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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.”

NEW GRANTS TO IMPROVE MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE MILL PARK, AND THOMASTOWN ELECTORATE

Communities in the Mill Park, and Thomastown electorate will be able to build new community facilities and improve existing spaces thanks to a new round of grants from the Andrews Labor Government. The 2018-19 Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund will provide $9.5 million towards improving and establishing facilities that support culturally diverse Victorians to participate and contribute to society while remaining connected to their cultural heritage and traditions. Applications are open and communities are invited to apply for projects that build new facilities, improve or restore existing infrastructure, or increase security or accessibility for communities. Community groups, organisations and associations in the Mill Park electorate are encouraged to apply for funding that support projects commencing in the 2018-19 financial year. Applications and expressions of interest can be submitted at any time allowing organisations to undertake sufficient planning of their projects. For more information on the 2018-19 Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund, go to www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/grants, contact community.grants@dpc.vic.gov.au or call the Department of Premier and Cabinet on 1300 366 356. Quotes attributable to Lily D’Ambrosio MP for Mill Park  “The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund fosters diversity in the Mill Park electorate by providing and improving community spaces and increasing access for residents.” Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP for Thomastown “We’re promoting an inclusive society in the Thomastown electorate for all people in our community to preserve and share their culture, and have spaces that they can make their own.”

NEW GRANTS TO IMPROVE MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE MILL PARK, AND THOMASTOWN ELECTORATE

Communities in the Mill Park, and Thomastown electorate will be able to build new community facilities and improve existing spaces thanks to a new round of grants from the Andrews Labor Government. The 2018-19 Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund will provide $9.5 million towards improving and establishing facilities that support culturally diverse Victorians to participate and contribute to society while remaining connected to their cultural heritage and traditions. Applications are open and communities are invited to apply for projects that build new facilities, improve or restore existing infrastructure, or increase security or accessibility for communities. Community groups, organisations and associations in the Mill Park electorate are encouraged to apply for funding that support projects commencing in the 2018-19 financial year. Applications and expressions of interest can be submitted at any time allowing organisations to undertake sufficient planning of their projects. For more information on the 2018-19 Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund, go to www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/grants, contact community.grants@dpc.vic.gov.au or call the Department of Premier and Cabinet on 1300 366 356. Quotes attributable to Lily D’Ambrosio MP for Mill Park  “The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund fosters diversity in the Mill Park electorate by providing and improving community spaces and increasing access for residents.” Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP for Thomastown “We’re promoting an inclusive society in the Thomastown electorate for all people in our community to preserve and share their culture, and have spaces that they can make their own.”

5 MILLION BREAKFASTS SERVED UP TO SCHOOL KIDS

The Andrews Labor Government’s School Breakfast Clubs have served five million meals to students across Victoria, ensuring they start their school day on a full stomach, ready to learn. Minister for Education James Merlino this morning joined students at Morwell Park Primary School, one of the 500 schools that serve up free and healthy Victorian-produced breakfasts. School Breakfast Clubs have been providing 50,000 free meals each week at 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools since 2016. Across Mill Park, and Thomastown electorate the program has seen 131,155 breakfasts delivered across local schools. In 2017, 569,000 kilograms of food was distributed, with an average 33 students attending a breakfast club in every school, every day of operation. This includes 11,834 kilograms of instant oats, 128,840 apples, and 230,719 litres of milk. Research has shown that since the program started, nine out of ten teachers have seen improved student concentration in the classroom, while seven out of ten teachers have noted improved attendance and more than eight out of ten teachers said they now had better relationships with their students. The research also found in 2017, 87 per cent of schools felt they were meeting the breakfast needs of their students, a dramatic increase from the 43 per cent who felt they were meeting breakfast needs prior to the program. The delivery of the $13.7 million breakfast club commitment is another example of how the Andrews Labor Government is tackling disadvantage and making things fair so that all children can reach their potential, regardless of their background or circumstances. A full list of School Breakfast Clubs can be found at : education.vic.gov.au/breakfastclubs. Volunteering opportunities can be found at: foodbankvictoria.org.au/SBCvolunteers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “One in seven children arrive at school with an empty stomach and our School Breakfast Clubs mean these students no longer go hungry and can now get the most out of their education.” “Despite its success, the program would be cut by the Liberals if they win the next election. They have already promised a cost audit, which is code for cuts – cuts to breakfast clubs, cuts to the school uniform program and cuts to helping kids go to school camps and excursions. Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Across the Thomastown electorate alone we have seen students share in more than 72,904 breakfasts.  These are local kids who would have sat through class on an empty stomach without this program.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Labor’s program is tackling hunger in the classroom and the results are improved attendance and academic performance.”

5 MILLION BREAKFASTS SERVED UP TO SCHOOL KIDS

The Andrews Labor Government’s School Breakfast Clubs have served five million meals to students across Victoria, ensuring they start their school day on a full stomach, ready to learn. Minister for Education James Merlino this morning joined students at Morwell Park Primary School, one of the 500 schools that serve up free and healthy Victorian-produced breakfasts. School Breakfast Clubs have been providing 50,000 free meals each week at 500 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools since 2016. Across Mill Park, and Thomastown electorate the program has seen 131,155 breakfasts delivered across local schools. In 2017, 569,000 kilograms of food was distributed, with an average 33 students attending a breakfast club in every school, every day of operation. This includes 11,834 kilograms of instant oats, 128,840 apples, and 230,719 litres of milk. Research has shown that since the program started, nine out of ten teachers have seen improved student concentration in the classroom, while seven out of ten teachers have noted improved attendance and more than eight out of ten teachers said they now had better relationships with their students. The research also found in 2017, 87 per cent of schools felt they were meeting the breakfast needs of their students, a dramatic increase from the 43 per cent who felt they were meeting breakfast needs prior to the program. The delivery of the $13.7 million breakfast club commitment is another example of how the Andrews Labor Government is tackling disadvantage and making things fair so that all children can reach their potential, regardless of their background or circumstances. A full list of School Breakfast Clubs can be found at : education.vic.gov.au/breakfastclubs. Volunteering opportunities can be found at: foodbankvictoria.org.au/SBCvolunteers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “One in seven children arrive at school with an empty stomach and our School Breakfast Clubs mean these students no longer go hungry and can now get the most out of their education.” “Despite its success, the program would be cut by the Liberals if they win the next election. They have already promised a cost audit, which is code for cuts – cuts to breakfast clubs, cuts to the school uniform program and cuts to helping kids go to school camps and excursions. Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Across the Thomastown electorate alone we have seen students share in more than 72,904 breakfasts.  These are local kids who would have sat through class on an empty stomach without this program.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Labor’s program is tackling hunger in the classroom and the results are improved attendance and academic performance.”

PACKAGING UP JOBS AND INVESTMENT FOR VICTORIA

A global food packaging company has expanded its operations in Victoria, retained its local workforce and boosted its export capability as part of a multimillion dollar project supported by the Andrews Labor Government. Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Employment Vicki Ward joined Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny on a tour of the state-of-the-art dairy sack manufacturing line at Orora Limited. The new $25 million manufacturing line at Orora’s Thomastown facility will enable the company to service global markets, secure 102 local jobs and create jobs for several workers displaced from the automotive industry. So far, the project has enabled Orora to generate additional sales and secure new contracts to export its products to countries like New Zealand and the United States. Orora is an Australian publicly listed company with operations in seven countries that manufactures and supplies packaging products and services to the grocery, fast moving consumer goods and industrial markets. The company employs more than 1,100 people in manufacturing and distribution across 13 locations in Victoria, producing and supplying a wide range of packaging solutions, including boxes and cartons, bags and sacks, glass bottles and aluminium cans, and packaging materials and supplies. Victorian manufacturing contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy and is home to over 13,000 businesses employing more than 286,000 people. To date, the Labor Government has committed $120 million in manufacturing support, which is creating over 6,000 jobs and driving $1.6 billion in private investment. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Employment Vicki Ward    “Because of our support – Orora has been able to secure its operations in Victoria, invest in new state-of-the-art equipment and continue to employ locals.” “Companies like Orora bring together the very best of Victorian capability in food and advanced manufacturing, allowing locally grown products to be taken to the world.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny    “Melbourne’s north is the hub of food innovation and this investment by Orora Limited is a great outcome for local industry and jobs.” “We’ll continue supporting manufactures in Thomastown – they’re part of our areas DNA.”

PACKAGING UP JOBS AND INVESTMENT FOR VICTORIA

A global food packaging company has expanded its operations in Victoria, retained its local workforce and boosted its export capability as part of a multimillion dollar project supported by the Andrews Labor Government. Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Employment Vicki Ward joined Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny on a tour of the state-of-the-art dairy sack manufacturing line at Orora Limited. The new $25 million manufacturing line at Orora’s Thomastown facility will enable the company to service global markets, secure 102 local jobs and create jobs for several workers displaced from the automotive industry. So far, the project has enabled Orora to generate additional sales and secure new contracts to export its products to countries like New Zealand and the United States. Orora is an Australian publicly listed company with operations in seven countries that manufactures and supplies packaging products and services to the grocery, fast moving consumer goods and industrial markets. The company employs more than 1,100 people in manufacturing and distribution across 13 locations in Victoria, producing and supplying a wide range of packaging solutions, including boxes and cartons, bags and sacks, glass bottles and aluminium cans, and packaging materials and supplies. Victorian manufacturing contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy and is home to over 13,000 businesses employing more than 286,000 people. To date, the Labor Government has committed $120 million in manufacturing support, which is creating over 6,000 jobs and driving $1.6 billion in private investment. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Employment Vicki Ward    “Because of our support – Orora has been able to secure its operations in Victoria, invest in new state-of-the-art equipment and continue to employ locals.” “Companies like Orora bring together the very best of Victorian capability in food and advanced manufacturing, allowing locally grown products to be taken to the world.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny    “Melbourne’s north is the hub of food innovation and this investment by Orora Limited is a great outcome for local industry and jobs.” “We’ll continue supporting manufactures in Thomastown – they’re part of our areas DNA.”