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BUILDING THE EDUCATION STATE IN UPWEY

Students at Upwey High School are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve, with the appointment of an architect to start work on plans for a major upgrade. Member for Monbulk and Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the school to announce K2LD Architects will design the project. It includes upgrading and modernising school buildings, additional basketball courts, a new performing arts centre and home for the Dandenong Ranges Music Council, and relocating the schools administration facilities. The additional basketball courts will deliver a new home base for local clubs. Detailed planning work is the first step towards future upgrades at Upwey High School, which is one of 35 Victorian schools to share in $12 million in the Victorian Budget 2016-17 to plan building works. The Andrews Labor Government has invested a record $1.8 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every local student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Appointing the architect is the first step towards delivering the modern, safe and stimulating facilities that staff and students at Upwey High School deserve.” “I know Upwey High School has already put a lot of work into planning the future of their school and I am looking forward to seeing the final plans.” "This will be a unique education, arts and sporting hub that will support Upwey High students, local sports clubs and the Dandenong Ranges Music Council."  

BUILDING THE EDUCATION STATE IN UPWEY

Students at Upwey High School are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve, with the appointment of an architect to start work on plans for a major upgrade. Member for Monbulk and Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the school to announce K2LD Architects will design the project. It includes upgrading and modernising school buildings, additional basketball courts, a new performing arts centre and home for the Dandenong Ranges Music Council, and relocating the schools administration facilities. The additional basketball courts will deliver a new home base for local clubs. Detailed planning work is the first step towards future upgrades at Upwey High School, which is one of 35 Victorian schools to share in $12 million in the Victorian Budget 2016-17 to plan building works. The Andrews Labor Government has invested a record $1.8 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every local student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Appointing the architect is the first step towards delivering the modern, safe and stimulating facilities that staff and students at Upwey High School deserve.” “I know Upwey High School has already put a lot of work into planning the future of their school and I am looking forward to seeing the final plans.” "This will be a unique education, arts and sporting hub that will support Upwey High students, local sports clubs and the Dandenong Ranges Music Council."  

GRANTS TO HELP MONBULK GET HEALTHY AND ACTIVE

Sporting clubs in Monbulk looking to open more doors for women and girls to play the sports they love are being urged to apply for a VicHealth funding grant. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced applications for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program are now open to community sports clubs in Monbulk. The VicHealth grants program aims to boost access to grassroots sport so even more people can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier lifestyle. In 2016/17, two levels of grants - up to $3000 or up to $10,000 - are available for clubs establishing new activities, competitions and programs that encourage more women and girls to get involved in physical activity, or which are starting up a social or modified sport program. Modified sports are fun and less-structured, increasing opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, skills and fitness levels. The grants will also provide more opportunities for the development of women’s sports teams. The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to grow women’s participation in sport, so female athletes have access to equal opportunities to get involved in sport and excel, both at the grassroots and elite levels. This includes $1 million to begin implementing recommendations from the Independent Inquiry into the Participation of Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation. Victorian sports clubs are the lifeblood of our towns, and they deserve modern, safe facilities. The government promised them and is now getting on with delivering them through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The fund includes $10 million for Female Friendly Facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms, meaning female players will never again have to use make-shift areas to prepare for competition and training. This is the biggest ever investment in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government. We also recently launched an Australian-first Female Friendly Sports Infrastructure Guide, which will provide the latest tips, tools and techniques to build or repair sports facilities for the record numbers of women and girls playing sport. Applications for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants close on Friday 23 September 2016. To apply visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We want everyone in Monbulk to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age or ability.” “I urge local clubs and sporting organisations to apply for a VicHealth grant to establish new teams, programs or competitions for women, or to start up a modified sport program.” “The Andrews Labor Government is making grassroots sports more accessible to all, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love either as player, coach, umpire or volunteer.”

GRANTS TO HELP MONBULK GET HEALTHY AND ACTIVE

Sporting clubs in Monbulk looking to open more doors for women and girls to play the sports they love are being urged to apply for a VicHealth funding grant. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced applications for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program are now open to community sports clubs in Monbulk. The VicHealth grants program aims to boost access to grassroots sport so even more people can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier lifestyle. In 2016/17, two levels of grants - up to $3000 or up to $10,000 - are available for clubs establishing new activities, competitions and programs that encourage more women and girls to get involved in physical activity, or which are starting up a social or modified sport program. Modified sports are fun and less-structured, increasing opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, skills and fitness levels. The grants will also provide more opportunities for the development of women’s sports teams. The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to grow women’s participation in sport, so female athletes have access to equal opportunities to get involved in sport and excel, both at the grassroots and elite levels. This includes $1 million to begin implementing recommendations from the Independent Inquiry into the Participation of Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation. Victorian sports clubs are the lifeblood of our towns, and they deserve modern, safe facilities. The government promised them and is now getting on with delivering them through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The fund includes $10 million for Female Friendly Facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms, meaning female players will never again have to use make-shift areas to prepare for competition and training. This is the biggest ever investment in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government. We also recently launched an Australian-first Female Friendly Sports Infrastructure Guide, which will provide the latest tips, tools and techniques to build or repair sports facilities for the record numbers of women and girls playing sport. Applications for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants close on Friday 23 September 2016. To apply visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We want everyone in Monbulk to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age or ability.” “I urge local clubs and sporting organisations to apply for a VicHealth grant to establish new teams, programs or competitions for women, or to start up a modified sport program.” “The Andrews Labor Government is making grassroots sports more accessible to all, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love either as player, coach, umpire or volunteer.”

Statement On The CFA EBA

The Andrews Labor Government welcomes the CFA Board’s decision to endorse the proposed Enterprise Agreement and end a dispute that has gone on for far too long. It will allow the CFA to focus on keeping Victorians safe. The decision of the CFA Board comes after a period of consultation with Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria and United Firefighters Union. The proposed Enterprise  Agreement and Joint Statement of intent that have been endorsed by the CFA Board contain a number of safeguards to protect the role of volunteer firefighters and enhance diversity in the workforce. We recognise the vital role volunteers play and that is why we are building a better CFA with new trucks, facilities, equipment, and training for volunteer CFA brigades. It is clear there needs to be a fundamental culture shift in the CFA and there is a real opportunity to address these challenges. To improve the CFA’s performance and culture, the Government is establishing a Country Fire Authority Performance and Policy Consultative Committee, uniting career firefighters, volunteers and management. This includes improving diversity, increasing recruitment and retention of women firefighters, recognising and valuing the work of volunteer and career firefighters and looking after their health and wellbeing. The terms of reference for the committee have been finalised and recruitment for committee members, including management, career and volunteer firefighters, will begin shortly. Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley will be a member of the committee, and his work in monitoring the implementation of the Enterprise Agreement and strengthening volunteer firefighting will guide the committee’s work. The terms of reference for the CFA Performance and Policy Consultative Committee are available at https://yourcfainfo.vic.gov.au/consultative-committee/

Statement On The CFA EBA

The Andrews Labor Government welcomes the CFA Board’s decision to endorse the proposed Enterprise Agreement and end a dispute that has gone on for far too long. It will allow the CFA to focus on keeping Victorians safe. The decision of the CFA Board comes after a period of consultation with Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria and United Firefighters Union. The proposed Enterprise  Agreement and Joint Statement of intent that have been endorsed by the CFA Board contain a number of safeguards to protect the role of volunteer firefighters and enhance diversity in the workforce. We recognise the vital role volunteers play and that is why we are building a better CFA with new trucks, facilities, equipment, and training for volunteer CFA brigades. It is clear there needs to be a fundamental culture shift in the CFA and there is a real opportunity to address these challenges. To improve the CFA’s performance and culture, the Government is establishing a Country Fire Authority Performance and Policy Consultative Committee, uniting career firefighters, volunteers and management. This includes improving diversity, increasing recruitment and retention of women firefighters, recognising and valuing the work of volunteer and career firefighters and looking after their health and wellbeing. The terms of reference for the committee have been finalised and recruitment for committee members, including management, career and volunteer firefighters, will begin shortly. Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley will be a member of the committee, and his work in monitoring the implementation of the Enterprise Agreement and strengthening volunteer firefighting will guide the committee’s work. The terms of reference for the CFA Performance and Policy Consultative Committee are available at https://yourcfainfo.vic.gov.au/consultative-committee/

MONBULK benefits from $9 million BOOST FOR CFA volunteer EQUIPMENT

CFA volunteers in MONBULK will share in more than $9.3 million in grants for the equipment, trucks, and facilities they need to keep Victorians safe. The Andrews Labor Government today announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. Under the program, the government commits $2 for every $1 raised by volunteer groups to help them buy additional trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and carry out minor facility upgrades. James Merlino MP said local CFA volunteer brigades in MONBULK are among the recipients. Upwey CFA received $80,000 for a Light Tanker - Crew cab; Belgrave Heights & South CFA received $10,650 for asphalting of carpark & driveway; Olinda CFA received $3,333 for station furniture. The $9.3 million package also includes more than $2.8 million for a state-wide initiative to improve the safety and wellbeing of volunteer firefighters. The CFA will use these funds to replace ageing equipment, provide specialist cool climate clothing, improve work amenities and boost support for CFA Coast Guard Brigades. The Victorian State Emergency Service, Life Saving Victoria and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association were among the other organisations to receive grants under the almost $13 million program. In addition to the VESEP program the Labor Government has invested tens of millions of dollars since it came to government in new CFA trucks, station rebuilds and upgrades, and new training facilities. For more information about the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, visit emv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP “These grants will provide a welcome boost to volunteer CFA brigades in <REGION> helping them buy the equipment they need to keep Victorians safe.” “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting emergency service volunteers to do their life-saving work safely and effectively by providing grants for vital equipment and resources.”

MONBULK benefits from $9 million BOOST FOR CFA volunteer EQUIPMENT

CFA volunteers in MONBULK will share in more than $9.3 million in grants for the equipment, trucks, and facilities they need to keep Victorians safe. The Andrews Labor Government today announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. Under the program, the government commits $2 for every $1 raised by volunteer groups to help them buy additional trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and carry out minor facility upgrades. James Merlino MP said local CFA volunteer brigades in MONBULK are among the recipients. Upwey CFA received $80,000 for a Light Tanker - Crew cab; Belgrave Heights & South CFA received $10,650 for asphalting of carpark & driveway; Olinda CFA received $3,333 for station furniture. The $9.3 million package also includes more than $2.8 million for a state-wide initiative to improve the safety and wellbeing of volunteer firefighters. The CFA will use these funds to replace ageing equipment, provide specialist cool climate clothing, improve work amenities and boost support for CFA Coast Guard Brigades. The Victorian State Emergency Service, Life Saving Victoria and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association were among the other organisations to receive grants under the almost $13 million program. In addition to the VESEP program the Labor Government has invested tens of millions of dollars since it came to government in new CFA trucks, station rebuilds and upgrades, and new training facilities. For more information about the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, visit emv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP “These grants will provide a welcome boost to volunteer CFA brigades in <REGION> helping them buy the equipment they need to keep Victorians safe.” “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting emergency service volunteers to do their life-saving work safely and effectively by providing grants for vital equipment and resources.”

$13 Million Boost For Emergency Services Volunteers

Emergency services volunteers around the state will share in almost $13 million in Andrews Labor Government grants to buy new equipment. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. Mr Merlino joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards at the Bendigo SES unit to announce the establishment of a new Huntly SES satellite unit, which received a grant of more than $26,000 for a 4WD vehicle under the program. Under the program, the government will spend $2 for every $1 provided by volunteer groups to help them buy additional trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and carry out minor upgrades to facilities. The Victorian State Emergency Service (SES), Life Saving Victoria, CFA, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association and other volunteer emergency services organisations will share in 273 grants for units, clubs and brigades around the state. This includes: 179 grants worth $9.3 million for Country Fire Authority volunteer brigades 42 grants worth $2.2 million for the Victoria State Emergency Service 30 grants worth $735,000 for Life Saving Victoria 10 grants worth $307,500 for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association 12 grants worth $320,000 for other volunteer organisations such as St John Ambulance and search and rescue squads The Labor Government is supporting emergency service volunteers to do their life saving work safely and effectively by providing grants for vital equipment and resources under the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “These grants will provide a $13 million boost to volunteer groups across Victoria, helping them buy the vital equipment they need to keep Victorians safe.” “Our emergency services volunteers work hard to keep our community safe and we are ensuring they have the equipment they need to carry out this important work.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan “It’s great to see the hard work of the volunteers at the Axedale and Goornong CFA brigades and the new Huntly SES Unit recognised with grants for vital new equipment.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards “Our emergency service volunteers in Bendigo are an integral part of the local community and I commend them for the work they do protecting our community.” Download the Media Release (130 kB)

$13 Million Boost For Emergency Services Volunteers

Emergency services volunteers around the state will share in almost $13 million in Andrews Labor Government grants to buy new equipment. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. Mr Merlino joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards at the Bendigo SES unit to announce the establishment of a new Huntly SES satellite unit, which received a grant of more than $26,000 for a 4WD vehicle under the program. Under the program, the government will spend $2 for every $1 provided by volunteer groups to help them buy additional trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and carry out minor upgrades to facilities. The Victorian State Emergency Service (SES), Life Saving Victoria, CFA, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association and other volunteer emergency services organisations will share in 273 grants for units, clubs and brigades around the state. This includes: 179 grants worth $9.3 million for Country Fire Authority volunteer brigades 42 grants worth $2.2 million for the Victoria State Emergency Service 30 grants worth $735,000 for Life Saving Victoria 10 grants worth $307,500 for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association 12 grants worth $320,000 for other volunteer organisations such as St John Ambulance and search and rescue squads The Labor Government is supporting emergency service volunteers to do their life saving work safely and effectively by providing grants for vital equipment and resources under the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “These grants will provide a $13 million boost to volunteer groups across Victoria, helping them buy the vital equipment they need to keep Victorians safe.” “Our emergency services volunteers work hard to keep our community safe and we are ensuring they have the equipment they need to carry out this important work.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan “It’s great to see the hard work of the volunteers at the Axedale and Goornong CFA brigades and the new Huntly SES Unit recognised with grants for vital new equipment.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards “Our emergency service volunteers in Bendigo are an integral part of the local community and I commend them for the work they do protecting our community.” Download the Media Release (130 kB)

Building The Education State In Bendigo

Students in Bendigo are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment of more than $22 million in local schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today visited Epsom Primary School and Spring Gully Primary School to meet staff and students and discuss plans to upgrade facilities. Mr Merlino and Ms Allan unveiled designs for the $5.7 million upgrade to Epsom Primary School and announced plans to purchase another site to expand the size of the primary school. The new building will replace existing portable classrooms and features open plan classrooms, new staff and administration facilities, art spaces, a library, multipurpose rooms, a netball court and new outdoor areas. The school is now preparing to tender for a builder and the project is on track to open by the end of next year. At Spring Gully Primary School, Mr Merlino and Ms Allan announced e+ architecture from Bendigo has been appointed to start planning the school’s upgrade for a new learning space and landscaping to create more open space. Spring Gully Primary School was one of 35 Victorian schools to share in $12 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 to plan an upgrade, with the school due to meet the architect to start work on the plans this week. Ten Bendigo schools will share in $22.2 million from the Labor Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure in the past two Budgets, to build, upgrade and maintain schools across the state. These projects will be delivered by the new Victorian School Building Authority, which has been set up to deliver school building projects faster and with more community involvement. More information about hundreds of school building projects around the state, including designs and building schedules, is available at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Building, fixing and upgrading our schools gives students and teachers the environment they need to achieve their best.” “These upgrades will help ensure students at  Epsom Primary and Spring Gully Primary get a first class education and access to the opportunities they deserve in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan “Epsom and Spring Gully Primary Schools have fantastic staff and students and we are making sure they have state of the art facilities to match.” “We are investing more than $22 million to upgrade  Bendigo schools to ensure all local families have access to a great local school.” Download the Media Release (118 kB)

Building The Education State In Bendigo

Students in Bendigo are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment of more than $22 million in local schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today visited Epsom Primary School and Spring Gully Primary School to meet staff and students and discuss plans to upgrade facilities. Mr Merlino and Ms Allan unveiled designs for the $5.7 million upgrade to Epsom Primary School and announced plans to purchase another site to expand the size of the primary school. The new building will replace existing portable classrooms and features open plan classrooms, new staff and administration facilities, art spaces, a library, multipurpose rooms, a netball court and new outdoor areas. The school is now preparing to tender for a builder and the project is on track to open by the end of next year. At Spring Gully Primary School, Mr Merlino and Ms Allan announced e+ architecture from Bendigo has been appointed to start planning the school’s upgrade for a new learning space and landscaping to create more open space. Spring Gully Primary School was one of 35 Victorian schools to share in $12 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 to plan an upgrade, with the school due to meet the architect to start work on the plans this week. Ten Bendigo schools will share in $22.2 million from the Labor Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure in the past two Budgets, to build, upgrade and maintain schools across the state. These projects will be delivered by the new Victorian School Building Authority, which has been set up to deliver school building projects faster and with more community involvement. More information about hundreds of school building projects around the state, including designs and building schedules, is available at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Building, fixing and upgrading our schools gives students and teachers the environment they need to achieve their best.” “These upgrades will help ensure students at  Epsom Primary and Spring Gully Primary get a first class education and access to the opportunities they deserve in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan “Epsom and Spring Gully Primary Schools have fantastic staff and students and we are making sure they have state of the art facilities to match.” “We are investing more than $22 million to upgrade  Bendigo schools to ensure all local families have access to a great local school.” Download the Media Release (118 kB)

Building The Education State At Portarlington

Students at Portarlington Primary School are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve with construction on a $5.7 million learning centre due to get underway shortly. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today visited the school to discuss plans for the project with staff and students. Mr Merlino and Ms Neville inspected designs for the project, which will provide new classrooms while maintaining the heritage value of the 130-year old central administration building. Patrick Architects has designed the state of the art new learning centre. A builder is expected to be appointed by October, with construction to start immediately and the project on track to be finished by late 2017. The Andrews Labor Government invested a record $1.1 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “A high-quality education system must be matched by high-quality learning environments where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers.” “We are 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.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville “This is an exciting day for Portarlington. This is a long-awaited project and I have been proud to work so closely with the Portarlington community and school to secure the funding for this project.”  “The community of Portarlington will finally have the modern facilities they deserve to better meet the needs of students and teachers.” Download the Media Release (116 kB)

Building The Education State At Portarlington

Students at Portarlington Primary School are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve with construction on a $5.7 million learning centre due to get underway shortly. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today visited the school to discuss plans for the project with staff and students. Mr Merlino and Ms Neville inspected designs for the project, which will provide new classrooms while maintaining the heritage value of the 130-year old central administration building. Patrick Architects has designed the state of the art new learning centre. A builder is expected to be appointed by October, with construction to start immediately and the project on track to be finished by late 2017. The Andrews Labor Government invested a record $1.1 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “A high-quality education system must be matched by high-quality learning environments where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers.” “We are 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.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville “This is an exciting day for Portarlington. This is a long-awaited project and I have been proud to work so closely with the Portarlington community and school to secure the funding for this project.”  “The community of Portarlington will finally have the modern facilities they deserve to better meet the needs of students and teachers.” Download the Media Release (116 kB)

Recognising The Work Of Victorian Lifesavers

Volunteers, nippers, clubs and trainers have been recognised at Life Saving Victoria’s annual Awards of Excellence dinner. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino presented the awards on Saturday night, and congratulated Life Saving Victoria’s 31,000 volunteers on their commitment and dedication to keeping Victorians safe around water. Daryl Moss from Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club was awarded the Graeme Long Medal for Victoria’s Volunteer of the Year for his achievements across the 2015–16 season. Following on from this award, Mr Moss is now Victoria’s representative for Surf Life Saving Australia’s Volunteer of the Year at the national awards. Michael Henderson from Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club was presented the John Wishart Memorial medal as Victoria’s Lifesaver of the Year in recognition of his contribution to lifesaving development. The Life Saving Victoria Awards of Excellence are held each year to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the volunteers who keep Victorians safe at the beach and around our waterways. With more than two million people visiting the state’s patrolled beaches over the last summer, lifesavers played a critical role in preventing drowning deaths and injuries in Victorian communities. This includes almost 500 rescues, 1,650 first aid incidents and over 42,500 preventative actions during the previous summer patrol season. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Our lifesavers dedicate countless hours to patrolling beaches and waterways across Victoria and these awards are a great way to recognise them and the work they do.” “Lifesavers work hard to prevent drownings and ensure that people are playing it safe by the water. Testament to their skill and dedication is the fact that not a single person has drowned while swimming between the flags.” “I commend the award winners and everyone involved with Life Saving Victoria for the work they do to keep our beaches and waterways safe.” Download the Media Release (82 kB)

Recognising The Work Of Victorian Lifesavers

Volunteers, nippers, clubs and trainers have been recognised at Life Saving Victoria’s annual Awards of Excellence dinner. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino presented the awards on Saturday night, and congratulated Life Saving Victoria’s 31,000 volunteers on their commitment and dedication to keeping Victorians safe around water. Daryl Moss from Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club was awarded the Graeme Long Medal for Victoria’s Volunteer of the Year for his achievements across the 2015–16 season. Following on from this award, Mr Moss is now Victoria’s representative for Surf Life Saving Australia’s Volunteer of the Year at the national awards. Michael Henderson from Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club was presented the John Wishart Memorial medal as Victoria’s Lifesaver of the Year in recognition of his contribution to lifesaving development. The Life Saving Victoria Awards of Excellence are held each year to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the volunteers who keep Victorians safe at the beach and around our waterways. With more than two million people visiting the state’s patrolled beaches over the last summer, lifesavers played a critical role in preventing drowning deaths and injuries in Victorian communities. This includes almost 500 rescues, 1,650 first aid incidents and over 42,500 preventative actions during the previous summer patrol season. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Our lifesavers dedicate countless hours to patrolling beaches and waterways across Victoria and these awards are a great way to recognise them and the work they do.” “Lifesavers work hard to prevent drownings and ensure that people are playing it safe by the water. Testament to their skill and dedication is the fact that not a single person has drowned while swimming between the flags.” “I commend the award winners and everyone involved with Life Saving Victoria for the work they do to keep our beaches and waterways safe.” Download the Media Release (82 kB)

 

More Firefighting Aircraft To Keep Victorians Safe

Two of the world’s biggest firefighting aircraft will be back in Victoria this summer to support our fire fighters and keep communities safe from bushfires. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced $11.1 million to secure two fixed wing large air tankers, an extra Helitak chopper and a support plane for the coming bushfire season. The extra firefighting aircraft will bolster Victoria’s aviation fleet, which was critical in stopping the spread of devastating bushfires at Wye River, Scotsburn and Barnawartha last summer. The large air tankers dropped 72 loads – almost 850,000 litres of fire retardant – in just over a month between December 2015 and January 2016, providing crucial support at some of the state’s biggest fires. The tankers are the most effective way to drop fire retardant to stop the spread of bushfires, with each tanker carrying more than 12,000 litres of water, retardant or foam. A Helitak is more agile and can pick up water from lakes, reservoirs and the ocean, removing the need for it to fly long distances back to airports to reload. The aircraft announced today are in addition to Victoria’s 43-strong firefighting aviation fleet of fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and air cranes that will be protecting communities this bushfire season. Firefighting aircraft are suited to rapid attack in the early stages of a grass or bushfire and provide support to our on-ground firefighters, along with an extensive fleet of trucks and other specialist appliances. Victoria’s aircraft, including the large air tankers, can also be called on to help fight significant fires interstate as part of a national agreement between the states. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “We need to ensure we have the best equipment and resources to support our hardworking firefighters and protect our community.” “This extra funding will see our 43-strong firefighting aviation fleet bolstered by four extra aircraft – including two of the biggest firefighting aircraft in the world.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Victoria’s aircraft fleet plays a crucial role in responding to fires and supporting firefighters on the ground during summer.” “The Andrews Labor Government is providing our firefighters with world-class equipment to ensure they can keep Victorians safe.” Download the Media Release (86 kB)

More Firefighting Aircraft To Keep Victorians Safe

Two of the world’s biggest firefighting aircraft will be back in Victoria this summer to support our fire fighters and keep communities safe from bushfires. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced $11.1 million to secure two fixed wing large air tankers, an extra Helitak chopper and a support plane for the coming bushfire season. The extra firefighting aircraft will bolster Victoria’s aviation fleet, which was critical in stopping the spread of devastating bushfires at Wye River, Scotsburn and Barnawartha last summer. The large air tankers dropped 72 loads – almost 850,000 litres of fire retardant – in just over a month between December 2015 and January 2016, providing crucial support at some of the state’s biggest fires. The tankers are the most effective way to drop fire retardant to stop the spread of bushfires, with each tanker carrying more than 12,000 litres of water, retardant or foam. A Helitak is more agile and can pick up water from lakes, reservoirs and the ocean, removing the need for it to fly long distances back to airports to reload. The aircraft announced today are in addition to Victoria’s 43-strong firefighting aviation fleet of fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and air cranes that will be protecting communities this bushfire season. Firefighting aircraft are suited to rapid attack in the early stages of a grass or bushfire and provide support to our on-ground firefighters, along with an extensive fleet of trucks and other specialist appliances. Victoria’s aircraft, including the large air tankers, can also be called on to help fight significant fires interstate as part of a national agreement between the states. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “We need to ensure we have the best equipment and resources to support our hardworking firefighters and protect our community.” “This extra funding will see our 43-strong firefighting aviation fleet bolstered by four extra aircraft – including two of the biggest firefighting aircraft in the world.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Victoria’s aircraft fleet plays a crucial role in responding to fires and supporting firefighters on the ground during summer.” “The Andrews Labor Government is providing our firefighters with world-class equipment to ensure they can keep Victorians safe.” Download the Media Release (86 kB)

Building Safer And More Resilient Communities

The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) has developed a three-year plan to build disaster resilience in Victorian communities. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today launched the VICSES Community Resilience Strategy at the Warrnambool SES headquarters. It’s the first strategy of its kind for any Australian state emergency service and will guide Victorian SES members on how best to work with communities to better prepare them before, during and after an emergency. There are more than 260 languages spoken across Victoria’s diverse community, which means there is no one-size-fits-all approach to preparing people for disaster. The strategy will help guide Victorian SES members on how to deliver education programs that are community driven, so that locals are less reliant on emergency services when a disaster hits and are better prepared to take ownership of the community’s priorities and actions. As part of the strategy, VICSES will deliver education programs and services to schools, industry, councils, churches, local sports clubs, neighbourhood houses, tourism networks and other emergency services agencies. This includes practical programs such as working with teachers to help them educate their students about how they can increase their awareness and safety during an emergency, or working with local community groups to develop flood plans. Disaster resilience is everyone’s responsibility and this strategy enables VICSES members to support all communities to prepare for emergencies in a way that is meaningful to them. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Victorian communities are extremely diverse and this strategy acknowledges there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to ensuring communities have the tools they need to be prepared for emergencies.” “The strategy will help VICSES create and deliver the programs and resources that are needed to build safer and more resilient communities across Victoria.” Quotes attributable to VICSES Chief Executive Officer Stephen Griffin “Communities are changing in all ways – demographically, socially and in terms of needs and expectations. The resilience strategy outlines the way VICSES will work with communities to achieve more aware, informed and prepared Victorians.”  “Community resilience is not a new buzz phrase. It’s part of what VICSES have always done and is a primary value that drives our volunteers.” Download the Media Release (116 kB)

Building Safer And More Resilient Communities

The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) has developed a three-year plan to build disaster resilience in Victorian communities. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today launched the VICSES Community Resilience Strategy at the Warrnambool SES headquarters. It’s the first strategy of its kind for any Australian state emergency service and will guide Victorian SES members on how best to work with communities to better prepare them before, during and after an emergency. There are more than 260 languages spoken across Victoria’s diverse community, which means there is no one-size-fits-all approach to preparing people for disaster. The strategy will help guide Victorian SES members on how to deliver education programs that are community driven, so that locals are less reliant on emergency services when a disaster hits and are better prepared to take ownership of the community’s priorities and actions. As part of the strategy, VICSES will deliver education programs and services to schools, industry, councils, churches, local sports clubs, neighbourhood houses, tourism networks and other emergency services agencies. This includes practical programs such as working with teachers to help them educate their students about how they can increase their awareness and safety during an emergency, or working with local community groups to develop flood plans. Disaster resilience is everyone’s responsibility and this strategy enables VICSES members to support all communities to prepare for emergencies in a way that is meaningful to them. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Victorian communities are extremely diverse and this strategy acknowledges there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to ensuring communities have the tools they need to be prepared for emergencies.” “The strategy will help VICSES create and deliver the programs and resources that are needed to build safer and more resilient communities across Victoria.” Quotes attributable to VICSES Chief Executive Officer Stephen Griffin “Communities are changing in all ways – demographically, socially and in terms of needs and expectations. The resilience strategy outlines the way VICSES will work with communities to achieve more aware, informed and prepared Victorians.”  “Community resilience is not a new buzz phrase. It’s part of what VICSES have always done and is a primary value that drives our volunteers.” Download the Media Release (116 kB)

Building The Education State In South-West Victoria

Students in Portland and Casterton are a step closer to having the facilities they need, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment of more than $10 million in four local schools. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Portland Primary School, Portland Secondary College, Casterton Secondary College and Portland Bay School to meet staff and students, and discuss plans to upgrade facilities and build a new campus. The four schools all benefitted from the Labor Government’s record $1.1 billion investment to build new schools and upgrade facilities in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. Portland Bay School, a special development school, received $7 million to relocate from its current cramped base in Edgar Street to a new purpose-built facility at Portland Primary School. Portland Primary School also received $1 million to upgrade its facilities. Kneeler Design Architects is now working on the designs for both the school relocation and the upgrades, with builders to be appointed next year. Portland Secondary College received $2 million and Casterton Secondary College received $750,000. The schools are now consulting architects, school council, staff and students to decide how they will use the funding. Architects are expected to be appointed by the end of next month to complete the design work for the upgrades. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every local  student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Building, fixing and upgrading Victorian school infrastructure gives our students and teachers the environment they need to achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “A high-quality education system must be matched by high-quality learning environments where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers.” “That’s why we’ve invested more than $10 million to upgrade schools in Portland and Casterton – so local students will get a first class education that will help them on their path to a great career.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “We are investing in schools in the south west to ensure more students around the region get the facilities they deserve.” “These schools have dedicated teachers that are doing great work and this investment will deliver the facilities that will inspire students to achieve their best.” Download the Media Release (297 kB)

Building The Education State In South-West Victoria

Students in Portland and Casterton are a step closer to having the facilities they need, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment of more than $10 million in four local schools. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Portland Primary School, Portland Secondary College, Casterton Secondary College and Portland Bay School to meet staff and students, and discuss plans to upgrade facilities and build a new campus. The four schools all benefitted from the Labor Government’s record $1.1 billion investment to build new schools and upgrade facilities in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. Portland Bay School, a special development school, received $7 million to relocate from its current cramped base in Edgar Street to a new purpose-built facility at Portland Primary School. Portland Primary School also received $1 million to upgrade its facilities. Kneeler Design Architects is now working on the designs for both the school relocation and the upgrades, with builders to be appointed next year. Portland Secondary College received $2 million and Casterton Secondary College received $750,000. The schools are now consulting architects, school council, staff and students to decide how they will use the funding. Architects are expected to be appointed by the end of next month to complete the design work for the upgrades. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every local  student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Building, fixing and upgrading Victorian school infrastructure gives our students and teachers the environment they need to achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “A high-quality education system must be matched by high-quality learning environments where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers.” “That’s why we’ve invested more than $10 million to upgrade schools in Portland and Casterton – so local students will get a first class education that will help them on their path to a great career.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “We are investing in schools in the south west to ensure more students around the region get the facilities they deserve.” “These schools have dedicated teachers that are doing great work and this investment will deliver the facilities that will inspire students to achieve their best.” Download the Media Release (297 kB)

Preparing Victorian Students For The Asian Century

Victorian students will be taught to be ‘Asia capable’ thanks to a new training program for school principals. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched the first Leading Asia Capable Schools course. The program involves training sessions to help principals make links with Australian and Chinese businesses, and develop work ready ‘Asia capabilities’ in their students. It also looks at different aspects of Asian culture, language and history and how principals can help students learn about them, as well as a 10-day immersion experience in China at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. The program is run by the Bastow Institute, the Department of Education and Training’s leadership organisation. China is one of Victoria’s most important relationships and our largest trading partner, with two-way trade between Victoria and China valued at over $20.4 billion and exports reaching $6.5 billion in 2014-15. The Andrews Labor Government’s China Strategy – Partnerships and Prosperity – will strengthen economic and cultural ties with China, helping create more business opportunities and more jobs for Victorians. The Leading Asia Capable Schools course supports the China Strategy by developing Asia insights and capabilities across schools and equipping our students with the skills they need to be work ready and succeed in their future careers. Victoria has a strong education partnership with China, with 172 sister school relationships between Chinese and Victorian schools to support the curriculum, language learning and intercultural understanding There are 52,000 Victorian students studying a Chinese language and around 1,500 Year 9 students will study in China for six weeks over the next five years as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know that our economy is linked to Asia and this program will help make sure students are not strangers to a continent that will be a key part of their lives.” “By learning about Asia and visiting it for themselves, the principals will be better placed to instil these lessons in their schools and make sure young people are prepared to engage with an exciting and dynamic part of the world.” Download the Media Release (293 kB)

Preparing Victorian Students For The Asian Century

Victorian students will be taught to be ‘Asia capable’ thanks to a new training program for school principals. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched the first Leading Asia Capable Schools course. The program involves training sessions to help principals make links with Australian and Chinese businesses, and develop work ready ‘Asia capabilities’ in their students. It also looks at different aspects of Asian culture, language and history and how principals can help students learn about them, as well as a 10-day immersion experience in China at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. The program is run by the Bastow Institute, the Department of Education and Training’s leadership organisation. China is one of Victoria’s most important relationships and our largest trading partner, with two-way trade between Victoria and China valued at over $20.4 billion and exports reaching $6.5 billion in 2014-15. The Andrews Labor Government’s China Strategy – Partnerships and Prosperity – will strengthen economic and cultural ties with China, helping create more business opportunities and more jobs for Victorians. The Leading Asia Capable Schools course supports the China Strategy by developing Asia insights and capabilities across schools and equipping our students with the skills they need to be work ready and succeed in their future careers. Victoria has a strong education partnership with China, with 172 sister school relationships between Chinese and Victorian schools to support the curriculum, language learning and intercultural understanding There are 52,000 Victorian students studying a Chinese language and around 1,500 Year 9 students will study in China for six weeks over the next five years as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know that our economy is linked to Asia and this program will help make sure students are not strangers to a continent that will be a key part of their lives.” “By learning about Asia and visiting it for themselves, the principals will be better placed to instil these lessons in their schools and make sure young people are prepared to engage with an exciting and dynamic part of the world.” Download the Media Release (293 kB)

Construction Starts On Tarneit P-9 College Upgrade

Students in Wyndham are a step closer to the facilities they deserve, with work starting on a new year 7-9 centre at Tarneit P-9 College. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller today turned the first sod to mark the start of construction. The Andrews Labor Government delivered $10 million to fund the project in last year’s Budget, to help the school deal with growing student numbers. Since it opened in 2013, Tarneit P-9’s enrolment has grown from 331 students to 1594 students this year, and it is expected to top 1600 students in coming years. Construction on the new year 7-9 centre is expected to be finished by the second half of next year. The Labor Government invested a record $1.1 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. Building, fixing and upgrading Victorian school infrastructure gives our students and teachers the environment they need to achieve their best. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every local student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This investment will ensure the quality teaching at Tarneit P-9 College will be matched by a high quality learning environment where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers. “Tarneit P-9 College has talented students and a dedicated team of staff and teachers who deserve modern facilities so they can achieve their best.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “I commend current Principal Rynn Anderson and former Principal Peter Devereux for their incredible commitment to the school, local students and their families.” “Tarneit P-9 College is a great school in a growing area and this investment will help ensure it has capacity for new students and the modern, safe and stimulating facilities they deserve.” Download the Media Release (296 kB)

Construction Starts On Tarneit P-9 College Upgrade

Students in Wyndham are a step closer to the facilities they deserve, with work starting on a new year 7-9 centre at Tarneit P-9 College. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller today turned the first sod to mark the start of construction. The Andrews Labor Government delivered $10 million to fund the project in last year’s Budget, to help the school deal with growing student numbers. Since it opened in 2013, Tarneit P-9’s enrolment has grown from 331 students to 1594 students this year, and it is expected to top 1600 students in coming years. Construction on the new year 7-9 centre is expected to be finished by the second half of next year. The Labor Government invested a record $1.1 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. Building, fixing and upgrading Victorian school infrastructure gives our students and teachers the environment they need to achieve their best. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every local student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This investment will ensure the quality teaching at Tarneit P-9 College will be matched by a high quality learning environment where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers. “Tarneit P-9 College has talented students and a dedicated team of staff and teachers who deserve modern facilities so they can achieve their best.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “I commend current Principal Rynn Anderson and former Principal Peter Devereux for their incredible commitment to the school, local students and their families.” “Tarneit P-9 College is a great school in a growing area and this investment will help ensure it has capacity for new students and the modern, safe and stimulating facilities they deserve.” Download the Media Release (296 kB)

$27.6 Million Boost For Victorian Independent Schools

Students in Ballarat are a step closer to having a new primary school at Lucas, thanks to a $1.5 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the future school site to announce $27.6 million in funding for 18 non-government schools across Victoria, including $1.5 million for the new Lucas Catholic primary school. Mr Merlino also announced Jo Brewer as the school’s new principal and that the school will be called Siena Catholic Primary School. A builder has been appointed and construction will get underway soon. Schools to receive funding include: $1.5 million for construction of stage one of the new Lucas Catholic primary school, Ballarat $2.5 million for construction of stage one of the new Craigieburn West Catholic primary school $2.5 million for construction of stage one of the new Torquay North Catholic primary school $2.04 million for a car park, science rooms and classrooms at Geelong Lutheran College $1.32 million for art facilities, classrooms and seminar spaces at Holy Trinity Lutheran School, Horsham $1 million to refurbish the junior centre and build a new library at Galen Catholic College, Wangaratta $1 million for 14 new classrooms at Catholic College Bendigo $1.3 million for a gym extension at Casey Grammar $1.71 million for a new discovery centre and administration building at Hillcrest Christian College, Casey $2 million for a new year 9 building at St Peter’s College, Casey $2 million for 18 new classrooms at St Francis Xavier College, Cardinia $1.5 million for 8 new classrooms at St Clare’s Primary School, Cardinia $1.1 million for stage two of the junior school building at Lakeside College, Cardinia $2.03 million for a new middle years building and car parks at Good News Lutheran College, Wyndham $1 million for a new multipurpose hall at St Oliver Plunkett’s School, Moreland $1.35 million for new classrooms and car parking at St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School, Whittlesea $997,000 to finish a building housing a library, classrooms and offices at Gilson College, Whittlesea $750,000 for six new classrooms at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Wyndham The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every community has access to a great school and every Victorian student can get a great education. This includes $120 million to help build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools and a record $1.1 billion to build new government schools and upgrade existing government school facilities. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “One in three Victorian students attend Catholic and independent schools – they are a vital part of our education system and this funding will help provide better facilities to more Victorian students.” Quote attributable to Ambassador for Non-Government Schools Capital Funding Nick Staikos “I’m proud to be part of a Government that is committed to securing the best possible education for students from every school in Victoria, including our many Catholic and independent schools.” Download the Media Release (125 kB)  

$27.6 Million Boost For Victorian Independent Schools

Students in Ballarat are a step closer to having a new primary school at Lucas, thanks to a $1.5 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the future school site to announce $27.6 million in funding for 18 non-government schools across Victoria, including $1.5 million for the new Lucas Catholic primary school. Mr Merlino also announced Jo Brewer as the school’s new principal and that the school will be called Siena Catholic Primary School. A builder has been appointed and construction will get underway soon. Schools to receive funding include: $1.5 million for construction of stage one of the new Lucas Catholic primary school, Ballarat $2.5 million for construction of stage one of the new Craigieburn West Catholic primary school $2.5 million for construction of stage one of the new Torquay North Catholic primary school $2.04 million for a car park, science rooms and classrooms at Geelong Lutheran College $1.32 million for art facilities, classrooms and seminar spaces at Holy Trinity Lutheran School, Horsham $1 million to refurbish the junior centre and build a new library at Galen Catholic College, Wangaratta $1 million for 14 new classrooms at Catholic College Bendigo $1.3 million for a gym extension at Casey Grammar $1.71 million for a new discovery centre and administration building at Hillcrest Christian College, Casey $2 million for a new year 9 building at St Peter’s College, Casey $2 million for 18 new classrooms at St Francis Xavier College, Cardinia $1.5 million for 8 new classrooms at St Clare’s Primary School, Cardinia $1.1 million for stage two of the junior school building at Lakeside College, Cardinia $2.03 million for a new middle years building and car parks at Good News Lutheran College, Wyndham $1 million for a new multipurpose hall at St Oliver Plunkett’s School, Moreland $1.35 million for new classrooms and car parking at St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School, Whittlesea $997,000 to finish a building housing a library, classrooms and offices at Gilson College, Whittlesea $750,000 for six new classrooms at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Wyndham The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every community has access to a great school and every Victorian student can get a great education. This includes $120 million to help build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools and a record $1.1 billion to build new government schools and upgrade existing government school facilities. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “One in three Victorian students attend Catholic and independent schools – they are a vital part of our education system and this funding will help provide better facilities to more Victorian students.” Quote attributable to Ambassador for Non-Government Schools Capital Funding Nick Staikos “I’m proud to be part of a Government that is committed to securing the best possible education for students from every school in Victoria, including our many Catholic and independent schools.” Download the Media Release (125 kB)  

Building The Education State In Bacchus Marsh

Students in Bacchus Marsh are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in local schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Melton Don Nardella today visited Bacchus Marsh College to meet staff and students, and discuss plans to upgrade the school. The Labor Government invested a record $1.1 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. Bacchus Marsh College received $3 million to modernise and upgrade its ageing facilities. This follows on from the Labor Government’s $5 million investment to build a new Year 9 centre at the school, which is currently being designed by Y2Architecture. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every local  student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Bacchus Marsh College is one of hundreds of schools across the state that will be upgraded thanks to our record investment in school infrastructure.” “Building, fixing and upgrading Victorian schools gives our students and teachers the environment they need to achieve their best.” Quotes attributable to Member for Melton Don Nardella “These upgrades will ensure that students at Bacchus Marsh College get the modern, safe and stimulating facilities they deserve.” “This investment will ensure the quality teaching at Bacchus Marsh College will be matched by a high quality learning environment where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers.” Download the Media Release (292 kB)  

Building The Education State In Bacchus Marsh

Students in Bacchus Marsh are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in local schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Melton Don Nardella today visited Bacchus Marsh College to meet staff and students, and discuss plans to upgrade the school. The Labor Government invested a record $1.1 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. Bacchus Marsh College received $3 million to modernise and upgrade its ageing facilities. This follows on from the Labor Government’s $5 million investment to build a new Year 9 centre at the school, which is currently being designed by Y2Architecture. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every local  student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Bacchus Marsh College is one of hundreds of schools across the state that will be upgraded thanks to our record investment in school infrastructure.” “Building, fixing and upgrading Victorian schools gives our students and teachers the environment they need to achieve their best.” Quotes attributable to Member for Melton Don Nardella “These upgrades will ensure that students at Bacchus Marsh College get the modern, safe and stimulating facilities they deserve.” “This investment will ensure the quality teaching at Bacchus Marsh College will be matched by a high quality learning environment where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers.” Download the Media Release (292 kB)  

Building The Education State In Ballarat

Students in Ballarat are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in local schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard today visited Mount Clear College in Ballarat to meet staff and students, and discuss plans to upgrade the school. The Labor Government invested a record $1.1 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. Mount Clear received $2.1 million to modernise and upgrade its school building and classrooms. An architect is expected to be appointed by the end of next month to complete the design work for the upgrades. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every local  student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Building, fixing and upgrading Victorian school infrastructure gives our students and teachers the environment they need to achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Mount Clear College is one of hundreds of schools across the state that will be upgraded thanks to our record investment in school infrastructure.” “This investment will ensure the quality teaching at Mount Clear College will be matched by a high quality learning environment where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “As a former teacher, I know the importance of delivering facilities that will inspire students to achieve their best.” “Mount Clear College has dedicated teachers that are doing great work and with this upgrade, students will get a first class education that will help them on their path to a great career.”   Download the Media Release (294 kB)

Building The Education State In Ballarat

Students in Ballarat are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in local schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard today visited Mount Clear College in Ballarat to meet staff and students, and discuss plans to upgrade the school. The Labor Government invested a record $1.1 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. Mount Clear received $2.1 million to modernise and upgrade its school building and classrooms. An architect is expected to be appointed by the end of next month to complete the design work for the upgrades. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every local  student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Building, fixing and upgrading Victorian school infrastructure gives our students and teachers the environment they need to achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Mount Clear College is one of hundreds of schools across the state that will be upgraded thanks to our record investment in school infrastructure.” “This investment will ensure the quality teaching at Mount Clear College will be matched by a high quality learning environment where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “As a former teacher, I know the importance of delivering facilities that will inspire students to achieve their best.” “Mount Clear College has dedicated teachers that are doing great work and with this upgrade, students will get a first class education that will help them on their path to a great career.”   Download the Media Release (294 kB)