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Cranbourne West precinct structure plan

7th May 2015 To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria: The petition of the residents of Cranbourne West, Victoria 3977, draws to the attention of the house that the 203 hectares of land at 635 Hall Road, 590, 620 and 690 Dandenong-Hastings Road, Cranbourne West, Victoria 3977, is designated for an industrial park within the Cranbourne West precinct structure plan. This is contrary to the expectations of residents based on its close proximity to surrounding residential estates and the obvious conflicts between the two uses. The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria join the councillors of the City of Casey in their support to change inappropriately located industrial land to residential as exhibited during community consultation of the amended Cranbourne West precinct structure plan in February 2015. By Mr Perera (Cranbourne) (701 signatures).

Cranbourne West precinct structure plan

7th May 2015 To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria: The petition of the residents of Cranbourne West, Victoria 3977, draws to the attention of the house that the 203 hectares of land at 635 Hall Road, 590, 620 and 690 Dandenong-Hastings Road, Cranbourne West, Victoria 3977, is designated for an industrial park within the Cranbourne West precinct structure plan. This is contrary to the expectations of residents based on its close proximity to surrounding residential estates and the obvious conflicts between the two uses. The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria join the councillors of the City of Casey in their support to change inappropriately located industrial land to residential as exhibited during community consultation of the amended Cranbourne West precinct structure plan in February 2015. By Mr Perera (Cranbourne) (701 signatures).

Cranbourne Bus Services

16 April 2015 Mr Perera (Cranbourne) — It gives me great pleasure to contribute to the address-in-reply to the Governor's speech. As this is my first contribution to a debate in this term, I take this opportunity to congratulate the member for Tarneit on his elevation to the position of Speaker. It is a great honour for him to be the Speaker of the 58th Parliament, especially for someone of his background. He is a first-generation migrant who has faced a lot of barriers in getting to a position like this. He has cleared all of them, and he has gotten to where he wanted to be. I congratulate him and say well done. It is an enormous honour to have been re-elected to this place for the fourth time. With the redistribution of the boundaries last year, 60 per cent of my previous electorate, which was dear to me and which I represented over the last 12 years, is no longer in my new electorate. I miss the areas of Frankston North, Carrum Downs, Skye, Sandhurst and parts of Langwarrin and Seaford, which are no longer part of my electorate. The redistribution made the new seat of Cranbourne very marginal. Leading up to the 2014 state election the coalition needed only a swing of 1.1 per cent to take the seat. Prior to the 2014 election the Andrews Labor opposition had a good plan for Victoria, which it articulated well, and it had effective plans for Cranbourne. However, by contrast, over the last four years the coalition did nothing in Cranbourne. In the last four years, 5000 families have moved into my electorate, but the coalition did not take up the challenge of that growth. The coalition never improved Cranbourne's public transport services; upgraded our arterial roads; modernised our hospitals; modernised our schools; drove an effective jobs and skills plan; dealt with the out-of-control crime rates, especially in Casey; dealt with the ever-growing family violence challenges — my electorate has the highest rates of family violence in Victoria; assisted our most marginalised; or eased the cost of living pressures on low-to-middle-income families. The coalition's report card was so appalling that the good people of Victoria booted it out of office after one term. This is the first time in many decades in Victoria that a government has been booted out after a single term. The transport system was in tatters. On a daily basis there were many complaints about delayed and cancelled trains, but the former government completely ignored them. I am proud to put on the record that the Andrews Labor government has a plan to remove every level crossing between Dandenong and Caulfield and to purchase 37 new, high-capacity trains as part of a multibillion-dollar public transport package. Labor's unprecedented investment will ease congestion and reduce travel times. An honourable member interjected. Mr Perea - The  member says it will not reduce travel times, but it will. The removal of nine level crossings between Dandenong and Caulfield will make an enormous difference to not only the train commuters but also the driving community. Four stations will be rebuilt at Clayton, Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale. There will be new and upgraded rail infrastructure in the corridor, including power and signalling upgrades. Pakenham will have a new train depot and maintenance facility. The most important thing is the addition of 37 new trains, with 50 per cent of the work mandated to be done locally, which will create local jobs. This Labor initiative will boost passenger capacity by up to 42 per cent on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines every day, accommodating an extra 11 000 passengers in the morning peak, and it will boost capacity across the network by freeing up existing trains. The Andrews Labor government has also commenced work on the once-in-a-generation Melbourne Metro rail project. This project will increase the capacity and efficiency of train lines serving our local area. An Andrews Labor government has not forgotten the removal of the level crossing at Thompsons Road, Cranbourne, which will provide much-needed relief to the motorists who use this busy arterial road. That is what Labor is doing to fix our local train system. Let me now talk about the bus services which will be provided by the Andrews Labor government. Unfortunately the previous coalition government did almost nothing in this area. It extended one existing bus service to run along an extra road at Linsell Boulevard, Cranbourne East, and renamed the bus route Selandra Rise. Selandra Rise is a unique and innovative community in my electorate that is set to become one of Victoria's most livable places. Many of its residents realised that this ad hoc public transport initiative by the coalition government was a disaster because the extended bus service did not even go into the Selandra Rise residential development. I am pleased to advise the house that the Andrews Labor government will roll out extensive new bus services in my electorate, including more route 799 services from Cranbourne North to Merinda Park on weekdays and Saturdays. It will extend the 847 service on the Berwick to Casey Central route into the new estate south of Glasscocks Road, including the area around William Thwaites Boulevard and Mountainview Boulevard. The government will also provide a new Cranbourne to Pearcedale service, more Frankston to Cranbourne services, more 898 services from Cranbourne East to Cranbourne station on Saturdays, and more 796 services from Cranbourne shopping centre to Clyde on weekdays and weekends. It will extend the 798 service from Cranbourne shopping centre to Selandra Boulevard, something the coalition government failed miserably to do. The government will also extend the 897 service route from Cranbourne to Dandenong via Merinda Park, Lynbrook and Dandenong South to service the growing estates west of Cranbourne. The Andrews government is investing heavily in roads in Cranbourne. Thompsons Road carries over 25 000 vehicles a day and needed to be duplicated yesterday. When Labor was in government it invested over $55 million to upgrade this road, but in the last four years nothing was done. I am pleased to announce that the rest of the duplication of Thompsons Road, between East Link and Clyde Road in Cranbourne, will take place under an Andrews government at a cost of $175 million. The previous coalition government did not do anything in the area of health in my electorate. However, the Andrews government has committed $106.3 million for a major expansion of Casey Hospital, building the hospital's first intensive care unit and opening the doors for thousands of residents in need. I take this opportunity to thank my electorate staff and the many volunteers who manned the booths on election day and worked the phones for five to six months. I also thank my family and extended family, who were very active in the campaign. Without their support it would have been an uphill battle for me to be re-elected for a fourth term. Finally, I would like to thank the very good people of Cranbourne for electing me for a fourth term.  

Cranbourne Bus Services

16 April 2015 Mr Perera (Cranbourne) — It gives me great pleasure to contribute to the address-in-reply to the Governor's speech. As this is my first contribution to a debate in this term, I take this opportunity to congratulate the member for Tarneit on his elevation to the position of Speaker. It is a great honour for him to be the Speaker of the 58th Parliament, especially for someone of his background. He is a first-generation migrant who has faced a lot of barriers in getting to a position like this. He has cleared all of them, and he has gotten to where he wanted to be. I congratulate him and say well done. It is an enormous honour to have been re-elected to this place for the fourth time. With the redistribution of the boundaries last year, 60 per cent of my previous electorate, which was dear to me and which I represented over the last 12 years, is no longer in my new electorate. I miss the areas of Frankston North, Carrum Downs, Skye, Sandhurst and parts of Langwarrin and Seaford, which are no longer part of my electorate. The redistribution made the new seat of Cranbourne very marginal. Leading up to the 2014 state election the coalition needed only a swing of 1.1 per cent to take the seat. Prior to the 2014 election the Andrews Labor opposition had a good plan for Victoria, which it articulated well, and it had effective plans for Cranbourne. However, by contrast, over the last four years the coalition did nothing in Cranbourne. In the last four years, 5000 families have moved into my electorate, but the coalition did not take up the challenge of that growth. The coalition never improved Cranbourne's public transport services; upgraded our arterial roads; modernised our hospitals; modernised our schools; drove an effective jobs and skills plan; dealt with the out-of-control crime rates, especially in Casey; dealt with the ever-growing family violence challenges — my electorate has the highest rates of family violence in Victoria; assisted our most marginalised; or eased the cost of living pressures on low-to-middle-income families. The coalition's report card was so appalling that the good people of Victoria booted it out of office after one term. This is the first time in many decades in Victoria that a government has been booted out after a single term. The transport system was in tatters. On a daily basis there were many complaints about delayed and cancelled trains, but the former government completely ignored them. I am proud to put on the record that the Andrews Labor government has a plan to remove every level crossing between Dandenong and Caulfield and to purchase 37 new, high-capacity trains as part of a multibillion-dollar public transport package. Labor's unprecedented investment will ease congestion and reduce travel times. An honourable member interjected. Mr Perea - The  member says it will not reduce travel times, but it will. The removal of nine level crossings between Dandenong and Caulfield will make an enormous difference to not only the train commuters but also the driving community. Four stations will be rebuilt at Clayton, Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale. There will be new and upgraded rail infrastructure in the corridor, including power and signalling upgrades. Pakenham will have a new train depot and maintenance facility. The most important thing is the addition of 37 new trains, with 50 per cent of the work mandated to be done locally, which will create local jobs. This Labor initiative will boost passenger capacity by up to 42 per cent on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines every day, accommodating an extra 11 000 passengers in the morning peak, and it will boost capacity across the network by freeing up existing trains. The Andrews Labor government has also commenced work on the once-in-a-generation Melbourne Metro rail project. This project will increase the capacity and efficiency of train lines serving our local area. An Andrews Labor government has not forgotten the removal of the level crossing at Thompsons Road, Cranbourne, which will provide much-needed relief to the motorists who use this busy arterial road. That is what Labor is doing to fix our local train system. Let me now talk about the bus services which will be provided by the Andrews Labor government. Unfortunately the previous coalition government did almost nothing in this area. It extended one existing bus service to run along an extra road at Linsell Boulevard, Cranbourne East, and renamed the bus route Selandra Rise. Selandra Rise is a unique and innovative community in my electorate that is set to become one of Victoria's most livable places. Many of its residents realised that this ad hoc public transport initiative by the coalition government was a disaster because the extended bus service did not even go into the Selandra Rise residential development. I am pleased to advise the house that the Andrews Labor government will roll out extensive new bus services in my electorate, including more route 799 services from Cranbourne North to Merinda Park on weekdays and Saturdays. It will extend the 847 service on the Berwick to Casey Central route into the new estate south of Glasscocks Road, including the area around William Thwaites Boulevard and Mountainview Boulevard. The government will also provide a new Cranbourne to Pearcedale service, more Frankston to Cranbourne services, more 898 services from Cranbourne East to Cranbourne station on Saturdays, and more 796 services from Cranbourne shopping centre to Clyde on weekdays and weekends. It will extend the 798 service from Cranbourne shopping centre to Selandra Boulevard, something the coalition government failed miserably to do. The government will also extend the 897 service route from Cranbourne to Dandenong via Merinda Park, Lynbrook and Dandenong South to service the growing estates west of Cranbourne. The Andrews government is investing heavily in roads in Cranbourne. Thompsons Road carries over 25 000 vehicles a day and needed to be duplicated yesterday. When Labor was in government it invested over $55 million to upgrade this road, but in the last four years nothing was done. I am pleased to announce that the rest of the duplication of Thompsons Road, between East Link and Clyde Road in Cranbourne, will take place under an Andrews government at a cost of $175 million. The previous coalition government did not do anything in the area of health in my electorate. However, the Andrews government has committed $106.3 million for a major expansion of Casey Hospital, building the hospital's first intensive care unit and opening the doors for thousands of residents in need. I take this opportunity to thank my electorate staff and the many volunteers who manned the booths on election day and worked the phones for five to six months. I also thank my family and extended family, who were very active in the campaign. Without their support it would have been an uphill battle for me to be re-elected for a fourth term. Finally, I would like to thank the very good people of Cranbourne for electing me for a fourth term.  

STUDENTS AT OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS TAKE NEW APPROACHES IN STANDING UP TO BULLYING

Students at Cranbourne Park Primary School in partnership with Rangebank Primary School, Courtenay Gardens Primary School and Cranbourne East Primary School have received a grant thanks to the Bully Stoppers campaign and the Andrews Labor Government. Superheroes starring in clips to ‘save the day’ on cyber safety and a ‘values wristband’ to reward students for respect and teamwork are just some of the latest projects supported by the Victorian Government’s Bully Stoppers campaign. Announcing the round four grant recipients today, Minister for Education, James Merlino, congratulated each school in developing innovative projects focused on cyberbullying and the theme of ‘Being Cool Online’ or ‘Speaking Up Against Cyberbullying’. Since this campaign to prevent bullying was launched in 2013, over $1.44 million in grants have been allocated. Successful applicants comprise 73 government schools, three independent and 13 Catholic schools. Some projects will see schools working together to achieve outcomes for students. Curriculum materials developed by schools as part of their projects will be added to the Bully Stoppers website to ensure all teachers and students benefit from each experience. A full list of successful schools can be found at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/ Quotes attributable to Member for Jude Perera MP. “The projects put forward by our teachers and students are innovative and thoughtful. They will help make life for kids and parents better.” “The Andrews Labor Government and Victorian schools are working together to take a stand against bullying, particularly cyber bullying.” “Bullying affects up to one in five young people, and the internet and social media means it can happen anywhere and anytime.”

STUDENTS AT OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS TAKE NEW APPROACHES IN STANDING UP TO BULLYING

Students at Cranbourne Park Primary School in partnership with Rangebank Primary School, Courtenay Gardens Primary School and Cranbourne East Primary School have received a grant thanks to the Bully Stoppers campaign and the Andrews Labor Government. Superheroes starring in clips to ‘save the day’ on cyber safety and a ‘values wristband’ to reward students for respect and teamwork are just some of the latest projects supported by the Victorian Government’s Bully Stoppers campaign. Announcing the round four grant recipients today, Minister for Education, James Merlino, congratulated each school in developing innovative projects focused on cyberbullying and the theme of ‘Being Cool Online’ or ‘Speaking Up Against Cyberbullying’. Since this campaign to prevent bullying was launched in 2013, over $1.44 million in grants have been allocated. Successful applicants comprise 73 government schools, three independent and 13 Catholic schools. Some projects will see schools working together to achieve outcomes for students. Curriculum materials developed by schools as part of their projects will be added to the Bully Stoppers website to ensure all teachers and students benefit from each experience. A full list of successful schools can be found at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/ Quotes attributable to Member for Jude Perera MP. “The projects put forward by our teachers and students are innovative and thoughtful. They will help make life for kids and parents better.” “The Andrews Labor Government and Victorian schools are working together to take a stand against bullying, particularly cyber bullying.” “Bullying affects up to one in five young people, and the internet and social media means it can happen anywhere and anytime.”

MASSIVE BOOST TO GIVE KINDER KIDS MORE ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District, announced today many Kindergartens in the electorate would receive extra funding under a package worth up to $83.7 million announced by the Premier, Daniel Andrews, on Monday. Kindergartens across Victoria are receiving the additional funds so they can improve their staff-to-child ratios. The funding boost will support eligible community-based kindergartens including: Bowen Street Kindergarten, Clarendon Street Kindergarten, Merinda Park Kindergarten, Arbourlea Kindergarten, Willora Kindergarten, Woodbine Road Pre School, Fairhaven Kindergarten, Carlisle Park Kindergarten, Hunt Club Kindergarten, Selandra Kindergarten, Rangebank Pre- School, Lynbrook Kindergarten and, Marriott Waters Kindergarten,  to hire additional staff, giving preschool kids more individual care and attention. Mr Perera said improved staff-to-child ratios will take effect at the beginning of 2016. Under the new ratio, kinders will provide one educator per 11 children. The current ratio is one educator per 15 children. The ratios are a vital part of the National Quality Framework, an important reform that delivers a higher standard of child education and care, particularly in the areas of staffing, early learning programs and health and safety. This funding is in addition to the $50 million provided by the Andrews Labor Government in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget to build or upgrade new and existing kinders. The new funds will support kinders to remain strong and viable. This initiative will mean that Victoria’s exceptionally high kinder participation rate is sustained if not increased. Of the new funds, $7.9 million over two years will be allocated to ensure that vulnerable children who are eligible for extra support will be able to access three- and four-year-old kinder programs. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District “Labor is transforming Victoria into the Education State, and it starts with kinders and our little ones.” “This new money means kinder kids will get more one on one care and attention as they undertake their crucial early learning journeys.” “Victorian kinders do great work in giving our kids the best start in life, and under Labor they’re being supported more than ever before.”

MASSIVE BOOST TO GIVE KINDER KIDS MORE ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District, announced today many Kindergartens in the electorate would receive extra funding under a package worth up to $83.7 million announced by the Premier, Daniel Andrews, on Monday. Kindergartens across Victoria are receiving the additional funds so they can improve their staff-to-child ratios. The funding boost will support eligible community-based kindergartens including: Bowen Street Kindergarten, Clarendon Street Kindergarten, Merinda Park Kindergarten, Arbourlea Kindergarten, Willora Kindergarten, Woodbine Road Pre School, Fairhaven Kindergarten, Carlisle Park Kindergarten, Hunt Club Kindergarten, Selandra Kindergarten, Rangebank Pre- School, Lynbrook Kindergarten and, Marriott Waters Kindergarten,  to hire additional staff, giving preschool kids more individual care and attention. Mr Perera said improved staff-to-child ratios will take effect at the beginning of 2016. Under the new ratio, kinders will provide one educator per 11 children. The current ratio is one educator per 15 children. The ratios are a vital part of the National Quality Framework, an important reform that delivers a higher standard of child education and care, particularly in the areas of staffing, early learning programs and health and safety. This funding is in addition to the $50 million provided by the Andrews Labor Government in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget to build or upgrade new and existing kinders. The new funds will support kinders to remain strong and viable. This initiative will mean that Victoria’s exceptionally high kinder participation rate is sustained if not increased. Of the new funds, $7.9 million over two years will be allocated to ensure that vulnerable children who are eligible for extra support will be able to access three- and four-year-old kinder programs. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District “Labor is transforming Victoria into the Education State, and it starts with kinders and our little ones.” “This new money means kinder kids will get more one on one care and attention as they undertake their crucial early learning journeys.” “Victorian kinders do great work in giving our kids the best start in life, and under Labor they’re being supported more than ever before.”

 

FAMILY VIOLENCE COUNSELLING SERVICES

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District today announced that Monash Health and Windermere Child and Family Services Inc. had received additional funding from the Andrews Labor Government to boost the provision of family violence counselling services to women and children. In the 2015-16 State Budget, Labor committed an additional $3.5 million over two years to meet critical demand pressures on counselling services for women and children experiencing or recovering from family violence. The funding will see the recruitment of an additional 22 full-time equivalent counselling staff to provide an extra 40,000 hours of counselling across Victoria. This will help women and children exposed to family violence to access timely therapeutic support to assist them to recover. The six areas identified as experiencing higher rates of family violence incidents will receive a greater share of funds and include the Bayside Peninsula, Southern Melbourne, North East Melbourne, Western Melbourne, Inner Gippsland and Hume Moreland. Jude Perera MP congratulated Monash Health and also the team at Windermere Child and Family Services Inc. for the work they do in supporting family violence survivors. The new $3.5 million in funding, which was allocated over two years in the Victorian Budget 2015-16, ensures that additional counselling services are provided in every local government area across the state. Before 30 June, $1 million of this will be distributed. This initiative is part of an $81.3 million package outlined in the Budget to boost family violence services and support victims Quote attributable to Jude Perera MP “Labor is determined to ensure family violence agencies are able to offer women and children the support they need.” “Counselling services are essential to overcome both the immediate and long-term effects of family violence on women and children.” “It’s important that people affected by family violence can access high-quality and timely supports, no matter where they live.”

FAMILY VIOLENCE COUNSELLING SERVICES

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District today announced that Monash Health and Windermere Child and Family Services Inc. had received additional funding from the Andrews Labor Government to boost the provision of family violence counselling services to women and children. In the 2015-16 State Budget, Labor committed an additional $3.5 million over two years to meet critical demand pressures on counselling services for women and children experiencing or recovering from family violence. The funding will see the recruitment of an additional 22 full-time equivalent counselling staff to provide an extra 40,000 hours of counselling across Victoria. This will help women and children exposed to family violence to access timely therapeutic support to assist them to recover. The six areas identified as experiencing higher rates of family violence incidents will receive a greater share of funds and include the Bayside Peninsula, Southern Melbourne, North East Melbourne, Western Melbourne, Inner Gippsland and Hume Moreland. Jude Perera MP congratulated Monash Health and also the team at Windermere Child and Family Services Inc. for the work they do in supporting family violence survivors. The new $3.5 million in funding, which was allocated over two years in the Victorian Budget 2015-16, ensures that additional counselling services are provided in every local government area across the state. Before 30 June, $1 million of this will be distributed. This initiative is part of an $81.3 million package outlined in the Budget to boost family violence services and support victims Quote attributable to Jude Perera MP “Labor is determined to ensure family violence agencies are able to offer women and children the support they need.” “Counselling services are essential to overcome both the immediate and long-term effects of family violence on women and children.” “It’s important that people affected by family violence can access high-quality and timely supports, no matter where they live.”

COALITION’S BOTCHED FIRE SERVICES PROPERTY LEVY NOW FIXED

The Andrews Labor Government has fixed the Coalition’s botched Fire Services Property Levy, so local firefighters and emergency services workers can get the resources they need to protect our homes and save more lives. The previous Coalition Government introduced the Levy in 2012, but set the Levy’s rates too low to fund our firefighters properly. This error under-funded Victoria’s fire services by $21.8 million in 2014-15. Without any changes, firefighters and families in our local area would have been short-changed even further this year, with the cut set to blow out to $63.3 million. This would’ve put people and properties in our local area and across Victoria at risk. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget however covers up the shortfall the Coalition left behind, and boosts resources for Victoria’s fire services. It is a 0.2 per cent increase compared to the Coalition’s original estimate in the 2014-15 Budget in May 2014. This adjustment is required and ensures that our emergency services in our local area are adequately funded and able to best service our local area when we need it most. All revenue collected through the Levy goes to supporting the State’s fire services. As the 2015-16 Budget states, our Government’s significant additional support for the fire services is funded through general revenue, not the Levy. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP. “The Coalition short-changed firefighters and put homes and lives at risk.” “They botched their Fire Services Levy which would have left emergency services more than $63 million worse off.” “We’ve fixed the mess and ensured there is no shortfall, because the safety of our communities matters most,.” “These men and women do tremendous work in the face of danger.” “We’re giving them the support and funding they need to protect Victorian homes and lives.”

COALITION’S BOTCHED FIRE SERVICES PROPERTY LEVY NOW FIXED

The Andrews Labor Government has fixed the Coalition’s botched Fire Services Property Levy, so local firefighters and emergency services workers can get the resources they need to protect our homes and save more lives. The previous Coalition Government introduced the Levy in 2012, but set the Levy’s rates too low to fund our firefighters properly. This error under-funded Victoria’s fire services by $21.8 million in 2014-15. Without any changes, firefighters and families in our local area would have been short-changed even further this year, with the cut set to blow out to $63.3 million. This would’ve put people and properties in our local area and across Victoria at risk. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget however covers up the shortfall the Coalition left behind, and boosts resources for Victoria’s fire services. It is a 0.2 per cent increase compared to the Coalition’s original estimate in the 2014-15 Budget in May 2014. This adjustment is required and ensures that our emergency services in our local area are adequately funded and able to best service our local area when we need it most. All revenue collected through the Levy goes to supporting the State’s fire services. As the 2015-16 Budget states, our Government’s significant additional support for the fire services is funded through general revenue, not the Levy. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP. “The Coalition short-changed firefighters and put homes and lives at risk.” “They botched their Fire Services Levy which would have left emergency services more than $63 million worse off.” “We’ve fixed the mess and ensured there is no shortfall, because the safety of our communities matters most,.” “These men and women do tremendous work in the face of danger.” “We’re giving them the support and funding they need to protect Victorian homes and lives.”

Children’s Facilities Capital grants

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District today invited the City of Casey and other service providers to apply for a share of $50 million in funding to develop modern and flexible early childhood facilities across Victoria. The 2015-16 Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant round opens on 29 May, 2015. By investing in early childhood infrastructure, the Andrews Labor Government is ensuring more local children will have access to high-quality early learning services. Mr Perera said funding from major grants can be used to build new centres or significantly upgrade existing facilities, responding to the needs of local families. Major grants of up to $1.6 million will also be available for the development of children’s hubs, bringing early years and family services – including Maternal and Child Health, early childhood intervention services, playgroups and parenting support – under one roof. Minor expansion grants will be available to services looking to increase the amount of useable space. Infrastructure refurbishment grants will also allow facilities to improve indoor and outdoor areas used by children, and information technology grants can be used to purchase digital hardware. Labor’s commitment to invest $50 million over the next four years will allow these organisations to plan ahead with greater certainty. Applications for minor grants will close on 17 July 2015, and applications for major grants will close on 7 August 2015. Project guidelines for the grants round provide councils and service providers with the information they need to apply for funding. More information about the 2015-16 Children’s Facilities Capital Program is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/capitalprogram.aspx Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP “Labor recognises that high-quality early years services are vital to giving every child the best start in life." “These grants will help give families the flexible, accessible and affordable early childhood education and care services they deserve.” “Funding from the Children’s Capital Grants Program will be essential to increasing the capacity of many areas across the State experiencing high population growth.” “This is a great opportunity for the local council to partner with the Andrews Labor Government and build a wonderful new facility for our local families.”

Children’s Facilities Capital grants

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District today invited the City of Casey and other service providers to apply for a share of $50 million in funding to develop modern and flexible early childhood facilities across Victoria. The 2015-16 Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant round opens on 29 May, 2015. By investing in early childhood infrastructure, the Andrews Labor Government is ensuring more local children will have access to high-quality early learning services. Mr Perera said funding from major grants can be used to build new centres or significantly upgrade existing facilities, responding to the needs of local families. Major grants of up to $1.6 million will also be available for the development of children’s hubs, bringing early years and family services – including Maternal and Child Health, early childhood intervention services, playgroups and parenting support – under one roof. Minor expansion grants will be available to services looking to increase the amount of useable space. Infrastructure refurbishment grants will also allow facilities to improve indoor and outdoor areas used by children, and information technology grants can be used to purchase digital hardware. Labor’s commitment to invest $50 million over the next four years will allow these organisations to plan ahead with greater certainty. Applications for minor grants will close on 17 July 2015, and applications for major grants will close on 7 August 2015. Project guidelines for the grants round provide councils and service providers with the information they need to apply for funding. More information about the 2015-16 Children’s Facilities Capital Program is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/capitalprogram.aspx Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP “Labor recognises that high-quality early years services are vital to giving every child the best start in life." “These grants will help give families the flexible, accessible and affordable early childhood education and care services they deserve.” “Funding from the Children’s Capital Grants Program will be essential to increasing the capacity of many areas across the State experiencing high population growth.” “This is a great opportunity for the local council to partner with the Andrews Labor Government and build a wonderful new facility for our local families.”

First Four Level Crossing Removals

The Andrews Labor Government will remove 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings. The contract for the removal of the first four has been awarded and construction will begin within weeks.

First Four Level Crossing Removals

The Andrews Labor Government will remove 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings. The contract for the removal of the first four has been awarded and construction will begin within weeks.