• State Member for Monbulk, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education, Minister for Emergency Services

    As your State Member of Parliament, I am passionate about representing our local community. My office and staff are here to help you and your family. Please feel free to contact my office in Belgrave, or send through an email.

  • Four New Schools For Melbourne’s Inner City Families

    More than 5,000 new student places will be created for Melbourne families, with a further three new primary schools and a high school to be built in the inner city. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley today released the Docklands School Provision Review and Stage 2 of the Andrews Labor Government’s Inner City Schools Package in response.

  • Monbulk's own Champion of the Code

    One of Monbulk’s most dedicated grassroots footy volunteers has been declared a Champion of the Code. James Merlino MP, State Member for Monbulk nominated Danny Lamb, Kilsyth Football Club Junior President for an award at a special reception at Government House to pay tribute to the hard-working volunteers who make local footy tick.

  • Valuing our emergency services volunteers

    Emergency services volunteers will be able to get the equipment and facilities they need to keep communities safe, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s new volunteer grants program. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited Wattle Glen CFA to launch the new Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program, with $15 million in grants available to volunteers in 2016-17.

  • State Member for Monbulk, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education, Minister for Emergency Services

    As your State Member of Parliament, I am passionate about representing our local community. My office and staff are here to help you and your family. Please feel free to contact my office in Belgrave, or send through an email.

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BUILDING THE EDUCATION STATE IN MOOROOLBARK

A new school hall, upgraded learning spaces and improved drainage works are on track at Mooroolbark East Primary School thanks to a Andrews Labor Government commitment totalling $3.68 million. Minister for Education James Merlino today toured the Taylor Road school campus to see first-hand how the improvements are progressing. The new school hall, replacing the previously undersized and aging hall, will be used for school assemblies, physical education and specialist music teaching. The upgrades are expected to be completed by January 2018. The project is part of a $2.5 billion investment by the Labor Government in its past three Budgets to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’ve got on with the job of building better schools, so that local students have the facilities and classrooms they need to succeed.” “Mooroolbark students have waited a long time for improved facilities and I am delighted we’re getting on with delivering quality upgrades and a new school hall.” “This will mean better learning spaces and will increase student pride in their school.”

BUILDING THE EDUCATION STATE IN MOOROOLBARK

A new school hall, upgraded learning spaces and improved drainage works are on track at Mooroolbark East Primary School thanks to a Andrews Labor Government commitment totalling $3.68 million. Minister for Education James Merlino today toured the Taylor Road school campus to see first-hand how the improvements are progressing. The new school hall, replacing the previously undersized and aging hall, will be used for school assemblies, physical education and specialist music teaching. The upgrades are expected to be completed by January 2018. The project is part of a $2.5 billion investment by the Labor Government in its past three Budgets to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’ve got on with the job of building better schools, so that local students have the facilities and classrooms they need to succeed.” “Mooroolbark students have waited a long time for improved facilities and I am delighted we’re getting on with delivering quality upgrades and a new school hall.” “This will mean better learning spaces and will increase student pride in their school.”

New Fire Stations For Truganina And Wyndham Vale

The Andrews Labor Government will secure permanent homes for CFA branches in two of Melbourne’s fastest growing outer suburbs. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced $7.5 million in funding to acquire land and build permanent, modern fire stations for the Truganina and Wyndham Vale fire brigades. The funding will be split between the two areas, with $1.5 million put towards the acquisition of land for each site and $2.25 million put towards the development of modern, well equipped stations. Both CFA branches will now have a permanent base to ensure they have capacity to increase their membership and better protect residents in a growing area. The new stations will allow each unit to improve response times, enhance fire protection, suppression and education, ease pressure on surrounding brigades and improve the amenities on offer for volunteer firefighters. Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows the population for Wyndham Vale grew by more than 10,000 between 2014-15, increasing the brigade’s responses to between 350-400 annually. Wyndham’s population is expected to reach more than 420,000 by 2036 – more than double what it is now. The stations will be completed by June 2019. Funding for the stations comes from the Labor Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution Fund, which provides critical funding for infrastructure in Melbourne’s growing outer suburbs, ensuring health, education, public transport and other services grow as these communities do. Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino “Wyndham Vale Fire Brigade has previously had to operate from a temporary base and that’s just not good enough.” “We know Melbourne is growing quickly and that is why we are providing funding to ensure our volunteers have the support they need to cope with our unprecedented population growth.” Quotes attributable Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio “This is yet another fantastic example of how GAIC funding can be used to benefit the entire community. Earlier this year GAIC helped fund a range of transport projects in Melbourne and now it’s delivering important emergency services infrastructure.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These permanent fire stations will ensure the Wyndham Vale and Truganina areas receive the improved fire services they need for their growing population, and be best equipped to protect residents.”

New Fire Stations For Truganina And Wyndham Vale

The Andrews Labor Government will secure permanent homes for CFA branches in two of Melbourne’s fastest growing outer suburbs. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced $7.5 million in funding to acquire land and build permanent, modern fire stations for the Truganina and Wyndham Vale fire brigades. The funding will be split between the two areas, with $1.5 million put towards the acquisition of land for each site and $2.25 million put towards the development of modern, well equipped stations. Both CFA branches will now have a permanent base to ensure they have capacity to increase their membership and better protect residents in a growing area. The new stations will allow each unit to improve response times, enhance fire protection, suppression and education, ease pressure on surrounding brigades and improve the amenities on offer for volunteer firefighters. Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows the population for Wyndham Vale grew by more than 10,000 between 2014-15, increasing the brigade’s responses to between 350-400 annually. Wyndham’s population is expected to reach more than 420,000 by 2036 – more than double what it is now. The stations will be completed by June 2019. Funding for the stations comes from the Labor Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution Fund, which provides critical funding for infrastructure in Melbourne’s growing outer suburbs, ensuring health, education, public transport and other services grow as these communities do. Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino “Wyndham Vale Fire Brigade has previously had to operate from a temporary base and that’s just not good enough.” “We know Melbourne is growing quickly and that is why we are providing funding to ensure our volunteers have the support they need to cope with our unprecedented population growth.” Quotes attributable Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio “This is yet another fantastic example of how GAIC funding can be used to benefit the entire community. Earlier this year GAIC helped fund a range of transport projects in Melbourne and now it’s delivering important emergency services infrastructure.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These permanent fire stations will ensure the Wyndham Vale and Truganina areas receive the improved fire services they need for their growing population, and be best equipped to protect residents.”

Students across Wyndham are a step closer to a high-tech, innovative learning centre that will equip them with the skills they need for the jobs of the future. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today turned the first sod of the new Wyndham Tech School on Victoria University’s Werribee Campus. The newly constructed Wyndham Tech School will be one of 10 new Tech Schools built under the Andrews Labor Government’s $128 million Tech School initiative. Tech Schools use equipment such as 3D printers, audio visual platforms, robotics and virtual reality, to deliver advanced education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Students from 18 government, Catholic and independent partner secondary schools in the City of Wyndham will participate in the Tech School’s learning programs free of charge – opening new opportunities for young people in the western suburbs. Scheduled to open mid-2018, Wyndham Tech School learning programs will focus on local industry areas forecast for greatest growth, including health, transport and logistics, scientific and technical professional services, and construction. Students attending the Tech School will have access to expertise from staff from Victoria University while they work on real-world problems provided by industry and use the latest technology to come up with solutions. Design work was completed by Gray Puksand Architects in May 2017 and Harris HMC was today announced as the builder. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This brand new Tech School will allow students across the western suburbs to get the skills and experiences they need to thrive in the emerging jobs of the future.” “Industry and community groups in the City of Wyndham will ensure the Wyndham Tech School’s learning programs are relevant to local students.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Building tech schools like this gives our kids access to the best possible education opportunities, and our future generations more choice as they start out in life.” Download the Media Release (162 KB)

Students across Wyndham are a step closer to a high-tech, innovative learning centre that will equip them with the skills they need for the jobs of the future. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today turned the first sod of the new Wyndham Tech School on Victoria University’s Werribee Campus. The newly constructed Wyndham Tech School will be one of 10 new Tech Schools built under the Andrews Labor Government’s $128 million Tech School initiative. Tech Schools use equipment such as 3D printers, audio visual platforms, robotics and virtual reality, to deliver advanced education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Students from 18 government, Catholic and independent partner secondary schools in the City of Wyndham will participate in the Tech School’s learning programs free of charge – opening new opportunities for young people in the western suburbs. Scheduled to open mid-2018, Wyndham Tech School learning programs will focus on local industry areas forecast for greatest growth, including health, transport and logistics, scientific and technical professional services, and construction. Students attending the Tech School will have access to expertise from staff from Victoria University while they work on real-world problems provided by industry and use the latest technology to come up with solutions. Design work was completed by Gray Puksand Architects in May 2017 and Harris HMC was today announced as the builder. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This brand new Tech School will allow students across the western suburbs to get the skills and experiences they need to thrive in the emerging jobs of the future.” “Industry and community groups in the City of Wyndham will ensure the Wyndham Tech School’s learning programs are relevant to local students.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Building tech schools like this gives our kids access to the best possible education opportunities, and our future generations more choice as they start out in life.” Download the Media Release (162 KB)

Student Voice For Student Engagement

The Andrews Labor Government is partnering with the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) to help make student voice a priority and empower students to fully participate in school life. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced funding of $132,000 for a new online resource centre, the Student Voice Hub, while opening the VicSRC’s Congress 2017. Mr Merlino also announced a new funding agreement to provide the VicSRC  with $750,000 over the next three years – an increase of 27 per cent. The Student Voice Hub will actively support Victorian students to access information that supports their role and enhances the ability of  students to be part of decisions that affect their learning and their lives at school. School students, principals, teaching staff and school communities will directly benefit from the Student Voice Hub which will provide capacity building resources, information and support for students and schools to develop curriculum and student leadership. The Government has provided funds to the VicSRC to support student voice in Victoria since 2007 and funding for the new Student Voice Hub enhances this ongoing partnership to strengthen student voice and leadership. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Student Leaders have been campaigning for an online Student Voice Hub to connect students across Victoria. It’s a great idea and one we’re proud to support.” “We know that schools with a strong student voice perform better. This is about students working with their peers, teachers and communities to shape their schools and educational outcomes.” Quotes attributable to VicSRC Executive Member Spencer Davis “Victorian students welcome the government’s commitment to student voice in decision making through the creation of the Student Voice Hub, which will create a space for students to come together without barriers and help shape an education system that really works for them.”  

Student Voice For Student Engagement

The Andrews Labor Government is partnering with the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) to help make student voice a priority and empower students to fully participate in school life. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced funding of $132,000 for a new online resource centre, the Student Voice Hub, while opening the VicSRC’s Congress 2017. Mr Merlino also announced a new funding agreement to provide the VicSRC  with $750,000 over the next three years – an increase of 27 per cent. The Student Voice Hub will actively support Victorian students to access information that supports their role and enhances the ability of  students to be part of decisions that affect their learning and their lives at school. School students, principals, teaching staff and school communities will directly benefit from the Student Voice Hub which will provide capacity building resources, information and support for students and schools to develop curriculum and student leadership. The Government has provided funds to the VicSRC to support student voice in Victoria since 2007 and funding for the new Student Voice Hub enhances this ongoing partnership to strengthen student voice and leadership. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Student Leaders have been campaigning for an online Student Voice Hub to connect students across Victoria. It’s a great idea and one we’re proud to support.” “We know that schools with a strong student voice perform better. This is about students working with their peers, teachers and communities to shape their schools and educational outcomes.” Quotes attributable to VicSRC Executive Member Spencer Davis “Victorian students welcome the government’s commitment to student voice in decision making through the creation of the Student Voice Hub, which will create a space for students to come together without barriers and help shape an education system that really works for them.”  

Permanent height limits for Upper Ferntree Gully

The Andrews Labor Government has taken action to protect Upper Ferntree Gully’s stunning views of the Dandenong Foothills. State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, today announced that Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved Amendment c162 to the Knox Planning Scheme that sets permanent, mandatory height limits for the Upper Ferntree Gully Activity Centre. The community has spoken and we’ve listened, and ensured development heights in the centre are limited to two storeys (nine metres). The change will guarantee building heights align with other maximum heights in surrounding residential areas. The Amendment will protect and build on the renowned character of Upper Ferntree Gully and contribute to the creation of 20-minute neighbourhoods, enabling residents to meet their day-to-day needs without travelling out of the area. The Amendment also introduces a Heritage Overlay to the Visitors Information Centre and the Railway Station complex. The Visitors Information Centre is an example of Art Deco architecture, while the railway station is the only surviving railway station in Knox to have retained much of its pre-World War I character. Both possess historic, aesthetic and social value that we won’t compromise. Melbourne’s population is expected to reach eight million people by 2051, and activity centres are one of the ways we can accommodate more people, business and services – closer to home. We’re getting the planning right in activity centres so that they become cornerstones of the liveability that makes Victoria a great place to live. Quotes attributable to State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP “We’ve listened to the Upper Ferntree Gully community and introduced strict, permanent controls that protect what makes the area so special to locals and tourists who love to visit.”  “Upper Ferntree Gully is one of Melbourne’s most picturesque areas and deserves protection from inappropriate development. We’ve done just that.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne MP “Activity Centres play a crucial role accommodating population growth, but we need to make sure they are developed sensibly and in line with community expectations.”  

Permanent height limits for Upper Ferntree Gully

The Andrews Labor Government has taken action to protect Upper Ferntree Gully’s stunning views of the Dandenong Foothills. State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, today announced that Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved Amendment c162 to the Knox Planning Scheme that sets permanent, mandatory height limits for the Upper Ferntree Gully Activity Centre. The community has spoken and we’ve listened, and ensured development heights in the centre are limited to two storeys (nine metres). The change will guarantee building heights align with other maximum heights in surrounding residential areas. The Amendment will protect and build on the renowned character of Upper Ferntree Gully and contribute to the creation of 20-minute neighbourhoods, enabling residents to meet their day-to-day needs without travelling out of the area. The Amendment also introduces a Heritage Overlay to the Visitors Information Centre and the Railway Station complex. The Visitors Information Centre is an example of Art Deco architecture, while the railway station is the only surviving railway station in Knox to have retained much of its pre-World War I character. Both possess historic, aesthetic and social value that we won’t compromise. Melbourne’s population is expected to reach eight million people by 2051, and activity centres are one of the ways we can accommodate more people, business and services – closer to home. We’re getting the planning right in activity centres so that they become cornerstones of the liveability that makes Victoria a great place to live. Quotes attributable to State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP “We’ve listened to the Upper Ferntree Gully community and introduced strict, permanent controls that protect what makes the area so special to locals and tourists who love to visit.”  “Upper Ferntree Gully is one of Melbourne’s most picturesque areas and deserves protection from inappropriate development. We’ve done just that.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne MP “Activity Centres play a crucial role accommodating population growth, but we need to make sure they are developed sensibly and in line with community expectations.”  

NEW FUND TO SHAPE VICTORIA’S CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

The Andrews Labor Government is funding new and improved cultural precincts to strengthen communities, attract visitors and support jobs. Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP, welcomed the opening of the 2017 Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts (CICP) program, which will help build, restore and enhance cultural spaces across Victoria. The program promotes a greater use of community facilities and precincts by culturally-diverse communities, and encourages more people to participate in local activities. The grants will improve access to services and ensure community precincts support a range of cultural and tourism activities. The Labor Government will continue to promote an inclusive society where every Victorian is able to share their culture and traditions. Community groups, organisations and associations are encouraged to apply for funding to support projects in the 2017/18 financial year. For more information, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP “Every day, we’re making Victoria a state where everyone belongs. These grants will help more people share their culture, contribute to the community and feel accepted.” “The grants will promote diversity by building and improving cultural precincts, ensuring all Victorians can enjoy our rich multicultural heritage.” “I encourage organisations in Monbulk to apply for funding and look at how they can make a difference in their community.”

NEW FUND TO SHAPE VICTORIA’S CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

The Andrews Labor Government is funding new and improved cultural precincts to strengthen communities, attract visitors and support jobs. Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP, welcomed the opening of the 2017 Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts (CICP) program, which will help build, restore and enhance cultural spaces across Victoria. The program promotes a greater use of community facilities and precincts by culturally-diverse communities, and encourages more people to participate in local activities. The grants will improve access to services and ensure community precincts support a range of cultural and tourism activities. The Labor Government will continue to promote an inclusive society where every Victorian is able to share their culture and traditions. Community groups, organisations and associations are encouraged to apply for funding to support projects in the 2017/18 financial year. For more information, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP “Every day, we’re making Victoria a state where everyone belongs. These grants will help more people share their culture, contribute to the community and feel accepted.” “The grants will promote diversity by building and improving cultural precincts, ensuring all Victorians can enjoy our rich multicultural heritage.” “I encourage organisations in Monbulk to apply for funding and look at how they can make a difference in their community.”

New Technology To Keep Victorian Schools At The Cutting Edge

The Andrews Labor Government is giving schools the latest digital equipment — like robots, virtual reality goggles and 3D scanners – to keep kids at the forefront of emerging technology and equip them for the jobs of the future. Visiting Mount Alexander College and observing the school’s digital technologies program today, Minister for Education James Merlino announced the new $1.6 million Digi-Tech Start-Up Grants initiative. 150 secondary schools will be allocated two robots each and provided with grants to buy specialised equipment such as digital microscopes, laser cutters, 3D printers and virtual reality goggles. Students will be able to learn with new technology and build their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The initiative will be delivered in partnership with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria, who will also provide professional development to teachers to build their STEM programs. The Digi-Tech Start-Up Grants will support schools to develop their digital technology programs and prepare them for the next generation of jobs. The Andrews Labor Government has set targets to boost performance in STEM subjects as part of its plan to make Victoria the Education State. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities and equipment to give our kids the best chance to succeed.” “This funding will give more students the ability to learn hands-on with new technology and prepare them for the jobs of the future.”   Download the Media Release (143 KB)

New Technology To Keep Victorian Schools At The Cutting Edge

The Andrews Labor Government is giving schools the latest digital equipment — like robots, virtual reality goggles and 3D scanners – to keep kids at the forefront of emerging technology and equip them for the jobs of the future. Visiting Mount Alexander College and observing the school’s digital technologies program today, Minister for Education James Merlino announced the new $1.6 million Digi-Tech Start-Up Grants initiative. 150 secondary schools will be allocated two robots each and provided with grants to buy specialised equipment such as digital microscopes, laser cutters, 3D printers and virtual reality goggles. Students will be able to learn with new technology and build their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The initiative will be delivered in partnership with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria, who will also provide professional development to teachers to build their STEM programs. The Digi-Tech Start-Up Grants will support schools to develop their digital technology programs and prepare them for the next generation of jobs. The Andrews Labor Government has set targets to boost performance in STEM subjects as part of its plan to make Victoria the Education State. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities and equipment to give our kids the best chance to succeed.” “This funding will give more students the ability to learn hands-on with new technology and prepare them for the jobs of the future.”   Download the Media Release (143 KB)

Changing The Lives Of Maryborough Students

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive funding boost for Maryborough schools that need it most is reaping strong results. Minister for Education James Merlino  visited the Maryborough Education Centre today to see first-hand how equity funding has made a real difference. In 2015 the Labor  Government announced a huge increase to ‘equity funding, which took effect from the start of 2016. It provides additional resources and expertise to get the best out of students who require extra support. The $566 million increase over four years is designed to break the cycle of disadvantage and stop students disengaging from school and giving up on their studies. More than 2,800 staff have been added to Victorian government schools since the funding boost, including 1,600 teachers and 1,200 support staff such as speech pathologists, literacy and numeracy coaches and social workers. Maryborough Education Centre is using equity funding to make subjects more practical and fun. Teachers are learning new skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and running extra-curricular programs like the Coding Club and 3D Design Club to keep kids engaged. These programs are making a real difference. “When they start early, their minds are open to take knowledge to another level,” maths and science teacher Angus McPherson said. Since the investment, there has been a 29 per cent increase in students enrolled in STEM subjects compared to 2013-14, and an improvement in the mean study score for all STEM subjects. Research shows the link between disadvantage and low levels of school achievement, with some students facing barriers to success from day one at school. The Labor Government is levelling the playing field, putting education funding where it’s needed most – adding teachers and support staff to government schools across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want every child to fulfil their potential. A child’s school results should not be restricted by their background.” “This funding is making a real difference – transforming the lives of children across Victoria and boosting the numbers of teachers and support staff.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “This funding boost means children get tailored support they need to keep up with their classmates. It will give schools like Maryborough Education Centre the resources they need to give students the best education.” Quote attributable to Maryborough Education Centre principal David Sutton “Equity funding has made a huge difference to the way we run our school. It has led to improved teaching of reading and it has enabled us to run programs to re-engage students in the middle years.” Download the Media Release (147 KB)

Changing The Lives Of Maryborough Students

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive funding boost for Maryborough schools that need it most is reaping strong results. Minister for Education James Merlino  visited the Maryborough Education Centre today to see first-hand how equity funding has made a real difference. In 2015 the Labor  Government announced a huge increase to ‘equity funding, which took effect from the start of 2016. It provides additional resources and expertise to get the best out of students who require extra support. The $566 million increase over four years is designed to break the cycle of disadvantage and stop students disengaging from school and giving up on their studies. More than 2,800 staff have been added to Victorian government schools since the funding boost, including 1,600 teachers and 1,200 support staff such as speech pathologists, literacy and numeracy coaches and social workers. Maryborough Education Centre is using equity funding to make subjects more practical and fun. Teachers are learning new skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and running extra-curricular programs like the Coding Club and 3D Design Club to keep kids engaged. These programs are making a real difference. “When they start early, their minds are open to take knowledge to another level,” maths and science teacher Angus McPherson said. Since the investment, there has been a 29 per cent increase in students enrolled in STEM subjects compared to 2013-14, and an improvement in the mean study score for all STEM subjects. Research shows the link between disadvantage and low levels of school achievement, with some students facing barriers to success from day one at school. The Labor Government is levelling the playing field, putting education funding where it’s needed most – adding teachers and support staff to government schools across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want every child to fulfil their potential. A child’s school results should not be restricted by their background.” “This funding is making a real difference – transforming the lives of children across Victoria and boosting the numbers of teachers and support staff.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “This funding boost means children get tailored support they need to keep up with their classmates. It will give schools like Maryborough Education Centre the resources they need to give students the best education.” Quote attributable to Maryborough Education Centre principal David Sutton “Equity funding has made a huge difference to the way we run our school. It has led to improved teaching of reading and it has enabled us to run programs to re-engage students in the middle years.” Download the Media Release (147 KB)

 

Equity Funding Changing The Lives Of Ararat Students

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive funding boost to Ararat schools that need it most is reaping strong results. Minister for Education James Merlino visited Ararat Primary School today to see first-hand how equity funding has made a real difference. In 2015 the Labor Government announced a huge increase to equity funding, which took effect from 2016. It provides additional resources and expertise to get the best out of students who need more support. The $566 million increase over four years is designed to break the cycle of disadvantage and stop students disengaging from school and giving up on their studies. More than 2,800 staff have been added to Victorian government schools since the funding boost, including 1,600 teachers and 1,200 support staff such as speech pathologists, literacy and numeracy coaches and social workers. This funding is improving the lives of students across Victoria. Schools are introducing programs to help students catch up in literacy and numeracy and offering electives such as coding and music to keep kids engaged in school. The funding has allowed Ararat Primary to employ a speech therapist to run programs with children, teachers and parents. With the help of fun programs at home, parents are getting more involved in their children’s learning. “It doesn’t become something that isolates the children or makes them stand out. They become confident and comfortable in their environment,” teacher Terri Dalgleish says. Research shows the link between disadvantage and low levels of school achievement, with some students facing barriers to success from day one at school. The Labor Government is levelling the playing field, putting education funding where it’s needed most – adding teachers and support staff to government schools across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want every child in every school to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. A child’s school results should not be restricted by their background.” “This funding is making a real difference – transforming the lives of children across Victoria and boosting the numbers of teachers and support staff.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Our funding boost to help students who need it most is giving schools like Ararat Primary the resources they need to give our kids the best possible education.” Quote attributable to Ararat Primary School Acting Principal Adrian Pilgrim “The funding has enabled us to run intervention programs that help bridge the gap for students who face learning challenges and barriers to achieving success. It is helping to fast track their progress.” Download the Media Release (146 KB)

Equity Funding Changing The Lives Of Ararat Students

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive funding boost to Ararat schools that need it most is reaping strong results. Minister for Education James Merlino visited Ararat Primary School today to see first-hand how equity funding has made a real difference. In 2015 the Labor Government announced a huge increase to equity funding, which took effect from 2016. It provides additional resources and expertise to get the best out of students who need more support. The $566 million increase over four years is designed to break the cycle of disadvantage and stop students disengaging from school and giving up on their studies. More than 2,800 staff have been added to Victorian government schools since the funding boost, including 1,600 teachers and 1,200 support staff such as speech pathologists, literacy and numeracy coaches and social workers. This funding is improving the lives of students across Victoria. Schools are introducing programs to help students catch up in literacy and numeracy and offering electives such as coding and music to keep kids engaged in school. The funding has allowed Ararat Primary to employ a speech therapist to run programs with children, teachers and parents. With the help of fun programs at home, parents are getting more involved in their children’s learning. “It doesn’t become something that isolates the children or makes them stand out. They become confident and comfortable in their environment,” teacher Terri Dalgleish says. Research shows the link between disadvantage and low levels of school achievement, with some students facing barriers to success from day one at school. The Labor Government is levelling the playing field, putting education funding where it’s needed most – adding teachers and support staff to government schools across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want every child in every school to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. A child’s school results should not be restricted by their background.” “This funding is making a real difference – transforming the lives of children across Victoria and boosting the numbers of teachers and support staff.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Our funding boost to help students who need it most is giving schools like Ararat Primary the resources they need to give our kids the best possible education.” Quote attributable to Ararat Primary School Acting Principal Adrian Pilgrim “The funding has enabled us to run intervention programs that help bridge the gap for students who face learning challenges and barriers to achieving success. It is helping to fast track their progress.” Download the Media Release (146 KB)

$91,000 For Country Fire Authority Brigades In Western Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government has announced $91,000 in grants for new equipment and upgrades at Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigades in Willaura, Wickliffe, Pomonal and the Westmere Group. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited the Willaura Fire Station to congratulate volunteers on their successful application under the $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) Grants Program. The funding will enable these brigades to buy new equipment, upgrade facilities and keep their communities safe. Willaura will receive more than $37,000 to upgrade the fire station with new external cladding and windows. The station is more than 50 years old and has undergone a number of extensions over the years. The new facade will provide a uniform look for the entire building, which is also the local command facility and headquarters for the Westmere Group. The Pomonal CFA Brigade will receiving more than $39,000 to upgrade bathrooms and storage facilities, while Wickliffe CFA will get $4,600 for portable emergency lights and a defibrillator. The Westmere Group, which includes 19 CFA brigades across Western Victoria, will receive $10,200 so it can trade-in and upgrade its four-wheel drive command vehicle. The funding is being provided through the third tranche of the ESVS Grants Program, which provides for urgent equipment replacement, facility upgrades and minor works, community engagement and training. The program is open to volunteers, brigades, units and clubs including CFA, VICSES, Marine Search and Rescue providers, Life Saving Victoria and other emergency management organisations. It has already delivered $8.8 million through 540 grants to volunteers around the state. The third tranche will fund a further 326 grants totalling $5.6 million. A list of successful grant recipients can be found at emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Congratulations to the Willaura, Wickliffe and Pomonal brigades, and the Westmere Group, on securing funding to help them continue their vital work in keeping the community safe.” “These are some of the most active brigades in the state and we are proud to support the valuable work they do in Western Victoria and the Ararat region.” Quote attributable to the Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Our volunteers do a great job protecting our communities and Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants give them the opportunity to share in $15 million of funding to enhance their services.” Download the Media Release (121 KB)

$91,000 For Country Fire Authority Brigades In Western Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government has announced $91,000 in grants for new equipment and upgrades at Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigades in Willaura, Wickliffe, Pomonal and the Westmere Group. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited the Willaura Fire Station to congratulate volunteers on their successful application under the $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) Grants Program. The funding will enable these brigades to buy new equipment, upgrade facilities and keep their communities safe. Willaura will receive more than $37,000 to upgrade the fire station with new external cladding and windows. The station is more than 50 years old and has undergone a number of extensions over the years. The new facade will provide a uniform look for the entire building, which is also the local command facility and headquarters for the Westmere Group. The Pomonal CFA Brigade will receiving more than $39,000 to upgrade bathrooms and storage facilities, while Wickliffe CFA will get $4,600 for portable emergency lights and a defibrillator. The Westmere Group, which includes 19 CFA brigades across Western Victoria, will receive $10,200 so it can trade-in and upgrade its four-wheel drive command vehicle. The funding is being provided through the third tranche of the ESVS Grants Program, which provides for urgent equipment replacement, facility upgrades and minor works, community engagement and training. The program is open to volunteers, brigades, units and clubs including CFA, VICSES, Marine Search and Rescue providers, Life Saving Victoria and other emergency management organisations. It has already delivered $8.8 million through 540 grants to volunteers around the state. The third tranche will fund a further 326 grants totalling $5.6 million. A list of successful grant recipients can be found at emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Congratulations to the Willaura, Wickliffe and Pomonal brigades, and the Westmere Group, on securing funding to help them continue their vital work in keeping the community safe.” “These are some of the most active brigades in the state and we are proud to support the valuable work they do in Western Victoria and the Ararat region.” Quote attributable to the Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Our volunteers do a great job protecting our communities and Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants give them the opportunity to share in $15 million of funding to enhance their services.” Download the Media Release (121 KB)

Investing In Ballarat Schools And Kids

Students at Siena Catholic Primary School will get the best start in life, thanks to a funding injection in local school infrastructure. Minister for Education James Merlino visited the school today, which received $1.5 million through the Non-Government Grants Program to build stage 1 of the school. The school, in Lucas, opened at the start of this year and is expected to eventually grow to 350 students. The $4.1 million stage 1 includes two buildings housing a total of nine classrooms as well as offices and an art room. In the 2015-16 State Budget, the Andrews Labor Government delivered on its election commitment of $120 million over four years to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools, agreeing to match the these sectors’ contributions dollar-for-dollar. The Non-Government Grants Program aims to build new schools and expand capacity at existing facilities in growth areas, in particular Melbourne’s outer-suburbs and regional Victoria where enrolment demand is significant. Funds will also upgrade those schools with the highest facility needs, creating modern and fit-for-purpose learning environments for the 37 per cent of Victorian children who attend Catholic or independent schools. The Labor Government’s huge investment in Victoria’s schools means more than $2.5 billion has now been invested in school infrastructure over the past three years, with 56 new schools being delivered across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re getting on with the job of building better schools, so local students have the facilities and classrooms they need to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “We’re making Victoria the Education State and that means making sure Ballarat families can access great local schools with first-rate classrooms.”   Download the Media Release (144 KB)

Investing In Ballarat Schools And Kids

Students at Siena Catholic Primary School will get the best start in life, thanks to a funding injection in local school infrastructure. Minister for Education James Merlino visited the school today, which received $1.5 million through the Non-Government Grants Program to build stage 1 of the school. The school, in Lucas, opened at the start of this year and is expected to eventually grow to 350 students. The $4.1 million stage 1 includes two buildings housing a total of nine classrooms as well as offices and an art room. In the 2015-16 State Budget, the Andrews Labor Government delivered on its election commitment of $120 million over four years to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools, agreeing to match the these sectors’ contributions dollar-for-dollar. The Non-Government Grants Program aims to build new schools and expand capacity at existing facilities in growth areas, in particular Melbourne’s outer-suburbs and regional Victoria where enrolment demand is significant. Funds will also upgrade those schools with the highest facility needs, creating modern and fit-for-purpose learning environments for the 37 per cent of Victorian children who attend Catholic or independent schools. The Labor Government’s huge investment in Victoria’s schools means more than $2.5 billion has now been invested in school infrastructure over the past three years, with 56 new schools being delivered across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re getting on with the job of building better schools, so local students have the facilities and classrooms they need to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “We’re making Victoria the Education State and that means making sure Ballarat families can access great local schools with first-rate classrooms.”   Download the Media Release (144 KB)

Changing The Lives Of Western Suburbs Students

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive funding boost to support schools and students that need it most in the western suburbs is reaping strong results. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Footscray Marsha Thompson visited Braybrook College today to see first-hand how equity funding has made a real difference. In 2015, the Labor Government announced a huge increase to equity funding , which took effect from  2016. It provides extra resources and expertise to get the best out of students who need more support. The $566 million increase over four years is designed to break the cycle of disadvantage and stop students disengaging from school and giving up on their studies. More than 2,800 staff have been added to Victorian government schools since the funding boost, including 1,600 teachers and 1,200 support staff like speech pathologists, literacy and numeracy coaches and social workers. This funding is improving the lives of students across Victoria, supporting programs that help students catch up in literacy and numeracy, and enabling schools to offer electives like coding and music that keep kids engaged. The funding boost has enabled Braybrook College to set up a Numeracy Centre with a maths teacher on hand to answer questions  and give students extra support, which has improved their NAPLAN numeracy results. The school’s Numeracy Leader, Morag Brennan said a lot of students have maths ability but lack the perseverance to solve problems. “The main issue is confidence. If they don’t think they can do it then they won’t attempt it so they need a place to encourage self-confidence,” she said. Research shows an unacceptable link between disadvantage and low levels of school achievement, with some students facing greater barriers from day one at school. The Labor Government is levelling the playing field, putting education funding where it’s needed most, and adding valuable teachers and support staff to government schools across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino “We want every child, in every school, to fulfil their potential. A child’s school results shouldn’t be restricted by their background.” “This funding is making a real difference – boosting the numbers of teachers and support staff, and transforming the lives of children across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thompson “This funding boost will help the students who need  it the most. It’s about giving schools like Braybrook the resources they need to give our kids the best possible education.” Quote attributable to Braybrook College Principal Kelly Panousieris “The students who are using the centre really enjoy it. They look at it as their space, their own little space. They tell me they now feel more confident going into tests.”  Download the Media Release (147 KB)

Changing The Lives Of Western Suburbs Students

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive funding boost to support schools and students that need it most in the western suburbs is reaping strong results. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Footscray Marsha Thompson visited Braybrook College today to see first-hand how equity funding has made a real difference. In 2015, the Labor Government announced a huge increase to equity funding , which took effect from  2016. It provides extra resources and expertise to get the best out of students who need more support. The $566 million increase over four years is designed to break the cycle of disadvantage and stop students disengaging from school and giving up on their studies. More than 2,800 staff have been added to Victorian government schools since the funding boost, including 1,600 teachers and 1,200 support staff like speech pathologists, literacy and numeracy coaches and social workers. This funding is improving the lives of students across Victoria, supporting programs that help students catch up in literacy and numeracy, and enabling schools to offer electives like coding and music that keep kids engaged. The funding boost has enabled Braybrook College to set up a Numeracy Centre with a maths teacher on hand to answer questions  and give students extra support, which has improved their NAPLAN numeracy results. The school’s Numeracy Leader, Morag Brennan said a lot of students have maths ability but lack the perseverance to solve problems. “The main issue is confidence. If they don’t think they can do it then they won’t attempt it so they need a place to encourage self-confidence,” she said. Research shows an unacceptable link between disadvantage and low levels of school achievement, with some students facing greater barriers from day one at school. The Labor Government is levelling the playing field, putting education funding where it’s needed most, and adding valuable teachers and support staff to government schools across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino “We want every child, in every school, to fulfil their potential. A child’s school results shouldn’t be restricted by their background.” “This funding is making a real difference – boosting the numbers of teachers and support staff, and transforming the lives of children across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thompson “This funding boost will help the students who need  it the most. It’s about giving schools like Braybrook the resources they need to give our kids the best possible education.” Quote attributable to Braybrook College Principal Kelly Panousieris “The students who are using the centre really enjoy it. They look at it as their space, their own little space. They tell me they now feel more confident going into tests.”  Download the Media Release (147 KB)

New Tech Opportunities For Ballarat Students

Students in the Ballarat region will benefit from the expertise of local technology experts in an innovative hub co-located with the brand new Ballarat Tech School. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that the Labor Government will provide an additional $543,000 to house the community-run Future Innovation Community Space. Federation University Australia hosts the Tech School in its SMB Campus and currently partners with Ballarat Hackerspace, whose members meet and share technology expertise and specialist equipment with the wider community in an existing classroom on campus. The funding will be used to create a fit-for-purpose workspace and give students and community members the opportunity to extend their learning with experts who have real-world experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Future Innovation Community Space will open in mid-2018 and have a prominent street presence on Albert Street, with a dedicated entrance to encourage community interest and participation in new technologies. The Ballarat Tech School will open in early 2018, with students from 15 partner schools able to access the facility free of charge during school hours boost their skills and solve real-life problems using the latest technology. The Labor Government has set targets to boost performance in STEM subjects as part of its plan to make Victoria the Education State. For more information on Ballarat Tech School, its partner schools and other projects underway across Victoria, visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This fit-for-purpose community technology space will give Ballarat students an environment they can thrive in and learn about the emerging jobs of the future.” Quote attributable to the Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “This funding boost will ensure local students have access to the equipment, expertise and skills they will need as technology, employment and our economy changes.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “We want students and the broader community to have the best learning opportunities available in their own community – that’s why we’re building this new Innovation Hub in the heart of Ballarat.” Download the Media Release (163 KB)

New Tech Opportunities For Ballarat Students

Students in the Ballarat region will benefit from the expertise of local technology experts in an innovative hub co-located with the brand new Ballarat Tech School. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that the Labor Government will provide an additional $543,000 to house the community-run Future Innovation Community Space. Federation University Australia hosts the Tech School in its SMB Campus and currently partners with Ballarat Hackerspace, whose members meet and share technology expertise and specialist equipment with the wider community in an existing classroom on campus. The funding will be used to create a fit-for-purpose workspace and give students and community members the opportunity to extend their learning with experts who have real-world experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Future Innovation Community Space will open in mid-2018 and have a prominent street presence on Albert Street, with a dedicated entrance to encourage community interest and participation in new technologies. The Ballarat Tech School will open in early 2018, with students from 15 partner schools able to access the facility free of charge during school hours boost their skills and solve real-life problems using the latest technology. The Labor Government has set targets to boost performance in STEM subjects as part of its plan to make Victoria the Education State. For more information on Ballarat Tech School, its partner schools and other projects underway across Victoria, visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This fit-for-purpose community technology space will give Ballarat students an environment they can thrive in and learn about the emerging jobs of the future.” Quote attributable to the Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “This funding boost will ensure local students have access to the equipment, expertise and skills they will need as technology, employment and our economy changes.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “We want students and the broader community to have the best learning opportunities available in their own community – that’s why we’re building this new Innovation Hub in the heart of Ballarat.” Download the Media Release (163 KB)

CFA Graduates Ready To Protect Victorians

The next batch of CFA recruits are ready to help keep Victorians safe. Emergency Services Minister James Merlino today congratulated thirty new career firefighters at a graduation ceremony at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre in Craigieburn. The awards ceremony is the culmination of an intensive 19-week course that began in February this year. The graduates will use the broad range of skills they have learnt as they embark on their new careers. With their training now complete they’ll begin their postings at stations around the state, including Ballarat, Belmont, Cranbourne, Dandenong, Eltham, Geelong, Hallam, Mildura, Ocean Grove, Rosebud, Shepparton, Sunbury, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga. The vast majority have switched to firefighting after working in other jobs, meaning Victoria’s emergency services are benefiting from their broad and varied life experience. The new recruits have come from professional backgrounds including administration, business, defence, trades, health, education, retail and management. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $56.2 million in a CFA Support Fund. The fund provides additional brigade and volunteer support, improved health and safety measures, internet connectivity in rural areas and more flexible, localised training. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Congratulations to all recruits, you will join some of the best firefighters in the world and keep our communities safe.” “I am proud of the course run by the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, which has provided world-class standard preparation for our graduates as they master essential firefighting skills.” Download the Media Release (116 KB)

CFA Graduates Ready To Protect Victorians

The next batch of CFA recruits are ready to help keep Victorians safe. Emergency Services Minister James Merlino today congratulated thirty new career firefighters at a graduation ceremony at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre in Craigieburn. The awards ceremony is the culmination of an intensive 19-week course that began in February this year. The graduates will use the broad range of skills they have learnt as they embark on their new careers. With their training now complete they’ll begin their postings at stations around the state, including Ballarat, Belmont, Cranbourne, Dandenong, Eltham, Geelong, Hallam, Mildura, Ocean Grove, Rosebud, Shepparton, Sunbury, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga. The vast majority have switched to firefighting after working in other jobs, meaning Victoria’s emergency services are benefiting from their broad and varied life experience. The new recruits have come from professional backgrounds including administration, business, defence, trades, health, education, retail and management. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $56.2 million in a CFA Support Fund. The fund provides additional brigade and volunteer support, improved health and safety measures, internet connectivity in rural areas and more flexible, localised training. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Congratulations to all recruits, you will join some of the best firefighters in the world and keep our communities safe.” “I am proud of the course run by the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, which has provided world-class standard preparation for our graduates as they master essential firefighting skills.” Download the Media Release (116 KB)

MONBULK SPORTS CLUBS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR NEW GRANTS

More Aboriginal Victorians will be able to play the sports they love in Monbulk with the Andrews Labor Government set to expand the popular Sporting Club Grants Program. State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP, today encouraged applications from local clubs and community organisations for the next round of the program. The Sporting Club Grants Program gives clubs the chance to secure grants to buy new sports uniforms and equipment, or to expand the skills of coaches and officials. James Merlino MP said this round also includes a new category of grants that aims to break down barriers and make it easier for Aboriginal Victorians to get involved in grassroots sport, including travel assistance to compete in local competitions or carnivals. Grants of up to $750 are available for travel and up to $1,000 to buy new team uniforms or equipment. In addition, grants of up to $2,000 are available to expand the skills of coaches and officials. Clubs can also receive up to $5,000 for initiatives that strengthen their operations and grow their membership. The funding boost is part of the Labor Government’s $600,000 boost to increase participation in sport and recreation for Aboriginal young people. Within the adult Aboriginal population, only 38 per cent of men and 23 per cent of women participated in sport and physical activity. This investment hopes to change that. Applications for the Sporting Club Grants Program open on June 19 and close on July 19 2017. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP “We know that at a grassroots level, more work needs to be done to help Aboriginal kids get more active and play the sports they love.” “That’s why here in Monbulk, we’re bridging cultural divides through sport and creating more accessible and inclusive clubs for all.”    “I encourage Monbulk clubs to make the most of this support and apply online now for new uniforms, better equipment or training for their coaches.” Media Contact: John Ronan 0408 542 547 | John.Ronan@minstaff.vic.gov.au

MONBULK SPORTS CLUBS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR NEW GRANTS

More Aboriginal Victorians will be able to play the sports they love in Monbulk with the Andrews Labor Government set to expand the popular Sporting Club Grants Program. State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP, today encouraged applications from local clubs and community organisations for the next round of the program. The Sporting Club Grants Program gives clubs the chance to secure grants to buy new sports uniforms and equipment, or to expand the skills of coaches and officials. James Merlino MP said this round also includes a new category of grants that aims to break down barriers and make it easier for Aboriginal Victorians to get involved in grassroots sport, including travel assistance to compete in local competitions or carnivals. Grants of up to $750 are available for travel and up to $1,000 to buy new team uniforms or equipment. In addition, grants of up to $2,000 are available to expand the skills of coaches and officials. Clubs can also receive up to $5,000 for initiatives that strengthen their operations and grow their membership. The funding boost is part of the Labor Government’s $600,000 boost to increase participation in sport and recreation for Aboriginal young people. Within the adult Aboriginal population, only 38 per cent of men and 23 per cent of women participated in sport and physical activity. This investment hopes to change that. Applications for the Sporting Club Grants Program open on June 19 and close on July 19 2017. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP “We know that at a grassroots level, more work needs to be done to help Aboriginal kids get more active and play the sports they love.” “That’s why here in Monbulk, we’re bridging cultural divides through sport and creating more accessible and inclusive clubs for all.”    “I encourage Monbulk clubs to make the most of this support and apply online now for new uniforms, better equipment or training for their coaches.” Media Contact: John Ronan 0408 542 547 | John.Ronan@minstaff.vic.gov.au

GRANTS OPEN TO HONOUR THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF VETERANS IN MONBULK

The Andrews Labor Government will help Monbulk commemorate the sacrifice of local veterans and educate the wider community about their service. State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP today announced the opening of four veterans grant programs that will provide support for local projects in Monbulk that will do just that. Locals are encouraged to apply for the following grant programs: Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour (Round 1, 2017-18): supports communities to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored to their original condition or improved to reflect the service history of the local community. Grants of up to $30,000 per project are available. Open now.   Victoria Remembers (Round 1, 2017-18): helps communities make personal connections with the Centenary of World War One, and assist projects or activities that commemorate other wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Victorians have served. Grants between $20,000 and $80,000 are available for projects with significant commemorative or educational benefit for Victoria's diverse community. Open now.   Anzac Centenary Community Grants: administered by the Victorian Veterans Council (Round 1, 2017-18): designed to leave a lasting legacy for future generations of those who served in World War One, both overseas and on the home front. Grants of up to $20,000 per project are available. Open now.   ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund: administered by the Victorian Veterans Council: provides practical support to the veteran community through the provision of funding for a range of welfare related activities. Funding is provided to assist organisations whose principal objective is to provide welfare to the ex-service community. Opens 19 June 2017. Applications for each grant program close on 28 August 2017. To apply or for more information on these and other veteran grant opportunities visit: www.veterans.vic.gov.au/grants.  Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP, State Member for Monbulk “We have a proud wartime legacy in Monbulk – and this is one way of honouring our brave local servicemen and women.” “I encourage locals in Monbulk to apply for these grants and help give our veterans the support and tribute they deserve.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Veterans John Eren “Our veterans have selflessly protected us, so we have to do everything we can to protect them. They’ve earned it – for the rest of their lives.”   Media Contact: John Ronan 0408 542 547 | John.Ronan@minstaff.vic.gov.au

GRANTS OPEN TO HONOUR THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF VETERANS IN MONBULK

The Andrews Labor Government will help Monbulk commemorate the sacrifice of local veterans and educate the wider community about their service. State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP today announced the opening of four veterans grant programs that will provide support for local projects in Monbulk that will do just that. Locals are encouraged to apply for the following grant programs: Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour (Round 1, 2017-18): supports communities to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored to their original condition or improved to reflect the service history of the local community. Grants of up to $30,000 per project are available. Open now.   Victoria Remembers (Round 1, 2017-18): helps communities make personal connections with the Centenary of World War One, and assist projects or activities that commemorate other wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Victorians have served. Grants between $20,000 and $80,000 are available for projects with significant commemorative or educational benefit for Victoria's diverse community. Open now.   Anzac Centenary Community Grants: administered by the Victorian Veterans Council (Round 1, 2017-18): designed to leave a lasting legacy for future generations of those who served in World War One, both overseas and on the home front. Grants of up to $20,000 per project are available. Open now.   ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund: administered by the Victorian Veterans Council: provides practical support to the veteran community through the provision of funding for a range of welfare related activities. Funding is provided to assist organisations whose principal objective is to provide welfare to the ex-service community. Opens 19 June 2017. Applications for each grant program close on 28 August 2017. To apply or for more information on these and other veteran grant opportunities visit: www.veterans.vic.gov.au/grants.  Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP, State Member for Monbulk “We have a proud wartime legacy in Monbulk – and this is one way of honouring our brave local servicemen and women.” “I encourage locals in Monbulk to apply for these grants and help give our veterans the support and tribute they deserve.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Veterans John Eren “Our veterans have selflessly protected us, so we have to do everything we can to protect them. They’ve earned it – for the rest of their lives.”   Media Contact: John Ronan 0408 542 547 | John.Ronan@minstaff.vic.gov.au