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Matthew Guy And The Liberals Undermine Nurses And Patients

Matthew Guy and the Liberals have once again let down Victorian nurses and patients by blocking moves that would enshrine in law better care for sick and injured Victorians. For too long nurses and midwives were forced to trade away their own pay and conditions to guarantee ratios in enterprise agreements, which make sure they have enough time to spend with their patients. The Andrews Labor Government fixed this in 2015, making Victoria the first state to enshrine in law minimum nurse and midwife numbers in public hospitals. The Labor Government’s Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Bill that would have strengthened these ratios rounding the number up instead of down on a variety of shifts. The bill would not only have improved care and safety for patients, it would have seen an extra 600 nurses and midwives employed in public hospitals across Victoria. But in yet another sign they can’t be trusted when it comes to health, Matthew Guy and the Liberals blocked the Bill last night, meaning it will not pass in this term of Government. The Liberals have let down Victorians in palliative care, birthing suites and special care nurseries, as well as those who have to access emergency department resuscitation cubicles in peak times. Victorians suffering from stroke, blood disease and cancer will also be deprived of guarantees that more nurses will be on hand to care for them. The Liberals can’t be trusted when it comes to health. They cut a billion dollars when they were last in office, and they’ll do it again if they get the chance. Cuts, closures and privatisations are all Matthew Guy and the Liberals stand for – and every patient in Victoria would suffer under their plans. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Matthew Guy and the Liberals have denied nurses what they need to provide better care when Victorian patients need it the most.” “Nurses care for us at our most vulnerable and deserve our support. Matthew Guy and the Liberals have let down every health care worker and every patient in Victoria.” “It’s just more evidence that you can’t trust the Liberals when it comes to health.”

Matthew Guy And The Liberals Undermine Nurses And Patients

Matthew Guy and the Liberals have once again let down Victorian nurses and patients by blocking moves that would enshrine in law better care for sick and injured Victorians. For too long nurses and midwives were forced to trade away their own pay and conditions to guarantee ratios in enterprise agreements, which make sure they have enough time to spend with their patients. The Andrews Labor Government fixed this in 2015, making Victoria the first state to enshrine in law minimum nurse and midwife numbers in public hospitals. The Labor Government’s Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Bill that would have strengthened these ratios rounding the number up instead of down on a variety of shifts. The bill would not only have improved care and safety for patients, it would have seen an extra 600 nurses and midwives employed in public hospitals across Victoria. But in yet another sign they can’t be trusted when it comes to health, Matthew Guy and the Liberals blocked the Bill last night, meaning it will not pass in this term of Government. The Liberals have let down Victorians in palliative care, birthing suites and special care nurseries, as well as those who have to access emergency department resuscitation cubicles in peak times. Victorians suffering from stroke, blood disease and cancer will also be deprived of guarantees that more nurses will be on hand to care for them. The Liberals can’t be trusted when it comes to health. They cut a billion dollars when they were last in office, and they’ll do it again if they get the chance. Cuts, closures and privatisations are all Matthew Guy and the Liberals stand for – and every patient in Victoria would suffer under their plans. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Matthew Guy and the Liberals have denied nurses what they need to provide better care when Victorian patients need it the most.” “Nurses care for us at our most vulnerable and deserve our support. Matthew Guy and the Liberals have let down every health care worker and every patient in Victoria.” “It’s just more evidence that you can’t trust the Liberals when it comes to health.”

CRIME CONTINUES TO FALL IN OUR LOCAL AREA

Crime has fallen again in our local area following the Andrew Labor Government’s record community safety investment. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP today welcomed the latest statistics from the independent Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) but also said more work needs to be done to continue to drive crime down further. The crime rate in Casey dropped 14% per cent in the year to 30 June 2018 The latest crime statistics show that the number of offences in Casey LGA dropped 14 per cent in the year to June 2018. Property and deception offences dropped 21.6 per cent with theft down 21.2 per cent. Crimes against the person dropped 6.3 per cent with assaults down 6.3 per cent sexual offences down 1.7 per cent. The offence rate for the year to June 2018 is 5929 per 100,000 resident population, which is a 17.4 per cent decrease compared to the previous 12 month period. Since July 2015, the government has provided more than $1.4 million in funding under the Community Crime Prevention program for 18 projects to improve community safety in our local area The Casey area joins another 63 local government areas across Victoria’s 79 that have experienced a decrease in their crime rate compared to the previous 12 months. Importantly, the CSA data also shows that family violence continues to be one of the most significant contributors of violence against the person in our state. This is in addition to the Labor Government’s historic $2.6 billion investment into the prevention of family violence. Recommendations from the Royal Commission are currently being rolled out to boost police capability and powers. The fall in crime comes as we give police the biggest boost to its numbers in history, with 96 new police already allocated to our local Division this year. Our record $2 billion investment into Victoria Police funded 3,135 frontline police to be deployed by 2022, along with new technology, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and stronger laws to crack down on crime. This is in stark contrast to the Liberals who cut $100 million from Victoria Police, did not fund a single new police officer and sacked 350 Victoria Police staff – which coincided with a 13.5 per cent increase in crime during their term. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP “Our unprecedented investment in Victoria Police is making a difference with the crime rate continuing to fall – quarter on quarter – as more frontline police hit the streets.” “There’s still more work to do – we want to drive the crime rate down in our local area as low as possible.” “We back Victoria Police and we will continue to give them the resources, technology and the equipment they need to respond to and crack down on crime in our community.”

CRIME CONTINUES TO FALL IN OUR LOCAL AREA

Crime has fallen again in our local area following the Andrew Labor Government’s record community safety investment. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP today welcomed the latest statistics from the independent Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) but also said more work needs to be done to continue to drive crime down further. The crime rate in Casey dropped 14% per cent in the year to 30 June 2018 The latest crime statistics show that the number of offences in Casey LGA dropped 14 per cent in the year to June 2018. Property and deception offences dropped 21.6 per cent with theft down 21.2 per cent. Crimes against the person dropped 6.3 per cent with assaults down 6.3 per cent sexual offences down 1.7 per cent. The offence rate for the year to June 2018 is 5929 per 100,000 resident population, which is a 17.4 per cent decrease compared to the previous 12 month period. Since July 2015, the government has provided more than $1.4 million in funding under the Community Crime Prevention program for 18 projects to improve community safety in our local area The Casey area joins another 63 local government areas across Victoria’s 79 that have experienced a decrease in their crime rate compared to the previous 12 months. Importantly, the CSA data also shows that family violence continues to be one of the most significant contributors of violence against the person in our state. This is in addition to the Labor Government’s historic $2.6 billion investment into the prevention of family violence. Recommendations from the Royal Commission are currently being rolled out to boost police capability and powers. The fall in crime comes as we give police the biggest boost to its numbers in history, with 96 new police already allocated to our local Division this year. Our record $2 billion investment into Victoria Police funded 3,135 frontline police to be deployed by 2022, along with new technology, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and stronger laws to crack down on crime. This is in stark contrast to the Liberals who cut $100 million from Victoria Police, did not fund a single new police officer and sacked 350 Victoria Police staff – which coincided with a 13.5 per cent increase in crime during their term. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP “Our unprecedented investment in Victoria Police is making a difference with the crime rate continuing to fall – quarter on quarter – as more frontline police hit the streets.” “There’s still more work to do – we want to drive the crime rate down in our local area as low as possible.” “We back Victoria Police and we will continue to give them the resources, technology and the equipment they need to respond to and crack down on crime in our community.”

Tulliallan Primary School leads on sustainability

The Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP has congratulated Tulliallan Primary School for reducing its environmental impact through the Victorian Government’s ResourceSmart Schools program. Over the past three years participating schools have saved an estimated $12 million through energy, waste and water savings. ResourceSmart Schools currently reaches more than 600 schools who have an estimated student population of over 200,000. Schools participating in the program are awarded up to five stars for completing modules in relation to water, waste, energy, biodiversity and are provided with free assistance from sustainability experts. The school has saved around $14,551 through being involved in the ResourceSmart School program. Jude Perera MP is encouraging other schools in the region to sign up for the ResourceSmart Schools program if they haven’t already. ResourceSmart Schools is a free Victorian Government program available to all Victorian schools. It assists schools to embed sustainability in everything they do, linking sustainability to school operations, the school’s curriculum and engaging with the school community. The Victorian Government delivered $4.4 million in 2017/18 Budget to expand the ResourceSmart Schools program. The program, managed by Sustainability Victoria has recently been refreshed making a great program even better. The program refresh includes streamlined processes and improved accreditation requirements, as well as upgrades to the ResourceSmart Schools website; leaving more time for schools to make sustainable changes for the future. Find out more in the schools section on the Sustainability Victoria website (sustainability.vic.gov.au/School). Quotes attributable to the Local for Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP:  “This certification recognises the great work of the dedicated teachers and staff at the school.” “The program gives kids a fantastic, hands on understanding of sustainability and the environment.”

Tulliallan Primary School leads on sustainability

The Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP has congratulated Tulliallan Primary School for reducing its environmental impact through the Victorian Government’s ResourceSmart Schools program. Over the past three years participating schools have saved an estimated $12 million through energy, waste and water savings. ResourceSmart Schools currently reaches more than 600 schools who have an estimated student population of over 200,000. Schools participating in the program are awarded up to five stars for completing modules in relation to water, waste, energy, biodiversity and are provided with free assistance from sustainability experts. The school has saved around $14,551 through being involved in the ResourceSmart School program. Jude Perera MP is encouraging other schools in the region to sign up for the ResourceSmart Schools program if they haven’t already. ResourceSmart Schools is a free Victorian Government program available to all Victorian schools. It assists schools to embed sustainability in everything they do, linking sustainability to school operations, the school’s curriculum and engaging with the school community. The Victorian Government delivered $4.4 million in 2017/18 Budget to expand the ResourceSmart Schools program. The program, managed by Sustainability Victoria has recently been refreshed making a great program even better. The program refresh includes streamlined processes and improved accreditation requirements, as well as upgrades to the ResourceSmart Schools website; leaving more time for schools to make sustainable changes for the future. Find out more in the schools section on the Sustainability Victoria website (sustainability.vic.gov.au/School). Quotes attributable to the Local for Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP:  “This certification recognises the great work of the dedicated teachers and staff at the school.” “The program gives kids a fantastic, hands on understanding of sustainability and the environment.”

11,000 NEW CAR PARKS FOR STATIONS ACROSS THE STATE

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make it easier for commuters to find a car park, building over 11,000 new spaces at stations across the state. The $150 million Car Parks for Commuters Fund will see new carparks being built at some of our busiest metropolitan and regional train stations. With around 55,000 station spaces currently across the state, the investment will see a 20 per cent bump in available parking. The additional 11,000 spaces are on top of the close to 10,000 new and upgraded spaces built by the Andrews Labor Government over the past four years, and is expected to create and support over 400 jobs. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today visited Dandenong Station, alongside local Member Gabrielle Williams, to announce an extra 1,500 new station car parks along the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. That includes at least 150 new car parks at Dandenong and 135 new spaces at Lynbrook Station, with Cranbourne Station to benefit from at least 400 extra parks, up from the current 683. With communities along the Pakenham line also feeling the pinch, parking at Pakenham Station will be more than doubled with an extra 450 parks. A re-elected Labor Government will consult with local communities to maximise the number of car parks along the lines, with a commitment to bring the total number of new parks to at least 1,500. The extra spaces are expected to relieve pressure along the lines, unclogging neighbouring streets and alleviating the need for commuters to 'car park hop', driving from station to station in order to find a park. Additional stations and communities will benefit from the Fund, with more announcements to be made in the coming weeks. In addition to building the new parking, funding will also go towards making our stations even safer and more accessible for commuters with new lighting, security and signage. While the former Liberal Government failed to invest in our state’s growing suburbs, cutting funding for schools, hospitals, road and rail – only Labor can be trusted to deliver the big projects local communities really need. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We know how frustrating it is to get to the train station but not be able to find a car park. That’s why Labor will create 11,000 new parks across the state.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “From building the Metro Tunnel to removing those dangerous level crossings, it’s clear - only Labor has the track record local passengers can rely on.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Not only will we build more spaces at Dandenong Station, we’ll reduce parking pressure along the whole line. This will mean fewer people driving into Dandenong just to find a park, and less competition for local commuters.” Quotes attributed to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “Commuters driving to both Cranbourne and Lynbrook Railway Stations are winners here. This compliments the extra car parks delivered at Merinda Park Railway Station recently by Labor.  Unfortunately when the Liberals were last in Government - they ran our local Public Transport into the ground whilst Labor is getting on with it.”

11,000 NEW CAR PARKS FOR STATIONS ACROSS THE STATE

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make it easier for commuters to find a car park, building over 11,000 new spaces at stations across the state. The $150 million Car Parks for Commuters Fund will see new carparks being built at some of our busiest metropolitan and regional train stations. With around 55,000 station spaces currently across the state, the investment will see a 20 per cent bump in available parking. The additional 11,000 spaces are on top of the close to 10,000 new and upgraded spaces built by the Andrews Labor Government over the past four years, and is expected to create and support over 400 jobs. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today visited Dandenong Station, alongside local Member Gabrielle Williams, to announce an extra 1,500 new station car parks along the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. That includes at least 150 new car parks at Dandenong and 135 new spaces at Lynbrook Station, with Cranbourne Station to benefit from at least 400 extra parks, up from the current 683. With communities along the Pakenham line also feeling the pinch, parking at Pakenham Station will be more than doubled with an extra 450 parks. A re-elected Labor Government will consult with local communities to maximise the number of car parks along the lines, with a commitment to bring the total number of new parks to at least 1,500. The extra spaces are expected to relieve pressure along the lines, unclogging neighbouring streets and alleviating the need for commuters to 'car park hop', driving from station to station in order to find a park. Additional stations and communities will benefit from the Fund, with more announcements to be made in the coming weeks. In addition to building the new parking, funding will also go towards making our stations even safer and more accessible for commuters with new lighting, security and signage. While the former Liberal Government failed to invest in our state’s growing suburbs, cutting funding for schools, hospitals, road and rail – only Labor can be trusted to deliver the big projects local communities really need. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We know how frustrating it is to get to the train station but not be able to find a car park. That’s why Labor will create 11,000 new parks across the state.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “From building the Metro Tunnel to removing those dangerous level crossings, it’s clear - only Labor has the track record local passengers can rely on.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Not only will we build more spaces at Dandenong Station, we’ll reduce parking pressure along the whole line. This will mean fewer people driving into Dandenong just to find a park, and less competition for local commuters.” Quotes attributed to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “Commuters driving to both Cranbourne and Lynbrook Railway Stations are winners here. This compliments the extra car parks delivered at Merinda Park Railway Station recently by Labor.  Unfortunately when the Liberals were last in Government - they ran our local Public Transport into the ground whilst Labor is getting on with it.”

 

CLYDE NORTH SCORES NEW CRICKET AND SOCCER HUB

The booming new suburb of Clyde North will soon have a multipurpose sport and community hub, thanks to funding from the Andrews Government. Minister for Sport, John Eren today announced the government is investing $800,000 in the Selandra Active Open Space soccer and cricket facility development in Clyde North, through the government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund – Major Facilities category. Clyde North already has significant housing development, but there’s a real shortage of sport and recreation facilities – the nearest soccer ground is more than five kilometres away. The new hub in Clyde North will include construction of two full size cricket ovals and three soccer pitches – all will be floodlit so they can be used for more hours a day. There will also be a new female friendly pavilion constructed, along with terraced seating, cricket practice nets, cycling and walking paths, and a playground. It’s hoped the facility will be ready for use in 2021. The Andrews Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is developing new sport and active recreation facilities and rejuvenating tired grounds and ageing clubrooms across the state. In this round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund over 90 projects are being supported across the state, thanks to a $60 million boost in the 2018/19 Budget. The Andrews Government is committed to promoting sports and active recreation, and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria we've already invested $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and that’s why we’re investing almost half a billion dollars in our 2018/19 Budget to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength to strength. Minister Eren acknowledged the support and significant financial contribution of Casey City Council. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren MP “Sports clubs are the heart and soul of our communities. The Andrews Government is giving the Clyde North community the facilities it needs so more locals can play the sports they love.” “Growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women are signing up to take part in sport and active recreation at local clubs – and this development will help new clubs establish their home at Selandra.” “This project is a great example of how the Andrews Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP “ This is a great boost for our local area, especially for local families living in the Selandra Rise area.” “The local community does not have any access to active open space despite being surrounded by newly established residential development, and the closest soccer facility is over five kilometres away and subsequently Labor is playing an integral role in delivering this much needed state of the art project.”

CLYDE NORTH SCORES NEW CRICKET AND SOCCER HUB

The booming new suburb of Clyde North will soon have a multipurpose sport and community hub, thanks to funding from the Andrews Government. Minister for Sport, John Eren today announced the government is investing $800,000 in the Selandra Active Open Space soccer and cricket facility development in Clyde North, through the government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund – Major Facilities category. Clyde North already has significant housing development, but there’s a real shortage of sport and recreation facilities – the nearest soccer ground is more than five kilometres away. The new hub in Clyde North will include construction of two full size cricket ovals and three soccer pitches – all will be floodlit so they can be used for more hours a day. There will also be a new female friendly pavilion constructed, along with terraced seating, cricket practice nets, cycling and walking paths, and a playground. It’s hoped the facility will be ready for use in 2021. The Andrews Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is developing new sport and active recreation facilities and rejuvenating tired grounds and ageing clubrooms across the state. In this round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund over 90 projects are being supported across the state, thanks to a $60 million boost in the 2018/19 Budget. The Andrews Government is committed to promoting sports and active recreation, and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria we've already invested $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and that’s why we’re investing almost half a billion dollars in our 2018/19 Budget to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength to strength. Minister Eren acknowledged the support and significant financial contribution of Casey City Council. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren MP “Sports clubs are the heart and soul of our communities. The Andrews Government is giving the Clyde North community the facilities it needs so more locals can play the sports they love.” “Growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women are signing up to take part in sport and active recreation at local clubs – and this development will help new clubs establish their home at Selandra.” “This project is a great example of how the Andrews Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP “ This is a great boost for our local area, especially for local families living in the Selandra Rise area.” “The local community does not have any access to active open space despite being surrounded by newly established residential development, and the closest soccer facility is over five kilometres away and subsequently Labor is playing an integral role in delivering this much needed state of the art project.”

Giving Students With A Disability A Fair Go To Find Work

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a ground-breaking disability employment program that’s helping young Victorians living with a disability get the skills they need to find a job. Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today visited the Royal Children’s Hospital to announce a grant for the pilot program – to help more Victorians with a disability find work. The program is a partnership between the Royal Children’s Hospital and Holmesglen Institute of TAFE and is helping 10 students with a disability complete a Certificate I in Work Education. The training involves internships at the hospital in three nine-week rotations, with students working across a wide range of departments – including the hospital’s Central Sterilising Supply unit supporting Instrument Technicians with cleaning, disinfecting and sterilising reusable medical instruments and equipment. The participants also work in the hospital’s Family Services department – helping staff and volunteers provide families with respite, by playing with patients and their siblings. The grant is part of the Labor Government’s $90 million Jobs Victoria program, which provides tailored services to support and connect jobseekers who face barriers to employment with supportive employers. Since it started in 2016, Jobs Victoria program has placed more than 8000 people into jobs – for more information visit jobs.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “Work means much more than a regular pay check – it creates a sense of purpose and can change people’s lives.” “This program is making a real difference to the lives of young Victorians with disability – giving them real hands on experience so they can find work.

Giving Students With A Disability A Fair Go To Find Work

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a ground-breaking disability employment program that’s helping young Victorians living with a disability get the skills they need to find a job. Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today visited the Royal Children’s Hospital to announce a grant for the pilot program – to help more Victorians with a disability find work. The program is a partnership between the Royal Children’s Hospital and Holmesglen Institute of TAFE and is helping 10 students with a disability complete a Certificate I in Work Education. The training involves internships at the hospital in three nine-week rotations, with students working across a wide range of departments – including the hospital’s Central Sterilising Supply unit supporting Instrument Technicians with cleaning, disinfecting and sterilising reusable medical instruments and equipment. The participants also work in the hospital’s Family Services department – helping staff and volunteers provide families with respite, by playing with patients and their siblings. The grant is part of the Labor Government’s $90 million Jobs Victoria program, which provides tailored services to support and connect jobseekers who face barriers to employment with supportive employers. Since it started in 2016, Jobs Victoria program has placed more than 8000 people into jobs – for more information visit jobs.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “Work means much more than a regular pay check – it creates a sense of purpose and can change people’s lives.” “This program is making a real difference to the lives of young Victorians with disability – giving them real hands on experience so they can find work.

HELPING LOCAL CHILDREN START SCHOOL ON TRACK

Kindergarten children in our local area will be among the first to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s Australian-first school readiness funding next year, helping them get the most out of kinder and ensuring they start school on track. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos and Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP have announced the 580 Victorian kinders that will share in $58.1 million to engage with experts and access evidence-based programs to help kids stay on par with their peers. Our local area City of Casey has 122 kinders which will share in $2,071,893.00 for 2019 – a 14% increase in base funding for the area. Census data shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. School readiness funding will allow Victorian kinders to tap into the expertise of speech and occupational therapists, language and literacy professionals and child psychologists, who can then boost the capability of both parents and teachers. It’s the first time in Australia such funding has been made available to kindergartens and will become a permanent part of Victoria’s early childhood education funding. School readiness funding will be rolled out to all kinders statewide by 2021, with the 580 kinders part of the first tranche of 25 local government areas, which includes suburbs in Melbourne’s west and south, and regional areas such as Horsham, Mildura, Swan Hill, and Gippsland. All kindergartens operated by an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations in Victoria will also receive the funding next year. This needs-based funding aims to reduce the impact of educational disadvantage on children’s learning and development and improve outcomes in communication (language development), wellbeing (social and emotional regulation) and access and participation. It is part of the Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 invested a further $135.9 million toward realising our early childhood vision. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “We know that one in five kids starts prep not ready for school and if they start behind, they tend to stay behind.” “School readiness funding means investing in the things that will truly make a difference to a child’s life.” “We’re helping them very early in their education journey, so they can start their first day at school ready, on track and on par with their peers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP “We’re investing in our littlest Victorians in our local area  so they get the best possible start in life and make the most of these valuable kinder years.”

HELPING LOCAL CHILDREN START SCHOOL ON TRACK

Kindergarten children in our local area will be among the first to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s Australian-first school readiness funding next year, helping them get the most out of kinder and ensuring they start school on track. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos and Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP have announced the 580 Victorian kinders that will share in $58.1 million to engage with experts and access evidence-based programs to help kids stay on par with their peers. Our local area City of Casey has 122 kinders which will share in $2,071,893.00 for 2019 – a 14% increase in base funding for the area. Census data shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. School readiness funding will allow Victorian kinders to tap into the expertise of speech and occupational therapists, language and literacy professionals and child psychologists, who can then boost the capability of both parents and teachers. It’s the first time in Australia such funding has been made available to kindergartens and will become a permanent part of Victoria’s early childhood education funding. School readiness funding will be rolled out to all kinders statewide by 2021, with the 580 kinders part of the first tranche of 25 local government areas, which includes suburbs in Melbourne’s west and south, and regional areas such as Horsham, Mildura, Swan Hill, and Gippsland. All kindergartens operated by an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations in Victoria will also receive the funding next year. This needs-based funding aims to reduce the impact of educational disadvantage on children’s learning and development and improve outcomes in communication (language development), wellbeing (social and emotional regulation) and access and participation. It is part of the Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 invested a further $135.9 million toward realising our early childhood vision. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “We know that one in five kids starts prep not ready for school and if they start behind, they tend to stay behind.” “School readiness funding means investing in the things that will truly make a difference to a child’s life.” “We’re helping them very early in their education journey, so they can start their first day at school ready, on track and on par with their peers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP “We’re investing in our littlest Victorians in our local area  so they get the best possible start in life and make the most of these valuable kinder years.”

Abbotts Road Crossing Gone For Good

Trains and vehicles have been successfully separated on Abbotts Road in Dandenong South, with the Andrews Labor Government removing yet another dangerous and congested level crossing The view from above will be a welcome one for the many train drivers who travel along the Cranbourne line each day, with every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong now gone and the Thompsons Road level crossing, formerly located near Merinda Park Station, also removed earlier this year. These upgrades eliminate the very real risk of incidents at level crossings. Over the past decade at Abbotts Road, there were two collisions between a train and a vehicle which resulted in a fatality, in addition to several reported near misses. Alongside the immediate safety benefits for both road and rail, the removal of the Abbotts Road level crossing also ensures a more reliable journey for the 22,000 vehicles – including a high number of trucks – that pass through the highly industrial area each weekday. Within a relatively short period of time, workers have connected the new track across the bridge with existing track; removed the redundant ground-level track and level crossing infrastructure; upgraded signalling infrastructure; installed new drainage and repositioned the overhead lines. In another example of removed rail materials getting a second life, the project team will be donating removed rail and rail clips to the volunteer-led Yarra Valley Railway. Hundreds of concrete sleepers are also being donated to the Victorian Goldfields Railway, which operates a steam heritage train between the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon. Passenger services along the Cranbourne line are back up and running and the former Abbotts Road level crossing has been officially consigned to the history books. Crews will continue work around the site in coming months, to complete minor works such as landscaping and footpaths. The Dandenong South level crossing becomes the 27th crossing removed by the Labor Government to date, with two more crossings set to be gone for good by October. Locals in Melbourne’s south-east will have more trains, more often with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a $750 million upgrade of the Cranbourne line and planning for a new rail link to Clyde. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “Like many others across Melbourne, the Abbotts Road level crossing has sadly been the scene of tragedy in recent years and we’ve ensured it no longer poses that same danger.” “Removing these dangerous and congested level crossings benefits road and rail users and the wider community.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “After months of hard work by the project team and patience from the community, it’s great to see the new rail bridge in operation and the level crossing gone for good at Abbotts Road.”

Abbotts Road Crossing Gone For Good

Trains and vehicles have been successfully separated on Abbotts Road in Dandenong South, with the Andrews Labor Government removing yet another dangerous and congested level crossing The view from above will be a welcome one for the many train drivers who travel along the Cranbourne line each day, with every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong now gone and the Thompsons Road level crossing, formerly located near Merinda Park Station, also removed earlier this year. These upgrades eliminate the very real risk of incidents at level crossings. Over the past decade at Abbotts Road, there were two collisions between a train and a vehicle which resulted in a fatality, in addition to several reported near misses. Alongside the immediate safety benefits for both road and rail, the removal of the Abbotts Road level crossing also ensures a more reliable journey for the 22,000 vehicles – including a high number of trucks – that pass through the highly industrial area each weekday. Within a relatively short period of time, workers have connected the new track across the bridge with existing track; removed the redundant ground-level track and level crossing infrastructure; upgraded signalling infrastructure; installed new drainage and repositioned the overhead lines. In another example of removed rail materials getting a second life, the project team will be donating removed rail and rail clips to the volunteer-led Yarra Valley Railway. Hundreds of concrete sleepers are also being donated to the Victorian Goldfields Railway, which operates a steam heritage train between the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon. Passenger services along the Cranbourne line are back up and running and the former Abbotts Road level crossing has been officially consigned to the history books. Crews will continue work around the site in coming months, to complete minor works such as landscaping and footpaths. The Dandenong South level crossing becomes the 27th crossing removed by the Labor Government to date, with two more crossings set to be gone for good by October. Locals in Melbourne’s south-east will have more trains, more often with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a $750 million upgrade of the Cranbourne line and planning for a new rail link to Clyde. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “Like many others across Melbourne, the Abbotts Road level crossing has sadly been the scene of tragedy in recent years and we’ve ensured it no longer poses that same danger.” “Removing these dangerous and congested level crossings benefits road and rail users and the wider community.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “After months of hard work by the project team and patience from the community, it’s great to see the new rail bridge in operation and the level crossing gone for good at Abbotts Road.”