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RECOGNISING 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. Danny Lamb will join fellow Champions of the Code from all over Victoria to watch the 2016 AFL Grand Final Parade, before taking in the NAB AFL Under-18 All Stars Match at Punt Road Oval, and then lunch at one of the Grand Final live site pop-up restaurants. Volunteers are the backbone of our grassroots footy clubs. Every game, at every level, needs a tribe of dedicated volunteers whose passion for the game makes it happen. They are there every week marking the lines, carrying the oranges, staffing the canteen and taking the gate. Without them, footy wouldn’t be the great Victorian game it is, and young stars wouldn’t be reaching their full potential. Volunteers like Danny Lamb mightn’t do it for the recognition, but the Champions of the Code reception is the footy family’s way of saying thank you for the hours of dedication our volunteers give every winter. There are more than 480,000 volunteers in sporting codes across Victoria. That’s why the Andrews Labor Government’s Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation Program contributes more than $25 million to support state sporting organisations, including for programs that help volunteers thrive. Our 2016-17 Victorian Budget includes a $60 million boost to build or upgrade sporting facilities across the state, which will encourage more Victorians to get amongst the action and embrace a healthy and active lifestyle. Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP “We love our footy in Monbulk, and it’s people like Danny Lamb who make the game the great experience it is.” “Week after week, Danny Lamb is there putting in long hours to ensure players, coaches and spectators enjoy the magic that is football.” “Come rain, hail or shine, grassroots volunteers are the unsung heroes working way to make a real difference for thousands of lovers of football.”

RECOGNISING 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. Danny Lamb will join fellow Champions of the Code from all over Victoria to watch the 2016 AFL Grand Final Parade, before taking in the NAB AFL Under-18 All Stars Match at Punt Road Oval, and then lunch at one of the Grand Final live site pop-up restaurants. Volunteers are the backbone of our grassroots footy clubs. Every game, at every level, needs a tribe of dedicated volunteers whose passion for the game makes it happen. They are there every week marking the lines, carrying the oranges, staffing the canteen and taking the gate. Without them, footy wouldn’t be the great Victorian game it is, and young stars wouldn’t be reaching their full potential. Volunteers like Danny Lamb mightn’t do it for the recognition, but the Champions of the Code reception is the footy family’s way of saying thank you for the hours of dedication our volunteers give every winter. There are more than 480,000 volunteers in sporting codes across Victoria. That’s why the Andrews Labor Government’s Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation Program contributes more than $25 million to support state sporting organisations, including for programs that help volunteers thrive. Our 2016-17 Victorian Budget includes a $60 million boost to build or upgrade sporting facilities across the state, which will encourage more Victorians to get amongst the action and embrace a healthy and active lifestyle. Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP “We love our footy in Monbulk, and it’s people like Danny Lamb who make the game the great experience it is.” “Week after week, Danny Lamb is there putting in long hours to ensure players, coaches and spectators enjoy the magic that is football.” “Come rain, hail or shine, grassroots volunteers are the unsung heroes working way to make a real difference for thousands of lovers of football.”

Disaster Assistance For The Victorian Floods

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced a range of additional disaster assistance has been activated in response to recent flooding affecting parts of Victoria. Minister Keenan said assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). “Both the Australian and Victorian governments are committed to supporting flood affected communities,” Mr Keenan said. “A range of additional assistance has now been activated by the Australian and Victorian Governments to ensure that all flood affected communities have the support they need to recover from these devastating floods.” Minister Merlino said NDRRA assistance is being rolled out to 22 flood affected local government areas and will be extended to other areas as required. “A range of assistance is available to eligible individuals including relief assistance for immediate food, shelter and clothing, personal counselling, and re-establishment grants for eligible individuals whose homes have been destroyed or damaged,” Mr Merlino said. “Financial help is also available to local councils to help with the cost of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets, such as roads and bridges,” “Anyone who has been affected by the flooding should call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 for assistance.” The 22 local government areas receiving NDRRA assistance are: Ararat, Ballarat, Buloke, Central Goldfields, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Horsham, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mitchell, Moorabool, Mount Alexander, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Surf Coast, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack. Emergency re-establishment grants are already being provided to eligible individuals in the flood affected Southern Grampians and Buloke Shire regions. Information regarding disaster assistance available can be found on the Vic Emergency website at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief or the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au. Download the Media Release (110 kB)

Disaster Assistance For The Victorian Floods

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced a range of additional disaster assistance has been activated in response to recent flooding affecting parts of Victoria. Minister Keenan said assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). “Both the Australian and Victorian governments are committed to supporting flood affected communities,” Mr Keenan said. “A range of additional assistance has now been activated by the Australian and Victorian Governments to ensure that all flood affected communities have the support they need to recover from these devastating floods.” Minister Merlino said NDRRA assistance is being rolled out to 22 flood affected local government areas and will be extended to other areas as required. “A range of assistance is available to eligible individuals including relief assistance for immediate food, shelter and clothing, personal counselling, and re-establishment grants for eligible individuals whose homes have been destroyed or damaged,” Mr Merlino said. “Financial help is also available to local councils to help with the cost of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets, such as roads and bridges,” “Anyone who has been affected by the flooding should call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 for assistance.” The 22 local government areas receiving NDRRA assistance are: Ararat, Ballarat, Buloke, Central Goldfields, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Horsham, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mitchell, Moorabool, Mount Alexander, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Surf Coast, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack. Emergency re-establishment grants are already being provided to eligible individuals in the flood affected Southern Grampians and Buloke Shire regions. Information regarding disaster assistance available can be found on the Vic Emergency website at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief or the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au. Download the Media Release (110 kB)

New Emergency Training Institute At Mount Macedon

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting training for Victorian emergency services with establishment of the Victorian Emergency Management Institute at Mount Macedon. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today toured the new institute, located at the site of the former Australian Emergency Management Institute. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott closed the site in the 2014 Federal Budget – axing local jobs and ignoring calls from the local community and emergency services agencies to keep it open. The new Victorian Emergency Management Institute will help boost local jobs and the economy. It will build leadership capabilities across our emergency services, driving change and encouraging diversity in the sector through education and training. The facility is set on six and a half acres and includes a large theatre with tiered seating, a simulation centre and room to accommodate almost 60 people. The site will be redeveloped to meet Victoria’s emergency management training needs now and into the future, with an overhaul of the accommodation facilities, installation of new technology and safety upgrades. The future of the golf course at the site has also been secured, with Mr Merlino today signing an agreement to lease the land back to the Mount Macedon Golf Club for the next 15 years, with the option to extend for a further 15 years. Work on the upgrades will start this year, with emergency management training due to start in the first half of 2017. The new Victorian Emergency Management Institute will also help fill the gap left by the closure of the contaminated Fiskville CFA training campus. The Labor Government took strong action to permanently close the Fiskville site last year following the detection of toxic and deadly chemicals that put the health and safety of our fire fighters at risk. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “We’re providing a safe, state of the art training facility for our emergency services staff and volunteers.” “Tony Abbott’s decision to close the national training facility at Mount Macedon hit the local community hard. We’re proud to step in and take over the site to boost local jobs and the economy.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “Emergency services training is back where it belongs in Mount Macedon.” “This is a big win for the Mount Macedon community that will boost jobs and the local economy.” Download the Media Release (164 kB)

New Emergency Training Institute At Mount Macedon

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting training for Victorian emergency services with establishment of the Victorian Emergency Management Institute at Mount Macedon. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today toured the new institute, located at the site of the former Australian Emergency Management Institute. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott closed the site in the 2014 Federal Budget – axing local jobs and ignoring calls from the local community and emergency services agencies to keep it open. The new Victorian Emergency Management Institute will help boost local jobs and the economy. It will build leadership capabilities across our emergency services, driving change and encouraging diversity in the sector through education and training. The facility is set on six and a half acres and includes a large theatre with tiered seating, a simulation centre and room to accommodate almost 60 people. The site will be redeveloped to meet Victoria’s emergency management training needs now and into the future, with an overhaul of the accommodation facilities, installation of new technology and safety upgrades. The future of the golf course at the site has also been secured, with Mr Merlino today signing an agreement to lease the land back to the Mount Macedon Golf Club for the next 15 years, with the option to extend for a further 15 years. Work on the upgrades will start this year, with emergency management training due to start in the first half of 2017. The new Victorian Emergency Management Institute will also help fill the gap left by the closure of the contaminated Fiskville CFA training campus. The Labor Government took strong action to permanently close the Fiskville site last year following the detection of toxic and deadly chemicals that put the health and safety of our fire fighters at risk. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “We’re providing a safe, state of the art training facility for our emergency services staff and volunteers.” “Tony Abbott’s decision to close the national training facility at Mount Macedon hit the local community hard. We’re proud to step in and take over the site to boost local jobs and the economy.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “Emergency services training is back where it belongs in Mount Macedon.” “This is a big win for the Mount Macedon community that will boost jobs and the local economy.” Download the Media Release (164 kB)

Targeting Education Funding To Students Most In Need

Victorian students most in need are getting extra support at school to achieve their best and break the cycle of disadvantage, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s record boost to equity funding. Schools will today receive their indicative budgets for next year, with the Labor Government delivering $6.1 billion to Victorian government schools for 2017. This includes $358 million in equity funding, which is needs-based funding used by schools to introduce programs that help disadvantaged students achieve better results at school and reach their full potential. This sees Victoria meet its Gonski funding contribution for 2017. Schools have used their equity funding in many different ways, including: Appointing a play-based therapist to work with students from traumatic backgrounds at Dallas Brooks Community Primary School Creating specific numeracy and literacy resources, hiring teachers, teaching assistants and more support staff at Sunshine College Appointing a Koorie engagement officer to improve Koorie student attendance at St Georges Rd Primary School Creating a specialist music program called Fusion Music at Narre Warren South P-12 College. This funding is making a difference to the lives of Victorian students and is here to stay. While the Turnbull Government has walked away from funding the final two years of Gonski funding – slashing almost $1 billion in funding to vulnerable students – the Labor Government will continue to provide equity funding to help our schools and students most in need. For the first time, every Victorian government school’s total indicative funding will be published on the Department of Education and Training’s website. For more information, visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/educationstate/Pages/schoolbudget.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know that needs-based funding works and is making a difference for thousands of Victorian students right now.” “Our record investment in needs-based funding is helping every child reach their potential so we can break the cycle of disadvantage.” “The Turnbull Government’s decision to walk away from its commitment to Gonski funding will leave Victorian students almost $1 billion worse off each year.” Download the Media Release (165 kB)

Targeting Education Funding To Students Most In Need

Victorian students most in need are getting extra support at school to achieve their best and break the cycle of disadvantage, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s record boost to equity funding. Schools will today receive their indicative budgets for next year, with the Labor Government delivering $6.1 billion to Victorian government schools for 2017. This includes $358 million in equity funding, which is needs-based funding used by schools to introduce programs that help disadvantaged students achieve better results at school and reach their full potential. This sees Victoria meet its Gonski funding contribution for 2017. Schools have used their equity funding in many different ways, including: Appointing a play-based therapist to work with students from traumatic backgrounds at Dallas Brooks Community Primary School Creating specific numeracy and literacy resources, hiring teachers, teaching assistants and more support staff at Sunshine College Appointing a Koorie engagement officer to improve Koorie student attendance at St Georges Rd Primary School Creating a specialist music program called Fusion Music at Narre Warren South P-12 College. This funding is making a difference to the lives of Victorian students and is here to stay. While the Turnbull Government has walked away from funding the final two years of Gonski funding – slashing almost $1 billion in funding to vulnerable students – the Labor Government will continue to provide equity funding to help our schools and students most in need. For the first time, every Victorian government school’s total indicative funding will be published on the Department of Education and Training’s website. For more information, visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/educationstate/Pages/schoolbudget.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know that needs-based funding works and is making a difference for thousands of Victorian students right now.” “Our record investment in needs-based funding is helping every child reach their potential so we can break the cycle of disadvantage.” “The Turnbull Government’s decision to walk away from its commitment to Gonski funding will leave Victorian students almost $1 billion worse off each year.” Download the Media Release (165 kB)

To go five storeys up, we need to drill 42 metres down. Here’s how we’re building Victoria’s first vertical government school.

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Disaster Assistance Grants Available For Flood Affected Southern Grampians

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced the activation of disaster assistance in response to recent floods that are affecting parts of Victoria. Minister Keenan said assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Minister Merlino said Emergency Re-establishment grants are now being made available in addition to the Emergency Relief Assistance grants. Information regarding disaster assistance available can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au  and on the Vic Emergency website at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief. Individuals in the local government area of Southern Grampians can now access the following emergency grants to relieve personal hardship and distress: Emergency Relief Assistance, which provides payments of up to $520 per adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1,300 per household) are available to help meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing, and personal items. Emergency Re-establishment Payments, which provides payment of up to $32,500 per eligible household experiencing financial hardship, who have been flood affected at their primary place of residence. The grants are available for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding (a principal place of residence), and replacing some damaged contents. Quotes attributable to Commonwealth Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan: “This activation of assistance demonstrates the commitment of the Australian and Victorian Governments to support disaster affected communities.” “Our Governments work together to ensure that disaster-affected communities receive the necessary support to help them recover as soon as possible.” Quotes attributable to Victorian Minister for Emergency Services, The Hon James Merlino: “These grants provide assistance to people whose homes have been flood damaged so that they can clean-up their properties and replace damaged contents.” “We are closely monitoring the flood situation and will make assistance available to other areas if required.” “Anyone who has been affected by the flooding should call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 for help.”

Disaster Assistance Grants Available For Flood Affected Southern Grampians

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced the activation of disaster assistance in response to recent floods that are affecting parts of Victoria. Minister Keenan said assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Minister Merlino said Emergency Re-establishment grants are now being made available in addition to the Emergency Relief Assistance grants. Information regarding disaster assistance available can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au  and on the Vic Emergency website at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief. Individuals in the local government area of Southern Grampians can now access the following emergency grants to relieve personal hardship and distress: Emergency Relief Assistance, which provides payments of up to $520 per adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1,300 per household) are available to help meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing, and personal items. Emergency Re-establishment Payments, which provides payment of up to $32,500 per eligible household experiencing financial hardship, who have been flood affected at their primary place of residence. The grants are available for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding (a principal place of residence), and replacing some damaged contents. Quotes attributable to Commonwealth Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan: “This activation of assistance demonstrates the commitment of the Australian and Victorian Governments to support disaster affected communities.” “Our Governments work together to ensure that disaster-affected communities receive the necessary support to help them recover as soon as possible.” Quotes attributable to Victorian Minister for Emergency Services, The Hon James Merlino: “These grants provide assistance to people whose homes have been flood damaged so that they can clean-up their properties and replace damaged contents.” “We are closely monitoring the flood situation and will make assistance available to other areas if required.” “Anyone who has been affected by the flooding should call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 for help.”

Making Our Schools Thriving Community Hubs

Victorian schools will be thriving community hubs with new libraries, sports facilities, performing arts centres and early learning centres to be shared with the whole community, under a new Andrews Labor Government initiative. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched the $50 million Shared Facilities Fund, which will help schools and communities build shared facilities on school grounds. Mr Merlino launched the fund at Community Bank Stadium in Diamond Creek, which is a great example of the benefits of local schools and the community sharing facilities. Opened in 2012 and managed by YMCA Victoria, it is used by Diamond Creek East Primary School and Diamond Valley College, as well as local gymnastics, netball, basketball, futsal and karate clubs. The Labor Government’s Shared Facilities Fund will establish similar facilities, with councils and organisations such as universities, community and sports organisations able to apply for funding to build community facilities on school sites. The fund will target growth areas where more community services are needed, including Casey, Wyndham, Whittlesea, Hume, Melton, Cardinia and Mitchell. Information about how to apply for the Shared Facilites Fund is available at http://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/shared-facilities-fund.aspx, with applications closing on 18 November. The Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. There are now 42 new government schools and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure. This school building boom will create 4000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Schools are the lifeblood of their community, and this fund will help them become thriving local hubs with first-rate facilities that can be used by the local residents, sports clubs and community groups.” “Facilities shared between schools and communities help bring together our neighbourhoods – they make services more accessible for everyone and help create a sense of community pride and value in our schools.” Download the Media Release (352 kB)

Making Our Schools Thriving Community Hubs

Victorian schools will be thriving community hubs with new libraries, sports facilities, performing arts centres and early learning centres to be shared with the whole community, under a new Andrews Labor Government initiative. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched the $50 million Shared Facilities Fund, which will help schools and communities build shared facilities on school grounds. Mr Merlino launched the fund at Community Bank Stadium in Diamond Creek, which is a great example of the benefits of local schools and the community sharing facilities. Opened in 2012 and managed by YMCA Victoria, it is used by Diamond Creek East Primary School and Diamond Valley College, as well as local gymnastics, netball, basketball, futsal and karate clubs. The Labor Government’s Shared Facilities Fund will establish similar facilities, with councils and organisations such as universities, community and sports organisations able to apply for funding to build community facilities on school sites. The fund will target growth areas where more community services are needed, including Casey, Wyndham, Whittlesea, Hume, Melton, Cardinia and Mitchell. Information about how to apply for the Shared Facilites Fund is available at http://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/shared-facilities-fund.aspx, with applications closing on 18 November. The Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. There are now 42 new government schools and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure. This school building boom will create 4000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Schools are the lifeblood of their community, and this fund will help them become thriving local hubs with first-rate facilities that can be used by the local residents, sports clubs and community groups.” “Facilities shared between schools and communities help bring together our neighbourhoods – they make services more accessible for everyone and help create a sense of community pride and value in our schools.” Download the Media Release (352 kB)

 

Supporting Flood Affected Towns In Victoria’s South-West

Residents in the state’s south-west are being urged to avoid flood waters and keep up to date on the latest flood warnings with more rain forecast this week. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and VICSES Chief Officer Trevor White today visited Coleraine and Casterton to thank emergency service staff and volunteers for their efforts in keeping the community safe, and to offer support to residents affected by the floods. A number of properties in Casterton were inundated with water after the Glenelg River peaked at more than six metres just before 4.30am yesterday. Some areas remain flooded and emergency services are waiting for flood waters to subside before undertaking a full inspection of the damaged areas. Casterton residents are also being urged to remain alert with more rain possible for Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Flooding affected eight homes and six businesses in Coleraine when the Bryan Creek flooded just after 7am on Friday. Six of those homes remain uninhabitable until full safety inspections can be completed. Emergency Relief Assistance had already been provided to assist a number of residents affected by the Coleraine floods. The relief assistance provides a one off payment of up to $520 per adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1300 per household) to help meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing and personal items. Information about financial assistance is available from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Glenelg Shire Council in Casterton, and the Southern Grampians Shire in Coleraine. Residents can continue to monitor flood warnings on the Emergency Management Website at www.emv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Emergency Relief Assistance is available to provide immediate short-term financial assistance for emergency food, shelter and clothing – I urge those in need to take advantage of this support.” “When disaster strikes our emergency services staff and volunteers band together to keep the community safe and I commend them for the outstanding support they’ve given the residents of Coleraine and Casterton during this difficult time.” Quotes attributable to VICSES Chief Officer Trevor White “Residents should avoid driving or walking through flood waters and keep up to date on weather and flood warnings, with more rain forecast in the coming days Download the Media Release (120 kB)

Supporting Flood Affected Towns In Victoria’s South-West

Residents in the state’s south-west are being urged to avoid flood waters and keep up to date on the latest flood warnings with more rain forecast this week. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and VICSES Chief Officer Trevor White today visited Coleraine and Casterton to thank emergency service staff and volunteers for their efforts in keeping the community safe, and to offer support to residents affected by the floods. A number of properties in Casterton were inundated with water after the Glenelg River peaked at more than six metres just before 4.30am yesterday. Some areas remain flooded and emergency services are waiting for flood waters to subside before undertaking a full inspection of the damaged areas. Casterton residents are also being urged to remain alert with more rain possible for Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Flooding affected eight homes and six businesses in Coleraine when the Bryan Creek flooded just after 7am on Friday. Six of those homes remain uninhabitable until full safety inspections can be completed. Emergency Relief Assistance had already been provided to assist a number of residents affected by the Coleraine floods. The relief assistance provides a one off payment of up to $520 per adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1300 per household) to help meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing and personal items. Information about financial assistance is available from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Glenelg Shire Council in Casterton, and the Southern Grampians Shire in Coleraine. Residents can continue to monitor flood warnings on the Emergency Management Website at www.emv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Emergency Relief Assistance is available to provide immediate short-term financial assistance for emergency food, shelter and clothing – I urge those in need to take advantage of this support.” “When disaster strikes our emergency services staff and volunteers band together to keep the community safe and I commend them for the outstanding support they’ve given the residents of Coleraine and Casterton during this difficult time.” Quotes attributable to VICSES Chief Officer Trevor White “Residents should avoid driving or walking through flood waters and keep up to date on weather and flood warnings, with more rain forecast in the coming days Download the Media Release (120 kB)

Independent Panel To Resolve School Disputes

Parents and students will now have a new independent umpire to help resolve disputes with their school. A new Independent Panel for School Dispute Resolution will be established to help deal with complex complaints in Victorian government schools. This new approach will help keep students engaged in learning and prevent long-running disputes, which can become distressing for families and school staff. The Independent Panel will look at the most complex complaints that have not been able to be resolved locally. That includes responses to bullying, access and inclusion issues, wellbeing and engagement issues, management of medical issues, and appropriate settings for students at risk or disengaged students. The Panel will take a flexible and informal dispute resolution approach to resolving complaints, with the aim of finding an outcome agreeable to all sides. Where this is not possible, the Panel will make recommendations to the Department of Education and Training for a decision on appropriate action. An independent Chair will oversee the Panel, with members chosen from a group of experts on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature of the complaint. This group will have expertise in education and fields relevant to the complaint, such as disabilities, Koorie education, child development, family violence and mental health. The Minister for Education will appoint the Chair and panel members, with expressions of interest now open. For more information about the Independent Panel for School Dispute Resolution visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/independentunit.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Setting up an independent umpire for complex complaints will help issues be resolved more quickly, which is better for the student, parents and the school.” “We’re also providing extra support for schools with additional Community Liaison Officers rolled out earlier this year, and access to mediation and professional development – this means more complaints can be resolved locally in the first instance.” Quotes attributable to Parents Victoria Executive Officer Gail McHardy “Parents Victoria is pleased that, after 11 years of working towards an independent complaints mechanism, Victorian government school parents now have such a service available to them.” Download the Media Release (119 kB)  

Independent Panel To Resolve School Disputes

Parents and students will now have a new independent umpire to help resolve disputes with their school. A new Independent Panel for School Dispute Resolution will be established to help deal with complex complaints in Victorian government schools. This new approach will help keep students engaged in learning and prevent long-running disputes, which can become distressing for families and school staff. The Independent Panel will look at the most complex complaints that have not been able to be resolved locally. That includes responses to bullying, access and inclusion issues, wellbeing and engagement issues, management of medical issues, and appropriate settings for students at risk or disengaged students. The Panel will take a flexible and informal dispute resolution approach to resolving complaints, with the aim of finding an outcome agreeable to all sides. Where this is not possible, the Panel will make recommendations to the Department of Education and Training for a decision on appropriate action. An independent Chair will oversee the Panel, with members chosen from a group of experts on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature of the complaint. This group will have expertise in education and fields relevant to the complaint, such as disabilities, Koorie education, child development, family violence and mental health. The Minister for Education will appoint the Chair and panel members, with expressions of interest now open. For more information about the Independent Panel for School Dispute Resolution visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/independentunit.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Setting up an independent umpire for complex complaints will help issues be resolved more quickly, which is better for the student, parents and the school.” “We’re also providing extra support for schools with additional Community Liaison Officers rolled out earlier this year, and access to mediation and professional development – this means more complaints can be resolved locally in the first instance.” Quotes attributable to Parents Victoria Executive Officer Gail McHardy “Parents Victoria is pleased that, after 11 years of working towards an independent complaints mechanism, Victorian government school parents now have such a service available to them.” Download the Media Release (119 kB)  

State Of The Art School For Monash Children’s Hospital

Children and young people with chronic medical or mental health issues will be able to continue their education and keep in touch with classmates at a state of the art school to be built at the new Monash Children’s Hospital. Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today visited the hospital to meet young patients and announce the new $6.8 million Monash Children’s Hospital School, which will include four flexible-use classroom spaces, a computer lab and office space for staff. Students will also be able to use systems installed on each bed, iPads or their laptops to video conference with their own school to keep up to date with their studies and communicate with classmates and teachers. Children who spend long periods of time in hospital can easily lose the supportive links with their regular school – the new hospital school will help keep students engaged so they don’t fall behind in their education. The $250 million Monash Children’s Hospital is on track to be completed later this year, with the new school set to open in 2017. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every community has access to great schools and every student has the chance to succeed. This includes a record $1.8 billion to build new schools and upgrade hundreds of existing schools, including the new Monash Children’s Hospital School. The Labor Government also delivered an extra $2.45 billion for health in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure and keep Victorians healthy. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “All kids deserve access to a great school, and recovering in hospital should be no barrier to getting the very best education.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Schools are an important part of a child’s support network. Students need to maintain those links and keep up with their studies during a lengthy hospital stay, which they can do at the new Monash Children’s Hospital School.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We know that being in and out of hospital is really tough on kids and their families – this means seriously ill kids and their families can have peace of mind that they won’t fall behind with their studies while undergoing treatment.” Download the Media Release (131 kB)

State Of The Art School For Monash Children’s Hospital

Children and young people with chronic medical or mental health issues will be able to continue their education and keep in touch with classmates at a state of the art school to be built at the new Monash Children’s Hospital. Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today visited the hospital to meet young patients and announce the new $6.8 million Monash Children’s Hospital School, which will include four flexible-use classroom spaces, a computer lab and office space for staff. Students will also be able to use systems installed on each bed, iPads or their laptops to video conference with their own school to keep up to date with their studies and communicate with classmates and teachers. Children who spend long periods of time in hospital can easily lose the supportive links with their regular school – the new hospital school will help keep students engaged so they don’t fall behind in their education. The $250 million Monash Children’s Hospital is on track to be completed later this year, with the new school set to open in 2017. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every community has access to great schools and every student has the chance to succeed. This includes a record $1.8 billion to build new schools and upgrade hundreds of existing schools, including the new Monash Children’s Hospital School. The Labor Government also delivered an extra $2.45 billion for health in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure and keep Victorians healthy. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “All kids deserve access to a great school, and recovering in hospital should be no barrier to getting the very best education.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Schools are an important part of a child’s support network. Students need to maintain those links and keep up with their studies during a lengthy hospital stay, which they can do at the new Monash Children’s Hospital School.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We know that being in and out of hospital is really tough on kids and their families – this means seriously ill kids and their families can have peace of mind that they won’t fall behind with their studies while undergoing treatment.” Download the Media Release (131 kB)

Doors Open At New Healesville Ambulance Station

Paramedics in Healesville now have the facilities they need to quickly respond to local medical emergencies with the opening of a state-of-the-art ambulance station. Minister for Ambulance Services, Jill Hennessy, today officially opened the modern $1.2 million Healesville Ambulance Branch on Westmount Road. The new purpose-built station gives hard working paramedics the larger and modern facilities they deserve, and room to grow into the future. It features four ambulance bays, three rest rooms, modern amenities, training room, rest and recline facilities and a fully equipped kitchen. A memorial garden at the new branch pays tribute to paramedics Robert Bland and Phillip Oakley who tragically died when their ambulance rolled on the Black Spur in 2004. The Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2016/17 delivered an extra $2.45 billion for health so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure, and keep Victorians healthy. This includes $144 million to rebuild the ambulance system after four years of crisis and neglect under the former Liberal Government. As part of this we are delivering our $60 million Ambulance Response Time Rescue Fund to provide faster responses and make sure our ambulances respond to the right patient, at the right time, with the right care. Quotes attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “With the new branch opening its doors, patients in Healesville and Melbourne’s outer east can have confidence they will get the care and treatment they need in an emergency now and into the future.” “This new state-of-the-art branch will support our paramedics to do what they do best, which is save lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The new Healesville ambulance station will make a huge difference to this community’s hardworking and dedicated paramedics, who for too long worked in cramped and outdated conditions.” Download the Media Release (138 kB)

Doors Open At New Healesville Ambulance Station

Paramedics in Healesville now have the facilities they need to quickly respond to local medical emergencies with the opening of a state-of-the-art ambulance station. Minister for Ambulance Services, Jill Hennessy, today officially opened the modern $1.2 million Healesville Ambulance Branch on Westmount Road. The new purpose-built station gives hard working paramedics the larger and modern facilities they deserve, and room to grow into the future. It features four ambulance bays, three rest rooms, modern amenities, training room, rest and recline facilities and a fully equipped kitchen. A memorial garden at the new branch pays tribute to paramedics Robert Bland and Phillip Oakley who tragically died when their ambulance rolled on the Black Spur in 2004. The Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2016/17 delivered an extra $2.45 billion for health so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure, and keep Victorians healthy. This includes $144 million to rebuild the ambulance system after four years of crisis and neglect under the former Liberal Government. As part of this we are delivering our $60 million Ambulance Response Time Rescue Fund to provide faster responses and make sure our ambulances respond to the right patient, at the right time, with the right care. Quotes attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “With the new branch opening its doors, patients in Healesville and Melbourne’s outer east can have confidence they will get the care and treatment they need in an emergency now and into the future.” “This new state-of-the-art branch will support our paramedics to do what they do best, which is save lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The new Healesville ambulance station will make a huge difference to this community’s hardworking and dedicated paramedics, who for too long worked in cramped and outdated conditions.” Download the Media Release (138 kB)

EDUCATION MINISTER BECOMES PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY

Minister for Education James Merlino got the chance to experience life as a Victorian principal first-hand today, taking over the top job at the historic Montrose Primary School. Mr Merlino was at the school as part of Principal for a Day, an Australia-wide program to increase and strengthen partnerships between schools and their communities. The annual event was launched in 2001 and involves business and community leaders shadowing a principal for a school day, giving them the chance to participate in day-to-day school activities and experience life as a principal. As Principal for A Day at Montrose Primary School, Mr Merlino lead the school assembly, participated in Prep literacy and Year 3 maths classes, met student wellbeing leaders, and discussed school priorities with staff. Montrose Primary School was 510 students enrolled this year. It was established in 1880 and has a long and celebrated history with local families. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every community has access to great schools, teachers and principals are supported to be their best, and every student has the chance to succeed. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Principals play an incredibly complex and important role in their schools and local communities. I appreciate the chance to see first-hand the incredible work of Principal Neil Pollard and his team at Montrose Primary School.” “Being Principal for a Day is a great opportunity to see our Education State reforms in action, with great teachers supporting our kids to be their best.” Quotes Attributable to Montrose Primary School Principal Neil Pollard “The kids, parents and staff at Montrose Primary School were thrilled to have Mr Merlino join us for the day, so we could show him all the great work we do and get him involved in some lessons.”  

EDUCATION MINISTER BECOMES PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY

Minister for Education James Merlino got the chance to experience life as a Victorian principal first-hand today, taking over the top job at the historic Montrose Primary School. Mr Merlino was at the school as part of Principal for a Day, an Australia-wide program to increase and strengthen partnerships between schools and their communities. The annual event was launched in 2001 and involves business and community leaders shadowing a principal for a school day, giving them the chance to participate in day-to-day school activities and experience life as a principal. As Principal for A Day at Montrose Primary School, Mr Merlino lead the school assembly, participated in Prep literacy and Year 3 maths classes, met student wellbeing leaders, and discussed school priorities with staff. Montrose Primary School was 510 students enrolled this year. It was established in 1880 and has a long and celebrated history with local families. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every community has access to great schools, teachers and principals are supported to be their best, and every student has the chance to succeed. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Principals play an incredibly complex and important role in their schools and local communities. I appreciate the chance to see first-hand the incredible work of Principal Neil Pollard and his team at Montrose Primary School.” “Being Principal for a Day is a great opportunity to see our Education State reforms in action, with great teachers supporting our kids to be their best.” Quotes Attributable to Montrose Primary School Principal Neil Pollard “The kids, parents and staff at Montrose Primary School were thrilled to have Mr Merlino join us for the day, so we could show him all the great work we do and get him involved in some lessons.”  

Primary Students Take Over Parliamentary Debate

PRIMARY STUDENTS TAKE OVER PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE Students from across Victoria will take over the floor of the Victorian Parliament today to debate the role of social media in children’s lives. Minister for Education James Merlino opened the Primary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention in the Legislative Assembly chamber this morning. More than 100 Years 5 and 6 students from government, Catholic and independent schools around the state will spend the day debating whether all social media should be banned for children under 12. Students will make opening statements, participate in group discussions, debate issues relevant to social media and formulate solutions, and at the end of the day vote to support or refute the proposal that all social media should be banned for children under 12. The convention is a partnership between the Department of Education and Training, the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, Independent Schools Victoria and the Parliament of Victoria. All Victorian schools are supported to improve cybersafety and deal with cyberbullying in schools through initiatives such as Bully Stoppers and eSmart Schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Getting students and young people engaged in our democracy means we can take their views into account in policy decision making and they can learn the value of being an active citizen.” “Inviting students into Parliament provides an opportunity for them to experience the political heart of our state and the topic of this year’s Convention – safe social media use – is something that impacts their everyday lives.” Students from the following 50 primary schools are taking part in the convention: Tootgarook Primary School, Ascot Vale West Primary School, St Thomas More Primary School, Beaconsfield Upper Primary School, Cairnlea Park Primary School, Oakleigh Primary School, De La Salle College, Moe (Albert St ) Primary School, Glendal Primary School, Mount View Primary School, Lysterfield Primary School, Bialik College, Melbourne Girls Grammar, Findon Primary School, Warranwood Primary School, Waverley Meadows Primary School, Wangaratta Primary School, Ararat Primary School 800, Abbotsford Primary School, Kilmore Primary School, Caulfield Primary School, Altona P9 College, Darley Primary School, Yarra Junction Primary School, Apollo Parkways Primary School, Highton Primary School, Yarra Primary School, Ultima Primary School, Foster Primary School, Footscray West Primary School, Mount Blowhard Primary School, Morwell Park Primary School, Rowellyn Park Primary School, Oatlands Primary School, St Margaret Mary’s Primary School Spotswood, Pleasant Street Primary School, Movelle Primary, Yarraman Oaks Primary School, Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Benton Junior College, Greensborough Primary School, Northcote Primary School, Mount Ridley College, Parkmore Primary School, Coburg North Primary School, Chatham Primary School, Reservoir Primary School, Malmsbury Primary School, Bell Primary School, Clunes Primary School, Lalor Primary School, Islamic College of Melbourne, Tooborac Primary School, Wales Street Primary School, Narre Warren South P-12 College, Kyabram P-12 College, Oak Park Primary School Download the Media Release (164 kB)

Primary Students Take Over Parliamentary Debate

PRIMARY STUDENTS TAKE OVER PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE Students from across Victoria will take over the floor of the Victorian Parliament today to debate the role of social media in children’s lives. Minister for Education James Merlino opened the Primary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention in the Legislative Assembly chamber this morning. More than 100 Years 5 and 6 students from government, Catholic and independent schools around the state will spend the day debating whether all social media should be banned for children under 12. Students will make opening statements, participate in group discussions, debate issues relevant to social media and formulate solutions, and at the end of the day vote to support or refute the proposal that all social media should be banned for children under 12. The convention is a partnership between the Department of Education and Training, the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, Independent Schools Victoria and the Parliament of Victoria. All Victorian schools are supported to improve cybersafety and deal with cyberbullying in schools through initiatives such as Bully Stoppers and eSmart Schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Getting students and young people engaged in our democracy means we can take their views into account in policy decision making and they can learn the value of being an active citizen.” “Inviting students into Parliament provides an opportunity for them to experience the political heart of our state and the topic of this year’s Convention – safe social media use – is something that impacts their everyday lives.” Students from the following 50 primary schools are taking part in the convention: Tootgarook Primary School, Ascot Vale West Primary School, St Thomas More Primary School, Beaconsfield Upper Primary School, Cairnlea Park Primary School, Oakleigh Primary School, De La Salle College, Moe (Albert St ) Primary School, Glendal Primary School, Mount View Primary School, Lysterfield Primary School, Bialik College, Melbourne Girls Grammar, Findon Primary School, Warranwood Primary School, Waverley Meadows Primary School, Wangaratta Primary School, Ararat Primary School 800, Abbotsford Primary School, Kilmore Primary School, Caulfield Primary School, Altona P9 College, Darley Primary School, Yarra Junction Primary School, Apollo Parkways Primary School, Highton Primary School, Yarra Primary School, Ultima Primary School, Foster Primary School, Footscray West Primary School, Mount Blowhard Primary School, Morwell Park Primary School, Rowellyn Park Primary School, Oatlands Primary School, St Margaret Mary’s Primary School Spotswood, Pleasant Street Primary School, Movelle Primary, Yarraman Oaks Primary School, Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Benton Junior College, Greensborough Primary School, Northcote Primary School, Mount Ridley College, Parkmore Primary School, Coburg North Primary School, Chatham Primary School, Reservoir Primary School, Malmsbury Primary School, Bell Primary School, Clunes Primary School, Lalor Primary School, Islamic College of Melbourne, Tooborac Primary School, Wales Street Primary School, Narre Warren South P-12 College, Kyabram P-12 College, Oak Park Primary School Download the Media Release (164 kB)

Donald High School Upgrade A Step Closer

A revamped Donald High School is a step closer today, with Brandrick Architects appointed to design a $3.5 million school upgrade. Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Colin Brooks visited Donald High School to announce the appointment and inspect the upgrade site. Donald High School received $3.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 for capital works, and a further $18,000 in planned maintenance. The funds will be rolled into one project to modernise the school, which will include creating flexible learning spaces, improving connections between internal and external areas and upgrading site infrastructure. The Andrews Labor Government provided more than $375 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 to plan, upgrade and rebuild 147 schools, with 60 in regional areas such as Donald. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Colin Brooks “Donald High School has an excellent reputation across Victoria and the Andrews Labor Government is pleased to support the school to upgrade its facilities.” “We’re building the Education State and that means delivering the money needed for new buildings, new upgrades and entirely new schools for our kids.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford “We are delivering better school facilities in Donald because we know that quality infrastructure gives our students and teachers the learning environment they need to achieve their best.” “It’s vital that our kids in regional Victoria have access to the facilities that will make Victoria the Education State.” Download the Media Release (134 kB)  

Donald High School Upgrade A Step Closer

A revamped Donald High School is a step closer today, with Brandrick Architects appointed to design a $3.5 million school upgrade. Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Colin Brooks visited Donald High School to announce the appointment and inspect the upgrade site. Donald High School received $3.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 for capital works, and a further $18,000 in planned maintenance. The funds will be rolled into one project to modernise the school, which will include creating flexible learning spaces, improving connections between internal and external areas and upgrading site infrastructure. The Andrews Labor Government provided more than $375 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 to plan, upgrade and rebuild 147 schools, with 60 in regional areas such as Donald. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Colin Brooks “Donald High School has an excellent reputation across Victoria and the Andrews Labor Government is pleased to support the school to upgrade its facilities.” “We’re building the Education State and that means delivering the money needed for new buildings, new upgrades and entirely new schools for our kids.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford “We are delivering better school facilities in Donald because we know that quality infrastructure gives our students and teachers the learning environment they need to achieve their best.” “It’s vital that our kids in regional Victoria have access to the facilities that will make Victoria the Education State.” Download the Media Release (134 kB)  

Construction Starts On New-Look Glen Eira College

Students in Glen Eira are a step closer to the facilities they deserve, with work starting on a complete rebuild of the school. Minister for Education James Merlino today got a unique virtual reality tour of the new school design via Oculus Rift – a virtual reality headset – before turning the first sod to mark the start of construction. The $9.5 million for the upgrade includes refurbishment and extension of all school buildings, a new student entrance and staircase, and a new arts and technology hub. Glen Eira College was established in 1997 following the amalgamation of Caulfield High School, Murrumbeena Secondary College and Prahran Secondary College. This major upgrade will help cater for growing student numbers, with enrolments up from 338 students in 2003 to 650 students this year. Construction company 2Construct will carry out the work, which will be finished by the end of 2017. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian students gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. There are now 42 new government schools and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Labor Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure. This school building boom will create 4000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live. To find out more about new schools and upgrades to existing schools visit the Victorian School Building  Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This major redevelopment will see the facilities at Glen Eira College match the school’s high quality teaching and learning culture.” “Glen Eira College is a great school with growing students number – this upgrade will help cater for that growth and ensure students and staff have state of the art facilities so they can achieve their best.” Quotes attributable to Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopolous “Glen Eira College has a strong academic culture with a focus on languages, and we are ensuring the school’s classrooms and facilities match the high standard set by Principal Sheereen Kindler and her staff.” “This $9.5 million upgrade will provide a bigger and better school for the local community.” Download the Media Release (162 kB)

Construction Starts On New-Look Glen Eira College

Students in Glen Eira are a step closer to the facilities they deserve, with work starting on a complete rebuild of the school. Minister for Education James Merlino today got a unique virtual reality tour of the new school design via Oculus Rift – a virtual reality headset – before turning the first sod to mark the start of construction. The $9.5 million for the upgrade includes refurbishment and extension of all school buildings, a new student entrance and staircase, and a new arts and technology hub. Glen Eira College was established in 1997 following the amalgamation of Caulfield High School, Murrumbeena Secondary College and Prahran Secondary College. This major upgrade will help cater for growing student numbers, with enrolments up from 338 students in 2003 to 650 students this year. Construction company 2Construct will carry out the work, which will be finished by the end of 2017. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian students gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. There are now 42 new government schools and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Labor Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure. This school building boom will create 4000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live. To find out more about new schools and upgrades to existing schools visit the Victorian School Building  Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This major redevelopment will see the facilities at Glen Eira College match the school’s high quality teaching and learning culture.” “Glen Eira College is a great school with growing students number – this upgrade will help cater for that growth and ensure students and staff have state of the art facilities so they can achieve their best.” Quotes attributable to Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopolous “Glen Eira College has a strong academic culture with a focus on languages, and we are ensuring the school’s classrooms and facilities match the high standard set by Principal Sheereen Kindler and her staff.” “This $9.5 million upgrade will provide a bigger and better school for the local community.” Download the Media Release (162 kB)