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MAINTENACE FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS

Students at schools across the City of Whittlesea will soon have better facilities, thanks to a state wide boost of more than $40 million for school maintenance funding. Schools will share in funding to upgrade old and tired buildings, He also used the opportunity to announce maintenance funding from the Andrews Government of $196,000. The money will be used for a range of maintenance projects, including replacing window frames, repainting the interior of the school and replacing flooring. The funding is part of a boost of more than $40 million for school maintenance across the state which will give students at more than 400 schools access to better classrooms and facilities. The Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. There are now 42 new government schools and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure. This school building boom will create 4000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live. (Pictured above: Colin with students who received a certificate for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge)

MAINTENACE FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS

Students at schools across the City of Whittlesea will soon have better facilities, thanks to a state wide boost of more than $40 million for school maintenance funding. Schools will share in funding to upgrade old and tired buildings, He also used the opportunity to announce maintenance funding from the Andrews Government of $196,000. The money will be used for a range of maintenance projects, including replacing window frames, repainting the interior of the school and replacing flooring. The funding is part of a boost of more than $40 million for school maintenance across the state which will give students at more than 400 schools access to better classrooms and facilities. The Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. There are now 42 new government schools and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure. This school building boom will create 4000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live. (Pictured above: Colin with students who received a certificate for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge)

CELEBRATING INNOVATIVE DESIGN IN VICTORIAN STATE SCHOOLS

Monday, 11 November, 2019 CELEBRATING INNOVATIVE DESIGN IN VICTORIAN STATE SCHOOLS Whittlesea Tech School’s innovative design – and the designers and architects who helped bring it to life – have been named as a finalist in the Victorian School Design Awards, thanks to the Andrews Government. Minister for Education James Merlino announced the winners of the Victorian School Design Awards on Thursday night at an awards ceremony at ZINC at Federation Square. Whittlesea Tech School designed by ClarkeHopkinsClarke, was named a finalist in Best Project $5-10 million finalists. The Victorian School Design Awards recognise excellence in design and the architects and designers who have provided innovative, creative and practical schools for Victorian government school students. Architects and designers were invited to submit designs for government school projects including new schools, stages of buildings, redevelopments or refurbishments, schools designed for special needs, or facilities such as performing arts centres or technology wings completed between June 2017 and June 2019. The Victorian Government has made an unprecedented $6.1 billion investment to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades. Under the Victorian Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will also open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re building the Education State by delivering 100 new schools by 2026. These Awards are an important recognition of the role of architects and designers in creating innovative schools for Victorian students to learn in.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny “I’m delighted Whittlesea Tech School’s design has been recognised as a finalist in the Victorian School Design Awards – its innovative design helps Thomastown students to take pride in where they go to school, and provides a local landmark.”

CELEBRATING INNOVATIVE DESIGN IN VICTORIAN STATE SCHOOLS

Monday, 11 November, 2019 CELEBRATING INNOVATIVE DESIGN IN VICTORIAN STATE SCHOOLS Whittlesea Tech School’s innovative design – and the designers and architects who helped bring it to life – have been named as a finalist in the Victorian School Design Awards, thanks to the Andrews Government. Minister for Education James Merlino announced the winners of the Victorian School Design Awards on Thursday night at an awards ceremony at ZINC at Federation Square. Whittlesea Tech School designed by ClarkeHopkinsClarke, was named a finalist in Best Project $5-10 million finalists. The Victorian School Design Awards recognise excellence in design and the architects and designers who have provided innovative, creative and practical schools for Victorian government school students. Architects and designers were invited to submit designs for government school projects including new schools, stages of buildings, redevelopments or refurbishments, schools designed for special needs, or facilities such as performing arts centres or technology wings completed between June 2017 and June 2019. The Victorian Government has made an unprecedented $6.1 billion investment to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades. Under the Victorian Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will also open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re building the Education State by delivering 100 new schools by 2026. These Awards are an important recognition of the role of architects and designers in creating innovative schools for Victorian students to learn in.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny “I’m delighted Whittlesea Tech School’s design has been recognised as a finalist in the Victorian School Design Awards – its innovative design helps Thomastown students to take pride in where they go to school, and provides a local landmark.”

WHITTLESEA SCHOOLS TO SHARE IN $515M MAINTENANCE BLITZ

Schools across the Whittlesea municipality will share in a $515 million in the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken, thanks to an unprecedented investment by the Andrews Government. The investment will more than double funding for maintenance at Victoria’s state schools over the next two financial years, with more than $300 million to be invested in 2019/20 and $290 million in 2020/21. State Members of Parliament Bronwyn Halfpenny, Colin Brooks, Danielle Green and Lily D’Ambrosio welcomed $3.73 million in funding to support 31 schools across the municipality. The funding will enable local state schools to do essential works such as painting, replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance of infrastructure like septic systems and water services. This increased investment will assist principals to get on with the job of leading Victoria’s schools, by providing more funds to maintain the state’s 36,000 school buildings, while supporting schools to cater to the 115,000 additional students who are expected to enter the education system over the next five years. The package complements the Labor Government’s recent initiatives to support schools to manage and maintain their facilities, including the Rolling Facilities Evaluation and the rollout of maintenance plans for each school. The Andrews Government is investing $170.5 million in emergency and incident response over five years, including an extra $57.8 million to address issues such as septic system failure, termite damage, mould, roof and floor damage, and $76.4 million to respond to unforeseen incidents and events such as storms, fire or flooding. Schools in some of the state’s highest-risk bushfire areas will also have access to more funds to ensure they are ‘bushfire ready’, thanks to $44.2 million over five years for fire preparedness activities like vegetation removal.   Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Following on from recent maintenance evaluations, we’re investing in schools to fix those niggly repairs and make our schools safer for students.”    Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Sometimes the little things can make a big difference. Whether it’s a new coat of paint or replacing carpets – this investment will help local students get the most out of their education in a safe, maintained and modern school.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The Victorian Government is investing $515 million in our state schools to ensure students can attend a great local school and get a great education.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks  “The Andrews Labor Government is investing this funding to ensure that every student can attend a great local primary, secondary or specialist public school by tackling maintenance issues proactively.”    The following schools will receive funding: * Ashley Park Primary School ($40,993) * Edgars Creek Secondary College ($129,380) * Epping Primary School ($97,328) * Epping Secondary College ($203,456) * Epping Views Primary School ($133,208) * Findon Primary School ($72,952) * Hazel Glen College ($291,885) * Lalor East Primary School ($70,500) * Lalor Gardens Primary School ($48,665) * Lalor North Primary School ($58,114) * Lalor North Secondary College ($116,968) * Lalor Primary School ($70,589) * Lalor Secondary College ($193,913) * Laurimar Primary School ($130,418) * Meadowglen Primary School ($83,440) * Merriang Special Developmental School ($115,454) * Mill Park Heights Primary School ($133,096) * Mill Park Primary School ($72,632) * Mill Park Secondary College ($398,818) * Morang South Primary School ($84,998) * Norris Bank Primary School ($55,874) * Peter Lalor Secondary College ($153,801) * Plenty Parklands Primary School ($118,723) * The Lakes South Morang P-9 School ($234,378) * Thomastown East Primary School ($74,835) * Thomastown Meadows Primary School ($57,089) * Thomastown Primary School ($52,204) * Thomastown Secondary College ($135,281) * Thomastown West Primary School ($49,416) * Whittlesea Primary School ($70,371) * Whittlesea Secondary College ($224,273)

WHITTLESEA SCHOOLS TO SHARE IN $515M MAINTENANCE BLITZ

Schools across the Whittlesea municipality will share in a $515 million in the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken, thanks to an unprecedented investment by the Andrews Government. The investment will more than double funding for maintenance at Victoria’s state schools over the next two financial years, with more than $300 million to be invested in 2019/20 and $290 million in 2020/21. State Members of Parliament Bronwyn Halfpenny, Colin Brooks, Danielle Green and Lily D’Ambrosio welcomed $3.73 million in funding to support 31 schools across the municipality. The funding will enable local state schools to do essential works such as painting, replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance of infrastructure like septic systems and water services. This increased investment will assist principals to get on with the job of leading Victoria’s schools, by providing more funds to maintain the state’s 36,000 school buildings, while supporting schools to cater to the 115,000 additional students who are expected to enter the education system over the next five years. The package complements the Labor Government’s recent initiatives to support schools to manage and maintain their facilities, including the Rolling Facilities Evaluation and the rollout of maintenance plans for each school. The Andrews Government is investing $170.5 million in emergency and incident response over five years, including an extra $57.8 million to address issues such as septic system failure, termite damage, mould, roof and floor damage, and $76.4 million to respond to unforeseen incidents and events such as storms, fire or flooding. Schools in some of the state’s highest-risk bushfire areas will also have access to more funds to ensure they are ‘bushfire ready’, thanks to $44.2 million over five years for fire preparedness activities like vegetation removal.   Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Following on from recent maintenance evaluations, we’re investing in schools to fix those niggly repairs and make our schools safer for students.”    Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Sometimes the little things can make a big difference. Whether it’s a new coat of paint or replacing carpets – this investment will help local students get the most out of their education in a safe, maintained and modern school.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The Victorian Government is investing $515 million in our state schools to ensure students can attend a great local school and get a great education.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks  “The Andrews Labor Government is investing this funding to ensure that every student can attend a great local primary, secondary or specialist public school by tackling maintenance issues proactively.”    The following schools will receive funding: * Ashley Park Primary School ($40,993) * Edgars Creek Secondary College ($129,380) * Epping Primary School ($97,328) * Epping Secondary College ($203,456) * Epping Views Primary School ($133,208) * Findon Primary School ($72,952) * Hazel Glen College ($291,885) * Lalor East Primary School ($70,500) * Lalor Gardens Primary School ($48,665) * Lalor North Primary School ($58,114) * Lalor North Secondary College ($116,968) * Lalor Primary School ($70,589) * Lalor Secondary College ($193,913) * Laurimar Primary School ($130,418) * Meadowglen Primary School ($83,440) * Merriang Special Developmental School ($115,454) * Mill Park Heights Primary School ($133,096) * Mill Park Primary School ($72,632) * Mill Park Secondary College ($398,818) * Morang South Primary School ($84,998) * Norris Bank Primary School ($55,874) * Peter Lalor Secondary College ($153,801) * Plenty Parklands Primary School ($118,723) * The Lakes South Morang P-9 School ($234,378) * Thomastown East Primary School ($74,835) * Thomastown Meadows Primary School ($57,089) * Thomastown Primary School ($52,204) * Thomastown Secondary College ($135,281) * Thomastown West Primary School ($49,416) * Whittlesea Primary School ($70,371) * Whittlesea Secondary College ($224,273)

NEW BUILDINGS FOR DOREEN AND EPPING SCHOOLS

Local students will soon be learning in new first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Government. State Members of Parliament, Danielle Green and Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary will receive new architecturally designed double storey relocatable buildings, which will further help the schools deliver a 21st century education. The total cost of the 12 new classrooms in three new buildings is approximately $2.9 million. From day 1 of Term 1 in 2020, Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary students will be learning in brand new buildings, which incorporate the latest innovative and sustainable design. Each new building includes four new classrooms with double glazed windows and external shades, as well as special wall and ceiling acoustic treatments to improve classroom sound clarity – providing a comfortable learning space for students. The buildings will be manufactured off-site then assembled at the school. This innovative process of building manufacture and delivery means that Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary students will be learning in these first-class facilities more quickly. The double storey design reserves more student play space at each school. The Andrews Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, which supports over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Danielle Green MP, Member for Yan Yean. “The two new buildings at Hazel Glen College will give students access to eight new classrooms that better match the quality of the teaching and learning that’s done at this great school.” Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny, Member for Thomastown. “The school community wanted a two storey relocatable and our State Labor Government has listened.  Congratulations to Harvest Home Primary for securing these new learning spaces.”

NEW BUILDINGS FOR DOREEN AND EPPING SCHOOLS

Local students will soon be learning in new first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Government. State Members of Parliament, Danielle Green and Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary will receive new architecturally designed double storey relocatable buildings, which will further help the schools deliver a 21st century education. The total cost of the 12 new classrooms in three new buildings is approximately $2.9 million. From day 1 of Term 1 in 2020, Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary students will be learning in brand new buildings, which incorporate the latest innovative and sustainable design. Each new building includes four new classrooms with double glazed windows and external shades, as well as special wall and ceiling acoustic treatments to improve classroom sound clarity – providing a comfortable learning space for students. The buildings will be manufactured off-site then assembled at the school. This innovative process of building manufacture and delivery means that Hazel Glen College and Harvest Home Primary students will be learning in these first-class facilities more quickly. The double storey design reserves more student play space at each school. The Andrews Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, which supports over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Danielle Green MP, Member for Yan Yean. “The two new buildings at Hazel Glen College will give students access to eight new classrooms that better match the quality of the teaching and learning that’s done at this great school.” Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny, Member for Thomastown. “The school community wanted a two storey relocatable and our State Labor Government has listened.  Congratulations to Harvest Home Primary for securing these new learning spaces.”

 

BUS BOOST FOR WOLLERT FAMILIES

The Andrews Government is making it easier for families to get around Wollert with a brand-new school special bus service and an extension to a current route. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Route 357 will be extended to run closer to Edgars Creek Secondary College from January 2020 – making it easier for more families and students to get to school. A new school special bus also began on the 19th of August, giving students at Edgars Creek Secondary College a direct connection via bus for the first time. Currently the closest bus route to the school is Route 385, which stops over 900 metres from the school gate. These new and extended bus routes will give students living in the local area easier and more reliable journeys to and from school. The school special bus will run one morning and one afternoon service each day, with the service beginning at the intersection of Pine Park Drive and Saltlake Boulevard in Wollert and arrive at Edgars Creek Secondary College, doing the trip in reverse after the school bell in the afternoon. The buses used will have low floors, which will allow students with specific mobility requirements to easily use the service. School special bus service timetables will be made available for students by the school and Dysons buses by request. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re extending bus routes and creating a new school special bus service to make it easier for locals to get around Wollert.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Students from Edgars Creek Secondary College can now catch the bus to and from school for the very first time.” “This is the first step in delivering a long-term solution for these students, giving them and their families more options to get to school.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “This school bus will make a world of difference for kids getting to school on public transport.”  

BUS BOOST FOR WOLLERT FAMILIES

The Andrews Government is making it easier for families to get around Wollert with a brand-new school special bus service and an extension to a current route. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Route 357 will be extended to run closer to Edgars Creek Secondary College from January 2020 – making it easier for more families and students to get to school. A new school special bus also began on the 19th of August, giving students at Edgars Creek Secondary College a direct connection via bus for the first time. Currently the closest bus route to the school is Route 385, which stops over 900 metres from the school gate. These new and extended bus routes will give students living in the local area easier and more reliable journeys to and from school. The school special bus will run one morning and one afternoon service each day, with the service beginning at the intersection of Pine Park Drive and Saltlake Boulevard in Wollert and arrive at Edgars Creek Secondary College, doing the trip in reverse after the school bell in the afternoon. The buses used will have low floors, which will allow students with specific mobility requirements to easily use the service. School special bus service timetables will be made available for students by the school and Dysons buses by request. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re extending bus routes and creating a new school special bus service to make it easier for locals to get around Wollert.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Students from Edgars Creek Secondary College can now catch the bus to and from school for the very first time.” “This is the first step in delivering a long-term solution for these students, giving them and their families more options to get to school.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “This school bus will make a world of difference for kids getting to school on public transport.”  

DITCHING THE DREADED DOUBLE-DROP OFF IN WOLLERT

Thursday, 05 August, 2019 Families living in Wollert will soon be able to ditch the dreaded ‘double-drop off’ as the Andrews Government gets on with building kindergartens at all new primary schools. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today visited the site of the new Edgars Creek Community Centre to turn the first sod on the $6.8 million facility. The new centre includes three rooms for three and four-year-old kindergarten, two maternal and child health service rooms, and meeting spaces for community use. The Andrews Government provided $1.6 million to City of Whittlesea towards the new centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant. The new centre is located next door to the new Edgars Creek Primary School (interim name).  The new school and kinder are both set to open in 2021 Every new Victorian primary school being built from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, reducing the burden on parents and helping to build the Education State. All 10 primary schools set to open in 2021, including Edgars Creek Primary School and all six opening in 2022, will have a kindergarten either on site or next door. The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with the Labor Government investing more than $1.68 billion over the next decade to support the construction and expansion of almost 1,000 kindergartens across the state to ensure three-year-old kids have the infrastructure they need to attend kinder. This is part of the Labor Government’s $5 billion commitment to provide access to a full 15 hours of subsidised three-year-old kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the rollout beginning in 2020. Under the education building boom, the Andrews Government is also investing $5.6 billion to open 100 new schools by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why every new primary school being built from 2021 will feature a kindergarten on-site or next door, to ensure children can get continuity of education.” “We’re already making sure Victorian kids get an extra year of kinder – and now we’re taking action so that the school drop-off is just that little bit easier for parents” “This means children living in Wollert will not only get the best start to life at kinder, they’ll also get the most out of their primary education at a great new local school.”

DITCHING THE DREADED DOUBLE-DROP OFF IN WOLLERT

Thursday, 05 August, 2019 Families living in Wollert will soon be able to ditch the dreaded ‘double-drop off’ as the Andrews Government gets on with building kindergartens at all new primary schools. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today visited the site of the new Edgars Creek Community Centre to turn the first sod on the $6.8 million facility. The new centre includes three rooms for three and four-year-old kindergarten, two maternal and child health service rooms, and meeting spaces for community use. The Andrews Government provided $1.6 million to City of Whittlesea towards the new centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant. The new centre is located next door to the new Edgars Creek Primary School (interim name).  The new school and kinder are both set to open in 2021 Every new Victorian primary school being built from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, reducing the burden on parents and helping to build the Education State. All 10 primary schools set to open in 2021, including Edgars Creek Primary School and all six opening in 2022, will have a kindergarten either on site or next door. The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with the Labor Government investing more than $1.68 billion over the next decade to support the construction and expansion of almost 1,000 kindergartens across the state to ensure three-year-old kids have the infrastructure they need to attend kinder. This is part of the Labor Government’s $5 billion commitment to provide access to a full 15 hours of subsidised three-year-old kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the rollout beginning in 2020. Under the education building boom, the Andrews Government is also investing $5.6 billion to open 100 new schools by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why every new primary school being built from 2021 will feature a kindergarten on-site or next door, to ensure children can get continuity of education.” “We’re already making sure Victorian kids get an extra year of kinder – and now we’re taking action so that the school drop-off is just that little bit easier for parents” “This means children living in Wollert will not only get the best start to life at kinder, they’ll also get the most out of their primary education at a great new local school.”

LIGHTING UP EPPING’S NEWEST INTERSECTION

Drivers travelling through the upgraded O’Herns Road and High Street intersection in Epping will now benefit from new overhead street lights which have been switched on today. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny visited the site of the new intersection to switch on the street lighting on one of the final pieces of the first stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade. Major construction on the new intersection was completed in February - replacing the roundabout with traffic lights.  These lights can also be controlled by the neighbouring CFA branch in times of emergency. The new intersection has eased congestion and boosted traffic flow for the 30,000 drivers travelling through here every day, while also improving access to dozens of businesses in the area. More drivers can now safely pass through the intersection during green lights, reducing queue lengths and giving drivers better access to the Hume Freeway. Minor works are continuing at the new intersection with the traffic lights soon to be connected to mains power, as well as minor landscaping works to beautify the area. Planning is well advanced for the second stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade which is set to begin in mid-2019 subject to environmental approvals. The second stage of the upgrade will add new lanes in each direction between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise, and create a full diamond interchange to provide drivers direct access from O’Herns Road to the Hume Freeway. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Melbourne’s north is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, and the completion of the first stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade is a vital improvement this government has delivered.” “These new overhead lights will ensure that drivers making their way through the new intersection of O’Herns Road and High Street can do so safely at all times of the day and in any weather conditions.”

LIGHTING UP EPPING’S NEWEST INTERSECTION

Drivers travelling through the upgraded O’Herns Road and High Street intersection in Epping will now benefit from new overhead street lights which have been switched on today. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny visited the site of the new intersection to switch on the street lighting on one of the final pieces of the first stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade. Major construction on the new intersection was completed in February - replacing the roundabout with traffic lights.  These lights can also be controlled by the neighbouring CFA branch in times of emergency. The new intersection has eased congestion and boosted traffic flow for the 30,000 drivers travelling through here every day, while also improving access to dozens of businesses in the area. More drivers can now safely pass through the intersection during green lights, reducing queue lengths and giving drivers better access to the Hume Freeway. Minor works are continuing at the new intersection with the traffic lights soon to be connected to mains power, as well as minor landscaping works to beautify the area. Planning is well advanced for the second stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade which is set to begin in mid-2019 subject to environmental approvals. The second stage of the upgrade will add new lanes in each direction between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise, and create a full diamond interchange to provide drivers direct access from O’Herns Road to the Hume Freeway. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Melbourne’s north is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, and the completion of the first stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade is a vital improvement this government has delivered.” “These new overhead lights will ensure that drivers making their way through the new intersection of O’Herns Road and High Street can do so safely at all times of the day and in any weather conditions.”

MORE FUNDING TO PREVENT FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Government will provide $470,000 in funding for 15 community organisations working to prevent family violence within Victoria’s African communities. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne today announced funding from the Capacity Building and Participation Program to help communities recognise family violence when it occurs and provide the tools to safely respond. The funding will support a new partnership between 15 community organisations and Whittlesea Community Connections, which has a proven track record in preventing family violence. The funded organisations will deliver activities such as training, education workshops and youth forums. The Andrews Government is funding community-led family violence early intervention and prevention programs across Victoria and is investing more than $14 million over four years to support the implementation of a multicultural family violence package. The package will build the capacity of culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities to address family violence through innovative and tailored family violence prevention initiatives. An integral part of this is the development of links between mainstream family violence services and diverse communities through stronger partnerships and sharing knowledge of best practice. The Government established an Australian-first Royal Commission into Family Violence in 2014 and has since invested more than $2.7 billion to implement all 227 recommendations made. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne “By supporting the leadership of African community organisations to prevent family violence, we’re building a Victoria where families can thrive and be safe.” “This is about helping Victoria’s diverse communities keep women and children safe from the scourge of family violence.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “We’re delivering landmark reforms to stamp out family violence and this community funding will help bolster those efforts.” “Family violence effects all communities and it’s critical to not only have government programs but to support community led prevention work to achieve change.”

MORE FUNDING TO PREVENT FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Government will provide $470,000 in funding for 15 community organisations working to prevent family violence within Victoria’s African communities. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne today announced funding from the Capacity Building and Participation Program to help communities recognise family violence when it occurs and provide the tools to safely respond. The funding will support a new partnership between 15 community organisations and Whittlesea Community Connections, which has a proven track record in preventing family violence. The funded organisations will deliver activities such as training, education workshops and youth forums. The Andrews Government is funding community-led family violence early intervention and prevention programs across Victoria and is investing more than $14 million over four years to support the implementation of a multicultural family violence package. The package will build the capacity of culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities to address family violence through innovative and tailored family violence prevention initiatives. An integral part of this is the development of links between mainstream family violence services and diverse communities through stronger partnerships and sharing knowledge of best practice. The Government established an Australian-first Royal Commission into Family Violence in 2014 and has since invested more than $2.7 billion to implement all 227 recommendations made. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne “By supporting the leadership of African community organisations to prevent family violence, we’re building a Victoria where families can thrive and be safe.” “This is about helping Victoria’s diverse communities keep women and children safe from the scourge of family violence.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “We’re delivering landmark reforms to stamp out family violence and this community funding will help bolster those efforts.” “Family violence effects all communities and it’s critical to not only have government programs but to support community led prevention work to achieve change.”