have the modern classrooms and school facilities they need to get the great education they deserve, thanks to a major upgrade by the Andrews Labor Government. Bronwyn Halfpenny visited Thomastown East Primary School to announce that ATCO Structures & Logistics Pty Ltd has been awarded the construction contract. The $2,070,000 million project includes delivering a new architect-designed modular building to replace the classroom block with new classrooms, a library, art and craft room. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. To find out more about new schools and upgrades to schools in Thomastown Electorate visit the Victorian School Building  Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au   Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP "This is an exciting day for Thomastown East Primary School and I am proud of the work done to secure this funding for this project.”  “As part of the Government commitment to remove asbestos from schools, Thomastown East Primary School is getting brand new classrooms. Students have also sent me beautifully written persuasive writing pieces highlighting the communities desire to have new cladding on old buildings and I will also advocate for this.”

$4 MILLION IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR CITY OF WHITTLESEA

The Victorian Government today announced over $4 million in funding for a new pavilion and urban streetscape improvements in the City of Whittlesea. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny, representing Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz, today announced funding for both initiatives as part of the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $200 million investment over 4 years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. The Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion project received $2,800,000 in funding, with an additional $250,000 contribution from Sport and Recreation’s Female Friendly Funding Program. The Urban Streetscape Improvements project also received $1,450,000 from the Victorian Government. The Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion will incorporate club operations and activity space for the communities of the Epping North Growth Corridor, with a multi-purpose community social room with access to canteen and kitchen, a terraced all-weather veranda, toilet and shower facilities, a committee office and first aid room. The Urban Streetscape Improvements initiative is the second project being funded. This will involve upgrading public spaces along High Street Thomastown with the creation of a pedestrianised civic space including seats, paving, bins, landscaping, drinking fountains and bike racks. Both projects will be delivered by the Whittlesea City Council, which has contributed $2.5 million towards the Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion upgrade and $1,450,000 towards the Urban Streetscape Improvements project. Since 2015 the Whittlesea City Council has received more than $19 million from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Funding for 15 projects in the region. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community infrastructure and is delivering results for local communities” “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund is helping fast growing communities get the vital community facilities they need so they can continue to thrive as their population increases.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects such as these which are providing vital services to growing communities.” “The Growing Suburbs Fund supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level.”

$4 MILLION IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR CITY OF WHITTLESEA

The Victorian Government today announced over $4 million in funding for a new pavilion and urban streetscape improvements in the City of Whittlesea. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny, representing Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz, today announced funding for both initiatives as part of the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $200 million investment over 4 years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. The Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion project received $2,800,000 in funding, with an additional $250,000 contribution from Sport and Recreation’s Female Friendly Funding Program. The Urban Streetscape Improvements project also received $1,450,000 from the Victorian Government. The Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion will incorporate club operations and activity space for the communities of the Epping North Growth Corridor, with a multi-purpose community social room with access to canteen and kitchen, a terraced all-weather veranda, toilet and shower facilities, a committee office and first aid room. The Urban Streetscape Improvements initiative is the second project being funded. This will involve upgrading public spaces along High Street Thomastown with the creation of a pedestrianised civic space including seats, paving, bins, landscaping, drinking fountains and bike racks. Both projects will be delivered by the Whittlesea City Council, which has contributed $2.5 million towards the Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion upgrade and $1,450,000 towards the Urban Streetscape Improvements project. Since 2015 the Whittlesea City Council has received more than $19 million from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Funding for 15 projects in the region. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community infrastructure and is delivering results for local communities” “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund is helping fast growing communities get the vital community facilities they need so they can continue to thrive as their population increases.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects such as these which are providing vital services to growing communities.” “The Growing Suburbs Fund supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level.”

$1.2 MILLION GRANT FOR CUTTING EDGE CARAVAN INDUSTRY TRAINING

Victoria’s Caravan Industry will soon have access to new cutting edge training thanks to a new project funded under the Andrews Labor Government’s Workplace Training Innovation Fund. At Victoria’s first ever Caravan Industry Trade Exhibition, Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny MP announced the $1.2 million project which will deliver the Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Manufacture in for the first time at scale, on-site and with collaboration between industry and the training provider. The Caravan Industry Manufacturing Excellence project is being led by Caravan Trades and Industries Association of Victoria in partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic and NOVA Caravans Pty Ltd. They will work together on-site at NOVA Caravans to build an industry-first end-to-end manufacturing line training model and develop training materials as well as targeted student support to help students master the skills they need for each stage of the manufacturing line. The key lessons from the project will then be used to establish a proposed new National Caravan Industry Centre of Excellence at Melbourne Polytechnic. The project is being funded under Labor’s Workplace Training Innovation Fund which is ensuring students receive high quality training that delivers the workforce skills employers need. The Fund is supporting Victorian TAFEs and training providers to work in partnership with industry to develop innovative new training programs, products and projects that harness the very latest technologies and approaches. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 is investing an additional $644 million to strengthen TAFE, address skills shortages and ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a good job. To make it easier to access training, the Government is investing $172 million to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses that lead to jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers tuition free. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny MP “More than 90 per cent of all recreational vehicles and caravans in Australia are made right here in Victoria — in what we call the Education State.” “The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be investing this innovative project that will play a key role in helping our state’s next generation of workers develop the skills they need to secure real jobs and build successful careers.” “It is another great example of the work we’re doing to develop innovative, cutting-edge training solutions to meet the needs of students and industry as they adapt in a constantly changing economy.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “The previous Liberal Government spent four years cutting TAFE and closing campuses – we’re rebuilding TAFE to make sure Victorians can get the training the need to get a job.”

$1.2 MILLION GRANT FOR CUTTING EDGE CARAVAN INDUSTRY TRAINING

Victoria’s Caravan Industry will soon have access to new cutting edge training thanks to a new project funded under the Andrews Labor Government’s Workplace Training Innovation Fund. At Victoria’s first ever Caravan Industry Trade Exhibition, Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny MP announced the $1.2 million project which will deliver the Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Manufacture in for the first time at scale, on-site and with collaboration between industry and the training provider. The Caravan Industry Manufacturing Excellence project is being led by Caravan Trades and Industries Association of Victoria in partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic and NOVA Caravans Pty Ltd. They will work together on-site at NOVA Caravans to build an industry-first end-to-end manufacturing line training model and develop training materials as well as targeted student support to help students master the skills they need for each stage of the manufacturing line. The key lessons from the project will then be used to establish a proposed new National Caravan Industry Centre of Excellence at Melbourne Polytechnic. The project is being funded under Labor’s Workplace Training Innovation Fund which is ensuring students receive high quality training that delivers the workforce skills employers need. The Fund is supporting Victorian TAFEs and training providers to work in partnership with industry to develop innovative new training programs, products and projects that harness the very latest technologies and approaches. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 is investing an additional $644 million to strengthen TAFE, address skills shortages and ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a good job. To make it easier to access training, the Government is investing $172 million to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses that lead to jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers tuition free. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny MP “More than 90 per cent of all recreational vehicles and caravans in Australia are made right here in Victoria — in what we call the Education State.” “The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be investing this innovative project that will play a key role in helping our state’s next generation of workers develop the skills they need to secure real jobs and build successful careers.” “It is another great example of the work we’re doing to develop innovative, cutting-edge training solutions to meet the needs of students and industry as they adapt in a constantly changing economy.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “The previous Liberal Government spent four years cutting TAFE and closing campuses – we’re rebuilding TAFE to make sure Victorians can get the training the need to get a job.”

GIVING LALOR GARDENS PRIMARY SCHOOL KIDS THE SCHOOL FACILITIES THEY DESERVE

Students in Lalor Gardens Primary School will soon have the school facilities they need to get the great education they deserve, thanks to a major upgrade by the Andrews Labor Government. Bronwyn Halfpenny MP today visited Lalor Gardens Primary School to announce that Patrick Architects and HLC Constructions has been awarded the construction contract, with work to get underway at Lalor Gardens Primary School. The $4,294,056 million dollar project includes a music room, school hall/ gymnasium, inclusive of netball and basketball courts. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. To find out more about new schools and upgrades to schools in the Thomastown Electorate visit the Victorian School Building Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP I feel very proud to have worked with school parents, students, teachers and Principal Anne Hulett to secure funding for the school hall and gymnasium. Lalor Gardens PS was built less than 10 years ago and the school hall is the icing on the cake.  It will be a great facility for students as well as the local community.

GIVING LALOR GARDENS PRIMARY SCHOOL KIDS THE SCHOOL FACILITIES THEY DESERVE

Students in Lalor Gardens Primary School will soon have the school facilities they need to get the great education they deserve, thanks to a major upgrade by the Andrews Labor Government. Bronwyn Halfpenny MP today visited Lalor Gardens Primary School to announce that Patrick Architects and HLC Constructions has been awarded the construction contract, with work to get underway at Lalor Gardens Primary School. The $4,294,056 million dollar project includes a music room, school hall/ gymnasium, inclusive of netball and basketball courts. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. To find out more about new schools and upgrades to schools in the Thomastown Electorate visit the Victorian School Building Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP I feel very proud to have worked with school parents, students, teachers and Principal Anne Hulett to secure funding for the school hall and gymnasium. Lalor Gardens PS was built less than 10 years ago and the school hall is the icing on the cake.  It will be a great facility for students as well as the local community.

 

Sun Sets On Dodgy Property Developers

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting Victorians buying property off-the-plan from delay tactics used by some property developers to rip people off. The Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2018 will restrict the use of sunset clauses without the purchaser’s consent. The changes mean off-the-plan contracts cannot be terminated by a vendor under a sunset clause without the written consent of the purchaser or by order of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Off-the-plan contracts commonly include a sunset clause provision that allows a vendor (typically a professional developer) to terminate the contract where the plan of subdivision has not been registered by a specified date. Developers can exploit the sunset clauses by deliberately delaying completing construction of their project, in order to terminate signed contracts of sale, and re-sell the property at a higher price. In addition to changes to sunset clauses, the changes will: prohibit public auctions of land before 1:00pm on ANZAC Day, bringing the industry into line with the standard restricted business hours for the day strengthen the offence of concealing material facts about a property, and enable guidelines to help vendors and agents to understand what a material fact is likely to be (for example, a property’s past history as a clandestine drug laboratory, or the site of a homicide) introduce protections for people who purchase options to buy land as part of land banking schemes, including requiring money paid for options to be held in a trust prohibit certain terms contracts and rent-to-buy arrangements, with significant fines and potential jail time for vendors and third-party intermediaries to act as a strong deterrent. The changes implement key outcomes of the Consumer Property Law Review’s examination of the Sale of Land Act 1962 (The Act). Further reforms to the Act and reforms to the remaining Acts examined as part of the Review – the Owners Corporations Act 2006, Estate Agents Act 1980 and Conveyancers Act 2006 – are still under consideration. The changes will apply to all existing off-the-plan contracts. Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “This is about restoring balance and improving consumer protections so that Victorians can enter the property market with confidence.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The behaviour of some developers in the north has been appalling, using a legal loop hole to rip off families buying land to build their dream home. The Andrews Labor Government has introduced changes to the law to protect us. I just hope the Liberal opposition doesn’t delay it in the upper house of parliament where the government is not in the majority”.

Sun Sets On Dodgy Property Developers

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting Victorians buying property off-the-plan from delay tactics used by some property developers to rip people off. The Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2018 will restrict the use of sunset clauses without the purchaser’s consent. The changes mean off-the-plan contracts cannot be terminated by a vendor under a sunset clause without the written consent of the purchaser or by order of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Off-the-plan contracts commonly include a sunset clause provision that allows a vendor (typically a professional developer) to terminate the contract where the plan of subdivision has not been registered by a specified date. Developers can exploit the sunset clauses by deliberately delaying completing construction of their project, in order to terminate signed contracts of sale, and re-sell the property at a higher price. In addition to changes to sunset clauses, the changes will: prohibit public auctions of land before 1:00pm on ANZAC Day, bringing the industry into line with the standard restricted business hours for the day strengthen the offence of concealing material facts about a property, and enable guidelines to help vendors and agents to understand what a material fact is likely to be (for example, a property’s past history as a clandestine drug laboratory, or the site of a homicide) introduce protections for people who purchase options to buy land as part of land banking schemes, including requiring money paid for options to be held in a trust prohibit certain terms contracts and rent-to-buy arrangements, with significant fines and potential jail time for vendors and third-party intermediaries to act as a strong deterrent. The changes implement key outcomes of the Consumer Property Law Review’s examination of the Sale of Land Act 1962 (The Act). Further reforms to the Act and reforms to the remaining Acts examined as part of the Review – the Owners Corporations Act 2006, Estate Agents Act 1980 and Conveyancers Act 2006 – are still under consideration. The changes will apply to all existing off-the-plan contracts. Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “This is about restoring balance and improving consumer protections so that Victorians can enter the property market with confidence.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The behaviour of some developers in the north has been appalling, using a legal loop hole to rip off families buying land to build their dream home. The Andrews Labor Government has introduced changes to the law to protect us. I just hope the Liberal opposition doesn’t delay it in the upper house of parliament where the government is not in the majority”.

BOOST FOR ABORIGINAL EARLY LEARNING FACILITY

Community infrastructure for Aboriginal Victorians in Melbourne’s northern suburbs has received a boost courtesy of the Andrews Labor Government’s Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program. As part of the program, Bubup Wilam for Early Learning in Thomastown has received $109,350 for capital works and upgrades to community spaces, training rooms, the library, dining room, and aid the expansion of a breakaway space for specialist learning. The funding boost is part of the $14.6 million investment in the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program, improving service delivery as well as the cultural connectedness and wellbeing of communities. Improving Aboriginal community infrastructure such as this is fundamental to the pursuit of self-determination and social and economic development for Aboriginal Victorians. Bubup Wilam, which means ‘children’s place’ in Woi Worrun language, is part of a nation-wide network of Aboriginal Child and Family Centres, established in recognition of the fact that Aboriginal children and families are contending with issues that some other children and families do not face. The funding will enhance access to community spaces, training rooms, the library and dining room. The refurbishment project in Thomastown will respond to growing community demand for the early learning centre’s services. Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins “This funding boost will help Bubup Wilam continue the great work it does in delivering important front-line services for Aboriginal communities.” “Through the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program we’re helping organisation to grow and flourish, and with it, improve the cultural connection and wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We all know that a quality kindergarten experience can set a child up for life.” “Investing in Aboriginal early learning centres directly supports families, which is vital in a child’s first five years.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Brownyn Halfpenny MP “Congratulations to Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Centre. Lisa Thorpe and staff are so committed to the education and empowerment of the Aboriginal children. The centre certainly deserves these funds to upgrade the centre and make it more suitable to their needs.”  

BOOST FOR ABORIGINAL EARLY LEARNING FACILITY

Community infrastructure for Aboriginal Victorians in Melbourne’s northern suburbs has received a boost courtesy of the Andrews Labor Government’s Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program. As part of the program, Bubup Wilam for Early Learning in Thomastown has received $109,350 for capital works and upgrades to community spaces, training rooms, the library, dining room, and aid the expansion of a breakaway space for specialist learning. The funding boost is part of the $14.6 million investment in the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program, improving service delivery as well as the cultural connectedness and wellbeing of communities. Improving Aboriginal community infrastructure such as this is fundamental to the pursuit of self-determination and social and economic development for Aboriginal Victorians. Bubup Wilam, which means ‘children’s place’ in Woi Worrun language, is part of a nation-wide network of Aboriginal Child and Family Centres, established in recognition of the fact that Aboriginal children and families are contending with issues that some other children and families do not face. The funding will enhance access to community spaces, training rooms, the library and dining room. The refurbishment project in Thomastown will respond to growing community demand for the early learning centre’s services. Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins “This funding boost will help Bubup Wilam continue the great work it does in delivering important front-line services for Aboriginal communities.” “Through the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program we’re helping organisation to grow and flourish, and with it, improve the cultural connection and wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We all know that a quality kindergarten experience can set a child up for life.” “Investing in Aboriginal early learning centres directly supports families, which is vital in a child’s first five years.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Brownyn Halfpenny MP “Congratulations to Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Centre. Lisa Thorpe and staff are so committed to the education and empowerment of the Aboriginal children. The centre certainly deserves these funds to upgrade the centre and make it more suitable to their needs.”  

NORTHERN’S BUDGET UP IN RECORD FUNDING BOOST FOR VICTORIA’S HEALTH SYSTEM

Northern Health will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care. Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green, Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing $481.23 million in Northern Health. That’s $70.17 million more than the previous 12 months – a 17.1 per cent increase. The funding for Northern Health has increased by $161.15 million, or 50.3 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Government was in power. Northern Health’s budget will boost its capacity to help care for the sickest babies, with three extra special care nursery cots. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals – a record $11.5 billion investment. It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months – and 31 per cent more than when the Liberals were in Government. The Andrews Labor Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home. The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months. All this would be at risk under a Liberal Government – who cut health funding, close beds and privatise hospitals to benefit their mates in the big end of town. In total, the Labor Government is investing $19.4 billion in Victoria’s health system, including ambulance services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, aged care, community health and other services. The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services. Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “We’re delivering record funding to ensure Northern Health and our other hospitals can treat more patients faster – and closer to home.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “All this would be put at risk by the Liberals – who always cut health funding, hurting patients and making it harder for Victorian families to get the care they need when they need it.”

NORTHERN’S BUDGET UP IN RECORD FUNDING BOOST FOR VICTORIA’S HEALTH SYSTEM

Northern Health will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care. Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green, Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing $481.23 million in Northern Health. That’s $70.17 million more than the previous 12 months – a 17.1 per cent increase. The funding for Northern Health has increased by $161.15 million, or 50.3 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Government was in power. Northern Health’s budget will boost its capacity to help care for the sickest babies, with three extra special care nursery cots. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals – a record $11.5 billion investment. It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months – and 31 per cent more than when the Liberals were in Government. The Andrews Labor Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home. The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months. All this would be at risk under a Liberal Government – who cut health funding, close beds and privatise hospitals to benefit their mates in the big end of town. In total, the Labor Government is investing $19.4 billion in Victoria’s health system, including ambulance services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, aged care, community health and other services. The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services. Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “We’re delivering record funding to ensure Northern Health and our other hospitals can treat more patients faster – and closer to home.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “All this would be put at risk by the Liberals – who always cut health funding, hurting patients and making it harder for Victorian families to get the care they need when they need it.”

VICTORIA LEADS THE NATION IN VACCINATION RATES

Five-year-olds in Victoria are now better protected against diseases prevented by vaccination than in any other state in Australia, new data shows. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny MP announced the latest figures from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register that show 96.76 per cent of five-year-olds in the local community are now fully immunised. Across Victoria, 95.7 per cent of kids aged five are now fully immunised – the best rate of all Australian states and territories. The Andrews Labor Government’s ‘No Jab, No Play’ laws have seen a steady increase in immunisation rates for Victorian children. Before these laws came into effect, rates were 92.85 per cent, but thanks to our tough new laws, immunisation rates have powered past our ambitious ‘herd immunity’ target. The data also shows 97.3 per cent of Indigenous children in Victoria aged five years are fully immunised. The 95 per cent ‘herd immunity’ target is necessary to halt the spread of dangerous and virulent diseases such as measles. High rates of vaccination provide important protection for those who cannot receive vaccines, such as babies who are too young or people who cannot receive vaccines for medical reasons. The Labor Government takes a strong approach when it comes to vaccination. We brought back the free whooping cough vaccination program for mums and dads after it was cut by the Liberals, protecting Victoria’s youngest people from the deadly disease. The Government’s new ‘No Jab, No Play’ rules mean only Immunisation History Statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted as evidence of immunisation and as evidence of medical exemption to vaccination when enrolling a child at childcare or kindergarten. The Liberals axed the whooping cough vaccination because they can’t help but cut our health system. They can’t be trusted with it comes to health, because all they do is cut. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Immunisation is safe, effective and it saves lives. We’re so glad that more parents than ever before are taking heed of the message and keeping their kids safe.”  “The Liberals axed the free whooping cough vaccination and cut hundreds of millions of dollars from our health system, but we’re putting families first and keeping our youngest Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny MP “These are more than just statistics – this is about protecting Thomastown Electorate kids from deadly, vaccine-preventable diseases.” “This data shows that parents are listening to the experts and the science – and ignoring those who tout misinformation that puts kids at risk.”

VICTORIA LEADS THE NATION IN VACCINATION RATES

Five-year-olds in Victoria are now better protected against diseases prevented by vaccination than in any other state in Australia, new data shows. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny MP announced the latest figures from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register that show 96.76 per cent of five-year-olds in the local community are now fully immunised. Across Victoria, 95.7 per cent of kids aged five are now fully immunised – the best rate of all Australian states and territories. The Andrews Labor Government’s ‘No Jab, No Play’ laws have seen a steady increase in immunisation rates for Victorian children. Before these laws came into effect, rates were 92.85 per cent, but thanks to our tough new laws, immunisation rates have powered past our ambitious ‘herd immunity’ target. The data also shows 97.3 per cent of Indigenous children in Victoria aged five years are fully immunised. The 95 per cent ‘herd immunity’ target is necessary to halt the spread of dangerous and virulent diseases such as measles. High rates of vaccination provide important protection for those who cannot receive vaccines, such as babies who are too young or people who cannot receive vaccines for medical reasons. The Labor Government takes a strong approach when it comes to vaccination. We brought back the free whooping cough vaccination program for mums and dads after it was cut by the Liberals, protecting Victoria’s youngest people from the deadly disease. The Government’s new ‘No Jab, No Play’ rules mean only Immunisation History Statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted as evidence of immunisation and as evidence of medical exemption to vaccination when enrolling a child at childcare or kindergarten. The Liberals axed the whooping cough vaccination because they can’t help but cut our health system. They can’t be trusted with it comes to health, because all they do is cut. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Immunisation is safe, effective and it saves lives. We’re so glad that more parents than ever before are taking heed of the message and keeping their kids safe.”  “The Liberals axed the free whooping cough vaccination and cut hundreds of millions of dollars from our health system, but we’re putting families first and keeping our youngest Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny MP “These are more than just statistics – this is about protecting Thomastown Electorate kids from deadly, vaccine-preventable diseases.” “This data shows that parents are listening to the experts and the science – and ignoring those who tout misinformation that puts kids at risk.”