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Grants To Keep Our Streets And Communities Safer

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting safer Victorian communities after awarding $800,000 in grants for local projects to help prevent crime. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today congratulated the 141 councils and community groups which received funding as part of the latest round of the Community Safety Fund (CSF) grants program. Grants of up to $10,000 were available to help communities boost security and support local crime prevention strategies. Some of the projects included: new security equipment and infrastructure – including locks, vandal-proof security lighting, security screens, alarms, fencing and gates upgrades to public spaces including streetscapes, parks and reserves to encourage more foot traffic education and awareness programs to help prevent motor vehicle theft and personal property theft, and prevent residential and retail burglaries. The Labor Government announced $19.4 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 for crime prevention projects to address the root causes of crime and support safer communities. For more information about the CSF grants and the Community Crime Prevention Program – visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “All Victorians should be able to feel safe in their communities, and these grants have given councils and community groups the ability to make important changes.” “Whether it’s locks, lighting upgrades or education programs – these projects are helping to prevent crime and encourage more people to enjoy our city’s fantastic public spaces.”

Grants To Keep Our Streets And Communities Safer

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting safer Victorian communities after awarding $800,000 in grants for local projects to help prevent crime. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today congratulated the 141 councils and community groups which received funding as part of the latest round of the Community Safety Fund (CSF) grants program. Grants of up to $10,000 were available to help communities boost security and support local crime prevention strategies. Some of the projects included: new security equipment and infrastructure – including locks, vandal-proof security lighting, security screens, alarms, fencing and gates upgrades to public spaces including streetscapes, parks and reserves to encourage more foot traffic education and awareness programs to help prevent motor vehicle theft and personal property theft, and prevent residential and retail burglaries. The Labor Government announced $19.4 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 for crime prevention projects to address the root causes of crime and support safer communities. For more information about the CSF grants and the Community Crime Prevention Program – visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “All Victorians should be able to feel safe in their communities, and these grants have given councils and community groups the ability to make important changes.” “Whether it’s locks, lighting upgrades or education programs – these projects are helping to prevent crime and encourage more people to enjoy our city’s fantastic public spaces.”

Work On Fully-Funded Metro Tunnel Begins

Work on the Metro Tunnel – the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history – has begun. Acting Premier and Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, visited the project’s first worksite at Domain today to announce the start of enabling works on the fully-funded $10.9 billion project. The works are part of the Metro Tunnel early works contract – the first package of works on the project – which was awarded to John Holland in June. Work has now started on the relocation and protection of up to 100 services under the $324 million contract, which also includes the excavation of 11-storey deep shafts next to Swanston Street to enable the construction of the two new city stations. The station shafts, due to begin early next year, will be up to 35 metres deep and involve the excavation of 34 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of soil and rock from beneath the city. The next stage of the tender process on the biggest works package – the $6 billion Metro Tunnel and Stations PPP – has also been reached, with the Request for Proposal now released to the three world-class shortlisted bidders. The Metro Tunnel’s huge boost to services is desperately needed. New data released today shows the proportion of overcrowded peak services on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line jumped nine per cent in the past year – more than any other line. The Government also has again called on the Turnbull Government not to break their promise on asset recycling and provide the full 15 per cent to help Victoria build more road and rail connections. Victoria is home to 25 per cent of Australia’s population and is the country’s fastest growing state, yet receives just nine per cent of national infrastructure funding from the Federal Liberal Government. This broken promise would be yet another indication that Victoria is on its own under the Turnbull Government. For more information about this city-shaping project, visit metrotunnel.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier Jacinta Allan “The Metro Tunnel is fully funded, fully planned, and work has begun.” “This is Australia’s most important public transport project, freeing up space on our busiest lines and allowing us to run more trains, more often, all over Melbourne.” “Malcolm Turnbull should keep his promise to Victorians and help us deliver even more critical transport infrastructure. You can’t have one rule for New South Wales, and a different one for Victoria.”

Work On Fully-Funded Metro Tunnel Begins

Work on the Metro Tunnel – the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history – has begun. Acting Premier and Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, visited the project’s first worksite at Domain today to announce the start of enabling works on the fully-funded $10.9 billion project. The works are part of the Metro Tunnel early works contract – the first package of works on the project – which was awarded to John Holland in June. Work has now started on the relocation and protection of up to 100 services under the $324 million contract, which also includes the excavation of 11-storey deep shafts next to Swanston Street to enable the construction of the two new city stations. The station shafts, due to begin early next year, will be up to 35 metres deep and involve the excavation of 34 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of soil and rock from beneath the city. The next stage of the tender process on the biggest works package – the $6 billion Metro Tunnel and Stations PPP – has also been reached, with the Request for Proposal now released to the three world-class shortlisted bidders. The Metro Tunnel’s huge boost to services is desperately needed. New data released today shows the proportion of overcrowded peak services on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line jumped nine per cent in the past year – more than any other line. The Government also has again called on the Turnbull Government not to break their promise on asset recycling and provide the full 15 per cent to help Victoria build more road and rail connections. Victoria is home to 25 per cent of Australia’s population and is the country’s fastest growing state, yet receives just nine per cent of national infrastructure funding from the Federal Liberal Government. This broken promise would be yet another indication that Victoria is on its own under the Turnbull Government. For more information about this city-shaping project, visit metrotunnel.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier Jacinta Allan “The Metro Tunnel is fully funded, fully planned, and work has begun.” “This is Australia’s most important public transport project, freeing up space on our busiest lines and allowing us to run more trains, more often, all over Melbourne.” “Malcolm Turnbull should keep his promise to Victorians and help us deliver even more critical transport infrastructure. You can’t have one rule for New South Wales, and a different one for Victoria.”

Turnbull Government Plans To Slash Education Funding

Victorian students will be worse off under the Turnbull Government’s plans to slash education funding. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham today flagged through the media his intention to cut funding that supports the most disadvantaged schools and students. Mr Birmingham has provided no report or formal offer for the states to consider, and is instead only offering a verbal briefing on education funding at tomorrow’s Education Council meeting. This is the Turnbull Government treating every Australian school, student and their families with contempt. Mr Birmingham has accused the states of cutting education funding and relying on the Federal Government to pick up the slack, but the Productivity Commission report he is using to make this case only contains cuts to education spending in Victoria that occurred under the previous Liberal Government. When the Turnbull Government handed down this year’s Federal Budget, it walked away from funding the final two years of the Gonski Agreement – leaving Victorian students almost $1 billion a year worse off every year from 2018. At the time, Mr Birmingham said a sustainable education funding policy would be in place by early 2017. With only three months of the year remaining, the Turnbull Government has no formal policy and only an inadequate amount of funding on the table provided by an increase to indexation. It is a broken promise to Victorian schools which, like performance pay for teachers, the Andrews Labor Government will not support – because the evidence shows it just doesn’t work. Quotes attributable to the Acting Minister for Education Jenny Mikakos “Victorian students will be almost $1 billion a year worse off because of the Turnbull Government’s decision to walk away from funding the final years of the Gonski agreement.” “Mr Birmingham is treating Australian schools, students and their families with contempt – and we’ll be fighting to make sure Victorian students get their fair share of funding.”

Turnbull Government Plans To Slash Education Funding

Victorian students will be worse off under the Turnbull Government’s plans to slash education funding. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham today flagged through the media his intention to cut funding that supports the most disadvantaged schools and students. Mr Birmingham has provided no report or formal offer for the states to consider, and is instead only offering a verbal briefing on education funding at tomorrow’s Education Council meeting. This is the Turnbull Government treating every Australian school, student and their families with contempt. Mr Birmingham has accused the states of cutting education funding and relying on the Federal Government to pick up the slack, but the Productivity Commission report he is using to make this case only contains cuts to education spending in Victoria that occurred under the previous Liberal Government. When the Turnbull Government handed down this year’s Federal Budget, it walked away from funding the final two years of the Gonski Agreement – leaving Victorian students almost $1 billion a year worse off every year from 2018. At the time, Mr Birmingham said a sustainable education funding policy would be in place by early 2017. With only three months of the year remaining, the Turnbull Government has no formal policy and only an inadequate amount of funding on the table provided by an increase to indexation. It is a broken promise to Victorian schools which, like performance pay for teachers, the Andrews Labor Government will not support – because the evidence shows it just doesn’t work. Quotes attributable to the Acting Minister for Education Jenny Mikakos “Victorian students will be almost $1 billion a year worse off because of the Turnbull Government’s decision to walk away from funding the final years of the Gonski agreement.” “Mr Birmingham is treating Australian schools, students and their families with contempt – and we’ll be fighting to make sure Victorian students get their fair share of funding.”

Supporting Clean Energy And Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government has confirmed the first group of successful recipients of its $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund grants. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced that RayGen Resources will receive more than $1 million funding to support the design, construction and manufacture of a new automated production line for its world-leading solar technology. Through this funding RayGen Resources will be able to undertake manufacturing improvements to their world leading module technology, creating over 40 new jobs in the process. The Labor Government’s investment is essential to fast-track this project, enabling RayGen Resources to develop a template that can be utilised to meet export opportunities. This is one of 24 grants which will be announced in the coming months, with the RayGen Resources obtaining funding under the Manufacturing category. The Government received a strong response to the $5 million first round allocation, with applicants providing a range of ideas for projects that support clean energy and help position Victoria as a leader in new technologies. The New Energy Jobs Fund is a key component of our $200 million Future Industries Fund to support high growth, high value industries – like the new energy technologies sector – critical to securing Victoria’s future as a competitive and outward looking economy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re proud to be rebuilding much needed confidence in the renewable energy industry.” “This initiative gives business the opportunity to create a sustainable export business in world-leading renewable energy technology.”

Supporting Clean Energy And Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government has confirmed the first group of successful recipients of its $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund grants. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced that RayGen Resources will receive more than $1 million funding to support the design, construction and manufacture of a new automated production line for its world-leading solar technology. Through this funding RayGen Resources will be able to undertake manufacturing improvements to their world leading module technology, creating over 40 new jobs in the process. The Labor Government’s investment is essential to fast-track this project, enabling RayGen Resources to develop a template that can be utilised to meet export opportunities. This is one of 24 grants which will be announced in the coming months, with the RayGen Resources obtaining funding under the Manufacturing category. The Government received a strong response to the $5 million first round allocation, with applicants providing a range of ideas for projects that support clean energy and help position Victoria as a leader in new technologies. The New Energy Jobs Fund is a key component of our $200 million Future Industries Fund to support high growth, high value industries – like the new energy technologies sector – critical to securing Victoria’s future as a competitive and outward looking economy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re proud to be rebuilding much needed confidence in the renewable energy industry.” “This initiative gives business the opportunity to create a sustainable export business in world-leading renewable energy technology.”

 

MAKING OUR SCHOOLS THRIVING COMMUNITY HUBS

Victorian schools will be thriving community hubs with new libraries, sports facilities, performing arts centres and early learning centres to be shared with the whole community under a new Andrews Labor Government initiative. Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District said the Labor Government’s new $50 million Shared Facilities Fund will allow schools to work together with councils and organisations such as universities, community and sports organisations to build community facilities on school grounds. Mr Perera urged our local, community and sports organisations to apply for funding for new facilities under the scheme. The fund is open to schools around the state and will target growth areas where more community services are needed, including Casey, Wyndham, Whittlesea, Hume, Melton, Cardinia and Mitchell. Applications for the Shared Facilities Fund can be made online: https://manage.smartygrants.com.au/programs, with applications closing on 18 November. 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. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District. “Schools are the lifeblood of our community, and this fund will help our local schools become thriving community hubs with first-rate facilities that can be used by the local residents, sports clubs and community groups.” “I urge our local schools, community and sporting groups to apply for funding under the scheme.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Facilities shared between schools and communities help bring together our neighbourhoods – they make services more accessible for everyone and help create a sense of community pride and value in our schools.”

MAKING OUR SCHOOLS THRIVING COMMUNITY HUBS

Victorian schools will be thriving community hubs with new libraries, sports facilities, performing arts centres and early learning centres to be shared with the whole community under a new Andrews Labor Government initiative. Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District said the Labor Government’s new $50 million Shared Facilities Fund will allow schools to work together with councils and organisations such as universities, community and sports organisations to build community facilities on school grounds. Mr Perera urged our local, community and sports organisations to apply for funding for new facilities under the scheme. The fund is open to schools around the state and will target growth areas where more community services are needed, including Casey, Wyndham, Whittlesea, Hume, Melton, Cardinia and Mitchell. Applications for the Shared Facilities Fund can be made online: https://manage.smartygrants.com.au/programs, with applications closing on 18 November. 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. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District. “Schools are the lifeblood of our community, and this fund will help our local schools become thriving community hubs with first-rate facilities that can be used by the local residents, sports clubs and community groups.” “I urge our local schools, community and sporting groups to apply for funding under the scheme.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Facilities shared between schools and communities help bring together our neighbourhoods – they make services more accessible for everyone and help create a sense of community pride and value in our schools.”

Making Our Schools Thriving Community Hubs

Victorian schools will be thriving community hubs with new libraries, sports facilities, performing arts centres and early learning centres to be shared with the whole community, under a new Andrews Labor Government initiative. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched the $50 million Shared Facilities Fund, which will help schools and communities build shared facilities on school grounds. Mr Merlino launched the fund at Community Bank Stadium in Diamond Creek, which is a great example of the benefits of local schools and the community sharing facilities. Opened in 2012 and managed by YMCA Victoria, it is used by Diamond Creek East Primary School and Diamond Valley College, as well as local gymnastics, netball, basketball, futsal and karate clubs. The Labor Government’s Shared Facilities Fund will establish similar facilities, with councils and organisations such as universities, community and sports organisations able to apply for funding to build community facilities on school sites. The fund will target growth areas where more community services are needed, including Casey, Wyndham, Whittlesea, Hume, Melton, Cardinia and Mitchell. Applications for the Shared Facilities Fund can be made online: https://manage.smartygrants.com.au/programs, with applications closing on 18 November. 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. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Schools are the lifeblood of their community, and this fund will help them become thriving local hubs with first-rate facilities that can be used by the local residents, sports clubs and community groups.” “Facilities shared between schools and communities help bring together our neighbourhoods – they make services more accessible for everyone and help create a sense of community pride and value in our schools.”

Making Our Schools Thriving Community Hubs

Victorian schools will be thriving community hubs with new libraries, sports facilities, performing arts centres and early learning centres to be shared with the whole community, under a new Andrews Labor Government initiative. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched the $50 million Shared Facilities Fund, which will help schools and communities build shared facilities on school grounds. Mr Merlino launched the fund at Community Bank Stadium in Diamond Creek, which is a great example of the benefits of local schools and the community sharing facilities. Opened in 2012 and managed by YMCA Victoria, it is used by Diamond Creek East Primary School and Diamond Valley College, as well as local gymnastics, netball, basketball, futsal and karate clubs. The Labor Government’s Shared Facilities Fund will establish similar facilities, with councils and organisations such as universities, community and sports organisations able to apply for funding to build community facilities on school sites. The fund will target growth areas where more community services are needed, including Casey, Wyndham, Whittlesea, Hume, Melton, Cardinia and Mitchell. Applications for the Shared Facilities Fund can be made online: https://manage.smartygrants.com.au/programs, with applications closing on 18 November. 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. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Schools are the lifeblood of their community, and this fund will help them become thriving local hubs with first-rate facilities that can be used by the local residents, sports clubs and community groups.” “Facilities shared between schools and communities help bring together our neighbourhoods – they make services more accessible for everyone and help create a sense of community pride and value in our schools.”

1,100 JOBS WITH 65 NEW TRAINS BUILT IN VICTORIA, FOR VICTORIA

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan to announce that the Evolution Rail consortium, comprising Downer Rail, CRRC, and Plenary, are the preferred consortium to build Melbourne’s 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT). This decision follows an extensive 12-month global tender process, with three competing consortia, each of which included a world-class mix of international and local manufacturers. All 65 of the new trains will be built in Victoria, for Victoria, with 60 per cent local content. This surpasses the Labor Government’s promise of 50 per cent local content and will create 1,100 highly-skilled jobs, further cementing Victoria’s reputation as a global hub of rolling stock manufacturing. The trains will be manufactured with a strong industry participation plan that includes 15 per cent Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets, as well as workers from disadvantaged backgrounds. Partnerships with Toyota, Chisholm Institute and Swinburne University will help transition automotive manufacturing workers on to the project. To build the trains, Downer’s Newport manufacturing facility will undergo a $16 million upgrade, CRRC will establish a new regional headquarters in Melbourne, and Australia’s only bogie manufacturer will be established. A new maintenance and stabling depot in Pakenham east will be built with 87 per cent local content and provide 100 new long-term ongoing jobs for the community. The lead members of the Evolution Rail consortium, the local Downer EDI, and CRRC – the world’s largest train manufacturer – have a proven track record of delivering trains both in Australia and around the world, including Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing, Chicago and Boston. The brand new HCMTs will be longer than existing trains – with 20 per cent more space to reduce overcrowding – and the innovative design will use the latest technology, making them safer, more reliable and more comfortable for passengers. The first high capacity train will be delivered and in testing by November 2018, boosting capacity on the level-crossing free Cranbourne-Pakenham Line from 2019, with all 65 trains rolling out as a dedicated fleet in time for the opening of the Metro Tunnel in 2026. Nine new six-car trains will also be ordered from Alstom to meet demand on the network prior to the roll-out of HCMTs, securing work at Alstom’s Ballarat workshop until at least 2019, with 114 carriages ordered. Bombardier in Dandenong are currently delivering Victoria’s VLocity Regional Trains and Melbourne’s E-Class trams, with more than $811 million invested in new VLocity and E-Class orders since 2015, and the option for further contract extensions in the future. The Government is also developing a business case for a Next Generation Regional Train, a major diesel train contract expected to go to market by 2018 to deliver hundreds of new regional carriages for the V/Line network. These new trains and trams are all part of Victoria’s 10-year Rolling Stock Strategy, with more than $3 billion already invested in a long-term order book of new and upgraded trains and trams since the start of 2015. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “The state’s largest single order of new trains will be built in Victoria, for Victoria.” “This brings enormous benefits to our state, creating 1,100 local jobs and cementing Victoria’s reputation as the nation’s hub for high-skilled manufacturing and a global hub for train building.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “This is every train we need to boost services in Melbourne’s south east and run the turn-up-and-go services we’ll deliver by building the Metro Tunnel.” “These new high capacity trains will do the heavy lifting on the Cranbourne-Pakenham lines, ahead of the opening of the Metro Tunnel, enabling more passengers to travel during the busiest parts of the day.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “While the previous Liberal Government sent train building jobs overseas and other states are offshoring this work – Victoria is proud to be creating new jobs in this vital industry.” “We’re guaranteeing more local work than ever with 60 per cent local content , as well as ensuring the inclusion of 15 per cent Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets, and a partnership with Toyota to help transition workers out of the auto industry.”  

1,100 JOBS WITH 65 NEW TRAINS BUILT IN VICTORIA, FOR VICTORIA

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan to announce that the Evolution Rail consortium, comprising Downer Rail, CRRC, and Plenary, are the preferred consortium to build Melbourne’s 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT). This decision follows an extensive 12-month global tender process, with three competing consortia, each of which included a world-class mix of international and local manufacturers. All 65 of the new trains will be built in Victoria, for Victoria, with 60 per cent local content. This surpasses the Labor Government’s promise of 50 per cent local content and will create 1,100 highly-skilled jobs, further cementing Victoria’s reputation as a global hub of rolling stock manufacturing. The trains will be manufactured with a strong industry participation plan that includes 15 per cent Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets, as well as workers from disadvantaged backgrounds. Partnerships with Toyota, Chisholm Institute and Swinburne University will help transition automotive manufacturing workers on to the project. To build the trains, Downer’s Newport manufacturing facility will undergo a $16 million upgrade, CRRC will establish a new regional headquarters in Melbourne, and Australia’s only bogie manufacturer will be established. A new maintenance and stabling depot in Pakenham east will be built with 87 per cent local content and provide 100 new long-term ongoing jobs for the community. The lead members of the Evolution Rail consortium, the local Downer EDI, and CRRC – the world’s largest train manufacturer – have a proven track record of delivering trains both in Australia and around the world, including Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing, Chicago and Boston. The brand new HCMTs will be longer than existing trains – with 20 per cent more space to reduce overcrowding – and the innovative design will use the latest technology, making them safer, more reliable and more comfortable for passengers. The first high capacity train will be delivered and in testing by November 2018, boosting capacity on the level-crossing free Cranbourne-Pakenham Line from 2019, with all 65 trains rolling out as a dedicated fleet in time for the opening of the Metro Tunnel in 2026. Nine new six-car trains will also be ordered from Alstom to meet demand on the network prior to the roll-out of HCMTs, securing work at Alstom’s Ballarat workshop until at least 2019, with 114 carriages ordered. Bombardier in Dandenong are currently delivering Victoria’s VLocity Regional Trains and Melbourne’s E-Class trams, with more than $811 million invested in new VLocity and E-Class orders since 2015, and the option for further contract extensions in the future. The Government is also developing a business case for a Next Generation Regional Train, a major diesel train contract expected to go to market by 2018 to deliver hundreds of new regional carriages for the V/Line network. These new trains and trams are all part of Victoria’s 10-year Rolling Stock Strategy, with more than $3 billion already invested in a long-term order book of new and upgraded trains and trams since the start of 2015. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “The state’s largest single order of new trains will be built in Victoria, for Victoria.” “This brings enormous benefits to our state, creating 1,100 local jobs and cementing Victoria’s reputation as the nation’s hub for high-skilled manufacturing and a global hub for train building.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “This is every train we need to boost services in Melbourne’s south east and run the turn-up-and-go services we’ll deliver by building the Metro Tunnel.” “These new high capacity trains will do the heavy lifting on the Cranbourne-Pakenham lines, ahead of the opening of the Metro Tunnel, enabling more passengers to travel during the busiest parts of the day.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “While the previous Liberal Government sent train building jobs overseas and other states are offshoring this work – Victoria is proud to be creating new jobs in this vital industry.” “We’re guaranteeing more local work than ever with 60 per cent local content , as well as ensuring the inclusion of 15 per cent Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets, and a partnership with Toyota to help transition workers out of the auto industry.”  

Boosting Support For Victorian Carers

Victorian foster, kinship and permanent carers will get more support for some of the state’s most vulnerable children thanks to a $19.2 million funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government announced during national Child Protection Week. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos said the funding will give carers access to more training, assistance and financial support to help meet the additional needs of children in their care, including: $8.73 million for flexible support for foster and kinship carers to help cover extraordinary expenses, such as child care, transport costs, the therapeutic needs of a child, such as counselling, education, or health expenses $7.18 million for similar flexible support for new and existing permanent carers and establishing a new permanent carer helpline An additional $2.12 million for a combined foster and kinship carer training strategy, which will include a centralised training calendar, with training modules such as how to care for children with a history of trauma $1.15 million for service enhancements to improve the experience of kinship carers, including new tools and resources such as an updated handbook, and kinship carer-specific podcasts. The funding was announced at the Foster Care Association of Victoria’s annual foster carer celebration at Parliament House. A number of useful resources for foster carers were also launched at the event, including a new handbook, charter, podcast series, and feedback and complaints framework. Other initiatives to improve support for current foster carers are already underway, including the establishment of Carer Advisory Groups across the state; and delivery of new specialised training sessions for current carers. The funding is comprised of $16.2 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 to improve support for carers and an additional investment of $3 million over two years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “The work carers do to keep children and young people safe is enormous, and this funding will give them the crucial support they need to keep doing it.” “We are looking to recruit foster carers from every part of Victoria, including carers from diverse backgrounds who are interested in providing all sorts of different levels of care.”  Quote attributable to Katie Hooper CEO Foster Care Association of Victoria “The Foster Care Association of Victoria knows that what is most important to carers is the wellbeing of the children they care for. Funding to improve their access to services and support are most welcome.” Quote attributable to Anne McLeish OAM Director Kinship Carers and Grandparents Victoria “Today's announcement indicates that the Victorian Government has reached a high level of understanding about the importance and value of kinship care.”

Boosting Support For Victorian Carers

Victorian foster, kinship and permanent carers will get more support for some of the state’s most vulnerable children thanks to a $19.2 million funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government announced during national Child Protection Week. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos said the funding will give carers access to more training, assistance and financial support to help meet the additional needs of children in their care, including: $8.73 million for flexible support for foster and kinship carers to help cover extraordinary expenses, such as child care, transport costs, the therapeutic needs of a child, such as counselling, education, or health expenses $7.18 million for similar flexible support for new and existing permanent carers and establishing a new permanent carer helpline An additional $2.12 million for a combined foster and kinship carer training strategy, which will include a centralised training calendar, with training modules such as how to care for children with a history of trauma $1.15 million for service enhancements to improve the experience of kinship carers, including new tools and resources such as an updated handbook, and kinship carer-specific podcasts. The funding was announced at the Foster Care Association of Victoria’s annual foster carer celebration at Parliament House. A number of useful resources for foster carers were also launched at the event, including a new handbook, charter, podcast series, and feedback and complaints framework. Other initiatives to improve support for current foster carers are already underway, including the establishment of Carer Advisory Groups across the state; and delivery of new specialised training sessions for current carers. The funding is comprised of $16.2 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 to improve support for carers and an additional investment of $3 million over two years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “The work carers do to keep children and young people safe is enormous, and this funding will give them the crucial support they need to keep doing it.” “We are looking to recruit foster carers from every part of Victoria, including carers from diverse backgrounds who are interested in providing all sorts of different levels of care.”  Quote attributable to Katie Hooper CEO Foster Care Association of Victoria “The Foster Care Association of Victoria knows that what is most important to carers is the wellbeing of the children they care for. Funding to improve their access to services and support are most welcome.” Quote attributable to Anne McLeish OAM Director Kinship Carers and Grandparents Victoria “Today's announcement indicates that the Victorian Government has reached a high level of understanding about the importance and value of kinship care.”