• 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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MORE TRAIN STATION CAR PARKING FOR MOOROOLBARK COMMUTERS

It will be easier for local commuters to find a car park with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to build more car parking at Mooroolbark Station. Whether it’s building more car parking or removing dangerous and congested level crossings, only Labor will make it safer and easier for locals in Melbourne’s east to get where they need to go. We promised to remove the level crossings at Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road in Bayswater to allow more trains to run and stop drivers from getting stuck at the boom gates, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. There’s more to do and only Labor will build up to 450 new and upgraded car parks at Mooroolbark as part of Labor’s $150 million Car parks for Commuters Fund. Mooroolbark station’s existing car park is often full by the morning peak, forcing commuters to park elsewhere – clogging up nearby local streets. This investment will aim to double the spaces at Mooroolbark with a deck to be built on the existing car park with works to be incorporated into the Manchester Road, Mooroolbark level crossing removal. Delivering these new car parks will free up parking in neighbouring streets and make it easier for more locals to catch the train. The projects will also include new lighting and CCTV to make the stations safer. Labor’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund will see 11,000 new and upgraded car parks being built at some of our busiest metropolitan and regional train stations. With around 55,000 station spaces currently across the state, the investment will see a 20 per cent bump in available parking. The additional 11,000 spaces are on top of the close to 10,000 new and upgraded spaces built by the Andrews Labor Government over the past four years, and expected to create and support over 400 jobs. While the former Liberal Government failed to invest in our state’s growing suburbs cutting funding for schools, hospitals, road and rail – only Labor can be trusted to deliver the big projects local communities really need. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “Whether it’s removing level crossings, delivering better bus routes or building new car parks, only Labor will get Victorians home safer and sooner.” Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “I have been campaigning strongly to upgrade car parking at Mooroolbark Station and only Labor will deliver more spaces and upgrade lighting and CCTV to make the station safer.” “Demand for parking in Monbulk is growing each week – that’s why a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver up to 450 car parks, freeing up local streets and making it easier to commute.” DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE

MORE TRAIN STATION CAR PARKING FOR MOOROOLBARK COMMUTERS

It will be easier for local commuters to find a car park with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to build more car parking at Mooroolbark Station. Whether it’s building more car parking or removing dangerous and congested level crossings, only Labor will make it safer and easier for locals in Melbourne’s east to get where they need to go. We promised to remove the level crossings at Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road in Bayswater to allow more trains to run and stop drivers from getting stuck at the boom gates, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. There’s more to do and only Labor will build up to 450 new and upgraded car parks at Mooroolbark as part of Labor’s $150 million Car parks for Commuters Fund. Mooroolbark station’s existing car park is often full by the morning peak, forcing commuters to park elsewhere – clogging up nearby local streets. This investment will aim to double the spaces at Mooroolbark with a deck to be built on the existing car park with works to be incorporated into the Manchester Road, Mooroolbark level crossing removal. Delivering these new car parks will free up parking in neighbouring streets and make it easier for more locals to catch the train. The projects will also include new lighting and CCTV to make the stations safer. Labor’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund will see 11,000 new and upgraded car parks being built at some of our busiest metropolitan and regional train stations. With around 55,000 station spaces currently across the state, the investment will see a 20 per cent bump in available parking. The additional 11,000 spaces are on top of the close to 10,000 new and upgraded spaces built by the Andrews Labor Government over the past four years, and expected to create and support over 400 jobs. While the former Liberal Government failed to invest in our state’s growing suburbs cutting funding for schools, hospitals, road and rail – only Labor can be trusted to deliver the big projects local communities really need. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “Whether it’s removing level crossings, delivering better bus routes or building new car parks, only Labor will get Victorians home safer and sooner.” Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “I have been campaigning strongly to upgrade car parking at Mooroolbark Station and only Labor will deliver more spaces and upgrade lighting and CCTV to make the station safer.” “Demand for parking in Monbulk is growing each week – that’s why a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver up to 450 car parks, freeing up local streets and making it easier to commute.” DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE

KICKING GOALS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN MOOROOLBARK

Esther Park Pavillion will finally get the female-friendly sport facilities they deserve thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today joined club representatives at the popular venue in Mooroolbark to announce the Labor Government is kicking in $500,000 from the Female Friendly Facilities Fund to redevelop the existing pavilion, as well as a new building to offer equality in facilities through the provision of unisex change facilities and amenities at Esther Park. Women and girls are signing up to play local sport in record numbers across Victoria, but many of the state’s changeroom facilities don’t cater for females. We’re changing that. Today’s grant announcement will enable Yarra Ranges Council to redevelop the Esther Park Pavilion over the next two years. This builds on the $1.25 million recently provided for a multi-pitch synthetic soccer facility with lighting for Esther Park as part of the 2018/19 Growing Suburbs Fund. The project will include building new unisex accessible change rooms to facilitate female participation, redeveloping old facilities to allow female participation, and developing or upgrading change facilities and amenities for female officials such as umpires. Every player deserves equal access to high quality facilities and these grants will benefit every woman and girl who participates in sport and active recreation in the area. Mr Merlino acknowledged partners Yarra Ranges Council and Mooroolbark Soccer Club for their financial contributions to the $2.4 million project. The Female Friendly Facilities Fund is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation, gender equality and to encourage all Victorians to get out there and get active. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino “Congratulations to Mooroolbark Soccer Club - this boost will go a long way to support the growing number of people in Monbulk keen to get involved in local sport and recreation. “ “This is a great example of how we’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.” “We’re giving local communities the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love.”

KICKING GOALS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN MOOROOLBARK

Esther Park Pavillion will finally get the female-friendly sport facilities they deserve thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today joined club representatives at the popular venue in Mooroolbark to announce the Labor Government is kicking in $500,000 from the Female Friendly Facilities Fund to redevelop the existing pavilion, as well as a new building to offer equality in facilities through the provision of unisex change facilities and amenities at Esther Park. Women and girls are signing up to play local sport in record numbers across Victoria, but many of the state’s changeroom facilities don’t cater for females. We’re changing that. Today’s grant announcement will enable Yarra Ranges Council to redevelop the Esther Park Pavilion over the next two years. This builds on the $1.25 million recently provided for a multi-pitch synthetic soccer facility with lighting for Esther Park as part of the 2018/19 Growing Suburbs Fund. The project will include building new unisex accessible change rooms to facilitate female participation, redeveloping old facilities to allow female participation, and developing or upgrading change facilities and amenities for female officials such as umpires. Every player deserves equal access to high quality facilities and these grants will benefit every woman and girl who participates in sport and active recreation in the area. Mr Merlino acknowledged partners Yarra Ranges Council and Mooroolbark Soccer Club for their financial contributions to the $2.4 million project. The Female Friendly Facilities Fund is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation, gender equality and to encourage all Victorians to get out there and get active. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino “Congratulations to Mooroolbark Soccer Club - this boost will go a long way to support the growing number of people in Monbulk keen to get involved in local sport and recreation. “ “This is a great example of how we’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.” “We’re giving local communities the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love.”

A Bigger, Better Pinks Reserve For The Outer East

Families in the outer east will be able to rely on outstanding local sporting facilities, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver $10.5 million towards the redevelopment of Pinks Reserve in Kilsyth. Pinks Reserve is one of the most well-loved and popular sporting precincts in the region –  but despite record levels of participation, the facilities are struggling to keep up. The massive upgrade from a re-elected Labor Government will improve the reserve’s basketball, football, cricket, softball, netball, badminton, table tennis and recreational facilities. The upgrade will include a major expansion of the Gary Tait Pavilion, resurfacing of the Roy Baldwin Oval and an additional competition grade court to be constructed alongside other improvements within the Kilsyth Sports Centre. The upgrade will also see covering of up to 6 outdoor netball courts, and improvements to the badminton, table tennis and softball facilities. Other works across the precinct also includes new lighting, fencing, paths and seating. The upgraded Pinks Reserve will be utilised by local sporting clubs, with Kilsyth Football Club, Kilsyth Juniors, the Lilydale and Yarra Valley Netball Association, Lilydale Ejays Softball Club, Kilsyth Cricket Club, Kilsyth Basketball, the Mountain District Badminton Association and the Croydon and Districts Table Tennis Association all set to benefit. With these upgrades from a re-elected Labor Government, local clubs – and this local community – will have the great sporting facilities they deserve. The commitment builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s existing investments in Pinks Reserve including nearly $50,000 for new cricket nets and $50,000 to begin the sites masterplan. Allowing work to begin straight away, $450,000 in fast-tracked funding will be provided now from the Community Sport and Infrastructure and Pick My Project with remaining funds to flow under a re-elected Labor Government. The Andrews Labor Government has made the biggest investment in grassroots sporting opportunities in Victoria’s history, with $420 million dedicated to community sports. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “Community sport is all about bringing people together. With this investment, we’ll make local sporting clubs stronger than ever.” Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “This massive upgrade will mean the next generation of sporting stars have the facilities they deserve.” “This is a critical investment for our region. Every week thousands of residents have the opportunity to enjoy these great facilities and now they will be even better.” Download the Media Release (550 KB)

A Bigger, Better Pinks Reserve For The Outer East

Families in the outer east will be able to rely on outstanding local sporting facilities, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver $10.5 million towards the redevelopment of Pinks Reserve in Kilsyth. Pinks Reserve is one of the most well-loved and popular sporting precincts in the region –  but despite record levels of participation, the facilities are struggling to keep up. The massive upgrade from a re-elected Labor Government will improve the reserve’s basketball, football, cricket, softball, netball, badminton, table tennis and recreational facilities. The upgrade will include a major expansion of the Gary Tait Pavilion, resurfacing of the Roy Baldwin Oval and an additional competition grade court to be constructed alongside other improvements within the Kilsyth Sports Centre. The upgrade will also see covering of up to 6 outdoor netball courts, and improvements to the badminton, table tennis and softball facilities. Other works across the precinct also includes new lighting, fencing, paths and seating. The upgraded Pinks Reserve will be utilised by local sporting clubs, with Kilsyth Football Club, Kilsyth Juniors, the Lilydale and Yarra Valley Netball Association, Lilydale Ejays Softball Club, Kilsyth Cricket Club, Kilsyth Basketball, the Mountain District Badminton Association and the Croydon and Districts Table Tennis Association all set to benefit. With these upgrades from a re-elected Labor Government, local clubs – and this local community – will have the great sporting facilities they deserve. The commitment builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s existing investments in Pinks Reserve including nearly $50,000 for new cricket nets and $50,000 to begin the sites masterplan. Allowing work to begin straight away, $450,000 in fast-tracked funding will be provided now from the Community Sport and Infrastructure and Pick My Project with remaining funds to flow under a re-elected Labor Government. The Andrews Labor Government has made the biggest investment in grassroots sporting opportunities in Victoria’s history, with $420 million dedicated to community sports. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “Community sport is all about bringing people together. With this investment, we’ll make local sporting clubs stronger than ever.” Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “This massive upgrade will mean the next generation of sporting stars have the facilities they deserve.” “This is a critical investment for our region. Every week thousands of residents have the opportunity to enjoy these great facilities and now they will be even better.” Download the Media Release (550 KB)

Future Assured For Hoppers Crossing Fire Station

Volunteer firefighters with the Hoppers Crossing CFA will remain at their current station, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, delivering a major boost to the four-decade old brigade. Minister for Emergency Services Minister James Merlino today announced the site will remain on Derrimut Road, a decision which was strongly backed by volunteers and the wider community. Hoppers Crossing Fire Brigade’s volunteer members had expressed a strong wish to remain at their existing home, rather than relocate to a new station that is being built in neighbouring Tarneit. The Tarneit station and the Derrimut Road station will both be operational, meaning the local community will be protected by two well-equipped stations. Two volunteer brigade appliances will remain at Hoppers Crossing, enabling members to continue to respond to incidents and keep people and properties safe. The Tarneit station, which will house career firefighters, is on track to open before the end of the year. The Hoppers Crossing Fire Brigade was established in 1977 and has 72 volunteers based there. In the 2017-18 financial year the brigade attended 1592 callouts as either the primary or secondary response brigade. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “The Hoppers Crossing Fire Brigade has a proud history of serving the community for more than 40 years.” “This decision will also help the brigade recruit new volunteers in Melbourne’s fast-growing western suburbs.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “By securing the future of the current fire station, we’re supporting the volunteer members as they continue to respond to incidents and keep the community safe.” Download the Media Release (581 KB)

Future Assured For Hoppers Crossing Fire Station

Volunteer firefighters with the Hoppers Crossing CFA will remain at their current station, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, delivering a major boost to the four-decade old brigade. Minister for Emergency Services Minister James Merlino today announced the site will remain on Derrimut Road, a decision which was strongly backed by volunteers and the wider community. Hoppers Crossing Fire Brigade’s volunteer members had expressed a strong wish to remain at their existing home, rather than relocate to a new station that is being built in neighbouring Tarneit. The Tarneit station and the Derrimut Road station will both be operational, meaning the local community will be protected by two well-equipped stations. Two volunteer brigade appliances will remain at Hoppers Crossing, enabling members to continue to respond to incidents and keep people and properties safe. The Tarneit station, which will house career firefighters, is on track to open before the end of the year. The Hoppers Crossing Fire Brigade was established in 1977 and has 72 volunteers based there. In the 2017-18 financial year the brigade attended 1592 callouts as either the primary or secondary response brigade. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “The Hoppers Crossing Fire Brigade has a proud history of serving the community for more than 40 years.” “This decision will also help the brigade recruit new volunteers in Melbourne’s fast-growing western suburbs.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “By securing the future of the current fire station, we’re supporting the volunteer members as they continue to respond to incidents and keep the community safe.” Download the Media Release (581 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Hamilton

Hamilton families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Baimbridge College. The school will receive $8.4 million to deliver the first stage of the school redevelopment which includes the construction of the new Administration, Resource and Food Technology building. The Labor Government has already funded the Baimbridge College masterplan but there’s more work to do and only Labor will deliver the upgrades students and staff at Baimbridge College need to achieve their best. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only Labor will deliver that for kids in Hamilton. The former Liberal/National Government slashed $1 billion from our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. These works mean local students go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Baimbridge College is a great local school and only Labor will make sure our kids and their teachers have the state of the art classrooms and facilities they need to achieve their best.” “We’ve funded planning and design work, and heard from locals about how important this major upgrade is – only  Labor will deliver it, with $8.4 million for the first stage of works.” Download the Media Release (591 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Hamilton

Hamilton families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Baimbridge College. The school will receive $8.4 million to deliver the first stage of the school redevelopment which includes the construction of the new Administration, Resource and Food Technology building. The Labor Government has already funded the Baimbridge College masterplan but there’s more work to do and only Labor will deliver the upgrades students and staff at Baimbridge College need to achieve their best. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only Labor will deliver that for kids in Hamilton. The former Liberal/National Government slashed $1 billion from our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. These works mean local students go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Baimbridge College is a great local school and only Labor will make sure our kids and their teachers have the state of the art classrooms and facilities they need to achieve their best.” “We’ve funded planning and design work, and heard from locals about how important this major upgrade is – only  Labor will deliver it, with $8.4 million for the first stage of works.” Download the Media Release (591 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Hampton Park

Hampton Park families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Hampton Park Secondary College. The Andrews Labor Government has already delivered $2.6 million for upgrades at Hampton Park Secondary College, with planning and design work currently underway. There’s more work to do and only Labor will deliver the state of the art facilities students and staff at Hampton Park Secondary College deserve. A re-elected Labor Government will deliver a further $3.9 million to upgrade even more classrooms and facilities at Hampton Park Secondary College, and will work with the school to determine the priority projects. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and left schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Work has already started to upgrade classrooms and facilities at Hampton Park Secondary College but there’s more to do and only Labor will deliver it.”  “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley “Families in Hampton Park deserve to know their kids are getting the best start in life. These upgrades will make sure students and staff at Hampton Park Secondary College have the modern facilities they need to achieve their best.” Download the Media Release (582 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Hampton Park

Hampton Park families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Hampton Park Secondary College. The Andrews Labor Government has already delivered $2.6 million for upgrades at Hampton Park Secondary College, with planning and design work currently underway. There’s more work to do and only Labor will deliver the state of the art facilities students and staff at Hampton Park Secondary College deserve. A re-elected Labor Government will deliver a further $3.9 million to upgrade even more classrooms and facilities at Hampton Park Secondary College, and will work with the school to determine the priority projects. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and left schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Work has already started to upgrade classrooms and facilities at Hampton Park Secondary College but there’s more to do and only Labor will deliver it.”  “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley “Families in Hampton Park deserve to know their kids are getting the best start in life. These upgrades will make sure students and staff at Hampton Park Secondary College have the modern facilities they need to achieve their best.” Download the Media Release (582 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Dandenong

Dandenong families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to upgrade Dandenong High School. The school will receive $8.4 million in funding for new STEM, canteen and food technology facilities. This builds on the $3 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government for upgrades at the school. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only a re-elected Labor Government will deliver that for kids in Dandenong. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and left schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has already invested $3 million to refurbish the school library, but there’s more work to do and only Labor will deliver the state of the art facilities students and staff at Dandenong High School need to achieve their best. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “We’re already upgrading the school library but there’s more to do and only Labor will deliver it with $8.4 million for a new canteen and food technology space.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” “We’re building and upgrading more than 1,300 schools across the state and only Labor will keep delivering for Victorian families.” Download the Media Release (586 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Dandenong

Dandenong families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to upgrade Dandenong High School. The school will receive $8.4 million in funding for new STEM, canteen and food technology facilities. This builds on the $3 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government for upgrades at the school. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only a re-elected Labor Government will deliver that for kids in Dandenong. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and left schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has already invested $3 million to refurbish the school library, but there’s more work to do and only Labor will deliver the state of the art facilities students and staff at Dandenong High School need to achieve their best. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “We’re already upgrading the school library but there’s more to do and only Labor will deliver it with $8.4 million for a new canteen and food technology space.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” “We’re building and upgrading more than 1,300 schools across the state and only Labor will keep delivering for Victorian families.” Download the Media Release (586 KB)

Building Communities In The Yarra Ranges

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Melbourne’s fastest growing outer suburbs build the infrastructure they need as part of the 2018/19 Growing Suburbs Fund. The Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz joined Member for Monbulk James Merlino in Kalorama today to announce $50 million in grants that will go towards 45 new projects in growing suburbs. The fund will contribute $8.7 million towards four projects in the Yarra Ranges, including $2 million towards the 26-kilometre Ridgewalk – a cultural and heritage walking and cycling trail to connect towns through the hills. The Ridgewalk project will wind through the Dandenong Ranges including Upwey, Tecoma, Montrose, Ferny Creek, Sassafras, Olinda, Mount Dandenong, Kallista, Sherbrooke, Kalorama, and Upper Ferntree Gully. The Yarra Valley Trail will also receive $2.5 million to help Yarra Ranges Council deliver stage one of the trail. The first 11.5-kilometre section will link Lilydale to Yarra Glen by creating a safe, accessible walking and cycling trail. The Yarra Valley Trail will join up with the Warburton Rail Trail and intersect with several visitor destinations. Another $3 million will help Yarra Ranges Shire Council deliver the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination – a mountain bike trail network centred on Warburton, in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Esther Park Mooroolbark will receive $1.25 million for a multi-pitch synthetic soccer facility with lighting, which will cater for junior and senior competition soccer. The Labor Government has now provided $200 million through the Growing Suburbs fund, which is improving local infrastructure like family, community and town centres, and delivering civic revitalisation projects and open space improvements. These projects improve the amenity, liveability and resilience of local communities, and support local jobs. Since 2015/16, the fund has supported 10 of Melbourne’s growing suburbs including Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham, and Yarra Ranges. Together, these council areas will accommodate 46 per cent of the state’s population growth until 2031. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz “The Growing Suburbs Fund is building the infrastructure our fastest growing communities need.” “We know that Melbourne’s outer suburbs are growing fast, that’s why we’re investing in local projects that local residents will benefit from for years to come.” Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “These four new projects will make a real difference because they go to the heart of building what families need in our community.” Download the Media Release (597 KB)

Building Communities In The Yarra Ranges

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Melbourne’s fastest growing outer suburbs build the infrastructure they need as part of the 2018/19 Growing Suburbs Fund. The Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz joined Member for Monbulk James Merlino in Kalorama today to announce $50 million in grants that will go towards 45 new projects in growing suburbs. The fund will contribute $8.7 million towards four projects in the Yarra Ranges, including $2 million towards the 26-kilometre Ridgewalk – a cultural and heritage walking and cycling trail to connect towns through the hills. The Ridgewalk project will wind through the Dandenong Ranges including Upwey, Tecoma, Montrose, Ferny Creek, Sassafras, Olinda, Mount Dandenong, Kallista, Sherbrooke, Kalorama, and Upper Ferntree Gully. The Yarra Valley Trail will also receive $2.5 million to help Yarra Ranges Council deliver stage one of the trail. The first 11.5-kilometre section will link Lilydale to Yarra Glen by creating a safe, accessible walking and cycling trail. The Yarra Valley Trail will join up with the Warburton Rail Trail and intersect with several visitor destinations. Another $3 million will help Yarra Ranges Shire Council deliver the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination – a mountain bike trail network centred on Warburton, in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Esther Park Mooroolbark will receive $1.25 million for a multi-pitch synthetic soccer facility with lighting, which will cater for junior and senior competition soccer. The Labor Government has now provided $200 million through the Growing Suburbs fund, which is improving local infrastructure like family, community and town centres, and delivering civic revitalisation projects and open space improvements. These projects improve the amenity, liveability and resilience of local communities, and support local jobs. Since 2015/16, the fund has supported 10 of Melbourne’s growing suburbs including Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham, and Yarra Ranges. Together, these council areas will accommodate 46 per cent of the state’s population growth until 2031. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz “The Growing Suburbs Fund is building the infrastructure our fastest growing communities need.” “We know that Melbourne’s outer suburbs are growing fast, that’s why we’re investing in local projects that local residents will benefit from for years to come.” Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “These four new projects will make a real difference because they go to the heart of building what families need in our community.” Download the Media Release (597 KB)

 

Delivering A Great Local School For St Albans

Victoria University Secondary College students will have world-class facilities, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to build the first stage of the school’s masterplan. Funding of $23.9 million will be provided to Victoria University Secondary College for the construction of the Science Tech Engineering Arts Maths (STEAM) Building, the Learning Village Building, and the Performing Arts and Food building. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Andrews Labor Government has already funded the Victoria University Secondary College masterplan but there’s more work to do and only Labor will deliver the upgrades students and staff at Victoria University Secondary College need to achieve their best. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Only Labor will build the state-of-the-art schools our communities need – so everyone can get a first-class education, closer to home.” Quote attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “Families in the western suburbs deserve access to great local secondary school facilities and that is exactly what we will deliver.” Quote attributable to Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz  ““We’re investing in the schools and services this local community desperately needs, while the Liberals plan to cut education funding.”   Download the Media Release (680 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For St Albans

Victoria University Secondary College students will have world-class facilities, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to build the first stage of the school’s masterplan. Funding of $23.9 million will be provided to Victoria University Secondary College for the construction of the Science Tech Engineering Arts Maths (STEAM) Building, the Learning Village Building, and the Performing Arts and Food building. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Andrews Labor Government has already funded the Victoria University Secondary College masterplan but there’s more work to do and only Labor will deliver the upgrades students and staff at Victoria University Secondary College need to achieve their best. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Only Labor will build the state-of-the-art schools our communities need – so everyone can get a first-class education, closer to home.” Quote attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “Families in the western suburbs deserve access to great local secondary school facilities and that is exactly what we will deliver.” Quote attributable to Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz  ““We’re investing in the schools and services this local community desperately needs, while the Liberals plan to cut education funding.”   Download the Media Release (680 KB)

Building The Best School Facilities For Coburg

Coburg families are a step closer to getting the first-rate facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, with construction of major upgrades to Mercy College nearing completion. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Mercy College to inspect progress on the new science, music, home economics and drama spaces. The Labor Government has contributed $1 million to the $4 million project through the Non-Government School Grants Program. It forms part of the Government’s $120 million investment to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools across the state. The Government has worked closely with the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and Independent Schools Victoria to ensure funding has been targeted to the areas of highest need. Non-government schools are an important part of Victoria’s education system, with over one-third of Victorian students studying at Catholic or independent schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and education, and has invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. To find out more, visit the Victorian School Building Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Non-government schools are an important part of Victoria’s education system, with more than one third of Victorian students studying in Catholic or independent schools. We’re giving them the support they need.” “Right across the state, the Labor Government is giving local families the 21st century education they deserve – with the very best facilities to match.” Quote attributable to Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn “Mercy College is a great local school and only Labor will make sure our kids and their teachers have the state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities they need to achieve their best.” Download the Media Release (684 KB)

Building The Best School Facilities For Coburg

Coburg families are a step closer to getting the first-rate facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, with construction of major upgrades to Mercy College nearing completion. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Mercy College to inspect progress on the new science, music, home economics and drama spaces. The Labor Government has contributed $1 million to the $4 million project through the Non-Government School Grants Program. It forms part of the Government’s $120 million investment to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools across the state. The Government has worked closely with the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and Independent Schools Victoria to ensure funding has been targeted to the areas of highest need. Non-government schools are an important part of Victoria’s education system, with over one-third of Victorian students studying at Catholic or independent schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and education, and has invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. To find out more, visit the Victorian School Building Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Non-government schools are an important part of Victoria’s education system, with more than one third of Victorian students studying in Catholic or independent schools. We’re giving them the support they need.” “Right across the state, the Labor Government is giving local families the 21st century education they deserve – with the very best facilities to match.” Quote attributable to Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn “Mercy College is a great local school and only Labor will make sure our kids and their teachers have the state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities they need to achieve their best.” Download the Media Release (684 KB)

Work Underway On Coburg North PS Redevelopment

Students at Coburg North Primary School are a step closer to getting the modern learning facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, with a major upgrade on track for completion in 2019. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the school to inspect progress of the works on the $6.7 million upgrade, which includes a complete refurbishment of the school’s Games Hall, development of a new Junior Learning Centre and administration building. It also includes the construction of a purpose-built science, technology, arts and mathematics (STEAM) performance hub. Designed by the team at ClarkeHopkinsClarke and built by Newton Manor, the new facilities will provide a modern learning environment for Coburg North Primary School junior school students and state-of-the-art facilities for all year levels to learn about science, maths and technology through creative arts projects. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and education, and has invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino   “We’re making a record investment in school infrastructure to ensure that all Victorian students have the opportunity get a first-class education that will help them on their path to a great career.” “A high-quality education system must be matched by high-quality learning environments where students are engaged and encouraged to be creative thinkers. That’s exactly what we’re delivering here at Coburg North PS.” Quote attributable to Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn “Coburg North Primary School is a great local school and only Labor is investing in facilities that reflect the hard work and commitment of teachers and staff, and enable students to reach their full potential.”  Download the Media Release (584 KB)

Work Underway On Coburg North PS Redevelopment

Students at Coburg North Primary School are a step closer to getting the modern learning facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, with a major upgrade on track for completion in 2019. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the school to inspect progress of the works on the $6.7 million upgrade, which includes a complete refurbishment of the school’s Games Hall, development of a new Junior Learning Centre and administration building. It also includes the construction of a purpose-built science, technology, arts and mathematics (STEAM) performance hub. Designed by the team at ClarkeHopkinsClarke and built by Newton Manor, the new facilities will provide a modern learning environment for Coburg North Primary School junior school students and state-of-the-art facilities for all year levels to learn about science, maths and technology through creative arts projects. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and education, and has invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino   “We’re making a record investment in school infrastructure to ensure that all Victorian students have the opportunity get a first-class education that will help them on their path to a great career.” “A high-quality education system must be matched by high-quality learning environments where students are engaged and encouraged to be creative thinkers. That’s exactly what we’re delivering here at Coburg North PS.” Quote attributable to Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn “Coburg North Primary School is a great local school and only Labor is investing in facilities that reflect the hard work and commitment of teachers and staff, and enable students to reach their full potential.”  Download the Media Release (584 KB)

Supporting Students With Type 1 Diabetes At School

The Andrews Labor Government is helping students with type 1 diabetes get the most out of school, thanks to new innovative resources and training. Minister for Education James Merlino today released the new Diabetes Guidelines – Supporting Students with Type 1 Diabetes in Victorian Schools and Diabetes at School online education package to help schools across the state support students with diabetes in their care. Between 2,000 and 2,500 Victorian students are estimated to be affected by type 1 diabetes, which is incurable and requires round-the-clock management. While support needs differ from one person to the next, all students with this form of diabetes need some level of support at school to help manage their condition. The new guidelines provide practical advice on communication, staff training, implementing treatment plans and making active and reasonable adjustments to make sure students affected by diabetes get the most out of school. They have been developed in close consultation with Diabetes Victoria and clinicians from the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital, schools and parents, to ensure they have up-to-date, practical and evidence-backed advice. Diabetes Victoria, working together with Royal Children’s and Monash Children’s hospitals, has also developed an online education package for all Victorian school staff. It will help principals, teachers and other school staff build awareness of type 1 diabetes and confidence to support students in their care, particularly how to recognise and safely respond in the event of an emergency. The training package is available at diabetesatschool.com.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Medical conditions such as type 1 diabetes should not be a barrier to any students reaching their potential at school and being able to fully and safely participate in educational activities.” “Healthy children learn better, which is why it’s so important that school staff, parents and carers, and diabetes treating teams work together to support students with type 1 diabetes.” Quote attributable to Victorian Government Health Ambassador for Diabetes Bronwyn Halfpenny “These new tools will ensure parents can have confidence their kids will be able to fully participate in the classroom and beyond while receiving the care they need.” Download the Media Release (588 KB)

Supporting Students With Type 1 Diabetes At School

The Andrews Labor Government is helping students with type 1 diabetes get the most out of school, thanks to new innovative resources and training. Minister for Education James Merlino today released the new Diabetes Guidelines – Supporting Students with Type 1 Diabetes in Victorian Schools and Diabetes at School online education package to help schools across the state support students with diabetes in their care. Between 2,000 and 2,500 Victorian students are estimated to be affected by type 1 diabetes, which is incurable and requires round-the-clock management. While support needs differ from one person to the next, all students with this form of diabetes need some level of support at school to help manage their condition. The new guidelines provide practical advice on communication, staff training, implementing treatment plans and making active and reasonable adjustments to make sure students affected by diabetes get the most out of school. They have been developed in close consultation with Diabetes Victoria and clinicians from the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital, schools and parents, to ensure they have up-to-date, practical and evidence-backed advice. Diabetes Victoria, working together with Royal Children’s and Monash Children’s hospitals, has also developed an online education package for all Victorian school staff. It will help principals, teachers and other school staff build awareness of type 1 diabetes and confidence to support students in their care, particularly how to recognise and safely respond in the event of an emergency. The training package is available at diabetesatschool.com.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Medical conditions such as type 1 diabetes should not be a barrier to any students reaching their potential at school and being able to fully and safely participate in educational activities.” “Healthy children learn better, which is why it’s so important that school staff, parents and carers, and diabetes treating teams work together to support students with type 1 diabetes.” Quote attributable to Victorian Government Health Ambassador for Diabetes Bronwyn Halfpenny “These new tools will ensure parents can have confidence their kids will be able to fully participate in the classroom and beyond while receiving the care they need.” Download the Media Release (588 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Bendigo

Bendigo families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to White Hills Primary School. Labor will invest $4.6 million to transform old classrooms and facilities into the modern learning environment students and staff need to achieve their best. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only Labor will deliver that for kids in Bendigo. The former Liberal/National Government slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Andrews Labor Government has already delivered funding to White Hills Primary School to develop a masterplan to upgrade the school. This planning work is currently underway but there’s more to do. Only Labor will make sure the masterplan is delivered with $4.6 million for the first stage of works. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. In Bendigo, this includes upgrading Epsom Primary School, rebuilding Kalianna Special School, new classrooms at Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Spring Gully Primary School, and works are about to start on new buildings at Big Hill Primary School. These works mean local students go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan “White Hills Primary School is a great local school and only Labor will make sure our kids and their teachers have the state of the art classrooms and facilities they need to achieve their best.” “We’ve already funded planning and design work for a major upgrade at White Hills Primary School but there’s more to do and only Labor will deliver it, with $4.6 million for the first stage of works.” Download the Media Release (595 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Bendigo

Bendigo families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to White Hills Primary School. Labor will invest $4.6 million to transform old classrooms and facilities into the modern learning environment students and staff need to achieve their best. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only Labor will deliver that for kids in Bendigo. The former Liberal/National Government slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Andrews Labor Government has already delivered funding to White Hills Primary School to develop a masterplan to upgrade the school. This planning work is currently underway but there’s more to do. Only Labor will make sure the masterplan is delivered with $4.6 million for the first stage of works. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. In Bendigo, this includes upgrading Epsom Primary School, rebuilding Kalianna Special School, new classrooms at Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Spring Gully Primary School, and works are about to start on new buildings at Big Hill Primary School. These works mean local students go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan “White Hills Primary School is a great local school and only Labor will make sure our kids and their teachers have the state of the art classrooms and facilities they need to achieve their best.” “We’ve already funded planning and design work for a major upgrade at White Hills Primary School but there’s more to do and only Labor will deliver it, with $4.6 million for the first stage of works.” Download the Media Release (595 KB)

Victorian Emergency Workers Return From Devastating US Fires

Victorian emergency management personnel responding to wildfires in the United States will be welcomed home today. Seventeen Victorians from CFA and Forest Fire Management Victoria (Parks Victoria and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) are returning to Melbourne after a 37-day deployment. Victorian personnel were joined by crews from New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia as part of a 140-member Australian and New Zealand contingent that was based in 12 locations across Northern California and in the northwest of the United States. The wildfires devastated a number of areas, with more than 730,000 hectares burnt across 14 states. Almost 16,000 firefighters have battled as many as 97 separate fires. The deployment has provided valuable assistance to the local fire response and reinforced the already strong Victorian and Californian relationship. An agreement to support this has been in place since July 2015. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “This dedicated contingent from Victoria has joined up seamlessly with teams of firefighters across the US to help manage fire in Northern California and northwest of the US and should be very proud of their efforts.” “This deployment has been both positive and rewarding for our Victorian firefighters and personnel, who bring back significant knowledge and experience to share with colleagues back home.” Download the Media Release (582 KB)

Victorian Emergency Workers Return From Devastating US Fires

Victorian emergency management personnel responding to wildfires in the United States will be welcomed home today. Seventeen Victorians from CFA and Forest Fire Management Victoria (Parks Victoria and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) are returning to Melbourne after a 37-day deployment. Victorian personnel were joined by crews from New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia as part of a 140-member Australian and New Zealand contingent that was based in 12 locations across Northern California and in the northwest of the United States. The wildfires devastated a number of areas, with more than 730,000 hectares burnt across 14 states. Almost 16,000 firefighters have battled as many as 97 separate fires. The deployment has provided valuable assistance to the local fire response and reinforced the already strong Victorian and Californian relationship. An agreement to support this has been in place since July 2015. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “This dedicated contingent from Victoria has joined up seamlessly with teams of firefighters across the US to help manage fire in Northern California and northwest of the US and should be very proud of their efforts.” “This deployment has been both positive and rewarding for our Victorian firefighters and personnel, who bring back significant knowledge and experience to share with colleagues back home.” Download the Media Release (582 KB)

Marking The 2009 Victorian Bushfires 10 Year Anniversary

The Andrews Labor Government will give communities a voice to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires in their own way, with funding to be provided for anniversary activities. The catastrophic 2009 bushfires devastated the state, with 173 people losing their lives in the tragedy. Many more were injured and lost their homes, with the memories of the events still impacting communities to this day. The Labor Government has today announced $4.4 million in funding to support anniversary activities in communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. The funding will support a state memorial service and a grants program for local community commemoration and creative arts projects. A range of mental health and psychological services and supports throughout the commemoration period will also be provided. As part of the commemorations, bushfire-affected communities will be able to collaborate and support each other in remembering the victims of the disaster. It will also be an opportunity acknowledge the first responders who bravely served their community during the catastrophe. The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, has been appointed as the Patron for the state’s commemorations of the anniversary. As Patron, the Governor will visit bushfire affected communities to hear about their challenges and help celebrate their achievements in recovery. An advisory panel, chaired by former Premier John Brumby and including former Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Pat McNamara, Ms Susan Pascoe AM and Mr Ben Hubbard has been created. The panel will provide advice to the Government on anniversary planning to ensure the needs of impacted communities, as well as the broader Victorian public, are met. The Government has made additional resources available for support services throughout the anniversary period, including for schools and emergency personnel. Visit vic.gov.au/2009-bushfires for more information about the ten-year anniversary including grants programs, and details of the State Memorial Service. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “These catastrophic events still impact on many of our communities today and it is important we allow those communities to commemorate this anniversary in their own way.” “Remembering these tragic events is important so we can honour those who died, those who lost their homes and were displaced, and the people who prevented further loss and destruction.” “We look forward to working closely with bushfire-affected communities and local government over the next six months to ensure the commemoration of this time reflects the community’s wishes.” Download the Media Release (588 KB)

Marking The 2009 Victorian Bushfires 10 Year Anniversary

The Andrews Labor Government will give communities a voice to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires in their own way, with funding to be provided for anniversary activities. The catastrophic 2009 bushfires devastated the state, with 173 people losing their lives in the tragedy. Many more were injured and lost their homes, with the memories of the events still impacting communities to this day. The Labor Government has today announced $4.4 million in funding to support anniversary activities in communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. The funding will support a state memorial service and a grants program for local community commemoration and creative arts projects. A range of mental health and psychological services and supports throughout the commemoration period will also be provided. As part of the commemorations, bushfire-affected communities will be able to collaborate and support each other in remembering the victims of the disaster. It will also be an opportunity acknowledge the first responders who bravely served their community during the catastrophe. The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, has been appointed as the Patron for the state’s commemorations of the anniversary. As Patron, the Governor will visit bushfire affected communities to hear about their challenges and help celebrate their achievements in recovery. An advisory panel, chaired by former Premier John Brumby and including former Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Pat McNamara, Ms Susan Pascoe AM and Mr Ben Hubbard has been created. The panel will provide advice to the Government on anniversary planning to ensure the needs of impacted communities, as well as the broader Victorian public, are met. The Government has made additional resources available for support services throughout the anniversary period, including for schools and emergency personnel. Visit vic.gov.au/2009-bushfires for more information about the ten-year anniversary including grants programs, and details of the State Memorial Service. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “These catastrophic events still impact on many of our communities today and it is important we allow those communities to commemorate this anniversary in their own way.” “Remembering these tragic events is important so we can honour those who died, those who lost their homes and were displaced, and the people who prevented further loss and destruction.” “We look forward to working closely with bushfire-affected communities and local government over the next six months to ensure the commemoration of this time reflects the community’s wishes.” Download the Media Release (588 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Bellarine

Bellarine families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to build a new VCE Centre at Bellarine Secondary College. Labor will invest $8.9 million to build the new VCE Centre, which will include new seminar rooms, a student lounge and administration space. The Liberals didn’t spend a single cent to upgrade Bellarine Secondary College and slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has already invested $2.5 million to upgrade classrooms, science and chemistry labs, the arts foyer and the main office area at Bellarine Secondary College. There’s more work to do and only Labor will deliver the state of the art facilities students and staff need to achieve their best. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville “Bellarine Secondary College is a great local school and only Labor will deliver the state of the art facilities our kids and their teachers need to achieve their best.” “We’re already upgraded the classrooms, science labs, arts foyer and main office area at Bellarine Secondary College but there’s more to do and only Labor will deliver almost $9 million for a new VCE centre.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals didn’t spend a single cent to upgrade Bellarine Secondary College and cut more than $1 billion out of our education system.” “No matter where you live, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Download the Media Release (588 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Bellarine

Bellarine families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to build a new VCE Centre at Bellarine Secondary College. Labor will invest $8.9 million to build the new VCE Centre, which will include new seminar rooms, a student lounge and administration space. The Liberals didn’t spend a single cent to upgrade Bellarine Secondary College and slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has already invested $2.5 million to upgrade classrooms, science and chemistry labs, the arts foyer and the main office area at Bellarine Secondary College. There’s more work to do and only Labor will deliver the state of the art facilities students and staff need to achieve their best. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville “Bellarine Secondary College is a great local school and only Labor will deliver the state of the art facilities our kids and their teachers need to achieve their best.” “We’re already upgraded the classrooms, science labs, arts foyer and main office area at Bellarine Secondary College but there’s more to do and only Labor will deliver almost $9 million for a new VCE centre.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals didn’t spend a single cent to upgrade Bellarine Secondary College and cut more than $1 billion out of our education system.” “No matter where you live, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Download the Media Release (588 KB)