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Funding Boost To Give Every Child Every Chance

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian schools extra resources to support students with disabilities and ensure every child, no matter their background or circumstance, gets a great education. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced each Victorian government school will share in more than $7 million in Inclusion Boost funding to strengthen their inclusive education policies and practices. The Inclusion Boost is part of the $61 million suite of inclusive education initiatives announced by the Labor Government last year that give extra support to children and young people with disabilities. The funding and guidance will allow schools to: Educate teaching and support staff to ensure students with disabilities and additional needs can participate in all education and training activities on the same basis as their peers Develop an inclusion and diversity policy which reflects their commitment to be including of students of all backgrounds and abilities Educate parents and the school community about the inclusion and diversity policy, through community engagement and local promotion activities such as online, printed collateral or at school assemblies and parent forums. This extra support will help schools to reflect on, understand and strengthen how they support students with disabilities. It also builds the expertise of teachers and school leaders through a broad range of tools, resources and professional learning. The Inclusion Boost funding will also form part of the comprehensive inclusive education reform agenda that is ensuring that students of all abilities and their families feel welcome and thrive at school. Supporting students and young children with disabilities and additional needs, and strengthening inclusive education is a key Andrews Labor Government Education State priority. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re supporting our schools to make sure that all students feel welcome, accepted and engaged so that they can participate, achieve and thrive in school and life.” “Building the Education State means making sure everyone can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.” “We want to give every child, every chance, and it’s essential disability isn’t a barrier to that.”

Funding Boost To Give Every Child Every Chance

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian schools extra resources to support students with disabilities and ensure every child, no matter their background or circumstance, gets a great education. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced each Victorian government school will share in more than $7 million in Inclusion Boost funding to strengthen their inclusive education policies and practices. The Inclusion Boost is part of the $61 million suite of inclusive education initiatives announced by the Labor Government last year that give extra support to children and young people with disabilities. The funding and guidance will allow schools to: Educate teaching and support staff to ensure students with disabilities and additional needs can participate in all education and training activities on the same basis as their peers Develop an inclusion and diversity policy which reflects their commitment to be including of students of all backgrounds and abilities Educate parents and the school community about the inclusion and diversity policy, through community engagement and local promotion activities such as online, printed collateral or at school assemblies and parent forums. This extra support will help schools to reflect on, understand and strengthen how they support students with disabilities. It also builds the expertise of teachers and school leaders through a broad range of tools, resources and professional learning. The Inclusion Boost funding will also form part of the comprehensive inclusive education reform agenda that is ensuring that students of all abilities and their families feel welcome and thrive at school. Supporting students and young children with disabilities and additional needs, and strengthening inclusive education is a key Andrews Labor Government Education State priority. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re supporting our schools to make sure that all students feel welcome, accepted and engaged so that they can participate, achieve and thrive in school and life.” “Building the Education State means making sure everyone can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.” “We want to give every child, every chance, and it’s essential disability isn’t a barrier to that.”

Broadening Little Minds With Language Classes At Kinder

Thousands of children will have the opportunity to learn another language while attending kindergarten, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. To kick off this initiative, Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today encouraged parents, teachers, service managers and those in kindergarten communities to join the conversation and attend upcoming information sessions on how to get involved. These sessions are the next step in the $17.9 million Early Childhood Language Program, the first state-funded language program ever to be rolled out in preschools. The measure – funded through the Victorian Budget 2018/19 – is expected to give about 3,000 children each year over the next four years the opportunity to learn a language other than English while attending kindergarten. Three-hour weekly language sessions will be delivered in 120 kinders starting from 2019 and a further 10 services will become bilingual – where children will benefit from up to half their program being offered in another language. Information sessions will run across a number of locations in Victoria during the next two weeks and cover how the program will work, funding eligibility and the expression of interest process for those kindergartens wanting to apply. Learning languages at kindergarten often result in children learning the language of their grandparents, as well as inspiring them to take an interest in other cultures. It’s also shown to improve brain function and their English reading and writing skills. Work is underway through the Labor Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan to ensure 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. To register to attend the Early Childhood Language Program information sessions, go to: education.vic.gov.au/eclanguages. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “We’re making sure more of our littlest Victorians reap the lifelong benefits of learning a language other than English – they’re going to be at the front of the pack.” “Research tells us that learning a second language is hugely beneficial – it’s fun, it improves brain function and actually helps kids learn English better.” “This Australian-first initiative is just another way we’re getting Victorian kids ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.”

Broadening Little Minds With Language Classes At Kinder

Thousands of children will have the opportunity to learn another language while attending kindergarten, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. To kick off this initiative, Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today encouraged parents, teachers, service managers and those in kindergarten communities to join the conversation and attend upcoming information sessions on how to get involved. These sessions are the next step in the $17.9 million Early Childhood Language Program, the first state-funded language program ever to be rolled out in preschools. The measure – funded through the Victorian Budget 2018/19 – is expected to give about 3,000 children each year over the next four years the opportunity to learn a language other than English while attending kindergarten. Three-hour weekly language sessions will be delivered in 120 kinders starting from 2019 and a further 10 services will become bilingual – where children will benefit from up to half their program being offered in another language. Information sessions will run across a number of locations in Victoria during the next two weeks and cover how the program will work, funding eligibility and the expression of interest process for those kindergartens wanting to apply. Learning languages at kindergarten often result in children learning the language of their grandparents, as well as inspiring them to take an interest in other cultures. It’s also shown to improve brain function and their English reading and writing skills. Work is underway through the Labor Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan to ensure 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. To register to attend the Early Childhood Language Program information sessions, go to: education.vic.gov.au/eclanguages. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “We’re making sure more of our littlest Victorians reap the lifelong benefits of learning a language other than English – they’re going to be at the front of the pack.” “Research tells us that learning a second language is hugely beneficial – it’s fun, it improves brain function and actually helps kids learn English better.” “This Australian-first initiative is just another way we’re getting Victorian kids ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.”

New Police Powers: DNA The Clue To Crack Unsolved Crimes

Police will no longer need court approval to get DNA samples from adults suspected of having committed an indictable offence under new powers to be introduced into parliament today by the Andrews Labor Government. The Justice Legislation (Police and Other Matters) Bill 2018 streamlines powers for police when taking DNA samples for suspects of serious crime and for offenders already in custody. Police will also no longer need a court order to take a sample from young people aged 15-17 years of age suspected of seriously violent offences such as sexual assaults, murders, home invasions and aggravated burglaries. These new powers will help Victoria Police to quickly identify criminals, particularly serious recidivist offenders, reducing the administrative burden on police and courts, and helping solve serious and high-volume crime. Currently there are more than 55,000 crime scene DNA profiles held by police that do not match any person’s profile. These new powers will help to solve thousands of unsolved crimes that could be explained with new DNA evidence that will be collected. Victoria Police's Forensic Services Department estimate that within the first year the number of DNA samples in their database will increase substantially, helping investigators solve crime. The Bill will also create new offences with tough penalties to further protect our police and protective services officers (PSOs) including offences to cover: Offenders who intentionally or recklessly assault a police officer or PSO with an offensive weapon facing up to 10 years imprisonment rising to up to 15 years if a firearm or imitation firearm is used. Offenders who discharge a firearm near a police officer or PSO facing up to 15 years in prison. Higher penalties will also apply in aggravated circumstances. Where an assault involves physical force, or where the discharge of a firearm endangers the safety of the officer, custodial sentences must be imposed unless special reasons exist. Bail will be refused unless there is a compelling reason, and a presumption of cumulative sentencing imposed. The Bill also creates a new intimidation offence for police, protective services officers (PSOs), police custody officers (PCOs) and custodial officers and their families where they are targeted by serious criminals or their associates because of the work they do. This offence will be punishable by a maximum of 10 years imprisonment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “By giving police these DNA powers they’ll be able to quickly and effectively identify and prosecute high harm offenders, reducing harm and clamping down on recidivist offenders.” “These new police harm offences send the strongest possible message about protecting law enforcement officers from harm and threats.” “We’re introducing new intimidation offences to ensure that our police, PSOs and custodial officers as well as their families, cannot be targeted by criminals for the job they do.”

New Police Powers: DNA The Clue To Crack Unsolved Crimes

Police will no longer need court approval to get DNA samples from adults suspected of having committed an indictable offence under new powers to be introduced into parliament today by the Andrews Labor Government. The Justice Legislation (Police and Other Matters) Bill 2018 streamlines powers for police when taking DNA samples for suspects of serious crime and for offenders already in custody. Police will also no longer need a court order to take a sample from young people aged 15-17 years of age suspected of seriously violent offences such as sexual assaults, murders, home invasions and aggravated burglaries. These new powers will help Victoria Police to quickly identify criminals, particularly serious recidivist offenders, reducing the administrative burden on police and courts, and helping solve serious and high-volume crime. Currently there are more than 55,000 crime scene DNA profiles held by police that do not match any person’s profile. These new powers will help to solve thousands of unsolved crimes that could be explained with new DNA evidence that will be collected. Victoria Police's Forensic Services Department estimate that within the first year the number of DNA samples in their database will increase substantially, helping investigators solve crime. The Bill will also create new offences with tough penalties to further protect our police and protective services officers (PSOs) including offences to cover: Offenders who intentionally or recklessly assault a police officer or PSO with an offensive weapon facing up to 10 years imprisonment rising to up to 15 years if a firearm or imitation firearm is used. Offenders who discharge a firearm near a police officer or PSO facing up to 15 years in prison. Higher penalties will also apply in aggravated circumstances. Where an assault involves physical force, or where the discharge of a firearm endangers the safety of the officer, custodial sentences must be imposed unless special reasons exist. Bail will be refused unless there is a compelling reason, and a presumption of cumulative sentencing imposed. The Bill also creates a new intimidation offence for police, protective services officers (PSOs), police custody officers (PCOs) and custodial officers and their families where they are targeted by serious criminals or their associates because of the work they do. This offence will be punishable by a maximum of 10 years imprisonment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “By giving police these DNA powers they’ll be able to quickly and effectively identify and prosecute high harm offenders, reducing harm and clamping down on recidivist offenders.” “These new police harm offences send the strongest possible message about protecting law enforcement officers from harm and threats.” “We’re introducing new intimidation offences to ensure that our police, PSOs and custodial officers as well as their families, cannot be targeted by criminals for the job they do.”

Monash Freeway Transformation Another Step Closer

The transformation of the Monash Freeway has reached another milestone, with expressions of interest now underway to build the $711 million second stage of the project. Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said motorists make more than 470,000 trips on the corridor each day – and this project will make those trips quicker and easier by adding 36 kilometres of new lanes to the freeway. “This project will slash congestion and improve travel times for drivers across Melbourne’s south east,” Mr Fletcher said. “Delivering more lanes where they’re needed most, as well as upgrading entry and exit ramps, will better link the community around Beaconsfield and deliver a duplicated O’Shea Road. “The freeway will be widened between Warrigal Road and Eastlink and between Clyde Road and Cardinia Road, cutting an estimated nine minutes off a peak-hour trip between Pakenham and the city.” Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said new technology would be used to make it safer, easier and quicker to access Melbourne’s growing south eastern suburbs. “Early works will be fast-tracked over the coming months, starting with the installation of smart on-road technology and overhead lane use and speed signs further along the Monash Freeway,” Mr Donnellan said. “This technology will help better manage large volumes of traffic and provide drivers with live lane use and traffic information to deliver a safer and more reliable journey.” Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood said the project includes the upgrade of the Beaconsfield Interchange and the extension of O’Shea Road in Berwick, which would greatly benefit residents in the southeast. “This is going to deliver smoother and safer commutes for my community, ensuring people get from work to home sooner so they can spend less time in traffic and more time with the family,” Mr Wood said. Victorian Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Gavin Jennings said drivers would benefit from better connections from the Monash Freeway to arterial roads and Eastlink. “This project will connect Police Road to the Monash Freeway and link Jacksons Road directly to Eastlink with a new separated road – making it easier for people to get where they need to go.” Stage 1 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade between EastLink and Clyde Road is nearing completion. New lanes were opened in early May and new overhead freeway technology was installed in early June. The Australian Government is contributing $500 million to the Monash Freeway Upgrade Stage 2 with the Victorian Government contributing the remainder. Major construction on the project is scheduled to start in mid-2019 and is expected to be completed in early 2022, weather permitting.

Monash Freeway Transformation Another Step Closer

The transformation of the Monash Freeway has reached another milestone, with expressions of interest now underway to build the $711 million second stage of the project. Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said motorists make more than 470,000 trips on the corridor each day – and this project will make those trips quicker and easier by adding 36 kilometres of new lanes to the freeway. “This project will slash congestion and improve travel times for drivers across Melbourne’s south east,” Mr Fletcher said. “Delivering more lanes where they’re needed most, as well as upgrading entry and exit ramps, will better link the community around Beaconsfield and deliver a duplicated O’Shea Road. “The freeway will be widened between Warrigal Road and Eastlink and between Clyde Road and Cardinia Road, cutting an estimated nine minutes off a peak-hour trip between Pakenham and the city.” Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said new technology would be used to make it safer, easier and quicker to access Melbourne’s growing south eastern suburbs. “Early works will be fast-tracked over the coming months, starting with the installation of smart on-road technology and overhead lane use and speed signs further along the Monash Freeway,” Mr Donnellan said. “This technology will help better manage large volumes of traffic and provide drivers with live lane use and traffic information to deliver a safer and more reliable journey.” Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood said the project includes the upgrade of the Beaconsfield Interchange and the extension of O’Shea Road in Berwick, which would greatly benefit residents in the southeast. “This is going to deliver smoother and safer commutes for my community, ensuring people get from work to home sooner so they can spend less time in traffic and more time with the family,” Mr Wood said. Victorian Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Gavin Jennings said drivers would benefit from better connections from the Monash Freeway to arterial roads and Eastlink. “This project will connect Police Road to the Monash Freeway and link Jacksons Road directly to Eastlink with a new separated road – making it easier for people to get where they need to go.” Stage 1 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade between EastLink and Clyde Road is nearing completion. New lanes were opened in early May and new overhead freeway technology was installed in early June. The Australian Government is contributing $500 million to the Monash Freeway Upgrade Stage 2 with the Victorian Government contributing the remainder. Major construction on the project is scheduled to start in mid-2019 and is expected to be completed in early 2022, weather permitting.

 

BUILDING OPENING FOR ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE in Cranbourne East

Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP today visited St Thomas the Apostle to officially open the Schools new learning areas This project benefited from a $1.5 million investment of the Andrews Labor Government. It is one of the many Victorian schools benefiting from the Labor Government’s $120 million Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools. The program has already seen more than 86 projects receive funding to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools across the state. The fund is part of a $3.8 billion investment from the Labor Government build the Education State, giving every student access to a great local school with a great education. Victoria’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This brand new, state-of-the-art building is another example of how we’re making the investments we need to give every child – regardless of where they live, or the school they go to – the very best education.” Quote attributable to Member for Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District “This school attracts a large number of local kids and making this investment makes sure they will continue to have access to a great local school.”

BUILDING OPENING FOR ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE in Cranbourne East

Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP today visited St Thomas the Apostle to officially open the Schools new learning areas This project benefited from a $1.5 million investment of the Andrews Labor Government. It is one of the many Victorian schools benefiting from the Labor Government’s $120 million Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools. The program has already seen more than 86 projects receive funding to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools across the state. The fund is part of a $3.8 billion investment from the Labor Government build the Education State, giving every student access to a great local school with a great education. Victoria’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This brand new, state-of-the-art building is another example of how we’re making the investments we need to give every child – regardless of where they live, or the school they go to – the very best education.” Quote attributable to Member for Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District “This school attracts a large number of local kids and making this investment makes sure they will continue to have access to a great local school.”

Faster Mobile Forensics To Investigate Crime Anywhere

Three new specialist forensic vehicles are ready to hit the road to give police investigators faster access to critical information at major crime scenes, including terrorism incidents. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today joined Victoria Police to unveil the $2 million mobile trucks, funded by the Andrews Labor Government as part of a broader $49 million counter-terrorism investment. The mobile trucks include a command vehicle to triage and manage evidence for testing, a mobile analysis vehicle with a custom-built science lab and isolation chamber for dangerous or protected materials, and a technical vehicle to acquire, manage and enhance CCTV or photos. The new vehicles will help police carry out a range of critical investigation capabilities at major crime scenes, including analysing chemical and biological evidence, processing CCTV footage and fingerprints, examining burnt or damaged documents and providing command and control facilities. Previously, evidence needed to be taken from crime scenes and transported back to the forensic headquarters in Macleod before they were tested, slowing down investigations. With the new technology, police will have the capacity to test this material on the ground within an hour. The new vehicles can be deployed to large-scale emergencies or during natural disasters such as bushfires, like Black Saturday. Victoria Police’s Forensic Services Department plays a critical role in investigations and prosecutions, examining more than 55,000 exhibits every year. This state-of-the-art technology adds to two dedicated forensic hubs in Ballarat and Morwell and additional police on the streets following the biggest police recruitment drive in the state’s history. With 100 new police graduating from the academy every fortnight, the Labor Government is delivering 3,135 police by 2022 and a further 825 to be deployed by mid-2019. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “These vehicles can be rolled out anywhere across the state, giving police fast and accurate access to information, to assess and secure a crime scene with speed and precision.” “We’re delivering the resources and technology that police need, to protect Victorians from crime and help investigators analyse evidence and catch criminals.” “This cutting-edge technology will help cut down investigation time to ensure police can respond anytime, anywhere.”

Faster Mobile Forensics To Investigate Crime Anywhere

Three new specialist forensic vehicles are ready to hit the road to give police investigators faster access to critical information at major crime scenes, including terrorism incidents. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today joined Victoria Police to unveil the $2 million mobile trucks, funded by the Andrews Labor Government as part of a broader $49 million counter-terrorism investment. The mobile trucks include a command vehicle to triage and manage evidence for testing, a mobile analysis vehicle with a custom-built science lab and isolation chamber for dangerous or protected materials, and a technical vehicle to acquire, manage and enhance CCTV or photos. The new vehicles will help police carry out a range of critical investigation capabilities at major crime scenes, including analysing chemical and biological evidence, processing CCTV footage and fingerprints, examining burnt or damaged documents and providing command and control facilities. Previously, evidence needed to be taken from crime scenes and transported back to the forensic headquarters in Macleod before they were tested, slowing down investigations. With the new technology, police will have the capacity to test this material on the ground within an hour. The new vehicles can be deployed to large-scale emergencies or during natural disasters such as bushfires, like Black Saturday. Victoria Police’s Forensic Services Department plays a critical role in investigations and prosecutions, examining more than 55,000 exhibits every year. This state-of-the-art technology adds to two dedicated forensic hubs in Ballarat and Morwell and additional police on the streets following the biggest police recruitment drive in the state’s history. With 100 new police graduating from the academy every fortnight, the Labor Government is delivering 3,135 police by 2022 and a further 825 to be deployed by mid-2019. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “These vehicles can be rolled out anywhere across the state, giving police fast and accurate access to information, to assess and secure a crime scene with speed and precision.” “We’re delivering the resources and technology that police need, to protect Victorians from crime and help investigators analyse evidence and catch criminals.” “This cutting-edge technology will help cut down investigation time to ensure police can respond anytime, anywhere.”

Strengthening Laws On Young Parolees

The Andrews Labor Government is toughening up laws targeting the state’s most serious young offenders on parole by introducing electronic monitoring and other measures to better protect the community. In a Victorian first, electronic bracelets will be used to better monitor young offenders and ensure they are complying with the conditions of their parole, like maintaining curfews or restricting their movements to certain areas. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the Labor Government will introduce a Bill to Parliament later this year to support a trial of the program. The Bill will also give the Youth Parole Board new powers to mandate alcohol and drug testing on young parolees, who have a history of alcohol and drug-related offending. It is the first time young people on parole will be subject to such tests. The new laws will apply to young offenders 16 years and older who commit serious offences such as aggravated home invasion, aggravated car jacking and culpable driving resulting in death. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 committed $2.1 million to trial the scheme, which is modelled on similar electronic monitoring and alcohol and drug testing programs that are used in the adult parole system, under the Corrections Act 1986. The Labor Government is cracking down on reoffending, with new laws already in effect that require mandatory conditions of parole for serious youth offenders, such as curfews or requirements that they don’t visit certain areas. The Labor Government is ensuring that the youth justice system is modern, strong and effective with a $145 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2018/19. Electronic monitoring is currently used for young people in other Australian and international jurisdictions. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “This is part of our record investment to keep our community safe and hold young offenders to account.” “Electronic monitoring will be a continuous reminder to some of our most serious young parolees to comply with their orders.” “Alcohol and drug tests for young offenders with a history of substance abuse will help prevent reoffending.”

Strengthening Laws On Young Parolees

The Andrews Labor Government is toughening up laws targeting the state’s most serious young offenders on parole by introducing electronic monitoring and other measures to better protect the community. In a Victorian first, electronic bracelets will be used to better monitor young offenders and ensure they are complying with the conditions of their parole, like maintaining curfews or restricting their movements to certain areas. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the Labor Government will introduce a Bill to Parliament later this year to support a trial of the program. The Bill will also give the Youth Parole Board new powers to mandate alcohol and drug testing on young parolees, who have a history of alcohol and drug-related offending. It is the first time young people on parole will be subject to such tests. The new laws will apply to young offenders 16 years and older who commit serious offences such as aggravated home invasion, aggravated car jacking and culpable driving resulting in death. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 committed $2.1 million to trial the scheme, which is modelled on similar electronic monitoring and alcohol and drug testing programs that are used in the adult parole system, under the Corrections Act 1986. The Labor Government is cracking down on reoffending, with new laws already in effect that require mandatory conditions of parole for serious youth offenders, such as curfews or requirements that they don’t visit certain areas. The Labor Government is ensuring that the youth justice system is modern, strong and effective with a $145 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2018/19. Electronic monitoring is currently used for young people in other Australian and international jurisdictions. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “This is part of our record investment to keep our community safe and hold young offenders to account.” “Electronic monitoring will be a continuous reminder to some of our most serious young parolees to comply with their orders.” “Alcohol and drug tests for young offenders with a history of substance abuse will help prevent reoffending.”

NEW PUBLIC PARK FOR CASEY

Victorians can have their say on the location of three new metropolitan parks in Wyndham, Melton and Casey, to be funded with over $20 million from the Andrews Labor Government. The proposed parks will provide a total of 700 hectares of new open space for residents living in some of Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs and new habitats for threatened species, such as the Growling Grass Frog. The new Clyde Park will be located south of Ballarto Road, in the City of Casey and be approximately 120 hectares in size. The proposed location of Casey’s new park will build upon a planned water retarding basin and nearby sporting facilities to create a much larger combined area of open space. While planning for these parks has been ongoing since the early 2000s, the community will now have its say to decide precise locations and boundaries. Overseen by the independent Regional Parks Standing Advisory Committee, the proposal will be considered through public submissions, three public information sessions and public hearings. The Advisory Committee will then present their recommendations to Government. Information about the proposal and the Advisory Committee process can be found at planning.vic.gov.au/regional-parks Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District: “Growing suburbs need more than just new homes, they need places where friends and families can come together and this park will provide that space.” Quote attributable to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These new parks will help protect Victoria’s biodiversity and boost the amount of green open space in some of Melbourne’s fastest growing urban areas.” “Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city and these new parks will help keep it that way.”

NEW PUBLIC PARK FOR CASEY

Victorians can have their say on the location of three new metropolitan parks in Wyndham, Melton and Casey, to be funded with over $20 million from the Andrews Labor Government. The proposed parks will provide a total of 700 hectares of new open space for residents living in some of Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs and new habitats for threatened species, such as the Growling Grass Frog. The new Clyde Park will be located south of Ballarto Road, in the City of Casey and be approximately 120 hectares in size. The proposed location of Casey’s new park will build upon a planned water retarding basin and nearby sporting facilities to create a much larger combined area of open space. While planning for these parks has been ongoing since the early 2000s, the community will now have its say to decide precise locations and boundaries. Overseen by the independent Regional Parks Standing Advisory Committee, the proposal will be considered through public submissions, three public information sessions and public hearings. The Advisory Committee will then present their recommendations to Government. Information about the proposal and the Advisory Committee process can be found at planning.vic.gov.au/regional-parks Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District: “Growing suburbs need more than just new homes, they need places where friends and families can come together and this park will provide that space.” Quote attributable to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These new parks will help protect Victoria’s biodiversity and boost the amount of green open space in some of Melbourne’s fastest growing urban areas.” “Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city and these new parks will help keep it that way.”